John Gilchrist: Blog https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog en-us (C) John Gilchrist (John Gilchrist) Sat, 09 Mar 2024 23:05:00 GMT Sat, 09 Mar 2024 23:05:00 GMT https://www.johngilchrist.com/img/s/v-12/u1019359663-o741279837-50.jpg John Gilchrist: Blog https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog 120 68 Saying "I Do" in Edinburgh: Your Guide to Officiants https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/4/saying-i-do-in-edinburgh-your-guide-to-officiants Saying "I Do" in Edinburgh: Your Guide to Officiants, Registrars, and Celebrants

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Edinburgh, with its historic charm and romantic atmosphere, is a dream location for many couples saying "I do." But amidst the whirlwind of venue hunting, cake tastings, and guest list wrangling, choosing the right person to officiate your ceremony can feel daunting. Worry not, lovebirds! This guide navigates the exciting yet nuanced world of wedding officiants, registrars, and celebrants in the Scottish capital.

For the Traditional Touch:

  • Registrars: Authorized by the state, registrars conduct legal civil ceremonies in designated venues like grand town halls or intimate registry offices. They follow a set script, ensuring a smooth and official ceremony. Choose this option for a straightforward, stress-free experience.

Beyond the Conventional:

  • Celebrants: Independent celebrants offer personalized ceremonies tailored to your unique love story and beliefs. They are not restricted by religious affiliations or legal procedures, allowing for interfaith, non-religious, or themed ceremonies that truly reflect your personalities.

The Best of Both Worlds:

  • Humanist Celebrants: Combining the legal authority of a registrar with the flexibility of a celebrant, humanist celebrants create meaningful ceremonies that celebrate love and commitment without religious overtones.

Finding Your Perfect Match:

  • Consider your priorities: Do you crave a traditional structure or a heartfelt, personalized ceremony?
  • Explore websites and directories: Find officiants, registrars, and celebrants whose style and philosophy resonate with you.
  • Schedule consultations: This personal interaction helps gauge personality, communication style, and ensure a comfortable fit.

Bonus Tips:

  • Inquire about experience and qualifications.
  • Discuss fees and any additional services offered.
  • Seek recommendations from other couples or wedding vendors.

Remember, your officiant plays a crucial role in setting the tone for your special day. By carefully considering your options and taking the time to find the perfect match, you can ensure a ceremony that is both legally sound and beautifully reflects your love story. So, breathe easy, lovebirds, and get ready to celebrate your "I do" in the enchanting city of Edinburgh!

 

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Unveiling Edinburgh's Fairytale Wedding Architect https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/4/edinburghs-wedding-architect Unveiling Edinburgh's Fairytale Wedding Architect

Your Fairytale Wedding Awaits: Unveiling Edinburgh's Hidden Gem of Wedding Planning

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Nestled amidst the charm and magic of Edinburgh, where ancient cobbled streets whisper stories of romance and grandeur, lies a wedding planner extraordinaire, ready to orchestrate the symphony of your dreams. Imagine – no generic packages, no cookie-cutter solutions, just a bespoke experience crafted with meticulous attention to detail, reflecting the unique tapestry of your love story.

This haven for soon-to-be-weds transcends the ordinary, offering a deeply personal approach that goes beyond planning an event. It's about weaving together your aspirations, dreams, and desires into an unforgettable celebration that speaks to your hearts. Whether you envision a whimsical garden wedding bathed in golden sunlight, a sophisticated ballroom affair exuding timeless elegance, or a quirky, intimate gathering bursting with personality, this Edinburgh-based maestro brings your vision to life with artistry and finesse.

Picture this: you share your wildest wedding fantasies, and they listen with genuine enthusiasm, their eyes sparkling with the potential they see unfolding. They delve into your love story, understanding the essence of your relationship, your hopes, and your dreams. With this unique understanding, they curate a wedding experience that is nothing short of extraordinary.

Imagine meticulously chosen vendors, each a master of their craft, handpicked to create a cohesive and breathtaking tapestry. From the dreamiest floral arrangements that capture the essence of your love to the most delectable cake that tantalizes your taste buds, every detail is meticulously considered, ensuring a seamless and flawless execution.

But it's not just about the aesthetics. This Edinburgh gem understands the emotional tapestry of your wedding day. They are there to guide you through every step, offering invaluable support and a calming presence amidst the whirlwind of planning. They anticipate your needs, address your concerns, and ensure that you and your partner can truly savour the magic of your engagement, knowing that everything is in expert hands.

So, if you're searching for an Edinburgh wedding planner who transcends the ordinary, who sees your wedding not as an event, but as a canvas for your love story, then step into this hidden gem. Let them unlock the magic, weave your dreams into reality, and orchestrate the most unforgettable celebration of your love – a fairytale wedding, uniquely yours, nestled amidst the timeless charm of Edinburgh.

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Loch Ness Monster: Sighting in Loch Ness, Scotland https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/4/loch-ness-monster Loch Ness Monster

Nessie's fleeting glimpse, sighting in Loch Ness

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Who believes Nessie is a myth now, positive sighting of the monster of Loch Ness in Scotland?

The mist clung to the surface of Loch Ness like a jealous lover, obscuring the vast expanse in an ethereal veil. I had spent countless mornings like this, perched on the craggy shore with my trusty camera, chasing the elusive shadow known as Nessie. Years of blurry photos and whispers from other monster hunters had left me jaded, yet a flicker of hope always remained.

This particular morning, however, felt different. An unsettling stillness hung in the air, broken only by the occasional cry of a lone gull. As the first rays of dawn pierced the mist, I noticed a ripple in the distance, unlike anything I'd seen before. It wasn't the usual churn of a passing boat or the playful splash of an otter. This disturbance emanated from a deeper source, a slow, deliberate movement that sent shivers down my spine.

Heart pounding, I adjusted my lens, the familiar weight of the camera suddenly feeling insignificant. The mist began to recede, revealing a sight that stole my breath. A long, serpentine neck broke the water's surface, glistening obsidian in the pale light. Its head was broad and powerful, unlike any creature I'd ever encountered. It surveyed the surroundings with an ancient wisdom, its gaze seemingly meeting mine for a fleeting moment.

Panic threatened to engulf me, but the urge to document this once-in-a-lifetime encounter was stronger. My fingers fumbled with the shutter, capturing a single, precious image before the creature submerged with barely a sound. The silence returned, thick and heavy, as if the loch itself held its breath, waiting for the monster's return.

I didn't need multiple shots. That single image, burned into my memory and captured through my longer lens, was proof enough. It wasn't the classic, full-body photo Nessie enthusiasts craved, but it held a raw, undeniable truth. The grainy image showed a portion of the neck and head, the water rippling around it's tail, a testament to the immense size and power of the creature.

The journey back to my cottage was a blur. I downloaded the photo with trembling hands, the image materializing in Lightroom like a dream given form. It wasn't perfect, but it was real. And that, I knew, was a story worth telling.

Sharing the photo with family and friends ignited a firestorm of debate and disbelief. Some hailed it as the definitive proof of Nessie's existence, while others dismissed it as another clever hoax. But for me, the truth didn't lie in validation or recognition. It resided in that single, silent moment on the loch, when I came face-to-face with a legend and emerged with a story etched not just on film, but in the very core of my being.

Feeling blessed. Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, Scotland's mythical creature, apparently! Photographed at home in the Scottish Highlands.

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Important info, your gallery id offers direct access to your gallery and is not a password, you may also require to sign in with the use of a password in addition to the gallery ID. Exclusive identification, assigning an ID with a gallery, reference will be made to a friendly URL that assists you to identify your gallery quickly and directly, for example www.johngilchrist.com/edinburgh-airport is the URL that takes you to the gallery for Edinburgh Airport.

Forgotten your gallery ID? No problem!

Indirect access can be achieved through search or navigation. If you are looking for photos from past weddings, you are invited to check out the client area for wedding photographs here. Alternatively, if your photoshoot consisted of a service relating to pr, event and corporate photography, you may like to view the client area for commercial photographs here.

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Wedding Venue Locations in Edinburgh & The Lothians https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/3/wedding-venue-locations-in-edinburgh-the-lothians Wedding Venue Locations in Edinburgh & The Lothians

Romantic wedding venues for every style of wedding in Edinburgh & The Lothians

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Eskmills Venue Edinburgh Wedding Venue, Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh & The Lothians is a beautiful and diverse region in the east of Scotland, known for its stunning scenery, historic castles, and vibrant cities. It is no wonder that this region is a popular destination for weddings, offering couples a variety of stunning venues to choose from.

Here are a few of the most popular wedding venue locations in Edinburgh & The Lothians:

Eskmills Venue

This former paper mill is located on the banks of the River Esk, and offers a unique and industrial setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Melville Castle Hotel Edinburgh Wedding Venue, Edinburgh, Scotland

Melville Castle Hotel

This imposing 18th-century castle is located on the outskirts of Edinburgh, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Walled Garden.

Witchery by the Castle Edinburgh Wedding Venue, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Witchery by the Castle

This luxurious hotel is located in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Witchery Room, the Secret Garden, and the Signet Library.

Dalhousie Castle Edinburgh Wedding Venue, Edinburgh, Scotland

Dalhousie Castle

This fairytale castle is located near Edinburgh, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Walled Garden.

Archerfield House Edinburgh Wedding Venue, East Lothian, Scotland

Archerfield House

This elegant country house is located on the East Lothian coast, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Drawing Room, the Waterfront Pavilion, and the Walled Garden.

Carlowrie Castle Edinburgh Wedding Venue, West Lothian, Scotland

Carlowrie Castle

This historic castle is located near Edinburgh, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Walled Garden.

Restoration Yard Edinburgh Wedding Venue, Edinburgh, Scotland

Restoration Yard

This unique and atmospheric venue is located in the heart of Dalkeith Country Park, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Orangerie, the Tuscan Courtyard, and the Secret Garden.

#edinburgh #lothians #weddingvenuelocations

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Celebrating Women in Edinburgh: A Look at International Women's Day 2024 https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/3/international-womens-day Celebrating Women in Edinburgh: A Look at International Women's Day 2024

Inspire Inclusion: Edinburgh Embraces International Women's Day

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International Women's Day, observed annually on March 8th, is a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year, Edinburgh promises a vibrant tapestry of events honouring diverse women and fostering conversations about gender equality.

Empowering Through Inspiration:

  • The University of Edinburgh International Women's Day Lecture: This prestigious event features a distinguished speaker addressing critical issues faced by women.
  • International Women's Day with Briana Pegado: Join author and entrepreneur Briana Pegado for an inspiring talk, followed by networking opportunities.
  • New College International Women's Day Lecture: This lecture delves into the theme of "Inspiring Inclusion," exploring ways to create a more equitable world for all.

Celebrating Through Creativity:

  • A Celebration of Women in Music: Immerse yourself in a powerful evening showcasing the talents of female musicians from various genres and backgrounds.
  • Black History Walk Edinburgh (International Women's Day special): This unique walk sheds light on the contributions of Black women throughout history, offering a thought-provoking perspective.

Engaging in Dialogue:

  • International Women's Day Discussion Panel: This event brings together a diverse group of women to discuss challenges and solutions related to women's experiences in workplaces and faith communities.
  • International Women's Day and the Stories We Tell About Feminism: This discussion explores the various narratives surrounding feminism and their impact on the movement for gender equality.

Beyond the Listed Events:

Edinburgh offers a plethora of opportunities to celebrate International Women's Day beyond these specific events. Support female-owned businesses, explore exhibitions showcasing women's achievements, or volunteer your time to organizations working towards gender equality.

A Call to Action:

International Women's Day is not just a day of celebration; it's a call to action. Use this opportunity to reflect on the progress made towards gender equality and identify ways to contribute to a more just and equitable future. Whether it's attending an event, advocating for change, or simply amplifying the voices of women around you, every action counts.

By participating in these diverse events and fostering ongoing conversations, Edinburgh aims to create a space where women are empowered, celebrated, and heard. So, join the movement and be part of this inspiring journey towards a more equitable future.

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Edinburgh Embraces Change: A Sustainable Vision https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/3/edinburgh-embraces-change-a-sustainable-vision Edinburgh Embraces Change: A Sustainable Vision

Edinburgh Evolves: A Glimpse into the Changing Landscape

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Edinburgh, Scotland's captivating capital, is undergoing a subtle yet significant transformation. While its iconic castle and historical core remain resolutely unchanged, the city's fringes are witnessing a surge in contemporary development, shaping a new Edinburgh for the 21st century.

One of the most noticeable changes is the emergence of sustainable and green building practices. Eco-conscious developments are incorporating energy-efficient features, utilizing recycled materials, and prioritizing green spaces. This shift reflects a growing awareness of environmental responsibility and a desire to create a more sustainable urban environment.

Another key trend is the revitalization of brownfield sites. Formerly neglected industrial areas are being transformed into vibrant mixed-use spaces, combining residential, commercial, and leisure facilities. This approach not only breathes new life into forgotten corners of the city but also fosters a sense of community and fosters economic growth.

The city is also witnessing a rise in mixed-use developments. These integrated projects offer residents the convenience of having essential amenities like shops, restaurants, and offices within walking distance. This promotes a walkable and sustainable lifestyle, reducing reliance on cars and creating a more vibrant and interconnected urban fabric.

However, the changing landscape of Edinburgh is not without its challenges. Balancing the need for development with the preservation of the city's unique character and heritage is crucial. Ensuring that new developments integrate seamlessly with existing architectural styles and respect the city's historical fabric is essential.

Furthermore, fostering inclusive and equitable growth is paramount. New developments should cater to diverse needs and income levels, preventing the creation of isolated enclaves and ensuring that the benefits of urban regeneration are shared by all residents.

As Edinburgh continues to evolve, it is exciting to witness how the city embraces innovation while staying true to its rich heritage. The ongoing transformation presents an opportunity to create a more sustainable, vibrant, and inclusive urban environment for future generations.

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Edinburgh Wedding Photographers: Capturing Love in the City https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/3/edinburgh-wedding-photographers Edinburgh Wedding Photographers: Capturing Love in the City

Saying "I Do" in Edinburgh: Capturing Your Love Story with the Perfect Photographer

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Edinburgh, with its cobbled streets, majestic castle, and timeless charm, is a city that whispers romance. But choosing the right photographer to capture your love story amidst this enchanting backdrop can feel daunting. Fear not, lovebirds! Let's delve into the world of Edinburgh wedding photographers, revealing the hidden gems and guiding you towards finding your ideal lensman.

Beyond the Picture-Perfect Postcard:

Sure, you'll find photographers who excel at capturing the iconic Arthur's Seat bathed in golden light or the Royal Mile bustling with energy. But the best go beyond tourist snapshots. They understand the intimate moments, the stolen glances, and the laughter that ripples through the air. They weave these into a tapestry of emotions, telling your unique story through the lens.

Storytellers with a Scottish Soul:

Look for photographers who are deeply connected to Edinburgh. They know the city's hidden nooks, the quirky corners, and the spots bathed in the most magical light. They'll guide you through cobbled lanes, whisper tales of the city's history, and capture the warmth of the Scottish spirit in your photos.

Artisans of Light and Shadow:

From the soft glow of candlelight in a grand ballroom to the dramatic contrast of a stormy sky, Edinburgh's diverse landscapes offer endless possibilities. Seek photographers who are masters of light, using it to enhance your emotions and create a visual symphony. Be it whimsical bokeh or dramatic silhouettes, their artistry will elevate your photos beyond the ordinary.

Finding Your Perfect Match:

Don't settle for just any photographer. Meet them, chat with them, and see if their personality resonates with yours. Do they share your vision? Do they make you feel comfortable and understood? Remember, they'll be your shadow on your special day, so finding someone you connect with is crucial.

Modern Muses and Vintage Visions:

Whether you envision a classic, timeless aesthetic or a contemporary, vibrant edge, Edinburgh offers photographers who cater to every taste. Explore their portfolios, delve into their blogs, and see if their style aligns with your dream wedding.

Beyond the Click:

Look for photographers who offer more than just beautiful images. Do they provide pre-wedding consultations to understand your vision? Do they offer packages with albums, prints, and online galleries? Are they responsive and professional throughout the process? Remember, this is an investment in memories that will last a lifetime.

Choosing your wedding photographer is a deeply personal decision. With these insights, let Edinburgh's vibrant photography scene guide you towards finding the artist who will capture the essence of your love story, transforming your "I do" into a timeless masterpiece. So, go forth, explore, and get ready to say "cheese" to a lifetime of happiness!

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(John Gilchrist) Wedding Suppliers https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/3/edinburgh-wedding-photographers Sun, 03 Mar 2024 08:00:00 GMT
Edinburgh in March: A Cultural Feast Awaits! https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/3/edinburgh-in-march-a-cultural-feast-awaits Edinburgh in March: A Cultural Feast Awaits!

March in Edinburgh: A Blend of Culture, Comedy, and Culinary Delights

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Spring is just around the corner, and Edinburgh is gearing up for a vibrant month filled with exciting events and experiences. Whether you're a local resident or a visiting explorer, March promises something for everyone.

Foodies rejoice! The month kicks off with Eat Out Edinburgh, a city-wide celebration offering mouth-watering deals and experiences throughout March. Explore the diverse culinary scene and indulge in delectable dishes at participating restaurants and bars.

For the cinephiles: The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme returns, showcasing the best of Japanese cinema with a diverse selection of films. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Japanese storytelling and discover hidden gems.

Celebrate International Women's Day with a powerful evening of poetry at UNBRIDLED. Renowned poets from across the UK will grace the stage, exploring themes of empowerment and resilience through their captivating words.

Laughter is the best medicine: The renowned comedian Clinton Baptiste headlines a night of stand-up comedy at the Charteris Centre. Prepare for an evening filled with side-splitting humour alongside rising stars of the Scottish comedy scene.

Calling all history buffs: Scotland's National Events Conference gathers industry professionals to discuss the future of events in the country. While not open to the public, it's a sign of the city's thriving events scene.

Beyond the calendar: Keep an eye out for Edinbrick 2024, a LEGO model show showcasing incredible creations, and The McDougalls: Space Adventure, a family-friendly show filled with music, magic, and laughter.

Looking for a breath of fresh air? Explore the ever-evolving beauty of Shepherd House as part of Scotland's Gardens Scheme Open Garden. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of this picturesque artist's garden.

March in Edinburgh is a vibrant tapestry woven with culinary delights, cultural gems, and opportunities for laughter and exploration. So, pack your bags, embrace the spring air, and discover the magic that awaits in Scotland's charming capital.

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Image of the Month

It's that time again, featured photo for the month of March... time to revisit the stunning photographs that captured my heart and imagination over the past few weeks.

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Throwback Image

Taken in the past, published in the present. Not this March, and maybe not this year, throwback time is space dedicated to unearthing recent or dusty memories and rediscovering forgotten gems from my photographic past. It's a chance to revisit simpler times, relive cherished moments, and maybe even cringe a little at my questionable editing choices.

There are countless other incredible photos on my site waiting to be discovered. So, keep your eyes peeled, explore my recent and featured photography galleries, and don't be afraid to share the images that move you with others. After all, the beauty of photography lies in its ability to connect us all through the universal language of visual storytelling.

#monthinfocus #imageofthemonth #throwbackimage #march2024

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Milestones & Memories: Life Events Worth a Pro Photographer https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/2/milestones-memories-life-events-worth-a-pro-photographer Milestones & Memories: Life Events Worth a Pro Photographer

Capturing Milestones: Life Events Worth the Professional Photo Finish

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Life is a whirlwind of moments, some fleeting, others etched forever in our hearts. But for certain momentous occasions, mere snapshots just won't do. These are the times when investing in a professional photographer elevates memories from blurry phone pics to timeless treasures. Let's delve into life events where professional photography shines:

Milestones of Love:

  • Weddings: The "big day" deserves capturing every emotion, from nervous anticipation to tearful vows to joyous celebration. Professionals navigate the chaos, ensuring all the magic unfolds flawlessly in your photos.
  • Engagements: This exciting prelude to marriage deserves its own spotlight. Professional photos capture the love, excitement, and unique personalities of the soon-to-be-weds, setting the stage for the wedding story.
  • Family Portraits: As families grow and evolve, capturing their dynamic at a specific time becomes invaluable. Professionals create beautiful, authentic portraits that freeze-frame precious moments of togetherness.

Celebrating New Beginnings:

  • Newborn Arrivals: Welcoming a tiny human is a life-altering experience. Professional photographers capture the delicate details, precious expressions, and overwhelming love of those early days.
  • Graduations: From kindergarten cap and gown to the triumphant toss of the mortarboard, graduations mark pivotal chapters. Professional photos capture the pride, accomplishment, and joy of these milestones.

Personal Achievements:

  • Headshots: In today's online world, a professional headshot is an investment in your brand. Photographers know how to create flattering, confident portraits that showcase your personality and professionalism.
  • Portfolios: Whether you're an artist, musician, or entrepreneur, professional photos elevate your portfolio, showcasing your work in the best possible light.

Beyond the Ordinary:

  • Special Events: Birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions – these events hold immense sentimental value. A professional photographer captures the candid moments, laughter, and genuine connections that make them special.
  • Travel Adventures: Stunning landscapes, cultural experiences, and personal growth – travel photography by a professional preserves the essence of your journey in breathtaking images.

Ultimately, the decision to hire a professional photographer is personal. But for those life events that hold exceptional significance, their expertise ensures you don't just remember, you relive the emotions and magic of the moment, forever.

#lifeevents #prophotographer

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Sweetening Your Edinburgh Wedding: Cake Artisans & Delectable Delights https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/2/edinburgh-wedding-cake Sweetening Your Edinburgh Wedding: Cake Artisans & Delectable Delights

Crafting the Sweetest Slice of Your Edinburgh Wedding: Unveiling Delectable Cake Designers and Suppliers

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Your Edinburgh wedding deserves a centrepiece that tantalizes taste buds and complements your unique love story. Enter the world of Edinburgh's wedding cake designers and suppliers, where artistry meets deliciousness to create a confectionary masterpiece.

For the Traditionalist:

Imagine a towering, multi-tiered cake, adorned with delicate sugar flowers and cascading fondant. Renowned Edinburgh bakers, with generations of experience, meticulously craft classic designs that exude elegance and timeless charm. Picture fruitcakes heavy with tradition, or light sponge cakes layered with rich buttercream, each bite a testament to heritage and craftsmanship.

For the Modern Visionary:

Embrace contemporary trends with edgy designs and innovative flavours. Edinburgh boasts a vibrant scene of young bakers pushing boundaries with geometric shapes, bold colour palettes, and unexpected textures. Think metallic tiers adorned with edible glitter, or naked cakes adorned with fresh berries and edible flowers, each reflecting your individuality and playful spirit.

For the Eco-Conscious Couple:

Sustainability takes centre stage with Edinburgh's eco-friendly cake makers. Locally sourced, organic ingredients, often vegan or gluten-free, create guilt-free indulgence. Imagine delicate creations crafted with seasonal fruits and edible flowers, presented on recycled or compostable stands, a harmonious blend of deliciousness and environmental responsibility.

Unveiling the Magic:

Beyond the cake itself, Edinburgh's suppliers offer a plethora of options to elevate your dessert table. Picture exquisite cake stands crafted from wood, glass, or even recycled materials, adding a touch of whimsy or elegance. Explore the world of bespoke cake toppers, personalized with your initials or a charming figurine, reflecting your unique love story. Don't forget delectable petit fours, cupcakes, or macarons, offering guests a delightful variety of sweet treats.

Finding Your Perfect Fit:

With so many talented bakers and suppliers, choosing the right one can feel overwhelming. Start by browsing online portfolios and social media pages, getting a taste of their design aesthetic and flavour offerings. Attend wedding shows or schedule consultations, discussing your vision and dietary needs. Most importantly, connect with a baker whose passion and creativity resonate with you, ensuring a cake that reflects the joy and sweetness of your Edinburgh wedding.

So, embark on your delicious journey and let Edinburgh's wedding cake designers and suppliers craft a confectionary masterpiece that becomes an unforgettable part of your special day!

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(John Gilchrist) Wedding Suppliers https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/2/edinburgh-wedding-cake Sun, 25 Feb 2024 08:00:00 GMT
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All About Favourites Lists

The Favourites feature allows clients/visitors to pick specific photos in a gallery or collection, save them as a set of favourites, and then share this set directly with the photographer or with their business colleagues/friends.

Shared Favourites lists are used by clients to communicate a message to their photographer about a selected list of photos.

Example uses for this feature include:

  • Creating a list of photos that the client would like retouched
  • Creating a list of photos that they would like displayed to their wedding guests
  • Create a list of photos that they dislike and would like not to be displayed on the site.
  • Create a list with just one single photo and send a message to the photographer about that one photo

Before a Favorites list can be created, the system requires that the visitor first log in or create an account under the photographer's site. The Favourites List is then stored in their account under the site. They will then be able to access the Favourites List from any internet connected computer web browser just by logging in to their account.

Changes to Favourites Lists are automatically shared between the client and the photographer. So if the client removes a photo from the list or adds a new photo, the change will be reflected when the photographer views the list.  It also works the other way around as images removed from the list by the photographer will also be removed from the client's view of the list.

#proofingphotos #videotutorial
 

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Edinburgh's February Frenzy: Rugby, Romance & Fiery Fun https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/2/edinburghs-february-frenzy-rugby-romance-fiery-fun Edinburgh's February Frenzy: Rugby, Romance & Fiery Fun

Love, Rugby, and Puppets: February Fun in Edinburgh!

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Edinburgh may be brisk in February, but the city heats up with exciting events. Whether you're a sports fanatic, an art enthusiast, or a love-struck soul, there's something for everyone this month.

For the Romantics:

  • Valentines Day Fire Manipulation Workshop: Ignite your passion (literally!) with a unique experience learning fire manipulation at Greyfriars Bobby. Witness mesmerizing flames and sparks fly against the historic backdrop.
  • Jesus Christ Superstar and The Wizard of Oz at Edinburgh Playhouse: Catch these iconic musicals playing throughout February. Sing along to beloved tunes and be swept away by timeless stories.
  • Romantic Stroll through the Dean Village: Explore this picturesque neighbourhood with charming cafes, independent shops, and the Water of Leith cascading beside you.
  • Valentines Day Fire Manipulation Workshop: Ignite your passion (literally!) with a unique experience learning fire manipulation at Greyfriars Bobby. Witness mesmerizing flames and sparks fly against the historic backdrop.

For the Culture Buffs:

  • Manipulate Festival: Dive into the world of visual theatre, puppetry, and animation. This adult-focused festival showcases innovative performances across various venues.
  • 143rd Open Annual Exhibition of the RSW: Admire works by top Scottish artists at the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour. Immerse yourself in the richness of the local art scene.
  • Edinbrick 2024 - A LEGO Model Show: Calling all brick enthusiasts! Marvel at incredible LEGO creations at this popular family-friendly show.

For the Sports Fans:

  • Guinness Six Nations Championship: Cheer on Scotland as they take on France at the iconic Murrayfield Stadium. Feel the electrifying atmosphere of international rugby.
  • Scottish Premier League: Hibernian v Dundee: Witness a local football rivalry unfold at Easter Road. Support your favourite team or simply soak up the vibrant atmosphere.

Other Highlights:

  • ABBA Tribute Show: Dust off your platform boots and dance to the unforgettable tunes of ABBA at the Edinburgh Playhouse. Relive the disco era with this high-energy performance.
  • Big Kid Circus: Join the fun at this interactive circus experience, perfect for families. Witness amazing acrobatics, hilarious clowns, and audience participation.

Beyond the events:

Warm up with a comforting bowl of Cullen Skink or a dram of Scotch whisky by a crackling fire. Explore the historic Old Town, climb Arthur's Seat for panoramic views, or wander through the enchanting Princes Street Gardens.

Don't miss out on the vibrant energy of Edinburgh in February! With love, laughter, and cultural experiences, this month promises unforgettable memories.

Note: This is just a taste of what's on offer. Be sure to check out event listings and websites for details and ticket information. Remember, with Valentine's Day approaching, booking popular events in advance is recommended!


Off-topic, and just to digress a little

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It's that time again, featured photo for the month of February... time to revisit the stunning photographs that captured my heart and imagination over the past few weeks.

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Throwback time: Image - Grounded in Green

Not this February, and maybe not this year, throwback time is space dedicated to unearthing recent or dusty memories and rediscovering forgotten gems from my photographic past. It's a chance to revisit simpler times, relive cherished moments, and maybe even cringe a little at my questionable editing choices.

There are countless other incredible photos on my site waiting to be discovered. So, keep your eyes peeled, explore my recent and featured photography galleries, and don't be afraid to share the images that move you with others. After all, the beauty of photography lies in its ability to connect us all through the universal language of visual storytelling.

#monthinfocus #throwbacktime #february2024

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(John Gilchrist) month in focus https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/2/edinburghs-february-frenzy-rugby-romance-fiery-fun Sun, 18 Feb 2024 08:00:00 GMT
Thistle Power: Can Scotland roar in the Six Nations? https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/2/thistle-power-can-scotland-roar-in-the-six-nations Thistle Power: Can Scotland roar in the Six Nations?

Let's Get This Thistle Going! Stand Shoulder-to-Shoulder with Scotland in the Six Nations

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The air crackles with anticipation. Kilts are being pressed, faces painted, and roars gathering in throats. The mighty thistle is poised to bloom once more, as Scotland's National Rugby Team charges into the 2024 Six Nations Championship

Granted, Scotland were stunned by a late French fightback but from the windswept Murrayfield to living rooms across the globe, a sea of tartan will erupt in passionate support. This year, it feels different. A quiet confidence simmers beneath the surface, fuelled by a team hungry for glory and a nation yearning for a historic win. 

Head Coach Gregor Townsend has meticulously crafted a squad brimming with talent and grit. Finn Russell orchestrates the backline with his trademark wizardry, while the pack boasts the bone-crunching ferocity of Duhan van der Merwe and Jamie Ritchie. Each player embodies the fighting spirit of Scotland, ready to leave everything on the pitch.

The challenges are formidable. England, Wales, Ireland, France, and Italy stand tall, each harbouring ambitions of their own. But underestimating Scotland is a dangerous game. This team thrives on the underdog narrative, fuelled by the unwavering support of their passionate Tartan Army.

Remember the epic Calcutta Cup victory of 2021? The spine-tingling comeback against France in 2022? These moments weren't flukes; they were testaments to a team that bleeds thistle red and refuses to back down.

So, as the first whistle blows, let your voice rise in unison. Sing Flower of Scotland with thunderous pride. Paint social media blue with messages of encouragement. Stand shoulder-to-shoulder with your fellow supporters, both physically and virtually.

This isn't just about winning silverware; it's about showcasing the resilience, passion, and unwavering spirit that defines Scotland. It's about inspiring a generation of young players to dream big and chase their thistle.

So, Scotland, let's get this thistle going! Charge onto the pitch with unwavering belief, leave no inch of turf unturned, and fight for every point with the heart of a nation behind you. We believe. We roar. 

#rugby #sixnation

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(John Gilchrist) month in focus https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/2/thistle-power-can-scotland-roar-in-the-six-nations Sun, 18 Feb 2024 08:00:00 GMT
Wedding Venue Locations in Dundee & Angus https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/2/wedding-venue-locations-in-dundee-angus Wedding Venue Locations in Dundee & Angus

Romantic wedding venues for every style of wedding in Dundee & Angus

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Mains Castle, Scotland

Dundee & Angus is a beautiful and diverse region in the east of Scotland, known for its stunning scenery, historic castles, and picturesque villages. It is no wonder that this region is a popular destination for weddings, offering couples a variety of stunning venues to choose from.

Here are a few of the most popular wedding venue locations in Dundee & Angus:

Mains Castle

This fairytale castle is located near Dundee, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Walled Garden.

Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort, Scotland

Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort

This luxury resort is located near Dundee, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Buddon Burn Ceremony Building, the Inglesmaldie Events Suite, and the Kingennie Court.

Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa, Dundee, Scotland

The Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa

This contemporary hotel is located on the waterfront in Dundee, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the River Suite, the Quay Suite, and the Terrace.

Weaving Shed Studios, Dundee, Scotland

The Weaving Shed Studios

This unique venue is located in the heart of Dundee, and offers a rustic and industrial setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Kinnettles Castle, Forfar, Scotland

Kinnettles Castle

This historic castle is located near Forfar, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Walled Garden.

House of Dun, Montrose, Scotland

House of Dun

This National Trust for Scotland property is located near Montrose, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Drawing Room, the Dining Room, and the Walled Garden.

Carnoustie Hotel, Golf Resort, Carnoustie, Scotland

Carnoustie Hotel, Golf Resort

This luxury hotel is located in the heart of Carnoustie, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Ballroom, the Conservatory, and the Terrace.

Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, St Andrews, Scotland

The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa

This world-renowned golf resort is located in St Andrews, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Strathearn Suite, the Eden Suite, and the Terrace.

#dundeeangus #weddingvenuelocations

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(John Gilchrist) Wedding Locations https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/2/wedding-venue-locations-in-dundee-angus Sun, 18 Feb 2024 08:00:00 GMT
A Journey Through the Human Tapestry https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/2/human-tapestry People Interest: A Journey Through the Human Tapestry

The Human Tapestry: Observing the beauty of Joe Public and people in public spaces

Perspectives on realityOne single fibre at a timeAs a human individual we represent one single perspective on reality in a tapestry of more then 8 billion singular perspectives.

Public spaces are the lungs of a city, the places where we inhale new experiences and exhale the stories of our own lives.

The Human Experience

They're vibrant tapestries woven from the threads of countless individuals, each with their own unique melody adding to the symphony of the human experience. Slipping into this candid life is about embracing the unfiltered, messy, and beautiful reality of existence. It's about stepping away from the meticulously curated online personas and into the raw, vulnerable space of being truly human.

From the hurried businessman tapping away on his phone to the elderly couple feeding pigeons on a park bench, every face in a public space tells a story. The young lovers sharing a stolen kiss beneath a tree, the group of friends lost in animated conversation over coffee, the lone figure lost in a book on a quiet corner each one a vignette waiting to be explored.

The beauty of public spaces lies in their inherent egalitarianism. They are the great levellers, where CEOs and students, artists and accountants, all share the same ground. It's a place where differences melt away, replaced by a shared humanity. We are all, for a fleeting moment, simply people in the same space, breathing the same air, connected by the invisible threads of our shared existence.

Observing people in public spaces is a humbling and enriching experience. It reminds us of the vast spectrum of human experience, the kaleidoscope of emotions and stories that play out on every street corner. It's a chance to witness joy and sorrow, resilience and vulnerability, all laid bare in the raw theatre of everyday life.

But beyond the individual stories, public spaces also reveal the beating heart of a community. They are the places where we come together to celebrate and mourn, to protest and play, to express ourselves and connect with others. They are the glue that binds us together, the living rooms of our urban landscape.

So, the next time you find yourself in a public space, take a moment to truly see the people around you. Look beyond the facades and let their stories wash over you. You might just be surprised by the beauty and the depth you find.

Here are some prompts to inspire your own observations in public spaces:

  • What are the most common activities you see people doing?
  • What are the unspoken rules of etiquette in your local public spaces?
  • How do people's clothing and body language reflect their culture or background?
  • What are the hidden gems in your city that offer unique people-watching opportunities?

Remember, public spaces are more than just bricks and mortar. They are the canvases upon which we paint the stories of our lives. So, get out there, observe, and be amazed by the beauty of the human tapestry in all its glorious complexity.

Who is Joe Public?

Joe Public is a term used to refer to the average person, the ordinary citizen, the man or woman on the street. He or she is not a specific individual, but rather a symbol of the general public. Joe Public is often used in contrast to people in positions of power or authority, such as politicians, celebrities, or business leaders.

Where does the term come from?

The exact origin of the term "Joe Public" is unknown, but it is thought to have first appeared in the late 19th century in the United States. It is possible that the term is derived from the name "John Doe," which is often used as a placeholder name for an unknown person.

How is Joe Public used?

The term "Joe Public" is often used in a humorous or ironic way. For example, someone might say, "The new law is so complicated that only a lawyer could understand it. Joe Public doesn't have a chance." The term can also be used in a more serious way to talk about the needs and concerns of ordinary people. For example, a politician might say, "I am running for office because I want to make sure that Joe Public has a voice in government."

Is Joe Public a real person?

No, Joe Public is not a real person. He or she is a symbol of the general public.

I hope this post has inspired you to appreciate the beauty of people in public spaces. Let me know in a private message what your favourite places for people-watching are, and what stories you've encountered there!

#humantapestry #joepublic #publicspaces #peoplewatching #theunknownsubject 

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(John Gilchrist) Explore https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/2/human-tapestry Sun, 18 Feb 2024 08:00:00 GMT
Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/2/photography Photography: Finding Freedom in Focus 

Balancing Professional and Personal Work in Photography

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For photographers, the camera is a gateway to two worlds: the one driven by clients and deadlines, and the one fuelled by passion and experimentation. Navigating these realms, professional work and personal work, can feel like a delicate dance, a constant push and pull between fulfilling expectations and chasing artistic dreams.

Professional Work: The Art of Execution

On the professional stage, we wear the hats of technicians, storytellers, and problem solvers. Clients hire us for our expertise, our ability to capture moments that sell products, tell stories, or document memories. Whether it's the sleek lines of a new building, the emotion of a wedding day, or the energy of a sporting event, we translate their vision into impactful images. This side of photography demands precision, efficiency, and the ability to adapt to diverse scenarios. We hone our technical skills, refine our post-processing methods, and learn to collaborate effectively with clients and teams.

Personal Work: Where the Soul Speaks

But amidst the client briefs and deadlines, a different rhythm emerges. Personal work is our creative playground, where we shed the constraints of expectations and explore uncharted territories. We chase elusive light patterns, delve into personal narratives, or experiment with unorthodox techniques. This is where we push boundaries, discover new voices, and rediscover the joy of pure, unadulterated creation. The images might not pay the bills, but they nourish our souls, spark new ideas, and keep the artistic fire burning bright.

The Synergy of Two Worlds

The lines between these two worlds, however, aren't always so clear. Professional work can inform our personal vision, exposing us to diverse perspectives and new technical possibilities. Conversely, the freedom and experimentation of personal work can enhance our professional skills, leading to bolder compositions and a more unique visual language. They dance in a dynamic interplay, each enriching the other.

Finding The Balance

The key to thriving in this artistic ecosystem lies in finding a balance that works for you. Some photographers compartmentalize, dedicating specific periods to each realm. On a personal level, I weave them together, finding inspiration in client projects to fuel personal explorations. There's no right or wrong answer, only the path that keeps the creative spark alive.

So, fellow photographers, embrace the multifaceted nature of our craft. Celebrate the precision of professional work, and cherish the freedom of personal exploration. Let both worlds inspire and inform each other, for in this intricate balance lies the true heart of artistic expression.

What about you? How do you navigate the worlds of professional and personal work in photography? Share your thoughts and experiences by message.

Photographs can capture memories.

A photograph is a snapshot of a moment in time, and it can help us to remember the people, places, and things that we love. Photographs can be a powerful way to preserve memories for future generations. A photograph can be a simple snapshot or a work of art, but it always has the power to connect with the viewer.

Here are some of the ways that photographs can be powerful: They can capture a moment in time. A photograph can capture a single moment and freeze it forever. This can be a powerful reminder of a special event, a loved one, or a place that has been visited. They can tell a story. A photograph can tell a story in a way that words cannot. A single image can convey a sense of place, time, and emotion.  They can evoke an emotion. A photograph can evoke a wide range of emotions, from happiness to sadness, from love to fear. This is because photographs tap into our memories and experiences. Photographs are powerful because they can connect with us on a personal level. They can remind us of happy times, help us to understand the world around us, and even inspire us to change. Power to the photographs.

Ready to embark on my photography adventure? Let John Gilchrist be your compass!

#professional #personal #photography

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Lothian Buses - A picture guide to buses in Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/2/lothian-buses-edinburgh Lothian Buses - A picture guide to buses in Edinburgh

Navigating the Edinburgh Labyrinth: Picture guide to Edinburgh Buses

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Edinburgh, a city steeped in history and charm, can be a maze to navigate, especially for newcomers. But fear not, intrepid explorer! Lothian Buses, the city's vibrant public transport system, is your trusty chariot, ready to whisk you away on an adventure through cobbled streets, majestic gardens, and hidden alleyways.

A Network Woven Through Time:

With over 700 buses zipping around the city and surrounding areas, Lothian Buses boasts an extensive network that's been around for over 100 years. From frequent city centre loops to journeys venturing out to charming seaside towns and rolling hills, there's a bus for every destination, every whim.

Planning Your Odyssey:

No need to consult fortune tellers for directions! Lothian's user-friendly website and app are your modern oracles. The journey planner helps you weave through the tapestry of routes, revealing estimated times and real-time updates. Whether you're a seasoned map reader or a directionally challenged soul, Lothian makes finding your way a breeze.

Ticketing: A Symphony of Options:

No more fumbling for exact change! Lothian offers a delightful symphony of ticketing options. Tap your contactless card, download the M-Ticket app for on-the-go purchases, or invest in a Ridacard or NEC for discounted travel. Choose the melody that suits your rhythm and let the conductor know your tune.

Beyond the Ride: A Canvas of Experiences:

But Lothian Buses is more than just a mode of transport; it's a canvas for experiences. Witness Edinburgh's architectural gems whizz by from your window, feel the buzz of the city centre from the top deck, or lose yourself in the rolling countryside as the bus snakes through verdant hills. Each journey is a brushstroke on your Edinburgh adventure.

A Few Local Tips:

  • Download the Lothian Buses app for live updates and ticket purchases.
  • Validate your ticket upon boarding (unless using contactless).
  • Be prepared for exact change if paying with cash.
  • Mind the gap! Be careful when stepping on and off the bus.
  • Enjoy the ride! Edinburgh's landscape is best admired from a moving canvas.
  • So, ditch the map, embrace the rhythm of the engine, and let Lothian Buses guide you through Edinburgh's captivating labyrinth. With its extensive network, convenient ticketing, and ever-changing scenery, Lothian promises an unforgettable journey, one stop at a time.

Ready to embark on your Edinburgh adventure? Let Lothian Buses be your compass!

#LothianBuses #Edinburgh #PublicTransport #TravelTips #ExploreEdinburgh 

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(John Gilchrist) Explore Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/2/lothian-buses-edinburgh Thu, 15 Feb 2024 08:00:00 GMT
Whispers, Winks, and Wedded Bliss: A Valentine's Day Celebration https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/2/whispers-winks-and-wedded-bliss-a-valentines-day-celebration Whispers, Winks, and Wedded Bliss: A Valentine's Day Celebration

Love's Symphony: Whispers, Winks, and Wedded Bliss

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The air hums with a different energy these days. A mischievous glint dances in eyes, playful smiles linger longer, and whispers laced with unspoken promises take flight. February's magic has arrived, painting the world in shades of crimson and rose. It's a time for stolen glances, nervous handholding, and hearts fluttering like hummingbird wings.

For some, love's whispers crescendo into declarations, vows exchanged beneath a canopy of blooms, and promises etched in eternity. The click of the shutter captures the raw emotions - the tear glistening on a cheek, the trembling fingers intertwined, the joy that bursts forth like a thousand champagne bubbles. These photographs become heirlooms, whispering stories of love's grand pronouncements long after the confetti settles.

But love isn't always grand pronouncements. Sometimes, it's the quiet moments - a shared laugh over a steaming mug of cocoa, a whispered secret under a starlit sky, a knowing look exchanged across a crowded room. These moments, too, deserve their place in the tapestry of love. The photographer becomes a silent observer, capturing the subtle nuances, the unspoken tenderness that speaks volumes without a word.

And then there are those for whom love takes a different form. The love between friends, the deep bond between siblings, the fierce loyalty of a pet - these too are worthy of celebration. A captured embrace between two friends, the playful tussle of siblings, the adoring gaze of a furry companion - these photographs become testaments to the diverse forms love can take.

This Valentine’s Day let's celebrate love in all its glorious forms. Let the whispers, the giggles, and the quiet moments be captured, not just in our memories, but in images that tell stories long after the day has faded. Whether it's a grand affair or a simple gesture, let the photographer be the silent storyteller, weaving the magic of love into timeless photographs.

So, open your hearts, embrace the whispers, and let the camera capture the essence of your Valentine's Day, in all its beautiful, multifaceted forms.

#valentinesday

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(John Gilchrist) Wedding https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/2/whispers-winks-and-wedded-bliss-a-valentines-day-celebration Wed, 14 Feb 2024 08:00:00 GMT
Scottish Wedding Venues https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/2/wedding-venues Scottish Wedding Venues: Castles, Gardens, & Highland Enchantment

Say "I Do" in the Land of Enchantment: Scottish Wedding Venues for Every Dream

John Gilchrist Edinburgh wedding photographer at Archerfield House | Wedding of Samantha and Stephen SS1369Archerfield House WeddingIt's a place where magic lives, where your love story unfolds against a backdrop of breathtaking beauty and timeless charm.

Dreaming of a wedding woven with history, romance, and dramatic landscapes? Look no further than Scotland! From majestic castles perched on clifftops to charming lochside retreats, Scotland offers a kaleidoscope of unique wedding venues to make your special day unforgettable.

Castles of Fairytale Dreams: Imagine exchanging vows in a grand hall adorned with tapestries and flickering firelight, with rolling hills and ancient forests stretching beyond the castle walls. Scotland boasts an abundance of magnificent castles, many offering exclusive-use for your wedding, transforming you and your guests into lords and ladies for a day. Imagine exchanging rings beneath a vaulted ceiling, then celebrating with a lively ceilidh in the courtyard under a starlit sky.

Whispers of the Highlands: For a touch of wilderness and serenity, elope to a secluded Highland retreat nestled amidst towering mountains and shimmering lochs. Picture saying "I do" on a jetty overlooking the water, with mist-shrouded peaks as your backdrop. Imagine cozy log cabins crackling with warmth, where laughter and intimate gatherings create a truly magical atmosphere.

Urban Chic with a Twist: Craving a contemporary setting with a unique twist? Scotland's vibrant cities offer industrial-chic warehouses transformed into stylish event spaces, complete with exposed brickwork and contemporary art. Imagine saying your vows under a cascading chandelier, followed by a reception bathed in fairy lights against the backdrop of a bustling cityscape. These urban havens offer the perfect blend of modern elegance and a touch of Scottish charm.

Gardens of Enchantment: For a wedding steeped in natural beauty, explore Scotland's enchanting gardens. Imagine exchanging vows beneath a canopy of blooming roses, followed by a romantic reception amidst sprawling greenery and trickling fountains. Breathe in the fresh Scottish air as you celebrate your love surrounded by vibrant petals and the gentle buzz of nature.

Whisky, Ceilidhs, and Highland Hospitality: No Scottish wedding is complete without its traditions. Imagine guests raising a toast with a dram of fine whisky, their laughter echoing in the air. Picture the joyous energy of a lively ceilidh, where everyone joins hands and dances the night away. Whether you choose a majestic castle or a charming lochside retreat, expect heartfelt hospitality and genuine warmth from the locals, making your wedding a truly unforgettable experience.

Scotland offers more than just stunning scenery - it offers a stage for your unique love story. So, come explore the endless possibilities and weave your own fairytale wedding amidst the magic of the land.

#scottishweddingvenues

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(John Gilchrist) Wedding https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/2/wedding-venues Sun, 11 Feb 2024 08:00:00 GMT
Best Photography Locations In Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/2/best-photography-locations-in-edinburgh Best Photography Locations In Edinburgh

The Ultimate Guide to Finding the Best Photo Locations in Edinburgh

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The Enchanting City of Edinburgh: A Photographer's Paradise

The best photo spots

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is a city steeped in history, culture, and natural beauty. It's also a photographer's paradise, with endless opportunities to capture stunning images. From its iconic castle and cobbled streets to its dramatic hills and lush gardens, Edinburgh has something for everyone.

Must-Visit Photography Spots:

  • Calton Hill: For panoramic views of the city, Calton Hill is unbeatable. This volcanic hilltop offers stunning vistas of Edinburgh Castle, Arthur's Seat, and the Firth of Forth. At golden hour, the light bathes the city in a warm glow, making it a magical time to photograph.
  • Victoria Street: This vibrant street is a photographer's dream, with its colourful houses, charming shops, and cobbled lanes. It's no wonder J.K. Rowling found inspiration for Diagon Alley here! Grab a coffee and wander, capturing the quirky details and lively atmosphere.
  • Dean Village: Step back in time in the picturesque Dean Village. This former mill village is now a peaceful oasis, with charming stone houses, a babbling river, and lush greenery. Capture the tranquillity of the spot or snap photos of the quirky cafes and independent shops.
  • Arthur's Seat: Hike up to the top of Arthur's Seat for breath-taking views of the city and beyond. On a clear day, you can even see as far as the Fife coastline. The hike itself is a great way to explore the city's green spaces, and the reward at the top is a photographer's dream.
  • Princes Street Gardens: These beautiful gardens offer a welcome escape from the city bustle. Capture the colourful flower beds, the elegant Georgian architecture, and the iconic views of Edinburgh Castle. In the spring, the gardens come alive with cherry blossoms, making for a truly magical scene.
  • The Royal Mile: No trip to Edinburgh would be complete without a visit to the Royal Mile. This historic street is lined with shops, pubs, and landmarks, making it a great place to capture the city's character. Keep an eye out for hidden alleys and closes, which offer a glimpse into Edinburgh's past.

Beyond the Tourist Trail:

For something a little different, venture beyond the usual tourist spots. Here are a few hidden gems for photographers:

  • Blackford Hill: This hill offers stunning views of the city, the Pentland Hills, and the Firth of Forth. It's a great place to escape the crowds and capture some panoramic shots.
  • The Water of Leith: This picturesque river winds its way through the city, offering a variety of photo opportunities. Follow the path, capture the wildlife, or snap photos of the bridges and historic buildings that line the banks.
  • The Vennel Steps: These hidden steps offer a glimpse into Edinburgh's past. The narrow lanes and close-knit buildings make for a truly atmospheric setting.

Tips for Photography in Edinburgh:

  • Be prepared for all weather conditions. Edinburgh is known for its changeable weather, so be sure to pack your raincoat and camera bag cover.
  • Get up early or stay out late. The best light for photography is often at sunrise or sunset, so try to be out shooting during these times.
  • Explore the back lanes and closes. Some of the most photogenic spots in Edinburgh are hidden away in the back streets. Don't be afraid to wander and explore.
  • Look for the details. Edinburgh is a city full of character, so keep an eye out for the little things that make it unique, such as the intricate stonework, the colourful doors, and the friendly faces.

With its endless photo opportunities, Edinburgh is a city that will ignite your creativity. So grab your camera and start exploring!

Every city has its own unique beauty, and what better way to capture it than through photography? But with so many streets, landmarks, and hidden gems to choose from, it can be tough to know where to start. That's why I've put together this guide to help you find the best photography locations in your own city.

  1. Start with the iconic spots. No matter what city you're in, there are bound to be a few iconic landmarks that everyone recognizes. These can be great starting points for your photography adventure. For example, in Edinburgh, you could try capturing the Scott Monument from a variety of angles, or close by, you could head to Princes Street Gardens or Edinburgh Castle
  2. Don't forget the hidden gems. While the iconic spots are definitely worth a visit, it's also important to explore the less-touristy parts of the city. This is where you're likely to find some of the most unique and interesting photo opportunities. Wander down side streets, explore local markets, and keep an eye out for anything that catches your eye.
  3. Think about the time of day and weather. The time of day and weather can make a big difference in your photos. For example, if you're looking to capture the city lights, you'll obviously need to shoot at night. And if you want to get some dramatic clouds in your shots, you'll need to be patient and wait for the right weather conditions.
  4. Use a map to plan your route. Once you've got a few potential locations in mind, use a map to plan your route. This will help you make the most of your time and avoid getting lost.
  5. Be respectful of your surroundings. When you're out taking photos, it's important to be respectful of your surroundings. Be mindful of private property, and don't be disruptive to people who are living or working in the area.
  6. Most importantly, have fun!

Photography is a great way to explore your city and get creative. So relax, have fun, and experiment with different techniques. You might just be surprised at what you capture.

Here are some additional tips for finding great photography locations:

  • Ask local residents for their recommendations.
  • Check out photography websites and blogs for inspiration.
  • Join a local photography club or group.
  • Use social media to find other photographers in your city.
  • With a little planning and effort, you're sure to find some amazing photography locations in this beautiful city that is Edinburgh. So get out there and start exploring!

I hope this post has inspired you to visit Edinburgh and capture its magic for yourself. I'm sure you'll take some amazing photos! Happy snapping!

Classic views are sometimes best seen from outside Edinburgh

An introduction into the best photo locations Edinburgh has to offer. Keep in mind that classic views are sometimes best seen from outside Edinburgh looking in.

If you're reading this then you’re probably going to come to the city with a view to creating vibrant photography from the classic views, famous landmarks & historical buildings of Edinburgh, which also happens to be my hometown. Attractions are plentiful and are well documented elsewhere so it’s easy to find plenty subject matter to suit your taste. Whether its buildings of historic interest or stimulating attractions one certainty is, the city won’t fall short of your expectations. Cobbled street views depict iconic settings so well. Traditional or contemporary, Edinburgh photo opportunities are in abundance, there is ample to see and do. Not forgetting the lively Christmas and New Year celebrations, note, a woolly hat and scarf is necessary essential in the photographer’s kit bag.

The city has it all and offers boundless photographic scenarios to get you inspired. What’s more, the surrounding coast and countryside of East, West and Midlothian are perfect for bracing beach walks and refreshing rambles along the Pentland Hills and country parks, truly inspiring photography locations.

My personal photo challenge is to depict all that is Edinburgh, I’m attempting to capture a comprehensive image collection that ranges from the finer detailed shots through to the wider perspective panoramic images; it’s all a work in progress.
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Prices - How Much Do I Charge for My Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/2/prices Prices - How Much Do I Charge for My Photography?

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Pricing my photography services can be a daunting task. There are so many factors to consider, such as my experience level, the type of photography I do, and the cost of living in my area.

Here are a few things that I keep in mind when pricing my photography:

  • My experience level. More experienced photographers can typically charge more than less experienced photographers. This is because they have a proven track record of producing high-quality images.
  • The type of photography I do. Some types of photography, such as wedding photography and portrait photography, are more in demand than others. This means that I can typically charge more for these types of photography.
  • The cost of living in my area. The cost of living in your area will also affect your pricing. If you live in a major city, you can typically charge more than if you live in a rural area.

In addition to these factors, I also like to consider the following when pricing my photography:

  • My overhead costs. These include the cost of equipment, insurance, and marketing.
  • My time. How much time I spend on each photography project.
  • My profit margin. How much profit I want to make from each photography project?

Once I've considered all of these factors, I can offer a pricing structure for my photography services. I've found that it's a good idea to have a range of prices, so that you can customize my pricing to each client's needs.

Here are some examples of average photography prices:

  • Hourly rate: £75-200
  • Day rate: £280-2000
  • Package price: £549-5000

Of course, these are just averages, my actual prices vary depending on the factors mentioned above.

Pricing my photography can be a challenge, but it's important to set rates that are fair to me and my clients. By following the tips above, I can develop a pricing structure that will help me grow my photography business.

Here are some additional info for pricing my photography:

  • Being transparent about my pricing. Let my clients know how I arrive at my prices and what they're paying for.
  • Being flexible. Be willing to negotiate with clients on price, especially if they're booking a large project.
  • Offer discounts. I can offer discounts for early bookings, repeat business, or referrals.
  • Upselling my services. Sometime I offer additional services, such as prints, albums, or website design, to increase any profits.

By following these tips, I price my photography services in a way that is fair to me and my clients.

In detail, my prices for...

Wedding photographer prices Edinburgh - Commercial photography rates Scotland

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Client Area https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/2/client-area Client Area

A photographer's client area is a password-protected online gallery where clients can view and order their photos. It is an essential tool for photographers, as it allows them to deliver their photos quickly and easily, and to provide their clients with a convenient way to order prints and other products.

When my clients log& in to their gallery, they will be able to view all of the photos that I have taken for them. They will also be able to order prints, albums, and other products or download directly from their gallery.

A photographer's client area is a valuable tool that can help me deliver your photos quickly and easily, and to provide my clients with a convenient way to order prints and other products.

Here are some of the benefits of using a photographer's client area:

  • Convenience: Clients can view and order their photos from anywhere in the world, at any time.
  • Security: Client areas are password-protected, so your clients can be confident that their photos are safe.
  • Efficiency: Client areas can save you time and hassle by automating the process of delivering photos and collecting payments.
  • Peace of mind: Knowing that your clients have access to their photos online can give you peace of mind, knowing that they are always available.

Managing clients’ accounts, photography solutions for local and worldwide industries require a photographer's client area for the proofing and delivery of images. Access to the gallery viewing area is restricted or by invitation only, restriction to full access is to be expected. Content includes proofing galleries and a product distribution area containing project images from recent commercial assignments. Here you will find links to client business photos. Our client experience includes companies and organisations from a verity of industries. View our client projects in-pictures, please enjoy a sneak peek of past work that we think you may like to visit. View proof files, final edits and a shortlist of image highlights.

24/7 client access area, galleries and case studies. Note to existing clients, contact John Gilchrist photography for access details, you will have a unique URL assigned for direct access. Tel: 07718906614 for details and enquire Now, start your informal no-obligation request now. Thank you for visiting the photographer's client area.

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Price - Wedding Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/2/price-wedding-photography Price: Wedding Photography Prices - Weddings Photographer

Price weddings photography - All day, part-day, mid-week/weekends - Prices photography wedding

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Price photographer

Digital capture package, images via download. Pricing for 2023 / 2024, costs subject to booking date. Full day weddings, bridal preparations through to evening buffet. Prices relate to a full day, all other durations are negotiable.

  • Weekend: Friday, Saturday & Sunday £850
  • Mid-week: Monday - Thursday £549

Pre-wedding shoots

The E-shoot

  • E-shoots £175 (when booked with a wedding)
  • E-shoots £375 (with no wedding booked)

A pre-wedding shoot really is just that, a planned time before the wedding day that is structured and geared around an enjoyable, relaxed and fun photo session to break the ice.

Additional Photographer

  • Weekend £250
  • Mid-week £175

We advise a second photographer when bridal and/or groom preparation shots are required. Where preparation shots are not essential, a second photographer will allow for pre wedding groomsmen shots. This offers an opportunity to photograph guests arriving before the bridal party arrives and where possible pre wedding venue shots. During group and bridal shots with the first photographer, a second photographer can capture candid guest shots prior to the wedding breakfast.

Photo Booths

  • Booth hires £250 - £300

We don’t offer props or kiosk style as such but subject to venue space let us bring in the studio lights and we can rig up a set that’s large enough to introduce some fun & frolics designed around a theme of your choice. Perfect for evening guests and/or ideal for catching up with any group shots that couldn’t be scheduled in earlier. Photography with John Gilchrist, professional photographers based in Edinburgh Head Office 2 West Stanhope Place Edinburgh Scotland EH12 5HQ United Kingdom

Public Holidays

Surcharge

  • Easter weekend Fri - Mon £200 - £350
  • September weekend Fri - Mon £200 - £350
  • Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day £300 - £500
  • New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day £300 - £500

Online Gallery

Image Collection

  • Private gallery, public highlights collection & blog £0

Inclusive on all products & services, every package bespoke or otherwise includes the facility to view & share images privately and/or openly online.

Wedding Albums

Album Range

We do not offer a wedding album service at this time, digital files only.

Recommendations

We recommend a second photographer be booked with wedding parties over 50 in number, we also advise a second photographer regardless of guest numbers when the wedding ceremony and wedding reception are in different locations.

Notes…

Costs, the wedding photography budget!

Budgeting for wedding photo costs

Real World Budgeting

In the real world and at the top of everyone's list is budgeting, for weddings regardless of size, affordability is always on the cards. Today, wedding photography budgets vary drastically as do wedding photographers competencies. So where do you start? Well, I have prepared the table key to help you compare the contrasting options available, a rough guide to help you get the most from your wedding budget. Simply determine the photographer’s skill level matching it against the value you would expect to pay. Variables such as associated risks and the risk likelihood show as highlighted colours in a tiered colour scheme, the corresponding quality of results range from green through to red.

Affordable Photographer

The high-end professional will be an affordable photographer for some couples but not for others, affordability can mean both inexpensive and exorbitant fees, funnily enough, it depends what side of the fence your wallet is on. The reasonable answer and sensible approach to personal cost-effective photography is to reverse match your financial outlay to the photographer's skill level. On the other hand, if the skill level is an essential factor then choose the quality of the photographer’s expertise to indicate the expected price bracket.

Results

This is my take on things, as you can see, wedding photography results come in a whole gamut of colours. The above table is definitely up for debate, it's all subjective, the assessment is only how I consider it, please bear in mind everyone will have their own view. Whilst cost is always a consideration, do not let price cloud your judgment. It's all about choices, in all but a few occasions, you only have one opportunity to get this right, just be choosy about choosing.

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Rates Commercial Photography: Day Rate - Commercial Photographer https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/2/rates-commercial-photography Rates for commercial photography
Day rate for a commercial photographer costs in Edinburgh Scotland, rates that are ideal for various photography projects

Rate commercial

There are three time frames 4/8/12 hours, all with four pricing options: basic / standard / extended / premium. I have highlighted rates for the "Standard Package", see below.

HALF-DAY RATE 4 HRS

£280 | £375 | £560 | £???

Includes:
1 Photographer
Any permutation of 4 hours
e.g. (2 hrs shoot time, 2 hrs editing time)
or (4 hrs shoot time, no edits)
ONLINE PROOFING GALLERY


FULL DAY RATE 8 HRS

£490 | £649 | £975 | £???

Includes:
1 Photographer
Any permutation of 8 hours
e.g. (4 hrs shoot time, 4 hrs editing time)
or (8 hrs shoot time, no edits)
ONLINE PROOFING GALLERY


LONG DAY RATE 12 HRS

£700 | £979 | £1450 | £???

Includes:
1 Photographer
Any permutation of 12 hours
e.g. (6 hrs shoot time, 6 hrs editing time)
or (12 hrs shoot time, no edits)
ONLINE PROOFING GALLERY

 


I price with an incorporated license fee consolidated into the rate, this is flexible and covers most applications. Sometimes in a high-profile situation, a more tailored license is required, additional costs may apply when images are used in unlimited advertising campaigns or if the client requires exclusivity. For a bespoke quotation please call or drop me an email.

All usable images supplied in high-resolution

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Family Photography Pricing https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/2/family-photography-pricing Family Photography Pricing

Family Portrait Photographer Price Guide for Edinburgh Scotland - Ideal for family photoshoots, child photography and couple photography sessions.

Let's get away from a studio environment and take it outdoors, your personal fun session in a relaxed atmosphere.

Nothing is more important than family, how true. I offer couple’s shots to group shots that include any age group. Classic or storytelling portraits for families looking to seize the moment. It’s all relative, photography for all generations. My passion is to create memories that really make you feel something. Let me tell your story, a story that will look good on any wall or photobook, a story you will never forget.

Your portrait sessions, a lifestyle location based personal, couples or family photography shoot. Call it whatever; the bottom-line is all about capturing togetherness and those special moments. View the tailored packages and choose a lifestyle portrait shoot that works best for you. Choose a location of your choice with up to 2 hours coverage receiving all of the below.

Alfresco & non-studio package deals
Let's take it out-of-doors or maybe there is a special place that you have in mind.

BASIC
£150.00
3/All, high-resolution, up to 5 megapixels (ideal for 8 x 10 prints)
All/All, low-resolution, small image size 85kb max, 400-pixel long edge image for screen (embedded watermark).

STANDARD
£300.00
12/All, high-resolution, up to 5 megapixels (ideal for 8 x 10 prints)
1/12, original full-resolution, 5 megapixels plus (ideal for large & poster prints)
All/All, low-resolution, medium image size 175kb max, 580-pixel long edge image for screen (embedded watermark).

STANDARD PLUS (most popular)
£450.00
24/All, high-resolution, up to 5 megapixels (ideal for 8 x 10 prints)
3/24, original full-resolution, 5 megapixels plus (ideal for large & poster prints)
All/All, low-resolution, large image size 300kb max, 800-pixel long edge image for screen (embedded watermark).

GOLD
£550.00
36/All, high-resolution, up to 5 megapixels (ideal for 8 x 10 prints)
5/36, original full-resolution, 5 megapixels plus (ideal for large & poster prints)
All/All, low-resolution, X -large size 560kb max, 1100-pixel long edge image for screen (embedded watermark).

PLATINUM
£???.??
All/All, original full-resolution, 5 megapixels plus (ideal for large & poster prints)
All/All, low-resolution, XX -large size 1000kb max, 1550-pixel long edge image for screen (no watermark).

 

* Price based on Mon-Fri, additional £65 at weekends
 

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(John Gilchrist) Pricing https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/2/family-photography-pricing Thu, 01 Feb 2024 06:00:00 GMT
A Month in Pictures: JGPhoto January 2024 'Pic of the Day' Collection https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/1/a-month-in-pictures-jgphoto-january-2024-pic-of-the-day-collection Lothian endeavours to provide an inclusive service for bus travel in Edinburgh that is accessible to all.The Cat's PyjamasBus drivers, they're the Cat's Pyjamas. 26 Tranent - Clerwood 26, the tiger bus www.johngilchrist.com/lothian-buses-edinburgh

A Month in Pictures: JGPhoto January 2024 'Pic of the Day' Collection

Discover the best photos or gain insight into what I've been working on and/or revisiting from the monthly JGPhoto roundup of January 2024

Featured photos from the month of January

It's that time of the month again... time to revisit the stunning photographs that captured my heart and imagination over the past few weeks. January might be the coldest month for many, but it was certainly anything but bland in the world of photography. From breath-taking cityscapes to heart-warming lifestyle shots, there were a few images that deserve a little more focus. 

These are just a few of the countless photographs that have touched my heart and ignited my imagination this January. As we move forward into the new year, let us continue to appreciate the power of photography to capture the beauty, wonder, and resilience of the world around us. Here's a glimpse into some of the most captivating photos that graced my camera this January.

Two women crossing the road in low sun.Caught in the sunlightPhotographing people in low sun can be challenging. The light is constantly changing, and you need to be quick to capture the best moments. But the rewards are worth it. Low sun can create a variety of moods and effects, from romantic and dreamy to dramatic and mysterious.

In the photo-workshop

Not everything in the photo-workshop is polished and perfect. There are rough edges, unfinished pieces, and projects that are still evolving. But that's part of the beauty of the creative process

Lightroom editing progress, a work in progressWork in progressMy photo-workshop, there's always room for a little Lightroom and Photoshop

Throwback to a former time

Not this January, and maybe not this month, throwback time is space dedicated to unearthing recent or dusty memories and rediscovering forgotten gems from my photographic past. It's a chance to revisit simpler times, relive cherished moments, and maybe even cringe a little at my questionable editing choices.

Aviation related, may contain aircraft, airline or airport references, Aviation photography by John GilchristPlough on Snow plough in operation clearing snow from the runway at Edinburgh Airport

Summary

Remember, the above is just a starting point. There are countless other incredible photos on my site waiting to be discovered. So, keep your eyes peeled, explore my recent and featured photography galleries, and don't be afraid to share the images that move you with others. After all, the beauty of photography lies in its ability to connect us all through the universal language of visual storytelling.

#bestphotos #photoworkshop #throwbacktime #monthinpictures #january2024

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Types of Edinburgh Photographers https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/1/types-of-edinburgh-photographers Types of Edinburgh photographers

There are many different types of Edinburgh photographers, each with their own unique characteristics. Some of the most common types of photographer include...

Edinburgh Photographer - The Local | Edinburgh Photographers John GilchristNew Outlook: Photographer captures the latest addition to Edinburgh's skyline.Image by John Gilchrist

Categories & different types of Edinburgh photographers

The different types of Edinburgh photographers are all interconnected. We are a diverse group of people, but we are all connected by our shared love of photography and the city. Through our work, our organizations, and our events, Edinburgh photographers are constantly building relationships with each other. This helps to create a strong community of photographers, and it helps to ensure that photography continues to thrive, and the city continues to be documented through time.

  • The Local photographer: The casual local photographer is content with happy snaps and general views depicting the usual clichéd scenes. The steadfast local, the ones who get it done, there’s nothing they can’t do, they just get stronger and stronger. Whatever it may take their will will never break. Through blood and sweat and tears they’ve made it their mission to capture a dynamic range of outstanding content. Day in, day out, on a quest all over again, Edinburgh as the stage, their they go playing out their part again, sometimes in the spotlight, sometimes in the shadows, giving every ounce of attention to get that next shot that’s going to matter.

  • The Advocate: The advocate photographer is true champion, they depict the city and surroundings in all its glory, never wavering from portraying Edinburgh at its finest, showcasing nothing but the biggest & brightest representations to ensure Edinburgh’s best foot goes forward.

  • The Renegade: The renegade photographer is right rebel, running riot all over the place, hell-bent and keen to expose Edinburgh’s shortcomings. Their agenda thrives on pointing out the failings of a city, anything from failed urban planning to revealing cultural and governance deficiencies at local level.

  • The Blogger: The blogger photographer type goes all out, it's "Everything Edinburgh" a city up for grabs, nothing's off limits for their blog content, anything is fair game.

  • The "Out of Towner": The out of towner type is an infrequent visitor, residents of Scotland who find themselves in town on business or pleasure, they use the opportunity to make the most of their time to bag some worthy shots or capture a reminder of the trip. Of course, there’s also the frequent out-of-towner who’s just as ardent as the steadfast local, they’ve just got to put in a little more travel time.

  • The Touring Tog: The touring tog type refers to the traveller, tourist, and non-residing visitor alike. Unless they are a travel photographer of the purist type, they probably visit Edinburgh with other priorities and undertakings in mind, keen to return home with the best images they can depending on their skill and choice of gear for the trip.

  • The Fine Art Connoisseur: Regardless of origin, quality is on the agenda here. Be it local or visitor the intention in mind here is to capture a classic shot of Edinburgh, one worthy of many a wall.

The varying types of Edinburgh photographers are all important. They document the city around us and portray Edinburgh in contrasting light. By appreciating and understanding the diverse types of Edinburgh photographers, we can better understand them and the city around us.

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(John Gilchrist) Explore Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/1/types-of-edinburgh-photographers Sun, 28 Jan 2024 08:00:00 GMT
Burns Night: Celebrating Rabbie Burns https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/1/burns-night-celebrating-rabbie-burns Burns Night

The ode, called Address to a Haggis, was written by Robert Burns in 1787 and celebrates all that is good about haggis.Address to a HaggisThe poem immortalised haggis as the "great chieftan of the sausage race", and cemented its reputation as a great Scottish food.

Time to enjoy Scottish traditions by celebrating Rabbie Burns

Raise a dram to Rabbie Burns!

Burns Night, or as it's known in Scotland, Burns Nicht, is a joyous celebration of the life and works of Scotland's beloved national bard, Robert Burns. Held annually on January 25th, the anniversary of his birth, Burns Night is a night for feasting, merriment, and celebrating all things Scottish.

The heart of the celebration:

No Burns Night would be complete without a hearty meal of haggis, neeps (turnips), and tatties (potatoes). This iconic dish is addressed with gusto in Burns's famous poem "Address to a Haggis," and its arrival at the table is always met with cheers and a good dose of Scottish humor.

Beyond the meal:

Of course, Burns Night is about more than just food. It's also a time to recite Burns's poetry, sing his songs, and tell stories about his life and legacy. Many Burns Nights also feature traditional Scottish music and dance, making it a truly immersive cultural experience.

A global celebration:

While Burns Night is most popular in Scotland, it's actually celebrated all over the world. From New York to Tokyo, Scots and non-Scots alike gather to raise a glass to Rabbie Burns and his timeless words.

So, how can you celebrate Burns Night?

  • If you're lucky enough to be in Scotland, find a local Burns supper or ceilidh to attend.
  • If you're not in Scotland, no worries! You can still host your own Burns Night celebration at home. Invite some friends, cook up a feast of haggis, neeps, and tatties, and raise a toast to the Bard.
  • Even if you don't have time for a full-fledged celebration, you can still take a moment to appreciate Burns's poetry. Read one of his most famous poems, like "To a Mouse" or "Tam o' Shanter," and let his words transport you to the bonnie hills of Scotland.

No matter how you choose to celebrate, Burns Night is a great opportunity to connect with Scottish culture and enjoy the works of one of the world's greatest poets. So raise a dram to Rabbie Burns, and let the festivities begin!

Here are some additional tips for celebrating Burns Night:

  • Learn a few basic Scots Gaelic phrases.
  • Wear a kilt or other traditional Scottish attire.
  • Play some traditional Scottish music.
  • Try your hand at some Scottish dancing.
  • Most importantly, have fun and enjoy the night!

I hope this post has inspired you to celebrate Burns Night. Slàinte mhath! (That's "Cheers!" in Gaelic.)

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(John Gilchrist) News - Updates - Insights https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/1/burns-night-celebrating-rabbie-burns Thu, 25 Jan 2024 20:00:00 GMT
Wedding Venue Locations in Dumfries & Galloway https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/1/wedding-venue-locations-in-dumfries-galloway Wedding Venue Locations in Dumfries & Galloway

Romantic wedding venues for every style of wedding in Dumfries & Galloway

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Dumfries & Galloway is a beautiful and diverse region in the south of Scotland, known for its stunning scenery, historic castles, and charming villages. It is no wonder that this region is a popular destination for weddings, offering couples a variety of stunning venues to choose from.

Here are a few of the most popular wedding venue locations in Dumfries & Galloway:

Mabie House Hotel, Scotland

Mabie House Hotel

This elegant hotel is located on the edge of Mabie Forest, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Pavilion, the Drawing Room, and the Walled Garden.

Threave House and Gardens, Scotland

Threave House and Gardens

This historic house and gardens is located near Castle Douglas, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Drawing Room, the Dining Room, and the Terraces.

Springkell, Scotland

Springkell

This country house estate is located near Lockerbie, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Orangery, the Dining Room, and the Walled Garden.

Friars Carse Hotel, Scotland

Friars Carse Hotel

This charming hotel is located near Auldgirth, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Ballroom, the Drawing Room, and the Walled Garden.

Amisfield Tower, Scotland

Amisfield Tower

This historic tower house is located near Dumfries, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Grounds.

Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop, Scotland

Gretna Green Blacksmiths Shop

This iconic location is where couples have been running away to get married for centuries, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Anvil Room, the Gretna Hall, and the Gardens.

Dalduff Luxury Barn, Scotland

Dalduff Luxury Barn

This converted barn is located near Crosshill, and offers a unique and rustic setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

The Waterside Hotel, Scotland

The Waterside Hotel

This contemporary hotel is located on the waterfront in Gatehouse of Fleet, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Ballroom, the Conservatory, and the Terrace.

#dumfriesgalloway #weddingvenuelocations

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(John Gilchrist) Wedding Locations https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/1/wedding-venue-locations-in-dumfries-galloway Sun, 21 Jan 2024 08:00:00 GMT
Introducing My Photography Portfolio https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/1/photography-portfolio Edinburgh Photography Services -John Gilchrist Photography Portfolio 0043RedsAbstract image from the pf collection

Introducing My Photography Portfolio

The Impactful Click: How my photography portfolio website could change the game

I'm so excited to finally share my updated photography portfolio!

In the age of digital domination, a photographer's portfolio is no longer just a collection of pretty pictures. It's a powerful tool, a silent salesman, and a window to my creative soul. It's the first impression I make, the story I tell, and the hook that draws viewers in. But what kind of impact can a well-crafted photography portfolio truly achieve? Let's dive into the magic of this visual symphony.

1. Landing My Dream Job

Imagine showcasing my talent to potential clients or employers, not through dry resumes, but through captivating visuals that speak a thousand words. A strong portfolio can be the golden ticket to that dream photography job. It highlights my technical prowess, my unique style, and my ability to capture emotions and moments in a way that resonates. It's my silent advocate, working tirelessly to convince the world that I'm the photographer they've been searching for.

2. Building a Loyal Clientele

Forget cold calling and endless pitches. My portfolio is a 24/7 marketing machine, attracting clients who are drawn to my specific aesthetic and expertise. My curated collection speaks volumes about my niche and the kind of work I produce. It allows potential clients to envision me capturing their special moments, building trust and confidence before they even reach out.

3. Sparking Inspiration and Connection

Beyond the professional realm, my portfolio has the power to touch hearts and ignite imaginations. It can transport viewers to faraway lands, introduce them to diverse cultures, and evoke a range of emotions, from joy and wonder to contemplation and empathy. My photographs become a bridge, connecting me with people I might never meet, fostering a sense of shared humanity and appreciation for the beauty of the world around us.

4. Shaping the Narrative of My Art

My portfolio isn't just a showcase; it's an ongoing narrative of my artistic journey. As I evolve and experiment, my portfolio reflects growth, showcasing my expanding skillset and the refinement of my unique vision. It becomes a testament to my dedication to the craft, a visual diary that tells the story of my artistic evolution and hopefully inspires others to follow their own creative paths.

5. Leaving a Lasting Legacy

Long after the shutter clicks and the edits are done, my photographs live on. My portfolio becomes a legacy, a testament to my passion and talent. It's a gift to future generations, offering a glimpse into my perspective, the world I saw, and the emotions I evoked. It's a way to ensure that my artistic voice continues to resonate, even when the camera falls silent.


This has been a labour of love, and I'm incredibly proud of the work I've been able to put together. I specialize in both wedding and commercial photography, and I'm passionate about capturing the beauty and emotion in every moment.

Wedding Photography:

For weddings, I strive to tell the story of your special day in a way that is both timeless and authentic. I love capturing the candid moments, the tears of joy, and the laughter that makes your wedding day so unique. I also believe in creating beautiful portraits that you'll cherish for years to come.

Commercial Photography:

In the commercial world, I'm all about helping businesses tell their stories through compelling visuals. I work with a variety of clients, from small start-ups to large corporations, to create images that are both eye-catching and effective. I'm also experienced in social media photography, food photography, and event photography.

What's New in My Portfolio:

This new portfolio features some of my latest work, including weddings from recent years as well as a selection of my commercial projects. I've also included some behind-the-scenes photos and testimonials from my clients.

I'd love to hear your feedback! Please take a look at my portfolio and let me know what you think. I'm always looking for ways to improve, so your feedback is invaluable to me.

My Portfolio Website

As a creative, presenting a diverse photography portfolio via my website offers the viewer a flavour of my work. Content is geared toward welcoming visitors to my site with the goal of generating a unique online presence that represents my photography style. Attracted to the digital age, let me show you what I do, starting with my main collection, images/categories are coordinated to correspond with general topics. As a photographer, my portfolio website is where it all comes together in one place. An online presence is essential if I’m to showcase work to potential clients, an obvious choice is to use one of the many online portfolio websites to do this, it's digital image presentation made simple.

#personal #wedding #commercial #portfoliowebsite #photographyportfolio

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(John Gilchrist) About https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/1/photography-portfolio Sun, 21 Jan 2024 08:00:00 GMT
Blue Monday - Central City Blues https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/1/blue-monday Blue Monday - Central City Blues

Is it really Blue Monday, or just another Monday in disguise?

Cold blue city vibe, Blue Monday in Edinburgh, a view looking over to the financial district to the Scottish Widows Headquarters, the life insurance and pension company located in Edinburgh, ScotlandCentral city bluesToday is dedicated to Blue Monday, the third Monday of each January (in 2024, that's January 15)

Today, folks, is Blue Monday, supposedly the most depressing day of the year.

A concoction of post-holiday blues, failed resolutions, and dreary January weather, it's marketed as a day to hibernate and wallow in misery.

But before you pack away your sunshine lamp and stock up on comfort food, let's take a closer look at this dubious label.

Myth busting Blue Monday:

  • The origins are shaky: The "equation" used to calculate Blue Monday was more marketing gimmick than scientific fact. It considered factors like weather and financial strain, but ignored individual resilience and the joy of fresh beginnings.
  • Depression doesn't follow a calendar: Bad moods can strike any day, and January shouldn't be singled out as the exclusive domain of gloom. Focusing on negative self-talk only fuels the fire, while positive mindset shifts can make a world of difference.
  • It's all about perspective: Instead of letting the "Blue Monday" label dictate your mood, why not reframe it as a day of possibility? It's a clean slate, a chance to dust off your goals and start anew. It's a day to reach out to loved ones, indulge in self-care, or try something new.

Make it a "Me Monday" instead:

So, how do we reclaim this Monday from the clutches of negativity? Here are some ideas:

  • Focus on gratitude: Start your day by listing things you're thankful for, even the small stuff. A hot cup of coffee, a sunny patch on your desk, a supportive friend – it all adds up.
  • Get moving: Exercise releases endorphins, natural mood boosters that can chase away the blues. A brisk walk, a yoga session, or even dancing to your favourite tunes can work wonders.
  • Connect with others: Social interaction is crucial for well-being. Call a friend, join a class, or volunteer. Human connection is a powerful antidote to loneliness.
  • Do something you enjoy: Treat yourself to a delicious meal, read a good book, listen to uplifting music, or lose yourself in a creative project. Prioritize activities that bring you joy.
  • Set realistic goals: Instead of feeling overwhelmed by grand resolutions, break them down into small, achievable steps. Celebrating even minor victories can boost your motivation and fuel positive momentum.

Blue doesn't have to be synonymous with sadness, in fact, it can be a stunning source of inspiration, particularly for photographers. So, let's ditch the Monday blues and dive into the breath-taking world of blue photography. From the serene hues of twilight skies to the vibrant pops of bluebonnets in bloom, there's a shade of blue out there to capture every mood and moment.

Blue Monday Blues? Not with These Photos!

Here are a few ideas to get your creative lens rolling:

  • Embrace the dawn: Capture the soft, ethereal glow of a pre-sunrise sky, where the darkness bleeds into the gentlest shades of blue.
  • Find beauty in the ordinary: Look for splashes of blue in unexpected places – a weathered blue door, a child's forgotten balloon, a lone bluebird perched on a branch. 
  • Go macro: Zoom in on the intricate details of nature, where tiny blue veins trace the petals of a flower or raindrops glisten like sapphires on a spider's web. 
  • Play with shadows: Let the sun cast long, dramatic shadows that dance across a blue wall or snake around a lone tree trunk. 
  • Seek out reflections: Capture the world upside down in a puddle, a lake, or even a dewdrop, where the sky's blue is mirrored and distorted. 

Remember, photography is all about perspective. So, challenge yourself to see the beauty in the blue, even on a day that's traditionally painted as gloomy. You might just surprise yourself with the magic you capture!

Bonus tip: Share your blue-tiful photos on social media and use the hashtag #BlueMondayBluesBreaker to spread some positivity and inspire others to find their own unique shade of blue joy.

Let's show the world that Blue Monday doesn't have to be blue at all! Remember, you are in control of your emotions. Don't let a marketing ploy dictate your day. Make it a "Me Monday," a day dedicated to your well-being and happiness. And remember, even blue Mondays have sunsets, and tomorrow might just be the brightest Tuesday ever.

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(John Gilchrist) Explore Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/1/blue-monday Mon, 15 Jan 2024 08:00:00 GMT
St. Hilary's Day: Is It Really the Coldest Day of the Year? https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/1/st-hilarys-day-is-it-really-the-coldest-day-of-the-year St. Hilary's Day: Is It Really the Coldest Day of the Year?

The coldest dayBrrrrrIts a bit cold

 Brrr

13th Jan

In the depths of winter, when frost sparkles on windowpanes and shivers dance down your spine, a familiar refrain emerges: "Bundle up, it's St. Hilary's Day!" But is this traditional saying actually true? Does January 13th hold the icy crown of the coldest day of the year?

The answer, like a mischievous snowflake, swirls with nuance. While St. Hilary's Day has long been associated with frosty fingers and chattering teeth, its meteorological reign isn't quite as absolute as folklore suggests.

A History of Hibernation:

The legend linking St. Hilary's Day to bone-chilling temperatures harks back centuries. Legend has it that after his ordination on January 13th, Pope Hilary of Poitiers experienced a 40-day blizzard, burying Rome in snow. This story, though charming, doesn't hold much scientific weight. Weather patterns don't magically align with saintly feast days.

Reality Bites:

The truth is, the coldest day of the year varies greatly depending on your location. It's a global game of freeze tag, with different regions crowned the "icicle champion" at different times.

  • West Coast Woes: In the western United States, December usually steals the show, with the coldest days around the winter solstice (December 21st or 22nd). Short days and low sun angles are the culprits here.
  • Eastern Escapade: For the eastern US, January reigns supreme. Long nights, snow cover reflecting heat, and chilly Canadian air masses conspire to make January the frostiest month.
  • Mountain Majesty (and Misery): High-altitude regions like the Rockies and Appalachians take even longer to reach their peak chill, sometimes waiting until February or even March.

Beyond Borders, Beyond Blizzards:

This geographical dance of the coldest day extends far beyond North America. Europe often crowns February as its frost king, while Siberia and Antarctica laugh at our winter woes, claiming their coldest days between December and March.

St. Hilary's Day: More Than Just a Chill:

So, what about St. Hilary's Day? While it doesn't dictate the absolute coldest day everywhere, it does hold cultural significance. In some traditions, it marks the halfway point of winter, a time to assess supplies and brace for the potentially harshest weather yet to come.

The Icy Takeaway:

Remember, St. Hilary's Day is just one piece of the frosty puzzle. Keep an eye on the forecast, bundle up when necessary, and maybe invest in some extra-thick socks. After all, winter may be unpredictable, but one thing's for sure: the coldest day, wherever it lands, is always coming, eventually.

So, raise a mug of hot cocoa to St. Hilary and his chilly legend, but don't rely solely on the calendar to predict your next polar plunge. Stay informed, stay warm, and remember, even the iciest days eventually melt away into spring's embrace.

 

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(John Gilchrist) News - Updates - Insights https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/1/st-hilarys-day-is-it-really-the-coldest-day-of-the-year Sat, 13 Jan 2024 08:00:00 GMT
7 Photography Tips for Beginners https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/1/7-photography-tips-for-beginners Colourful light display, captured on iPhoneIt's all about the lightCaptured on iPhone, colourful light display through glass window.

Capture Stunning Snaps - 7 Photography Tips for Beginners

Capture Magical Moments Like a Pro, Even on Your Phone!

Photography tips for beginners

So, you've got a camera (even if it's just your phone!) and the world's your oyster? Welcome to the wonderful world of photography! But where do you start? Don't worry, budding shutterbug, these 7 tips will help you capture dazzling pics in no time:

1. Light is Your Best Friend: It's not just a saying! Natural light is your secret weapon. Shoot during the "golden hour" (sunrise or sunset) for that dreamy glow. For portraits, avoid harsh shadows; try open shade or diffused light. Remember, light tells a story, so play with it!

2. Know Your Frame: Think of your camera's viewfinder as a canvas. Compose your shot intentionally. Follow the "rule of thirds" (imagine dividing your frame into thirds, both horizontally and vertically; place your subject at the intersections for a balanced shot). Rule of thirds? More like rule of awesome!

3. Get Close (or Far!): Don't be afraid to zoom in for stunning details or step back for breath-taking landscapes. Remember, sometimes the magic is in the little things (or the big picture!).

4. Simplicity is Key: Less is often more. Avoid clutter and distractions in your frame. Let your subject shine! Think clean lines, interesting textures, and pops of colour.

5. Experiment with Angles: Ditch the eye-level view! Get low for dramatic perspectives, climb high for stunning panoramas, or tilt your camera for a playful touch. The world is your playground, explore it from all angles!

6. Don't Be Afraid to Break the Rules: Composition rules are like training wheels for your creativity. Once you're comfortable, ditch them and experiment! Tilt the horizon, blur the background, embrace the unexpected. Let your artistic vision take flight!

7. Practice Makes Perfect (and Fun!): The more you click, the more you learn. Take your camera everywhere, capture everyday moments, and most importantly, have fun! Photography is a journey, not a destination. Every click is a step towards capturing your unique vision.

Bonus Tip: Edit with intention! Enhance your photos, but don't overdo it. Keep it natural and let your story shine through.

Remember, these are just jumping-off points. The real magic happens when you pick up your camera and start seeing the world through a lens. So grab your gear, get out there, and start capturing moments that make your heart sing!

Ready to embark on your photography adventure? Let light be your compass!

#Light #Compose #Simplicity #Angles #PhotographyTipsForBeginners

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(John Gilchrist) Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/1/7-photography-tips-for-beginners Sun, 07 Jan 2024 08:00:00 GMT
Scotland Beckons: My Service Expands Beyond Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/1/scotland-beckons-my-service-expands-beyond-edinburgh

Scotland Beckons: My Service Expands Beyond Edinburgh

Expanding Horizons: My Service Area Map Takes You Further

Beyond the bustling streets of central Edinburgh lies a wider Scotland, vibrant and diverse, where my services are now available! Ditch the map apps and forget limited boundaries, because my Service Area Map unveils a world of possibility within a 2-hour drive of EH19.

Imagine venturing beyond the city skyline, past charming villages and rolling hills, to reach communities where my expertise can make a real difference. My map extends across Scotland, guiding you to discover if your location falls within this convenient service radius.

Forget restrictions, explore opportunity:

  • Wider reach: My services aren't confined to central Edinburgh anymore. This map opens doors to new collaborations and projects further afield.
  • Flexibility for you: Whether you're nestled in a quaint coastal town or surrounded by rolling farmland, my convenient 2-hour travel time ensures efficient service delivery.
  • Local knowledge, regional impact: My understanding of the diverse Scottish landscape, combined with my expanded reach, allows me to cater to your needs even better.

The map is your key:

  • Visual clarity: Explore a user-friendly map that clearly outlines the areas I serve, making location planning a breeze.
  • Detailed information: Find out if your specific location falls within the radius quickly and easily.
  • Planning made simple: Use the map to estimate travel times and ensure efficient scheduling for your project.

More than just a map, it's a commitment:

This service area expansion reflects my dedication to serving a wider Scotland. It's about bridging geographical gaps and ensuring everyone has access to the services they need.

Explore the possibilities today!

Enjoy my website and access the Service Area Map and unlock a world of potential collaborations. Together, let's break down limitations and create something truly unique, wherever you are in Scotland.

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(John Gilchrist) About https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/1/scotland-beckons-my-service-expands-beyond-edinburgh Wed, 03 Jan 2024 08:00:00 GMT
Monthly Reviews: A Month in Pictures https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/1/monthly-reviews Monthly Reviews: Reflection, Renewal, and Rocket Fuel for Growth
In the whirlwind of daily life, it's easy for months to blur into a hazy collage of memories.

JG is an Edinburgh based photography service open to clients looking for professional photographers in Scotland.Time to focus

But what if we paused, just once a month, to consciously reflect and review our latest images? That's where the magic of monthly reviews comes in.

I think of them as a pit stop on my personal photography highway. A chance to check the rear view mirror, admire the scenery I've passed, and recalibrate my GPS for the road ahead.

Here's why monthly reviews deserve a permanent spot in my calendar:

1. Reflection: Unearthing Insights from Experience

Every month just gone is a treasure trove of experiences, big and small. Monthly reviews become an excavation mission, unearthing the gems: moments of joy, unexpected challenges, lessons learned, and even the not-so-glorious missteps. By reflecting on these, I gain a deeper understanding of myself, my values, and what truly matters.

2. Renewal: Refuelling for the Next Chapter

Has the month left me feeling drained and directionless? A review can be a powerful reset button. I can identify areas where I've spread myself too thin, course-correct on goals that need tweaking, and replenish my energy by celebrating achievements. This renewed clarity and motivation propels me forward with fresh zeal.

3. Growth: Identifying the Seeds of Progress

Monthly reviews offer a bird's-eye view of progress. I can track how my habits are shaping me, see how small steps are gradually building bigger goals, and identify areas where I need to nurture new skills or knowledge. This continuous self-assessment keeps me on a steady path of growth and evolution.

So, how do I conduct my monthly review?

There's no one-size-fits-all approach. I like to experiment with different methods to find what resonates with me. Here are some ideas for guidance:

  • Journaling: Pen down my thoughts, feelings, and key events of the month.
  • Mind Mapping: Visually connect ideas, patterns, and insights.
  • Gratitude Lists: Focus on the positive aspects, big and small.
  • Goal Check-ins: Assess progress and adjust my roadmap.
  • Habit Tracker: Evaluate the effectiveness of my routines.

Remember, the key is to be intentional and honest with myself. I try not to shy away from the less-than-stellar moments – they hold valuable lessons too. Monthly reviews are more than just a formality; they're an investment in my photography, personal growth and progress. So, making a date with myself, grabbing my review tool of choice, and get ready to rediscover the magic of my month!

Do you have any monthly review rituals? Share your tips and experiences in a private message to me!

#monthlyreviews #amonthinpictures

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(John Gilchrist) month in focus https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/1/monthly-reviews Wed, 03 Jan 2024 08:00:00 GMT
Edinburgh Through My Lens https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/1/edinburgh-through-my-lens Visitors welcome - Edinburgh Through My Lens

A capital experience | Showings 2024 - 2025

A curated gallery of Edinburgh Photography on Exhibitionmy city, my view, my wayThe Exhibition, follow link to view my digital collection.

Exhibition - Edinburgh Photography

International access to contemporary photography work, presenting a city in pictures.

On Display: "EDINBURGH"
Venue location: Online
Category: Open
City Art Galleries: EDI
Opening hours: 24/7
Admission: Free
Author: John Gilchrist
Print Sales: Available on request

Some background
ART EXHIBITION OUTLINE: PHOTOS OF SCOTLAND'S CAPITAL
Revel in my online digital exhibition, a virtual arts centre to showcase my take of this city and surrounding areas. This cyber-exhibition exhibits photos shot and captured anywhere within Edinburgh's postcode area. DNBRGH is an online resource open for public viewing 24/7 and presents contemporary photography work by John Gilchrist. Browse a curated selection of images presented using digital technology as part of the creative and presentation process. The City of Edinburgh

LOCATIONS FOR EXHIBITION PHOTOGRAPHS
Streets
Whether cobbled, paved or cracked you’ll find me skulking around some of the city’s many backstreets and the popular high street including Edinburgh's Royal Mile and Princes St, the main thoroughfare in central Edinburgh.
Parks
Whether public, private, or municipal gardens you’ll find me enjoying some of the city’s many parks and green spaces scattered far and wide across Edinburgh.
Architecture
Whether historic, contemporary or in a state of construction/deconstruction you’ll find me gazing up, down and around some of the city’s many interesting buildings that characterise Edinburgh.

TYPES OF EXHIBITION PHOTOGRAPHY
Urban
Sometimes I’ll take a walk from the edge of town to a central urban location in the hope of capturing something unique, something that captivates my audience with depictions of everyday life in Edinburgh.
Landscape
Probably the most common approach for most, cityscape landscapes usually present themselves in abundance due the stunning scenery that the city finds itself in and around.
Documentary
Don’t underestimate the opportunities that present themselves, you can have it all, such a vibrant and colourful location to document and find what you’re look for. There is an abundance of possibilities to fulfil the heart and soul, just open your eyes, Edinburgh is full of surprises.

Ready to embark on your Edinburgh adventure? Let my lens be your compass!

#EdinburghThroughMyLens #Edinburgh #CapitalExperience #PhotographyExhibition #ExploreEdinburgh 

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(John Gilchrist) Explore Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/1/edinburgh-through-my-lens Mon, 01 Jan 2024 08:00:00 GMT
Through the Lens: A Photographer's Perspective on the World https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/1/a-photographers-perspective A photographers perspective, understanding their logic, eye in the skyThe ObserversEyes in the sky, those who observe.

A world in focus, this heightened awareness spills into their everyday lives, trying to figure out and understand their logic can be challenging, an insight into a their mindset may be of some help.

A Photographer's Perspective

Have you ever walked past a bustling street corner and noticed a single raindrop clinging to a spiderweb, glistening like a tiny diamond? Or found yourself captivated by the way sunlight paints abstract patterns on a cracked brick wall? That's the photographer's eye at work, constantly scanning the world for fleeting moments of beauty and intrigue.

Photography isn't just about capturing reality; it's about interpreting it. Photographers are visual storytellers, using light, composition, and perspective to weave narratives that resonate with the viewer. Their logic is often a fascinating blend of technical expertise and artistic intuition.

Here are some key elements that shape a photographer's unique perspective:

Light: To a photographer, light isn't just illumination; it's a sculptor, shaping forms and emotions. The soft glow of dawn can convey tranquillity, while harsh midday shadows might hint at drama or secrecy.

Composition: Leading lines, rule of thirds, negative space – these are the tools a photographer uses to guide the viewer's eye and create a sense of balance or tension within the frame.

Storytelling: A single photograph can capture a fleeting moment, but a photographer's true skill lies in using those moments to tell a larger story. It could be a glimpse into a stranger's life, a social commentary, or simply a celebration of the beauty in the mundane.

Technical knowledge: Understanding aperture, shutter speed, and ISO is essential, but it's just the foundation. A photographer's true mastery lies in using these tools creatively to achieve their desired visual effect.

Constant observation: Photographers train their eyes to see the world differently. They notice fleeting shadows, interesting textures, and the way emotions play out on faces. The world becomes a canvas, and every detail a potential brushstroke.

This heightened awareness doesn't disappear when the camera is put away. Photographers often find themselves framing scenes in their mind's eye, analysing light and composition even during everyday activities.

So, the next time you walk down the street, try to see the world through a photographer's lens. Look for the hidden beauty in the ordinary, the stories waiting to be told in fleeting moments. You might just surprise yourself with what you discover.

Remember, photography is a journey, not a destination. Keep exploring, keep learning, and most importantly, keep seeing the world with fresh eyes. You never know what magic you might capture.

I hope this post gives you a glimpse into the mind of a photographer and why they see the world differently. If you have any questions or just want to share your own photography experiences, feel free to message me!

#photographerslogic #uniqueperspective#makingsense #itsallaboutthelight

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(John Gilchrist) Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/1/a-photographers-perspective Mon, 01 Jan 2024 08:00:00 GMT
Happy New Year - Best wishes for the year ahead https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/1/new-year Happy New Year

New Year's Day message to family, friends and colleagues / business contactsHappy New Year... it's here, Wishing you well-wishes, all the best for 2024

The spirit of new beginnings never fades, wishing you all good light for 2024.

New Year 2024

It's a new year, 2024 is here, best wishes for the year ahead, may the rest of the year unfold with all the good things you've envisioned for yourself and others.

For friends and family:

Warm wishes for a 2024 filled with sunshine, laughter, and memories we'll cherish long after the confetti settles! Cheers to making the most of every moment! 2024 is hear, sending you hugs and all the hope for a year brimming with good health, new adventures, and dreams coming true! May 2024 be brighter than the fireworks, with laughter as sparkling as champagne bubbles, and joy as endless as good stories shared with loved ones. Happy New Year!

For colleagues / business contacts:

Wishing you a prosperous and productive 2024! Here's to achieving great things together and celebrating many more successes in the year ahead.
May 2024 bring fresh ideas, innovative collaborations, and continued growth for everyone. Happy New Year, and to a rewarding year of teamwork!
Cheers to new challenges, exciting projects, and exceeding expectations in 2024! Wishing you a year filled with professional triumphs and personal fulfilment.

For everyone:

May 2024 be like your Netflix queue: full of unexpected delights, hidden gems, and the occasional guilty pleasure. Happy binge-watching! I mean, Happy New Year! Here's to 2024: May your resolutions last longer than your gym membership, your coffee be as strong as your dreams, and your happiness be contagious! Happy New Year!

Ready to embark on your year ahead? Let light be your compass!

#NewYear2024 # #HNY2024 #newbeginnings #wishingyougoodlight #johngilchristphotography 

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(John Gilchrist) News - Updates - Insights https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2024/1/new-year Mon, 01 Jan 2024 00:01:00 GMT
Camera Obscura https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/12/camera-obscura-classic-edinburgh-photography Camera Obscura on a Foggy Night, Edinburgh City Street SceneEvening fogEmpty street in Edinburgh

in the still of the night

Camera Obscura

Some photographers don't sleep at night. 

Nightly pursuits, after dark night photography is a neat way to capture Edinburgh's dark side. Planning late evening activities around town is a fun way to appreciate nightlife in the city. Kick those day exposure settings into touch, it's time to adopt some night exposure values for some awesome pics. When the sun goes down and the moon comes up, darkness ensues...

tags: Nocturnal Edinburgh, nighttime photography

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(John Gilchrist) Classic Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/12/camera-obscura-classic-edinburgh-photography Sun, 31 Dec 2023 08:00:00 GMT
How many Christmas marriage proposals will there be in Edinburgh? https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/12/christmas-marriage-proposals-edinburgh Edinburgh Wedding Photography Portfolio  0211Golden KissThat moment prior to the couple kissing, image John Gilchrist

How many Christmas marriage proposals will there be in Edinburgh?

The most popular day to get engaged,  prepare your for your engagement proposal. 

That time of year again, I wonder how many marriage proposals will take place in Edinburgh this Christmas. You may think booking a photographer at this stage is too early, however, best not leave it too late. Wedding photography portfolio image by John Gilchrist 0211

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(John Gilchrist) Wedding https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/12/christmas-marriage-proposals-edinburgh Mon, 25 Dec 2023 08:00:00 GMT
Wedding Venue Locations in Ayrshire & Arran https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/12/wedding-venue-locations-in-ayrshire-arran Wedding Venue Locations in Ayrshire & Arran

Romantic wedding venues for every style of wedding in Ayrshire & Arran

wedding venues Edinburgh, wedding venues ScotlandVenuesLocations for Scottish Weddings

Ayrshire & Arran is a beautiful and diverse region in the southwest of Scotland, known for its stunning scenery, historic castles, and picturesque villages. It is no wonder that this region is a popular destination for weddings, offering couples a variety of stunning venues to choose from.

Here are a few of the most popular wedding venue locations in Ayrshire & Arran:

Rowallan Castle, Scotland

Rowallan Castle

This fairytale castle is located near Kilmarnock, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Walled Garden.

Glenapp Castle, Scotland

Glenapp Castle

This luxury castle is located near Ballantrae, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Grounds.

Culzean Castle, Scotland

Culzean Castle

This historic castle is located near Maybole, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Oval Drawing Room, the Library, and the Grounds.

Trump Turnberry, Scotland

Trump Turnberry

This world-renowned golf resort is located near Girvan, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Carrick Suite, the Ayrshire Suite, and the Terrace.

Seamill Hydro, Scotland

Seamill Hydro

This charming hotel is located on the coast near Largs, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Ballroom, the Conservatory, and the Terrace.

Dalduff Barn, Scotland

Dalduff Barn

This converted barn is located near Crosshill, and offers a unique and rustic setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

The Waterside Hotel, Scotland

The Waterside Hotel

This contemporary hotel is located on the waterfront in West Kilbride, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Ballroom, the Conservatory, and the Terrace.

Brodick Castle, Scotland

Brodick Castle

This historic castle is located on the Isle of Arran, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Grounds.

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The Calibrated Eye https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/12/the-calibrated-eye How My Calibrated Eye Elevates My Photography

Seeing the unseen, my secret weapon? A "calibrated eye,"

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While everyone sees the world differently, some of us see it with an added layer of precision. My secret weapon? A "calibrated eye," honed through dedication and a touch of science. Let me explain how this unique skillset elevates my photography and might just do the same for yours.

Beyond the Lens: It all starts with perception. My calibrated eye allows me to see subtle variations in light, colour, and value that the average eye might miss. Imagine a landscape bathed in golden hour light. While others see a beautiful scene, I perceive the delicate dance of warm tones against cooler shadows, the way light reflects differently on wet leaves versus dry. This deeper understanding translates into capturing the essence of a scene, not just its literal representation.

Taming the Technical: But it's not just about aesthetics. My calibrated eye works hand-in-hand with technical knowledge. I can "see" how adjustments to aperture, shutter speed, and ISO will affect the final image, allowing me to fine-tune settings with confidence. This translates to less time spent in post-processing, as I nail the exposure and white balance in-camera.

Compositional Magic: Composition is another area where my calibrated eye shines. I can "pre-visualize" the final image, instinctively understanding how elements like lines, shapes, and negative space will interact. This allows me to compose shots that are not only balanced but also evoke emotion and guide the viewer's eye naturally.

The Power of Practice: It's important to remember that a calibrated eye isn't a superpower – it's a skill nurtured through practice. I actively train my eye by studying the work of master photographers, analysing their compositions and lighting choices. Additionally, I spend countless hours shooting, experimenting, and learning from my mistakes.

Unlocking Your Potential: While you might not have a "calibrated eye" in the same way I do, the principles behind it are universal. Anyone can train their eye to see more, understand light and composition better, and ultimately take their photography to new heights. Start by paying closer attention to the world around you. Observe how light interacts with different objects, analyse successful photographs, and most importantly, practice, practice, practice.

Remember, photography is a journey, not a destination. By embracing the power of observation and continuous learning, you too can unlock the potential of your own unique perspective and capture images that truly resonate.


A photographers blog

Plan B, my photoblog, inspiration for anyone interested in exploring a photographers’ blogging space. This is the spot on the website where you can check out some of my random blogging topics and view all the things that I enjoy taking pictures of when I am not photographing weddings and the like. An informal weblog, it's not an educational blog, so don't expect too much in the way of expert photography tips and techniques or qualified reviews on cameras, lenses and the latest photography gear, it's more of an outlet to channel some latest activity or reflect on and recycle past images.

I spy with my trained eye...

C W H A T I C, blog entries & image posts by John Gilchrist

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Sitemap Navigation: My Website's GPS to User & SEO Success https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/12/sitemap-navigation-my-websites-gps-to-user-seo-success Sitemap Navigation: My Website's GPS to User & SEO Success

Lost in the Labyrinth: Why Effective Sitemap Navigation is My Website's GPS

Imagine arriving at a bustling city with no map. Skyscrapers tower before you, streets crisscross in a confusing maze, and my destination remains frustratingly hidden. That's how users feel navigating a website with a poorly structured sitemap. Effective navigation, however, acts as a GPS, guiding both users and search engines to the information they seek, boosting traffic and engagement.

So, why is effective sitemap navigation crucial for my website's structure? Let's explore the key benefits:

1. User Experience Nirvana:

  • Reduced Bounce Rates: Imagine landing on a website where finding my answer feels like an expedition through the Amazon rainforest. Frustrated users hit the "back" button, boosting my bounce rate and hurting my credibility. A well-organized sitemap ensures users find what they need quickly, keeping them engaged and exploring.
  • Intuitive Flow: Think of my sitemap as a logical roadmap. Users shouldn't need a magnifying glass to decipher it. Clear categories, subcategories, and breadcrumbs help users navigate intuitively, creating a seamless and enjoyable experience.
  • Accessibility Champion: Not everyone navigates websites with ease. An accessible sitemap caters to diverse users, including those with disabilities, ensuring everyone can find the information they need.

2. Search Engine Sweetheart:

  • SEO Powerhouse: Search engines like Google love well-structured websites. An XML sitemap acts as a blueprint, highlighting all my important pages and making it easier for crawlers to discover and index my content. This translates to better search engine ranking and increased organic traffic.
  • Freshness Matters: Regularly updating my sitemap informs search engines about new and updated content, ensuring it gets indexed quickly. This keeps my website relevant and helps users find the latest information.
  • Mobile-First Mindset: With mobile browsing dominating, my sitemap needs to be mobile-friendly. Search engines prioritize mobile-optimized websites, and a well-structured sitemap helps ensure a seamless experience across devices.

3. Content Organization Zen:

  • Clarity for Creatives: A clear sitemap acts as a guiding light for my content creation team (that'll be me then). I understand the website's hierarchy and how my content fits within it, leading to a more cohesive and organized website.
  • No Content Orphans: With a defined structure, you avoid creating "orphan pages" that are disconnected from the rest of my website. These pages get lost by search engines and users, hindering my SEO and user experience.
  • Scalability Superhero: As my website grows, a well-defined sitemap makes adding new content seamless. You can easily integrate new pages without compromising the overall structure and user experience.

Building My Navigation Compass:

Remember, effective sitemap navigation is an ongoing process. Here are some key tips:

  • Start with user personas: Understand my target audience and how they navigate websites.
  • Keep it clear and concise: Use simple language and avoid jargon.
  • Prioritize logical hierarchy: Group related pages together and use clear labels.
  • Optimize for mobile: Ensure my sitemap is accessible and easy to use on all devices.
  • Regularly update my sitemap: Reflect any changes to my website structure or content.

By investing in effective sitemap navigation, I'm not just organizing my website; I'm creating a welcoming and efficient experience for users and paving the way for search engine success. Remember, a well-structured sitemap is like a GPS for any website, guiding everyone to the valuable information you have to offer. So, ditch the map-less wilderness and embrace the power of clear


 

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Navigate around this site, simple navigation option for ease. These days most people use a sitemap but are always curious what their navigation options are. In this list, we'll show you the best and quickest way to get around. JG

SITEMAP OVERVIEW

A sitemap page can help users find the information they are looking for more easily. This is especially helpful for large websites with a lot of content. SEO: Search engines use sitemap pages to index websites more effectively. This can help improve a website's ranking in search results. Usability: A sitemap page can make a website more user-friendly. This can lead to increased traffic and engagement.Website sitemap page notes
 
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Professional photographer https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/12/professional-photographer-scotland-professional-photographers-edinburgh Professional photographer Edinburgh, professional photography ScotlandImagesTopmost professional photography portfolio

Professional photographer Scotland: Professional - Photographers Edinburgh

Pro photographers in Edinburgh - Artist, expert & specialist - Professional photographers Scotland

The professional, how can I best serve you?

Professional photography 

Being involved with photography on a professional level is such a buzz; nothing pleases me more than assisting clients with their photo needs. Capturing the right image is my business, my passion and the thing that will undoubtedly drive me bananas. It’s funny, photography only looks easy when you don’t know any better. When you first start out the camera is that quintessential element, that all-important factor that’s going to make your creations extra special. It’s only through time you learn and understand that this is not the case.

Who isn’t a professional photographer these days? Is photography even a profession?

To be fair, I try to avoid these debates, photography for me isn’t a career choice, it’s a passion, a desire to take pictures, and if those images benefit someone else, even better. The best I can hope for is that potential clients buy into my vision.

Open door policy, if you’re looking for photographic work and think I fit the bill my door is always open to discuss projects. Commissions welcome, adapting to new challenges and the unknown is essential to keep creative ideas flowing and fresh.

Examples

View selected examples of commercial images; this collective is one element that sits aside other examples of photography. A sample gallery that offers extracts from past commissions, an outline that illustrates industrial, corporate and business images. Created as a general overview, you can view the gallery here in the commercial photography portfolio.

As always, when photographing business, it’s expected that graphic examples be showcased as reference material to satisfy expectations. By showcasing samples of commercial photographic assignments it means I can take the art of capturing and promoting photographs to a wider audience. Here, illustrations are not limited to any particular business; photography subjects are themed on various aspects of commercial work that touch on several industries.

  • Allow me to capture your commercial project, whether it is corporate, conference photography or images for annual reports and press releases. Conferences, seminars, meetings, trade shows, board meetings, shareholder meetings, team building events, networking events, business dinners, trade fairs, VIP events, product launches, award ceremonies, press conferences, opening ceremonies. Commercial property photography, interior & exterior photography, contemporary architecture, design & decoration, historic & heritage buildings, infrastructure, civil engineering projects, construction photography, hotel and resort photography, pr, advertising photography, social media & marketing, case studies, lifestyle & editorial, annual report photography, business portraits and staff photographs, corporate head shot photography, corporate group portraits, corporate event. 

High-impact images for magazines, websites, billboards, newspapers, social media, and more. Working in partnership with events coordinators and business professionals I offer local, regional and national photography service throughout Scotland. Photography covering Glasgow: Scottish Borders: Tayside, Central & Fife.

POTENTIAL, PREVIOUS & CURRENT CLIENTS

Further assistance, about the Client Area

SUMMARY

I shoot portraits, business portraits, family portraits and events. Besides offering creative family, couples & portrait photo sessions my professional clients trust me to deliver on their industrial, corporate and commercial projects including events, seminar and conference meetings. My strategy is “You are what you take” and I have an ambitious five-year plan to grow the photography service in new directions. Led by creativity, driven by passion and guided by so many wonderful on-line resources, it’s a pleasure to work behind the camera for your benefit.

Business and commercial photography in Scotland

Serving the public and private sectors, corporations, business groups, local firms, small and large establishments, construction companies, and related industries. Commercial portfolio images. EH based professional commercial photographers, requests to travel outside the Edinburgh area welcome.
comfolio: commerce, creative commercial collection.

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St. Andrew's Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/11/st-andrews-day Flag of ScotlandSaltire Flapping flag.

St. Andrew's Day: Scotland's official national day

It must be the 30th of November 

Thought I'd join in with this shot of the St. Andrews Cross, the Saltire, the flag of Scotland.

About the image, this flapping flag, flailing about in the wind was captured hand held on a moving boat at night.

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/11/st-andrews-day Thu, 30 Nov 2023 08:00:00 GMT
Regeneration Project Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/11/regeneration-project-edinburgh 1 Billion Regeneration Project - Edinburgh St James

Edinburgh Reborn: Through the Lens of Regeneration

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A Decade Capturing Transformation: My St. James Quarter Journey

For over ten years, I had the privilege of being the official photographer for the St. James Quarter regeneration project. It was an incredible journey, witnessing first-hand the metamorphosis of a once-neglected area into a vibrant hub of commerce, culture, and community.

My initial assignment was to document the existing site, capturing the raw essence of the space before the transformation began. Weathered buildings stood stoic, their facades etched with the stories of a bygone era. Empty streets held an air of forgotten potential. These early photographs served as a crucial baseline, a visual reference point against which the future progress could be measured.

As the project unfolded, my lens became an unwavering observer. I documented the demolition of the old, the meticulous construction of the new, and the tireless efforts of the countless individuals who brought the vision to life. The cacophony of construction, the intricate dance of machinery, and the unwavering dedication of the workforce – these elements formed a symphony of progress, each click of the shutter capturing a unique note in the grand composition.

Beyond the physical transformation, I strived to capture the human stories woven into the project's fabric. The shopkeepers whose businesses were temporarily displaced, the architects meticulously shaping the future cityscape, and the excited anticipation of residents witnessing their neighbourhood evolve – these personal narratives added depth and dimension to the visual tapestry.

As the project neared completion, a sense of immense satisfaction washed over me. The once-desolate landscape had transformed into a thriving district, pulsating with life and energy. The photographs I had meticulously captured stood as a testament to the collective effort, a visual chronicle of a decade-long dream realized.

The St. James Quarter project was more than just a construction endeavour; it was a symbol of urban renewal, a testament to human ingenuity, and a celebration of community spirit. My role as the project photographer allowed me to not only document this transformation but also play a small part in its narrative. The experience will forever remain etched in my memory, a constant reminder of the power of photography to preserve history and celebrate progress.

Projects: Laing O’Rourke on-site at Edinburgh St James

#regenerationproject #edinburghstjames

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Wedding Venue Locations in Loch Lomond, Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/11/wedding-venue-locations-in-loch-lomond-trossachs-stirling-forth-valley Wedding Venue Locations in Loch Lomond, Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley

Romantic wedding venues for every style of wedding in Loch Lomond, Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley

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Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Scotland

Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley is a beautiful and diverse region in the heart of Scotland, known for its stunning scenery, historic castles, and charming villages. It is no wonder that this region is a popular destination for weddings, offering couples a variety of stunning venues to choose from.

Here are a few of the most popular wedding venue locations in Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley:

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond Waterfront Lodges, Loch Lomond, Scotland

Loch Lomond Waterfront Lodges

These luxury lodges offer a unique and intimate setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions, with stunning views of Loch Lomond and the surrounding mountains.

Cameron House, Loch Lomond, Scotland

Cameron House

This luxury hotel and golf resort offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Carrick Room, the Loch Suite, and the Terrace. With its stunning views of Loch Lomond and the surrounding mountains, Cameron House is the perfect place to celebrate your special day.

Venachar Lochside Luxury Scottish Wedding Venue, Callander, Scotland

Venachar Lochside Luxury Scottish Wedding Venue

This exclusive wedding venue offers a variety of stunning ceremony and reception settings, including the lochside marquee, the walled garden, and the grand hall. With its romantic atmosphere and breathtaking views, Venachar Lochside is the perfect place to say "I do."

The Trossachs

Monachyle Mhor Hotel, Trossachs, Scotland

Monachyle Mhor Hotel

This charming hotel is located in the heart of the Trossachs, and offers a variety of unique and intimate wedding ceremony and reception options. With its stunning views of the surrounding mountains and glens, Monachyle Mhor is the perfect place to celebrate your wedding day in true Scottish style.

Ardtornish Estate, Trossachs, Scotland

Ardtornish Estate

This exclusive estate offers a variety of stunning wedding ceremony and reception settings, including the grand hall, the lochside marquee, and the walled garden. With its romantic atmosphere and breathtaking views, Ardtornish Estate is the perfect place to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Stirling

Stirling Castle, Stirling, Scotland

Stirling Castle

This historic castle offers a truly unique and unforgettable setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Couples can choose to get married in the Great Hall, the Chapel Royal, or the Queen Anne Gardens. With its stunning views of the surrounding countryside, Stirling Castle is the perfect place to celebrate your wedding day in style.

Forth Valley

Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland

The Kelpies

These iconic horse head sculptures offer a truly unique and modern setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Couples can choose to get married in the shadow of the Kelpies, or in the nearby event space. With its stunning views of the Forth Valley, The Kelpies is the perfect place to create a wedding day that is truly unforgettable.

#lochlomond #trossachs #stirling #forthvalley #weddingvenuelocations

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(John Gilchrist) Wedding Locations https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/11/wedding-venue-locations-in-loch-lomond-trossachs-stirling-forth-valley Sun, 19 Nov 2023 08:00:00 GMT
Wedding Venue Locations in Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/11/wedding-venue-locations-in-greater-glasgow-clyde-valley Wedding Venue Locations in Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley

Romantic wedding venues for every style of wedding in Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley

wedding venues Edinburgh, wedding venues ScotlandVenuesLocations for Scottish Weddings

Pollok House, Glasgow, Scotland

Pollok House

This elegant country house is located in the heart of Pollok Country Park, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Walled Garden.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Scotland

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

This world-class museum offers a unique and atmospheric setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Couples can choose to get married in the Grand Hall, the Centre Hall, or the Balcony.

SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland

The SSE Hydro

This iconic concert venue is located on the banks of the River Clyde, and offers a unique and modern setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Couples can choose to get married in the Arena, the Hydro Club, or the Atrium.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

This beautiful botanic garden offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Kibble Palace, the Terrace Cafe, and the Walled Garden.

House for an Art Lover, Glasgow, Scotland

House for an Art Lover

This unique house museum was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and offers a stylish and intimate setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Couples can choose to get married in the Drawing Room, the Music Room, or the Dining Room.

Clydeside Distillery, Glasgow, Scotland

The Clydeside Distillery

This historic distillery offers a unique and industrial setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Couples can choose to get married in the Stillhouse, the Tasting Room, or the Courtyard.

Corinthian Club, Glasgow, Scotland

The Corinthian Club

This luxury hotel and club offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Ballroom, the Conservatory, and the Rooftop Terrace.

Buchanan Castle, Drymen, Scotland

Buchanan Castle

This fairytale castle is located near Drymen, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Walled Garden.

Loch Lomond Arms Hotel, Luss, Scotland

Loch Lomond Arms Hotel

This charming hotel is located on the banks of Loch Lomond, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Ballroom, the Drawing Room, and the Terrace.

Cameron House, Loch Lomond, Scotland

Cameron House

This luxury hotel and golf resort is located on the banks of Loch Lomond, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Carrick Room, the Loch Suite, and the Terrace.

#greaterglasgow #clydevalley #weddingvenuelocations

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Scotland: Your Enchanted Wedding Destination https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/11/scotland-your-enchanted-wedding-destination weddings photography Edinburgh, wedding photographer ScotlandWanderlust & Wedding BellsUnveiling Scotland as the best destination wedding spot for couples dreaming of an unforgettable wedding, escaping the ordinary and embracing an exotic locale can be the ultimate magic touch.

Scotland: Your Enchanted Wedding Destination

Say "I Do" Amidst Scottish Splendour: Your Guide to Destination Weddings

Dreaming of a wedding that transcends the ordinary? Consider Scotland, a land where rolling hills meet craggy mountains, ancient castles whisper secrets, and the very air thrums with romance. Whether you envision a grand celebration in a historic setting or an intimate exchange amidst breath-taking scenery, Scotland offers a unique and unforgettable backdrop for your destination wedding.

Enchanted Venues for Every Wish

Castles of weathered stone, perched upon dramatic cliffs or nestled in verdant valleys, provide an air of fairytale majesty. Imagine exchanging vows in the Great Hall of a historic castle, sunlight streaming through stained glass windows, or pledging your love under the open sky in a charming castle courtyard. Grand estates with sprawling gardens offer a different kind of elegance, perfect for garden ceremonies and lavish receptions. For a rustic touch, charming country houses or thatched roof cottages set in idyllic countryside settings create a cozy and intimate atmosphere.

Nature's Majesty as Your Witness

Scotland's breath-taking landscapes paint the perfect backdrop for your special day. Imagine saying "I do" on a secluded beach with the sound of waves crashing in the background, or exchanging vows on a cliff overlooking a dramatic loch shrouded in mist. Breathtaking mountain vistas, lush valleys, and ancient forests offer endless possibilities for picturesque ceremonies and unforgettable photo opportunities. Consider incorporating boat rides on picturesque lochs, hikes through scenic glens, or even hot air balloon rides for truly unique experiences.

Unforgettable Traditions, Modern Touches

Scottish weddings are imbued with tradition, adding a touch of magic to your ceremony. Consider incorporating a handfasting, a Celtic ritual symbolizing unity, or including bagpipers to serenade you down the aisle. For a modern twist, personalize your vows with Scottish Gaelic phrases or incorporate local elements like tartan accents or thistle bouquets.

Whisky, Ceilidhs, and Warm Scottish Hospitality

No Scottish wedding is complete without a taste of its famed whisky! Many venues offer whisky tastings or themed receptions for a truly authentic experience. After dinner, let loose with traditional ceilidhs, lively dances led by fiddlers and drummers, guaranteeing everyone gets involved in the celebration. Warm Scottish hospitality ensures your guests feel welcome and create lasting memories.

Planning Your Dream Scottish Wedding

While planning a destination wedding adds an extra layer of complexity, it's an exciting adventure and well worth the effort. Start by researching venues that suit your style and budget. Scotland boasts a wide range of wedding planners specializing in destination weddings, who can help navigate legalities, logistics, and local vendors. Be sure to factor in travel arrangements for you and your guests, considering different arrival points and transportation options. Finally, embrace the local culture and let the magic of Scotland unfold on your special day.

Say "I Do" in a Land of Enchantment

Scotland offers more than just a stunning backdrop for your wedding; it promises an experience that will stay with you and your guests forever. From the dramatic landscapes to the rich traditions and warm hospitality, your Scottish wedding will be a unique and unforgettable celebration of love. So, if you're seeking a wedding that breaks the mould and captures the hearts of all involved, consider saying "I do" amidst the magic of Scotland.

#weddingdestinationscotland
 

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(John Gilchrist) Wedding https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/11/scotland-your-enchanted-wedding-destination Sun, 12 Nov 2023 08:00:00 GMT
Photos of Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/11/photos-of-edinburgh-my-best-images-of-edinburgh Photos of Edinburgh

The City of Edinburgh and local areas

Classic image promoting Edinburgh in the John Gilchrist photos of Edinburgh collection.Capital viewClassic representation of the iconic backdrop that is The City of Edinburgh

Mainly captured on foot, but I have been known to use the bike, car and sometimes the bus.

Edinburgh is a beautiful city with a lot to offer photographers. From the iconic castle to the winding streets of the Old Town, there are endless opportunities to capture stunning images.

Photo art, photographic prints & fine art photography

Professional photo printing services, my city art centre, buy prints & canvas etc, for fine art and locations, view all at johngilchrist.com/edinburgh

Image galleries

There are a mix of public and private galleries within the site, public galleries for showcasing work, and private areas for image proofing and supply purposes. 

See all in vibrant colour, (with a touch of black and white for good measure). Local places, photos of Edinburgh, city in Scotland, town centre and surrounding areas covering EH1 and beyond. The capital city of Scotland is a vibrant and inviting place to photograph, especially the city's Old Town, New Town and not forgetting the out-of-town areas too. I have created a dedicated photo collection, areas and districts covered may include the greater Edinburgh area too. Images are on sale and available to purchase today.

Image collection: Situated in the South East of Scotland, Edinburgh is located on the coastline of the Firth of Forth with stunning views from many of the lofty locations surrounding the city’s landscape scenery. Set amidst several hills, vantage points will be enjoyed from Arthur’s Seat, Calton Hill, Corstorphine Hill, Craiglockhart Hill, Blackford Hill and the Braid Hills.

Purchase contemporary images of Scotland's historic capital, photographs of places, locations and interesting scenes displayed in my diverse picture collection

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Glorious Edinburgh, The following are some of the best photos of Edinburgh that I have taken:

My best photos of Edinburgh, Scotland

"I've been taking photos of Edinburgh for many years, and I've always loved sharing my work with others. I regularly take a trip into Edinburgh, and I always seem to be inspired by the beauty of the place that I've decided to share my best images of Edinburgh with you. The City of Edinburgh is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Scotland. It is home to stunning scenery, including a towering gothic monument, castles. I have the opportunity to visit Edinburgh on many occasions and I am always blown away by its beauty. I take hundreds of photos, but here are a few of my favourites.

I'll keep this page simple, just a few shots that really capture the character of this wonderful city in all its glory. If you like what you see, you're welcome to view the complete collection in the Edinburgh gallery, look out for the link in the navigation menu, under recommended. Here are a few more...

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I hope you enjoyed these photos of Edinburgh. If you are ever planning a trip to the city, I highly recommend taking your camera and exploring all that it has to offer.
 

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(John Gilchrist) Explore Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/11/photos-of-edinburgh-my-best-images-of-edinburgh Sun, 12 Nov 2023 08:00:00 GMT
Best Photographers in Scotland https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/11/best-photographers-in-scotland Article about the best photographers in Scotland, or finding the best photographer in Edinburgh.Choosing a photographerRedirects to information about choosing a photographer

The best photographers in Scotland

What does it mean to be the best photographer in Scotland? Is it about being the most talented? The most hardworking? The most lucky?

The truth is, there is no one answer to this question. What it means to be "The Best Photographer in Scotland" will vary from photographer to photographer, and from situation to situation, or job to job.

However, there are a few things that all photographers who are the best in their craft have in common. They are all passionate about what they do. They are all willing to put in the hard work necessary to achieve those stunning images we all admire. And they are all persistent in the face of setbacks.

If you want to be the best photographer in Scotland, you need to be passionate about it. You need to love what you do, and you need to be willing to put in the time and effort to learn everything you can about the craft.

You also need to be willing to work hard. There is no such thing as overnight success. If you want to be the best in Scotland, you need to be willing to put in the long hours and make the sacrifices necessary to achieve your photography goals.

Finally, you need to be persistent. There will be times when you want to give up. There will be times when you feel like you're not good enough. But if you want to be the best, you need to keep going. You need to keep learning, and you need to keep pushing yourself.

If you can do all these things, then you have a chance to be the best photographer in Scotland. But remember, there is no guarantee. There will always be some other photographer who is better than you. But if you're passionate, hardworking, and persistent, then you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

Here are some additional tips for being the best photographer in Scotland:

  • Set specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound goals.
  • Break down your photography goals into smaller, more manageable projects.
  • Find a mentor or coach who can help you achieve your photography objectives.
  • Surround yourself with other positive photographers and people who support your goals.
  • Take breaks and reward yourself for your accomplishments.

Remember, being the best photographer in Scotland takes time, effort, and dedication. But if you're willing to put in the work, it's definitely possible.

Knock yourself out, find the best photographers in Edinburgh

There's no shortage of talent, the best photographers in Edinburgh are just a click away. For the very best Edinburgh photographers, keep up to speed with top photographers working in your area.

You really are spoilt for choice, there are many top-rated photographers in Edinburgh to research/go with, honestly, with so much wonderful work you will stop dead in your tracks. There are those who specialise and are experts in one field and there are others who cover a wider selection of genres. A general Google search does particularly well at turning up The Top Edinburgh Photographers, 2023/24. Refining your search term usually helps narrow down the field, i.e. Best wedding photographers in Edin..., Best commercial photographers in Edin...” – you get the idea.

Be mindful

Google top search results offer a flavour of what’s available, sometimes seeing past the first page can unearth some gems, digging deeper and going beyond the paid adverts and top listed photographers can yield fantastic results, worth consideration.

Ability, is experience an important factor? 

If you are swayed by price, influenced by results or apprehensive about risk, then this set of pages just might be for you. The decision process factors in many influences, your course of action leads to one of several alternative possibilities. Ranking abilities and matching up options that graduate from the novice to the ultimate masters of photography.

The good and the others that could be better, take a look at skill levels from the novice photographer right through to the master photographers.

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The History of Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/11/the-history-of-photography Celebrating birthdays, five candles on chocolate birthday cake.5 Years laterThey don't stay new-born forever..., a lovely pic I took when we celebrated our daughters fifth birthday.

The spark that ignited my passion - The History of Photography - My Photography

The introduction to photography is different for everyone, here's my story, the spark that ignited my passion.

The history of photography

My passion coincides with a family event, the history of photography (my photography) was literally born around a splendid appearance. Such a memorable moment, and the passion has only grown stronger since.

Starting from the beginning, my interest for digital photography kicked in shortly after the birth of our third child, my daughter. My first taste of photography came with a simple point-and-shoot camera. The click of the shutter became a portal to a new world. I started documenting everything. Every captured image felt like a tiny victory, a moment frozen in time, just for me. Enthusiastically photographing our gorgeous new-born attracted the attention of our sharp-eyed midwife. Seeing an overcome lunatic jumping around with a camera prompted the midwife to ask, "Is this your first baby?"

Answering quickly and blurting out "No” was my initial response then followed by a thoughtful pause I answered, "My third …but it is my first digital camera."

There it began, the foundation was set. Unwittingly a photography path had presented itself thanks to the value of digital hardware being so convenient. Here was an impromptu turning point that had a novice photographer unintentionally decide it was time to progress interests to another level. From there the fixation had a strong hold and things moved on rather quickly after that.

As my passion grew, so did my desire to delve deeper. I graduated to a DSLR, the technical aspects igniting a newfound curiosity. Learning about aperture, shutter speed, and ISO became an absorbing puzzle, each mastered concept unlocking a wider creative landscape.

The World Through My Lens:

Photography became my passport to explore. I ventured beyond the familiar, seeking beauty in the ordinary and extraordinary alike. The bustling streets of a foreign city, the serenity of a snow-capped mountain, the fleeting expression on a stranger's face – each click became a brushstroke painting my own unique narrative of the world.

More Than Just Pictures:

But photography is more than just capturing images. It's about connecting with the world around me, with people, with emotions. It's about finding poetry in the mundane, capturing fleeting moments that would otherwise be lost to the relentless tide of time. It's about sharing a sliver of my perspective, hoping to spark a connection, evoke an emotion, or simply make someone smile.

So, that's the story of how photography weaved its way into the fabric of my being. It's not just a hobby; it's a language, a way of seeing, a constant companion on my journey through life. And who knows, maybe someday, the birth of a grandchild will inspire another soul to pick up a camera and chase their own photographic spark.

Realising the web was an ideal vehicle for self-promotion encouraged new thinking, could combining my enthusiasm with photography along with my IT skills produce a viable wedding photography website. Curiosity played a part; JohnGilchrist.com was the natural progression and has been a work in progress ever since.

Ready to embark on your own adventure? Let the camera be your compass

#spark #passion #thebirthofphotography #myphotography 
 

Further Reading: About John Gilchrist - The Photographer

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Something undeniably captivating - Vintage Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/11/vintage-edinburgh Something undeniably captivating - Vintage Edinburgh

Recreating the magic of vintage photographs offers a certain magic, a tangible link to a bygone era.

Edinburgh photography related content from John Gilchrist Edinburgh Photographer. Photographs and pictures captured in or around The City of Edinburgh, a photographer’s view, image from a photographic

The faded colours, soft focus, and grainy textures evoke nostalgia and romance, transporting us to simpler times.

Vintage photographs of Edinburgh

Stepping back in time, having fun recreating the appearance of vintage photographs of Edinburgh for that olde worlde look. There's something undeniably captivating about vintage photographs. They carry a sense of history, nostalgia, and a glimpse into a world often far removed from our own. Whether it's the faded hues of a bygone era or the grainy charm of black and white film, these images tell stories and evoke emotions in a way that modern photography often struggles to replicate.

With modern tech I try to capture that same magic in my own photographs? Recreating vintage aesthetics can be a fun and rewarding challenge, allowing myself to express my creativity while paying homage to the photographic styles of the past.

I'm not too serious about authenticity, I don't use a vintage camera or old film for that truly immersive experience. Many cameras and editing tools offer vintage pre-sets and filters that can mimic the look of film. I enjoy editing and refining my digital files to enhance the vintage feel with photo editing software. Adjust the colour balance, add grain or blur, and experiment with different effects. I love to get creative and add your my personal touch!

Setting the Stage:

Location, location, location: Vintage photos often feature settings that have a timeless quality. Think cobblestone streets, and Edinburgh Old Town.

Beyond the Basics:

My inspiration comes from vintage photographers and styles that I admire. I've always loved looking at old family albums, historical archives, or online collections for inspiration. Vintage photos often evoke a sense of nostalgia or longing. Having fun! Experimentation is key! Trying different techniques to see what works for me is the fun part. the most important thing is to enjoy the creative process. Recreating vintage photographs is a journey of discovery, a chance to connect with the past and create something truly unique. Every so often I grab my camera, and get ready to capture/create some timeless memories!

#vintagephotography #noise #grain #colourgarding #vintagelens

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Newhaven Harbour Sunset - Newhaven Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/11/newhaven-harbour-sunset-purple-hues May contain beautiful views, and scenes from Edinburgh ScotlandOn reflectionNew harbour

Newhaven Harbour Sunset photo - Purple Hues - Newhaven Harbour Sunset Image

Purple hues, a nice view with lovely colours in the sky and water just before nightfall. Taken a while back, I never get tiered of this shot, from the collection Photos of Edinburgh

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Stunning Prints, Canvas Wall Art & more https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/10/prints Stunning Prints, Canvas Wall Art & more

Prints & image sales - Print Shop - Buy Prints | Canvas & Photo Printing

May include scenes of photography locations, beautiful views, and visual references of Edinburgh Scotland.EdiReal character Edinburgh 21-030127, image from the Edinburgh 2021 gallery, photos of Edinburgh by John Gilchrist | Ref: Scotland

Bringing photos to life with stunning prints, canvas wall art and more. Photos capture precious moments, special memories, and breath-taking landscapes. But why only keep them up in the cloud? My cherished photos are available as stunning works of art that you can enjoy every day with high-quality prints and canvas wall art.

Choosing the Right Print for You

There are a variety of printing options available to suit your style and budget. Here are a few of the most popular choices:

Photo prints: These are traditional paper prints that come in a variety of sizes and finishes. They're a great way to share photos with friends and family or create a photo album.

Canvas prints: Canvas prints are photos printed on high-quality canvas material and stretched over a wooden frame. They create a beautiful and modern look that's perfect for any home.

Metal prints: Metal prints are photos printed on a thin sheet of aluminium. They have a sleek and contemporary look that's perfect for modern décor.

Acrylic prints: Acrylic prints are photos printed on a clear acrylic sheet. They have a high-gloss finish that makes the colours pop.

Tips for Choosing the Right Print Size and Placement

Once you've chosen the type of print you want, it's time to decide on the size and placement. Here are a few tips to help you choose:

Consider the size of your wall. You don't want a print that's too small or too large for the space. Think about the overall look you want to achieve. Do you want a statement piece or something more subtle? Experiment with different arrangements. Try out different sizes and placements to see what looks best.

Ordering Your Prints Online

Once you've made your decisions, you can order your prints online, I only use reputable printing companies that uses high-quality materials and offers a variety of sizes and finishes.

Making the Most of Your Prints

Once you have your prints, there are a few things you can do to make the most of them:

  • Choose the right frame. A frame can help to enhance the look of your print and protect it from damage.
  • Hang your prints in a well-lit area. This will help the colours to pop and make the details stand out.
  • Enjoy your prints! Take some time to appreciate the beauty of your photos and the memories they evoke.

Most images on this site are available for sale, for example you may wish to buy prints of Edinburgh. If you like an image and you would like a print then this can be arranged, images can be purchased as museum quality photo prints for office and home. In addition, when buying prints and canvas wall art don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. I can answer your questions and help you choose the right products. With a little planning and effort, you can easily select your favourite photos and turn them into stunning prints and canvas wall art that will add beauty and personality to your home or office. So get started today and start enjoying my photos in a whole new way!

Sharing

Yes, you are invited to share my images through the appropriate channels, sharing an image or an entire gallery of images is more than welcome, when it comes to image sharing, please use the share option found in image galleries, use this selection to share on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Note: The practise of screenshotting or downloading any image is unsolicited, please keep it above-board and only use the share options provided, thank you.

Commercial Use of Images

Yes, commercial usage of images can be pre-arranged, we just need to discuss and agree terms, all requests will be considered separately, please contact me to discuss your options.

Happy printing!

Ready to embark on your photo print and wall art adventure? Let John Gilchrist be your compass!

#photoprints #canvaswallart #homedecor #officedecor #

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Copyright Infringement | Intellectual Property - Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/10/copyright-infringement Copyright Infringement | Intellectual Property - Photography
Unofficial use, demystifying copyright infringement, and avoiding unintentional harmony with the wrong copyright understanding.

In the digital age, where information streams freely and creative works dance across screens, the concept of copyright can feel nebulous, a wisp of legal jargon shrouded in cryptic symbols. But whether you're a casual internet surfer or a budding artist, understanding copyright is as crucial as learning the notes before composing your own symphony. So, let's break down the basics and navigate the potentially choppy waters of copyright infringement.

Copyright 101: Imagine copyright as a force field protecting original photography works. This invisible shield grants the creator exclusive rights to control how their work is used, reproduced, and distributed. Copying someone else's work without permission is like barging through that force field, potentially landing you in hot legal soup.

Infringement in the Spotlight: Common examples of copyright infringement include:
Copying images verbatim without attribution. Give credit where credit's due, folks! Using someone else's work to create derivative works without permission. That fan-made Harry Potter sequel might be your magnum opus, but it could land you in trouble. The good news is that navigating the copyright seas doesn't have to be a Herculean feat. Here are some tips to sail smoothly:

  • Always assume anything online is copyrighted unless explicitly stated otherwise. The "free on the internet" mentality often leads to unintentional infringement.
  • Seek permission. It's never a bad idea to ask the copyright holder for permission to use their work. You might be surprised how readily some creators are willing to share.
  • Embrace fair use. This legal doctrine allows limited use of copyrighted material for purposes like criticism, commentary, and education. However, fair use can be a complex concept, so tread carefully.
  • Give proper attribution. When using someone else's work, always credit them clearly and concisely.

Remember: Copyright infringement isn't just about avoiding legal repercussions; it's about respecting the creativity and hard work of others. By understanding and adhering to copyright principles, we can all contribute to a thriving ecosystem of creators and enjoy the fruits of their labour without infringing on their rights.

In all but a few occasions permission for use of intellectual property is required, copyright protects photography work even when the image is published in the public domain, fact, unofficially using protected material is wrongful. An original photograph is fixed and recorded with copyright associated to that image at the moment of capture, automatic rights are assigned to the image author immediately at conception with no requirement to register the works. The image is protected whether a watermark or symbol are used or not.

Bottom line, if you didn't click the button to take the picture then you will need to contact the photographer and seek rightful permission to use that photo, it's that simple.

Infringements and Protected Works Violations

Simply put, infringements and violations are taken seriously, all my works are protected. I do not consider having my work on your site as promotion of my work. I consider it as additional worth to your site. For this, I would expect to be compensated. My work will improve your site by providing content that will draw more visitors. Is copyright infringement a crime, or a civil matter? ... What does your conscience tell you!

Assuming further visitors to your site increases income from that site, I deserve a piece of that pie. That is the business of photography.

So how do you get permission to use copyrighted works? As with all exclusive rights work, you should first obtain permission from the material owner before you use someone else's work. You should also be prepared to pay a fee, as many photographers will charge you for using their work.

Is copyright infringement a crime, or a civil matter? ... What does your conscience tell you!

  • You wouldn't steal a car
  • You wouldn't steal a handbag
  • You wouldn't steal a mobile phone

Watermarked Property

For good reason many images that are property of mine are watermarked, which politely suggests hands off those photos, violation and why watermark: Many of my images are watermarked, under copyrighted protection, why? Because substantial investment goes into photography productions and publications. Recovering that outlay helps ensure the publishing program can continue. People generally put a watermark on a picture to acknowledge the creator and because they don't want the images to be altered or used without permission. Graphic design, digital art, and photography are valuable skills and the artists should be recognised and compensated for their time and their work. If you want to use someone else's photos or images, it's only courteous to ask permission.

UK Copyright

For in-depth info the intellectual property office offer a comprehensive account of UK legislation and copyright related rights that's insightful to those people intending to use other peoples copyright protected works.

..."Unofficial Use of Photography material is stealing!" either within the UK or out-with the UK, it is always at least a civil matter, the means by which an owner of a copyright may file a civil suit, under the copyright act and under certain circumstances, it may also be a crime. A copyright infringement is subject to criminal prosecution if infringement is wilful and for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain.....

Summary

Intellectual property violation, please don't risk it, respect original rights and don't smash & grab. copyright infringement - photography with John Gilchrist

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Wedding Venue Locations in Fife https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/10/wedding-venue-locations-in-fife Wedding Venue Locations in Fife

Romantic wedding venues for every style of wedding in Fife

wedding venues Edinburgh, wedding venues ScotlandVenuesLocations for Scottish Weddings

Balbirnie House Hotel, Fife, Scotland

Fife is a beautiful and historic county in the east of Scotland, known for its stunning scenery, picturesque villages, and world-class golf courses. It is no wonder that Fife is a popular destination for weddings, offering couples a variety of stunning venues to choose from.

Here are a few of the most popular wedding venue locations in Fife:

Balbirnie House Hotel

This elegant country house hotel is located near Markinch, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Walled Garden.

Falkland Palace, Falkland, Fife, Scotland

Falkland Palace

This historic palace is located in the picturesque village of Falkland, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Royal Chapel, the Great Hall, and the Royal Tennis Court.

Kellie Castle, Kellie, Fife, Scotland

Kellie Castle

This fairytale castle is located near Kellie, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Walled Garden.

Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse, Cupar, Fife, Scotland

Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse

This magnificent mansionhouse is located near Cupar, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Walled Garden.

Rufflets St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Rufflets St Andrews

This contemporary hotel is located in the heart of St Andrews, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Ballroom, the Conservatory, and the Terrace.

Scores Hotel, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

The Scores Hotel

This historic hotel is located on the iconic Scores in St Andrews, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Ballroom, the Drawing Room, and the Terrace.

Cambo House Estate, Kingsbarns, Fife, Scotland

Cambo House Estate

This country house estate is located near Kingsbarns, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Walled Garden.

Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa

This world-renowned golf resort is located in St Andrews, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Strathearn Suite, the Eden Suite, and the Terrace.

#fife #weddingvenuelocations

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(John Gilchrist) Wedding Locations https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/10/wedding-venue-locations-in-fife Sun, 15 Oct 2023 07:00:00 GMT
Capturing the Essence of Nature: A Journey into Natural History Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/10/nature-photography Bird of prey in Scotland, Galloway Kite Trail photography by John GilchristWildlifeGalloway Kite Trail: Photoshoot at Bellymack Hill Farm, Kite feeding station in Dumfries & Galloway. Enjoying the great outdoors, nature photography day out.

Nature Photography

Capturing the Essence of Nature: A Journey into Natural History Photography

Nature photography is more than just capturing scenic landscapes. It's about delving into the intricate tapestry of the natural world, observing the delicate balance of life, and sharing the stories that unfold before our lenses. It's about igniting curiosity, fostering conservation, and reminding ourselves of the profound beauty that surrounds us.

The Thrill of the Chase

Natural history photography isn't for the faint of heart. It demands patience, perseverance, and a healthy dose of respect for the wild. Photographers become intimate with their subjects, spending hours in scorching deserts, frigid tundra's, or lush rainforests, waiting for that perfect, fleeting moment. The reward? A glimpse into a hidden world, a rare behaviour captured in stunning detail, a testament to the resilience and wonder of nature.

Beyond the Beauty: Conservation Through the Lens

Nature photography isn't just about aesthetics. It's a powerful tool for conservation. By showcasing the fragility of ecosystems and the plight of endangered species, photographers can raise awareness, inspire action, and influence policy. A single image can tell a thousand stories, urging us to protect the delicate balance of our planet for future generations.

The Art of Storytelling

A successful natural history photograph is more than just a technical feat. It's a visual narrative, drawing the viewer into the scene and evoking emotions. Through composition, lighting, and timing, photographers weave tales of survival, adaptation, and the interconnectedness of all living things. They capture not just the form, but the spirit of the wild, leaving us awestruck and forever changed.

Getting Started: Your Wild Photography Adventure

So, you're interested in embarking on your own natural history photography adventure? Here are a few tips:

  • Start local: Your backyard, a nearby park, or even your windowsill can offer a wealth of photographic opportunities. Hone your skills and develop your eye for detail before venturing farther afield.
  • Respect the wild: Remember, you're a guest in the natural world. Always prioritize the well-being of your subjects and minimize your impact on the environment.
  • Do your research: Learn about the animals and habitats you're photographing. Understanding their behaviour will help you anticipate opportunities and capture authentic moments.
  • Embrace the unexpected: The best wildlife encounters often happen unplanned. Be prepared to adapt, experiment, and let the wild guide your creativity.

Ultimately, nature photography is a journey of discovery, both of the natural world and ourselves. It's a chance to reconnect with our planet, celebrate its diversity, and become stewards for its future. So, pick up your camera, step outside, and let the wild inspire you.

In addition to the tips above, here are some resources to help you on your natural history photography journey:

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy
National Geographic: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography
The Nature Conservancy: https://www.nature.org/en-us/

Your local nature centre or park: Many offer workshops, field trips, and other resources for aspiring natural history photographers.
I hope this post has inspired you to explore the world of natural history photography. Remember, the greatest camera is the one you have with you, so start capturing the beauty and wonder of the wild today!

Let's continue the conversation! Share your favourite nature photographs, the stories behind them, and the challenges and joys you've encountered on your photographic journey.

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Creating a Great Image | Wonderful Creative Images. https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/10/creating-a-great-image-wonderful-creative-images featured gallery, link from creating a great image

Creating A Great Image

There are many factors that go into creating a great image. Some of the most important include:

Creative images, what’s behind the picture? Zigzagging your way to a great image, a look at those linear associations between variables

Five important aspects that align themselves to a great image!

  • Lighting: Lighting is one of the most important elements of photography. It can create mood, atmosphere, and even tell a story.
  • Composition: Composition is the arrangement of elements in a photograph. A well-composed image will be balanced, visually appealing, and will draw the viewer's eye to the subject.
  • Subject matter: The subject matter of a photograph is what the image is about. A great image will have a subject that is interesting, engaging, and visually appealing.
  • Technical skill: Technical skill is important for taking great photos. This includes things like knowing how to use your camera settings, how to focus properly, and how to avoid camera shake.
  • Creativity: Creativity is essential for taking great photos. This means being able to see the world in a new way and to come up with original ideas for your images.

Of course, even if you have all of these elements in place, there is no guarantee that you will create a great image. Photography is an art form, and like any art form, it takes practice and skill to create something truly special.

Here are some additional tips for creating great images:

  • Experiment with different techniques: There are no rules in photography. The best way to learn is to experiment with different techniques and see what works for you.
  • Don't be afraid to fail: Everyone takes bad photos. The important thing is to learn from your mistakes and keep trying.
  • Get feedback from others: Show your photos to friends, family, and other photographers. They can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and give you suggestions for improvement.
  • Don't give up: Photography is a lifelong journey. Keep taking photos, keep learning, and keep creating.

Joining the Dots 

Summary

  • The light on the subject
  • The subject itself
  • The lens in front of the subject
  • The camera body on the lens
  • The mind’s eye of the photographer

When each aspect comes into play and has everything going for it, whilst optimised and aligned perfectly then the results will be awesome. If one or more aspects are of lesser value, the opportunities to turnout a great image will be reduced. ie You can have a great subject photographed by an award-winning photographer using a quality camera and lens combination, but if the light on the subject is poor then the results might be good but they’re not going to be great. Likewise, you can have fabulous light on a great subject photographed by a novice photographer using a quality camera and lens combo, but if the mind’s eye of the photographer is lacking creativity then a great outcome will be lost.

There are numerous ways to take a photograph, however, taking a picture in a desirable way, with the appropriate means, at the optimum time is what makes the result a great image. Creativity is either in you or not? I believe it’s more a question of how much and when, it’s whether you discover, harness and develop those inner creative characteristics.

Can creativeness be instilled in your photography?

Maybe not, or maybe it rests dormant within us all just waiting to be discovered. Whichever, creativeness is a free enterprise available to all, and when unrestrained, open minds will flourish, and those individuals will blossom. Imagination is there for all to use and tap into at any age and time in life. It’s down to personal conviction, choice and the willingness to set yourself free, left untapped the creative sides of so many go undeveloped. Just like the free market, those that channel their talent will benefit from their innovative approach and be rewarded with wonderful creative images.

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Night photography Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/10/night-photography-edinburgh Dusk to dawn, night photography in Edinburgh

In a city at rest, I'll be found somewhere in-between the darkness and ambient light.

A curated gallery of Edinburgh Photography on Exhibitionmy city, my view, my wayIt's been a good night, follow link to view my dark collection.

Capturing the essence of the night from the darkest downtown districts

Night photography in Edinburgh: Watching the street light shadows with a fast-beating heart, through eyes that hardly see the sun, night shoots in Edinburgh from the deepest darkest doorways, low light night photography workouts around town. Nocturnal photography activities around Edinburgh at night. Those wonderful evenings when the big light in the sky is switched off for the evening and everything comes into view. After Dark: Sometimes you must be out late into the night to get lucky but it’s worth it, Edinburgh’s the gift that keeps on giving, and the more I get, the more I want more. The Twilight Tour: In the darkness my nightshift begins, Edinburgh's Old Town lends itself as an ideal location, throw in a bit of night fog and you have the icing on the cake.

Cities are living, breathing entities, and their pulse quickens after dark. The sun dips below the horizon, painting the sky in fiery hues, and then... the magic begins. Neon lights flicker to life, casting long shadows and bathing the concrete canyons in an electric glow. This is the realm of the night photographer, where the ordinary transforms into the extraordinary.

Night city photography is a unique blend of technical skill and artistic vision. It's about harnessing the available light, playing with shadows and reflections, and finding beauty in the unexpected. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Embrace the tripod: Long exposures are often necessary to capture the city's nocturnal aura. A sturdy tripod will keep your camera steady and ensure sharp images.
  • Befriend manual mode: Leave auto behind and take control of your camera's settings. Experiment with aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to find the perfect balance between light, sharpness, and detail.
  • Seek out light sources: Neon signs, streetlights, car headlights – these are your paintbrushes in the darkness. Use them to create leading lines, illuminate your subject, or add pops of color.
  • Play with silhouettes: Let the city's skyline become a stark cutout against the twilight sky. Silhouettes add drama and mystery to your photos.
  • Don't forget the foreground: Don't just capture the towering buildings. Look for interesting elements in the foreground, like puddles reflecting city lights or pedestrians adding a sense of scale.
  • Explore different angles: Climb to a rooftop, hit the streets, or get down low. Changing your perspective can reveal hidden beauty and give your photos a fresh feel.

Beyond the Technical: Finding Your Story

Night city photography is more than just capturing the urban landscape. It's about telling a story. What does the city feel like after dark? What kind of energy does it radiate? Look for moments of human connection, quiet contemplation, or unexpected bursts of activity. Capture the essence of the city that comes alive under the cloak of darkness.

Inspiration from the Masters

For a dose of inspiration, check out the work of these renowned night city photographers:

  • Henri Cartier-Bresson: The master of street photography, Cartier-Bresson's black and white images capture the raw energy and human drama of urban life at night.
  • Vivian Maier: This nanny-turned-street photographer documented the everyday lives of New Yorkers, finding beauty and poetry in the city's shadows.
  • Michael Wolf: Wolf's architectural photography takes us on a journey through densely packed urban landscapes, showcasing the intricate interplay of light and form.

Ready to Take the Plunge?

So grab your camera, head out into the night, and start exploring. The urban jungle awaits, with its secrets waiting to be revealed through your lens. Remember, the most important ingredient is your own unique perspective.

Bonus Tip: Don't be afraid to experiment! Night city photography is a playground for creativity. Try long exposures, light painting, HDR, or even black and white. The possibilities are endless.

So, what are you waiting for? Capture the magic of the night city and share your vision with the world!

Ready to embark on your nocturnal adventure? Step into the night and let the darkness be your compass!

#EdinburghNights #DarkestEdinburgh #NightPhotography #CityLights #ExploreEdinburgh .

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(John Gilchrist) Explore Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/10/night-photography-edinburgh Sun, 01 Oct 2023 07:00:00 GMT
Edinburgh Airport - A Great Experience https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/9/edinburgh-airport-a-great-experience Edinburgh Airport - A Great Experience

Why Edinburgh Airport is One of the Best in the UK

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Ditch the Megastress: Why Edinburgh Airport rules for the savvy flyer

Tired of navigating the sprawling labyrinth of mega-airports? Been herded through security like cattle during rush hour? Weary of overpriced coffee and lukewarm pre-flight pasta? Rejoice, weary traveller, for there's a better way to take to the skies: embrace the charm and convenience of Edinburgh Airport.

Here's why Edinburgh Airport rocks

Stress-free serenity: Say goodbye to long lines and chaotic crowds. Edinburgh Airport offers a Zen-like atmosphere where check-in is a breeze, security a swift stroll, and finding your gate involves minimal shoe-leather. No more sprinting through terminals with your boarding pass clutched desperately you might even have time for a leisurely cup of decent coffee (at a reasonable price!).

Time is money (saved): Forget the hour-long slog just to reach your departure gate. Edinburgh Airport airports is compact enough to be efficient, meaning less walking and more relaxing. This translates to precious minutes saved – perfect for a last-minute souvenir splurge or catching up on emails without the airport frenzy soundtrack.

Hometown hospitality: Big airports feel sterile and impersonal. Local airports like Edinburgh, on the other hand, exude a friendly, almost familial vibe. The staff often hails from the surrounding community, lending a genuine warmth and helpfulness that's sorely missing in larger hubs. You might even strike up a conversation with a fellow traveller – who knows, you might make a new friend before you even take off!

Hidden gems (and lower prices): Edinburgh Airport often plays host to hidden gems you won't find at mega-hubs. Local cafes with delicious pastries, quirky bookstores, and unexpected art installations can transform your pre-flight wait into a mini-adventure. And let's not forget the price tags local shops and concessions tend to be much kinder to your wallet than their airport-chain counterparts.

Supporting your community: Choosing Edinburgh Airport means supporting the local economy and infrastructure in Scotland. Every coffee purchased, souvenir bought, and taxi fare paid goes directly back into the community, fostering growth and development. Think of it as an investment in your own backyard and maybe a reward for escaping the mega-airport madness.

So next time you're planning a trip, consider skipping the megastress and opting for the charm and convenience of your local airport. You might just be surprised at the delightful travel experience that awaits. Remember, sometimes good things come in smaller packages and when it comes to airports, that's definitely true.

Spread the love for Edinburgh Airport! Share your own positive experiences in a message to me.

More about Scotland's Capital Airport

Edinburgh Airport is the main airport serving Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. It is located in the Ingliston area, around 7 miles (11 km) west of the city centre. In 2019, it was the busiest airport in Scotland, handling over 14.7 million passengers. It was also the sixth-busiest airport in the United Kingdom by total passengers in 2019.

The airport has one runway and a single terminal. The terminal is divided into two piers, North Pier and South Pier. The airport has a wide range of shops and restaurants, including duty-free shopping. There are also a number of bars and cafes in the terminal.

If you are planning to fly into Edinburgh Airport, here are just a few of the reasons why you can expect a great experience:

  • Convenience: Edinburgh Airport is conveniently located just a short distance from the city centre. There are a number of public transport options available to get you into the city, including the tram, bus, and taxi.
  • Choice of airlines: The airport is served by a wide range of airlines, including major carriers such as British Airways, EasyJet, and Ryanair. This means that you are likely to be able to find a flight that suits your needs and budget.
  • Good facilities: The airport has a wide range of facilities for passengers, including shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, and ATMs. There is also a children's play area and a baby changing room.
  • Friendly staff: The staff at Edinburgh Airport are known for being friendly and helpful. They are always happy to answer any questions you may have and to help you make your journey as smooth as possible.
  • Beautiful location: Edinburgh Airport is located in a beautiful part of Scotland. The views from the airport are stunning, and you can even see the Forth Bridges on a clear day.

In addition to the above, Edinburgh Airport has also won a number of awards in recent years and was named the Best UK Airport at the Scottish Passenger Awards. It has also been shortlisted for the Best Airport in the UK and Ireland at the Travel Retail Awards.

So, if you are looking for a convenient, easy-to-navigate airport with a wide range of facilities and friendly staff, Edinburgh Airport is a great option. You can be sure of a smooth and enjoyable journey from the moment you arrive until the moment you take off.

Here are some additional tips for making your journey through Edinburgh Airport even smoother:

  • Book your parking in advance, especially if you are traveling during peak season.
  • Check the flight information board before you leave for the airport, as your flight may be delayed or cancelled.
  • Allow plenty of time to get through security, especially if you are traveling with hand luggage.
  • Take advantage of the airport's currency exchange bureau if you need to change your money.
  • Relax and enjoy your time at the airport!

I hope this blog post has helped you to learn more about Edinburgh Airport. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me.

Happy travels

#supportlocalairports #scottishairports #edinburghairport

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(John Gilchrist) Explore Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/9/edinburgh-airport-a-great-experience Fri, 29 Sep 2023 07:00:00 GMT
Wedding Venue Locations in the Scottish Borders https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/9/wedding-venue-locations-in-the-scottish-borders Wedding Venue Locations in the Scottish Borders

Romantic wedding venues for every style of wedding in the Scottish Borders

wedding venues Edinburgh, wedding venues ScotlandVenuesLocations for Scottish Weddings

The Scottish Borders is a beautiful and historic region in the south of Scotland, known for its rolling hills, picturesque villages, and fairytale castles. It is also a popular destination for weddings, offering couples a variety of stunning venues to choose from. No matter what your style or budget, you are sure to find the perfect wedding venue in the Scottish Borders. With its stunning scenery, rich history, and warm hospitality, this region offers a truly unique and unforgettable wedding experience.

Here are a few of the most popular wedding locations in the Scottish Borders:

Thirlestane Castle, Scotland

Thirlestane Castle

This magnificent castle is located near Lauder, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the State Rooms, and the Walled Garden.

Ednam House Hotel, Scotland

Ednam House Hotel

This charming country house hotel is located near Kelso, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Drawing Room, the Dining Room, and the Walled Garden.

Manderston House, Scotland

Manderston House

This grand Edwardian mansion is located near Duns, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Walled Garden.

Bowhill House, Scotland

Bowhill House

This historic country house is located near Selkirk, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Ballroom, the Drawing Room, and the Walled Garden.

Dryburgh Abbey, Scotland

Dryburgh Abbey

This picturesque ruined abbey is located near Melrose, and offers a unique and atmospheric setting for wedding ceremonies.

Neidpath Castle, Scotland

Neidpath Castle

This 14th-century castle is located near Peebles, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Grounds.

Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa, Scotland

Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa

This luxury hotel is located near Peebles, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Ballroom, the Conservatory, and the Terrace.

#scottishborders #weddingvenuelocations

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(John Gilchrist) Wedding Locations https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/9/wedding-venue-locations-in-the-scottish-borders Sun, 17 Sep 2023 07:00:00 GMT
Image Thieves Beware https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/9/image-thieves-beware Image Thieves Beware 

Do not use my images without approval.

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R/AApplied use of images without consent.

Substantial investment goes into photography productions. Image publication takes personal and financial commitment, recovering some of the outlay helps ensure the publishing program can continue. People generally put restrictions on a picture to acknowledge the creator or because the owner doesn't want the image to be altered or used without permission. In my case, sometimes all I’m looking for is simple recognition, with an acknowledged credit linking back to the image location or main site, other times I will expect a little more.

I'll try to put this in a fun but far-reaching way, and hopefully you get the idea.

Thieves

I don't know who you are, I don't know what you want. If you are looking for a free photo, I can tell you I don't have funds available to just give images away. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very concentrated career. Skills that make me ruthless when dealing with people like you. If you delete my photo from your blog or website now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you; I will not track you down. But if you don't, I will look for you, I can and will find you, and I will bill you. Reverse image search for copyright infringement is a profitable tool, that's something worth remembering.

I’m not in favour of giving stuff away for free, I make no apologies, the truth is, free doesn’t make any sales or gain links to my work. I often disregard beseeching requests as it simply pushes me back from reaching my full potential, it’s that simple.

Respect image copyright, respect the photographer.

Graphic design, digital art, and photography are valuable skills that the photographer should be recognised and compensated for. If you want to use someone else's work, it’s only courteous to ask permission.

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(John Gilchrist) Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/9/image-thieves-beware Sun, 10 Sep 2023 07:00:00 GMT
Upfront and Urban - Edinburgh Street Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/9/edinburgh-street-photography Capturing the Spirit of Edinburgh: A Street Photography Journey Through Scotland's Capital

Capturing the heartbeat of Edinburgh: My street photography journey

Streep photography in Edinburgh, image collectionWelcome to the streetThe urban side, follow link to view my image collection.

Edinburgh Street Scene

Edinburgh, a city of ancient castles, cobbled streets, and captivating charm, is a photographer's playground. Every twist and turn reveals a new vignette, a fleeting moment waiting to be immortalized. But there's something undeniably special about street photography in Edinburgh. It's about capturing the raw, unscripted stories that unfold on its bustling streets, the quiet contemplation in hidden alleyways, and the vibrant tapestry of life woven by its diverse residents.

Beyond the Tourist Gaze:

Forget the picture-perfect postcards and focus your lens on the human drama playing out in real time. A lone piper's melancholic melody echoing through the wind-swept streets, a child's laughter chasing pigeons under the shadow of the castle, a couple lost in conversation amidst the city's din – these are the moments that breathe life into your photographs.

Embrace the Light and Shadow:

Edinburgh's dramatic weather constantly shifts, sculpting the city in light and shadow. A sudden downpour can transform a familiar street into a moody canvas of reflections, while the golden hour bathes the sandstone buildings in a warm glow. Learn to dance with the light, using it to highlight emotions, draw attention to details, and create a sense of atmosphere.

Human Connections:

Don't be afraid to interact with your subjects. A smile, a nod, a brief conversation can open doors and allow you to capture authentic moments that wouldn't exist otherwise. Remember, you're not just documenting, you're becoming part of the story.

Hidden Gems:

Venture beyond the Royal Mile and Princes Street. Explore the labyrinthine closes, the picturesque Dean Village, the graffiti-filled Leith streets. Each neighbourhood has its own character, its own stories waiting to be discovered.

Respect and Ethics:

Street photography thrives on respect. Be mindful of your subjects, ask permission where appropriate, and never exploit anyone's vulnerability. Remember, you're a guest in their city, treat it with respect.

Sharing Your Vision:

The beauty of street photography lies in its ability to connect with viewers on an emotional level. Share your work online, participate in exhibitions, and let your photographs become a bridge between you and the world, showcasing the heart and soul of Edinburgh through your unique lens.

So, grab your camera, hit the streets, and start capturing the magic of Edinburgh. Remember, it's not about technical perfection, it's about seeing the unseen, telling the untold stories, and finding beauty in the everyday. Edinburgh is waiting to be discovered, one click at a time.

Happy shooting!

Here are some additional tips for street photography in Edinburgh:

  • Carry a small, inconspicuous camera to blend in with the crowd.
  • Learn the basics of composition and lighting to create impactful images.
  • Experiment with different angles and perspectives to tell a story.
  • Be patient and wait for the right moment to capture the perfect shot.
  • Edit your photos to enhance the story you're trying to tell.
  • Most importantly, have fun and enjoy the process!

I hope this post inspires you to explore the world of Edinburgh street photography and share your unique vision with the world.

Ready to embark on your street adventure? Let Edinburgh be your compass!

#candid #streetshots #exploreedinburgh #publicplaces #everydaylife #edinburghstreetphotography

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(John Gilchrist) Explore Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/9/edinburgh-street-photography Sun, 03 Sep 2023 07:00:00 GMT
Recent https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/9/recent-additions-to-the-online-gallery Scottish golfers on the course with Edinburgh Castle in the background.The ShotGolf course in Edinburgh by the castle

Fresh Faces and Fresh Perspectives: Recent Additions to the Online Gallery!

Greetings, art enthusiasts and photography aficionados! I’m thrilled to announce a vibrant new batch of photographs added to the recently updated online gallery, each one a unique window into the world through the lens of Edinburgh based photographer John Gilchrist.

Love is in the Air:

  • "Sunrise Vows". Capture the ethereal beauty of a wedding bathed in the golden glow of dawn. This stunning image showcases a couple exchanging vows amidst a breath-taking mountain vista, their silhouettes painted against the blushing sky.
  • "Rustic Romance". Immerse yourself in the rustic charm of a barn wedding. This heart-warming photograph depicts a couple sharing a tender embrace amidst twinkling fairy lights and strings of dried flowers, creating a cozy and intimate atmosphere.

Commercial Brilliance:

  • "Urban Symphony". Witness the dynamic energy of city life in this captivating black and white photograph. Skyscrapers pierce the clouds, pedestrians scurry like ants, and sunlight casts dramatic shadows, creating a mesmerizing symphony of urban geometry.
  • Embrace the power of storytelling: My latest additions go beyond just pretty pictures. They tell stories, evoke emotions, and spark conversations. From a lone figure gazing at a empty city landscape to a bustling street market teeming with life, these photographs are mini-narratives waiting to be explored and interpreted.

Personal Passions:

  • Finding Joy in the Ordinary: Discover the magic in everyday moments through this intimate collection of street photography. Grainy black and white captures the fleeting expressions of passers-by, the intricate details of cityscapes, and the quiet beauty of nature. This series is a reminder to find wonder in the seemingly mundane.
  • "Forgotten Library" Step into a world of forgotten stories in this evocative photograph. Sunbeams pierce through dusty shelves lined with leather-bound tomes, casting long shadows, and whispering tales of untold adventures.

This is just a taste of the treasures that await you in my newly expanded online gallery. I invite you to browse the full collection, let your imagination wander, and discover your own personal favourites. Remember, art is subjective, so don't be afraid to connect with the pieces that resonate with your soul.

Happy exploring!

P.S. Stay tuned for more exciting additions to the gallery in the weeks to come. I’m always on the lookout for fresh talent and captivating stories to share with you

#newadditions #recentupdates #newimages #recentlyadded

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(John Gilchrist) Explore https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/9/recent-additions-to-the-online-gallery Sun, 03 Sep 2023 07:00:00 GMT
Architectural photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/8/architectural-photography-edinburgh Architectural photographer Scotland: Architecture - Photographers Scotland

Exterior photographers Edinburgh - Of the outside, external & outer walls  - Architectural photography Scotland

Architecture photography Edinburgh, architectural photographer ScotlandImagesTopmost architectural photography portfolio

All Structures Great and Small

Exteriors photography

As an architectural photographer, Edinburgh is my go-to city for architecture, I cater to the CAD artist, architect and agencies with an interest in the built environment. Capturing the scale, the location and a the lines is what I do, invitations to travel outside the Edinburgh area welcome.

Photographer in Edinburgh - Architecture

I have been working as a freelance photographer since 2009 Photography of new and restored buildings is always a pleasant undertaking. covering locations around the city including Central, South West & South East Scotland, and beyond.

For interiors photography view here 

ref: Residential Photography, Public Building Photography, Retail Photography, Office Photography, Hotel Photography, Commercial Building Photography

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(John Gilchrist) Services https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/8/architectural-photography-edinburgh Sun, 27 Aug 2023 07:00:00 GMT
Wedding Venue Locations in Orkney https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/8/wedding-venue-locations-in-orkney Wedding Venue Locations in Orkney

Romantic wedding venues for every style of wedding in Orkney

wedding venues Edinburgh, wedding venues ScotlandVenuesLocations for Scottish Weddings

The Orkney Islands are a beautiful and unique archipelago off the north coast of Scotland. With their stunning scenery, rich history, and vibrant culture, they make a perfect destination for a romantic and unforgettable wedding.

Here are a few of the most popular wedding locations in Orkney:

Balfour Castle, Scotland

Balfour Castle

This historic castle is located on the island of Mainland, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Walled Garden.

Kirkwall Hotel, Scotland

Kirkwall Hotel

This elegant hotel is located in the heart of Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Ballroom, the Conservatory, and the Rooftop Terrace.

Stromness Hotel, Scotland

Stromness Hotel

This charming hotel is located in the picturesque town of Stromness, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Ballroom, the Drawing Room, and the Terrace.

Ring of Brodgar, Scotland

Ring of Brodgar

This mysterious prehistoric stone circle is located on the island of Mainland, and offers a unique and atmospheric setting for wedding ceremonies.

Maeshowe Chambered Cairn, Scotland

Maeshowe Chambered Cairn

This Neolithic chambered cairn is located on the island of Mainland, and offers a unique and intimate setting for wedding ceremonies.

Skara Brae, Scotland

Skara Brae

This prehistoric village is located on the island of Mainland, and offers a unique and atmospheric setting for wedding ceremonies.

No matter what your style or budget, you are sure to find the perfect wedding location in Orkney. With its stunning scenery, rich history, and vibrant culture, this archipelago offers a truly unique and unforgettable wedding experience.

#orkney #weddingvenuelocations

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(John Gilchrist) Wedding Locations https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/8/wedding-venue-locations-in-orkney Sun, 20 Aug 2023 07:00:00 GMT
Share Your Epic Wedding Story: From "I Do" to "We Did It!" https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/8/share-your-epic-wedding-story-from-i-do-to-we-did-it May offer ideas for choosing your wedding photographer in EdinburghLove Unveiled:Why share your story? Connect with the community: Share your love story with a wider audience and connect with other couples who are planning their own weddings or simply celebrating love.

Share Your Epic Wedding Story: From "I Do" to "We Did It!"

From "I Do" to "We Did It!": Share Your Epic Wedding Story!

Wedding bells have faded, cake crumbs swept away, but the magic of your special day lingers. You exchanged vows, danced the night away, and embarked on a beautiful journey as husband and wife. Now, it's time to relive those cherished moments and share them with the world!

This website is your platform to immortalize your love story, not just in stunning photos, but through the captivating narrative of your wedding day. Dive into the details that made your celebration unique. Was it the teary-eyed toast from your best friend? The surprise serenade by your partner? Or the hilarious dance floor antics of your aunt? Let your words paint a picture for our readers, transporting them to the heart of your joyous occasion.

Go beyond the ceremony! Share the heart-warming story of how you met, the proposal that swept you off your feet, and the journey that led you to say "I do." Talk about the planning process, the unexpected hiccups, and the moments that solidified your decision to tie the knot. Did you have a DIY theme? Did you incorporate cultural traditions? Was your pet the ring bearer? Every detail, big or small, adds to the tapestry of your unique love story.

But it's not just about you! Highlight the incredible people who made your day extra special. Gush about your supportive families, the hilarious bridesmaids, and the groomsmen who kept the party going. Share anecdotes about special guests and the vendors who turned your vision into reality. Their contributions deserve a spotlight, too!

Don't forget the emotions! Let your heart shine through! Describe the butterflies in your stomach before the ceremony, the overwhelming joy of exchanging vows, and the pure happiness of celebrating with loved ones. Your vulnerability and sincerity will resonate with readers, making your story even more heart-warming.

More than just a blog post, this is an opportunity to create a lasting memory. Imagine, years down the line, revisiting your story with your spouse, reminiscing about the love and laughter, and sharing it with your children. It's a digital time capsule of your happily ever after, waiting to be cherished for years to come.

So, are you ready to share your epic wedding story? I'm waiting to hear it! Submit your tale of love, laughter, and happily ever after, and let your love inspire others!

#epicweddingstory

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(John Gilchrist) Wedding https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/8/share-your-epic-wedding-story-from-i-do-to-we-did-it Sun, 13 Aug 2023 07:00:00 GMT
The Edinburgh Gallery https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/8/the-edinburgh-gallery Welcome, art lovers and wanderlust-stricken souls to the "Edinburgh Gallery"

A Kaleidoscope of Edinburgh: Through My Lens

The Edinburgh GalleryPicture the Galleryfollow this link to view my image collection.

The Gallery

Welcome, art lovers and wanderlust-stricken souls, to a visual journey through the enchanting city of Edinburgh, captured through my lens! My gallery here is a love letter to this captivating Scottish gem, showcasing its many facets in all their glory.

Prepare to be swept away by: The majesty of Edinburgh Castle: Towering proudly above the city, the castle's timeless silhouette against the sky is a photographer's dream. I've captured it bathed in golden sunlight, shrouded in misty mornings, and illuminated by the city's twinkling night lights. The charm of cobbled streets and hidden alleys: Edinburgh's labyrinthine lanes, like the enchanting Victoria Street and the historic Royal Mile, are treasure troves of photogenic delights. I've wandered their twists and turns, capturing the colourful houses, quirky shops, and charming street performers.

The tranquillity of hidden green spaces: Escape the city buzz in lush havens like Dean Village with its babbling river and Dean Gardens vibrant blooms. I've found serenity in these pockets of greenery, capturing the play of light and shadow through leaves and the gentle murmur of water.

The drama of Arthur's Seat: Hike up this volcanic hill for breath-taking panoramic views of the city and beyond. I've stood atop its peak, capturing the vast expanse of the cityscape, the Firth of Forth shimmering in the distance, and the sun painting the sky in fiery hues.

The elegance of Georgian architecture: Edinburgh's streets are lined with grand buildings, a testament to its rich history. I've focused on the intricate details of these architectural gems, from the delicate stonework to the ornate lampposts, capturing their timeless beauty. 

My Edinburgh gallery is not just a collection of pictures; it's a tapestry woven with emotions, memories, and a deep appreciation for this remarkable city. I invite you to lose yourself in these photographs, to feel the cobblestones beneath your feet, smell the crisp air, and hear the laughter echoing through the streets.

This is just a glimpse into the kaleidoscope that is Edinburgh. Come, explore its hidden corners, soak in its vibrant energy, and create your own memories in this magical city. And who knows, maybe you'll be inspired to pick up your camera and capture its essence through your own unique lens.

So, dear fellow travellers, let's raise a toast to Edinburgh, a city that never fails to enchant and inspire

My showplace for exhibits, the gallery, browse the picture library for prints & wall art. Buy prints/canvas, photography service available on request.
Hometown images, select views taken in and around the burgh’s streets, parks and vantage points, photography from my home city. A colourful representation, both new and old town photos displayed, please enjoy this wonderful city that is Edinburgh, there is simply no shortage of inspiration. I just thought I would provide my own wee corner to show off this vibrant city and when I say photos are recent, that’s really just to suggest my activities from the dawn of the digital era.

Picture galleries, my edinburgh, my online space, my digital gallery.
Browse my Edinburgh image gallery for prints & wall art. Ref: Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh New Town, buy prints, Edinburgh area, Lothian Region
 

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(John Gilchrist) Explore Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/8/the-edinburgh-gallery Sun, 06 Aug 2023 07:00:00 GMT
Featured https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/8/featured-images Edinburgh buses pictured as a work of art, Lothian Buses in Edinburgh by John GilchristOn routeQ. When's a bus not a bus? A. When it's a work of art.

Eye-Catching Entrances: The Power of Featured Images on johngilchrist.com

Welcome, photography enthusiasts and fellow creatives! Today, we're diving into a crucial element of johngilchrist.com: the featured images that greet you on every page. These aren't just pretty pictures; they're strategic gateways into the world of John Gilchrist Photography.

First Impressions Matter:

In the digital age, attention spans are fleeting. That's why the first moments visitors spend on your website are golden. Featured images act as powerful first impressions, instantly capturing attention and sparking curiosity. At johngilchrist.com, they're not chosen randomly. Each image is meticulously selected to:

  • Showcase John's diverse skillset: From breath-taking landscapes to intimate portraits, the featured images span the full spectrum of John's photographic expertise. They hint at the versatility and creativity that await you within the site.
  • Tell a story: Each image whispers a narrative, inviting you to step into the captured moment. Whether it's the joy of a wedding celebration or the quiet beauty of a Scottish sunrise, these images evoke emotions and draw you deeper into John's artistic vision.
  • Highlight the website's navigation: The featured images are strategically linked to relevant pages, guiding you intuitively through John's portfolio and services. They act as visual breadcrumbs, leading you to the experiences you seek.

Beyond Beauty:

Of course, aesthetics play a vital role. John's featured images are not only captivating but also technically masterful. They showcase his keen eye for composition, his masterful use of light and shadow, and his ability to capture fleeting moments with stunning clarity. These images are a testament to his dedication to his craft and a promise of the visual feast that awaits you within.

A Call to Explore:

Ultimately, the featured images on johngilchrist.com are a silent invitation. They beckon you to delve deeper, to explore the galleries, discover the stories behind the shots, and connect with John's artistic vision. They're a promise of beauty, of emotion, and of the unique perspective that John brings to the world through his lens.

So, the next time you visit johngilchrist.com, take a moment to appreciate the featured images. Let them draw you in, tell you their stories, and guide you on a journey through the world of John Gilchrist Photography. You might just find yourself captivated, inspired, and eager to discover more.

P.S. Don't hesitate to share your thoughts on the featured images in a private message! I'd love to hear what resonates with you and what stories you see in these captivating captures.

#highlights #explorepage #featuredimages 

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(John Gilchrist) Explore https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/8/featured-images Sun, 06 Aug 2023 07:00:00 GMT
Press photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/8/press-photography-edinburgh Commercial photographer Edinburgh, commercial photography ScotlandPortfoliocommercial photography portfolio, topmost

Press photography Edinburgh: Press Photographer Scotland

Reportage photography in the media - television, magazines, journals and other publications.

Affiliation status, National and Local press in Scotland UK.

Photojournalist / press photographer: Position held: I'm not "with the press", I do not work or report directly to any publications.
Published photography work in the press: Occasionally, usually through a third party.
Professional network building: The media landscape is evolving, I'm open to connect and collaborate with publications that hire freelance photographers on a casual basis.

UK Press Card
Status: non card holder
Media memberships
I hold no membership with industry associations such as media trades unions, and professional associations. I have no accreditation, affiliation, association with any of the UK's major media organisations such as.

  • British Association of Journalists (BAJ)
  • BBC Newsgathering
  • Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematographic and Theatre Union (BECTU)
  • British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS)
  • British Press Photographers' Association (BPPA)
  • Channel 4 News
  • Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIOJ)
  • Council of Photographic News Agencies (CPNA)
  • Event & Visual Communication Association (EVCOM)
  • Foreign Press Association (FPA)
  • ITN News
  • ITV stations
  • Local TV Network
  • National Association of Press Agencies (NAPA)
  • News Media Association (NMA)
  • National Union of Journalists (NUJ)
  • Professional Publishers Association (PPA)
  • Reuters
  • Sky News


THE UK PRESS CARD AUTHORITY Ltd (UKPCA)
About press card exclusion, membership & governance: The UK Press Card Authority manages a voluntary scheme for issuing press/media credentials - the UK Press Card - to professional newsgatherers working in the UK.
I'm neither a professional newsgatherer nor full-time photographer, thus obtaining membership or press card is not possible.

Ref: Photojournalism, Scottish Press Photography

PHOTOGRAPHERS DIRECT
Are you planning something newsworthy within your community, company or organisation, an event that requires reportage style photography perhaps. If you love my photo work, then great, I want to hear from you today!
Edinburgh Photography Services, Scotland
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(John Gilchrist) Services https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/8/press-photography-edinburgh Tue, 01 Aug 2023 07:00:00 GMT
PR Agency https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/8/pr-agency-edinburgh Commercial photographer Edinburgh, commercial photography ScotlandPortfoliocommercial photography portfolio, topmost

PR Agency Edinburgh: PR Agencies Scotland

Photography solutions for PR Agencies, 

PR Agency: Public relations services - Core element / photography

There are many leading public relations agencies that can assist you, having too many almost equally good options will make your decision a challenging one. PR photography services are sought after by many organisations, companies, and individuals alike, good photography is a key element and compliments other PR services that the best PR agencies offer.

PUBLIC RELATIONS BROKEN DOWN (Not Literally):
Photographers direct, tailor a message that’s relevant to your audience, if your requirement is for the photography only aspect then John Gilchrist photography can be of assistance. If you love my photo work, then great, I want to hear from you today!
Edinburgh Photography Services, Scotland
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A public relations (PR) agency is a business that specialises in helping individuals and organizations shape the public perception of those that hire the firm.

PR agencies use a variety of tactics to achieve this goal, including:

  • Writing and distributing press releases
  • Pitching stories to journalists and bloggers
  • Organizing media events
  • Managing social media accounts
  • Developing and executing crisis communications plans
  • Providing media training
  • Managing investor relations

PR agencies can be hired by a wide range of clients, including businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and individuals. Some common reasons why clients hire PR agencies include:

  • To increase brand awareness
  • To improve brand reputation
  • To generate leads and sales
  • To attract and retain talent
  • To manage crises
  • To launch new products or services
  • To promote events
  • To build relationships with key stakeholders

PR agencies can play an important role in helping clients achieve their marketing and communications goals. By working with a PR agency, clients can gain access to the expertise, connections, and resources they need to reach their target audience and communicate their message effectively.

Here are some examples of how PR agencies can help their clients:

A PR agency can help a startup company launch its new product by generating media coverage and creating social media buzz. A PR agency can help a nonprofit organization increase brand awareness and raise donations by developing and executing a public awareness campaign. A PR agency can help a government agency manage a crisis, such as a natural disaster, by communicating effectively with the public and providing updates on the situation. A PR agency can help an individual public figure, such as a politician or celebrity, build and maintain a positive public image by managing their social media presence and responding to media inquiries.

Overall, PR agencies can be a valuable asset to businesses and individuals of all sizes. By working with a PR agency, clients can gain access to the expertise, connections, and resources they need to achieve their marketing and communications goals.

Ref: Photography, Public Relations Agency Edinburgh, PR Agencies Scotland, B2C Communications, Brand Marketing, Branding and Design, Change and Employee Engagement, Content and Production, Content Marketing, Corporate Reporting, Crisis and Issues Management, Influencer Marketing, International Affairs, Media Relations, Media Training, Medical Education, Public Affairs, Purposeful Business, Reputation Management, Research, Analytics and Measurement, Social and Digital
 

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(John Gilchrist) Services https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/8/pr-agency-edinburgh Tue, 01 Aug 2023 07:00:00 GMT
The Outer Hebrides: A Romantic and Unique Wedding Destination https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/7/the-outer-hebrides-a-romantic-and-unique-wedding-destination The Outer Hebrides: A Romantic and Unique Wedding Destination

Romantic wedding venues for every style of wedding in The Outer Hebrides

wedding venues Edinburgh, wedding venues ScotlandVenuesLocations for Scottish Weddings

The Outer Hebrides are a chain of islands off the west coast of Scotland, known for their stunning scenery, rich culture, and warm hospitality. They make a perfect destination for a romantic and unique wedding, with a variety of venues to choose from, including castles, hotels, beaches, and even a chapel on a tidal island. Here are a few of the most popular wedding venue locations in the Outer Hebrides:

Lewis Castle, Scotland

Lewis Castle

This grand castle is located on the Isle of Lewis, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Tapestry Room, and the Ballroom.

Borve Castle, Scotland

Borve Castle

This historic castle is located on the Isle of Benbecula, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Dining Room.

Amhuinnsuidhe Castle, Scotland

Amhuinnsuidhe Castle

This boutique castle is located on the Isle of South Uist, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Library.

Hebridean Hotel, Scotland

The Hebridean Hotel

This luxury hotel is located on the Isle of Harris, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Hebridean Ballroom, the Whisky Bar, and the Terrace.

Calanais Standing Stones, Scotland

The Calanais Standing Stones

This mysterious prehistoric stone circle is located on the Isle of Lewis, and is a popular wedding venue for couples looking for a unique and atmospheric setting.

Uig Chapel, Scotland

The Uig Chapel

This 13th-century chapel is located on the Isle of Lewis, and is situated on a tidal island, accessible only by foot at low tide. It is a popular wedding venue for couples looking for a romantic and secluded setting.

#outerhebrides #weddingvenuelocations

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(John Gilchrist) Wedding Locations https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/7/the-outer-hebrides-a-romantic-and-unique-wedding-destination Sun, 16 Jul 2023 07:00:00 GMT
The Side Hustle https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/7/the-side-hustle Air Traffic Controllers In ControlView from the visual control room, air traffic tower.

My Photography Side Hustle

Turning my photography passion into a satisfying side hustle

Since I love photography and people say I have a knack for taking great photos, I thought I'd turn my photography passion into a satisfying side hustle whilst working my day job.

Here are a few tips that got me started.

  • Build a portfolio. The first step was to build a portfolio of my work. This was to show potential clients what I'm capable of. I also created a website, blog, and social media account to showcase some photos.
  • Finding my niche. What kind of photography was I most interested in? Did I want to shoot weddings, portraits, events, or something else? Once I found my niche, I started to target potential clients.
  • Set my rates. How much did I want to charge for my services? My rates depend on my experience, skill level, and the type of photography I'm requested to do.
  • Market myself. Once I had a portfolio and rates set, it was time to start marketing myself. I like to network with other photographers, join online forums, or advertise my services.
  • Provide excellent customer service. Once I started getting clients, it was important to provide excellent customer service. This meant being responsive to emails and phone calls, being on time for appointments, and delivering high-quality photos.

With a little hard work and dedication, I was able to turn my photography hoppy into a satisfying side hustle.

In the interest of transparency

Just for interest and transparency, when are some working photographers not photographers? Answer: When they're working their day jobs. My photography work, it is never a labour, some rational for choosing to be a freelance photographer. Firstly, some myth busting to debunk some peoples opinions that I monetize from my second job. Oh, how I wish that were the case. At best, any income just about covers the cost of new and replacement gear. Going freelance was not about earning extra money to make ends meet, nor was it to receive extra income to help pay off debt. The benefits of freelancing for me promotes self-improvement and spurs creativity, there is nothing better than a little advancement and looking for creative ways to develop your life. Finding other opportunities other than the day job to show the world what you got! With that second job I learn new skills my current job does not teach me; it is important to continually challenge yourself in order to further advance your abilities.

Additional work commitments, day job

Yes, I enjoy additional work commitments outside of my photography interests. Activities centre on the aviation sector within the travel industry; the upside means both my day jobs are varied and interesting. As an operational front line member of staff, I have the responsibility of working in a non-landside environment, this is a privileged pleasure I hold dearly. Occasionally I am called to participate in the documentation process of airside safety occurrences; this involves support photography for visual reference to airside & aircraft incident reports. (Seemed like it was relevant and on topic, so just thought it was worth a mention!) It is hard to imagine a workplace more constantly active than an airport, so whilst I work in the industrial side of the travel sector, my professional circle is limited to other individuals in the sector: engineers, planners, air traffic controllers, pilots, safety professionals. Taken together, all of us establish a “harmonious” professional operation on the airfield. 

Strangely enough, working in such a diverse and dynamic environment helps in many of my photography surroundings, drawing from an operational skill base and applying those skills in certain photography situations has helped outcomes on occasion. By committing to two occupations I feel I produce benefits for both. Quite simply, working both jobs makes me happier and leaves me more fulfilled. It also helps me perform better at each job.

In the beginning, my day job salary supported my photography business and still does to an extent. With no track record as a photographer, nobody was going to hire me to photograph their wedding and financing high end camera gear was out of the question. It was not money that motivated me to progress as a photographer in the first place, it was my passion for the creative arts and visual story telling that got my attention.

When starting out as a photographer I took baby steps so that I could gain experience in this new industry. My day job not only afforded me the initial outlay to purchase basic equipment, but it taught me essential skills to succeed as a photographer. A good photographer should be someone who knows how to work to tight constraints, establish a timeline, deliver a service, and fill in the gaps when all is not black and white. So, after photographing a few small intimate weddings, newly engaged couples, and brides-to-be started to reach out to see if they could hire me as a photographer.

At the same time, for someone who works in a live industrial environment all day, it’s exciting to immerse oneself in another sector and go “behind-the-scenes” and interact with agents, designers, and other creative professionals and make acquaintances in different circles. “I’ve never been around people who have so much fun at work.” Since my clients have a great experience it only helps me drive enthusiasm at work, so my airport and photography careers are mutually beneficial.

Note: Promoting oneself as a part-time freelance photographer erns you the label “weekend warrior”. Yes, this is sort of true in my case; I can accept that as a natural result of my situation, however, most of my days off are during the week, :)

Further Reading: About John Gilchrist - The Photographer

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(John Gilchrist) Explore https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/7/the-side-hustle Sun, 16 Jul 2023 07:00:00 GMT
Gatherings & Giggles - Group Photos at Weddings https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/7/group-photos-at-weddings Group photos gatherings & giggles at weddingsIt's a together thinggroup photos at weddings, follow link to view my image collection.

Gatherings & Giggles - Group Photos at Weddings

Group photos at weddings, a little togetherness to capture memories with all loved ones

Group photos at weddings

Why group photos matter. Group photos are more than just snapshots of faces. They tell the story of your wedding day through the people who shared it with you. They capture the relationships that matter most, from the immediate family to the extended friends and colleagues. These photos will be cherished by your loved ones for years to come, serving as a reminder of the joy and unity of your wedding celebration.

Planning Your Group Photos

To ensure your group photos go smoothly and capture everyone you want, a little planning is key. Here are some tips:

  • Create a list: Make a list of all the group shots you want, including immediate family, extended family, the wedding party, friends, and colleagues. Prioritize the most important groups so you don't run out of time.
  • Assign a photo wrangler: Enlist a trusted friend or family member to help round up people for the photos. This will keep you from getting stressed and ensure everyone is accounted for.
  • Choose a good location: Pick a well-lit spot with a nice background for your photos. Avoid harsh sunlight or busy areas that might distract from the group.
  • Keep it fun: Group photos can feel formal, but don't be afraid to inject some fun! Encourage everyone to relax, smile, and have a good time. You'll get more natural-looking and joyful photos as a result.

Creative Group Photo Ideas

Beyond the traditional family and wedding party shots, there are endless possibilities for creative group photos that will add personality to your album. Here are a few ideas:

  • Candid candids: Ask your photographer to capture informal group shots throughout the day, as people are mingling and enjoying themselves.
  • Themed photos: If you have a wedding theme, incorporate it into your group photos. For example, if you're having a vintage wedding, have everyone strike a pose in their best retro attire.
  • Action shots: Get everyone moving! Capture a group jumping shot, a conga line, or a fun pose that reflects your unique personalities.
  • Guest photo booth: Set up a photo booth with fun props and backdrops and let your guests take their own group photos.

Remember, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the process of capturing these special memories with all the people you love. With a little planning and creativity, your group photos will be some of the most cherished images from your wedding day.

Photographing fun and formal portraits during the day. Gatherings of two or more, wedding party groups, capturing formal shots including the giggles is always a joyful occasion. All photographs by John Gilchrist

My availability: I have other photography commitments so restrict my calendar to a limited number of bookings each year. If you require a photographer at short notice, call me, I could be available as your last-minute photographer. Located in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, I'm available for weddings in Edinburgh. We are ideally located to cover weddings in Scotland and can travel further if required, ask for details.

Talented photographers in Scotland: Sourcing your Scottish photographer will be like finding hen's teeth, NOT! Unearthing your hidden gem north of the border won't be an issue for you. Check out this handy "talent table for choosing your photographer" The handy table matrix is offered to give you some direction and offer some forethought for those that like to research and give consideration to support their decisions. Note: You won’t find JGP fronting a stand at wedding fairs. I’m not in the glossy mags and I hide from the newspapers. Why? Well, third parties all want their pound of flesh. So granted I may not be found as frequently as others

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(John Gilchrist) Wedding https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/7/group-photos-at-weddings Sun, 09 Jul 2023 07:00:00 GMT
Photographic Exhibition: Edinburgh in Pictures https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/7/edinburgh-exhibition Edinburgh Exhibition

International access to contemporary photography work, presenting The City of Edinburgh in pictures.

A curated gallery of Edinburgh Photography on Exhibitionmy city, my view, my wayThe Exhibition, follow link to view my digital collection.

A Photographic Exhibition Unveiling the City's Soul

Edinburgh, a city etched in history, cloaked in mist, and bursting with vibrant life, has captivated hearts for centuries. Its cobbled streets whisper tales of the past, its majestic architecture reaches for the sky, and its hidden alleys brim with secrets waiting to be unravelled. But sometimes, to truly grasp the essence of a place, you need to see it through a different lens.

I'm thrilled to announce my upcoming photography exhibition, "Edinburgh Through My Lens" where I invite you to embark on a visual journey through this captivating city, not as a tourist, but as an intimate observer.

Through my photographs, I aim to capture the soul of Edinburgh, beyond the iconic landmarks and postcard-perfect views. Prepare to wander down sun-drenched lanes, where children's laughter mingles with the scent of freshly baked bread. Let your gaze linger on weathered faces etched with stories, each wrinkle a testament to a life well-lived. Witness the city come alive at dusk, when golden light paints the castle walls and cobblestones in a magical glow.

This exhibition is not just about showcasing technical prowess or achieving perfect compositions. It's about capturing the fleeting moments, the unspoken emotions, the raw beauty that defines Edinburgh's spirit. You'll find yourself transported to bustling markets overflowing with colourful produce, serenaded by lone bagpipers echoing through narrow alleyways, and lost in the quiet contemplation of serene gardens tucked away from the city's clamour.

"Edinburgh Through My Lens"

Promises to be more than just an exhibition; it's an invitation to rediscover the city you thought you knew, to see it through fresh eyes, and to feel the rhythm of its beating heart. It's a chance to connect with the people, the places, the emotions that make Edinburgh truly unique.

Mark your calendars! The exhibition will be held [Online] from [1st Jan 2024] to [31st Dec 2025]. Come join me on this photographic odyssey and let Edinburgh weave its magic through your soul.

In the meantime, follow me on Instagram [@edinburgh.jg] for a sneak peek into the world I'm eager to share with you.

Don't forget to share your own Edinburgh stories and photographs using the hashtag #EdinburghThroughMyLens. Let's celebrate the city we love, one click at a time!

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(John Gilchrist) Explore Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/7/edinburgh-exhibition Sun, 02 Jul 2023 07:00:00 GMT
Wedding Ceremony Photos - (the getting married bit) https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/7/wedding-ceremony-photos-the-getting-married-bit Wedding ceremony photos, the getting married bitThe ceremonyFollow image link to the wedding ceremony collection.

Wedding ceremony photos, the getting married bit

Capturing the magic during the wedding ceremony is a once-in-a-lifetime event, with the photos taken being cherished memories for years to come

Creative wedding ceremony photos 

Making it official at the wedding service during which wedding ceremony photos are taken. Civil, religious, & humanist – Ceremonial photographer. All ceremonies whether, same sex, non-denominational or interfaith.

Ceremony photography: Some weekends drag on forever and feel like they last a fortnight, with your head in a spin, you’ll feel that your wedding ceremony flew by and lasted all of 2 minutes. Finding the finest photographers that's suited to photograph your wedding ceremony. Today’s photography market is saturated with an abundance of talented photographers. However, now that you have discovered my wedding ceremony portfolio, hopefully you will have exposed someone worthy of consideration, a Scottish photographer who is driven and persistent, a wedding photographer who will enjoy shining as bright as your engagement ring.

Photographer for before, during, and after - Ceremony: From the intimate ceremony to the more formal of ceremonies, let me capture your day with style, whether it's a traditional wedding or something a little more progressive, innovate or an unusual wedding, call me for details. Booking is recommended as early as possible, contact John Gilchrist for details on

  • Dates
  • Ceremony location
  • Guest numbers

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For the broader wedding portfolio please view here

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(John Gilchrist) Wedding https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/7/wedding-ceremony-photos-the-getting-married-bit Sun, 02 Jul 2023 07:00:00 GMT
Getting Ready Photos at the Wedding https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/7/getting-ready-photos-at-the-wedding Bridesmaid applying hairspray during final getting ready touches before the wedding.Last minute applicationIt's the the details that count.

Wedding preparation shots - Getting Ready Photos

Ah, the getting ready photos! These are some of the most intimate and heart-warming moments of any wedding day, capturing the anticipation, joy, and nervous excitement as the bride, groom and their loved ones prepare for the big ceremony. They tell a story, setting the stage for the rest of your day, and they're often cherished long after the confetti has settled.

Capturing stunning getting ready photos:

Wedding preparation shots on the morning of the wedding, getting ready photos, planning, prep and time to get ready - Groom & Bridal preparation shots that capture the anticipation, joy, and whirlwind of emotions that swirl around a wedding couple and their loved ones in those precious pre-ceremony moments. They tell the story of transformation, as hair and makeup artists work their magic, nervous jitters morph into excited smiles, and the final touches are put on the dream attire.

The Details

Light is key: I like to choose a well-lit room with plenty of natural light, or set up some soft, diffused lighting to create a flattering glow. A bright and airy space will make your photos look fresh and inviting.
Capture the details: Don't forget the little things that make your day special. Close-ups of the bride's shoes, the groom's cufflinks, a sentimental family heirloom being passed down – these details add depth and personality to your photos.

Preparedness: Getting oneself prepared, photography covering a tale of two camps, traditionally the bride and groom preparing themselves for their day ahead. From this moment on it's all about real moments and understanding our clients, acknowledging our customers and ensuring customer focused outcomes are achieved. 

Candid moments are gold: While some posed shots are lovely, the real magic happens in between. I like to be on the lookout for spontaneous laughter, tears of joy, and tender embraces. These genuine moments tell the story of your day in the most authentic way. I try not to forget the supporting cast, the getting ready shots aren't just about the bride and groom. Capture the bridesmaids helping each other with their hair and makeup, the best man giving the groom a pep talk, or the flower girls giggling with excitement. These moments add context and show the love and support surrounding you on your special day.

Think outside the box: Getting ready photos don't have to be traditional. Getting creative! Capture the bride getting her nails done, the groom practicing his vows, or a group photo of everyone in their robes before the glam transformation begins.

The bride’s preparation coverage isn’t for every bride-to-be, we listen to what our clients tell us. Where they want to be photographed, what their expectations are, how they want to engage with us during each step of the way. In return we’ll give our clients the attention to detail we need to return beautiful preparation images.

The groundwork, getting ready, a photographer’s view: Setting the foundations for the day ahead is always an opportunistic occasion for the photographer, as tempting as it may be, I try not to get involved as a helping hand during bridal prep time, this isn’t intended to sound callous, doing so would compromise all those wonderful moments and instances that make the preparation experience one of the highlights of the whole day. Photographing a groomsman’s first time wearing a kilt can be an entertaining experience, guaranteed to return great images.

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Ready to embark on your wedding adventure? Let John Gilchrist be your compass!

#gettingreadyphotos #edinburghweddings #naturallight #scottishwedding #detailshots

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(John Gilchrist) Wedding https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/7/getting-ready-photos-at-the-wedding Sat, 01 Jul 2023 07:00:00 GMT
Wedding Venue Locations in the Highlands of Scotland https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/6/wedding-venue-locations-in-the-highlands-of-scotland Wedding Venue Locations in the Highlands of Scotland

Romantic wedding venues for every style of wedding in the Highlands of Scotland

wedding venues Edinburgh, wedding venues ScotlandVenuesLocations for Scottish Weddings

The Scottish Highlands are a land of stunning natural beauty, with towering mountains, pristine lochs, and lush forests. It's no wonder that this region is a popular choice for weddings, offering couples a chance to celebrate their love in a truly romantic and unforgettable setting. Here are a few of the most popular wedding locations in the Highlands of Scotland:

Glencoe, Scotland

Glencoe

This dramatic valley is known for its rugged mountains, waterfalls, and lochs. Couples can choose to get married in a variety of locations in Glencoe, such as on the banks of Loch Leven, in front of the Three Sisters mountains, or in one of the many glens.

Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Isle of Skye

This island is home to a variety of stunning scenery, including dramatic cliffs, rugged mountains, and beautiful beaches. Couples can choose to get married in a variety of locations on the Isle of Skye, such as on the cliffs of Quiraing, in front of the Old Man of Storr, or on one of the many beaches.

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Scotland

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

This park is known for its beautiful scenery, including lochs, mountains, and forests. Couples can choose to get married in a variety of locations in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, such as on the shores of Loch Lomond, in front of Ben Lomond, or in one of the many forests.

Dunvegan Castle, Scotland

Dunvegan Castle

This castle is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and is located on the Isle of Skye. Couples can choose to get married in the castle's Great Hall, Drawing Room, or on the grounds.

Urquhart Castle, Scotland

Urquhart Castle

This ruin is located on Loch Ness and offers stunning views of the loch and the surrounding mountains. Couples can choose to get married in the castle's ruins or on the grounds.

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

Glenfinnan Viaduct

This iconic railway bridge is located in Glenfinnan and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and Loch Shiel. Couples can choose to get married on the bridge itself or on the banks of Loch Shiel.

These are just a few of the many beautiful wedding locations in the Highlands of Scotland. With its stunning scenery and rich history, this region has something to offer every couple.

In addition to the above, here are a few more unique wedding locations in the Highlands of Scotland:

  • The Scottish Fairy Glen
    • Scottish Fairy Glen, Scotland
  • The Quiraing
    • Quiraing, Scotland
  • Kilt Rock
    • Kilt Rock, Scotland
  • The Old Man of Storr
    • Old Man of Storr, Scotland
  • The Fairy Pools
    • Fairy Pools, Scotland
  • Neist Point Lighthouse
    • Neist Point Lighthouse, Scotland
  • Arisaig
    • Arisaig, Scotland
  • Morar
    • Morar, Scotland
  • Applecross
    • Applecross, Scotland
  • Gairloch
    • Gairloch, Scotland
  • Ullapool
    • Ullapool, Scotland
  • Dornoch
    • Dornoch, Scotland

No matter what your style or budget, you are sure to find the perfect wedding location in the Highlands of Scotland. With its stunning scenery, rich history, and unique atmosphere, this region is sure to make your wedding day unforgettable.

#highlandsscotland #weddingvenuelocations

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(John Gilchrist) Wedding Locations https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/6/wedding-venue-locations-in-the-highlands-of-scotland Sun, 18 Jun 2023 07:00:00 GMT
The Man Behind the Camera https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/6/the-man-behind-the-camera JGP0001AJGP0001AJGP branding pack, John Gilchrist Photography static logo web 1600 x 900

About "the man behind the camera" 

The phrase "the man behind the camera" can refer to several different things. In the context of photography, it is a way of acknowledging the importance of the creative vision and technical expertise that goes into creating visual works and can refer to the photographer who is responsible for taking the photographs.

Man & Camera: In a broader sense

Additionally the phrase "the man behind the camera" can refer to anyone who is responsible for creating a visual work, such as a film, television show, photograph, or painting. It can also refer to the person who is responsible for controlling the camera, regardless of their role in the production process. However, in this instance, the term "the man behind the camera" is used in a more figurative sense to reference myself, think of it as an extended introduction to a more in-depth about me if you like.

Insights, establishing some background information, what's behind the story

MOI

Well, I’m John, and you're here to learn something about me the photographer, well, I answer to many titles depending on the context of their application, those labels able to be repeated here are JGP, JG, Big Jay, JiGee, Chief and the best of all Dad. I’m associated with so many acronyms, terms, and abbreviations that it's it pointless going further with more, you get the idea!

To all who know me but haven’t grasped it yet,
taking photographs is an incurable passion of mine! John Gilchrist

Yes, I love to create visual content. Some people are said to have an ''eye'' for a photograph, I believe it’s more about preparation, perseverance and being passionate about what you do!

Shut the front door! Who would have thought? I hear some of you cry, lol.

BEGINNINGS

In the beginning back in 19... The real passion for digital photography kicked in shortly after the birth of our third child. Enthusiastically photographing our gorgeous new-born attracted the attention of our sharp-eyed midwife. Seeing an overcome lunatic jumping around his daughter with a camera prompted the midwife to ask, "Is this your first baby?" Answering too quickly and blurting out "No” was my initial response then followed by a thoughtful pause I then answered, "My third …but it is my first digital camera." - There it all began. 

PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

On the to do list of photography awards.

  • Qualified Master Photographer
  • Scottish Photographer of the Year
  • Award Winning Photographer

These official expressions are well-earned titles every motivated photographer aspires to hold. Recognised titles rewarded for excellence and presented to full time certified photographers through membership to leading associations such as the British Institute of Professional Photography and the MPA, (the premier professional organisation for Wedding, Portrait and Commercial Master Photographers). Personally, I hold no such titles or memberships, maybe for me one day but until then it’s somewhere between time, belief and desire. The flipside being I charge accordingly by not commanding fees associated amongst qualified photographers. 

BLURRED BOUNDARIES

So, should/shouldn’t I declare myself a professional photographer, who knows? I use the term professional loosely. Some maintain that photographers must earn 100% of their income before classing oneself as a professional, whilst others make the claim that photography is a trade not a profession.  Truth be told, It appears to be a dilemma with no clear answer and it confuses the life out of me, anyone can call themselves a photographer and any photographer can use the prefix professional. Bottom line, the client will always draw their own conclusions. 

EDUCATION VS. PASSION

As more and more new age pro-photographers descend on today’s photography industry, I often wonder how it was pre-digital, I hold my hand in the air to declare, I’m one of the many, I am that new type of image creator. With no formal education, passion drives me forward, with the thought that you only excel at what you love to do. Education doesn’t make you excellent, it makes you qualified. If you love doing something, odds are you going to be mostly self-taught - even if you do go to school!

WORKING LIFE: A DOUBLE HEADED COIN

I enjoy additional work commitments outside of my photography interests. Activities centre on the aviation sector within the travel industry. As an operational front-line member of staff, I have the responsibility of working the airside environment, this is a privileged pleasure I hold dearly. Occasionally I’m called to participate in the documentation process of airside safety occurrences; this involves support photography for visual reference to airside & aircraft incident reports. (Seemed relevant and on topic).

I’VE GOT MY CANON AND I’M ARMED REAL WELL

Tools of the trade, worth mentioning for reassurance purposes only. I’m well kitted out, although camera gear isn’t everything, knowing you’re appointing someone who is familiar with the required skills and equipment gives you some piece of mind. Currently enjoying platinum membership within “Canon Professional Services” as a CPS member since 2012 I have access to premium service levels created especially for imaging professionals. It’s refreshing to know you’re in good hands.

My business, visualising the observable world with a calibrated eye.

Further Reading: About John Gilchrist - The Photographer

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Timetable Bliss: Your Wedding's Best Friend https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/6/timetable-bliss-your-weddings-best-friend weddings photography Edinburgh, wedding photographer ScotlandTime Management MasterDitch the Wedding Day Jitters: How a Timetable Can Be Your Secret Weapon!

Don't Let Your Wedding Day Turn into a Time Warp: Embrace the Power of a Timetable!

Imagine your special day. Sunlight streams through the window, birds chirp a happy tune, and excitement buzzes in the air. But wait! Is that panic creeping in? Are you frantically checking your watch, worried about falling behind schedule?

Fear not, lovebirds! The secret weapon against wedding-day chaos is a well-crafted timetable.

Think of it as your day's conductor, keeping everything running smoothly and harmoniously. From hair and makeup sessions to the grand ceremony entrance, a timetable ensures you savour every precious moment without the stress of wondering "what's next?".

Why is a timetable your wedding BFF?

  • Peace of mind: Knowing what's happening and when allows you to relax and truly enjoy the day. No more last-minute scrambling or missed photo ops!
  • Organized flow: A timetable keeps everyone – vendors, guests, and even the flower girl – on the same page, preventing embarrassing delays and confusion.
  • Prioritization powerhouse: It helps you decide what's most important and allocate enough time for it, whether it's a tearful family portrait or a spontaneous dance floor moment.
  • Stress buster: By eliminating uncertainty, a timetable minimizes pre-wedding jitters and allows you to focus on the joy of the occasion.

Crafting your perfect wedding day symphony:

  • Start early: Don't wait until the last minute! Begin building your timetable months in advance, factoring in ceremony time, travel distance, vendor arrival times, and buffer periods for unexpected hiccups.
  • Collaborate with your partner and vendors: Get everyone involved in the planning process. This ensures everyone's needs are met and the timeline reflects your combined vision.
  • Be realistic: Don't cram too much into your day. Leave room for spontaneity, bathroom breaks, and those heartfelt moments that unfold naturally.
  • Flexibility is key: Life happens! Your timetable should be a guide, not a rigid script. Be prepared to adjust on the fly while maintaining the overall flow.

Bonus tip: Share your timetable with key players like your wedding party, family, and vendors. This transparency ensures everyone's on the same page and can lend a helping hand if needed.

Remember, your wedding day is a celebration of love, laughter, and commitment. Let a timetable be your silent partner, ensuring every precious moment unfolds beautifully, leaving you with memories that last a lifetime. So, ditch the stress, embrace the plan, and get ready to dance the night away – on time and in perfect harmony!

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and you want to make sure that everything goes off without a hitch. A well-planned timetable can help ensure that your day runs smoothly and that you don't miss a thing.

Here is a sample timetable for a traditional wedding:

Morning

  • 8:00am - Breakfast and showers
  • 10:00am - Hair and makeup for the bride and bridesmaids
  • 11:00am - Bouquet and boutonniere deliveries
  • 12:00pm - Bride gets dressed
  • 12:30pm - Bridal party photos

Afternoon

  • 1:30pm - Groom and groomsmen arrive at the ceremony venue
  • 2:00pm - Ceremony
  • 2:30pm - Confetti toss and photos
  • 3:00pm - Cocktail hour
  • 4:00pm - Dinner
  • 5:00pm - Speeches
  • 6:00pm - Cake cutting
  • 6:30pm - First dance
  • 7:00pm - Dancing and party!

This is just a sample timetable, and you may need to adjust it to fit your specific needs. For example, if you are having a small wedding, you may not need a cocktail hour or a formal dinner. And if you are having a destination wedding, you may need to factor in travel time.

No matter what your wedding day looks like, it is important to have a plan. This will help you stay calm and relaxed on your big day, and it will ensure that you and your guests have a wonderful time.

Here are a few tips for creating your wedding day timetable. Start planning early, the earlier you start planning, the more time you will have to make sure that everything is in order. Get input from your wedding party. Your wedding party can help you with everything from setting up the venue to making sure that your guests are having a good time. Be flexible, things don't always go according to plan on your wedding day, so it is important to be flexible and go with the flow. Most importantly, relax and enjoy your day! Your wedding day is a special day, so make sure to savour every moment.

"Print your wedding timetable here"

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Professional vs. Amateur Photographers https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/6/professional-vs-amateur-photographers Choosing a photographer | Novice to Expert | Photography Skills TableChoosing a photographer | Novice to Expert | Photography Skills TablePhotography | Novice to Expert
Compare Skill - Hire the Best | Choosing a photographer
Group | Skill | Associated Risks | Risk Likelihood | Quality of Results | Professional Fee
Skills Base Table

Further info at "Best Photographers"
https://www.johngilchrist.com/best-photographers

Professional vs. Amateur Photographers

The main difference between a professional and an amateur photographer is that a professional makes a living from photography, while an amateur does not.

Some say this means that professionals have a higher level of skill and experience, as well as access to better equipment and resources. However, there are many amateur photographers who produce stunning images, and there is no reason why an amateur photographer cannot become a professional if they are dedicated and talented.

Here is a more detailed look at some of the key differences between professional and amateur photographers:

  • Skill and experience: Professionals have a higher level of skill and experience than amateurs. They have spent years honing their craft, and they have a deep understanding of the technical aspects of photography. This allows them to take consistently good photos, even in challenging conditions.
  • Equipment: Professionals have access to better equipment than amateurs. They use high-end cameras, lenses, and lighting equipment, which gives them more control over their images.
  • Resources: Professionals have access to more resources than amateurs. They can hire models, assistants, and location scouts. They can also afford to pay for expensive post-production services.
  • Clientele: Professionals work with a variety of clients, including businesses, magazines, and individuals. They are able to charge higher rates for their work, which allows them to make a living from photography.

Despite these differences, there are many amateur photographers who produce stunning images. There is no reason why an amateur photographer cannot become a professional if they are dedicated and talented. Here are some tips for aspiring professional photographers:

  • Practice regularly: The more you practice, the better you will become at photography.
  • Learn the technical aspects of photography: There are many resources available to help you learn about the technical aspects of photography. Books, magazines, online courses, and workshops can all be helpful.
  • Experiment with different styles and techniques: There is no right or wrong way to take photos. Experiment with different styles and techniques to find your own unique voice.
  • Build a portfolio: A portfolio is a collection of your best work. It is a great way to show potential clients what you can do.
  • Network with other photographers: Networking with other photographers is a great way to learn new things and get feedback on your work.
  • Don't give up: It takes time and effort to become a professional photographer. Don't give up on your dreams.


Amateurs vs Pros, my thoughts

"To be good you have to love photography, but to love photography you don't have to be good!" This isn't about pro vs. amateur, it’s about who or what suits your requirements by comparison. My own photography is always an exercise in results and couldn't be much more from the heart, on many occasions my images aren’t always accurate! I’m continually looking to improve outcomes, polish technique and move up the levels.

Amateur photographers rank just as highly as the pros, the difference being that the amateur doesn’t seek financial recognition or have a business model associated with their photography. To hear an interesting debate on the topic, Tony & Chelsea Northrup pick some holes and bounce some opinions around in their Picture This Podcast at  What Makes a Photographer or Camera "Pro"?

Every decision-making process produces a final choice, bottom line, choosing a photographer who is going to work out in your best interest is different for every couple getting married, budget and expectations play a key role in the final outcome. What's perfect for some will not be perfect for others.

What defines a professional photographer? Does pro insinuate skill or quality?

Worth a mention, for the sake of argument, I use the term professional photographer loosely, in reality, being a pro doesn't automatically mean you are an amazing photographer. Looking back, it used to be so straightforward in the past; your wedding and photo-journalistic photographer would be considered the professionals of the day. Nowadays there are much more variables in-play, so it makes it difficult to nail down. Bizarrely enough, even skill level is subjective; a photographer can be unskilled yet still be professional.

There’s a lot of feeling behind the word professional, for the purposes of this table, the concise answer is referring to those photographers that are shooting with someone else’s needs in mind, skill level being only one factor amidst several other influences.

Every private or business venture has its budgetary limitations; at some time, someone somewhere will require the service of the novice photographer. As long as risks are recognised and acknowledged on both sides, no harm in that! If we assume overall price is the influence, then there is a non-skilled or skilled photographer for everyone’s budget!

Finding the best photographers, match your budget or expectation with this helpful comparison table by John Gilchrist.

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Capturing Love and Cherished Moments: The Art of Wedding Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/6/capturing-love-and-cherished-moments-the-art-of-wedding-photography May show the bride and groom at their chosen Edinburgh wedding venue❤️WED0024Heart wedding photo love, real Scottish wedding, we're loving this shot, and hope you love it too, image by John Gilchrist 0024

Weddings are special occasions filled with joy, love, and unforgettable memories. As a couple embarks on their journey of matrimony, one aspect that remains timeless is capturing those precious moments through the lens of a skilled wedding photographer.

The Art of Wedding Photography

In this blog post, we will delve into the art of wedding photography, exploring its significance, key elements, and the magic it brings to immortalize cherished memories.

The Importance of Wedding Photography:

Wedding photography plays a crucial role in preserving the essence and emotions of a couple's big day. It goes beyond capturing mere images; it encapsulates the story, the love, and the energy shared by the couple, their families, and friends. A skilled wedding photographer understands the significance of each moment and strives to capture them authentically, creating a visual narrative that will be treasured for generations.

Building a Connection with the Couple:

An exceptional wedding photographer knows the importance of building a strong rapport with the couple. Prior to the big day, it is essential to have open communication, understand their vision, and establish a comfortable atmosphere. This connection enables the photographer to capture genuine expressions, candid interactions, and the unique chemistry between the couple.

Mastering the Art of Composition:

Composition is the cornerstone of captivating wedding photography. The ability to frame the couple amidst the backdrop of stunning landscapes, architectural wonders, or intricate details of the venue adds depth and beauty to the photographs. A skilled photographer understands the rule of thirds, leading lines, and other compositional techniques to create visually striking and balanced images.

The Beauty of Natural Light:

Harnessing the power of natural light can transform wedding photographs into works of art. Whether it's the soft morning glow, the golden hour hues of sunset, or the magical ambiance of candlelit receptions, understanding light is essential. By utilizing various lighting conditions creatively, a wedding photographer can create breath-taking and ethereal images that reflect the mood and atmosphere of the event.

The Art of Storytelling:

Wedding photography is about storytelling. Each wedding has its unique tale, and the photographer's role is to capture the intricate details that unfold throughout the day. From the getting-ready moments to the heartfelt exchanges of vows, the tears of joy, and the dance floor celebrations, a skilled photographer captures emotions, reactions, and the unscripted moments that make each wedding special.

The Role of Post-Processing:

Post-processing is the final touch that elevates wedding photographs to their full potential. Skilful editing enhances the colours, tones, and overall aesthetics, while maintaining the authenticity of the captured moments. It is crucial to strike a balance between artistic enhancements and preserving the natural beauty of the images, ensuring that the final results truly reflect the couple's vision and style.

Conclusion:
Wedding photography is a fusion of artistry, technical skills, and emotional connection. It holds the power to freeze fleeting moments, immortalize love, and evoke cherished memories for a lifetime. A talented wedding photographer embraces the responsibility of capturing the essence of the day and the emotions shared, creating a visual legacy that will be treasured for generations to come. So, as couples embark on their journey of matrimony, they can trust in the art of wedding photography to encapsulate their love story in timeless images.

 

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Industrial photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/6/industrial-photography-edinburgh Industrial photography Edinburgh: Industrial - Photographers Scotland

Industrial photographers Edinburgh - Manufacturing, production & engineering  - Industrial photography Scotland

Industrial photographer Edinburgh, industrial photography ScotlandImagesTopmost industrial photography portfolio

All industries whether local, regional or national

Industry photography

As an industrial photographer, Scotland is my go-to location for industry. Agriculture, Fisheries, Education, Architecture, Health and Craft.
Serving construction companies, development projects, production in industry, mechanical and technological progress, infrastructure facilities and related industries.

Capturing the location, machinery, staff and officials with the purpose of making the everyday look interesting is what I do. Specialising in heavy industrial locations, having worked in the aviation industry for over 30 years, it's given good grounding for those demanding industrial environments. Offers to travel beyond Scotland area are invited. 

Photographer in Edinburgh - Industry

I have been working as a freelance photographer since 2009 covering industry around the city including Central, South West & South East Scotland, and beyond. Most of our work includes work of an industrial nature.

For commercial photography please view here 

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Meaningful Moments in Life https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/6/meaningful-moments-in-life Wedding related, may contain wedding day preparation, wedding day ceremony and wedding reception references, or wedding venue locations and content themed around weddings, photography by John Gilchrist, reference - Emotional Wedding Moments TearsWhen there are tears, there are tissues, emotions can run high on your wedding day, image by John Gilchrist

Meaningful Moments in Life

Spark Joy: Capturing the Little Moments that Make Life Big

Life, in its grand tapestry, is woven with threads of experiences. Some are bold and bright, like graduations and weddings. Others are seemingly insignificant, like shared laughter with a friend or a child's joyful dance in the rain. But it's these meaningful moments, the ones that touch our hearts and leave an indelible mark, that truly define our journey.

Forget the pressure to chase grand gestures. True meaning often lies in the quiet corners of life. It's the lingering hug after a tough day, the handwritten note expressing gratitude, the spontaneous adventure with loved ones. These moments, though seemingly small, hold the power to spark joy, build connection, and shape who we are.

Here's the secret: meaningful moments aren't serendipitous accidents. They require intentionality and mindfulness. Put down your phone, step away from the screen, and truly be present. Savour the taste of a home-cooked meal, listen deeply to a friend's story, and appreciate the beauty of a sunrise. These small acts of presence weave magic into the fabric of your days.

But how do we capture these fleeting moments?

  • Embrace the power of storytelling. Share your experiences, big and small, with loved ones. Retelling stories solidifies memories and deepens connections.
  • Express your appreciation. Say "thank you" freely, write heartfelt notes, or simply offer a genuine smile. Recognizing the good in others fosters joy and strengthens relationships.
  • Embrace vulnerability. Share your true self, your joys and sorrows, with those you trust. Vulnerability fosters connection and creates memories that resonate deeply.

Remember, meaning doesn't come with a price tag. It's found in the everyday moments, the connections we forge, and the love we share. So, open your heart, be present, and start collecting those precious moments that make life truly meaningful. You might just be surprised at the magic you find in the seemingly ordinary.

 

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Couple photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/6/couple-photography-edinburgh Couple photography in Edinburgh

& couples photoshoot sessions beyond the greater Edinburgh area

Couple photography related, may contain couples from the Edinburgh Lothian area taking part in engagement shoots or pre-wedding shoots and enjoying a short photo session with the photographer prior t3Couples, 1&1 photoshoot session

Sessions are not restricted to Edinburgh, engagement photography beyond the city boundaries is cool: It’s all about capturing amazing photos; your day will be filled with stunning pictures to remember your fun day by.

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For photoshoots posted by location, see the gallery of couples photography in Edinburgh - Scotland by John Gilchrist.

Photoshoots for couples getting married or couples who just love to hang out together, a photo collection of favourite moments.

Pre-wedding photography

Natural engagement photos

Beautiful natural looking engagement photos to support your wedding album are our aim. With my relaxed approach, your photographs will have a happy natural style. A unique approach will ensure the emotions come back to life when the pre wedding photographs are viewed. I will let the session unfurl naturally, this style means you get to enjoy your time together; free from restraints, in the midst of your chosen location.

Booking

Once a booking has been completed a pre wedding shoot is a relaxed way for us to get to know each other in a face to face setting and provides a fun way to get some fantastic pictures of you both. When you realise that in less than an hour you have a collection of stunning photographs you will be happy that on your wedding day you know you are going to receive in excess of 150 plus stylish, individual pictures.

  • Beautiful engagement photography
  • Midweek pre-wedding sessions
  • Engagement photos Edinburgh

All of the photos from the pre wedding shoot will be uploaded to this website. Pre-wedding portrait sessions are included when you book your wedding photography with John Gilchrist, options are available to purchase final images from the eshoot but there is no obligation to do so. Understandably weekend appointments are by special arrangement. These shoots take place in or around the Edinburgh Midlothian area; and of course further afield can be an option. If you are from overseas visiting Edinburgh and want to book an engagement or pre wedding shoot to share with your friends and family back home please view the engagement photography blog and contact me for further package details. Introduce yourself to the camera with our couple’s e sessions and enjoy some time with your engagement photographer. View our happy couples e sessions here in the blog, enjoy.

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Summer Weddings: Sunshine, Laughter, and Happily Ever After https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/5/summer-weddings Edinburgh Wedding Photography Portfolio  0209

Summer Weddings: Sunshine, Laughter, and Happily Ever After

Say "I Do" Under the Sunshine: Why a Summer Wedding Will Be Your Happiest Day Ever

Forget snowflakes and cosy fireplaces, this is a love letter to warm breezes, blooming gardens, and laughter echoing beneath a cerulean sky. That's right, friends, we're diving headfirst into the magic of summer weddings!

Picture this: You glide down the aisle in a flowy, ethereal gown, sunlight dappling your skin as your beloved waits with a love-struck grin. Birds chirp their approval, and the scent of lavender and honeysuckle hangs heavy in the air. It's not just a wedding; it's a fairy-tale come true, and summer is the ultimate backdrop.

Beyond the Weather:

Sure, the balmy weather is a perk, but summer weddings offer so much more than sunshine. Imagine your ceremony nestled amidst vibrant wildflowers, with guests fanning themselves with programs adorned with sunflowers. The reception can be a vibrant fiesta under fairy lights strung across the branches of ancient trees, the dance floor alive with laughter and joyous movement.

Embrace the Season:

Let summer inspire your every decision. From the menu (think refreshing sorbet and light, seasonal fare) to the décor (think mason jars overflowing with wildflowers and lanterns casting a warm glow), weave the season's essence into every detail. Don't forget the fun touches: personalized lemonade stands, lawn games for friendly competition, and a signature summer cocktail to quench your guests' thirst.

Think Outside the Box:

Summer weddings open doors to unique venues. Imagine exchanging vows on a sun-kissed beach with the waves crashing as your soundtrack, or saying "I do" in a rustic vineyard surrounded by rolling hills. Embrace the outdoors! Rent a charming tent for a touch of elegance, and let the stars be your ceiling for an unforgettable evening.

But Remember:

Like any season, summer has its quirks. Be prepared for the sun with parasols, sunscreen, and chilled beverages. Consider a backup plan for unexpected showers (though let's hope those happy tears are the only ones shed!). And most importantly, relax and soak it all in.

A summer wedding is more than just a celebration; it's a chance to create memories that will last a lifetime. So, if you're dreaming of a day filled with sunshine, laughter, and love, don't hesitate – embrace the magic of summer and let your happily ever after begin under a sky painted with the vibrant hues of the season.

Now go forth and plan your most magical summer wedding yet!

#summerweddings

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Wedding Venue Locations in Argyll & The Isles https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/5/wedding-venue-locations-in-argyll-the-isles Wedding Venue Locations in Argyll & The Isles

Romantic wedding venues for every style of wedding in Argyll & The Isles

wedding venues Edinburgh, wedding venues ScotlandVenuesLocations for Scottish Weddings

Argyll & The Isles is a beautiful and diverse region in the west of Scotland, known for its stunning scenery, historic castles, and charming villages. It is no wonder that this region is a popular destination for weddings, offering couples a variety of stunning venues to choose from.

Here are a few of the most popular wedding locations in Argyll & The Isles:

Duart Castle, Scotland

Duart Castle

This imposing castle is located on the Isle of Mull, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Walled Garden.

Kilmartin Castle, Scotland

Kilmartin Castle

This historic castle is located near Lochgilphead, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Grounds.

Crear Weddings, Scotland

Crear Weddings

This exclusive wedding venue is located on the Isle of Jura, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Beach House, the Glass House, and the Grounds.

Loch Melfort Hotel, Scotland

Loch Melfort Hotel

This charming hotel is located on the shores of Loch Melfort, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Ballroom, the Conservatory, and the Terrace.

Portavadie, Scotland

Portavadie

This luxury resort is located on the shores of Loch Fyne, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Boathouse, the Restaurant, and the Terrace.

Glencoe House, Scotland

Glencoe House

This elegant hotel is located in the heart of Glencoe, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Ballroom, the Conservatory, and the Terrace.

Ardkinglas House, Scotland

Ardkinglas House

This historic country house is located on the shores of Loch Fyne, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Walled Garden.

#argyll #theisles #weddingvenuelocations

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Travel Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/5/travel-photography The worlds least travelled travel photographers travel photography galley

Travel Photography

"I am not a travel photographer, I just takes photos of places I travel to".

My Travel Photography Gallery Inspires Viewers to Explore My World of Travel

A new travel photography gallery has opened online, showcasing the work of local photographer John Gilchrist. As the gallery develops the gallery will feature stunning images from around the world, capturing the beauty of different cultures and landscapes.

As I said, I am probably the least travelled travel photographer in the world of travel photography and I've not been traveling the world for many years, however, wherever I go my photography reflects his passion for exploration. My photos are not intended to be just pretty pictures; hopefully they tell stories about the places I have met visited and the people I have met.

The gallery is a great place to get inspired to travel. It is also a great place to learn about different cultures and see the world through the eyes of a talented photographer.

Here are some of the highlights of the gallery:

  • A photo of the river in Wales
  • A photo of a bustling road bridge in Dundee.
  • A photo of a snow-capped mountain range in Switzerland.
  • A photo of a traditional village in Japan.
  • A photo of a coral reef in Australia.

The gallery is open to the public 24/7, viewing is free.

Inspirational Quotes

  • "Travel is the only thing that can truly broaden your horizons."
  • "The best way to learn about a location is to experience it first-hand."
  • "The world is a beautiful place, and I'm so grateful that I get to share it with others through my photography."

About John Gilchrist

John Gilchrist is the least travelled travel photographer of travel photographer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has not been traveling the world for many years, and his work is yet to be featured in magazines and newspapers around the world. He is passionate about sharing his love of travel through his photography website.

I'm more of a regional traveller myself (a local tourist), however, any travelling photographer has their work cut out, life on the road brings its own hardships and rewards, regardless of location. Hats off to those that make it their business to venture far and wide on an global circuit.

About travelling on a national and international level.

Well, I've made some reference to travel photography in my gallery travel places. Don't expect the world! If I were a travel photographer, I'd be the least well travelled travel photographer on the planet. Ref: Travel photos, journey holiday and day trip ventures, images on the move.

Always somewhere, trying to find interest in everything, everywhere.

Here there and nowhere in particular, taking the passion on the road. Random locations photographed when out-and-about, places found on my travels or just around the corner in the local neighbourhood. Sometimes subjects are photographed on impulse and sometimes there's a more planned approach.

The least travelled travel photography gallery

Travel and places: Photography on the move

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Wedding Photography Enquiries: Capture Your Love Story https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/5/wedding-photography-enquiries-capture-your-love-story Wedding Photography Enquiries: Capture Your Love Story

Capturing Your Love Story: A Guide to Wedding Photography Enquiries

Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and finding the perfect photographer to capture its magic is crucial. But navigating online enquiry forms can feel overwhelming. Fear not, lovebirds! This guide will help you submit confident and informed enquiries that impress potential photographers.

Step 1: Know Your Budget and Timeline

Before diving in, be clear on your budget and wedding date. Most forms ask for this upfront, and knowing your range saves everyone time. Remember, flexibility with dates might make you more attractive to busy photographers.

Step 2: Introduce Yourself and Your Love Story!

This isn't just another form; it's your chance to connect. Briefly introduce yourselves, share your wedding date and location, and most importantly, let your personalities shine through! Are you planning a whimsical garden ceremony or a black-tie ballroom affair? Mention it! This helps photographers understand your vision and see if they're a good fit.

Step 3: Dive into the Details (But Not Too Deep!)

Most forms cover basics like ceremony and reception times, but avoid overwhelming photographers with overly detailed shot lists. Instead, mention special moments you wish captured (first dance, heartfelt speeches) and any unique aspects of your wedding (cultural traditions, special locations).

Step 4: Show You've Done Your Homework

Have you browsed the photographer's portfolio? Mention specific images that resonated with you and explain why. This demonstrates your genuine interest and understanding of their style.

Step 5: Be Clear, Concise, and Polite

Proofread your message for typos and ensure it's easy to read. Avoid excessive emojis or slang, and express your appreciation for their time and consideration.

Bonus Tip: Stand Out from the Crowd!

If the form allows, consider adding a personal touch. Share a fun fact about your relationship or mention a shared passion you discovered from their website. A little effort goes a long way!

Remember, this is the beginning of a creative collaboration. By presenting yourselves authentically and providing key information, you'll set the stage for finding the perfect photographer to capture your love story for eternity. Now go forth, enquire with confidence, and find your dream wedding photographer!

#weddingphotographyenquiries

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Master the Enquiry, Capture Your Vision https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/5/master-the-enquiry-capture-your-vision Master the Enquiry, Capture Your Vision

Capturing Your Vision: Mastering the Commercial Photography Enquiry Form

So, you've found me, a commercial photographer whose style resonates with your brand. Maybe my portfolio ignites inspiration, and you envision my lens crafting impactful visuals for your campaign. But before the shutter clicks, there's one crucial step: submitting a well-crafted enquiry form.

Don't fret! This seemingly daunting task can be your key to unlocking stunning visuals that elevate your brand. Here's your guide to conquering the commercial photography enquiry form:

  1. Be a detective, not a ghost: Most forms request basic information like name, email, and project name. Fill them accurately - they're not just formalities. A professional approach starts here.
  2. Paint a vivid picture (with words): Don't leave the photographer guessing. Describe your project in detail. What are you creating? What's the target audience? What emotions do you want to evoke? The more specific you are, the better they can tailor their approach.
  3. Budget blues? Be upfront: Talking money can be awkward, but transparency is key. Share your estimated budget range or mention flexibility for the right fit. This empowers the photographer to propose realistic options.
  4. Inspiration speaks volumes: Do you have reference images or a mood board showcasing the desired aesthetic? Share them! Visual cues bridge the gap between your vision and the photographer's interpretation.
  5. Timeline tightrope? Communicate clearly: Deadlines matter. Mention your desired timeframe for the project, from shoot date to final delivery. Knowing your urgency helps the photographer assess their availability and workload.
  6. Special requests? Don't be shy: Do you need specific props, locations, or models? Voice your requirements clearly. Remember, the more information you provide, the smoother the planning process becomes.
  7. Be a good guest: Proofread your enquiry before hitting submit. Typos and grammatical errors create a negative first impression. Double-check everything to ensure professionalism shines through.

Bonus tip: Show your appreciation! Briefly express why you're drawn to their work and what sets them apart. A genuine compliment goes a long way in establishing a positive connection.

By following these simple steps, you'll transform your enquiry from a vague message into a roadmap for collaboration. Remember, the more information you provide, the better equipped the photographer is to bring your vision to life. So, grab your detective hat, paint with words, and get ready to capture the perfect image for your brand!

Commercial Photography Enquiry Form

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Things to do and see in Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/5/things-to-do-and-see-in-edinburgh Things to do and see in Edinburgh

Edinburgh: A Tapestry of History, Culture, and Enchantment

Visit Scotland and find things to do in EdinburghI'm visiting Edinburgh, what now?So you're going to visit, now what? Follow this link to my image collection of things to do.

Do Edinburgh

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is a city that casts a spell on its visitors. Its majestic skyline, steeped in history, blends seamlessly with vibrant contemporary culture, offering a tapestry of experiences to be unravelled. Whether you're a history buff, a nature lover, or an art enthusiast, Edinburgh has something to enthral you.

For the History Buffs:

  • Edinburgh Castle: Towering atop Castle Rock, this iconic fortress is a must-see. Explore its ramparts, marvel at the Crown Jewels of Scotland, and delve into the city's turbulent past.
  • The Royal Mile: This atmospheric thoroughfare, stretching from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace, is lined with historic buildings, museums, and charming shops. Soak in the cobbled streets, medieval vibes and imagine the whispers of kings and queens echoing through the air.
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse: The British monarchs official residence in Scotland, this opulent palace boasts stunning architecture and fascinating royal history. Witness the grandeur of the State Apartments and uncover the secrets of Mary, Queen of Scots.

For the Nature Lovers:

Arthur's Seat: Hike up this extinct volcano for breath-taking panoramic views of the city and beyond. Breathe in the fresh air, spot landmarks like Edinburgh Castle and the Firth of Forth, and enjoy the sense of peace amidst the urban landscape.

Royal Botanic Garden: Immerse yourself in a haven of greenery at this world-renowned botanic garden. Wander through vibrant greenhouses, explore themed gardens, and discover exotic plants from across the globe.

Calton Hill: This historic hill offers stunning views of the city and is home to several impressive monuments, including the National Monument and Nelson's Column. Enjoy a picnic on the grassy slopes, soak in the panorama, and feel the wind whisper tales of Edinburgh's past.

For the Art Enthusiasts:

  • National Galleries of Scotland: Delve into the world of art at these prestigious galleries, housing an impressive collection of Scottish and international paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts. From Renaissance masterpieces to contemporary installations, there's something to captivate every art lover.
  • National Gallery of Modern Art: Immerse yourself in the world of contemporary art at this dynamic gallery. Discover thought-provoking installations, explore diverse artistic movements, and be challenged by the creativity of our time
  • Dean Village: This picturesque village, once a haven for millworkers, now offers a charming escape from the city centre. Stroll along the Water of Leith, admire the quaint cottages, and visit the quirky galleries and independent shops lining the cobbled streets.

Beyond the Sights:

  • Whisky Experience: Immerse yourself in the world of Scotland's national drink at the Scotch Whisky Experience. Learn about the distilling process, sample different whiskies, and discover the secrets of this revered spirit
  • Ghost Tours: Unveil the city's darker side on a spine-tingling ghost tour. Explore hidden alleyways, hear chilling tales of hauntings and murders, and feel the shivers run down your spine as you delve into Edinburgh's spooky past.
  • Festivals: Edinburgh is a year-round festival city, from the world-renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe to the charming Christmas markets. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere, catch a show, and experience the city's infectious energy.

Sightseeing and photography experiences

Tours adventures & activities, documenting my photography adventures and activities in Edinburgh. Tours are available and are a great way to plan a photo trip, I do take advantage of these trips on occasion, especially the bus tours, however, I usually just improvise whilst on-foot, there’s plenty to see & do on Shanks’s Pony. From the many sightseeing and exploring opportunities to indulge in over the years I’ve managed to accumulate a bit of a photo collection. I’m delighted to share a selection of my favourites in this to do (done) gallery.

Some Things Done / Things Still to Do
Visiting Edinburgh, have/haven’t yet experienced.

  • Arthur's Seat, for the best view in town.
  • Royal Yacht Britannia, for fab views from the cafe out to Leith Harbour.
  • Inchcolm Abbey, the Island itself has a lot of history; you can take the boat trip out of South Queensferry, on route it takes you under the Forth road bridge and Rail Bridge and now the site of the new Queensferry crossing.
  • Camera Obscura and World of Illusions,
  • Urbane Art Gallery, a great discovery in the Old Town which showcases great artists from Scotland and around the world.
  • The Scottish Gallery, truly one of the best art galleries in the UK
  • Fruitmarket Gallery, the exhibitions tend to be donation based, the art exhibits are always interesting.
  • Open Eye Gallery, one of Scotland's leading private art galleries.
  • Stills Gallery, thought provoking photography.

Sightseeing & Edinburgh photography tours
There are many ways to photograph both new and old towns, from walking photography tours to open-top bus excursions. Whatever your sightseeing choice is they're sure to bring Edinburgh’s history to life, there is simply no shortage of options for the avid photographer. If it is business or pleasure that brings you to the city, there is plenty to satisfy an itchy shutter release finger. If you've a special interest in architecture and are willing to pack a tripod you'll find that the city warmly nicknamed Auld Reekie contains some of the world's most varied building designs. Go on, take a tour. Great ways to appreciate the city, Edinburgh photography tours are a must.

This is just a glimpse into the endless possibilities that Edinburgh offers. With its rich history, breath-taking scenery, and vibrant culture, this captivating city promises an unforgettable experience for every visitor. So, pack your bags, lace up your walking shoes, and prepare to be enchanted by the magic of Edinburgh.
 

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Event photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/5/event-photography-edinburgh Edinburgh event photography: Scotland Events - Photographers

Event photographers Edinburgh - Social, corporate, community day/evening  - Events photographer Scotland

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Event photography

Social activities: Parties, proms & family get-togethers, social event photographer, all occasions considered, day or evening. Annual events: Anything from school proms, community Gala's to a Burns suppers. Live events: Documenting bands, gigs, music recitals, dance performances, anything in a social setting can be amazing experience. Family events: Reunions, birthdays, and anniversaries. Ideal for personal milestones such as special birthdays or family reunions when relatives gather for a special celebration such as significant birthday, engagement celebration or wedding anniversary. Devoting an evening getting to know a small group of people celebrating a landmark birthday or an engagement or other special achievement is awesome and always so much fun for me. Nightspots, private homes, small venues.

Corporate business

As an event photographer, Edinburgh is my go-to city for events, I cater to the private, public & voluntary sector. Capturing the energy, the passion and a sense of occasion is what I do, specialising in corporate event photography, private business parties, conferences, red carpet events, trade shows, corporate celebrations & more. Invitations to travel outside the Edinburgh area welcome.

Photographer in Edinburgh - Events

I have been working as a freelance photographer since 2009 covering events around the city including Central, South West & South East Scotland, and beyond. Most of our work includes weddings, product launches, business gatherings and appointments.

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Sisterhood Under the Sun: Post-Ceremony Shenanigans with the Bride Tribe https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/5/post-ceremony-shenanigans-with-the-bride-tribe Edinburgh wedding photographer real wedding Cool as The coolest bride and bridesmaids

Sisterhood Under the Sun: Post-Ceremony Shenanigans with the Bride Tribe

The "I do's" have been said, the confetti has settled, and the happy tears have (mostly) dried. But before diving into the reception's merriment, there's a magical hour carved out for the bride and her chosen fam: the bridesmaids! Picture this: sun-kissed faces, flowing dresses transformed into impromptu picnic blankets, and laughter echoing through the venue grounds. This, my friends, is the post-ceremony oasis, and it's pure gold.

Forget stuffy formality for a moment. Hairpins get traded for laughter lines, champagne flutes clink in celebration, and secrets whispered during pre-wedding jitters erupt into full-blown belly laughs. It's a chance to bask in the afterglow of the ceremony, debrief on those tear-jerking vows (and maybe some questionable dance moves from Uncle Jerry), and revel in the sheer joy of witnessing their girl walk down the aisle.

But it's not all sentimental reflection. This is where the bride squad unleashes its inner child. Remember that epic bridesmaid bouquet toss photo you saw on Pinterest? This is where it happens, complete with dramatic dives, playful shoves, and maybe even a rogue squirrel making a surprise cameo (hey, anything goes in this post-ceremony playground!).

And then there are the photos. Forget stiff poses and forced smiles. These are the candid gems you'll cherish forever: the bride kicking off her heels for an impromptu barefoot victory dance, the bridesmaids piling on for a goofy group hug, or maybe even a spontaneous conga line erupting across the lawn. These are the photos that capture the unfiltered joy, the genuine connection, and the unbreakable bond between these women.

So, to all the brides and their bridesmaid tribes out there, embrace this golden hour. Let loose, soak up the love, and create memories that will have you reminiscing for years to come. Because at the end of the day, it's not just about the ceremony or the reception; it's about celebrating the magic of sisterhood, laughter, and the joy of love finding its forever home. Now, raise a glass (or three) to the bride, the bridesmaids, and the beautiful messiness of post-ceremony bliss!

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PR photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/5/pr-photography-edinburgh PR photography Edinburgh: PR - Photographer Scotland

PR photographers Edinburgh - visual communications, content marketing & media relations - Public Relations photographer Scotland

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PR photography

There are many benefits to using PR photography. Some of the most common benefits include:

  • Increased media coverage: PR photography can help to increase media coverage of your organization or event. When journalists see high-quality images, they are more likely to write about your story.
  • Improved brand awareness: PR photography can help to improve brand awareness. When people see your images, they will start to associate your brand with certain qualities, such as innovation, creativity, or trustworthiness.
  • Increased engagement: PR photography can help to increase engagement with your audience. When people see your images, they are more likely to share them on social media and with their friends.
  • Improved credibility: PR photography can help to improve your credibility. When journalists see that you have taken the time to create high-quality images, they will be more likely to take your story seriously.

Tips for Choosing a PR Photographer
When choosing a PR photographer, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Experience: Make sure the photographer has experience working in PR. This will ensure that they understand the needs of your organization and can create images that will resonate with your audience.
  • Style: Consider the style of photography you are looking for. Do you want traditional images or something more creative?
  • Budget: PR photography can be expensive, so it is important to set a budget before you start your search.

Conclusion
PR photography is a powerful tool that can be used to tell stories, promote messages, and build relationships. When choosing a PR photographer, it is important to find someone who has the experience, style, and budget to meet your needs.

All PR photography by John Gilchrist.

Who, what, where, public relations photographer for...
editorial current events/your-business-news-stories/press-release/social-media
editorial marketing/product/food/drink
editorial lifestyle/human-interest/environmental-portrait
editorial headshots/corporate-headshots/business-headshots/actor-headshots/linkedin-headshots
editorial-use/newspaper-and-magazine-articles/editorial-features/blog-or-website/news-broadcast/documentaries/textbooks/essays-and-journals


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Summer wedding in Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/5/summer-wedding-edinburgh-scotland-wedding-photographers Edinburgh Wedding Photography PortfolioCalton Hill WeddingAll smiles, just married in Edinburgh

Sun-Kissed Vows and Golden Hour Snaps: Planning Your Edinburgh Summer Wedding

Sunshine streaming through stained glass windows, laughter echoing through cobbled streets, and breath-taking cityscapes bathed in warm light – summer weddings in Edinburgh offer a unique charm that's hard to resist! But amidst the excitement of saying "I do" under clear blue skies, one burning question arises: Where will you capture those picture-perfect memories? Fear not, lovebirds, because Edinburgh's summer magic offers a treasure trove of stunning backdrops for your wedding photography.

Embrace the Urban Jungle: Edinburgh's historic heart pulsates with life! Princes Street Gardens offer vibrant floral displays and iconic backdrops like the Scott Monument. Capture romantic strolls hand-in-hand down the Royal Mile, with its ancient architecture whispering stories of love and laughter. Don't forget Greyfriars Kirkyard, the final resting place of literary giants, for a touch of whimsical Gothic charm.

Seek a Touch of Wilderness: Craving a breath of fresh air? Holyrood Park is your haven! Hike up Arthur's Seat for panoramic views of the city, or pose near the mystical ruins of St Anthony's Chapel. The Meadows, with its sprawling greenery and iconic red bridges, offers a more relaxed countryside vibe. And for a fairy-tale twist, Dalkeith Country Park with its picturesque gardens and woodland paths promises enchanted memories.

Embrace the Coastline: The Firth of Forth beckons with its rugged beauty and endless possibilities. Imagine saying "I do" with the sound of waves crashing in the background at Portobello Beach, followed by laughter-filled photos on the iconic promenade. Granton Castle, with its dramatic clifftop setting, offers a touch of history and grandeur. And don't forget Cramond Island, a tidal island accessible by causeway at low tide, for a truly unique and adventurous photoshoot.

Beyond the Ordinary: Looking for something quirky and unforgettable? Dive into the vibrant colours of Victoria Street, inspired by Diagon Alley, for playful and whimsical photos. The Camera Obscura offers a mind-bending perspective on the city, perfect for couples with a love for the unusual. And for a touch of vintage charm, hop on a traditional tram for a photogenic tour of the city.

Remember the Sun: Summer sunlight in Edinburgh is precious, so plan your photoshoot wisely. Golden hour (the hour before sunset) casts a warm glow, perfect for romantic portraits. Be mindful of shadows and crowds, and consider visiting lesser-known spots for more intimate shots.

Final Touches: Don't forget the details! Coordinate bridesmaid dresses with your chosen location. Consider props like umbrellas for unexpected showers or flower crowns for a summery touch. Most importantly, relax, have fun, and let your love story unfold naturally against the backdrop of Edinburgh's magical summer light.

So, go forth, lovestruck adventurers, and capture the essence of your love story in Edinburgh's summertime splendour! With countless possibilities and a little planning, your wedding photos will be as timeless and unique as your love itself.

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FAQ - Commercial Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/4/faq-commercial-photography FAQ: Commercial Photography - Frequently Asked Questions

Be creative, be inspired, be happy - Creative commercial photography since 2009

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Quick fire Q&As

We’d like to book you! What are the next steps? Contact us or use our detailed enquiry form.

What is your pricing? It varies, read more.

Image licensing, what's that? It varies, read more.

How do I define commercial photography? read more.

What does a commercial photographer photograph? See examples.

What types of commercial work do I cover? I don't get myself tied down to one particular genre, I find a mix of projects keeps life interesting.


Why me and not the other photographer?

Without a doubt, there is an extensive pool of talent out there; but you are here now, maybe it was by referral, fate or example of my work that drew you here. Whichever, I just want to make you happy; hopefully, you won’t have to dig too much to find your own reason to enquire further!

I always give my best. I'm not the best, I don't claim to or never will be best! Rest assured, I'll do my utmost not to fall short of your expectations. I make things simple, the simpler the better, there's no point in doing business the hard way, for everyone sake I'm always improving the process to streamline the middle ground just so we can all get to the end result a bit quicker and happier. It's completely risk-free, forget payment upfront, is not required, you get to view the results before being invoiced.

Prices are transparent, Working out a fixed price helps you with your initial inquiry, avoiding hidden fees is my number one objective, my half-day and full day plan will offer you peace-of-mind with an extensive and flexible range that will help you escape those unexpected surprises. Support is never charged for. Anytime you need assistance with the process then I'll be there to ensure your experience is a smooth as it can be.

No credit card required until you are satisfied. Making a payment, once we have finalized details and the job is complete I'll invoice accordingly. Alternatively, if raising a purchase order is a bind, you are invited to make an on-line purchase by credit/debit card. For a more in-depth understanding please view the planned creative fees, set rates are assigned to each commission depending on image use and the complexity of the job. I’ve tried to keep it simple with built-in flexibility to offer clients options to purchase further options if required.

A tried and tested editing process for perfect images. If only I had a penny for all the images I've edited over the years, mastering some of today's editing software doesn't come without putting in the time and effort.


Commercial photography prices, what is included?

Looking south towards that bottom-line, finding the value!

What do you get for your pound?

Fees are designed around flexible pricing and offer you the freedom to choose what's right for you, let's look at some benefits.

  • Basic editing as standard
  • Free download for image delivery
  • Free image storage for 1 year
  • High-resolution files as the standard format
  • Free on-line proof gallery to view your images
  • Advice on what package best suits your needs
  • An image license that's appropriate to your budgetary requirements

Price per image

Not an easy figure to calculate for commissioned works, best suited to stock images, "pricing per image" can be referred to in our stock photography collection under buy. Example estimate quote. Download our estimate example, view sample quote for commercial photography services, opens as pdf document.

Offering good value for money.

We offer a simple choice of package deals. Aimed at local business, prices are pitched for Edinburgh UK, however, all areas are covered with associated costs covered in our business services information guide. Choose from the pricing options above or call to discuss further.

Fixed high-resolution packages with flexible options. Why should you pay more when there is no need to, our digital capture and editing fees, give you options that cover half day, full day and bespoke plans. Business services start at £375.00 with the client receiving all the final images from the shoot. The half-day and full day fees include processing & editing time of high-resolution files.


Image capture, editing & post-production, how does that work?

How many images will you receive?

Post-production times in relation to number of images capturedGuidance materialCalculations in relation to shooting & post-production times. Guidance material, calculations in relation to shooting & post-production times.Where do we go to draw the line on this one, your guesstimate is as good as mine! Expectations on the amount of images captured on your photography shoot will vary depending on the dynamics of the brief itself. Let us look at two extreme scenarios covering a half-day shoot.

  • Brief 1: Shooting for 150 minutes (2.5hrs) and capturing 300 images will average out at an image capture rate of one image every thirty seconds.
  • Brief 2: Shooting for 150 minutes (2.5hrs) and capturing 15 images will average out at an image capture rate of one image every ten minutes.

While the example in brief one may be suited to say, capturing a fast-paced event it wouldn’t be suited to capturing corporate headshots of new team members that include a few interior shots of the office. Anyhow, regardless of the amount of images taken, as always, the most significant factor in the entire process and the one which governs the set of final images received is the editing and processing time regulating that outcome.

So, what is achievable in the post-production time of 1.5 & 2.5hrs?

Putting post-production and time into context, three hundred images individually processed and receiving custom editing is unrealistic for an hour and a half of post. Realistically in this situation, there really is only enough time to download the raw files off the cameras, rename the files in order and upload into your proofing gallery to preview. However, a creative design agency receiving that amount of images as unedited files would find great delight in that option. On the flipside, a marketing executive wouldn’t thank you for hundreds and hundreds of unedited images of the latest two members joining the leadership team.

Either way, you can access all images from your shoot, additional processing time beyond 1.5hrs. is optional but will be billable and incur further charges, view here for example details. On average 36 images with basic 2.5 minutes post-production on each image seems like a realistic return for the average half-day shoot. Likewise, 50-75 images would seem appropriate for a full day shoot.

Post-production

Consists of several steps in the workflow, post-production doesn't just consider the editing of images, to be fair the editing process is just the tip of the iceberg, production goes a whole lot deeper.

Image editing in post.

Ideally, I want each image to reflect my best work; this requires all my images to be captured in RAW format to achieve the best possible outcome in post processing techniques. In laymen’s terms, each image requires individual treatment after download. Professional imaging software is used to ensure each file is rendered to meet your expectations.

Post-production, the image editing process

No image editing, zero corrections

  • Convert to jpeg files only

 

Basic image editing, slight corrections will consider

  • Colour and tonal adjustment
  • Photo noise reduction (dots/grain reductions)
  • Correction of underexposed (silhouetted, dark)
  • Lossless red eye effect correction
  • Saturation contrast and clarity
  • Image crop

Custom image editing, extensive retouching will consider

  • Removal or replacement of unwanted details or persons
  • Photo isolation (object extraction)
  • Imperfections / blemishes removal, digital transformation
  • Panoramic photo making / Image stitching
  • Selective colouring
  • Lens flaws correction (distortions, vignetting )
Most suited to Creative Design & Branding Agencies Suited for the majority of applications and is viewed as my standard. Suited to limited occasions, applied as and when directed by the client.

 

Time factor for editing images

Incorporated rates do apply and duration depends on the number of images and detail of work required. Each image is assessed on an individual basis; occasionally there will be select images that require more in-depth attention (retouching) than others. I know this is highly dependent upon several factors but as a rough gauge a typical image will require 2-3 minutes of post processing time to introduce basic adjustments, so doing the maths 30-45 images will take 1-11/2  hours to process and edit.

File delivery and image turnaround times

Job turnaround, generally speaking, a standard overall job turnaround takes anywhere between 3 - 5 days, possibly less or just slightly longer. Please do enquire about my quick turnaround service. Doing the work and getting images to where they need to be, our workflow gives you options on how best to get the finished work delivered to you.

  • Download from this site
  • Disc writing service
  • Dropbox

Further information on related topics can be found on these pages, a behind the scene look at workflow delves deeper into conception to completion whilst buy images edited or unedited, explains the pitfalls of the unedited image. Then there's good old project management keeping it all in perspective.

How Much! Easy guide to calculate how much your photography will cost, examples show prices for basic, standard and extended commercial use.

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Interiors photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/4/interiors-photography-edinburgh Interiors photography Edinburgh: Interior - Photographers Scotland

Interior photographers Edinburgh - Of the inside, internal & inner walls  - Interiors photography Scotland

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All interiors covered, any shape or size

Interiors photography

As an interior photographer, Edinburgh is my go-to city for interiors, I cater to the interior designer, architect and agencies with an interest in a buildings interior environment. Capturing the space, the lighting and a the detail is what I do, invitations to travel outside the Edinburgh area welcome.

Photographer in Edinburgh - Interior Architecture

I have been working as a freelance photographer since 2009 Photography of old, new and restored interior spaces is always a pleasant undertaking. covering locations around the city including Central, South West & South East Scotland, and beyond.

For exterior architectural photography view here 

ref: Residential Photography, Public Building Photography, Retail Photography, Office Photography, Hotel Photography

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Commercial photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/4/commercial-photography-edinburgh Commercial photography Edinburgh: Commercial - Photographers Scotland

Commercial photographers Edinburgh - Business, social channels, selling or promoting something - Commercials photographer Scotland

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Commercial photographer

Further information regarding services at...

  • event photography
  • pr-photography
  • press photography
  • industrial photography
  • interiors photography
  • architecture photography
  • -
  • business-portrait
  • headshot
  • portrait
  • family: children & pet
  • maternity: newborn & baby

Your commercial interests, whether promotional or for your business social channels.

Visual communications, professional business and commercial photography based in Scotland. General commercial contractors for commissioned works, categories covered vary from the built environment to social and business events. Corporate & commercial, professional photographers for event & PR photo shoots. Ideal for parties & proms, lifestyle & family photography, architecture & interior, social media & editorial photography. It makes for economic sense, see below for an overview of what is in the line-up. Receive great photographs for your brochure, annual report or web site and manage your communications effectively with the right visual outlook. The Internet is a vital tool for today’s photography, and allows us the opportunity to preview work to existing and potential clients in Scotland and all over the world.

Photographer in Edinburgh - Commercial

Local commercial photography based in Edinburgh, working locally with business groups, commercial photography is also available throughout Midlothian and the Lothian's. I can offer an attractive service further afield if required; I’m always on the lookout for new experiences, attracting commercial work and gaining exposure to a world I would not otherwise see is always exciting, corporate & business commissions throughout Edinburgh are encouraged. Imaging solutions and practical photography options are available for all types of commercial ventures.

Communicate more & exploit the visual advantage commercial photographers will bring to your company or business project. John Gilchrist is available to capture your corporate event, conference, product launch or new venue opening. Consider the advantages, investing in good photographs yields benefits, why not escalate your website's business value with a quality image. I’m a motivated, innovative and will always strive to produce and put forward the best quality service. In the photographic industry, commercial photography in particular, is one of the most creative and dynamic of all in the business. Blending modern technology and conventional, practical know how allows me to meet my goals with resourcefulness, passion and meaning.

Every brand, corporation, and organisation has a public & business audience, it’s fundamental that quality bespoke photography plays a role in influencing the best image. I offer my photography service to professionals in business, organisations, and companies both large and small.  My services extend to industries with non-professional grades of staff. In my eyes, everyone can benefit from a dedicated photography service for websites and print. Please reach out to experienced photographer John Gilchrist for a quality service that covers a number of disciplines such as social and PR photography, corporate event photography, interior design photography, architectural photography, non-industrial and industrial photography, and community events.

images to be used in business, brand promotion, and marketing applications. Photography solutions for small business, government, and authority entities.

Who, what, where, commercial photographer for...
✓ public-relations-pr/event/built-environment/industrial
✘ aerial/advertising/drone/fashion/packshot-product

Interested in booking John Gilchrist as your commercial photographer.
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Wedding Planning Checklist https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/4/wedding-planning-checklist weddings photography Edinburgh, wedding photographer ScotlandThe CountdownThe exciting (and sometimes overwhelming) journey of wedding planning:

Conquering Chaos: Your Essential Wedding Planning Checklist

Planning a wedding can feel like juggling flaming chainsaws while blindfolded, but fear not, lovebirds! This comprehensive checklist, will guide you through the whirlwind with grace and organization. Remember, this is just a roadmap, personalize it to reflect your unique love story!

Setting the Stage (12-8 Months Out):

  • Dream & Budget: Discuss your vision and set a realistic budget. Remember, honesty is key to avoiding financial stress later.
  • Guest List: Decide on a guest count that fits your budget and venue. Prioritize close family and friends, but don't forget plus-ones if applicable.
  • Venue Bliss: Research and book your ceremony and reception venues. Consider factors like guest capacity, accessibility, style, and catering options.
  • Dress to Impress: Start shopping for your dream attire! Dresses, suits, bridesmaids' gowns – factor in alterations and delivery times.
  • Save the Date: Send out save-the-dates to notify guests of your upcoming celebration, especially if your date falls during peak season.

The Nitty-Gritty (7-4 Months Out):

  • Invitations & RSVPs: Design and order your wedding invitations, ensuring they include RSVP deadlines and clear instructions.
  • Catering Delights: Secure your caterer based on your budget, guest count, and desired menu. Don't forget cake and beverages!
  • Music to Your Ears: Hire a DJ, band, or musicians to set the mood for your ceremony and reception. Consider your desired atmosphere and song choices.
  • Photo Finish: Book your photographer and videographer to capture every precious moment. Discuss their style, packages, and shot list preferences.
  • Blooming Beauty: Schedule hair and makeup appointments for yourself and your wedding party. Research different styles and ensure they align with your overall theme.

Tying Up Loose Ends (3-1 Months Out):

  • Paper Perfect: Order wedding programs, menus, place cards, and thank-you notes. Ensure consistency with your chosen wedding theme.
  • Gifting Galore: Register for gifts at stores that align with your needs and lifestyle. Consider a variety of price points to accommodate different budgets.
  • Rehearsal Run: Plan and schedule your rehearsal dinner and ceremony rehearsal. Confirm details with vendors and participants.
  • Travel & Accommodation: Book transportation and accommodations for yourselves and any out-of-town guests. Consider group rates and shuttle services if needed.
  • Legalities & Licenses: Obtain your marriage license and ensure all legal documents are in order. Research requirements specific to your location.

The Final Countdown (2 Weeks & Under):

  • RSVP Round-Up: Confirm RSVPs and finalize your guest count with all vendors. Address any last-minute changes or dietary restrictions.
  • Vendor Touchpoint: Double-check contracts, confirm arrival times, and discuss any final details with all vendors involved.
  • Packing Prowess: Prepare an emergency kit with essentials like a sewing kit, safety pins, stain remover, and medications. Delegate specific packing tasks to bridesmaids or groomsmen.
  • Breathe & Relax: Take time for self-care! Delegate tasks, get enough sleep, and enjoy this exciting (yet potentially stressful) time with your partner.

Remember: This is just a starting point. Adapt the checklist to fit your specific needs, timeline, and budget. Delegate tasks, communicate openly with your partner and vendors, and most importantly, enjoy the journey!

Bonus Tip: Utilize online planning tools and apps to stay organized and on track. Many offer customizable checklists, budget trackers, and communication features.

With careful planning and this handy checklist, you can navigate the wedding planning whirlwind with confidence and create a day that truly reflects your love story. Congratulations and best wishes for a joyous celebration!

Details your wedding photographer needs to know 

Quick reference information, please copy, complete and return details to your wedding photographer. 

day of the wedding:
date of wedding:
time of service:

brides address:
telephone bride:
email bride:
grooms address:
telephone groom:
email groom:

ceremony location:
the number of day guests:
contact person:
telephone:
officiant telephone:

time of the meal:
reception location:
no of evening guests:
contact person::
telephone:
speeches: (before or after meal)
1st speaker:
2nd speaker:
3rd speaker:

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A Walk Through the Wedding Entourage https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/4/wedding-entourage weddings photography Edinburgh, wedding photographer ScotlandThe Unsung HeroesThe wedding party isn't just about aesthetics; it's about creating a supportive network to celebrate a momentous occasion.

A Walk Through the Wedding Entourage

Standing by Your Side: The Roles and Responsibilities of the Wedding Party

Your wedding day is a whirlwind of emotions, details, and cherished moments. Amidst the excitement, having a trusted support system by your side can make all the difference. Enter the wedding party – your chosen group of loved ones who play a vital role in ensuring your special day runs smoothly and joyfully. But what exactly do these roles entail? Let's explore the responsibilities and traditions associated with each key member of the wedding party:

For the Bride:

  • Maid of Honour/Matron of Honour: Your right-hand woman, confidante, and organizational powerhouse. Expect them to help with planning pre-wedding events like showers, assisting with dress fittings, managing RSVPs, and offering emotional support throughout the journey. On the big day, they'll ensure you're calm and ready, witness the ceremony, and deliver a heartfelt toast during the reception.
  • Bridesmaids: Your chosen sisters, close friends, or relatives who stand alongside you during the ceremony. They typically participate in dress fittings, pre-wedding events, and assist the maid of honour with various tasks. On the wedding day, they'll help you get ready, walk down the aisle, and celebrate with you throughout the reception.

For the Groom:

  • Best Man: Your trusted advisor, hype man, and logistical guru. He'll help plan the bachelor party, manage groomsmen attire, and offer emotional support. On the wedding day, he'll be your rock, ensuring you're calm and prepared, standing by your side during the ceremony, and giving a toast at the reception.
  • Groomsmen: Your close friends or relatives who stand alongside you during the ceremony. They'll participate in pre-wedding events like the bachelor party and assist the best man with various tasks. On the wedding day, they'll offer support, help with any last-minute details, and celebrate with you throughout the reception.

Beyond the Core:

  • Ushers: Traditionally, these are close friends or family members who assist guests with seating and ensure the ceremony runs smoothly. Their role might also involve greeting guests and answering questions.
  • Flower Girls and Ring Bearers: Adorable additions to the ceremony, they typically scatter petals down the aisle or carry the rings. While their roles are small, they bring a touch of sweetness and charm to the occasion.
  • Officiant: Not technically part of the wedding party, they are crucial in performing the legal ceremony. Choose someone whose values and style align with yours.

Remember:

  • Flexibility is key. These roles are guidelines, not rigid rules. Adapt them to suit your needs and preferences.
  • Communication is crucial. Discuss expectations with your wedding party clearly and openly to avoid misunderstandings.
  • Gratitude goes a long way. Express your appreciation for their time, effort, and love throughout the planning process and on the wedding day.

Having a reliable and supportive wedding party can make your wedding journey even more meaningful and stress-free. By understanding their roles and communicating your expectations, you can create a team that stands by your side, ensuring your special day unfolds flawlessly and is filled with lasting memories.

 


Let your photographer know who's who at your wedding.

Let your photographer know who's who at your wedding. It helps to know who's who, working from a list can help on the day. A named guest list is a great heads-up of who is actually who, capturing your wedding photographs gives us a helping hand at putting a name to a title please help personalise the process.

Select, copy and paste the following into your preferred editor and send me the completed list

 

Bride

brides name:
mother of the bride:
father of the bride:
stepmother:
stepfather:
grandmother:
grandfather:
sisters:
brothers:
stepsisters:
stepbrothers:

Groom

grooms name:
mother of groom:
father of groom:
stepmother:
stepfather:
grandmother:
grandfather:
sisters:
brothers:
stepsisters:
stepbrothers:

maid of honour:
bridesmaid:
bridesmaid:
bridesmaid:
bridesmaid:
bridesmaid:
flower girl:
flower girl:

best man:
groomsman:
groomsman:
groomsman:
groomsman:
ring bearer:
page boy:

Other

ceremony officiant:
reception coordinator:

special notes:

  • : Mum has a bad leg and can't do stairs
  • : If you can't find Dad, try the bar!
  • : Uncle Bob's got a great sense of humour watch out for him and his camera!
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  • :
  • :
  • :
  • :

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Wedding Venue Locations in Aberdeenshire https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/4/wedding-venue-locations-in-aberdeenshire Wedding Venue Locations in Aberdeenshire

Romantic wedding venues for every style of wedding in Aberdeenshire

wedding venues Edinburgh, wedding venues ScotlandVenuesLocations for Scottish Weddings

Fyvie Castle, Scotland

Aberdeenshire is a beautiful and diverse region in the northeast of Scotland, known for its stunning scenery, historic castles, and picturesque villages. It is also a popular destination for weddings, offering couples a variety of stunning venues to choose from.

Here are a few of the most popular wedding locations in Aberdeenshire:

Fyvie Castle
This magnificent castle is located near Turriff, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Walled Garden.

Cluny Castle, Scotland

Cluny Castle

This fairytale castle is located near Huntly, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Chapel.

Drumtochty Castle, Scotland

Drumtochty Castle

This charming castle is located near Tarland, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Grounds.

Raemoir House, Scotland

Raemoir House

This elegant country house is located near Banchory, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Ballroom, the Drawing Room, and the Walled Garden.

Logie Country House, Scotland

Logie Country House

This historic country house is located near Ellon, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Ballroom, the Drawing Room, and the Walled Garden.

Banchory Lodge Hotel, Scotland

Banchory Lodge Hotel

This luxury hotel is located on the banks of the River Dee, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Ballroom, the Conservatory, and the Terrace.

Norwood Hall Hotel, Scotland

Norwood Hall Hotel

This charming hotel is located near Aberdeen, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Ballroom, the Drawing Room, and the Walled Garden.

Ardoe House Hotel and Spa, Scotland

Ardoe House Hotel and Spa

This luxury hotel is located near Aberdeen, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Ballroom, the Conservatory, and the Terrace.

Maryculter House Hotel, Scotland

Maryculter House Hotel

This elegant hotel is located on the banks of the River Dee, and offers a variety of wedding ceremony and reception options, including the Ballroom, the Drawing Room, and the Terrace.

#aberdeenshire #weddingvenuelocations

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(John Gilchrist) Wedding Locations https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/4/wedding-venue-locations-in-aberdeenshire Sun, 16 Apr 2023 07:00:00 GMT
Conquering Wet Grass: Your Guide to Dry, Happy Feet! https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/4/conquering-wet-grass Squelch No More: Conquering Long Wet Grass Without Soggy Socks!

rubber boots and waterproof trousersIf It Wasnae for Your WelliesHaving a welly good time, a day of fresh air, exercise and lying down on the job in the Scottish Borders

Ah, the joys of spring (or autumn, depending on your hemisphere)! Birdsong, blooming flowers... and long, lush grass that just loves to soak your shoes and socks. ️ Don't let soggy feet dampen your adventurous spirit! With a few handy tips, you can navigate those verdant fields with dry, happy toes.

Gear Up for Greatness:

  • Boots are your best buds: Ditch the sneakers and opt for waterproof boots. Look for breathable membranes like Gore-Tex for ultimate comfort. Knee-high versions offer bonus protection, but even ankle boots can make a big difference.
  • Sock it to them (the right way): Choose moisture-wicking socks like wool or synthetic blends. Double up with thin liners for extra insulation and blister prevention. Avoid cotton, it holds onto water like a soggy sponge.
  • Gaiters got your back (or leg, rather): These fabric shields attach to your boots and pants, blocking water and debris from sneaking in. Think of them as mini superhero capes for your ankles!

Master the Muddy Maze:

  • Walk like a ninja: Avoid direct contact! Skim the tops of the grass, using stepping stones or logs if available. This "light-footed" approach minimizes immersion.
  • Channel your inner trailblazer: Look for established paths or animal tracks – they're often drier than virgin territory. Bonus points for finding high ground!
  • Embrace the power of the stick: Use a sturdy stick to poke and prod ahead, testing the wetness and clearing hidden obstacles. It's like having a personal water-detecting wand!

Pro-Tips for Peak Performance:

  • Apply a waterproofing spray: Give your boots an extra layer of protection with a spray-on shield. Remember, reapply regularly for maximum effect.
  • Carry a change: Pack a spare pair of socks and even dry shoes if you're planning a long trek. Nothing beats the feeling of fresh, dry feet after a wet adventure.
  • Dry thoroughly: After your expedition, remove your wet gear immediately and allow it to air dry in a well-ventilated space. Stuffing them with newspaper can help absorb excess moisture.

Remember, a little preparation goes a long way! With the right gear and a touch of strategy, you can conquer any wet grass challenge and keep your feet happy, no matter the season. So lace up your boots, grab your stick, and get ready to explore with confidence!

#conqueringwetgrass

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Image Licensing for Commercial Use: A Simple Guide https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/4/image-licensing Headline image for article on image licensing and commercial use of photography workJGFollow image link to my photography

Image Licensing

Commercial use of photography works - License to use - Image rights to use - Licencing Photography Work

Navigating the Maze: A Guide to Image Licensing for Commercial Use

In today's digital age, images are more important than ever. They're used to capture attention, promote products, and tell stories. But if you're using images for commercial purposes, it's important to make sure you have the right to do so. That's where image licensing comes in.

What is image licensing?

Image licensing is the process of obtaining permission to use an image for a specific purpose. This permission is granted by the copyright holder of the image, who is usually the photographer or the person who created the image.

Why is image licensing important?

Using an image without permission is copyright infringement, which can be a costly mistake. If you're caught using an image without permission, you could be sued for damages. In some cases, you could even face criminal charges.

Types of image licenses

There are many different types of image licenses, but some of the most common include:

  • Royalty-free: This type of license allows you to use an image for an unlimited number of times in a variety of commercial applications. However, you may still need to pay a one-time fee for the license.
  • Rights-managed: This type of license gives you more limited use of an image. You may only be able to use the image for a specific period of time, in a specific way, or in a specific medium.
  • Editorial: This type of license is only for use in news and editorial content. You cannot use an image with an editorial license for commercial purposes.

How to choose the right image license

The type of image license you need will depend on how you plan to use the image. If you're not sure which type of license you need, it's always best to err on the side of caution and consult with an expert.

Can you obtain an image licence to use my images?

Yes you can, for example, you could purchase exclusive rights and be granted an image license for short periods if required, a year being the minimum period. Contact me to discuss further. Basic info such as image size, publication type or size of the print run will help towards licensing arrangements. You may wish to buy images or use photos within the portfolio for use, if so please contact me as I will require your project information to quote for intended use.

Ready to embark on your licencing agreement? Let John Gilchrist be your compass!

#imagelicensing #commercialuse #copyright #stockphotography

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Why Your Photographer Might Say No to Your Shoot https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/4/why-your-photographer-might-say-no-to-your-shoot No but maybe, hear me out, why no is the answer.Not All Shoots Are Created EqualThe sheer diversity of commercial photography demands a certain level of specialization.

Why Your Photographer Might Say No to Your Shoot

Not All Clicks Are Created Equal: Why Your Photographer Might Say No to Certain Commercial Shoots

Commercial photography might seem like a straightforward concept: take pictures to sell things. But beneath the seemingly simple surface lies a diverse and specialized world. Not every photographer is equipped to handle every type of commercial shoot, and understanding why can save you time, money, and frustration.

Think of commercial photography as an umbrella term encompassing various genres, each with its own unique demands. Product photography requires meticulous attention to detail and lighting, highlighting features in a clean, controlled environment. Food photography, on the other hand, relies on capturing mouth-watering textures and enticing compositions, often demanding food styling expertise. Then there's fashion photography, where capturing movement, emotion, and the essence of a brand within the fleeting moments of a runway show is critical.

So, why might a photographer decline a specific commercial project? Here are a few reasons:

Specialization & Expertise: Just like doctors have specialties, photographers develop areas of expertise. A photographer who excels in capturing stunning landscapes might not be the best fit for your intricate jewellery shoot. Their skillset and equipment might be geared towards wide-open spaces and natural light, not the precise lighting setups and macro lenses needed for product close-ups. Why specialization matters, there are several reasons why photographers choose to specialize in specific genres:

  • Expertise: Deep knowledge of the genre's nuances, from technical aspects to industry trends, allows them to deliver exceptional results tailored to the client's needs.
  • Equipment: Different genres require different tools. A food photographer might invest in specialized food-styling equipment, while a fashion photographer might prioritize high-end lighting setups.
  • Networking: Building relationships within a specific industry opens doors to relevant clientele and fosters a deeper understanding of the market.
  • Passion: Photographers are often drawn to specific genres that resonate with their personal style and interests, leading to more creative and fulfilling work.

Creative Vision & Brand Alignment: Every photographer has a unique aesthetic and storytelling approach. While versatility is valuable, some projects might clash with their core style and values. Imagine hiring a photographer known for dark and moody tones to shoot a bright and playful children's clothing campaign. The results might not resonate with the brand's intended audience.

Ethical Considerations: Certain commercial projects might raise ethical concerns for a photographer. They might decline to work with brands whose values or practices contradict their own, prioritizing projects that align with their personal beliefs and social responsibility.

Logistics & Budget: Commercial photography involves more than just clicking the shutter. There's equipment rental, location scouting, model fees, and post-processing, all of which require careful planning and budgeting. A photographer's resources and budget might not accommodate every project, forcing them to decline jobs that fall outside their feasible scope.

Remember, a photographer saying "no" isn't a rejection of you or your project. It's a sign of professionalism and commitment to delivering the best possible results. By understanding the diverse landscape of commercial photography and the factors influencing a photographer's choices, you can find the perfect match for your specific needs, ensuring a successful and rewarding collaboration.

Finding the Right Photographer:

So, how do you find the perfect photographer for your commercial project? Researching photographers who specialize in your specific genre is key. Look for portfolios showcasing relevant work, inquire about their experience, and understand their approach to the shoot. Remember, a specialist might not be the right fit for every project, but when it comes to specific genres, their expertise can elevate your vision and deliver impactful results.

By understanding the diverse landscape of commercial photography and the reasons behind photographer specialization, you can make informed decisions about finding the perfect visual storyteller to bring your brand vision to life.

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Crude oil storage installation https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/4/crude-oil-storage-installation-dalmeny-south-queensferry-urban-edinburgh-photography Crude oil storage installation in Dalmeny, South Queensferry

A Closer Look at the Dalmeny Oil Terminal: Scotland's Strategic Storage Hub

May contain scenes of oil and gas industry locations, views, and visual references of Edinburgh Scotland.Ineos FPS LtdOil & natural gas company

Nestled along the Firth of Forth in Dalmeny, Scotland, lies a vital piece of the nation's energy infrastructure: the Dalmeny Oil Terminal. This facility plays a crucial role in storing and transporting crude oil, serving as a key link in the global energy chain.

The terminal boasts a significant storage capacity, housing around four million barrels of crude oil in eight massive floating-roof tanks. These tanks are designed to minimize evaporation and ensure the safe containment of the oil. The terminal is also connected to two loading jetties at Hound Point, allowing for efficient transfer of crude oil onto tankers for further distribution.

Dalmeny's strategic location plays a vital role in its operations. Situated near the Grangemouth refinery, the terminal receives stabilized crude oil for storage and export. Additionally, its proximity to the North Sea oil fields facilitates the transportation of crude oil from offshore platforms.

However, the terminal's significance extends beyond just storage and transportation. Dalmeny plays a crucial role in ensuring the UK's energy security. By maintaining a strategic reserve of crude oil, the terminal helps mitigate the impact of potential disruptions in global oil supplies.

The operation of the Dalmeny terminal is subject to stringent regulations and safety protocols. The facility adheres to environmental regulations to minimize any potential impact on the surrounding ecosystem. Additionally, robust safety measures are in place to prevent accidents and ensure the well-being of workers and the surrounding community.

In conclusion, the Dalmeny Oil Terminal stands as a testament to Scotland's role in the global energy landscape. Its significant storage capacity, strategic location, and commitment to safety make it a vital asset for the nation's energy security. As the world navigates the complexities of the energy transition, the Dalmeny terminal is likely to remain a crucial player in ensuring a stable and secure energy supply for the UK and beyond.

Oil and gas infrastructure 

Chemical and oil & gas industries in Scotland, for the transporting oil and gas liquids from offshore and onshore entry points, Firth of Forth, shot captured from the Pentland hill range. Normally out of view from ground level, due to the high grass banks, but from a high vantage point and long lens it gives an insight from that distant lofty perspective.

#heavyindustry #crudeoil

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(John Gilchrist) Explore Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/4/crude-oil-storage-installation-dalmeny-south-queensferry-urban-edinburgh-photography Sun, 09 Apr 2023 00:24:48 GMT
A Dive into Urban Culture in Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/4/urban-culture-in-edinburgh The Pulse of the City: A Dive into Urban Culture in Edinburgh

Unveiling the Tapestry of Urban Culture: Traditions, Beliefs, and the Symphony of the Edinburgh Experience

Edinburgh's culture, a vibrant tapestry woven from the threads of traditions, beliefs, customs, and expressionsA Journey of DiscoveryFollow the link to the gallery, culture manifests in a myriad of ways. It's the language we speak, the food we savour, the clothes we wear, and the festivals that make our hearts dance.

Edinburgh culture

Cities are living, breathing organisms, pulsing with a unique energy that draws people from all corners of the globe, Edinburgh culture being testament to this. But what exactly is this "urban culture" that we keep hearing about? It's more than just concrete and skyscrapers, it's the vibrant tapestry of communities, art, music, food, and innovation that thrives within the urban landscape.

A Melting Pot of Communities

One of the defining features of urban culture is its diversity. Cities are melting pots where people from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and walks of life come together. This creates a dynamic exchange of ideas, traditions, and perspectives, enriching the cultural fabric of the City of Edinburgh. From bustling German markets to hidden Brazilian cafes, every corner offers a glimpse into a different world.

Street Art: Where Walls Come Alive

Urban art is another powerful expression of urban culture. From towering murals that transform buildings into canvases to intricate graffiti adorning alleyways, street art adds a layer of vibrancy and creativity to the cityscape. It's a platform for social commentary, self-expression, and community engagement, turning the streets into open-air galleries.

The Soundtrack of the City

Music is the lifeblood of any city. From the buskers playing on tramway platforms to the booming beats of basement venues, the sounds of urban life create a unique soundtrack. Local bands, street performers, and international DJs all contribute to the city's sonic tapestry, reflecting its diverse rhythms and energies.

A Culinary Adventure

Food is another way to experience the soul of a city. From Michelin-starred restaurants to hole-in-the-wall food stalls, urban areas offer a smorgasbord of culinary delights. Local markets overflowing with fresh produce, hidden gems serving up authentic ethnic cuisine, and innovative fusion restaurants pushing the boundaries of taste – every bite is an adventure for the senses.

Innovation at Every Corner

Edinburgh is not just a cultural hub; Edinburgh is an engine of innovation. From tech start-ups disrupting industries to universities pushing the boundaries of knowledge, the urban landscape is a breeding ground for new ideas and inventions. This constant evolution keeps Edinburgh dynamic and forward-thinking, shaping the future of everything from technology to art and design.

Capturing the Essence

Urban culture is more than just the sum of its parts. It's a living, breathing entity that constantly evolves and adapts. It's the energy of a thousand conversations happening on street corners, the rhythm of footsteps on bustling sidewalks, the laughter echoing from rooftop bars. It's the feeling of belonging to something bigger than yourself, of being part of a vibrant community that thrives on diversity and creativity.

So, the next time you find yourself in Edinburgh, take a moment to soak it all in. Look beyond the stone and steel, and you'll discover the beating heart of urban culture, a city waiting to be explored.

Have you experienced the unique culture of Edinburgh?

Society and The Social Side of Edinburgh

A city of literacy, knowledge & culture, Edinburgh, a captivating city with an intriguing history and bustling human activity. It’s more the social scene and the people side of things for here. That said the focus isn’t strictly centred on traditional Scottish culture in particular, just culture and civilization in general. Identifying more with the purpose of social activities included enjoyment, relaxation, stimulation, and belongingness.

Events, in relation to culture. Edinburgh is a fine example when it comes to promoting the arts. The city hosts festivals all year round including:

Edinburgh's Summer Festivals

  • Edinburgh International Film Festival, Early Summer
  • Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, Mid Summer
  • Edinburgh Art Festival, Late Summer
  • Royal Edinburgh Military, Late Summer
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Late Summer
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival, Late Summer
  • Edinburgh Mela Festival, Late Summer

Other festivals in Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh International Science Festival, Spring
  • Imaginate Festival May, Spring
  • International Storytelling Festival, Autumn
  • Edinburgh's Hogmanay, Winter

If you're photographing Edinburgh, to complement the festival why not take advantage of the many tourist attractions ranging from fine art galleries and theatres to the prestigious High Street that stretches from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood at the foot of the Royal Mile.

Ready to capture some Edinburgh culture? Let the city be your compass!

#UrbanCulture #StreetPhotography #UrbanArt #EdinburghFoodies #CultureVulture

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Capture Your Big Day: Wedding Photography Questions Answered

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Quick fire Q&As

Ask the photographer

Are you a luxury high-end wedding photographer? No, help choosing a photographer.

Do you offer services for weddings on a low budget? No, read more.

Am I the right photographer for you? I'd like to be.

What is your pricing? It varies, read more.

What do your wedding packages include? It's diverse, read more

Do you edit all our photographs? Yes

Are our digital files watermarked? No

Do you also provide video services? No

Do you offer wedding albums? No, digital files only.

How much photography coverage do we need? It depends.

Should we do an engagement session, yes, no or maybe? Ask for details.

Can our family and friends take pictures with their cameras? Yes

Can I give you a list of shots I would like taken? Yes, please do

Do you cater for destination weddings? Yes, read more.

Who's who at your wedding? Help me help you, read more.

Can we have our story on your blog? Yes, let's share the love.

What is the timeline we are working to? Help me help you, read more.

We want everything documented! Can we have more images? That may require a second photographer.

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Engagement photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/3/engagement-photography-edinburgh Engagement photography Edinburgh

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Engagement and pre-wedding photoshoot related, may contain shots of people, couples in places enjoying a photo session, photography by John GilchristPre-wedding photoshoot 14-SL54Pre-wedding photoshoot session, fun engagement e-shoot with Stephanie, Lee | Ref: e-session, Vogrie Country Park in Midlothian

It’s an unconditional privilege for any photographer to cover a couple’s engagement session, enjoy viewing a mixed portfolio by John Gilchrist.

During the sitting, I will above all capture candid and relaxed pictures of you and your chosen location, and a collection of formal portraits and conventional couple shots (if required) so that you can create a wonderful blend of memories to support your wedding album.

Photoshoots, engagement photography in Edinburgh and beyond

These days most couples are looking for something much more natural and creative. For engagement photography in Edinburgh and beyond, I will still ensure I have some great portraits of the bride and groom to be enjoying their time together before their wedding, my aim is to produce photographs that act as a photographic narrative of timeless moment’s pre wedding, with candid images capturing the emotion, excitement and fun of anticipating the big day.

Locations

Sourcing Edinburgh locations and considering where you could have your pre wedding photographs taken should be fun not a dilemma. You’ve just got engaged to your amazing partner and want to get an engagement picture taken so just come up with a fitting setting that suits you both, Ideas for your pre wedding; Edinburgh has umpteen photography opportunities, so for starters you could choose the location you were proposed to or any romantic spot you both enjoy. There are no hard and fast rules; sometimes a more radical location will complement the couple.

What to wear?

Again, no harsh rules but try keeping it to 3 base colours between the both of you, no point in the two of you coming all mismatched. Just remember the engagement ring, the ring symbolises the event, it’s only fair we introduce it into the picture.

Pre-wedding eSession shoots Book fun engagements sessions with John Gilchrist, Edinburgh photographers for pre wedding shoots, Engagement Photo Session Scotland. Pre wedding photo sessions and engagement photography in Edinburgh and beyond.

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Wedding photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/3/wedding-photography-edinburgh Wedding photography Edinburgh: Weddings - Photographers Scotland

Wedding photographers Edinburgh - Preparations, ceremony, reception - Weddings photographer Scotland

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Say "I Do" in Edinburgh: Your Guide to a Fairy-tale Wedding in Scotland's Crown Jewel

Edinburgh, the majestic Scottish capital, is a city steeped in history, romance, and breath-taking beauty. So, what better place to exchange vows and embark on your new chapter together? A wedding in Edinburgh promises an experience like no other, infused with the city's unique charm and vibrant spirit.

Edinburgh Wedding Photography: Let Me Capture the Magic of Your Special Day

Getting married, a big decision, but it is also a very exciting one. With careful planning and preparation, you can have a wedding that is both memorable and meaningful.

Book me for...

Weekend weddings: For those who want more time to relax and enjoy the celebrations and savour every moment. Traditional weddings: For a ceremony that follows a set of customs and rituals that have been passed down through generations. Modern weddings: Great option for couples who want a sleek, sophisticated, and refined celebration. 

All weddings covered, any shape or size of Scottish wedding's. For the who, what, where, try John Gilchrist , a photographer for... midweek or weekends, small intimate or large and full on weddings, indoors or outdoors (remember it's Scotland).

Venues Fit for a Royal Wedding:

From grand castles overlooking the city to elegant Georgian townhouses and whimsical gardens, Edinburgh offers a kaleidoscope of wedding venues to match your dream:

  • Historic grandeur: Say "I do" under the watchful gaze of Edinburgh Castle at The National Museum of Scotland or exchange vows in the opulent surroundings of Prestonfield House, a 17th-century mansion.
  • City slickness: Opt for urban chic at The Dome, a stunning Art Deco landmark, or celebrate amidst the bustling energy of the Grassmarket with its charming pubs and cobbled streets.
  • Nature's embrace: Let the magic of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh be your backdrop, or tie the knot under the sprawling branches of The Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club's ancient trees.
  • Quirky charm: Embrace Edinburgh's unique personality with a ceremony at The Caves, a network of atmospheric, candlelit vaults beneath the city, or choose The Scottish Whisky Experience for a truly unforgettable dram-atic setting.

Beyond the Ceremony:

Your Edinburgh wedding doesn't have to end with the "I do's." Create lasting memories with these experiences:

  • A taste of Scotland: Indulge in a gourmet Scottish tasting menu, complete with locally sourced ingredients and whisky pairings. Or, for a truly immersive experience, organize a ceilidh, a traditional Scottish dance celebration guaranteed to get your guests on their feet.
  • Explore the city: Take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through the cobbled streets or embark on a ghost tour for a touch of spooky whimsy. For breath-taking views, climb Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh's iconic hill, or visit the majestic Edinburgh Castle.
  • Outdoorsy adventures: Escape the city bustle and explore the rugged beauty of the Pentland Hills, perfect for a hike or bike ride. Or, sail down the Firth of Forth for stunning coastal views and fresh sea air.

Making it Yours:

A wedding in Edinburgh is all about personalization. Whether you envision a grand celebration or an intimate gathering, the city's diverse vendors and passionate wedding planners can help create a day that reflects your unique love story.

So, if you're dreaming of a wedding that's both magical and memorable, look no further than Edinburgh. Let the city's enchanting scenery, rich history, and vibrant spirit paint the backdrop for your unforgettable "I do."

Bonus Tip: Consider hosting your wedding during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world's largest arts festival, for an extra dose of cultural energy and excitement.

With its enchanting atmosphere, breath-taking settings, and endless possibilities, Edinburgh is the perfect canvas for your fairy-tale wedding. So, say "Slàinte mhath" to a love story that begins in Scotland's captivating capital.


I have been working as a freelance photographer since 2009, and I've always considered weddings a privilege and pleasure to document. Capturing the couples happiness on their wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime event. I cover locations around the City of Edinburgh and greater Edinburgh area including central, south west & south east Scotland, and beyond.

Planned or last-minute wedding, bridal, engagement & pre-wedding photography. Interested in booking JG Event Photography to capture your special day? Check out the details of my engagement and wedding photography service here.

Have you recently attended a wedding we have photographed?

Visit the client gallery area for photo access, recent events are documented there, if you have attended a wedding then please consult with the bride and groom, they have chosen to have the client area reserved privately. On viewing the gallery, you will find that happy couple souvenirs never looked so good and with stylish framing options available why not buy prints of the bride & groom enjoying their big day. Optional framing and wall decoration options come in all shapes, and sizes, decorative photography made easy for your convenience. Making a purchase: Buy prints and have quality images framed or set on canvas for that stylish finish. As well as remembering those unique wedding day moments. You are invited to leave comments, gallery options include guestbook pages to pass comment.

Photographer in Edinburgh.

Wedding photographers in Edinburgh. With a photojournalistic approach and a style that is fresh, modern, and spontaneous. I'm always in pursuit of those decisive moments, warm cuddles, dramatic backgrounds, perfect details, in the "blink of an eye" glances, nutty expressions, and raw emotion. Some couples lean towards hiring traditional photographers, while others are specific and reach out to book a candid photographer, it's personal preference really. Personally, I tend to blend a mix of styles. I’ve found when covering an event such as a wedding it’s not unusual to balance and mix the need to be a fashion & portrait photographer with the skills of a landscape or lifestyle photographer all in the course of one day. Either way, your wedding day is a celebration of you, and of your relationship with one-another. Through the eyes of family, close friends and loved ones surrounding you, I will create bold, vibrant images that capture the spirit of who you are, both as individuals and as a couple.

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Leith Docks incident after ship slips sideways in dry dock 

Research Vessel Petrel fuelled a multi-agency emergency response in Leith Scotland after it rolled and tilted 45-degrees in the Imperial Dock in Leith, emergency crews including an air ambulance assisted in the rescue with people treated at the scene and several taken to hospital, the US Navy owned ship was in the dry dock during high winds when the incident took place early morning on 22 March 2023.

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/3/local-edinburgh-photography-research-vessel-petrel-leith-docks Wed, 22 Mar 2023 18:00:00 GMT
My Photography Journey https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/3/my-photography-journey My Photography Journey

Down The Rabbit Hole

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Up and down the rabbit hole, and in & out the shadows I go. You know what! This photography trip of mine is an emotional rollercoaster of a ride, but that’s what makes the photographic element of it so exciting. With camera in hand, it’s a progressive journey into the unknown. Granted, there’s always going to be a few knocks and bumps on the way, but to be fair that’s to be expected. Enjoying the ride, you don’t go into photography with your eyes shut, literally. How could you? I’ll hang on as hard as I can with my eyes wide-open all the way, YAHOO!

Personal development, aiming to develop photographic results

Pulling some G, personal photography development objective, continuing to do what I love doing, which is taking more pictures and progressing this website one-step at a time. This is how I improve myself, being firm and tenacious, having plenty of determination and getting that photo outcome published the way I want it is vital to me.

Do I stretch myself beyond my means? Yes! Every day is a new day, a learning curve and for that, I’m thankful for every click I get to take.

New challenges provide the ability to use creativity, when you don’t know everything in the rulebook breaking some rules in the process definitely keeps it interesting

The photography highway is a long and winding road, keep at least one eye open and don't forget to look back every once in a while! John Gilchrist

Going places

In reality, I haven’t travelled that far in the world of photography, there just seems to be so much distance to cover. My achievements come slow and steady but I'm finally getting faster, building in momentum. Since 2009 I've covered some ground since the start my photography travels and always looking forward to discovering what's on the road ahead. Surprisingly, I would never have thought this inspirational journey would lead me down so many paths, such as...

  • Pro Photographer
  • Masterwebotographer ☺
  • Weddings and so much more

It’s nice to know that many images within this site have been viewed the world over; honestly Google analytics is such a great tool. It’s fantastic to realise that my photography work reaches out so far.

Defining a personal style comes through passage of time

I've yet to define my personal style, at first, I just started out with the intention to be a serious “amateur photographer” keen to define his own style. As a fledgling, I joined a local photography group fully inspired to become just that. Supported by likewise individual’s one thing inevitably led to another and as a few years went by I was a (nearly) a fully-fledged freelance wedding photographer without ever planning to become one. With that, freelancing brings varied and wonderful opportunities; I have been fortunate to work with amazing couples, corporate managers, fashion industry leaders, executives and of course family & friends.

In my world, there is a beautiful angle to everything. I love photographing people and places, mostly people though, probably because photographing a person can be the most rewarding yet the most difficult of all photography subjects. I do try to conduct myself in a professional manner, however, please do not consider work of mine to match top professional photographers, as this would be unfitting.

So my journey continues, one thing for sure, I’ll never travel alone, there are lots of footsteps on the path before me and many more behind me.

Take Flight: Get Me Out Of Here

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Street Photography

Capturing the Soul of the City: A Journey into Street Photography

Street photography is more than just snapping pictures from the pavement. It's a captivating dance with light, shadow, and the raw, unfiltered energy of urban life. It's about freezing fleeting moments, weaving stories with every click, and finding beauty in the ordinary.

A Love Letter to the Concrete Jungle

Street photography thrives in the concrete jungle. The towering skyscrapers, the winding alleyways, the vibrant chaos of intersections - these are the playgrounds of the street photographer. Every corner holds a potential tableau, every face a whispered narrative.

The Decisive Moment

The essence of street photography lies in capturing the "decisive moment" - that fleeting split-second where light, composition, and emotion collide to create a photograph that transcends the ordinary. It's about anticipating the unexpected, being ready to dance with the rhythm of the streets, and forever chasing that perfect click.

Beyond the Frame: Storytelling in Pixels

A great street photograph isn't just a pretty picture; it's a story waiting to be told. It can evoke emotions, spark questions, and transport the viewer to the heart of the scene. It can be a silent poem, a candid social commentary, or a window into the soul of a stranger.

The Ethical Lens

Street photography comes with ethical considerations. We navigate a fine line between capturing genuine moments and respecting the privacy of individuals. It's important to be mindful, to understand the boundaries, and to always strive to portray our subjects with dignity and respect.

Hitting the Streets: Your First Steps

So, you're ready to embark on your own street photography adventure? Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Find your voice: What stories do you want to tell? What draws you to the streets? Develop your unique perspective and let it guide your lens.
  • Befriend your camera: Know your settings, understand light and composition, and practice, practice, practice.
  • Embrace the journey: The best photographs are often found in the unexpected. Be present, keep your eyes peeled, and don't be afraid to experiment.
  • Respect your subjects: Always be mindful of privacy and be prepared to explain your intentions if needed.

Light, Shadows & Silhouettes

Light on the streets can be harsh, shapes, shadows and silhouettes in street photography. Life's simple pleasures - having a moment to yourself, breathing in the air and connecting with your surroundings, time now for journaling some of the essential moments, sensations, and actions that we encounter, feel, and do every day, often without taking notice. Street photography is a privilege, healthy and beneficial on an abstract or spiritual level, and it is fun!

The Beauty of Imperfection

Street photography is not about technical perfection. It's about capturing the soul of the city, the fleeting moments that make up the tapestry of urban life. It's about embracing the raw, the imperfect, and the real. So, grab your camera, hit the streets, and start telling your own stories. You might just be surprised at the magic you find.

Remember, street photography is a journey, not a destination. It's a love affair with the city, a conversation with light and shadow, and a never-ending quest to capture the essence of humanity in a single frame. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and start shooting!

I hope this post has inspired you to explore the captivating world of street photography. If you have any questions or experiences you'd like to share, feel free to PM me. And, most importantly, happy shooting!

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Encapsulating a city's features - Extraordinary Escapes Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/3/extraordinary-escapes-edinburgh Where reality meets the fantastic, "Extraordinary Escapes - Edinburgh"

A glimpse into Edinburgh's most extraordinary and captivating locations

Beyond the tourist trail: Extraordinary Edinburgh locations that will take your breath awaymy city, my view, my waySometimes the most extraordinary locations aren't the ones plastered across every travel brochure.

Extraordinary Escapes

Edinburgh is a treasure trove of awe-inspiring landscapes, with a vibrant culture, and hidden wonders. But sometimes the ordinary tourist traps just don't cut it. We crave experiences that push the boundaries, that leave us breathless and forever changed. For those seeking the extraordinary, here's a peek into some alternative and the most captivating locations in Edinburgh. Strange and wonderfully beautiful, an alternative Edinburgh. Straying from the classic cliché shots, here’s a distraction from the beautiful Edinburgh we love and appreciate. Weird but wonderful, the perspective can get a bit unnatural and off-colour, it’s my offbeat look at the city and sometimes goes beyond real, Edinburgh, a twist on the classics and more.

My city is brimming with hidden gems, places that push the boundaries of the everyday and ignite our sense of wonder. These extraordinary locations aren't just tourist destinations; they're portals to landscapes and experiences that feel like they sprung from the pages of a fantasy novel.

Beyond the Tourist Trail: Finding My Own Extraordinary

These are just a few examples of the extraordinary locations that await exploration. But the beauty of travel lies in discovering your own hidden gems. Whether it's a secluded sculpture, a quirky roadside attraction, or a vibrant local festival, I try to keep my eyes peeled for the unexpected.

Here are some tips for finding your own extraordinary locations:

  • Talk to locals: They often know the best-kept secrets of their area.
  • Wander off the beaten path: Adventure awaits beyond the tourist hotspots.
  • Embrace the unexpected: Sometimes, the most extraordinary experiences are unplanned.

So, with a packed camera bags, I set my sights on the horizon, and start my journey to the extraordinary. The city is waiting to be discovered, one breath-taking location at a time.

Remember, the extraordinary is often local and just around the corner. What am I waiting for? I'm not I'll be of exploring soon!

Historical wonders that defy imagination mixed with man-made marvels that inspire awe

#EdinburghEscapes #Fantastic #EmbraceEdinburgh #CityTravel #ExtraordinaryLocations
 

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Choosing a photographer https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/3/choosing-a-photographer Choosing a photographer | Novice to Expert | Photography Skills TableChoosing a photographer | Novice to Expert | Photography Skills TablePhotography | Novice to Expert
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Group | Skill | Associated Risks | Risk Likelihood | Quality of Results | Professional Fee
Skills Base Table

Further info at "Best Photographers"
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Choosing a photographer

Choosing professional photographers - Skill set, associated risks, and quality of results - Choices, pro photography factors

Choosing photography values, a comprehensive choice and preferences for client consideration.

Skill set choices: Your photographers abilities could be the all important factor, depending on expectations vs other factors. Choosing risk: The level of acceptable risk or risk likelihood you're prepared to accept. Choosing quality: Where are your boundaries on final results? Choosing costs: The right choice of photographer could be down to budgetary restraints, fees vary considerably. Lets look at wedding photographers as an example.

  • Group A: Choosing the expert photographer brings phenomenal results, name your price, enough said!
  • Group B: Choosing the high-end photographer, at this level the benefits of professional wedding photographers as a rule of thumb will turn out very good to outstanding results with little risk in nearly all situations and locations. When choosing this option the drawback is the heavy financial outlay, extremely expensive costs are not out of place, at times as much as 10% or more of the wedding budget will be absorbed in photography services. To top that, restrictive copyright/license terms on the photographs usually apply. Normally there are a limited number of photos provided. Suggested for weddings in tricky to photograph settings and appropriate for flush couples where money is not a major concern or for couples willing to put in a significant part of their wedding budget on photography.
  • Group B: Choosing the advanced photographer, middle of the road wedding photographers has an upside. The benefits here can be price and value, usually very reasonably priced. Admirable results in most conditions with a liberal license for all images and a generous number of photos provided. The drawback is the risk (no mistake and exclusion insurance in some instances) and cannot perform effectively in some conditions. Suggested for anyone on a budget, however couples have to be willing to accept a little risk in order to receive exceptional value.
  • Group C: Choosing the novice to intermediate photographer, a beginner or novice photographer yields potential problems. The benefits here are that it is usually free with no restrictions on photos. The drawback is the significant risk involved, very much dependant on the particular skills/equipment of people taking the photos. This option suggested for anyone with a little or no budget for a wedding photographer, with snapshots from friends and family being the only source of material.

However you embrace your selection process, be as well informed as you can be, hopefully this pragmatic look at skill sets that helps to influence your final decision.

If you are looking to hire, then this is about trying to match-up a service that is best for YOU! Occasionally everyone needs a photographer and weddings can be a mixed bag, sourcing the best photographers out there just means sourcing the wedding photography service that is right for you as a couple, your perfect photographer doesn’t necessarily have to produce the finest images but the service provider must deliver the goods and be your preferred choice for all the right reasons.

I suppose you can apply the reference table to most photography genres, just use the table subjectively!

Aspirations and expectations?

What’s too salty for some won’t be salty enough for others, aligning aspirations with expectations is important. Matching performance alongside expectations and price is a starting point for choosing the best photographer, or at the very least, I hope it will offer some guidance that can point you in a positive direction for the best results. Like all aspects of life what’s good for one won’t be good for another, this is so true with wedding photography, a miss match of expectancies doesn’t benefit anyone.

Getting the balance right

Getting it spot on and choosing the right style of photographer for your Scottish wedding is different for every bride & groom; costs against final expectations play a key role. Maybe the above competency table will offer guidance to couples looking for a little more inside knowledge. Bottom line, try to match your needs with a photographer's strengths. I suppose who and what depends on when!

When you need quality, dig deep! When you want free, tread carefully!

For the best client photographer connection, look for suitable photographers that match well with your own style.

Compatibility! Are we attuned with each other? Compatible wedding photographers make the day a success. Budget aside, positive wedding photography is not just a one day relationship, it goes deeper. Evan before you draw a line under on your budget you should be thinking about your photographer’s personality. Being well matched goes a long way! After all we are going to be spending lots of time in each other’s company and that’s even before the wedding. Compatibility, photographer and client interactions are so important; that’s why we need to click from the start, you need to feel confident you have chosen wisely.

Hitting it off! The best attributes in any relationship is trust and connectivity. A wedding photographer and client relationship works best when you feel at ease and comfortable from the beginning, knowing your wedding photography is going to receive all the attention it deserves will give you peace of mind, leaving you free to concentrate attention on other aspects of the day.

Which photographer?

Where do you start, finding a suitable photographer needn’t be a daunting experience. I’m guessing most people will probably start to look in the middle, somewhere around the advanced level. I suppose it depends on the individual. To help steer you to an informed choice I offer a detailed "talent table for best photographers", use or discard as you wish.

Budget photographer?

For situations where there is no escaping budget restraint, finding a photographer in Scotland that won’t break the bank may be enough to do the trick. When needs must, a photographer at the lower end of the table will be an option.

Award winning photographers

Some people look for an award winning outcome, in which case a photographer located at the top of the table would be a fitting place to start.

Do skill or quality really matter? a frequently asked question.

  • A critical review implicating photography results at different levels, including the significant influences you can’t ignore!
  • Skill Level vs Associated Risks Associated risks range from catastrophic to none, the skill level ranks from novice to highest level professional.
  • Associated Risks vs Risk Likelihood As the risk likelihood increase from probable to none, the risk likelihood ranks from catastrophic to none.
  • Risk Likelihood vs Quality of Results As quality of results increase from poor to excellent, it makes sense that the likelihood of risk ranks from probable to none.
  • Quality of Results vs Price Poor to excellent, when quality of results increase for the better; we can now understand that this fee is associated with the outcome.

The pitfalls and highs

Why picking the perfect photographer to cover your wedding is paramount. The pitfalls and highs of weddings, choices, what's right when choosing photographers & where the wrong selection can lead you to. What's right for you won't be right for the next bride, so which direction, how do you go about choosing an appropriate photographer to cover your wedding? Should you be cherry picking or is it more about the bottom line and how much money you can save by disregarding the benefits of a competent photographer’s expertise.

Making that choice

Exactly how much should you be paying for the privilege for your photographer’s capability isn’t an easy choice for some brides. With a high dynamic range no wonder controversy shrouds a confused bridal party. With skill levels ranging from the accommodating novice to the extravagant ranks of the true professional, how does a bride decide for the right outcome? Whether you consider appointing a master of the arts or Uncle Bob you must ask yourself this, what’s the significance of the price difference stretched out over a lifetime of marriage? In twenty five years will you really look upon your wedding photos and remember you saved a few bob hiring Relative Robert and his new-fangled camera. Ask me at your silver wedding what your preferred photographer choice would have been now!

How will your photography choices affect you?

I have to make a critique in the nicest possible way, opting for the novice where the incompetence is astounding may be the only choice for some and likewise hiring master photographers at national level will be out of reach for so many. Realistically the majority of bride and grooms will be in the mid-range, this is where it becomes interesting and no doubt frustrating, so the challenge is on.

Today’s decisions are tomorrows truths, photography choices needn't be complicated but options do come in all shapes and sizes. Just remember the old adage, "good doesn't come cheap and cheap doesn't come good." So what does it all boil down to? Well, when it comes to choosing a photographer, there isn’t really any right or wrong, it’s more about expectations and the balance, trading value with results for a projected outcome. Your choices influence the final result, just be prudent and make decisions wisely, it’s your call! However, don't forget that a good camera does not make a good photographer. I'm sure enough people will continue to recognise this to keep photographers in business, at least for the immediate future.

There will always be amply wedding work for talented wedding photographers and the people who don t want to pay for their skills will get fuzzy photos, it’s that simple.

use for referencing arguments or considerations "for or against" a particular choice of photographer.
 

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Photography Services https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/3/photography-services Edinburgh Photography Services

Photos for business & personal needs, a select range of services for clients in Scotland

Photography service for Edinburgh, ScotlandPhotographers in Edinburgh, East Scotland

Photography Services

offering solutions, support and photography services for all walks of life.

If you're looking for a professional photographer to help you capture your memories, there are plenty of talented options available in Edinburgh.

When choosing a photography service in Edinburgh, it's important to consider your needs and budget. Some photographers offer packages that include a variety of services, such as photo editing and printing. Others offer a la carte services, so you can choose the services that are most important to you.

It's also important to book your photographer well in advance, especially if you're planning a wedding or other special event. Many photographers book up months in advance, so it's best to get on their calendar as soon as possible.

With so many talented photographers in Edinburgh, you're sure to find the perfect one to capture your memories. Do some research and compare prices before making a decision. With a little planning, you can be sure to get the beautiful photos you're looking for.

Primary services

Your photography requirements, genres and the latest service related information, learn more about what is offered.

Information pages

  • Engagements
  • Weddings
  • Couples
  • Event
  • Interior
  • Editorial
  • Industrial
  • Commercial
  • Architectural 

Professional services for your wedding, website or digital marketing use. I identify as a general photographer, services cover various photography categories, if you are located outside of Edinburgh, I can travel throughout Scotland.

Work: When you’re planning on hiring a photographer, the less hassle the better, right? So, whether you’re craving a commercial venture a seasonal wedding or a couple’s photoshoot for some pre wedding fun, skip the photographer search and get straight to business. Photography service on request, view the full list of services above, and take your photography projects from 'to do' to 'done' with John Gilchrist.

With flexible rates and select service options, finding a photographer shouldn’t be hard work.

Photo studio: I do not work from a fixed studio, further details in the FAQ sections.

Secondary services

Workshop, webinar & photo walks 

Tutorials, training and photography workshops are great for interactive learning. Classes, courses and guided city tours by an experienced photographer are a great way to learn about photography whilst taking-in the local area, as of yet I do not offer such services, maybe something for the future. Ref. learning and coaching, a tomorrow project. 

Summary

In brief, services include but aren't limited to weddings and engagements. Various social and business events, PR, press & editorials. Heavy industry, indoor spaces, buildings and structures. JG strives to provide the best service possible, on every job attended. Edinburgh Photography Services for photo art, photographic prints and fine art, photography service on request. more... workshop & photo walks

Purchase contemporary images of Scotland's historic capital, photographs of places, locations and interesting scenes displayed in my diverse picture collection

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(John Gilchrist) About https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2023/3/photography-services Wed, 01 Mar 2023 08:00:00 GMT
Sandy Irvine Robertson https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2022/2/local-edinburgh-photography-sandy-irvine-robertson Edinburgh photography related content from John Gilchrist Edinburgh Photographer. Photographs and pictures captured in or around The City of Edinburgh, a photographer’s view, image from a photographic

Life-size Sandy Irvine Robertson bronze memorial bench. Real character Edinburgh 21-022053, image from the Edinburgh 2021 gallery, photos of Edinburgh by John Gilchrist | Ref: Scotland #throwback

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2022/2/local-edinburgh-photography-sandy-irvine-robertson Thu, 10 Feb 2022 10:15:00 GMT
Woodland Wonders: A Bird Photography Workshop Journey https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2022/2/woodland-birds-photography-workshop Woodland Wonders: A Bird Photography Workshop Journey

Capturing the Enchantment: A Day at the Woodland Bird Photography Workshop

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The crisp morning air carried the sweet scent of pine as I arrived at the secluded entrance to the woodland. Excitement buzzed alongside the resident chickadees, their melodic calls a welcoming chorus. Today was the day I'd step into the world of woodland bird photography, armed with my camera and a thirst for knowledge.

Our guide, a seasoned photographer with a twinkle in his eye and a wealth of experience, began by introducing the diverse cast of feathered characters we might encounter. From the vibrant flash of a goldfinch to the elusive flit of a nuthatch, he painted a picture of their unique behaviors and preferred habitats.

Theory soon gave way to practice as we ventured deeper into the dappled sunlight, following hidden paths towards strategically placed hides. These camouflaged havens offered a peek into the birds' natural world, undisturbed by our presence. Inside, the air grew quiet, anticipation thickening with each rustle of leaves.

The workshop leader transformed into a patient mentor, guiding us through the technical aspects of capturing these agile subjects. We delved into camera settings, mastering the interplay of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to achieve optimal clarity and sharpness. He emphasized the importance of composition, teaching us to frame the birds within their natural environment, highlighting their beauty and character.

As the day unfolded, the forest came alive. A flash of blue revealed a majestic blue jay perched on a branch, its crest raised in regal defiance. A tiny wren, a ball of frenetic energy, darted from twig to twig, its inquisitive gaze meeting our lens for a fleeting moment. The rhythmic drumming of a woodpecker echoed through the trees, its vibrant plumage a blaze of red against the emerald foliage.

Each encounter, each click of the shutter, was a thrilling lesson in patience, observation, and respect for the delicate balance of nature. The workshop wasn't just about capturing stunning photographs; it was about appreciating the intricate lives of these feathered wonders and the vital role they play in our ecosystem.

By the time the golden hues of dusk painted the sky, I left the woodland with a camera full of memories and a heart brimming with newfound appreciation for the artistry of nature and the thrill of wildlife photography. The workshop had not only equipped me with technical skills but also instilled a deeper connection with the natural world, a connection I would forever cherish through the lens of my camera.

Photoshoot in the Scottish Borders, nr Hawick.

It would be unforgivable not to take advantage of the mild winter weather. Members of the Midlothian Camera Club arranged several organised visits to wildlife photographer Ron McCombe’s bird hide, ideal for garden and woodland bird pursuits. On my visit, it was a bright breezy day, Ron’s shelter offered a comfortable environment to shoot from, and under camouflage we were able to shoot our avian friends at a proximity suitable for several focal lengths.  

Bird activity

Small birds in flight are flighty by nature and are a challenge to capture. I wasn’t too fussed about what I was shooting bird wise, anything out flying caught my eye. All in all, it was a productive morning, a big thanks to Ron for being such a welcoming host.

Garden and woodland bird experience, organised wildlife event

All photographs John Gilchrist

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2022/2/woodland-birds-photography-workshop Tue, 01 Feb 2022 21:00:00 GMT
Stairway to Heaven https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2022/1/urban-edinburgh-photography-stairway-to-heaven Step this way street scene with people in Edinburgh street photographyHiCome on up, take the first step.

Well worn steps lead the way up this stairway to heaven, the path to enlightenment.

Lady love, the shapely silhouette of a woman stands at the top of a stone staircase in Edinburgh, street photography throwback

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(John Gilchrist) Urban Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2022/1/urban-edinburgh-photography-stairway-to-heaven Mon, 31 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
Pennan, village in Scotland https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/11/pennan-village-in-scotland Pennan, village in Scotland 12-0003Pennan, village in Scotland 12-0003Image 0003, coastline photos of Pennan village situated on the east coast of Aberdeenshire, UK

Incoming tide on the shore of Pennan Bay, with village properties in shot

Beech view with tide, coastline photos of Pennan village situated on the east coast of Aberdeenshire, UK Ref: flood current

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/11/pennan-village-in-scotland Mon, 01 Nov 2021 19:00:00 GMT
Bellymack Hill Farm - Kite Feeding Station https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/10/bellymack-hill-farm-kite-feeding-station Bird of prey feeding station in GallowayBirds in flightKites in-flight

Red Kite in flight

 

Bellymack Hill Farm - Kite Feeding Station

Galloway Kite Trail, Castle Douglas

A day out at Bellymack Hill Farm (October 21) at the Kite feeding station in Galloway to experience the delights of Kites for my first time. What a day, avian feeding on a grand scale brought many opportunities, I was well impressed. The drive down from Edinburgh, Midlothian took a few hours but the trip was worth every minute. There was sunshine, cloudy skies and wind, lots of wind. I expected the Kites to devour the buckets of scraps on the food station, however this didn't happen, I'm told the fresh to strong breeze played it's part, no doubt making it challenging for the Kites to make their approach, this lent itself to more bird in flight pictures than I expected, so no complaints. There wasn't much of a feeding frenzy on this occasion, I'm told that's not always the case. There was still lots of meaty remains left on the table when we left at 4pm. I'll be sure to return again, windy or not.

Photos of birds, organised event

Photographs by John Gilchrist

20+ Kite images in the full gallery at Red Kite Photography Experience

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/10/bellymack-hill-farm-kite-feeding-station Sat, 09 Oct 2021 16:03:42 GMT
Commuter train on the railroad at sunrise https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/10/commuter-train-on-the-railroad-at-sunrise Edinburgh photography related content from John Gilchrist Edinburgh Photographer. Photographs and pictures captured in or around The City of Edinburgh, a photographer’s view, image from a photographicTrainTransport

Train pulling into station

 

Commuter train on the railroad at sunrise

It's train to see, an autumn morning in Edinburgh, tram station for Hermiston Gait, Edinburgh Park. 21-100732

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/10/commuter-train-on-the-railroad-at-sunrise Thu, 07 Oct 2021 14:45:00 GMT
Woodland scene in Bonnyrigg Midlothian https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/9/woodland-scene-in-bonnyrigg-midlothian Edinburgh Photography Services, John Gilchrist, Bonnyrigg Photos 20-0192Bonnyrigg 20-0192Bonnyrigg 20-0192, image from the Bonnyrigg Photos 2020 gallery, photos of Bonnyrigg by John Gilchrist | Ref: Town in Midlothian Scotand - Photography service available on request, JG: Edinburgh Photography Services

Spooky Woods

Woodland scene in Bonnyrigg Midlothian

Resembling a haunted forest, this is as eerie as it gets, and that was during the day. Creepy silhouettes and stretching shadows set the scene. Feeling brave, this was shot whilst walking the woodlands in my local area of Midlothian.

Ref: Town in Midlothian Scotand - Photography service available on request, JG: Edinburgh Photography Services

 

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/9/woodland-scene-in-bonnyrigg-midlothian Wed, 01 Sep 2021 16:00:00 GMT
Setting sun over the Pentland Hills https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/8/classic-edinburgh-photography-setting-sun-over-the-pentland-hills Edinburgh photography related content from John Gilchrist Edinburgh Photographer. Photographs and pictures captured in or around The City of Edinburgh, a photographer’s view of the PentlandsSundownThe Pentland Hill range near Edinburgh

Sunset over Edinburgh hill range. 

Pentland Hills | Art Print by John Gilchrist

 

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(John Gilchrist) Classic Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/8/classic-edinburgh-photography-setting-sun-over-the-pentland-hills Thu, 19 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT
Eye of a captive Long Eared Owl https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/eye-of-a-captive-long-eared-owl Birds of Prey, may contain nature, wildlife or animal references, natural world photography by John Gilchrist, photography workshop attended in rural NorthumberlandBirds Eye

Asio otus

Focused, the fixed look of a Long Eared Owl with a visual interest on subject. 

Photoshoot at Northumberland Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

I've just done something that I've not done in a while, what is it? socialising.

Yes, I had the opportunity to meetup with like-minded friends where we pursued our interest in a natural environment away from Zoom meetings. Members of the Midlothian Camera Club had arranged attendance at a Birds of Prey Photography Workshop. It wasn't local, we headed down to rural Northumberland where the welcome team were very friendly, helpful, and most importantly of all, knowledgeable in their field.

First and foremost, the bird's welfare always came first, nobody could handle the birds other than the professional falconer Andy Howey.

The teachings, it was a pleasure to engage in our pre-shoot lesson, we listened and absorbed the guidance of experience wildlife photographer Alan Hewitt. Under Andy's wing we were offered top tips on how to approach the birds and what to look out for, after our classroom tutorial we had our guided practical tour around the centre.

All in all it was a fun and productive day, enjoy if you plan on going, it's recommended. For me, it was a great opportunity to test new gear in a nature setting, up until now, some of my gear has only really been pointed at my aviation interest, so it was nice to have a change of target in the viewfinder.

Bonus points, I think Alan has been hustled for a lecture at Midlothian Camera Club sometime soon, I hope so, we look forward to seeing him again. 

Photos of birds, organised event

Photographs by John Gilchrist

30+ Bird of prey images in the full gallery at BoP Photography Workshop

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/eye-of-a-captive-long-eared-owl Sat, 31 Jul 2021 19:00:00 GMT
Glass roof of the main hall in the National Museum of Scotland https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/local-edinburgh-photography-glass-roof-national-museum-scotland Edinburgh Photography Services, John Gilchrist, Edinburgh Photos EP-0004Glass AboveEdinburgh 11, image from the Edinburgh Photogallery 2011, a gallery of Edinburgh photos by John Gilchrist | Window to the World, another perspective NMS, Edinburgh Photography Services, John Gilchrist, Edinburgh Photos edinburgh museums, national museum of scotland, nms, edinburgh photo, photos of edinburgh

That impressive glass roof of the main hall in the National Museum of Scotland

(Back Catalogue) Image by John Gilchrist

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/local-edinburgh-photography-glass-roof-national-museum-scotland Wed, 14 Jul 2021 07:00:00 GMT
Offshore Wind Farm - The Energy Sector https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/offshore-wind-farm-the-energy-sector Heavy Industry related, may contain oil, gas or renewable energy references, Edinburgh Photography Services: Edinburgh photographer Photogallery 2 John GilchristEnergy SuppliesOil tanker passes an offshore wind farm, the energy industry stands on the brink of a major transformation from fossil fuels to cleaner forms of energy.

Race to Net Zero

Offshore Wind Farm  - The Energy Sector

Oil, gas & clean energy off the coast of Liverpool UK, offshore wind vs oil tanker. (Back Catalogue) Art Print by John Gilchrist

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/offshore-wind-farm-the-energy-sector Tue, 13 Jul 2021 07:00:00 GMT
Woodland walk in the Midlothian countryside https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/woodland-walk-in-the-midlothian-countryside Midlothian photography related content from John Gilchrist Edinburgh Photographer. May contain people, places, and locations, photographs and pictures captured in or around Midlothian, a photographer’s view, image from a photographic library of Midlothian photos reference, Mavisbank House Photo 20-0011A touch of morning fogMavisbank House, image relating to Mavisbank House in a photolibrary of Lasswade photos by John Gilchrist | Ref: Country House in Midlothian Scotland

Mavisbank Lasswade

Woodland walk in the Midlothian countryside

Man enjoying a walk on his own, walking around the grounds around Mavisbank House, light fog in the air. Framed art prints by request (Back Catalogue) Art Print by John Gilchrist | Image Archive.

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/woodland-walk-in-the-midlothian-countryside Sun, 11 Jul 2021 07:00:00 GMT
Oil drilling rig Cromarty Firth, Scotland https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/oil-drilling-rig-cromarty-firth-scotland-picture-of-the-day Edinburgh Photography Services: Edinburgh photographer Photogallery 2 John Gilchrist JG0081Photographer sees red, image John GilchristPhotographer Edinburgh JG: Image from Photogallery #2, a photo gallery for random content, photograph by John Gilchrist. Ref. Photo-0081

REDRIG 

Oil drilling rig in a calm ocean channel, Cromarty Firth, Scotland

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/oil-drilling-rig-cromarty-firth-scotland-picture-of-the-day Sat, 10 Jul 2021 07:00:00 GMT
Smoke, Speed, and Soaring: Capturing the Red Arrows in Flight https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/red-arrows-aerobatic-display-team-picture-of-the-day Smoke, Speed, and Soaring: Capturing the Red Arrows in Flight

Capturing Speed and Precision: A Photograph of the Red Arrows in Flight

Aviation related, may contain aircraft, airline or airport references, reference, Red Arrows in Flight, aviation photography by John GilchristBreathtaking: Photographer captures that magnificent moment during the Red Arrows display. Image John GilchristRAFAT Red-arrows-aerobatic-team RAFAT Royal Air Force Red Arrows, the RAF aerobatic display team at East Fortune airshow, photographers reference: photos reds, air display Photos, Accuracy Photos, Aerobatics Photos, Aeroplane Photos, Air Force Photos, Air Vehicle Photos, Airshow Photos, Aviation Photography, British Aerospace Photos, Danger Photos, Photos, Excitement Photos, Exhilaration Photos, Fighter Photos, Flying Photos, Military Aeroplane Photos, Military Photos, Photography Photos, Professional Occupation Photos, RAF Photos, Red Arrows Photos, Scottish Aviation Photographer, Showing Photos, Skill Photos, Stunt Photos, Stunt Plane Photos, Teamwork Photos, The Red Arrows

The roar of jet engines fills the air, a crescendo announcing the arrival of the Red Arrows. Nine Hawk fast jets streak across the blue canvas of the sky, leaving trails of vibrant red, white, and blue smoke in their wake. It's a scene of breathtaking beauty and awe-inspiring precision, one that I was fortunate enough to capture in a single photograph.

The image freezes a moment in time, showcasing the intricate choreography of the Red Arrows display. Four of the nine aircraft fly in perfect formation, their wings seemingly brushing as they execute synchronized manoeuvres. The red smoke trails add a dynamic element, twisting and curling like ribbons against the clear sky.

The photograph captures the dynamism of the display. The contrails left by the jets, twisting, and turning like ethereal ribbons, add another layer of visual interest. They're a reminder of the sheer power and speed these machines possess, even as they perform their intricate ballet in the sky.

Beyond the technical aspects, the photograph evokes a sense of patriotism and national pride. The Red Arrows, with their iconic colours and daring displays, are a symbol of British excellence and innovation. Witnessing their performance firsthand, and capturing it in a single frame, was a truly humbling experience.

This photograph is more than just a record of a moment in time; it's a testament to the dedication, teamwork, and precision that define the Red Arrows. It's a reminder of the awe-inspiring beauty that can be found in the skies above us, and a celebration of human achievement in the realm of aviation.

The Red Arrows aerobatic display team

Red Arrows Air force display team, doing what they do best. Framed art prints by request (back catalogue). Art Print by John Gilchrist | Image Archive

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(John Gilchrist) Explore Aviation https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/red-arrows-aerobatic-display-team-picture-of-the-day Fri, 09 Jul 2021 07:00:00 GMT
City shopper wearing a facemask and carrying shopping bag https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/city-shopper-wearing-facemask-carrying-shopping-bag-picture-of-the-day Edinburgh photography related content from John Gilchrist Edinburgh Photographer. Photographs and pictures captured in or around The City of Edinburgh, a photographer’s view, image from a photographic library of Edinburgh photos. Shopping on Princes St during COVID pandemic. Shopping on Princes StEdinburgh Street Photography, image from the Edinburgh Photos 2021 gallery, photos of Edinburgh by John Gilchrist | Ref: Scotland

Living with Covid

City shopper wearing a facemask and carrying full shopping bag

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/city-shopper-wearing-facemask-carrying-shopping-bag-picture-of-the-day Thu, 08 Jul 2021 07:00:00 GMT
A long look down to St Mary's Cathedral https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/urban-edinburgh-photography-a-long-look-down-to-st-marys-cathedral Edinburgh photography related content from John Gilchrist Edinburgh Photographer. Photographs and pictures captured in or around The City of Edinburgh, a photographer’s view, image from a photographic library of Edinburgh photos. St Mary's Cathedral Dark and Mysterious | EdinburghLooking down Melville St to St Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh, image from the Edinburgh Photos 2021 gallery, photos of Edinburgh by John Gilchrist | Ref: Scotland

St Mary's Cathedral, as seen through a long lens.

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(John Gilchrist) Urban Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/urban-edinburgh-photography-a-long-look-down-to-st-marys-cathedral Wed, 07 Jul 2021 07:00:00 GMT
Welsh sunset on a river somewhere in Wales https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/welsh-sunset-river-somewhere-in-wales-picture-of-the-day Wales UK related, may contain people, places, and locations in Wales, photography by John GilchristSomewhere in WalesWales 21, image from the Wales Photos 2021 gallery, photos of Wales by John Gilchrist | Ref: Country in the UK - Photography service available on request, JG: Edinburgh Photography Services

golden hour

Stunning Welsh sunset on a river somewhere in Wales

One from the drive home, a visit to Wales earlier in the year, multiple high speed exposures blended to balance the contrasting light.  

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/welsh-sunset-river-somewhere-in-wales-picture-of-the-day Tue, 06 Jul 2021 07:00:00 GMT
Kelpies: Myth Made Metal - Kelpie horse sculptures in Scotland https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/kelpie-horse-sculptures-in-scotland-picture-of-the-day Kelpies: Myth Made Metal - Kelpie horse sculptures in Scotland

Capturing the Majesty of the Kelpies: A Photographic Journey

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Capturing the Majesty of the Kelpies: A Photographic Journey

The crisp Scottish air nipped at my cheeks as I stood dwarfed beneath the colossal forms of the Kelpies. These magnificent sculptures, each towering 30 meters high, embodied the very essence of power and grace. Sunlight glinted off their polished stainless steel surfaces, creating a mesmerizing interplay of light and shadow.

My camera, a trusted companion on countless photographic adventures, felt almost insignificant in my hands. Yet, I knew its purpose: to capture a fragment of the Kelpies' grandeur, to translate their awe-inspiring presence into a two-dimensional frame.

I experimented with different angles, crouching low to emphasize their imposing height, then stepping back to encompass the vastness of the surrounding landscape. The nearby canal, a vital artery of Scotland's industrial past, mirrored the sky, adding another layer of visual depth to the scene.

As the day progressed, the light shifted, painting the Kelpies in ever-changing hues. Golden hour bathed them in a warm glow, highlighting the intricate details of their sculpted musculature. The approaching dusk, however, cast an air of mystery, transforming them into silhouettes against the fiery orange sky.

With each click of the shutter, I felt a surge of satisfaction. I was capturing not just the physical form of the Kelpies, but also the emotions they evoked: a sense of wonder at human ingenuity, a deep respect for Scotland's rich history, and a touch of awe for the mythical creatures they represent.

This photograph, born from a combination of meticulous planning, technical expertise, and a healthy dose of creative passion, serves as a permanent reminder of this extraordinary encounter. It's a window into a world where myth and reality collide, a testament to the enduring power of art to inspire and captivate.

Kelpie horse sculptures in Scotland

Shape-changing aquatic spirit of Scottish legend, four horses heads are better than two hoses heads, the legend lives on at The Helix, Falkirk

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(John Gilchrist) Explore Scotland https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/kelpie-horse-sculptures-in-scotland-picture-of-the-day Mon, 05 Jul 2021 07:00:00 GMT
Secluded Scottish Castle tucked away in the woodland of Midlothian Scotland https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/secluded-scottish-castle-tucked-away-in-the-woodland-of-midlothian-scotland Photography related, may contain people, places, and locations in Midlothian, photograph by John Gilchrist - Edinburgh Photography Services, Midlothian - Reference Hawthornden CastleHidden Castles in Scotland - Image John GilchristLiterary Retreat for Creative Writers Hawthornden Castle a hidden castle in Scotland, image relating to Hawthornden Castle in a photolibrary of Lasswade photos by John Gilchrist | Ref: Hawthornden Literary Retreat in Midlothian Scotland

Literary Retreat

Secluded Scottish Castle tucked away in the woodland of Midlothian Scotland

Hidden castles, images from around my neck of the woods.

Art Print by John Gilchrist | Image Archive - Framed art prints on request

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/secluded-scottish-castle-tucked-away-in-the-woodland-of-midlothian-scotland Sun, 04 Jul 2021 07:00:00 GMT
Aircraft Under Escort of the Follow Me Vehicle https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/aircraft-under-escort-follow-me-vehicle-picture-of-the-day Aviation related, may contain aircraft, airline or airport references, Aviation photography by John GilchristThis way - AviationAviation Av-21 | Aircraft under follow me guidance, a ground support vehicle, the 4x4, meets a landing aircraft to lead it to its parking place. Image from the Aviation Av4 gallery, photos relating to the world of aviation photography by John Gilchrist. Ref: AVN Aviation, AVN Scotland, Av-photography, Aviation Photography, Aviation Photography UK, Aviation related photography, Scottish Aviation Photographer.

best follow the guy in front

Aircraft Under Escort of the Follow Me Vehicle

This way please, the marshalling of taxiing aircraft plays a key role in an airport's safe and efficient ground operations

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/aircraft-under-escort-follow-me-vehicle-picture-of-the-day Sat, 03 Jul 2021 07:00:00 GMT
Portobello Pokes, fish & chips by the Seaside https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/urban-edinburgh-photography-portobello-pokes Edinburgh photography related content from John Gilchrist Edinburgh Photographer. May contain people, places, and locations, photographs and pictures captured in or around The City of Edinburgh, a photographer’s view, image from a photographic library of Edinburgh photos at Portobello.Lunch for twoPromenade walk, fish & chips on the sea wall, image from the Edinburgh Photogallery 2009, a gallery of Edinburgh photos by John Gilchrist | Fish - Chips | Street photography in Edinburgh Best Places to Eat Fish -amp; Chips A photographer's perspective | Edinburgh street photography | Dining in Portobello, best place to eat by the beach.Edinburgh Photography Services, John Gilchrist, Edinburgh Photos Edinburgh Street Photography, best street photography locations, edinburgh, edinburgh scotland, photos from the street

Seaside traditions, enjoying fish & chips at Portobello Promenade

Seafront self catering options, two pokes of chips with fish for eating out please, oh! we do like to be beside the seaside.

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(John Gilchrist) Urban Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/7/urban-edinburgh-photography-portobello-pokes Thu, 01 Jul 2021 07:00:00 GMT
Tour De Midlothian: Cyclists in preparation for something bigger, NC500? https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/6/tour-de-midlothian-cyclists-in-preparation-for-something-bigger-nc500 Photographer Edinburgh Midlothian - John Gilchrist Cyclists 20-0001Midlothian Cyclists: NC500 next...

Tour De Midlothian

Cyclists in preparation for something bigger, NC500?

Photographs by John Gilchrist

Cyclist's should. maintain high visibility at all times. Drivers, please take extra caution on Midlothian’s back roads, cyclist need your help to stay safe.

Road safety for cyclists and motorists is paramount, be aware of cyclists on the road #beseen

Cycle Safe This Summer

See more from this event, 8+ cycling in Midlothian images in the full gallery at Tour De Midlothian

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/6/tour-de-midlothian-cyclists-in-preparation-for-something-bigger-nc500 Tue, 15 Jun 2021 19:00:00 GMT
Female Roe Deer - Scottish Wildlife https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/6/female-roe-deer-scottish-wildlife Wildlife photography Scotland- Edinburgh photographer - John Gilchrist - Roe Deer 21-061107Doe DeerFemale Roe hides in the bush, wildlife in Scotland, the roe, a native deer of the British Isles, photograph by John Gilchrist, nature photography in Scotland

Female Roe Deer

Wildlife in Scotland

Roe run wild in Scotland, it's wonderful to be able to pursue and photograph these wonderful creatures. I'm local to Edinburgh & Lothians, taking advantage of the many greenspaces lends me the opportunity to play out my photography pursuits. With all the good weather of late I had a wonderful experience appreciating the natural surroundings on my doorstep, it was such a relaxing afternoon, even though I had to get shoulder high in wet vegetation. There had been no recent rainfall, however, it was still very wet underfoot where this little beauty was, I almost lost my boot. Isn't she lovely.

Woodland deer

3+ Roe deer images in the full gallery at Deer in Scotland

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/6/female-roe-deer-scottish-wildlife Sat, 12 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT
Blue Tit bird flying out of nest in tree https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/6/blue-tit-bird-flying-out-of-nest-in-tree-picture-of-the-day Birds in Flight BIF photography by John Gilchrist - Blue Tit in Flight Image 21-0009Amazing to watch: Photographer John Gilchrist captures bird in flight leaving the nest.

natural nests

Blue Tit bird flying out of nest in tree

Scottish Wildlife Photographs by John Gilchrist

Garden birds are fantastic to photograph, the leading image shows a Blue Tit flying from the nest to gather yet more food for nesting chicks, wildlife watch in Midlothian, May to June is a bit of a feeding frenzy for Blue Tits. 

The blue tit can fly at a speed of 17mph #fridayfacts

 

Garden birds in Scotland

10+ Blue Tit images in the full gallery at Blue Tits 

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/6/blue-tit-bird-flying-out-of-nest-in-tree-picture-of-the-day Fri, 11 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT
Downward Spiral https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/6/downward-spiral-picture-of-the-day Edinburgh Photography Services: Edinburgh photographer John GilchristMesmerizing: Photographer captivated by a golden spiral.

round in circles

The Downward Spiral

It's been one of those days, Edinburgh photographer JG

Having a 'mare of a day going round in circles feeling I'm going nowhere but down, lost track of how much effort I've put in to something. They say it is a sign of madness when you do the same thing over and over again expecting different results.

Well I guess that's it then, I'm officially mad. Problems encourage action, action generates change and a good night's sleep solves many a problem, I best be off to bed and try again tomorrow with a fresh pair of eyes. Ref: Can't find what you're looking for, lost but not found, where is it. Personal photography creating content for the blog.

12% of people dream entirely in black and white #fridayfacts

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/6/downward-spiral-picture-of-the-day Fri, 04 Jun 2021 19:00:00 GMT
Spanish Beach Resort on a Hot Summer Night https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/6/spanish-beach-resort-hot-summer-night-picture-of-the-day Edinburgh Photography Services: Edinburgh photographer John Gilchrist 0026Stunning: Photographer captures magical seafront beach boardwalk.

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Spanish Beach Resort on a Hot Summer Night

Summer nights Edinburgh photographer JG, nights down by the water edge.

That time a year when you wish you could just pack the suitcase and jet-off at the drop of a hat. Overseas travel arrangements still seem a bit uncertain due to COVID restrictions on travel abroad. Like many others I’m missing my holiday abroad this year, fingers crossed that we can flysafe towards the end of the summer season.   

Ref: Summertime, travel, photography, sumare at not getting away, sumare, leisure activities, relaxation. Personal photography creating content for the blog.

Throwback Thursday TBT

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/6/spanish-beach-resort-hot-summer-night-picture-of-the-day Thu, 03 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT
Logo https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/6/logo-picture-of-the-day PR related, may contain photographic references to public relations, public image on maintaining reputation or mutually beneficial relationships between organisations and their publics, PR photographEdinburgh PR Agency | AvailablePR photographer available for PR agency jobs in Edinburgh John Gilchrist Photography Ref: PR agency work, Edinburgh PR photographer, freelance.

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/6/logo-picture-of-the-day Tue, 01 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT
Glamping in Scotland, Inverness area https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/5/not-just-weddings/glamping-in-scotland-inverness-area-personal-photography Daviot-Pods nr Inverness ScotlandPods "Bramble & Bracken"Side-by-side the luxury pods in Daviot.

Glamping in Scotland, Inverness area

Unwind and take-in the best of Scotland!

Just had a wonderful experience glamping in Scotland up north in the Inverness area. Glamping pods have really come on since we last went on a short break. Upmarket camping is the way to go, luxury pods in Daviot were a wise choice. The glamorous side of camping out really made a difference to our stay, the comfort and home finishes were a welcome touch. We booked the Bramble Pod and couldn’t have been happier. During our four night stay we used the on-site BBQ hut twice, this made it for me.  The location was so peaceful, we didn’t eat out for evening meals during our 4-night stay, which is a first for us.

Ideally located for exploration further north, it was more a peaceful break for us, we didn’t venture too far on this trip. We enjoyed a wee jolly around Loch Ness and the Black Isle. Next time we’ll venture beyond the local area and take onboard a little more of what the North Coast 500 offers.   

Ref: Stylish accommodation, short breaks in Scotland, camping alternatives. Personal photography from the not just weddings collection, photos by John Gilchrist.

Holiday home rental

20+ Glamping images in the full gallery at Daviot Luxury Pods 

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(John Gilchrist) Not Just Weddings https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/5/not-just-weddings/glamping-in-scotland-inverness-area-personal-photography Fri, 28 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT
Fire Managers Seminar https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/4/fire-managers-seminar-picture-of-the-day Event related, may contain reference to public & private events, corporate, business & community events, or special occasion celebrations, Edinburgh event photography by John GilchristSeminar in Edinburgh | Photography John GilchristProfessional Development Event | Fire Service Managers Seminar, industry professionals gather to discuss emergency planning & resilience strategies.

keynote speaker

Fire Managers Seminar in Edinburgh

Conference photography in Edinburgh 

Ref: Re-post, TBT

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/4/fire-managers-seminar-picture-of-the-day Thu, 22 Apr 2021 21:30:00 GMT
Tay Road Bridge https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/4/tay-road-bridge-firth-of-tay-picture-of-the-day Dundee City related, may contain people, places, and locations in Dundee, photography by John GilchristThe Long RoadDundee 21, image from the Dundee Photos 2021 gallery, photos of Dundee by John Gilchrist | Ref: City in Scotland - Photography service available on request, JG: Edinburgh Photography Services

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All lanes of the Tay Road Bridge open to streaming road traffic

Vehicle and pedestrian crossing, bridge spans the Firth of Tay, viewed from the Dundee side with road traffic on the right crossing from Newport-on-Tay in Fife

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/4/tay-road-bridge-firth-of-tay-picture-of-the-day Sat, 17 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT
Amazing Sunset on the Fife side https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/4/amazing-sunset-fife-picture-of-the-day Edinburgh Photography Services Edinburgh John Gilchrist-21-041411Stunning: Photographer captures image of huge setting sun

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Amazing Sunset on the Fife side

Edinburgh photographer JG captures an incredible setting sun 

Standing at Western Harbour it was a pleasure to watch the sun set, I just had to wait for the appropriate moment. I like how it appears to be rolling down the hill. Image by John Gilchrist

 

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/4/amazing-sunset-fife-picture-of-the-day Thu, 15 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT
People in public spaces https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/3/classic-edinburgh-photography-people-in-public-spaces People in public places in Edinburgh, people on a hillCapital viewPeople out and about in Edinburgh, image John Gilchrist

People in public spaces in Edinburgh | Outdoors - photography JG

Creative Edinburgh Photography

A quirky view looking over Blackford Hill to The City of Edinburgh

One from a week or so ago, folks take to the hills to embrace a bit of lockdown exercise and enjoy the evening sun, strolling around the grounds feeling at home and taking in the sweeping panoramic view.

Ref: Public area, Edinburgh, leisure activities, relaxation, tilt shift. Photo editing, image manipulated with blur adjustments, edited in Lightroom. Wee wanders around Edinburgh. Photography services, not just weddings, personal photography creating content for the blog, photo by John Gilchrist.

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(John Gilchrist) Classic Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/3/classic-edinburgh-photography-people-in-public-spaces Tue, 30 Mar 2021 21:07:12 GMT
The greatest shot of them all - Golf https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/3/classic-edinburgh-photography-the-greatest-shot-golf Two golfers play a round of golf with Edinburgh Castle in the shot.Capital ShotGolfers playing a round in Edinburgh, image John Gilchrist

Above Par: The Greatest Shot of them ALL, Golf, creative Edinburgh photography

The view looking over Edinburgh golf course

Two golfers in Edinburgh enjoy a round of golf on The Braid Hills Golf Course, it's late evening and the last of the evening sun lights up Edinburgh Castle in the background. 

Ref: Golf, Edinburgh, leisure activities, relaxation. Photo editing image manipulated with colour adjustments, edited in Lightroom. Wee wanders around Edinburgh. Photography services, not just weddings, personal photography creating content for the blog, photo by John Gilchrist.

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(John Gilchrist) Classic Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/3/classic-edinburgh-photography-the-greatest-shot-golf Sun, 21 Mar 2021 21:30:00 GMT
Lions Haunch: Nether Hill https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/3/classic-edinburgh-photography-lions-haunch-nether-hill Hill in the shape of a crouching lionHunterOn the hunt, image John Gilchrist

Lion head

Photo art: Lion's Haunch: Nether Hill Edinburgh

Creative Edinburgh Photography

The view looking from the Pentlands to Arthur’s Seat

Low lying fog over Edinburgh, not enough fogginess to hide hills from view, just misty enough to make the landscape interesting. The head of the lion (Nether Hill) sits proudly above the murk, like a predator waiting to pounce on its unsuspecting prey.

Ref: Hill to hill fog, photo editor, painting effect, oil painting in Photoshop. Wee wanders around Edinburgh. Photography to photo art, not just weddings, image manipulation. Personal photography creating content for the blog, photo by John Gilchrist

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(John Gilchrist) Classic Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/3/classic-edinburgh-photography-lions-haunch-nether-hill Fri, 12 Mar 2021 14:07:55 GMT
Blade Runner themed image - Forth Bridge https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/3/urban-edinburgh-photography-blade-runner-forth-bridge railway bridge across the Firth of ForthSteel BridgeNight shot of the rail bridge in Scotland

dystopia

1982 movie themed image, Forth Bridge, Blade Runner style

Looks a bit like a dystopian scene from the 1982 sci-fi movie featuring Harrison Ford, after posting this image to social media, comments from several sources referred to the iconic movie, so I'll run with that. Note, I didn't see any flying cars or replicants, maybe I should get busy on photoshop and embellish on the scene, one for the back burner. Blade Runner themed shoot, the floodlit bridge and natural rustic red orange tones helped the process. 

Ref: Forth Bridges gallery, futuristic adventure, police detective, fugitive, image by John Gilchrist

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(John Gilchrist) Urban Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/3/urban-edinburgh-photography-blade-runner-forth-bridge Thu, 11 Mar 2021 17:57:52 GMT
Falling rain illuminated with LED floodlights https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/3/falling-rain-illuminated-with-led-floodlights RainstormWXHeavy rain, image John Gilchrist

Photograph: John Gilchrist

Falling rain illuminated with LED floodlights

Scottish weather

It belted down last night, the rain was non-stop; the driving rain came down so hard it set my car alarm into meltdown.

Ref: Persistent rain lashes down, photography, raining hard,  

Image: Local floodlight, white light illuminating rain during recent weather event.

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/3/falling-rain-illuminated-with-led-floodlights Tue, 09 Mar 2021 23:15:00 GMT
The Potter Trail Edinburgh 21-030937 https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/3/classic-edinburgh-photography-the-potter-trail Edinburgh photography related content from John Gilchrist Edinburgh Photographer. Photographs and pictures captured in or around The City of Edinburgh, a photographer’s view, image from a photographic21EDI030937The Potter Trail Edinburgh 21-030937, Harry Potter fans might like, image from the Edinburgh 2021 gallery, photos of Edinburgh by John Gilchrist | Ref: Scotland

The Potter Trail Edinburgh 21-030937, Harry Potter fans might like, it looks like it could be right out of a famous fictional book.

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(John Gilchrist) Classic Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/3/classic-edinburgh-photography-the-potter-trail Tue, 09 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT
Iconic Scottish Landmarks https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/3/classic-edinburgh-photography-iconic-scottish-landmarks Landmarks of ScotlandBig and boldImpressive locations, image John Gilchrist

Towering, image by John Gilchrist

At night: Iconic Scottish Landmarks

Prominent features on the Scottish landscape

National symbols in Edinburgh and Fife: Edinburgh Tower, Queensferry Crossing, Forth Road Bridge & Dunfermline Abbey. This is one image, not a composite, no trickery, just captured using a calibrated eye.

Ref: The Forth Bridges, Abbey Church, Edinburgh Airport, photography, famous, tall structures

Image: Scotland, captured on a dark winter evening, 4 in 1, a tight shot using image compression to my advantage.

 

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(John Gilchrist) Classic Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/3/classic-edinburgh-photography-iconic-scottish-landmarks Sun, 07 Mar 2021 08:00:00 GMT
Fettes College - Private school in Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/3/classic-edinburgh-photography-fettes-college-private-school Possible Hogwarts influence. Hogwarts?Is this JK Rowling's Hogwarts, image John Gilchrist

Harry Potter collection, image by John Gilchrist 

Fettes College - Private school in Edinburgh | Fine art photography JG

Harry Potter fans visiting Edinburgh may find this image of Fettes College of interest, JK Rowling’s imagination is unbridled, was Fettes of influence in the Harry Potter novels, yes/no?

Ref: independent boarding and day school, photography, Hogwarts, fiction, magic, wizardry.

Image: Fettes College, captured during a foggy encounter on a late winter evening in Edinburgh

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(John Gilchrist) Classic Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/3/classic-edinburgh-photography-fettes-college-private-school Tue, 02 Mar 2021 08:00:00 GMT
Cargo Flight - Aviation Industry Image https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/2/scheduled-cargo-flight-aviation-industry-image-aviation-photography-scotland Night cargo flightStar AirNight operations, image John Gilchrist

Image: Aircraft takeoff at night

Scheduled Cargo Flight - Aviation Industry

Star Air Aircraft: Boeing, B762 departure from Edinburgh to East Midlands Airport.

Ref: EDI, EMA, aircraft manoeuvres at night, scheduled departure, runway airside, aviation photography JG, image by John Gilchrist

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/2/scheduled-cargo-flight-aviation-industry-image-aviation-photography-scotland Tue, 09 Feb 2021 21:00:00 GMT
Cold Weather Alert Hits Scotland https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/2/local-edinburgh-photography-cold-weather-alert Snow clearance at airport during winter operationsWinter OpsSnow plough on airport runway, image John Gilchrist

Image: Night Ops

Freezing temperatures triggers Cold Weather Alert
Runway snow clearing plan kicks into action as airport winter operations ramp up. Heavy machinery in action, a snow plough sweeps the runway of contamination during a snow event. When it's snowing at an airport machines are deployed to keep the runway operational.

Ref: Scottish weather watch, ice, sleet, snow, snowy conditions, runway image by John Gilchrist
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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/2/local-edinburgh-photography-cold-weather-alert Mon, 08 Feb 2021 04:00:00 GMT
Photographing aircraft movements - Phase of flight https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/1/photographing-aircraft-movements-phase-of-flight-aviation-photography-scotland Helicopter ground taxiHeliAviation ground movement

Aircraft in flight

Photographing aircraft movements

Critical and non-critical phases of flight, creative aviation photography

A compelling and challenging subject that fascinates many photographers both pro and amateur.

Flight Planning:

Preparation is key, gathering required information such as passenger details, load sheets, fuel figures and taking on-board environmental factors, airport factors, weather conditions. The list goes on… Is there anything here worthy to the aviation photographer? Well, support images offer a fuller picture to an aviation loving audience, although not directly involving the aircraft itself, photographing some activity related to an aircraft's journey is bound to offer a bit of added content to interested parties. During flight planning and preparation the aircraft will be static with aircraft ground services doing their thing, perfect for some ground-to-ground aviation photography, the ideal opportunity to show the environment of the airport. 

Aircraft Push Back:

All loaded up and ready to go. All systems are go, cameras at the ready, I love these moments, flight crew have pre-flight checks ticked off and Air Traffic Control have given the clearance for push. With ground support crew on hand to get the aircraft moving, the journey is underway. A long lens with good reach may be required if you are photographing from off-airfield, if you are on an onward journey yourself photography from the departure lounge may be the best option at hand.

Taxiing:

Manoeuvring from the terminal to the runway or vice versa, air-planes use taxiways to ground taxi between locations at an airport. Do pick your spot relative to the time of day and taxi route in use. If you can, consider your choice of background to enhance you aviation photography experience.

Takeoff:

Airborne, moments captured when an aircraft takes off, it leaves the ground and begins to fly, transitioning from moving along the ground to flying in the air, critical phases of flight in the case of aeroplanes means the takeoff run, the takeoff flight path. When it's raining and I'm photographing heavy jet aircraft on a horizontal takeoff I like to be behind the aircraft as it reaches V1, VR and V2. The larger jet engines on commercial aircraft blast a wet runway surface and offer a decent water-spray when the aircraft leaves the ground.
 

 

Cruise:

Bon voyage, it’s wheels up and climb to cruise, the onward journey phase, whether that be on a domestic or oceanic cruise level, after the ascent, aircraft departures take their heading (direction of flight) and head for their destination. Fo me, this is the hardest button-to-button, assuming we're referencing ground-to-air photography, those who are able to photograph aircraft at high altitude and return quality shots will need some quality glass capable of the reach.

Descent:

It’s time to come back down to earth. Vantage points off-airfield at height are ideal, a clear crisp day will enhance the air quality and hopefully offer the clarity as the aircraft descends to a reasonable height.

Final approach:

No more turns, it's straight in from here, aircraft on a descent, their final approach to land, a critical phase of flight usually at a 3-degree constant angle of descent. IMHO, some of the finest ground-to-air photographs are captured during this phase, nothing beats a swirling vortex behind an aircraft, watching the displacement as it trails of into the distance is just awesome. 

Landing:

Aircraft returning to the ground, that physical point of contact, the landing is a critical phase of flight in the case of aeroplanes, the touchdown, including the landing roll are essential phases to capture. Depending on the desired result, you're position is relevant, head-on shooting directly down the runway will be a challenge without a long lens, favourable light always helps if you are positioned midpoint, ideal for capturing the the entire side profile and full length of the aircraft, popular for photographers who love to capture aircraft livery.

 

Ref: aircraft in flight photography


 

 


 

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(John Gilchrist) Not Just Weddings https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/1/photographing-aircraft-movements-phase-of-flight-aviation-photography-scotland Sun, 31 Jan 2021 08:00:00 GMT
Aircraft undercarriage image - Aircraft up close https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/1/aircraft-undercarriage-image-aircraft-up-close-aviation-photography-scotland Close up of aircraft wheels with tyres smoking on landing. Landing GearAircraft wheel touches down on runway

Image: Smoking types

Aircraft undercarriage | Aircraft close up

Wheels & Tyres: Touchdown on a dry runway, friction smoke when aircraft lands, tyres accelerate at pace, as a result white smoke can be observed. 

Ref: Aircraft landing gear on runway as it touches down, detail shot, smokey tyre, marks, image by John Gilchrist

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2021/1/aircraft-undercarriage-image-aircraft-up-close-aviation-photography-scotland Sun, 10 Jan 2021 21:00:00 GMT
Calton Hill | Buildings and Monuments https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/11/classic-edinburgh-photography-calton-hill-buildings-monuments-black-white May contain scenes of photography locations, beautiful views, and visual references of The City of Edinburgh.20EDI0014Edinburgh 20, image image from the Edinburgh Photos 2020 gallery, photos of Edinburgh by John Gilchrist | Calton-Hill-Photography-Edinburgh-Scotland02, where jgp, john gilchrist, Scotland, british isles, calton hill, edinburgh, edinburgh photographer, great britain, location, scotland, united kingdom, edinburgh photo, photos of edinburgh

Calton Hill, Edinburgh buildings and monuments in black and white

An Edinburgh photographers journal, a damp and cloudy day on my wee wander. 

Image by John Gilchrist

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(John Gilchrist) Classic Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/11/classic-edinburgh-photography-calton-hill-buildings-monuments-black-white Tue, 17 Nov 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Coronavirus: Public Information - Covid-19 Scotland https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/11/coronavirus-public-information-covid-19-scotland-local-edinburgh-photography JG is an Edinburgh based photography service open to clients looking for professional photographers in Scotland.20T1G0004

Coronavirus: Public Information

Covid-19 Scotland, important public notice. Encouraging a healthier Scotland some advice from the Scottish Government letting the public know they are well prepared in their response to Coronavirus. Better watch out, there’s a virus about, getting the message across of how important it is to wash your hands and catch your cough, especially when travelling.   

Image details: Face mask worn in public, NHS Scotland information sign

Ref: virus, infection, wear a mask, protect yourself, protect others

Topical images correlating with Coronavirus (Covid-19), pandemic related photo by John Gilchrist

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/11/coronavirus-public-information-covid-19-scotland-local-edinburgh-photography Fri, 13 Nov 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Calton Hill Views | Skyline Sunbeams https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/11/urban-edinburgh-photography-calton-hill-views-skyline-sunbeams Edinburgh photography related content from John Gilchrist, beautiful locations, and stunning views from The City of Edinburgh.20EDI0009Edinburgh 20, image image from the Edinburgh Photos 2020 gallery, photos of Edinburgh by John Gilchrist | Sunbeams on Edinburghjohn gilchrist, Scotland, edinburgh photographer, edinburgh photo, photos of edinburgh

Calton Hill views with sunbeams on Edinburgh, city vistas. Views from Calton Hill looking southwest over rooftops on a not so clear day. Taking in the Tron Kirk and building work in the distance, scaffolding seems to be a common sight around town. Weather wasn’t the finest, loved the sunbeams coming down from a gap in the clouds, bonus.

Ref: Tron Edinburgh Skyline Sunbeam

Wee wanders walking around Edinburgh, camera & legs having a welcome workout, photo by John Gilchrist

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(John Gilchrist) Urban Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/11/urban-edinburgh-photography-calton-hill-views-skyline-sunbeams Thu, 12 Nov 2020 14:28:44 GMT
Balmoral Clock Tower https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/11/classic-edinburgh-photography-balmoral-clock-tower May contain scenes of city locations, beautiful views, and visual references of The City of Edinburgh.20EDI0005Edinburgh 20, image image from the Edinburgh Photos 2020 gallery, photos of Edinburgh by John Gilchrist | 08:50 ish | Time in Edinburgh, Scotland Approximately 8:50 a.m. Balmoral Clock Tower, Edinburgh 8:50, Balmoral, Edinburgh, Scotland, Tower, clock, edinburgh photo, photos of edinburgh

The Balmoral Hotel: Clock Tower

Had a wee wander up Calton Hill, I liked how the Balmoral Clock Tower was framed inside the stone walls of the City Observatory.

 

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(John Gilchrist) Classic Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/11/classic-edinburgh-photography-balmoral-clock-tower Wed, 11 Nov 2020 22:13:07 GMT
Resident City Photographer https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/11/local-edinburgh-photography-resident-city-photographer Edinburgh Photographer - The Local | Edinburgh Photographers John GilchristThe Local | Edinburgh PhotographersThe Local | Edinburgh Photographers
The local Edinburgh photographer is resident to the area...
Ref:Photos, photo

Snapper, resident city photographer

Local city photographer capturing a long exposure shot from a well visited vantage point. 

Calton Hill offers amazing scenic views, it’s no wonder that this lofty location is well liked and well visited by locals. Breath-taking 360-degree views, 365 days of the year, Edinburgh and surrounding areas seen from one of the best seats in the house.

Ref: The Hill, Commonplace, The Unknown Photographer, Not just Weddings

Wee wander walking around Edinburgh, occasionally photographers themselves make the subject of the shot, photo by John Gilchrist

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/11/local-edinburgh-photography-resident-city-photographer Tue, 10 Nov 2020 11:00:00 GMT
Tram Network to Gogar Tram Depot https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/10/local-edinburgh-photography-tram-network-to-gogar-tram-depot-black-white May contain scenes of city locations, beautiful views, and visual references of Edinburgh UK.20EDI0008Edinburgh 20, image image from the Edinburgh Photos 2020 gallery, photos of Edinburgh by John Gilchrist | Tramline-EdinburghEdinburgh, Scotland, Tramline, track, tram, edinburgh photo, photos of edinburgh

Tramlines | Tram Network to Gogar Tram Depot 

Black and white view, a section of tram network, empty tram tracks leading to the Gogar Tram Depot.

Taking in the Edinburgh Gateway, the line starts at Edinburgh Airport and ends at St Andrews Square, the proposed route will extend the line to Newhaven, work is currently underway. The image was taken at the road leading to Gogar Castle

Ref: Not Just Weddings, Tram, Tracks, Rail

Wee wanders walking around Edinburgh, capturing photolog content for the blog, photo by John Gilchrist

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(John Gilchrist) Urban Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/10/local-edinburgh-photography-tram-network-to-gogar-tram-depot-black-white Sun, 18 Oct 2020 08:00:00 GMT
Torduff Reservoir | Swimming https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/10/local-edinburgh-photography-torduff-reservoir-swimming May contain scenes of city locations, beautiful views, and visual references of Edinburgh Scotland.20EDI0007Edinburgh 20, image image from the Edinburgh Photos 2020 gallery, photos of Edinburgh by John Gilchrist | Torduffm-Reservoir-EdinburghPentland Hills, Reservoir, Scotland, Torduffm Edinburgh, edinburgh photo, photos of edinburgh

Outdoor swimming, Torduff Reservoir in Scotland

Reservoir safety should be considered, probably not a good idea if you're not a strong swimmer.

Captured tis brave fella having a swim, I can't image the water temperature was great, it was mid-October, I was cold just watching.

Image John Gilchrist | The Edinburgh Photographer

Ref: Swim Outside 

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/10/local-edinburgh-photography-torduff-reservoir-swimming Sat, 17 Oct 2020 18:30:00 GMT
The Office, 9 to 5 https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/9/local-edinburgh-photography-the-office-9-to-5 JohnGilchrist is a Scottish based photography service open to clients looking for commercial photographers in Edinburgh.20T1G0001

In the office working the 9 to 5, on the job

The Office: For folks on the  9 to 5

Working in an office isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, looks like the other 47 have the right idea, or maybe they are on their break at the water cooler. Why would someone want to work a desk job, would you be happier working behind a desk?  

Ref: Office number, desk work, office job  …not just weddings.

Wee wanders walking around Edinburgh, capturing photolog content for the blog, photo by John Gilchrist

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/9/local-edinburgh-photography-the-office-9-to-5 Wed, 30 Sep 2020 08:00:00 GMT
The Shore Leith | Blue Hour https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/8/local-edinburgh-photography-the-shore-leith The Shore, Edinburgh Photography Services Edinburgh John Gilchrist 20-000620OIL0006Edinburgh 20, image image from the Edinburgh Photos 2020 gallery, photos of Edinburgh by John Gilchrist | The Shore Leith OP01 The Shore Leith OP01 The Shore Leith, edinburgh oil painting, oil paint effect, oil painting filter, photo to art, edinburgh photo, photos of edinburgh

Late summer at The Shore in Leith

Twilight and the blue hour, I love the warm colours here, decided to go out and enjoy the last of the summers season, such a shame that the swing bridge is now closed. 

Ref: Arty Edinburgh

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/8/local-edinburgh-photography-the-shore-leith Sun, 30 Aug 2020 22:15:00 GMT
Arthur's Seat https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/7/classic-edinburgh-photography-arthurs-seat Hill in Edinburgh, Nether Hill.Lion likeThe crouching lion, image John Gilchrist

Extinct volcano

Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh | Fine Photo Art 

View of Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags

Location, Holyrood Park, adjacent Arthur’s Seat sits Salisbury Crags, such a scenic location to photograph and photograph from. Gets a bit blustery at the top, well worth the climb though, the effort is rewarded with stunning views.  

Ref: Arty Edinburgh, The highest of seven hills, photography to photo art, not just weddings, image manipulation. Wee wander walking around Edinburgh, personal photography creating content for the blog, photo art by John Gilchrist

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(John Gilchrist) Classic Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/7/classic-edinburgh-photography-arthurs-seat Fri, 03 Jul 2020 08:00:00 GMT
The Collective: City Observatory Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/7/classic-edinburgh-photography-the-collective-city-observatory a new kind of city observatoryCity DomeCollective provides an extraordinary setting for your wedding

Playfair Building

Collective: City Observatory Edinburgh | Fine Photo Art

Edited as oil paint effect in Adobe Photoshop.

Late evening summer skies from Calton Hill.

Ref: Collective supports new work by artists at a pivotal stage in their development. Photo editor, painting effect, oil painting in Photoshop. Photography to photo art, not just weddings, image manipulation. Wee wander walking around Edinburgh, personal photography creating content for the blog, photo art by John Gilchrist

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(John Gilchrist) Classic Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/7/classic-edinburgh-photography-the-collective-city-observatory Wed, 01 Jul 2020 08:00:00 GMT
Ships in the Fog: Firth of Forth https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/6/classic-edinburgh-photography-ships-in-the-fog-firth-of-forth Art prints of ships in the Firth of Forth during fog. Foggy FirthTwo ships just visible through the fog, image John Gilchrist

Estuary traffic

Ships in the Fog in the Firth of Forth

Shipping on a foggy evening around the Firth of Forth islands
Fine Photo Art - Creative Edinburgh Photography

Sea going vessels negotiate their way in the fog creeping over the estuary. Captured late evening from a vantage point on Calton Hill Edinburgh, the view looks over to Fife and beyond, well, maybe not on this occasion due to the weather conditions.

Ref: Ships in the night, foggy, east, coast, water, photo editor, painting effect, oil painting in Photoshop. Wee wanders around Edinburgh. Photography to photo art, not just weddings, image manipulation. Personal photography creating content for the blog, photo art by John Gilchrist

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(John Gilchrist) Classic Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/6/classic-edinburgh-photography-ships-in-the-fog-firth-of-forth Fri, 26 Jun 2020 08:00:00 GMT
Covid Testing Site - Coronavirus Pandemic https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/6/covid-testing-site-coronavirus-pandemic-local-edinburgh-photography JohnGilchrist is an Edinburgh based photographer open to clients looking for a commercial photography service in Scotland.20T1G0006

image: warning sign

Covid Testing Station

Coronavirus pandemic drive-through testing site in Edinburgh

A network of drive-through and walk-through test sites are available throughout Scotland. Drivers are being tested for the virus in their cars. 

Image details: Warning sign to keep widows closed at the testing centre location

Photo ref: virus, infection, medical laboratory Scotland

Topical images correlating with Coronavirus (Covid-19), pandemic related photo by John Gilchrist

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/6/covid-testing-site-coronavirus-pandemic-local-edinburgh-photography Mon, 01 Jun 2020 08:00:00 GMT
City Central Skyline https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/5/classic-edinburgh-photography-city-central-skyline Domes and spires of central EdinburghNew TownOvercast day in Edinburgh, image John Gilchrist

Rooftop view

City Central Skyline Edinburgh

Looking over the rooftops and skyline of historic architecture 
Fine Photo Art | Creative Edinburgh Photography

Taking in HM General Register House and the iconic clock tower on the Balmoral Hotel. See more, Edinburgh, black, white, and sepia toned, colour, lowlight, highlight, old town, new town, caught in shadows, caught in the light, it’s all made in Edinburgh Town.

Ref: New Town Edinburgh, photographer, monochromatic. Photo editor, sepia effect. Photography to photo art, not just weddings, image manipulation. Wee wander walking around Edinburgh, personal photography creating content for the blog, photo art by John Gilchrist

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(John Gilchrist) Classic Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/5/classic-edinburgh-photography-city-central-skyline Sun, 31 May 2020 10:00:00 GMT
Public Health Practice - Coronavirus Scotland https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/5/public-health-practise-coronavirus-scotland-covid-19-local-edinburgh-photography JohnGilchrist is an Edinburgh based photography service open to clients looking for commercial photographers in Scotland.20T1G0002

image: social distancing 

Public Health Practice

Coronavirus Scotland: Keep a safe distance on the streets of Scotland.

Coronavirus continues to take a hold, recent public health concerns invite new rules and guidance to stay safe during the pandemic. Governments around the world continue to address the escalating concerns Coronavirus brings, controlling the pandemic is paramount.

Image details: Pedestrians on Scotland’s streets, stay safe whilst outside.

Ref: Princes St Edinburgh, Covid, Pandemic, protective measure

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/5/public-health-practise-coronavirus-scotland-covid-19-local-edinburgh-photography Mon, 25 May 2020 10:00:00 GMT
Air Travel Restrictions - Coronavirus Scotland https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/4/air-travel-restrictions-coronavirus-scotland-covid-19-local-edinburgh-photography JohnGilchrist is a Scottish based photographer open to clients looking for a commercial photography service in Edinburgh.20T1G0005

Air travel restrictions

Coronavirus Scotland: The continuation of air travel restrictions continues

Safe air travel for passengers has seen the introduction of restrictive control measures

Turbulent times: Travelling to/from the UK has resulted in many cancelled or reschedules flights, adhering to the limitations and quarantine rules has thrown travel schedules into turmoil as the pandemic shows no sign of abating.  

Image details: No entry sign, Edinburgh Airport Air Traffic Tower

Ref: air travel industry, control, contagion, infection, virus, fly safe

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/4/air-travel-restrictions-coronavirus-scotland-covid-19-local-edinburgh-photography Thu, 30 Apr 2020 08:00:00 GMT
Public Alert Message - Coronavirus Scotland https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/3/public-alert-message-coronavirus-scotland-covid-19-pandemic-local-edinburgh-photography JG is a Scottish based photography service open to clients looking for professional photographers in Edinburgh.20T1G0003

Grim warning:

Public alert message

Coronavirus Scotland, a sign of the times, public alert messaging on Scotland’s roads, Stay Safe – Protect NHS – Save Lives

Drivers on Edinburgh’s Bypass get the message, the threat to public safety is of real concern as the outbreak starts to take hold, the Government issue a stern warning to motorists. Road traffic has reduced drastically during the pandemic as a nation follows advice on staying safe and protecting the National Health Service.

Image details: Overhead road sign displays heath warning message

Ref: Contagion, Virus, Infection

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/3/public-alert-message-coronavirus-scotland-covid-19-pandemic-local-edinburgh-photography Sat, 28 Mar 2020 08:00:00 GMT
Social distancing - Nationwide Shutdown https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/3/social-distancing-nationwide-shutdown Coronavirus pandemic lock-down Edinburgh Scotland Coronavirus diseaseCovid-19, the plan, reduce social interaction between people.

image: covid-19 physical distancing

Social distancing

Nationwide Shutdown

The Government couldn’t be clearer, strict guidance now introduced to combat our public's lackadaisical approach to social distancing. Deserted streets and closed shops void of people is how it should/could look, not hordes of people crowding the scene on a sunny weekend. I hope people make a conscious effort to respect this worldwide disease epidemic situation we are in and start to toe the line.

Government warnings, many people have been calling for lock-down, for some it's been a long time coming, for others it's been a bit of an issue to take on board. Hopefully the majority of UK citizens will comply, and the combined effort has the desired impact to reduce pressure on an already stretched NHS resource.

Stay safe, stay strong, please stop or slow down the spread of a contagious disease #waaitt

Image detail: Edinburgh High St, unoccupied, captured a while back, Documentary photography, street photography, Edinburgh location, Edinburgh city centre, how the streets could look during the coronavirus pandemic

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/3/social-distancing-nationwide-shutdown Mon, 23 Mar 2020 21:00:00 GMT
Barnbougle Castle - Dalmeny Estates https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/2/classic-edinburgh-photography-barnbougle-castle-dalmeny May include the best photography location in Edinburgh ScotlandEdinburgh 19-0010Edinburgh 19, image from the Edinburgh Photos 2019 gallery, photos of Edinburgh by John Gilchrist | Edinburgh, Barnbougle Castle Edinburgh photographer, Dalmeny Estate 17th century building Ref: Scottish architecture, structure, castle

Historic Scotland Reference 5548

Barnbougle Castle - Dalmeny

Edinburgh photo, Castles and Mansions of Scotland

  • Historic architectural photography, B&W photography, Edinburgh location

Photo detail: Winter sun falls on this medieval castle, built on projecting rock terrace my view is looking west. Open to the public as of spring 2019, a working event venue, boasts many grand reception rooms and beach with private access.

Ref: Rosebery Estates, Dalmeny, South Queensferry

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(John Gilchrist) Classic Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/2/classic-edinburgh-photography-barnbougle-castle-dalmeny Mon, 10 Feb 2020 08:00:00 GMT
Imperial Dock Grain Elevator & Warehouse Imperial Dock, Leith https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/2/urban-edinburgh-photography-imperial-dock-grain-elevator-warehouse-imperial-dock-leith Building photographer Edinburgh, historic architecture EdinburghHistoric Scotland:HS Reference No 27619

Historic Scotland: HS Reference No 27619

Imperial Dock Grain Elevator & Warehouse Imperial Dock, Leith

Listed building, 5 story high concrete warehouse, probably ear-marked for demolition.
urban photography, old buildings, Edinburgh locations 

Ref: architecture, structures, building

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(John Gilchrist) Urban Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/2/urban-edinburgh-photography-imperial-dock-grain-elevator-warehouse-imperial-dock-leith Mon, 03 Feb 2020 17:25:48 GMT
Scottish National League Ice Hockey https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/1/local-edinburgh-photography-scottish-national-league-ice-hockey Murrayfield Racers vs Solway Sharks Image-John-Gilchrist-0396Murrayfield Racers vs Solway Sharks Image-John-Gilchrist-0396

League Decider, Scottish National League | Ice Hockey

  • Sport photography, professional sports, SNL images, Edinburgh event 

Photo detail: Murrayfield Racers vs Solway Sharks at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Ice Rink 26th January 2020. Two well balanced teams battle it out in the league decider. The game ended after overtime 5-4 to Solway Sharks. The “Man of the Match” awarded to #29 Mark McGill.

Rink side location courtesy of Ian Coyle, official team photographer for the Murrayfield Racers. Check out Ian’s wonderful work at Ian Coyle Photography, hockey animal.

When it’s not close, it’s not exciting, talk about tense. Such a fast-paced environment, Ice hockey is the fastest sport on two-feet with players reaching 30 miles per hour in bursts.

Ref: Hockey on ice, Scotland, Ice hockey leagues

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/1/local-edinburgh-photography-scottish-national-league-ice-hockey Sun, 26 Jan 2020 22:00:00 GMT
Foot patrol - Keep on walking https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/1/urban-edinburgh-photography-foot-patrol-keep-on-walking Urban street photographer | Edinburgh street photographyPortobelloCoastal suburb of Edinburgh

Rubbish photography, a waste of time.

  • Ref: B&W street, candid photographer, documentary people photography

Photo detail: Trash on the street, a lone figure walking by a pile of discarded litter, March 2019.

Prior to the image being taken it had/was a bit gusty, trying to pick the moment where the pedestrian walked past at the time the loose garbage was picked up and swirled in a mini cyclone just didn’t pan out. 5 minutes later the wind picked up again, but the moment had passed and an opportunity missed.

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(John Gilchrist) Urban Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/1/urban-edinburgh-photography-foot-patrol-keep-on-walking Mon, 20 Jan 2020 22:55:43 GMT
Skyline | Landscape cityscape https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/1/classic-edinburgh-photography-skyline-landscape Classic photo of Edinburgh, classic image Edinburgh 0007SkylineClassic EdinburghBlack and white image of Edinburgh skyline, spires and Ferris wheel

bw  spires, silhouettes

Elegant Skyline: Landscape cityscape of Edinburgh

Outline of land and buildings 

urban photography, black and white, Edinburgh location

Handpicked image cherry-picked from my DNBRGH exhibition. Bundling only my favourite images into the collection took a bit of deliberation, I hope you enjoy the assortment as much as I do. See Scotland’s capital through my lens, captured over all four seasons. this city of Edinburgh photography project of mine is an ongoing venture, I dedicate a bit of time here and there when I can. I license my work for print and digital use, contact me for details.

Ref: against the sky, cityscape

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(John Gilchrist) Classic Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/1/classic-edinburgh-photography-skyline-landscape Tue, 07 Jan 2020 20:58:24 GMT
Granton Gasworks, No. 1 Gasholder https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/1/urban-edinburgh-photography-granton-gasworks-no-1-gasholder May include the best photography location in The City of EdinburghEdinburgh 19-0009Edinburgh 19, image from the Edinburgh Photos 2019 gallery, photos of Edinburgh by John Gilchrist | Granton Gas Holder, Granton Edinburgh Gasworks, Building Dates 1898-1902, architects W R Herring.

Historic Scotland: HS Reference No 45793

Gasholder Marine Drive West Shore Road Granton

Part of the city's industrial heritage, recognisable from a mile away.

This riveted rolled steel construction is ear-marked as an illuminated feature of the Edinburgh skyline overlooking the Forth, the column guided gasholders external framework could shine like a diamond if plans go ahead.

Ref: architecture, structure, building, disused industrial site, Urban photography, industrial building, Edinburgh location

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(John Gilchrist) Urban Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2020/1/urban-edinburgh-photography-granton-gasworks-no-1-gasholder Fri, 03 Jan 2020 20:45:00 GMT
The Southbound Line https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/12/urban-edinburgh-photography-southbound-line Edinburgh cityscape photographer, landscape Edinburgh landscape photographyCity landscapeThe industrial landscape of Edinburgh,

rail network, Scotland

The Southbound Line

Edinburgh landscape, early morning railway scene

urban photography, golden hour image

The end of a decade was marked by an early morning photo session on north west side of Edinburgh. Captured in the cold, photography with gloves on. Not the intended subject but when opportunities present themselves you just have to take them when they come your way. An industrial looking scene as the city bound train journey’s on empty golden tracks on a frosty morning into Edinburgh.

Ref: city train, ghost train 

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(John Gilchrist) Urban Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/12/urban-edinburgh-photography-southbound-line Tue, 31 Dec 2019 10:30:00 GMT
Big City Lights https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/12/classic-edinburgh-photography-big-city-lights Edinburgh landscape photographer, landscape Edinburgh cityscape photographyNight landscapeLate evening landscape of Edinburgh,

The ever-changing skyline of Scotland’s capital city, a view from Fife.

Big City Lights, Cityscape at Night

Yeah it's a pretty clear shot, a classic photo of Edinburgh at night from across the water. Trying to compose a more interesting perspective of the city, shot on a clear night with minimal contamination in the atmosphere, night-time brings light, light brings life. Edinburgh vista at night, photographed in August 2018. Fingers were crossed for little or no cloud/fog over the Firth of Forth. Patience paid off, the short trip over the water was all worthwhile.

Ref: photography at night

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(John Gilchrist) Classic Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/12/classic-edinburgh-photography-big-city-lights Fri, 27 Dec 2019 08:30:00 GMT
International flight departs Scotland on route to the Middle East https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/12/local-edinburgh-photography-international-flight-scotland-middle-east Qatar Edinburgh - Scottish aviation photographer

Qatar Airways

International flight departs Scotland on route to the Middle East

Edinburgh Airport Tower sees off the Doha bound A359.

Not as straightforward as it seems, however, I love when a loose plan comes together, for optimum results the super-telephoto had to come out the bag on this occasion. Working on a plan, I made a guesstimate of the aircraft’s trajectory, the flight path was a given, just a matter of considering the aircraft weight, take-off run and the likes. Having watched many of these movements it was nice having it all come together.

Ref: aviation photography

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/12/local-edinburgh-photography-international-flight-scotland-middle-east Tue, 24 Dec 2019 15:00:00 GMT
Fill up the fuel tank in winter https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/12/not-just-weddings/fill-up-the-fuel-tank-in-winter Edinburgh Photography Services: Edinburgh photographer John Gilchrist JG0974Snow Machines WSV0011Industrial snow removal

Tanked-up. image John Gilchrist

Fill up the fuel tank in winter

Reminder to self to ensure I fill up with fuel in the winter months. Avoid getting caught short in bad weather conditions and have a fuel tank of fuel for the worst of the weather. The same goes for your camera battery, ensure a good charge is in your batteries to avoid disappointment on those cold morning photography shoots.

Ref. battery low, photographers beware

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(John Gilchrist) Not Just Weddings https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/12/not-just-weddings/fill-up-the-fuel-tank-in-winter Fri, 06 Dec 2019 08:30:00 GMT
Riccio Gallery Art Exhibition, Winter - Exhibitions | Photography JG https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/11/not-just-weddings/riccio-gallery-art-exhibition Edinburgh Photography Services: Edinburgh photographer John Gilchrist JG1491Riccio Gallery Art Exhibition, November 2019-0029

Riccio Gallery Art Exhibition, Winter

Fine Art Exhibition in Dalkeith Midlothian

Featured artists - Tom Cotcher, Claire Williamson, Rona Maclean, Kirsty Dowding

Image John Gilchrist

The winter exhibition brings a mix of fine art painting and illustrations.

 

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(John Gilchrist) Not Just Weddings https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/11/not-just-weddings/riccio-gallery-art-exhibition Sun, 03 Nov 2019 19:00:00 GMT
ATC Demolition at old Edinburgh Turnhouse https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/11/local-edinburgh-photography-atc-demolition-old-edinburgh-turnhouse Air Traffic Tower demolition at EdinburghVCRVisual Control Room, ATC VCR unit destroyed as demolition takes places

Ripped apart, ATC demolition, deconstruction of the old Edinburgh Turnhouse ATC Tower, the VCR unit is demolished and the landscape changed forever.

Ref. industrial photography

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/11/local-edinburgh-photography-atc-demolition-old-edinburgh-turnhouse Fri, 01 Nov 2019 13:00:09 GMT
Going red in support of Poppy Scotland https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/11/local-edinburgh-photography-going-red-in-support-of-poppy-scotland Edinburgh Airport TowerTowerAviation, ATC Tower, Edinburgh Airport air traffic control tower, hidden sun TWR0038

Edinburgh Airport Tower

Going red in support of Poppy Scotland

Remembrance Day will be acknowledged when this towering local landmark turns a shade of red. Lookout for Edinburgh Airport Control Tower being lit up red sometime this November

Ref: creative photography, aviation, ATC Tower, air traffic control tower, hidden sun TWR0038 - image by John Gilchrist

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/11/local-edinburgh-photography-going-red-in-support-of-poppy-scotland Fri, 01 Nov 2019 07:00:00 GMT
Summer is gone but not forgotten https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/10/not-just-weddings/summer-is-gone-but-not-forgotten

With the summer months now behind us we can always opt for an indoor spa treatment to banish the thoughts of the cold winter ahead. Leisure photography, massage therapy session, an important element in health and wellbeing 0019

Ref: feeling good photography

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(John Gilchrist) Not Just Weddings https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/10/not-just-weddings/summer-is-gone-but-not-forgotten Fri, 04 Oct 2019 07:30:00 GMT
Grangemouth Refinery: Process Facility for Oil and Gas Production https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/8/grangemouth-refinery-process-facility-for-oil-and-gas-production Industrial related, may contain production, heavy industry, or manufacturing references, Industrial photography by John GilchristChemical ProcessesChemical processes on an industrial scale.
Chemical plant, Grangemouth-Refinery-0002-John-Gilchrist-industrial-photographer Edinburgh
Ref: Business Finance and Industry Photos, Chemical Plant Photos, Chemistry Photos, Chimney Photos, Dark Photos, Edinburgh Photographer Photos, Factory Photos, Fossil Fuel Photos, Fuel Storage Tank Photos, Fuel and Power Generation Photos, Gas Photos, Grangemouth Complex Photos, Grangemouth Refinery Photos, Illuminated Photos, Lighting Equipment Photos, Long Exposure Photos, Manufacturing Photos, Night Photos, Oil Industry Photos, Oil Photos, Oil Refinery Photos, Outdoors Photos, Petrochemical Plant Photos, Petrol Photos, Photography Photos, Pipeline Photos, Process Plant, Refinery Photos, Refuelling Photos, Smoke - Physical Structure Photos, Smoke Stack Photos, Smoking Photos, Steam Photos, Storage Tank Photos, Street Photos, Technology Photos

Chemical plant

Grangemouth Refinery

Process facility for oil and gas production

Orange glow at night from a land-based chemical plant in Scotland, the Grangemouth refinery located on the Firth of Forth, the plant processes crude oil.

Ref: industrial photography at night

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(John Gilchrist) Not Just Weddings https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/8/grangemouth-refinery-process-facility-for-oil-and-gas-production Fri, 16 Aug 2019 22:59:00 GMT
Spicing things up at the dinner table https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/8/not-just-weddings/spicing-things-up-at-the-dinner-table

Dining room photography

Salt & Pepper mill set, don't they look great together side-by-side, looking good, Mr & Mrs Salt & Pepper shaker.

Ref: restaurant photography 

 

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(John Gilchrist) Not Just Weddings https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/8/not-just-weddings/spicing-things-up-at-the-dinner-table Sun, 04 Aug 2019 12:42:37 GMT
I'm not selling my product online https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/7/urban-edinburgh-photography-im-not-selling-my-product-online May contain street scenes with people in Edinburgh street photographyESP 18-0403Edinburgh Street Photography 18-0403

I'm not selling my product online

Standing out, shady guy steps out from behind a bus stop. I'm not selling my product online. Working the streets of Edinburgh, wandering around, photos from the street | Dealer, Trade

Ref: street photographer Black & White

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(John Gilchrist) Urban Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/7/urban-edinburgh-photography-im-not-selling-my-product-online Fri, 26 Jul 2019 08:00:00 GMT
Abandoned on the streets of Glasgow https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/7/abandoned-on-the-streets-of-glasgow Photos of Glasgow, Scotlandglasgow-scotland-0021Streets of Glasgow, Scotland

image: who cares

Abandoned on the streets of Glasgow

Late night, early morning photography

This week I was in Glasgow, Scotland. Looking down an empty city street void of pedestrians, an abandoned bicycle lies discarded.

Ref: B&W photography

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/7/abandoned-on-the-streets-of-glasgow Fri, 19 Jul 2019 07:30:00 GMT
Me & My Shadow https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/7/me-and-my-shadow-picture-of-the-day Street photography BW-SP02Street photography BW-SP02Street photography BW-SP02
Child and scooter, the streets of Glasgow, Scotland. Edinburgh photographer out wandering the streets of Glasgow.

image: heat on the street

Me & My Shadow

City scene, kid playing in the streets of Glasgow, Scotland. It was a scorching hot day, lugging the gear around the streets of Glasgow was a bit of a challenge.

Shot details, I could hear this kid before I could see him, I was already facing into the sun for an early shot. I held out; I knew there was a good chance he would pass on my left, which he did. A little more separation between boy and building would have been ideal, it is what it is.

Ref: street photography Photography and the sun (someone's son)

 

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/7/me-and-my-shadow-picture-of-the-day Sun, 14 Jul 2019 19:00:00 GMT
School of Divinity https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/6/classic-edinburgh-photography-school-of-divinity Edinburgh photography images, Edinburgh photographer photos SDE0029Edinburgh 19-0005Edinburgh 19, image from the Edinburgh Photos 2019 gallery, photos of Edinburgh by John Gilchrist | School of Divinity New College, the University of Edinburgh, things to see in Edinburgh on the Mound, former Church of Scotland building. General Assembly Hall, Twin Towers

Historic places

School of Divinity - Old architecture Edinburgh

Historical building photography

New College, the University of Edinburgh, things to see in Edinburgh on the Mound, former Church of Scotland building.
General Assembly Hall, Twin Towers

Ref: architectural photography, history

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(John Gilchrist) Classic Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/6/classic-edinburgh-photography-school-of-divinity Thu, 06 Jun 2019 20:00:00 GMT
A Spring Concert | Event Photography Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/4/local-edinburgh-photography-spring-concert-event-photography-edinburgh Midlothian Community Concert Band Spring Concert  | Event photographer Edinburgh Photo 0084JGMidlothian Community Concert Band Spring Concert | Event photographer Edinburgh Photo 0084JG

Canongate Kirk: A Spring Concert | Event Photography Edinburgh

Performing Arts Photography

Had a great photo shoot today at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh photographing A Spring Concert with Midlothian Community Concert Band featuring musicians from The Lowland Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Venue: Canongate Kirk, The Kirk of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle

Music event Wed Apr 03 2019 at 06:30 pm to 08:00 pm

Ref: event photographer in Scotland

 

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/4/local-edinburgh-photography-spring-concert-event-photography-edinburgh Wed, 03 Apr 2019 22:00:00 GMT
Graffiti Art Digbeth, Birmingham England https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/3/graffiti-art-digbeth-birmingham-england-picture-of-the-day Photos from the Street | Birmingham, England | Graffiti Art Brick Arch DigbethPhotos from the Street | Birmingham, England | Graffiti Art Brick Arch DigbethBrick Arch Digbeth
Edinburgh photographer out wandering the streets of Birmingham, England. Graffiti art portraits rendered to bw.

Street art photography
 

Graffiti Art Digbeth

Wall art, down visiting Birmingham, England. Edinburgh photographer out wandering the streets for graphic art portraits, rendered to bw. Wall art in Digbeth, Birmigham, credit to the street artists of BHX, it made for an interesting walk, who knew Birmingham could be so colourful.

Ref: B&W photography, brick arch Digbeth.

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/3/graffiti-art-digbeth-birmingham-england-picture-of-the-day Thu, 14 Mar 2019 14:00:00 GMT
Urban street scene https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/2/urban-edinburgh-photography-urban-street-scene May contain scenes of photography locations, beautiful views, and visual references of Edinburgh Scotland.Edinburgh 19-0002Edinburgh 19, image from the Edinburgh Photos 2019 gallery, photos of Edinburgh by John Gilchrist | Backlit crossing | Edinburgh street photography Backlit Street Crossing An Edinburgh Photographer’s Perspective | Pedestrians and cyclist negotiate the crossing of the street. No cars, no trams, just sun, Edinburgh Street Photography

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Urban street scene

  • Backlight photography, golden hour image, Edinburgh location

Using the sun to create silhouettes, pedestrians and cyclist negotiate the crossing of the street, an Edinburgh photographer’s perspective of city life. No cars, no trams, just sun.

Ref: backlighting, street photography, candid

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(John Gilchrist) Urban Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/2/urban-edinburgh-photography-urban-street-scene Tue, 26 Feb 2019 21:30:00 GMT
Scottish club rugby player gets his face bloodied up https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/2/scottish-club-rugby-player-gets-his-face-bloodied-up Edinburgh Photography Services: Edinburgh photographer John Gilchrist JG1402Rugby photography Edinburgh IMG20190223P0251JGRugby photography Edinburgh
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Scottish Club Rugby

Edinburgh match. rugby player gets his face bloodied up, that young man loves the rugby field. Bloody game.

Ref: rough sports, field games, contact sports, amateur sport photography

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/2/scottish-club-rugby-player-gets-his-face-bloodied-up Sat, 23 Feb 2019 17:30:00 GMT
The Kelpie’s Eye View by Danny Callaghan https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/2/the-kelpie-s-eye-view-by-danny-callaghan Kelpies Helix Park in Falkirk, ScotlandI Spy From My Eye In The SkyMonstrous Kelpie horse head looks out over a cloudy blue sky, the Kelpies eye in the sky spies lots going by. Image John Gilchrist

The Kelpie’s Eye View by Danny Callaghan


Image by John Gilchrist

 

From my eye

High in the Sky

Let’s see what I can spy

All the cars and lorries rushing by.

 

Along the M9

From where views of me are so fine

All those cars in a line

Going too fast and risking a fine.

The people milling below

They’re just a constant flow

Looking at me and my pal makes us glow

And at night that is just what we do.  Glow!

 

Their cameras at us are clicking

And some are even flashing

Why?  When the sun is shining

And our manes are sparkling.

Oh!  Goodness what’s that draught

As up my mane it does waft

Oh!  They have opened the door

To let in visitors more.

 

Their heads they raise

To stand and gaze

At my inners they amaze

And are full of praise.

 

Yes for me there’s lots to see

And is it not time you came to see, me!

 

© Danny Callaghan 2015

In September 2015 we went on some walks along the Forth & Clyde Canal in Falkirk with the Falkirk Library called Walking with Words to encourage you to pen a few lines.

The Helix Park - Kelpie’s

The Kelpie’s Eye View, a short poem by Danny Callaghan, poetry inspired by the gigantic, fascinating sculptures in The Helix Park, Falkirk.

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(John Gilchrist) Not Just Weddings https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/2/the-kelpie-s-eye-view-by-danny-callaghan Fri, 01 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT
The disciplined eye of a photographer https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/1/disciplined-eye-of-a-photographer-picture-of-the-day Matthew had a CokeMatthew had a CokeMatty is a litterbug

Matthew on coke
 

Looking through the disciplined eye of a photographer you are invited to see what I see; I publish mixed outcomes up here on the blog. Observing subjects from different angles or appreciating the benefits of good light and hopefully putting those factors to good use. Colour placement, texture and leading lines all contribute to the final image.

Rainbows and Pots of Gold

Training the eye to appreciate the light, each new image flattens the learning curve. Continuing the progress is my goal, perfection is that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Knowing that I’ll never find the perfect result is immaterial. The fun times are had looking for the gold; it’s the riches on the way that make all worthwhile. In the end, learning is what matters, that’s where the reward lies.

Phoblography - Shootin’ to share

I love this term, phoblography! So, what is it? The creative outcome that a phoblographer posts to a blog, I guess. Yes, I’ll hold my hand up to phoblographing, I’ll photograph anything that looks like it offers the makings of a good picture, there’s no fun in not sharing. My conclusion, you never know, someone might share value in that image. Bottom line, if it looked appealing at the time, then it seemed logical to push the button. When it doesn’t work out it gets marked down as experience.

Being able to document my endeavours seems like a natural progression to the photography itself. That said, I'm not a writer, my skill set isn't focused on the written content, maybe best just looking at the images.

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/1/disciplined-eye-of-a-photographer-picture-of-the-day Tue, 01 Jan 2019 00:01:00 GMT
New Beginnings https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/1/new-beginnings Fresh startNew StartNew start to the blog, a clean slate is in order, so kicking-off with a fresh image for the start of 2019.

New Beginnings

Starting over, a simplified blog, time to start afresh.

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2019/1/new-beginnings Tue, 01 Jan 2019 00:01:00 GMT
Remembrance Day Sunday https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2018/11/local-edinburgh-photography-remembrance-day-sunday For Those Who Return But Are Never The SameFor Those Who Return But Are Never The SameA symbol of remembrance and hope

Storytelling, Remembrance Day Sunday, photography for memorial days

Armistice Day Scotland: Lest we forget, in memory 2018, remembrance day poppy wreath.

Ref: photojournalism photography, The Royal British Legion

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2018/11/local-edinburgh-photography-remembrance-day-sunday Sun, 11 Nov 2018 11:00:00 GMT
Scottish Dancing Event - The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2018/8/local-edinburgh-photography-scottish-dancing-event Scottish Dancing | Edinburgh Event PhotographyScottish Dancing Performers at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Scottish Dancing Event at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo 

Edvents, it's an occasional thing, time permitting, I like to document some of the many wonderful opportunities including festivals that take place in this beautiful city. Let me show you what it's all about, check it out. 

Ref: non-commissioned photography

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2018/8/local-edinburgh-photography-scottish-dancing-event Fri, 24 Aug 2018 20:00:00 GMT
Red Moon Rising - Blood moon https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2018/7/urban-edinburgh-photography-red-moon-rising-blood-moon Edinburgh cityscape CSP02Edinburgh cityscape CSP02Edinburgh cityscape CSP02
Red moon rising, a belated blood moon.

Red Moon Rising - A belated blood moon over Edinburgh

Night photography, JG Hand held at night

Shot the day after the official rising of the Blood moon, an unexpected appearance, I didn't plan to be there that late in the evening. Shot hand held, my location was from the top of Blackford Hill looking over to the east coast.

Ref: blood red, moon photographers require a steady hand, fast glass

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(John Gilchrist) Urban Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2018/7/urban-edinburgh-photography-red-moon-rising-blood-moon Sun, 29 Jul 2018 22:00:00 GMT
Beltane Fire Festival https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2018/5/edinburgh-event-photography-beltane-fire-festival-edinburgh May include scenes of photography locations, beautiful views, and visual references of Edinburgh UK.18BELTANE-EDI0027Beltane Edinburgh 18-0027, Beltane Fire Festival - 2018, photo by John Gilchrist | Ref. 30th Anniversary, ritual drama on Calton Hill

Edinburgh event photography

Beltane Fire Festival Edinburgh

Event Photography JG

Probably as colourful as photography opportunities come 

30th anniversary of the Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh. An ancient Iron Age Celtic ritual on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill, the Beltane Fire Festival, a May Day Celebration in Edinburgh that kicks of on the 30th of April each year for the past 30 years.

Ref: vibrant colour photography

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2018/5/edinburgh-event-photography-beltane-fire-festival-edinburgh Tue, 01 May 2018 07:00:00 GMT
Pagan Festival https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2018/4/local-edinburgh-photography-pegan-festival Edinburgh photography images, Edinburgh photographer photos SDE002618BELTANE-EDI0001a, Beltane Fire Festival - 2018, photo by John Gilchrist | Ref. 30th Anniversary, ritual drama on Calton Hill

Festivities at night

Pagan Festival Edinburgh

Beltane Fire Edinburgh, event photography 

A towering pyramid of reds gather under the light of the moon during Edinburgh’s annual Beltane Fire Festival, a wonderful experience. 

Ref: See & do Edinburgh in May, night photography

 

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2018/4/local-edinburgh-photography-pegan-festival Mon, 30 Apr 2018 15:00:00 GMT
Cool images of Edinburgh Castle - Scotland https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2018/4/classic-edinburgh-photography-castle-from-salisbury-crags May contain scenes of city locations, beautiful views, and visual references of Edinburgh Scotland.18EDI0763Edinburgh 18, image from the Edinburgh Photos 2018 gallery, photos of Edinburgh by John Gilchrist

View from Salisbury Crags

 

Cool shot of Edinburgh Castle

JG, photographing city landmarks 

As a photographer, my personal challenge, photograph a popular subject with a unique perspective in-mind. Well, It works for me. Shot details, Edinburgh Castle from Salisbury Crags, I have umpteen cool images pinpointing some of Edinburgh's beautiful places. Enjoy some of the best cityscapes, landmarks, locations, and attractions that Scotland's capital has to offer.

Ref: photographed way too often, nowhere compares to my hometown

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(John Gilchrist) Classic Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2018/4/classic-edinburgh-photography-castle-from-salisbury-crags Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:00:00 GMT
Winter Service Vehicles Built For Snow Removal https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2018/3/winter-service-vehicles-built-for-snow-removal Edinburgh Photography Services: Edinburgh photographer John Gilchrist JG0557Snow Machines WSV0002Industrial snow removal

 

Winter Service Vehicles Built For Snow Removal 
 

Snow removal vehicle in industry, a vehicle specially designed or adapted to clear thoroughfares of ice and snow.

Ref: runways, taxiways, airports

 

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Commercial Photographer | Airport Industry | Scotland

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(John Gilchrist) Not Just Weddings https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2018/3/winter-service-vehicles-built-for-snow-removal Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:00:00 GMT
The Keys of the City of Edinburgh https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2017/1/local-edinburgh-photography-keys-to-the-city Edinburgh Photography Services Edinburgh John Gilchrist-17-011117EDI0111Edinburgh 17, image from the Edinburgh Photogallery 2017, a gallery of Edinburgh photos by John Gilchrist | Interior views inside Edinburgh City Chambers Edinburgh photography images, Edinburgh photographer photos SDE0006 101+ Things in Edinburgh,Capital City of Scotland,Dùn Èideann - Edinburgh,Edinburgh City, edinburgh photographer,Gallery Collection Edinburgh,Illustrate - Picture Edinburgh,Image by john gilchrist,New Edinburgh,Observe - Discover Edinburgh,Old Edinburgh,Photography Exhibition Edinburgh,Record - Document Edinburgh,Roam - Walk Edinburgh,See - Do Edinburgh,Stumble Upon Edinburgh,Things to do in Edinburgh,Town Tour Edinburgh,UNESCO Heritage Site - Edinburgh,Uncover - Explore Edinburgh,Unofficial Guide To Edinburgh, edinburgh photo, photos of edinburgh

The Keys of the City of Edinburgh

Gets you freedom to the city, big keys for big doors.

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2017/1/local-edinburgh-photography-keys-to-the-city Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:00:00 GMT
Air Traffic Controllers - Airport Tower https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2016/11/local-edinburgh-photography-air-traffic-controllers-airport-tower Air Traffic Controllers - Airport Tower

The Keen Eye in the Sky: VCR Controllers Ensure Safe Skies

Edi Tower in colour three | Edinburgh Airport TowerVCRIn control

Room with a view

The Keen Eye in the Sky: Air Traffic Controllers in the Visual Control Room

Imagine a bustling airport, a symphony of arrivals and departures. Behind the scenes, in the heart of the control tower, sits the air traffic controller in the visual control room (VCR) – the orchestra conductor ensuring this complex ballet takes flight safely and efficiently.

Unlike their radar-reliant counterparts, VCR controllers rely primarily on their keen eyesight and exceptional spatial awareness. Perched high above the airfield, they have a panoramic view of the airport environment, encompassing runways, taxiways, and the surrounding airspace.

Their primary responsibility is to maintain safe separation between aircraft on the ground and in the air within their designated area, typically extending a few nautical miles from the airport. This involves:

  • Monitoring aircraft movements Controllers constantly scan the skies, tracking the position, altitude, and speed of each aircraft using binoculars and advanced visual aids.
  • Issuing clear and concise instructions: They communicate with pilots via radio, guiding them through taxiing, take-offs, landings, and any necessary manoeuvres to avoid conflicts.
  • Maintaining situational awareness: VCR controllers juggle multiple tasks simultaneously, keeping track of weather conditions, potential hazards, and any deviations from planned procedures.

The job demands exceptional skills:

  • Visual acuity Controllers need sharp eyesight to identify aircraft markings, even in challenging weather conditions.
  • Decision-making: They must think critically and react quickly to unexpected situations, prioritizing safety and efficiency.
  • Communication: Clear and concise instructions are crucial for ensuring pilots understand and follow directions.

Technology plays a supporting role:

While visual observation reigns supreme, VCRs are equipped with radar displays providing additional information on aircraft beyond their immediate line of sight. Advanced communication systems facilitate coordination with other controllers and airport personnel.

The air traffic controller in the VCR is a vital cog in the aviation machine. Their expertise and vigilance ensure the smooth flow of air traffic, keeping the skies safe for passengers and crew alike.

Edinburgh Airport Tower

At nearly 60 metres tall, Edinburgh Airport Tower is a contemporary high-rise, of eye-catching design offering wonderful panoramic views, from this lofty perspective the visual control room perched at the top of Edinburgh Airport Tower offers the ideal viewing platform to observe air traffic in every direction.

Lighting

Full sun, the perfect light source for this occasion, with an almost cloudless sky the structure was always going to look good with back lighting, the sun at a lowish angle was an ideal opportunity for the capture.

Modelling

You couldn't coordinate this, the air traffic controllers where an added bonus and it just makes the shot for me more than anything.


Ref: award winning landmark tower design, architectural photography Edinburgh

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(John Gilchrist) Local Edinburgh Photography https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2016/11/local-edinburgh-photography-air-traffic-controllers-airport-tower Thu, 24 Nov 2016 21:00:00 GMT
Steel Colossus: Forth Rail Bridge https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2015/4/classic-edinburgh-photography-forth-bridges-rail-bridge-south-queensferry Edinburgh photography images, Edinburgh photographer photos SDE0001

High above the silver ribbon of the Firth of Forth, the steel latticework of the Forth Bridge stretched into the distance. A single span, detached from the rest by the immensity of the cantilever towers, became the sole focus. It resembled a giant Meccano set, its beams and struts forming a complex web against the clear, blue canvas of the sky.

The afternoon sun cast no shadows, bathing the metal in a uniform, warm glow. The lack of even the faintest wisp of cloud emphasized the sheer scale of the structure. Each rivet, each bolt, stood out in sharp relief, a testament to the ingenuity and perseverance of the Victorian engineers who had brought this behemoth to life.

As the eye traced the path of the steelwork, it was impossible not to be drawn to the rhythmic repetition of the diagonal bracing. The triangles, like countless tiny flags, seemed to signal a silent victory over the elements. The wind, a constant companion on the bridge, sang a low, mournful song through the gaps between the beams, the only sound breaking the vast silence.

Looking down, the dizzying height was both exhilarating and terrifying. The water below, a shimmering expanse of turquoise, appeared deceptively still, a stark contrast to the intricate dance of metal above. A lone seagull, a white speck against the blue, wheeled and cried, its call echoing through the metal canyons.

In this close-up view, the Forth Bridge was no longer a distant landmark, but a breath-taking display of human ingenuity and daring. It was a monument to the past, a testament to the present, and a powerful symbol of the enduring human spirit.

#forthrailbridge

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(John Gilchrist) Explore Edinburgh 2015 https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2015/4/classic-edinburgh-photography-forth-bridges-rail-bridge-south-queensferry Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:30:00 GMT
Trunk Road Patrol Group - Police Scotland https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2015/1/trunk-road-patrol-group-police-scotland Police Scotland - Edinburgh Photography Services - John Gilchrist PS 15-0003Road Traffic Police PS 15-0003Road Traffic Police PS 15-0003 | Trunk Road Patrol Group, East Command, Police Scotland. Keeping people safe with front line policing. | Road Policing Scotland, Adults Only Photos, Authority Photos, Edinburgh Photographer Photos, Group Photos, Law Enforcement Photos, Outdoor Photos, Patrol Photos, Photography Photos, Police Force Photos, PR Photos, Public Service Photos, Road Traffic Unit Scotland, Safety Photos, Trunk Road Photos, UK Photos, Uniform Photos, Occupation Photos, east command

Trunk Road Patrol Group 

Police Scotland 

East Command, keeping people safe with front line policing. Location courtesy of Arniston House

 

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Public Relations Photography | Edinburgh Photographer for Editorial & Marketing

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(John Gilchrist) Not Just Weddings https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2015/1/trunk-road-patrol-group-police-scotland Sat, 31 Jan 2015 08:00:00 GMT
Edinburgh Castle Wedding Photographer for Margaret and John https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2014/9/scottish-wedding-photographers/edinburgh-castle-wedding-photographer-margaret-john John Gilchrist wedding photographer Edinburgh at St Margaret's Chapel Edinburgh Castle and Apex Hotel Grassmarket | Wedding of Margaret and John MJ1411St Margaret's Chapel Wedding #1 JG1411Edinburgh Castle wedding photo highlights from Margaret and John's St Margaret's Chapel Edinburgh Castle wedding and reception at the Apex Hotel Grassmarket, Edinburgh | Ref: Scottish weddings picture gallery, highlight image from wedding photos taken, picture, photography by John Gilchrist

Edinburgh Castle Wedding Photographer for Margaret and John

An autumn wedding, no it's not the highlands of Scotland, you'd be forgiven for thinking those rolling green hills and grass lands were in north Scotland, all this green space is captured from a city centre location, yes, unbelievable I know. 

Edinburgh boosts amazing views, Margaret and John chose Edinburgh as their destination wedding. With the ceremony at Edinburgh Castle we opted for some bride and groom time on Calton Hill, with Holyrood Park in the distance, the Salisbury Crags and Arthur's Seat make for an awesome backdrop for their wedding photos.

Margaret & John wedding at Edinburgh Castle, St Margaret's Chapel and Apex Hotel, documentary wedding photographer in Edinburgh W44MJ140906, images by John Gilchrist.

This was a stunning day with wonderful people and breathtaking location. What more can you ask for? Thank you for having me along and documenting your big day.

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picture gallery, highlight image from wedding photos taken, picture, photography by John Gilchrist John Gilchrist wedding photographer Edinburgh at St Margaret's Chapel Edinburgh Castle and Apex Hotel Grassmarket | Wedding of Margaret and John MJ1426St Margaret's Chapel Wedding #1 JG1426Edinburgh Castle wedding photo highlights from Margaret and John's St Margaret's Chapel Edinburgh Castle wedding and reception at the Apex Hotel Grassmarket, Edinburgh | Ref: Scottish weddings picture gallery, highlight image from wedding photos taken, picture, photography by John Gilchrist John Gilchrist wedding photographer Edinburgh at St Margaret's Chapel Edinburgh Castle and Apex Hotel Grassmarket | Wedding of Margaret and John MJ1427St Margaret's Chapel Wedding #1 JG1427Edinburgh Castle wedding photo highlights from Margaret and John's St Margaret's Chapel Edinburgh Castle wedding and reception at the Apex Hotel Grassmarket, Edinburgh | Ref: Scottish weddings picture gallery, highlight image from 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wedding photo highlights from Margaret and John's St Margaret's Chapel Edinburgh Castle wedding and reception at the Apex Hotel Grassmarket, Edinburgh | Ref: Scottish weddings picture gallery, highlight image from wedding photos taken, picture, photography by John Gilchrist John Gilchrist wedding photographer Edinburgh at St Margaret's Chapel Edinburgh Castle and Apex Hotel Grassmarket | Wedding of Margaret and John MJ1443Apex Grassmarket Hotel Wedding #2 JG1443Edinburgh Castle wedding photo highlights from Margaret and John's St Margaret's Chapel Edinburgh Castle wedding and reception at the Apex Hotel Grassmarket, Edinburgh | Ref: Scottish weddings picture gallery, highlight image from wedding photos taken, picture, photography by John Gilchrist John Gilchrist wedding photographer Edinburgh at St Margaret's Chapel Edinburgh Castle and Apex Hotel Grassmarket | Wedding of Margaret and John MJ1444Apex Grassmarket Hotel Wedding #2 JG1444Edinburgh Castle wedding photo highlights from 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Scottish weddings picture gallery, highlight image from wedding photos taken, picture, photography by John Gilchrist John Gilchrist wedding photographer Edinburgh at St Margaret's Chapel Edinburgh Castle and Apex Hotel Grassmarket | Wedding of Margaret and John MJ1452Apex Grassmarket Hotel Wedding #2 JG1452Edinburgh Castle wedding photo highlights from Margaret and John's St Margaret's Chapel Edinburgh Castle wedding and reception at the Apex Hotel Grassmarket, Edinburgh | Ref: Scottish weddings picture gallery, highlight image from wedding photos taken, picture, photography by John Gilchrist John Gilchrist wedding photographer Edinburgh at St Margaret's Chapel Edinburgh Castle and Apex Hotel Grassmarket | Wedding of Margaret and John MJ1453Apex Grassmarket Hotel Wedding #2 JG1453Edinburgh Castle wedding photo highlights from Margaret and John's St Margaret's Chapel Edinburgh Castle wedding and reception at the Apex Hotel Grassmarket, Edinburgh | Ref: Scottish weddings picture gallery, 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MJ1470Apex Grassmarket Hotel Wedding #2 JG1470Edinburgh Castle wedding photo highlights from Margaret and John's St Margaret's Chapel Edinburgh Castle wedding and reception at the Apex Hotel Grassmarket, Edinburgh | Ref: Scottish weddings picture gallery, highlight image from wedding photos taken, picture, photography by John Gilchrist John Gilchrist wedding photographer Edinburgh at St Margaret's Chapel Edinburgh Castle and Apex Hotel Grassmarket | Wedding of Margaret and John MJ1469Apex Grassmarket Hotel Wedding #2 JG1469Edinburgh Castle wedding photo highlights from Margaret and John's St Margaret's Chapel Edinburgh Castle wedding and reception at the Apex Hotel Grassmarket, Edinburgh | Ref: Scottish weddings picture gallery, highlight image from wedding photos taken, picture, photography by John Gilchrist John Gilchrist wedding photographer Edinburgh at St Margaret's Chapel Edinburgh Castle and Apex Hotel Grassmarket | Wedding of Margaret and John MJ1466Apex Grassmarket Hotel Wedding #2 JG1466Edinburgh Castle wedding photo highlights from Margaret and John's St Margaret's Chapel Edinburgh Castle wedding and reception at the Apex Hotel Grassmarket, Edinburgh | Ref: Scottish weddings picture gallery, highlight image from wedding photos taken, picture, photography by John Gilchrist John Gilchrist wedding photographer Edinburgh at St Margaret's Chapel Edinburgh Castle and Apex Hotel Grassmarket | Wedding of Margaret and John MJ1467Apex Grassmarket Hotel Wedding #2 JG1467Edinburgh Castle wedding photo highlights from Margaret and John's St Margaret's Chapel Edinburgh Castle wedding and reception at the Apex Hotel Grassmarket, Edinburgh | Ref: Scottish weddings picture gallery, highlight image from wedding photos taken, picture, photography by John Gilchrist John Gilchrist wedding photographer Edinburgh at St Margaret's Chapel Edinburgh Castle and Apex Hotel Grassmarket | Wedding of Margaret and John MJ1468Apex Grassmarket Hotel Wedding #2 JG1468Edinburgh Castle wedding photo highlights from Margaret and John's St Margaret's Chapel Edinburgh Castle wedding and reception at the Apex Hotel Grassmarket, Edinburgh | Ref: Scottish weddings picture gallery, highlight image from wedding photos taken, picture, photography by John Gilchrist

 

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(John Gilchrist) Scottish Wedding Photographers https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2014/9/scottish-wedding-photographers/edinburgh-castle-wedding-photographer-margaret-john Sat, 06 Sep 2014 21:00:00 GMT
Grinning Through The Smiler's Twisted Embrace - The Smiler Roller Coaster https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2013/7/the-smiler-roller-coaster Grinning Through The Smiler's Twisted Embrace - The Smiler Roller Coaster

A Grin-Inducing Encounter with The Smiler: A Rollercoaster Odyssey

Edinburgh Photography Services: Edinburgh photographer John Gilchrist, Roller Coaster JG0116Upside-down Thrill seekers at Alton Towers riding The Smiler

The anticipation crackled in the air as I joined the queue for The Smiler, Alton Towers' infamous 14-looping behemoth. The playful yet unsettling theme, coupled with the excited chatter of fellow thrill-seekers, fuelled a nervous excitement within me.

As I secured myself into the smooth, comfortable restraints, a mischievous voice echoed through the speakers, "Join us!" With a heart-stopping plunge, we were launched into a whirlwind of twists, inversions, and exhilarating drops. The world blurred into a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours and disorienting loops, each one pulling me in a different direction.

The coaster's unique duelling track added another layer of thrill. Gliding mere inches from another train, the playful taunts and laughter of fellow riders became part of the experience, fostering a sense of shared exhilaration.

The Smiler wasn't just about the physical sensations, though. The theming played a clever role, incorporating quirky characters and unexpected surprises that kept me on the edge of my seat, adding a layer of psychological thrill to the physical onslaught.

Emerging from the final corkscrew, I felt a wave of exhilaration wash over me. My legs wobbled slightly, but a wide grin stretched across my face. The Smiler wasn't just a ride; it was an experience that challenged my perception, tested my limits, and left me with a euphoric sense of accomplishment.

If you're seeking an adrenaline rush unlike any other, a brush with the macabre, and a memory that will stay with you long after the final loop, then The Smiler awaits. Just remember, a smile is mandatory.

Alton Towers Resort

My trip, personal project The Smiler, a steel roller coaster, photographers reference - exhilarating theme park rides

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(John Gilchrist) Picture of the Day https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2013/7/the-smiler-roller-coaster Mon, 08 Jul 2013 18:00:00 GMT
Ednam House Hotel Wedding #1 JG1320 https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2013/4/ednam-house-hotel-wedding-1-jg1320 John Gilchrist Edinburgh wedding photographer at Ednam House | Wedding of Lyndsey and Graeme LG1320Ednam House Hotel Wedding #1 JG1320Ednam House wedding photo highlights from Lyndsey and Graeme's wedding at Ednam House Hotel, a luxury hotel in Scotland | Ref: Scottish weddings picture gallery, highlight image from wedding photos taken, picture, photography by John Gilchrist

Ednam House Hotel Wedding

Photo highlights from Lyndsey and Graeme's wedding at Ednam House Hotel, a luxury hotel in Scotland | Ref: Scottish weddings picture gallery, highlight image from wedding photos taken, picture, photography by John Gilchrist

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(John Gilchrist) Scottish Wedding Photographers https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2013/4/ednam-house-hotel-wedding-1-jg1320 Sat, 20 Apr 2013 14:00:00 GMT
It's chucking it down on Portobello Promenade https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2009/7/local-edinburgh-photography-its-chucking-it-down-on-portobello-promenade Edinburgh photography related content from John Gilchrist, beautiful locations, and stunning views from Edinburgh UK.Porty: On a wet summers dayHuddled figures rush beneath a grey sky, rain drumming a relentless beat. Umbrellas bloom like defiant flowers, battling wind's angry gusts.
An empty seaside town. Rain falls like a curtain, cloaking figures hunched beneath umbrellas, their soaked steps echoing on the deserted promenade.

It's Chucking It Down on Portobello Promenade

On the blustery Portobello Promenade, a scene of resilience and laughter unfolds. Four women, resolute against the heavy rain, navigate the seaside walkway. Each pushes a child bundled warmly in a rain-covered pushchair, hoods up and little faces peering out curiously no doubt.

The wind tugs at their coats and whips a brightly coloured umbrella held by one of the women, turning it inside out and outside in again in a comical display. The element of surprise draws a collective giggle, their determination to enjoy their outing undeterred.

The women's faces shine with rainwater yet hold the warmth of shared camaraderie. Despite the struggle against the elements, there's an air of joy in their easy conversation and the rhythmic thump of their boots on the wet pavement.

Behind them, the warm glow of a coffee shop pierces the grey. A handwritten wooden sign declares "Open," the faint scent of brewing coffee a reminder of their recent respite from the storm.

This is a portrait of motherhood amidst nature's unpredictable moods. It's a testament to finding laughter in the imperfect moments, to the strength drawn from shared experience, and the simple pleasure of a seaside stroll, rain or shine.

Ref: What a wet day in Porty

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(John Gilchrist) Explore Edinburgh 2009 https://www.johngilchrist.com/blog/2009/7/local-edinburgh-photography-its-chucking-it-down-on-portobello-promenade Mon, 06 Jul 2009 20:00:00 GMT