Tuesday, 15 December 2009


Sometimes my customers are not entirely........human!

I am also happy to photograph your pets and was delighted to have this handsome fellow in the studio recently. His name is Cheeko!

Should have done this years ago!

This lovely lady had put off getting her photo taken for around fifteen years. She finally plucked up the courage to come in and get a portrait done as a Christmas gift to her husband. I thought i'd do something different and incorporated her necklace into the border. I phoned to let her know it was ready and had to do a bit of quick thinking when her husband answered......I asked him to tell her her jewellery was ready to be picked up....not entirely untrue!

After waiting all that time to get her photo done, the end result brought a tear to her eye.

Pencil Sketch

No, I haven't put my camera down in favour of a pencil! After photographing this young lady I decided to play around with the editing and thought this sketch effect was quite striking.

I'd really be interested to hear your thoughts on it.....do you like the effect....not like it....what do you think? Please use the comment box!

Happy Customers

Feedback is very important to me and it's always lovely to hear that a customer is happy.

After taking this couple's portrait I was delighted to get this email from them...... "Thankyou so much for the photos. They're fantastic. We wish your family merry xmas and we'll see you again!"

Thanks Phil and Connie, I look forward to it!


A recent project I was asked to do was a spot of restoration work. This couple were approaching their 25th wedding anniversary and the photo had been in a frame since then, gradually becoming faded.

I was able to breathe new life into the photo by digitally enhancing it.

Ahh, the wonders of modern technology!

Monday, 14 December 2009

Spreading some festive cheer as Santa appears at MacKenzie & Cruickshank's garden centre, accompanied by his trusty elf and with Moray Concert Brass providing the soundtrack of cheery Christmas tunes.

Santa's grotto will be open this coming weekend, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th December between 1-3pm. Why not bring the children along to tell Santa what they would like for Christmas and get a gift and a keepsake photo?

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Catching Up

It's been a while since my last post, so what have I been up to lately? Well......

I was delighted to help an old friend at a recent wedding. Paul, from Aviemore Photographic was shooting Suzi and Dairmund's big day at Insch Church, by Kincraig.

About an hour before the ceremony we encountered an epic downpour making conditions very slippery........however, that didn't phase the bride who arrived wearing wellies!


Congratulations to Nellie Mowatt who has just celebrated her 80th birthday.

Nellie's party at the Golf View Hotel in Nairn was attended by all her family, including her five grandchildren- all boys, and her one great-grandchild- a girl!

Many Happy Returns.


I was recently asked to take a casual photograph of all the staff at MacKenzie and Cruickshank, here is the present workforce gathered in the coffee shop.
Incredibly, the last staff photo was taken in 1930 and includes Messrs MacKenzie and Cruickshank. Even more bizarrely, the group was snapped in front of Singapore House, which is now my house!

The above photo was recently seen in the book 'Forres Past and Present' which was the inspiration for the new staff picture. Strange to think that in another eighty years or so the new one may appear in "The Way We Were" and someone else will be photographing the next generation of MacKenzie & Cruickshank employees!

This is a great opportunity for other companies to have staff group pictures taken!!!


These photos are now available in ready to frame prints.

Above, the Red Arrows perform a spectacular aerobatic display over Forres and below, an aerial shot of beautiful Findhorn Bay.

Both prints are £35 each and would make a great Christmas present, please email for more details.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Wedding of Dianne and Alan

Fantastic wedding at the eightacres elgin lots of magic going on
A pleasure to be asked to take the pics
the bride Dianne has responded as

"hi lez absolutely love the photos . thankyou so much for everything !!!!!xxxxxxxxxxx"
and some of her friends were also over the moon.

"Just had a sneaky peek and the pics look FANTASTIC! Great memories from an absolutley brilliant day. x"

"Lez the pics look fantastic!!!! I second that mel!!"

i also had a sneaky peek they are wonderful photos of a wonderful great day..x"

"The Photos are absolutely brilliant, alot of great memories! Fantastic day! . x"

Monday, 27 April 2009

Wow!!!!.......wheres the time gone
Had no idea it was last July i entered up a blog
I am now on Facebook see me there

Have taken a great family picture at the Laichmoray for Nancy's 70th birthday

Happy Birthday Nancy