Halloween events this weekend in your local area

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There is no doubt about it, it’s Autumn, it’s dark (remember the clocks are changing this Sunday!) and it’s cold but before we get anywhere near Christmas it’s Halloween!

There are lots of events on this coming weekend and at the time of writing this it looks like it will be a dry weekend too (fingers crossed!). No plans yet? Let me run through some of the local events and you can see if any take your fancy!

  1. Wand Workshop, Crombie


On both Saturday and Sunday this weekend you can attend an hourly session to make your own wand!

“Explore your inner wizardry by designing and decorating your own wand in time for Halloween. All materials are supplied but you maust cast your own spells! 

Hourly sessions from 10am till 3pm

£5.90 Adult
£4.30 Concession

Book your tickets online or contact the Park for more details on 01241 860360 or crombiecountrypark@angusalive.scot”

Also, between now and the end of the month you can take a walk round Crombie and look out for the hidden spooky characters on their Ghost and Pumpkin Trails! Don't worry, I was up last week and people weren’t hiding behind trees waiting to give you a fright (that’s when I’d find out how fast I could really run!) so definitely family friendly and fun for the kids to explore and keep a look out for ghosts and other spooky characters.

You can buy a trail form from reception for £1, the event is free.

2. The Brownie of Ferne Den & The Den Fiend, Monikie


These are two separate events in association with Monifieth Amateur Dramatics being held this weekend at Monikie.

“In a time, once, long ago, when fairies and bogles lived among us, there was one magical creature who used his powers for mischief. But Farmer Angus and his wife Jeannie have a kindness that is catching, and perhaps the mischief maker can use any powers to make that world of old a better place.

Has your sock gone astray? Did that door slam with no one there? And who was that tapping on the window?! It could have been...The Brownie of Ferne Den!”

This is an open air theatre event lasting 45 minutes, make sure you wrap up warm as it kicks off when the sun is down at 6:30pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Click here for full information and links to buy tickets. We might see you there!

The Den Fiend is on at 8pm-9pm on both Saturday and Sunday from ages 14+. You can find out more information on the event here.

3. Halloween at Glamis Castle


From having a read about this weekend at Glamis Castle it looks pretty spooky! If you have been in previous years it would be great to hear from you, I found The Sixth Sense film scary so it doesn’t take much to give me a fright!

“Please be aware that the Haunted Tour, the Bewitched Wood and the Adults Only Halloween Tour feature dark surroundings, frightening ghosts and spooky stories. Parental discretion is advised.”

You can find more information and book tickets via their website here.

4. Craigtoun Halloween Event

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“Numbers are strictly limited so don’t miss out –
call our Ticket Office on 01334 472013 to book yours now!

Tickets cost £7.50 per person (adults need a ticket too but under 3s are free)
and include a hot or cold drink, a Halloween sweet treat and a ghostly tractor ride,
as well as a kids disco, party games, spooky story telling, letter trail,
lantern competition and fancy dress parade.”

You can find some photos from previous years events on the Craigtoun website here.

5. Halloween Storytelling, Barry Mill


I love walking up by Barry Mill, they have different events on all year round so it’s worth keeping an eye on their facebook page. This event is on Sunday at both 5pm and 6pm (45 minutes long).

“Come & listen - if you dare! Halloween was a time for storytelling around the fire like no other! We want you to come along and experience spooky, funny and occasionally gruesome tales in that tradition.Our corn drying kiln is perfect for this as you'll be sitting above a giant 'cauldron of fire'!

Child £4
Adult £5
Family (1 adult and up to 3 children) £10

Available online and on the eve itself subject to availability

For reasons of limited space, only one adult can accompany the children into the storytelling area - but we do expect that all children must be supervised inside or outside of the haunted tower. Recommended ages 6+”

You can find more information here.

Do you know of any other Halloween events this weekend you would like added to the list? Let me know!

A beautiful sunny morning at Tentsmuir Forest, Fife

If you love to be by the sea and love to walk through the trees (two of my favourite things!) you can get the best of both worlds at Tentsmuir.

The plan of the morning was to go for a walk and capture these two adorable brothers exploring and playing. We made room for some cuddles and giggles too! Here are a few of my favourite images from their session-


At 10am the late September sun was filtering through the trees and creating beautiful light in this perfect little spot so this is where we started before we went walkabouts!


Off at breakneck speed we went to explore and found…


We also went for a quick play the park where there were some serious climbing skills on display!


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Playing in the mud at Crombie Country Park, Angus

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The weather this Easter holiday hasn't always been on our side for getting out and about. Sunday was a beautiful sunny day so we headed off to Crombie Country Park with the kids for a walk around the Loch then a play at the playpark there.

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There were lots of opportunities to run, hide behind trees and balance on the ones that had been cut down (that was a firm favourite!).

It had been raining the day before so there were also a few muddy patches. I hadn't foreseen the impact that would have...

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Quite quickly Finlay discovered some muddy sections and was not keen to move on. We moved on from mud patch to mud patch until he found a really good bit with thick squelchy mud, fell on his bottom, got back up and stomped and splashed about some more and refused to leave his little patch of heaven. 

We were still near the beginning of our walk and it had taken quite a lot of negotiation to get that far so we decided to head back the way we came and head to the play park. Sometimes you just have to cut your losses!

I'm working on incorporating video clips into my personal work. For a super quick slideshow and some muddy footage check out the video below-

We will be visiting Crombie again soon as I love the walk there and the kids really love looking out for wildlife (there are swans!) and playing at the park. Fingers crossed we get a little bit further along next time and I can photograph and film more of it to show you.

From April through to the end of September car parking charges apply (£2.80) so remember to bring some change!


Why you should consider a sunset session

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As a photographer it is my mission to find good light so I can create gorgeous images for my clients.

When the sun is high in the sky you get harsh shadows and the bright sun can cause people to squint their eyes so finding some shade is a must.

Here is an excerpt from the free download 5 Top Tips to improve your phone photos of your kids-

You can see above the difference it makes finding some shade. In the top photo Jaime is squinting and you can see harsh shadows on her face. On the bottom photo Jaime has nice even light over her face and she can open her eyes, makes for a much better image!

Sunset is a popular time of day for photographers to shoot because the sun is low in the sky and can give a beautiful golden backlight to your images. You can backlight your images at any time of the day but you keep more detail in the photograph at sunrise and sunset and the light has an extra special quality that I absolutely love.  

Open shade on an overcast day Tentsmuir, Fife

I love the light in the photograph above but do you see the difference between this image and the ones below?

morning sun, backlit, Backmuir Wood, Dundee, Angus



walking through field near sunset Wormit, Fife
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The thing about living in Scotland is we can't guarantee a sunny sunset! Although there is always the possibility it may be overcast if you love this light like I do it is certainly worth thinking about when you schedule the time of your session.

We might not all love the shorter days but it does mean that as the sun sets earlier in the day families with  young children can take advantage of this amazing light before it gets too late past bedtime. 


Family photos at Backmuir Wood, Angus

Backmuir Wood Dundee family photo shoot
I cannot recommend Catriona enough. She took the most beautiful photos of our family which included 3 year old twins and 2 dogs! If she can cope with all of that she can cope with anything! Beautiful natural photos in our favourite setting. Thank you Catriona!
— Heather

Backmuir wood is found between Muirhead and Liff, just outside of Dundee and was the setting for this lovely family photo shoot back in October. 

We meet up in the morning, the sun shining down through the trees on an unusually warm October day and went for a walk through the woods.

The twins climbed onto rocks in the clearing, hid behind trees playing hide and seek, hugged while going round and round in circles, held hands with mummy and daddy and looked at the different leaves on the trees. A great walk with lots of opportunities to photograph them both playing and being themselves.

I love the smiles and the laughter. I love how the light filters through the trees and the colours of the Autumn leaves on the ground. It was hard to choose which ones to show you on the blog but here I have picked out some of my very favourite images from their session to share with you.

Do you have a favourite place where you would love to have your family photographed?

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Tentsmuir family photo shoot on a blustery October day

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Before this windy Autumn day last October I hadn't visited Tentsmuir in about 12 years.

When we were kids we would visit and spend the day at the beach there. I remember we would pay for the car park by giving cash to someone manning a little hut then park the car in amongst the trees. I remember the sea being what seemed like miles away and the wet sand being great for running on for those many trips back and forth with buckets full of water for sandcastles.

All fond memories that all came flooding back when I met up with this awsome family back in October for their family photography session.

Things have changed a little, there is a barrier to pay to get in now (£2). I was waiting for some time for a ticket to come out while frantically looking for more change thinking it hadn't accepted what I had put in. Turns out there is not ticket and the barrier was up waiting for me the whole time!

Enough reminiscing and car barrier fails, onto some gorgeous family photography with a wonderful family. I am in love with the rich colours from this session!

Harry and Toby cycled while we walked to the old Ice House, that is when the drizzle began! As we were amongst the trees there was no sign of the wind (hurrah!) but it started to get misty and wet as soon as we set foot on the beach (boo!). I love these photographs of the boys, silly faces and giggles always make me smile! 

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Tentsmuir forest and beach

We were fortunate to get a cloudy day meaning we could venture out from the shade and into the soft light on the beach, drizzle and all!  After a short walk down on to the beach we headed back for shelter, walking (and cycling!) through the forest.

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Although I didn't get a chance to visit I did see the Crepe Shack and as much as I plan to take my own family back to Tentsmuir I also plan to pay the shack a visit, it looks amazing!

If you are looking for a beautiful sandy beach Tentsmuir is the place to go. If you are looking for a variety of forest walks you're also covered. Check out a map and information on the area here.

Glamis Castle family session

A late afternoon family walk around the grounds of a 15th century castle? Yes please!

The grounds of Glamis Castle is somewhere this lovely family spend time playing and walking the dogs and has special meaning for them. Not only were we blessed with a warmer than average October day the clouds also cleared for the sun to peek through and give that backlight that I love. It was a little windy when out in the open but that didn't stop us! 

The Walled Garden was gorgeous with the light filtering through the trees and all the beautiful colours of the flowers. We spent a little time there then went off for a wander through the trees and round to the Italian Garden.

It was a great relaxed walk in beautiful surroundings with lots of tickles, giggles and running races. I have included some of the photographs from the session below for you to see!

Walking with dad in the Walled Garden, Glamis Castle

Walking with dad in the Walled Garden, Glamis Castle

Family includes fury babies too! Walled Garden, Glamis Castle

Family includes fury babies too! Walled Garden, Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle

Girl laughing, Glamis Castle, Scotland