Road Trip to the Scottish Highlands
I met Anokhi a few years back at a photography workshop we attended. So it was nice hearing from her again after she got in touch for her wedding photography.
When we met Anokhi and Thinesh, we learned that Thinesh loved driving long distances. As long as over 10 hours straight! So after discussing various ideas for their pre-wedding shoot, we agreed to go on a long road trip to Isle of Skye Scotland. At first, I didn’t quite believe that anyone could drive for more than 5 hours straight and still be happy and full of energy. But Thinesh proved me wrong by driving all the way there and back. That was more than 24 hours of car journey!
Once in Scotland, we experienced one of the hardest shoots we’ve done to date. It involved a lot of walking up and down very rough and steep terrain with heavy equipment. One of our chosen locations was The Fairy Pools at the foot of the Black Cuillin mountain range. Walking to the pools was the hardest bit. Walking uphill for over 20 minutes with a Profoto Location Kit on my back, that weighs almost two stones (25lbs), was a killer! At one point it felt like we were on a vertical incline! We all got a good workout that day.
And the midges! The damned Midges! Anywhere we went, we were all bitten like crazy by midges!! My wife still has marks on her arms from those insects, and it’s been over two months. But poor Thinesh, it seemed like they were targeting him the most. One of the funniest moments was when he kept slapping his face. If you visit the highlands of Scotland, take plenty of insect spray or mosquito net or something to cover your head and face. I had my head chewed by the pesky little blighters for one of the shots at Eilean Donan Castle.
But I have to say, despite the difficulties we faced, it was all worth it. The landscape in Scotland is amazingly beautiful. I wish we had more time to discover and shoot other parts of the Highlands. Hopefully, we’ll be going back there again, either on our own for a break, or with another couple if I haven’t scared them already.
And I have to say a huge thank you to Anokhi and Thinesh. They were an amazing couple to work with. Their patience and enthusiasm were inspiring and motivating.
Below are a selection of the photos we captured in the beautiful scenes of the Scottish Highlands and some at Glasgow University on the way back to London.