When I picked up my first digital camera at the age of 16, I knew that it was the beginning of a fun and rewarding journey!
Exploring Scotland has always been a favourite past time of mine. It was instilled into me from a young age, when I would go on family camping and caravanning holidays every summer in the Scottish Highlands. We never went abroad, but in someways I treasure this as it ignited my interest and passion for my home country. As a result, I wanted to learn as much about it as I could.
When I was 16, I picked up my first digital camera and I knew straight away that it was the beginning of a fun and rewarding journey. I instantly found myself outdoors more, especially in the evenings when I would race down to my local beach to capture the sunset. I was mesmerised with sunsets as a teenager. I found being out as the sun began to set, was a good way to end the day positively and being able to capture it on camera, made me feel very connected to the natural world.
I invested in my first DSLR at 18. It took me some time to work out how to use it but my drive to get outdoors and come home with beautiful photographs, inspired me out time and time again. I spent hours watching online tutorials, reading photography magazines and practicing what I'd learnt in the field. Capturing nature and my home land in stunning light, brought wonder into my life and it was here that I found my enjoyment for photography. This experience also inspired me to learn more about the natural world and how it all works.
In my early 20s, this love for the Scottish outdoors resulted in me spending my holidays volunteering with various conservation charities around the country. These trips allowed me to undertake tasks such as restoring the Caledonian Forest, living on remote islands and helped me learn much about the biodiversity and ecology that makes up Scotland. My experiences were so rewarding that I found myself wanted to film them and as a result, I set up my youTube channel. It all began with a video showcasing my time on a Trees for Life working holiday...and this is where the journey started!
In the beginning YouTube was a hobby for me. I wanted to create mementos from my trips away and create some positive content to inspire others to get out and enjoy the natural world for themselves. I found that being outdoors was where I felt happiest, and the more time I spent out exploring, the more I wanted to film and learn about my country. What became apparent to me early on was how diverse and beautiful Scotland is. I found that there wasn't many people on YouTube showcasing this and as a result, my love for all things Scotland accelerated into the desire to share this with the world.
It became apparent to me that my love for photography, nature and Scotland all go hand in hand. Showcasing this on YouTube taught me that there are many people out there who all felt the same. I had created a community and at the end of 2018, I began to think of how I could continue with my online content, but also create experiences for people to come and enjoy in person. That's where the idea of hosting photography workshops came from. Being able to share this country with others and show them many of it's natural wonders excited me greatly. I began by planning small group workshops and I now offer these and one to ones, for those who want tailor made experiences.
Sharing Scotland with the world is a real passion of mine and I now also work with various Scottish companies and organisations to promote it. I have undertaken various collaborations with accommodation providers, as well as some campaigns with Scottish tourism boards.
Creating inspiring content about my home country and the importance of getting out into nature allows me to do something positive with my time, and inspiring others to do the same is what fuels my passion.
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