a month in the sun

2017 was always going to be a year of change for us. Before it all kicked in though, we escaped another dreary February and spent the whole month with friends in northern Gran Canaria.It was a much needed rest for the 4 of us, but also the most wonderful adventure!

Situated in the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, Gran Canaria is a fascinating little climate and culture all of its own. It felt much more South American than mainland Spanish. We stayed in the town of Galdar on the north coast, away from all the tourists and familiar accents that betray the south of the Island. We wanted a taste of real life here, to be with and eat like the locals, to improve our Spanish and to explore the area with an appreciative eye.

The town is built around a Volcano and we stayed on a Finca at a banana plantation at the base of it, near the beach. DSCF4728DSCF5039

DSCF4995The town was quaint and colourful with a colonnial feel…
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textures…DSCF5021DSCF4969road trip into the mountainsDSCF5086DSCF5120DSCF5122DSCF5136DSCF5138DSCF5156an inquisitive goat joined us for lunchDSCF5172This pretty town was only 10 minutes up the road…I shot these all on 35mm film r001-016r001-017r001-008r001-007r001-006r001-019r001-004r001-015these stunning mountains were the backdrop for the opening scenes of Jurassic Park r001-012r001-013r001-011no way we weren’t having a dip!DSCF6793on that happy note I’ll wrap it up for now! more to come at another date…

 

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10 years / double celebrations

10 years ago today my super-gorgeous friends Gary & Julie tied the knot.
It was to be the start of something special, not just for them, but for me too. 001

(seriously, how gorgeous are they?)

Within our social circle I was famous for always having my camera attached to me, so when their photographer took unwell shortly before the wedding, Gary called me & asked me to step in as official photographer. “Sure!” I said, naively.

And so theirs was my first ever wedding job.

Although I must have prepared a little, I admit I approached the whole thing very lightly. I went in gleefully without really knowing what I was doing! I shudder even more when I remember that I shot the WHOLE THING on 35mm film on my Canon AE1. Risky much?? I didn’t even have a digital camera back then. No back up camera. No extra equipment. No flash. No assistant. No experience. #shudder!
To this day I can’t believe a) I got away with it and b) that we’re still friends
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(the venue was Burnhouse Manor, Ayrshire, which would become a favourite haunt in our social circle for many years to come)

Gary & Julie’s wedding was special to me for lots of reasons, reasons I wouldn’t appreciate for many years to come. Emotionally, I attach memories of having been dating my now-husband for a mere 12 days at their wedding, and wishing intensely he was with me there. Even though it was early days for us, I knew he was the one and remember boring people senseless talking about him at the reception. Also, it was the start of my love affair shooting weddings. Who knew? I was absolutely hooked. Just weeks later I had my next wedding booked and off I went.

I still love these images, they bring it all back and I love the film colours of them. I printed out about 300 for them (I remember just dumping them on poor Gary in a plastic bag one day – classy!) and have very few copies myself but here they are anyway.

So, **Congratulations guys!** Out of all our married friends these guys are two of the coolest & most fun to be with and we miss them a lot. A decade of happy marriage in these days is nothing to be sniffed at & we hope to celebrate another 10 years with them in the future.

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Julie’s dress remains in my top 5 favourites of all time: 
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That face. Those eyes. I die!
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