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2013 With John Baikie Photography

Well, as another year draws to a close, it is time for a review of the year. It has been another epic year both business and personally, with lots of highs and lows. This year was definitely a harder year due to the financial climate and to a lesser extent the “2013″ thing which saw a few people put their weddings off until next year. The first half of the year was very quiet for weddings, although from the end of June it was back to normal again, and delighted to say there’s a big increase for next year. The commercial side of the business picked up nicely and has been nice and steady throughout the year. The creative shoots have been limited a bit as I have been busy on other stuff but more recently I have been making more time for these and will continue to do so throughout next year. I’ve had some great training courses and one to one sessions wityh other photographers, as well as attending some good training days myself. I have slightly changed my style over the course of this year which has proved very popular with all my clients. Looking forward to bringing this to a higher level in the coming months. The year started with the Societies Convention in London in January, where I enjoyed presenting 3 masterclasses, met up with some friends, old and new, and came away with some merit awards from the big print competition. I will be back in just over two weeks time for the 2014 event and I am looking forward to presenting two talks this time around. Around this time I was chosen to take part in Strictly Inverness, which was one of the best experiences of my life. Four months of training and practicing before dancing in front of over 700 people, all for the amazing Highland Hospice charity. An experience I will never forget and which has helped me meet some amazing people and make great new friends.

Overall it has been a fantastic year, with many big changes in the business, which will hopefully help us go from strength to strength. Looking ofrward to another exciting and challenging year ahead. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been a part of this year, be it clients, friends, colleagues or whatever. Thanks for your support, laughs and for helping push my creativity onwards and upwards.

I have put together a slideshow of some of my favourite wedding images of 2013. I will add another post with my favourite images from my other work later.  Enjoy and put some comments at the bottom if you wish:)

Happy New Year!

Wedding Photography Aviemore, Stephanie and Scott

An amazingly sunny but wintry day for this wedding. Stephanie Mackay and Scott Wilde got married at Macdonalds Highland Resort in Aviemore, but the day began in Invergordon where the couple were both getting ready before making the trip down the A9. I started at Scott’s mum’s house with the guys and the banter there was brilliant. I then went to Steph’s grans house where the girls were getting ready. It was a fun day, and it was great to be able to get a brief shoot at Loch Morlich where it was bitterly cold, but the scenery was breathtaking as a backdrop for the images of the couple. We then headed back over to the hotel for speeches and the dance as well as a hilarious photobooth session.

A great day again!

Dunrobin Castle – Pre wedding shoot. Michelle & Craig

Michelle Christie and Craig Anderson get married in July. They chose Dunrobin Castle for their pre wedding shoot. The pre wedding shoot is a great way to get used to the camera and get a feel for what it will be like on the day. Usually great fun – although it absolutely bucketed down this day!

Wedding Photographer Glasgow University – Gamen and Kevin

A return to one of my favourite ever venues, Glasgow University Chapel  for this wedding. I love the buildings there, and had a lot of fun there exactly one year ago to the very day of this one! Getting married there were Gamen  Ho and Kevin McCabe. The couple are originally from the area but are currently living in Australia. The day began with Gamen and her party getting ready at Glenskirkie Castle, which was the reception venue as well. It was a very wet and dull day, and I don’t think it stopped raining at any stage. Luckily we had great venues, so there were loads of amazing spots to shoot under cover. The couple were fantastic to work with and seing them enjoy the shoot so much, certainly brought out the best in me as well. It was a really fun day from start to  finish. A  big thank you to Supernova Events who were fantastic throughout the entire day,  making sure everything looked great, ran smoothly, and more importantly – that I got fed:)

This was an amazing day despite the weather and I was so pleased to be part of it.



Portrait Photographer Inverness – Christmas Offers

Scottish BIPP Awards 2011

I was delighted to have no less than six finalists in this years Scottish BIPP awards. Unfortunately no winners this year, but delighted with runner up in portrait, thrid place in wedding and runner up in press and PR, as well as overall third place in Scottish Photographer of the Year, for the overall across all of the categories.

These are the 3 images:

Glasgow band Kassidy at the Ironworks in Inverness

Wedding at Dalhousie Castle, Edinburgh

Harvest Moon

Northern Nashville Country Music Festival

The Northern Nashville Country Music Club held their annual festival in Caithness over Easter weekend. It was yet another massive success and complete sell out, which is a superb effort. It’s great to see an event so well supported up here every year.

There were a load of well known acts present from all over the world, with a strong Texas contingent there this year, including Gene Watson, Justin Trevino and Tony Booth, as well as local bands including Manson Grant & The Dynamos, The Kate Bain Band, and of course the big attraction on the Sunday evening – The Jacks.

I covered Friday evening and Sunday. Here are a selection of pictures from the parts I did.




Engagement Photography Dalcross Castle

Dalcross Castle was the location for the engagement photography shoot with Jennifer Fraser and Niall Farquhar. The couple get married at Dalcross Castle in August, and I am lucky to be doing their wedding photography there. It was a stunning day, but very cold. It was my first time at Dalcross castle and it really is a stunning location for wedding photography, so I am looking forward to going back later this year to shoot the wedding!


Engagement Photography Loch Ness

I recently did an engagement photoshoot, or pre-wedding shoot, at Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness with Alyson and Jim, who’s wedding photography I am doing later this month. It was a really beautiful day at Loch Ness and we did some shots at Alyson’s parents farm, before heading out to a couple of other locations we hope to use on the day of their wedding.

Music Photography Scotland – Jon Fratelli, Wick

I was at Wick Assembly Rooms at the weekend for an amazing gig by Jon Fratelli the former frontman of The Fratellis who had some huge hits a few years ago. I really enjoy shooting live bands, as a big music fan, and find it a real buzz getting close to the action. I was never a big fan of The Fratellis, so wasn’t sure how it would be, but I have to say the new solo material Jon has produced is absolutely brilliant. One of the best, if not the best, gigs I’ve been to locally. The support were local band The Outlanders.

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