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Dumfries Property Photographer. A new client, a new location and a very interesting job today. Cool Stays contacted me about working together on properties as and when they pop up in Scotland. The first property they asked me to photograph was Portamaggie Cottage, which is located in Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway.
So first of all, it’s a bloody long way from home. Stranraer is a 3.5 hour drive from Edinburgh, so a really long way to drive, and on the day I travelled we were experiencing Storm Dudley, so the drive over was awful. I could barely see more than two cars ahead most of the drive and the wind was bad when I left home, but by the time I reached Portamaggie Cottage the winds were hitting the 80/90mph range.
Let’s put it this way, I shoot with a pretty heavy DSLR (a Nikon D4), and I use Gitzo Systematic tripods, which are amongst the most stable tripods you can buy. No way in hell was I setting up my camera on a tripod anywhere outside, it was that windy!
But coming back to Portamaggie Cottage, a family from Northumberland bought the cottage with a viewing to renting it out as a holiday let. Portamaggie Cottage has a single bedroom, is very cosy with lots of charm and with the right weather is in a really beautiful spot along the coast. I love the log fire, the conservatory is really warm and has great views and I believe on a clear day you can see Belfast. I had to go on a really specific date so there was no rescheduling for better weather, but thankfully even though the drive over was miserable, by the time I got there the weather had really cleared up and we had blue skies.
Sitting over Portamaggie Cottage is Killantringan Lighthouse, so once I had finished photographing the cottage, which took a couple hours, I drove up to the lighthouse, took some photos then headed home. In total I did around seven hours driving, got home 9pm (ish), took lots of photos and both Cool Stays and the owners were delighted with the photos.