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I am not a photoshop kinda guy! I try my hardest to get the photograph done in camera and edit some blemishes but that is it. The last few days I have struggled to capture the photograph I wanted! Sort of writers block but for a photographer!

I have uploaded the following two photographs to see how bad the original was and how much photo editing I had to do and it is still not great! It’s not that I suck at Photoshop I just just feel I want to share the view I have seen. I admire people who can take a simple image and airbrush it to hell!! Is it cheating? or is it creative input? hmm.. I don;t know. I feel there is to much airbrushing going in to portraits and does not portray natural beauty.

Try and keep a photograph as natural as possible! You are beautiful and you do not need airbrushing to make you look like a Barbie doll, that is just ugly!

Copyright James Kelly 2010


I am having a day of doing very little but now have to get off my ass and drive to Aberdeen to photograph Cocktails!

Get to sample as well so that should be fun,Will update with photographs asap.

Thursday 18th February 2010.

Been a rubbish day! I feel rubbish!! I have been given the flu (man) by four different people!! THANK YOU… Was meant to be working in Starbucks today but swapped my shift so I can have a day off and rest! That is what I did.  Stayed the night in Oldmeldrum and had the best sleep in weeks.  Was out like a light.  Woke up about 9.30am which has been the latest in a while.

Cooked up in the house and was driving me mad so I packed my camera and headed out for a drive.
My drive took me to Speybay, Speyside.  I have been here before but the photographs did not turn out so great.  I only really came here for a walk and get some fresh air and think… Such a stunning sunset.

Also made my way to Elgin.  Was job hunting and checking out the area.  After speaking to Jemma I have decided I need to move to Elgin.  We just don’t get any time with each other at the weekends so the only way we can work things out is if I move to Elgin and we spend our time together during the week and she spend her time with her family and friends at the weekend.  So I spent the day in Elgin,  I have fallen in love with the area but unfortunately very little jobs.  So had a look around for photographers and there is not to many.  So going to send out my portfolio and look for assistant jobs, also applied for a Media sales jobs for a paper and look to maybe get a photo Journalist job.

90% of all my photographs I have taken alone but sometimes I wish I had someone sharing these experiences. Someone to take in the stunning views or to take photographs along with me (but then I would get jealous if they produce better photos).
I really needed the chill time.  Also stopped for a coffee and took the time to Job hunt and decide if I want/can move to another city!

Thought a lot about why I got in to photography and where I want to go with it.  I think I know and sent some emails… I will give more detail when I know what is going on.

Well I am off to sleep, Working 3-7pm in Starbucks and then 10-1am in Orchid.

Taken from Speybay looking over to Kingston, Morayshire Scotland.

Copyright James Kelly Photography 2010
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Wednesday 09th December 2009

My head is all over the place today. I blame the lack of coffee. Did not get to sleep till 4:30am and forgot to set my alarm, did not wake till 11am! Gym for a swim then apentthe day in the office working on M-I and my portfolio.

Need to get in to the studio finish painting as I have shoots booked for next week.

Going to photograph in town tonight. This is becoming a habit. I do enjoy it but in s dose’s.

Got a huge event on Friday which is worrying me. The prowess of photographing people then displaying on the tv then to order is time consuming.

Got a free starbucks today which cheered me up. Been off coffee for 48 hours now and had. Chi latte. So fine.

I love the sauna. I sit there for 20 minutes and pounder life. That’s where I come up with most of my ideas (that and the toilet 😉 ).

I was thinking tonight that you get many paths in life and these paths can lead you to many adventures in life.

Just mow I feel my life has 3 paths. One has been tempory been blocked and not going in to detail. The second sees me building up my business and taking over the world (Ha!) an I hope this on leads me to traveling the world with my photography the last one is the one I fear. I feel I am on the line of becoming lazy, careless and giving up! I will end up chosing a job I don’t like and working to make ends meet! This path is the one that keeps me motivated and stayi g on the second path.

I have seen me on the third path before and this is my one scare in life, the one fear of my future.

Home from gym, had so much energy. Now I’m fooked!

Going to rest then head into town for some M-I….. 😉

I have been trying to decide which photogrpah I wanted to add too today’s blog. I finally chose this photograph of Craig Ross which I took a few years ago. Craigs photograph was taken for a little project I did on tattoo’s. I love the photograph is all black yet it was taken in corny of some black papaer in my parents sitting room. How professional.
Imagin my mum and dad watching coronation street/emerdale while their son photographs a half naked guy on th side 🙂

Wednesday 03rd December 2009

New Studio!!

Started the morning really energetic! Went for a run then a swimm! Now at 10pm I am pooped!

Started the working morning with a present from Shelly at the Office Bar, keys to my new studio room. Now it’s not huge but perfect for doing portraits and product photography.

I have a few weekend plans that I will want your help with 😀

So will start sorting it out and painting on Friday.

Got the wedding album sorted and off to print today but way a farce I had to begin with and had to call the company three times. So the album is uploading which is going to take 14 hours! Ha…

So been to the gym with Muff and once again I am sore.

Tonight I am having a relaxig night with home made burgers and chips and South Park then out of Egypt ( I’m a geek)

In celebration of having finished the album and sending it of to print I have picked a wedding photograph of Craig & Eilidh Nicol.


Monday 30th November 2009

Cold winter morning.

The last day on November. This year has gon by so fast. it has been a weirs month but will reflect later in December.

7:00am I managed to get out of bed and go for a run, it may have only been a mile and almost killed me! Then I went and did 30 lengths in the pool. Have felt so good today. I am now 90% finished Eiligh and Craigs album and I entered a couple of photography competitions and got caughtub up on emails.

So far it has been good.

Just now I am preparing food for dinner. Going to try my burgers and chips. If I don’t write tomorrow you know the burgers killed me 🙂

Working in to bar tonight which should be fun.

It has been a long night in the bar but drunken Shelly is funny.

To days photograph is a panoramic of Oldmeldrum I’m Winter. If you were to blow this photograph up large and look at the front by the large stones you see Jemma and my dog lying looking up at the sky! I love it. I have sold six of these prints and the owners don’t know 😉


Sunday Sunday

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Sunday 29th November 2009

Sunday Sunday!!!

I had a long lie in AND it’s shit weather outside! Happy.
Dragged myself to the gym, as of tomorrow I Start running again, then swim, off to work and weights at night with muff.
News a goal, need something to push me!

But as for today I am treating someone to a mcdonalds and a day of watching family guy!

Ohh a bit of hail just fell on me!

I am all for people from other country’s working in the uk (well sort of) but when the person behind the counter at McDonalds can’t under stand any English and manages to mess up my order THREE TIMES then the manage f*ucks it upfor a FOURTH TIME!! Mcdonalds need to tighten up their recruitment system! Just my thoughts.

Got our McD’s and headed back fo the flat. te that then we headed out to Oldmeldrum. Had a relaxing afternoon just watching Family Guy then xfactor.

Was winding my mum up, she left her Facebook on so as her son I thought I will type a few thoughts 😀

“I’m a bumble Bee”

21:30 and we are heading back to Aberdeen. I plan to finish House then get an early night with my book. I pLan to be up at 7am.

I have been thinking lot about traveling. I really would love to spend a year traveling Rural China. Would love to learn the language. Need to start making goals.

Start Modern-Image fulltime again next week. Can not wait to put my all in to it again. Plan on doing a lot more of my own photography so expect to see daily photograhs soon.

With traveling Being in my head I have today uploaded a photograph I took at Tiger Temple in Thailand. This monk owns a tiger sanctuary. An amazing man and true heart for helping wildlife.

It’s Monday and I am semi-motivated!

In the office doing ZERO work. well that is a little lie, I am on Facebook adding friends and adding to my Flickr page.

Having a thought about a change in career. I need to get my act together.  I have had a good run and had fun & stress with life. Now I am ready to settle and get a real job. Either Offshore or find what area I want to specialize in or (which I think is the direction i want to go in) join the police! I think the police are better suited for me. Scared I fail..

When I was Young

When I was Young

I grew up in these fields. It is weird being 25 and not being able to run through the wheat without a care in the world. My mum tells me that kids don’t play out doors any more. So sad. I know when I have kids I will kick them out the house at 9am and tell them not to come back till dinner. Have adventures, break bones, get messy and cause I grew up in these fields. It is weird being 25 and not being able to run through the wheat without a care in the world. My mum tells me that kids don’t play out doors any more. So sad. I know when I have kids I will kick them out the house at 9am and tell them not to come back till dinner. Have adventures, break bones, get messy and cause trouble.

Copyright James Kelly Photography 2009.

It has been far to long since we talked.

A lot has changed and a lot has happened but I am not going in to that.

I am going to start today.

Had a long lie in, first in a very long time. 8 hours sleep and work up at 10 am! fantastic….

Cleaned the flat and headed down to HQ and cleaned their, don’t know what’s up with me….

The couple of months have been so quiet but not the last week.  I feel I have not slept in a week! Cant complain to much though as I hope it keeps up.

Off to watch season 2 of 24…


This was me this morning. Happy sleeping as the sun rises

This was me this morning. Happy sleeping as the sun rises