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9 Nov 2018

New website for Zen

Zen in Bon Accord Crescent is the best Chinese restaurant in Aberdeen, and is one of the best Chinese restaurants anywhere. In 2018, it was voted the “Best Chinese restaurant in Aberdeen City and Shire”.

Zen is in a basement building in Bon Accord crescent but is a very stylish and comfortable restaurant with fantastic food and great service.

31 Oct 2018

Office set up

This post was created for a Mac Power Users forum, and has a lot of information that would only interest geeks. However a lot of my clients are interested in the tech we use so this is the first post showing our facilities and equipment, and there will be more to follow on the studio, and our camera and lighting gear.

This is my office. I run a small photography company providing weddings, portraits, commercial photography (specialising in real estate), and we also create websites. I also have a studio with a cove, a dedicated changing room, a gallery, and another office (for Lukas and admin), in a converted school.

The dominant element in my office set up are the two LG38 widescreen monitors. We create a lot of books for weddings, events, and other commercial projects, and the book format is exactly 21:9, and the screen is exactly the size of the most popular option, 40x30cm which on a 2 page spread is 80x30cm, the screen size. 

The screens are connected to the latest maxed out 2018 13 inch MBP. I use the Belkin Thuderbolt dock so there is only one cable to attach to the MacBook Pro. I tried a 15 inch but it was just too big as a portable. Lukas does most of the editing (on a max spec 27 inch iMac and second monitor), so I do not need as much power/ram as he does.  When meeting with a client, I use mirror mode for the two screens and turn one screen to directly face the clients, and when working on my own, I use the two screens as a huge 76 inch extended desktop. Both monitors are on Ergotron arms, and one has a keyboard and mouse tray so I can work standing up. I use the app, Moom which remembers where I like everything so it is very easy to have a neat set of windows across the two screens.

24 Oct 2018

Kimberlie Hamilton author website

Earlier this year I was introduced to Kimberlie by her fiancé, John Otto, a friend, and fellow BNI member. Kimberlie wanted some profile shots taken and we agreed on Drum Castle as the location. The shoot went well, and Kimberlie was delighted with the results

19 Oct 2018

Photography for the Mariner Hotel

We have recently taken some new photographs for the Mariner hotel on Great Western Road. I met with Mike Edwards and discussed the shots required which were:

  • refurbished bedrooms
  • the bar (including new seating)
  • and food shots for a new menu

This is the ideal job for me as interiors and food are my favourite subjects.

The bedrooms are large, bright, and very well equipped

9 Oct 2018

Rachael and Ricky’s wedding at La Bastide de Gordes

I was delighted and honoured to be asked to photograph the wedding of Ricky Simpson and Rachael in the South of France at the beautiful setting of La Bastide de Gordes.Ricky has been a client and friend for 39 years.

I was also invited to join the group of friends from Aberdeen for the week before the wedding –  playing golf, a river cruise, and of course, eating and drinking. It was a great week, and the wedding on Saturday (15th September) was a superb fun event. 

I started with shots of the girls getting ready and then took some informal shots of the guests before meeting Ricky. Ricky’s long term friend, Sir Rod Stewart was one of the best men, and Les Hutchison was the other. Les also did a fantastic job as the MC. The three men walked in with the pipers, wearing kilts singing Flower of Scotland, before Rachel was then piped in with her bridesmaids and Mum for the service in the hotel gardens.

7 Sep 2018

Couples Portraits

If you are engaged and arrange a meeting to discuss your wedding photography, we can offer you a free portrait on location or in the studio with a complimentary print worth up to £169.

Before the shoot, I like to have a chat with you and discuss locations that might be special to you, and also the styles of photography that you like.

We would also discuss how you might use the images – to display as wall or desk prints, to give as a gift to your parents, to use in save the date cards or invitations. We can also supply a guest book with images and pages for your guest to sign, or alternatively a mount in a frame for signing at the wedding.

Having a beautiful portrait of yourselves before your big day is part of your story and family history.

The Signing Frame is the perfect decorative piece that lets the bride and groom cherish the memories of their big day forever with personalised messages from their guests.

With a wide choice of exclusive moulding variations available, the Signing Frame offers an unmatched personal touch to treasure the memories that will last a lifetime.

Here is a comment from one of the couples featured:

Hi Neil,

Thats briliant they look amazing!!


Gavin and Dionne

As well as getting shots of herself with her boyfriend, Megan got one of herself and got a wall Alumini for her Mum and the text message from her is below:

If you are not engaged but want a portrait to celebrate your relationship, we can offer you £50 off the siting fee, reducing a studio shoot to £29, and a location shoot to £79.

Please contact me today by email, or book a time in my diary for an initial chat by phone or at the studio using the link below:

Book an appointment


29 Aug 2018

Scott and Craig at Maryculter House Hotel, 18th August 2018

Saturday 18th August was the wedding of Scott and Craig. I first met Scott when I photographed his brother, Eddie’s wedding. Two years ago, I photographed Scott and Craig with their dogs and 7 puppies, in the studio.


23 Aug 2018

Westdyke Joinery website

We have just completed a new website for a fellow BNI member (Aberdeen North), Mike Paton of Westdyke Joinery.

Mike is quite an active user of social media regularly posting photographs taken on his phone. However for a few projects, he wanted better images and I photographed three projects

  • A whole house renovation (new kitchen, bathroom, doors, and floors),
  • A garden with decking, fencing, with artificial grass.
  • A kitchen install
13 Aug 2018

Nikita and Grant at Banchory Lodge

Saturday (11th August) was Nikita and Grant’s wedding day at Banchory Lodge. Sandra and I started with photographs of Nikita getting ready and of the dress and accessories in Cobbleheugh House.

The hairdresser was Sandie Sinclair and make up by Kirsty Pirie

Nikita’s dress was from Elmar Bridal, and the flowers were from Angel K



8 Aug 2018

Andrew Cowie Construction

I was commissioned by Eilidh McCluskie of Bold Street Media to photograph the Colpy Road Development in Oldmeldrum. Eilidh is in BNI North with me, and has moved to the new offices in the Colpy Road Development.

The photograph of two of the tenants (Debra Bruce of Activus Recruitment, and Myles MacDonald of the Co-op) was used in the Press and Journal.

The new Colpy Road Development was built and is owned by Andrew Cowie Construction. Mr Cowie asked Eilidh to organise photographs of the development, the offices, and the Barra suite, a training facility available for hire.

Andrew was pleased with the first shoot:

Hi Neil,

I heard straight back from Andy, and in his words he’s “really impressed” with the photos.

Thanks again,


Andrew and Sarah Hedley both met with me while I was at Oldmeldrum and booked photography of three developments in progress, and completed. These included the new Lidl in progress on Wellington Road, the Triple Kirks development, and the new Hoover Ferguson facility at Portlethen.

I got another brief email reply re the subsequent shoots:

Really good stuff


I am looking forward to photographing more projects for Andrew Cowie Construction.

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