Last Friday was the third Maggies Culture Walk. This hugely successful event raises funds for the excellent work done by the Maggies Centre in Aberdeen. We have been involved with Maggie’s since the fund raising to build the centre started.
I was delighted to be asked to photograph Stewart Spence’s 70th birthday on Sunday 28th May, when over 300 people enjoyed a fantastic afternoon and evening at the Marcliffe.
Having worked for, and with Stewart Spence for 40 years next month, I was delighted to create a record of his special birthday. Knowing so many of the people made it easier to try and get the photographs during the hectic celebrations.
Doreen, Stewart’s partner arranged the event along with Mandy, Stewart’s PA. When I started as a photographer with Martin Johnston in 1977, I was working with Doreen, who was herself, a very capable photographer.
As you would expect the food, drink and entertainment were all top notch, especially the amazing London Essentials. Their ability to play all types of music around the tables creates an amazing atmosphere. There were some speeches, and a great song by Dr Fiona Kennedy Clark OBE
The brief was to take informal shots with no formal groups, I took over 1100 images, and I also got roped in to video the speeches.
Doreen and Stewart were both very pleased with the images, and their comments are below
Wow, what a job you have done. Thank you so much.
Have forwarded everything to Mr S
Will let him push the button as far as making the link available. !!!
Hopefully he will do that quickly and everyone can remember a fun day.
Just got round to seeing your photos, just amazing, reminds me of one of the best nights ever! The feedback has been brilliant, and I even enjoyed my own party and to see so many of my friends having a memorable time. Now because of you, I can be reminded forever,
Thank you so much Neil, you are def. the best!!!
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We photographed a great event on Saturday. It was arranged by the Wood family who tragically lost their son, Stuart in 2009. The family wanted to learn about the search parties and this started their involvement in fund raising for the RNLI. Below is the story in Audrey’s words:
“Six years ago on 1st April 2009 flight 85n came down just of the coast of Boddam, 16 lives were taken including our son Stuart. Many months later we wanted to know how the search parties were involved in the search for the helicopter and the 16 bodies. We went to meet Fraserburgh RNLI and could not get over the emotions and the sincerity of these men. They told us of how upset that they were having to return back to shore as it became too dark for them to carry on searching, and how they left again on first light to begin searching again for our loved ones. The compassion and the comradeship touched us and even more so when we realised that they were all unpaid volunteers.
We decided to raise funds the first effort was a football match in Newmachar against Buckie Thistle. Then Kerry and I decided on a more female event, and in 2013 we held our first glamour, glitz and bubbles event at the Douglas hotel. The response for our events have been amazing, and with sponsorship from companies we have managed to take our small plans to a higher level. The support with raffle donations and auction items have been overwhelming and both Kerry and I have undertaken all the work without a committee. However without the loyal support of our family and friends we couldn’t have done it all. Until yesterday we had raised over £80,000 and the money has went primarily to Fraserburgh and Peterhead, as they were involved in the search.Recently we have managed to include Aberdeen, Buckie and Macduff. Yesterday’s (Saturday 21st March, 2015) event raised another £19,000 and a late sponsor from Aberness Care kindly offered to top it to £20,000.
After the great success of last year’s event at Deeside Golf Club to raise funds for the Maggie’s appeal, the event was staged again at the beautiful setting of Deeside Golf Club. To find out about this very worthy cause, see the blog post from last year by clicking here.
The event kicked off with the clinics at the driving range where Colin’s relaxed style and interesting anecdotes make it a very popular part of the day. Even I picked up a few useful tips. We were very lucky to have a beautiful day, probably one of the best days of sunshine this year.
Colin brought the Ryder Cup with him this year so not only did the teams get photographed with Colin, they also got to handle the famous trophy. For most teams, the individual players also got taken with the trophy. It was not there for the start of the event so unfortunately the first few teams at the 14th tee did not get the Ryder cup in their photographs. The strong sunshine meant I had to use a lot of flash and i was very grateful to have my Quantum lighting with me. I drained 3 high capacity batteries with the amount of flash required (for those interested in photography, the exposure was 250s at f10 – f18 so it was mainly full power flash.
The only disappointing thing for me was that I was feeling very ill and the day after was at the Doctor, and then was in hospital so it was a challenge working all day and then at the dinner at Stewart Milne’s house at night.
After being at Deeside Golf Club, Colin was going to Malmaison on Queens Road for a champagne and canapé evening to promote the Maggies appeal. The evening hosted by BBC sports commentator, Rob McLean heard Colin Montgomerie and Colin Welsh (Chairman of the appeal committee) explain why a Maggies centre is so important for Aberdeen. Click here to see how much their centres can help suffers and their families, and click here for more information on Monty’s Maggie’s appeal.
The committee had kindly invited Sandra and I as guests. When I got my invitation, I noticed that there were 10 raffle prizes of a photograph of Colin with the Ryder cup. I accepted the invitation and emailed asking if they had arranged the photography and offered to do this free of charge, and my offer was accepted. Malmaison Set up a room for the photography and all the prize winners came up and got their photograph taken and they will get a print sent to them. The photograph above is of Colin and Andy Roger, the General Manager of Malmaison in Aberdeen. Malmaison and Andy have been great supporters of the appeal and last year Andy and a team of Mal staff walked 164 miles covering both the West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way. Click here to read more.
Sandra was with me, and took the opportunity to get her photograph with Colin and the Ryder cup.
Click here to see all the prize winners and shots of the famous Ryder Cup.
Last Thursday, Colin Montgomeris was back at Deeside Golf Club with the Ryder Cup. He had kindly agreed to have a question and answer session for the junior members at Deeside Golf club. Colin established a relationship with Deeside last year when there was a special tournament at Deeside with Colin to raise funds for the Maggies appeal. Click here to find out about the event and the appeal.
The junior members had some great questions and Colin is very articulate and gave them a great insight into his amazing golfing career. Doug Watson, the club captain, made a very good job of hosting the session and finished up with a rapid fire series of either or questions so all the juniors and members present could find out more about "Colin, the man, as well as the golfer"
After the Q and A session, all the children and a few of the members there lined up to have their photograph taken with Colin and the Ryder Cup. When Lucinda, his assistant saw the number in the queue, she said it would be impossible as he was on a tight schedule but we started and went very quickly and took 64 photographs in well under 10 minutes. Colin was very complementary about how quickly it was done and although I would have liked longer, at least everyone got their photograph taken. I had a background set up which was only big enough for a tight shot of 2 people so Lukas had a lot of Photoshop work to do to "add background" where required. I have already had some very positive comments about the images (see below) which we are selling on-line with 50% of the sales going to the Maggies appeal.
Click here to view all the images.
Good Morning Neil,
The photos from the Colin Montgomery Juniors session at Deeside GC are superb.
Would you let me know sizes and prices please? I’ll probably go for standard sizes for all of them apart from the threeshot (NWG2816) which we’d like enlarged – it’s brilliant.
Many thanks, Kirstin
Kirstin Gove, Communications & Media Training Manager
AVC Media Enterprises