Aberdeenshire based brothers Guy & Mungo Finlayson’s mission is to bring you only the best of Scottish Gin.
Close to home
We decided that Clachnaben would offer the chance of heather strewn hills with the iconic large granite top to the hill that’s visible from most of lower Deeside. With only a short 30 minute drive to the location, Guy threw on his kilt, packed some bottles in his rucksack and encouraged his new mascot, Izzy, into the car for what turned out to be a great morning in the hills.
Izzy certainly wasn’t camera shy and already very fond of her owner, she continually wanted to be in every shot – who could complain!?
The Scottish Spirit
Trying to match this concept felt challenging at first, especially having just finished my portrait photography college classes! Once we started shooting however, it became a little clearer how to frame the torso and the background for a more balanced image.
Guy and Mungo had a quiet location in mind with easy access for the car to save carrying the bottles for any distance. Although the water looked inviting, we soon realised that wading to any depth would be far too cold for any length of time.
Scotland screams ‘moody’ – especially with the rough granite, lingering rain clouds and kilted Scotsmen (these two aren’t so scary though!). Highlights were pulled back to retain the detail in the clouds, with a matte effect created from tone curve adjustment for that popular magazine style.
Credit: True OriGINs
So why not treat yourself and indulge in a few bottles or experience the upcoming festivals for the ultimate gin drinking experience!
I thoroughly enjoyed this project and it has been fantastic to see some of my images printed on large banners, leaflets and of course being shared around social media… Cheers!