Mindfulness, photography &

The self help bookshelf in stores grows each year, complete with the promise of an answer. Anxiety, depression is fast rising, alongside chronic illness. The truth is that most people live in some sort of state of emotional discomfort, ranging from mild worries to...

I phoneography, slowing down & mindfulness in India

I’ve just returned from two weeks in Kerala. My yearly downtime: time I set aside for pure relaxation of the body and mind which I find essential in boosting wellness but also creativity. This year was a first in that I left my cameras at home! I’m a big fan of Iphone...

Wild swimming photography through the winter in Scotland

Anna Deacon, a lovely photographer from Edinburgh travelled up to Loch Ness to photograph me swimming in January. Anna embarked on a personal photographic project a few months ago, exploring wild swimmers through the winter in Scotland to benefit mind, body &...

A few days on Tiree

I find it really hard to put into words the way I feel about Tiree. But, if I had visited this little island when I was 20 I might never have left. There is something so beautiful about the simplicity of the island and I just adore its lack of structure. The parking...

Isle of Skye Landscape photography – Fuji X-T3

I managed to hang onto my trial of the Fuji X-T3 for a second trip to the Isle of Skye! I was doing another 1-2-1 training day with a couple of ladies so brought the camera along for my time off and some quick shots to demo composition and exposure. so these images...

‘Quiet’ by Susan Cain – recommended book

“I believe that introversion is my greatest strength. I have such a strong inner life that I am never bored and only occasionally lonely “Susan Cain" This lady is one of my heroes. My life changed when I read her book "Quiet". If you revitalise through quiet alone...

Recommended camera bags

My hunt for a great camera backpack has been ongoing for many years. I've tended to stick with an Osprey hiking bag for when walking longer distances as the fit is just perfect for me. The down side is that they aren't made for photographers. So, whilst they are...

One to one landscape photography tuition on the Isle of Skye

I photographed Michaela and Iain's wedding amidst sleet storms, howling wind and then glorious sunshine this summer on Loch Coruisk. A photographer herself, Michalea wanted to experience more landscape photography on Isle of Skye. So we set off for a 1-2-1 training...

Fuji X-T3

I've been meaning to lighten the load for years now and have been waiting a while to see things develop. Given that I have 8 Nikon bodies and 8 lenses, it's a huge step to think about switching over. For me the camera has to be second nature - it is a tool for the job...

Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2018 shortlist

I am always delighted to hear that any of my images make it through in competitions. Particularly when it is the Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition though. This year, two images made it through to the shortlist in the category of "At the Waters Edge" The...

Why I do what I do

I have been thinking a lot lately about the why - why I spend hours preparing to speak to audiences in camera clubs and conventions, why I spend the time writing and thinking carefully about my instagram captions, why write this blog and why I want to run photography...

Orkney Isles wild landscapes

Each time I go to the Orkney Isles I love it just that one little bit more. I've only ever visited in winter and part of the reason that I love the island it's wild, quiet and amazingly raw landscapes. One day I will see it in the summer, but for now I love the winter...

Caithness sunrise

I woke yesterday morning in my van at the side of the road somewhere between Latheron and Dunbeath in Caithness. I had been photographing a wedding the day before in Wick and after a late finish I ended up pulling in for the night rather than drive tired. It had been...

Ayurveda in India – Shinshiva

**This blog post was originally written 4 years ago. Just as an update I now visit India or Sri Lanka each year now and each year return healthy and visibly renewed through Ayurveda. I might just be living walking proof that it works! *** I am at Shinshiva in Kerala...

Speaking engagement at SWPP in London

I am delighted to be asked to present a talk at the SWPP convention in London this January. I will be telling my story and through this helping you find your own path in life and in your work. Many people struggle to identify what it is that they love and I will be...

Eswatini – Swaziland Photography tour

Eswatini (Swaziland) has a slow and gentle pace, plus an wealth of amazing sights; a photographer’s paradise. I first visited last year whilst documenting a trip for Traveleyes and just loved the feeling of being totally immersed in nature. Sounds, smells, sights take...

SEAcroft Pods – luxury pods with incredible views!

I had one extra night on the Isle of Lewis recently and have wanted to go and stay with SEAcroft for a while, having heard abut their amazing place and wonderful food from a friend. Well, I am so glad I had that extra night away as it was the single best view I have...

The Machrie Hotel, Isle of Islay

A brand new luxury hotel on the Isle of Islay, the Machrie sits within walking distance from a long stretch of sandy beach backed by dunes. The main focus of the hotel is its fabulous golf course which is situated along the dunes of The Strand. Not being a golfer......

The Isle of Islay

I have just returned from a couple of days on the Isle of Islay. I have been wanting to explore this island more with a thought to running a retreat out to the Southern Hebrides. I have to say that I managed to fall in love with Islay this weekend!  The wall to wall...

Recommended Podcasts

Podcasts have recently changed my life. A sweeping statement I know but very close to being true! I drive a lot ... and I also like to use every minute of my time wisely so it always seemed a waste to spend it just driving. Learning and expanding thoughts; why could...

Painting

I started out as a painter. From lying drawing quietly hour upon hour as a small child to setting up an easel in my tiny bedroom as a teenager. I went on to art school and my paintings were vast and expressive. At least 6 foot in size and the act of creating them was...

Carving out time for yourself

How do you carve out quiet times?  2019 for me means more upcoming solo trips that I have planned. More and more each year I realise that it's ok to travel alone and enjoy it. It's ok to feel happy and enriched by being alone. Others often look at me with either shock...

Where to stay on the Isle of Harris – The Sound of Harris

I love the Sound of Harris so much. For two reasons; one is the sheer space in both houses. The big house in both its double height ceiling and huge kitchen area but even the small house feels spacious because of its contemporary design and clean lines. The other...

Isle of Harris landscape photography workshop

I recently ran a couple of short landscape photography workshops on the Isle of Harris as part of the Harris Mountain Festival programme. A couple of hours of great fun teaching i phoneography on quite possibly the most beautiful setting imagineable! Followed the next...

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Mindfulness, photography &

The self help bookshelf in stores grows each year, complete with the promise of an answer. Anxiety, depression is fast rising, alongside chronic illness. The truth is that most people live in some sort of state of emotional discomfort, ranging from mild worries to...

A few days on Tiree

I find it really hard to put into words the way I feel about Tiree. But, if I had visited this little island when I was 20 I might never have left. There is something so beautiful about the simplicity of the island and I just adore its lack of structure. The parking...

Isle of Skye Landscape photography – Fuji X-T3

I managed to hang onto my trial of the Fuji X-T3 for a second trip to the Isle of Skye! I was doing another 1-2-1 training day with a couple of ladies so brought the camera along for my time off and some quick shots to demo composition and exposure. so these images...

Recommended camera bags

My hunt for a great camera backpack has been ongoing for many years. I've tended to stick with an Osprey hiking bag for when walking longer distances as the fit is just perfect for me. The down side is that they aren't made for photographers. So, whilst they are...

Fuji X-T3

I've been meaning to lighten the load for years now and have been waiting a while to see things develop. Given that I have 8 Nikon bodies and 8 lenses, it's a huge step to think about switching over. For me the camera has to be second nature - it is a tool for the job...

Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2018 shortlist

I am always delighted to hear that any of my images make it through in competitions. Particularly when it is the Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition though. This year, two images made it through to the shortlist in the category of "At the Waters Edge" The...

Why I do what I do

I have been thinking a lot lately about the why - why I spend hours preparing to speak to audiences in camera clubs and conventions, why I spend the time writing and thinking carefully about my instagram captions, why write this blog and why I want to run photography...

Orkney Isles wild landscapes

Each time I go to the Orkney Isles I love it just that one little bit more. I've only ever visited in winter and part of the reason that I love the island it's wild, quiet and amazingly raw landscapes. One day I will see it in the summer, but for now I love the winter...

Caithness sunrise

I woke yesterday morning in my van at the side of the road somewhere between Latheron and Dunbeath in Caithness. I had been photographing a wedding the day before in Wick and after a late finish I ended up pulling in for the night rather than drive tired. It had been...

Ayurveda in India – Shinshiva

**This blog post was originally written 4 years ago. Just as an update I now visit India or Sri Lanka each year now and each year return healthy and visibly renewed through Ayurveda. I might just be living walking proof that it works! *** I am at Shinshiva in Kerala...

Speaking engagement at SWPP in London

I am delighted to be asked to present a talk at the SWPP convention in London this January. I will be telling my story and through this helping you find your own path in life and in your work. Many people struggle to identify what it is that they love and I will be...

Eswatini – Swaziland Photography tour

Eswatini (Swaziland) has a slow and gentle pace, plus an wealth of amazing sights; a photographer’s paradise. I first visited last year whilst documenting a trip for Traveleyes and just loved the feeling of being totally immersed in nature. Sounds, smells, sights take...

The Machrie Hotel, Isle of Islay

A brand new luxury hotel on the Isle of Islay, the Machrie sits within walking distance from a long stretch of sandy beach backed by dunes. The main focus of the hotel is its fabulous golf course which is situated along the dunes of The Strand. Not being a golfer......

The Isle of Islay

I have just returned from a couple of days on the Isle of Islay. I have been wanting to explore this island more with a thought to running a retreat out to the Southern Hebrides. I have to say that I managed to fall in love with Islay this weekend!  The wall to wall...

Recommended Podcasts

Podcasts have recently changed my life. A sweeping statement I know but very close to being true! I drive a lot ... and I also like to use every minute of my time wisely so it always seemed a waste to spend it just driving. Learning and expanding thoughts; why could...

Painting

I started out as a painter. From lying drawing quietly hour upon hour as a small child to setting up an easel in my tiny bedroom as a teenager. I went on to art school and my paintings were vast and expressive. At least 6 foot in size and the act of creating them was...

Carving out time for yourself

How do you carve out quiet times?  2019 for me means more upcoming solo trips that I have planned. More and more each year I realise that it's ok to travel alone and enjoy it. It's ok to feel happy and enriched by being alone. Others often look at me with either shock...

Isle of Harris landscape photography workshop

I recently ran a couple of short landscape photography workshops on the Isle of Harris as part of the Harris Mountain Festival programme. A couple of hours of great fun teaching i phoneography on quite possibly the most beautiful setting imagineable! Followed the next...

The Isle of Lewis – an undiscovered paradise

One glorious week spent on the Isle of Lewis. I have experienced gales, huge swells and rainstorms, rainbows followed by a bitter northerly wind and then followed by sunshine, warmth and calm seas. The island is so incredible in its changeable moods and wonderful...

Wild swimming on the Outer Hebrides

It was hail-stoning and the wind was whipping around me in the dark of the morning today. Some days it is hard to drag myself out of the house and into the freezing cold sea but the more you do it, the more the draw of the incredible feeling of outdoor swimming keeps...

Valtos, Isle of Lewis

As we sailed into Stornoway yesterday, the sun shone over the Hebrides in that wintry sort of way that produces the kind of light that is so special. The forecast is for some stormy weather this week but for me, that means possibilities and changeable conditions. The...

Home

I just returned to the Isle of Lewis once more, driving off the ferry and seeing places which have become so familiar now makes me feel warm and as though I am home again. Which is odd because I love my real home in Loch Ness where I am settled and happy - yet the...

New Lee “Little stopper” Filter

I have been using Lee Filters for many years now and it was time to get a new little stopper as this is the one I use most often. It was such a nice experience opening the neatly packaged brand new filter I thought I'd share a little blog post about it! Combined with...

Surfing in Scotland

I first tried surfing at college when I went to Swansea.  I had no concept of the fact that people actually did this in the UK till my first day there whilst I was taking a drive out to Caswell Bay to see the beach. I remember seeing a guy getting changed in the car...

Wild swimming for health

I was first introduced to the concept of wild swimming 8 years ago when I met a journalist on a press trip who thought nothing of plunging into the North Sea in the dark of night in mid April whilst staying at Ackergill Tower. When it comes to the outdoors, I am open...

Shinrin-Yoku – Japanese wellness

Japan’s latest wellness trend which has been shown to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and ward off diabetes. Shinrin-yoku is translated as forest bathing. Yes, in Japan, forest bathing is standard preventative medicine. It consists of dedicated forests where...

The Orkney Isles landscape photography

I am just home from a wonderful trip to Orkney. The reason for going to the island was a booking with a lovely lady who wanted a 1-2-1 landscape photography day with myself.  We met and had 2 fabulous half days out in the landscape followed by a little editing work...

Speaking engagement at On Landscape conference

The On Landscape conference takes place on 2-4th Nov, Rheged centre, Cumbria and is a fabulous couple of days for anyone interested in all things landscape photography. I will be giving a short "lightning" talk  about healing through nature during the conference and...

Quiet & kind calendar

  Last week I designed what I have called a quiet & kind calendar. It is available to purchase now in my shop. The calendar is a statement of everything I feel strongly about. Kindness, calmness, nature as a healer and quiet integrity in all you do. Continue...

The Isle of Lewis landscape photography

I am currently taking a whole precious week out on the Isle of Lewis. In between shoots, I found myself with a spare week and an excuse to stay on the island and just explore and enjoy. I will be visiting some of the places and finding new hidden gems along the way...

Speaking engagement at the Isle of Harris Distillery

I would love it if you would join me on Monday 13th August at an evening kindly hosted by the Harris Distillery when I will be giving a talk about my life and photography. The following description explains a little more. Hope to see you there! "​Margaret has become...

The art of listening at photographic workshops

In this world of fast communication, high speed tech and high speed lives, it appears that listening is fast becoming a rare commodity. As I sit writing course outlines and thinking through what goes wrong on many photographic workshops, it seems to me that there is a...

Isle of Harris Mountain Festival Photography Workshops

It's that time of year for the Harris Mountain festival again and this year I am holding a few workshops and an opening night talk. The talk will on the evening of Monday 13th August and will be around the topic of doing what you love in life. You can find the full...

Silence as a resource

  Silence is a resource - a powerful one that is becoming increasingly rare. An underrated one and one that has the power to heal. The world is getting increasingly noisy. Cities are loud. Have you ever tried to find real silence in a city? Traffic, car alarms,...

The Togcast interview

The Togcast is a photography podcast featuring interviews with top photographers, gear reviews, and is brought to you by Sam Gregory and Paul Sanders. The bi-monthly podcast focuses on primarily on outdoor and landscape photographers and features regular conversations...

Isle of Harris Landscape Photography workshops

            I'm delighted that I'll be part of this year's Isle of Harris Mountain Festival which takes place in August this year. The community led initiative celebrates the mountains and coast of Harris and features guided walks, water...