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ABOUT ME

Raini. Stormy. Snowy. Foggy.

[a photographer for all Scottish weathers]

Don’t be fooled by the dreary name, I’m far sunnier than my name implies. (Though it’s very apt for a Scottish photographer!)

A classic Enneagram Type 4 (The Individualist) and personality quiz addict – I am always seeking out new creative hobbies and meaningful experiences. Going against the grain and embracing uniqueness is my default, which is reflected in how I photograph.

Let’s get adventure-esque

The word adventure might conjure up images of daredevil activities or hiking for 8 hours up a mountain. But I’m here to tell you that adventure doesn’t have to mean sweaty, death-defying experiences. Adventure is anything which is exciting and out-of-the-ordinary to you – that thing that gives you butterflies at the thought. 

I’m what you might call the unexpected-adventurer – I LOVE exploring new places, making unplanned detours, running into the sea, showing up to a disco in my PJs and finding quirky airbnb’s. You may find me trekking up a mountain – but if you do, you can guarantee the whole trek will be very sweary and fuelled by MnMs.

Whatever adventure we go on together – you can rest assured there will a constant supply of perfectly-brewed tea + snacks. 

Everybody knows a Dave

I’m married to a happy-go-lucky Northern Irish drummer boy. In his 9-5 job he’s hunting down hackers (like-a-badass) but outside of this he often accompanies me on elopements and sessions when he can. Professional bag holder, umbrella carrier, driver, tour guide, second-shooter, cow-spotter extraordinaire – he’s handy to have around. And his chat isn’t half bad either.

our love story

Dave and I had been performing in the Beltane Fire Festival for about five years before our paths finally crossed in 2014 when we were partnered in an acrobalance group. He saved me falling off human pyramids more than once! Our lives changed on one fateful night around a campfire in the woods. Drying off by the fire after a cheeky skinny-dip with friends, Dave leaned over and kissed me out of the blue. And I’ve not been able to get rid of him since!

We were married in 2017 in a polytunnel surrounded by our friends + family. A good friend officiated our Celtic handfasting ceremony – infused with ritual and silliness that reflected our story and our individual identities. We were really intentional about every tradition we chose to uphold to make sure our day was 100% “us”.

Hells yeah! That’s us

Every love story I have come across is truly special and unique (I can’t tell you enough how much I adore hearing about them!). Dave and I’s story is centred around Celtic heritage and exploring Scotland’s nature together (and eating way too much food!) and this has been a huge influence on my life and my work.

My aim is to make sure your unique funky love is celebrated in my work. So that when you look at the photos you can see every weird and wonderful thing that makes you special as a couple reflected back at you.

The thought of being in front of a camera for any length of time can be pretty darn unnerving. I feel you.

So it’s a good thing I’m going to look 100X weirder than you will…

 

Here are some things you might not know about me…

I SAID 'YES'

BY A FIRE UNDER A STARRY LAPLAND SKY

I'VE BEEN KNOWN TO SPIN FIRE IN

EUROPE’S LARGEST FIRE FESTIVAL

A PENGUIN POOPED ON ME

WHEN I WAS A ZOO KEEPER FOR THE DAY

I LIVE FOR

TOSSING UP AUTUMN LEAVES

ADVENTURE IS

HELICOPTERING ONTO A NZ GLACIER

leave no trace

Scotland’s nature is incredibly important to my work (and my wee heart!). I operate a ‘leave no trace’ policy to minimise my impact on this wild unique landscape.

a tree planted per shoot

In trying to leave Scottish places in better condition than I found them, a tree will be planted to help re-wild the Caledonian forest for every photoshoot I do.