2016 A Review Of My Year

2016 A Review Of My Year

May turned out to be a great month, because as well as the cycling events, I had a huge success in the BIPP Scottish Regional Awards. It was definitely worth a trip to Glasgow

BIPP Scottish Region Awards

BIPP Scottish Region Awards

Yesterday I was in Glasgow, at the Radisson Blu Hotel, for the annual Scottish BIPP awards.It was a fun day, which started with the student awards, which were really amazing quality, and they had a great turn out on the day. We then had talks from the Judges Denise and Alan, before the AGM and buffet. Then it was awards time. I must admit, I didn’t expect to get anything this year, as I had (as usual) left my entries to the very last minute, and couldn’t even remember what…

2015 Comes To An End – Photographic and Personal Highlights

2015 Comes To An End – Photographic and Personal Highlights

Well, that’s another year completed. It has been quite a year, on a photographic and personal level, there were some pretty epic times. Numerous weddings throughout Scotland and many commercial shoots, a photographic trip to Gambia,two live wedding proposals, tonnes of charity work, 4500 miles on a bicycle, and much more. I hope to go through some of the best bits here, so here goes!

Gold Award Winner

Gold Award Winner

I was delighted to win another Gold award and two other images received Highly Commended in the latest Societies Competition. I haven’t entered much lately, so I was pleased to get a Gold.

Wedding Album or Disc?

Wedding Album or Disc?

So in this day of digital domination, what are people buying? Is the shoot and burn style here to stay, or is there still life in the album or printed products? Obviously like any other market there are different priorities but lets look at the case for the good old fashioned printed product, or as I prefer to see them – family heirlooms. Recently I had an urge to have a look through some old photographs. It was Christmas time and being the time for sentimentality, the coversation went on…

Commercial Fashion Photographer Inverness- Serenity Beauty

Commercial Fashion Photographer Inverness- Serenity Beauty

I was delighted to do some work with a local beauty therapist recently for promotional images for her business. Serenity Beauty is based in the Crown Court Hotel, Inverness and offers a range of therapies. Check out the website for more info. http://serenitybeautyinverness.co.uk/ We worked on a few different looks, some simple, bridal styles, and also some funky creative, colourful images. It was great getting to do some studio work again and gave me the bug to do some more of this. Thanks to Jenna at Create Hair and Beauty…

Royal Family Photo – Why You Should Hire A Professional

Royal Family Photo – Why You Should Hire A Professional

Well, the photo of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the latest addition to the Royal Family has certainly caused a stir, and I’m not surprised. For years we have been trying to educate people on the advantages of using a professional photographer to record the important stages in life. Be it a new baby, a wedding or a special birthday, you do need to get it right. Now Mr Middleton, Kate’s father is as far as I can see, just a family member not even with a professional…

Zenfolio Pro Team

Zenfolio Pro Team

It is a great honour to announce that I have been chosen as one of the very small team of photographers who make up Zenfolio’s ‘Pro Team’ of ambassadors for the company worldwide. They are based in San Francisco, USA and offer websites, hosting, online image sales, and much more for photographers all over the world. I joined Zenfolio at the start of the year and was delighted to be asked if I would be part of this team and help promote the company. My website www.captiv8.uk.com was designed by…

New Captiv8 Website is now live

New Captiv8 Website is now live

We have changed the way the business operates and now have all the wedding work, which is a very personal service, under the John Baikie Photography banner. This will continue to offer a top quality service and will be much more efficient going forward. Some problems with album suppliers and designs have been solved and things are coming together nicely. All non wedding work will be taken over by a new, exciting business, Captiv8 Scotland Ltd. This company will offer a range of services, all explained in detail on the…

Strictly Come Dancing Inverness

Strictly Come Dancing Inverness

As many of you will know, I have been picked as one of the dancers for Strictly Inverness this year, and am currently doing three dance lessons a week in preparaion for the 10th May show. Why? Well my good friend Amy Mullen suggested I audition for the show, and I was lucky enough to be chosen from that. I know a few people who took part last year and it looked amazing! It’s all for charity with money going to The Highland Hospice and Inverness Ice Centre. The Highland…