Born into a family where three generations had been passionate about photography, it was probably inevitable that I would end up working with a camera. By the end of a brief stint at what was then Stevenson College I was already being offered work around Edinburgh's cultural scene.
Nowadays I regularly work with the Edinburgh International Science Festival, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust, Scottish Book Trust, and various departments in the University of Edinburgh.
Also at times the Scottish Poetry Library, National Library of Scotland, Creative Edinburgh, Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, Edinburgh International Festival, Publishing Scotland, The List Magazine, The Fruitmarket Gallery, and other similar institutions.
In less overtly dramatic but more creative directions, I've been a longtime resident photographer with both New Media Scotland and Creative Electric, covered the saga of Edinburgh's mysterious paper sculptures, often found myself in the midst of a Jelly & Gin experience, spent four years following Rally & Broad, and am now part of the pseudo-sequel, Flint & Pitch.
There's also been interesting foodie events, including many of Google's Local Experts events when they came to Edinburgh, and various shindigs at Bramble and its siblings, The Lucky Liquor Co. and The Last Word Saloon.
The state of funding in Scotland can make it difficult to run an event that pays its way. I totally understand the problems and when people aren't trying to take advantage, often work for far less than my usual rates because I believe in supporting the creative industries.
Things like LeithLate or Hidden Door are huge exciting events run on a shoestring, and I am happy to get involved despite the work being far from lucrative. Similarly, on a smaller scale, Illicit Ink, Electric Tales, Eureka Edinburgh, and Fun Palaces Scotland are largely unfunded but make worthwhile art
so I do what I can.