Aid for Africa

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It’s 2019 and the Easter Weekend has arrived with glorious weather here in Kinross, Scotland.  We’ve spent the weekend at Tullibole Castle near Crook of Devon, Kinross at the wedding fair.  We enjoyed meeting some couples and demonstrating some aerial photography.  We also enjoyed feeding the Peacocks some of our lunch and in return they put on amazing feather displays for us and some singing skills too.  So am looking forward to doing some more work with Tullibole Castle in Future.

I also will be working with Jo Middlemiss of Kinross who runs the Ethiopia Medical Project which is carrying out aid work in Africa so am feeling blessed for the tools I can use to help Jo with her mission.

More updates to follow!!   Watch this space…..

 

Tullibole Castle Wedding Fair

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This weekend we’re excited  to attend the Wedding Fair at Tullibole Castle which is by Crook of Devon, Kinross, Scotland.  On display I’ll have a tv monitor with some wedding footage showreels and I will proudly have on display ‘Millie’ our first wee eye in this sky.

I am looking forward to meeting the other exhibitors and of course meeting new clients for 2018 and 2019 bookings.

 

Edinburgh Glamour Nights

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The Golden Era of Edinburgh’s most glamorous Business Networking nights seems like a distant memoir.  Classy venues such as Bonhams, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Divino Enotica, Gusti, Hotel Du Vin, The Old Waverley are to name just a few of the night spots where Edinburgh’s most stylish clientele did the Business.

Two ladies ran the glamour roost in my opinion – Fiona and Gordana.  I did some of the photos for their events to help promote what they were doing and I even managed to gain some clients myself.

Taking the photographs didn’t feel like work, more fun and a chance to socialise with a variety of people from diverse business’s and backgrounds.  With these events there was no entry fee, you just payed for your drinks and the networking was up to you.  At many of these events drinks and nibbles were provided free of charge by the venue hosts.

Fond memories indeed.  These events happened in the  early millennial era and now that it’s 2019, they seem so distant.  I now network in rural Kinross-shire – early mornings!!  A different networking experience altogether – our venue is Loch Leven’s Larder and once the sun is above the horizon, you’ll hear cocks crowing, tractors happily plough the fields while your doing your 60 second elevator pitch.

The business breakfast networking is organised by the Kinross-shire  Partnership and for a small fee you receive a hearty cooked breakfast with tea coffee and orange juice.  I of course supply photos for the business section of the Kinross Newsletter glossy magazine.

Event’s photography is one of my favourite types of job, there’s usually a positive atmosphere in the room.  Edinburgh is a cosmopolitan city  and so you get to meet such interesting people from all different parts of the globe.  Kinross is central Scotland and you never know who you’ll bump into in this secret beauty spot.

But what of the golden era of Edinburgh’s Classy Business Networking Night scene? Who knows, maybe a revival is in the pipleline?! Maybe glamour Networking will be resurrected!!

Mine’s a Martini on the rocks, shaken not stirred…..

Big Country Plays Kinross Saturday 21st November

Next weekend I will be a volunteer Photographer for the Kinross Local Events Organisation, helping to shoot some music events that are part of the 2015 Kinross Winter Festival.

On Friday evening at the Campus venue the Kinross Got Talent Show opens and I’ll be pleased to take photos of the event as last year.

On Saturday 21st, I’ll be excited to photograph a band I would listen to while still at school in the 80’s – Big Country.

Photos will all be sent to KLEO first for publication in the newsletter and on Facebook.  More news to follow folks.

Business Networking

Business Networking events are a way of forging new connections and getting help with leads to more business. However the true essence of business networking is to help others.  If you can recommend a colleague to other business’s – that’s what good networking is all about – giving and not expecting anything in return.  So this morning I attended an informal event in Perth.  I made sure I was there early before 9am to set out my flyers, and grab a cup of tea while I had the chance, as I usually engage intently, so much so that, I don’t have time to drink.  The event was well attended and I didn’t even manage to speak to a quarter of the attendees.  I always try to remember the words of Eckhart Tolle and try to really listen to the other person, give them my full attention without thinking about what I want to ask them next.  I try to avoid losing eye contact, I try not to stare across the room at other potential people I could be speaking with.   I look forward to the next event, perhaps in Dundee or in Fife.

Guinness World Record Attempt – Squash

Am looking forward to being a camera operator in a crew to shoot a Scottish Squash player’s attempt at breaking the Guinness world record for playing squash non stop over 35 hours.  This job came up at short notice so it is important to plan all aspects of this job including transportation, accommodation, and how to shoot such an event which is more than even a long 12 or 16 hour work shift.  Fortunately there are two operators to work in shifts, so here’s hoping we will witness a new Scottish World Record breaker!

Photographing Events

Today I went with my dog Angus to a village Fete.  I took my wee compact camera as I had hoped to provide some nice images to go with this blog, and it’s easier to use a compact while holding a dog on a lead.  Unfortunately, the weather today was dull and wet – I didn’t see anything that would make a compelling photograph so I ended up not taking any shots.  I always practice camera ‘in editing’ whether it be still or moving image.  Time is of the essence and I don’t believe in taking even one shot, just for the sake of taking it.  Any shot should engage, enhance and promote an event.  So on my return I have decided to continue working on developing this site in time for the new marketing flyers and cards which I hope will be delivered on 25th of this month.