Day 281|365

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Settings – ISO 400, 55mm, f4.5, 1/125sec

I had typed out a wee post about how I am currently too large and hot for any of my Autumn boots, coats, etc. but it sounded like I was complaining! The transition from Summer to Autumn is a favourite of mine, but this season that Matthew and I are coming in to is my favourite one yet. I cannot believe we’ll be welcoming our little squisher in to our lives in a matter of days/weeks, and if I have to waddle quickly from the car to the door with no protective clothing from the rain it’s really not a big deal!

Soon I’ll fit in to my waterproof jacket again, and Baby Mac and I can go on lots of walks wrapped up in our Autumn/Winter woolies!

Day 77|365

Day 77
Settings – ISO 100, 50mm, f2.2, 1/640sec

I’m getting deja vu…why is there snow again?? This guy spent an hour out in Mum’s back garden, just chillin’ in the snow! He had no desire to come back inside, in the end I had to trick him by throwing his ball in to the house. I can’t wait till we have a garden and he can chill outside for as long as he likes.

Day 76|365

Day 76
Settings – ISO 250, 50mm, f2.5, 1/1000sec

Jasper and I had a wee road trip to Lendrick Muir on Saturday to join the Youth Conference for the day. We pitstopped in Dundee to pick up Rachel, and my bonnet almost flew off as I attempted to fill up my screen wash in the wildest of winds!

It was great to catch up with friends and join in on a few of the Youth Conference activities. Jasper had to spend most of the day in the car and he was an absolute trooper! We took him out for a good run around the grounds of Lendrick Muir, and many of his fans finally got to meet him after a year of seeing Instragram pictures of him!

I forced these two beauties to pose for a photo whilst out on our walk, in the bitter cold. They look surprisingly happy about it!

Day 64|365

Day 64
Settings – ISO 1000, 50mm, f3.2, 1/320sec

I have been majorly slacking this week, apologies! Time to catch up…

Monday was a miserably wet day! Once again, one of the joys of having a dog means you have to go out in any kind of weather, so off we went to the park. Jasper, of course, had the time of his life, chasing his ball, turning in to a wet mop the more he ran, and the wetter he gets the more wild he gets, and doesn’t want to go home! One lap of the park was enough for me though.

Day 60|365

Day 60
Settings – ISO 100, 50mm, f2.5, 1/200sec, flash bounched off roof

We’ve had Jasper for a whole year!! Yaaaay! We decided to recreate the picture we took the night we got him. Matthew has a bit more facial hair, Jasper is A LOT bigger and a bit more ginger, and I look like I haven’t slept or brushed my hair in days…but I’m all about promoting natural beauty! Don’t worry about how you look, folks, just get in photos! You’ll be thankful you didn’t miss out on capturing big milestones like your dogs adoption day anniversary, haha!

We put his ball beside the lens to get him to look at the camera, foolproof method.

Day 59|365

Day 59
Settings – ISO 100, 50mm, f2.2, 1/1000sec

Majestic Snow Doggo returns, this time with a beard, and a flopped ear. He’s spend all day in the snow, with his ball, if I’d let him. I need to trick him back on to his lead a while before our exit off the railway line, otherwise he’d just do a mad dash and run circles around me like a child who’s just spent the day with its grandparents and consumed too much sugar. The moment he gets inside he flops on the sofa and falls asleep.

Day 57|365

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Settings – ISO 500, 105mm (70-200mm), f2.8, 1/1000sec

Finally, after weeks apart, Jasper has been reunited with his favourite thing in the world, his Chuck It ball! So I decided to take out the big guns for today’s photo, my 70-200mm telephoto lens, and capture Jasper in his happiest moments. I think this is the only photo that’s in focus out of the 100 I took…he runs so fast! Too fast for the auto focus of the 70-200mm. I got a few crackers of him sitting, waiting for me to throw the ball again, with his ginormous tongue hanging out, but I was determined to get a good action shot. With a bit more practice maybe one day I’ll manage to get a “legless flying dog” shot.

Day 46|365

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Settings – ISO 320, 24mm, f2.8, 1/500sec

I had another wonderful catch up with these lovely ladies today, and this time they let me take their picture with my big beast of a camera! They even planned ahead and coordinated their outfits! Haha, just kidding, that was just fate. We drove out to Spider On A Bicycle in Aboyne for breakfast. Laura had scrambled egg and avocado on toast, and Bianca and I both had bacon rolls. I wanted to eat it ALL it looked so delicious. Then, of course, after breakfast, we had cake! Yum! And just look at that beautiful light coming in from the window to create a warm glow behind these pretty ladies. Ugh. SO good!

If you’re looking for somewhere cosy to stop for good coffee and delicious homemade food made with local produce, then I definitely recommend you take a spin out to the beautiful countryside to visit Spider on a Bicyle. You can even bring your dog!

Alasdair & Laura

Matthew and I were heading up to Inverness for the weekend a couple of weeks ago, with no plans other than seeing family and friends, so I got in touch with my friend Laura to see if her and her husband were up for getting in front of my camera in the Highland wilderness. I’m happy to say they were keen so on Sunday afternoon we headed out to Beauly where they picked us up and drove us up in to the hills, to Mullardoch. They’d been there two weeks previously, when it was covered in snow, and the photos looked amazing, so I was excited to see it, and it did not disappoint! With snow still on the hills, dear roaming free, rivers flowing in to lochs and beautiful trees scattered about, it was a photographers dream! The only disappointment was the rain…but, it’s Scotland, so what did I expect?

We had a great time catching up with Laura and Al and seeing more of the beautiful Highlands. Alasdair is a self employed Camera Man & Director so it was great to talk  about life behind the camera and being your own boss!

I hope you enjoy these images of Alasdair and Laura and their beautiful relationship. Thanks for braving the rain, Laura and Al, and stepping in front of my camera 🙂

 

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Day 34|365

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Settings – ISO 160, 50mm, f2.0, 1/640sec

Another day, another forest! Haha. Think I’m falling in love with forests as much as my sister, Sarah, these days! How beautiful is that light!?

We popped down to Loch Lomond for a couple of nights and met up with Matthew’s cousins for a dog walk. Yes, that blonde beauty, Flynn, is a dog. A Standard Poodle, and the inspiration behind us getting Jasper (the small black blob to the left of Flynn)! It was so lovely to see Ali and Karen, and meet Karen’s boyfriend Iain. They picked us up in Iain’s VW Campervan and drove is up to Arrochar for a good walk along Loch Long. It was supposed to be raining all day but just look how beautiful it was.

So so happy to have some people in front of my lens! Hopefully there’s plenty more of that to come as the year continues.