Skye and Glencoe felt like walking onto the set of movie, or a book you read as a kid. After an amazing drive, we arrived at the Clachaig Inn, then we walked up to the Queens Cairn, the place where Queen Victoria used to sit and paint “the three sisters”. Later, sitting in the pub, listening to the accents, and drinking ale and scotch, I couldn’t believe this place could be any more storybook. The next day I was proven wrong, as we boarded the Jacobite Express, a steam train that travels the route used in the Harry Potter movies. We all took turns as the train crossed the viaduct leaning out the window and grabbing images, soot landing in our hair and eyes. We sat in our train car, listening to a little girl across from us practice spells. “Wingardium Leviosa!” she yelled! twirling her wand, as her older sister chided her, correcting the pronunciation. The next few days, we traveled across the Isle, visiting castles, and hiking the Stoor, one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been. We only shot film on this trip, usually with my Leica M2, on Kodak Portra film.
We were so lucky to tag along on this shoot with Orange Photographie, shooting for Stewart & Christie. They make the most beautiful Bespoke Tweed. Had so much fun working with Vixie, and loved the looks and feel she put together. Our models, Fred the worlds best looking geologist, and Olivia and Issac (who coincidentally are the possible names of my future children) were amazing, and even though it was raining and cold, made our job as photographers easy. We shot both in, and outside of Borthwick castle, which was basically fulfilling bucket list items I didn’t even know I had.
If you are ever in Edinburgh, visit their shop, its wonderful, and check them out online here: http://www.stewartchristie.com
Victoria on Hasselblad 500c, Kodak Portra 160