In addition to being a wedding, portrait, food & travel photographer, I teach photography at all levels and I guest lecture to universities, colleges and camera clubs. I am a member of the Royal Photographic Society, the Master Photographers Association and Wedding & Portrait Photographers International.
Images awarded a Merit at the Finals of the 2019 Master Photography Awards:
Master Photographers Association 'Highly Commended' and 'Silver Award' winners:
December 2019 - 'Mostly Black' exhibition in Athens, Greece
November 2019 - 'People In The City' exhibition in Barcelona, Spain
November 2019 - 'Artistic Photography' exhibition in Thessaloniki, Greece
November 2019 - 'Dramatic Lighting' exhibition in Barcelona, Spain
October 2019 - 'Amazing Architecture' exhibition in Budapest, Hungary
October 2019 - 'Mostly White' exhibition in Berlin, Germany
September 2019 - 'Less Is More' exhibition in Melbourne, Australia
September 2019 - 'Dramatic B&W' exhibition in Melbourne, Australia
August 2019 - 'Borders' exhibition in Vienna, Austria
June 2019 - 'Memorable Portraits' exhibition in Venice, Italy
May 2019 - 'Monochrome' exhibition in Ljubljana, Slovenia
November 2018 - 'Monochrome' exhibition in Singapore
October 2018 - 'Silhouettes & Shadows' exhibition in Budapest, Hungary
September 2018 - 'Favourite Shots' exhibition in Barcelona, Spain
August 2018 - 'Mostly White' exhibition in London
July 2018 - 'Solo Subjects' exhibition in Vienna, Austria
October 2017 - 'Telling a Story' exhibition in Essen, Germany
September 2017 - 'Kodak Moments' exhibition in New York
August 2017 - 'Unposed' exhibition in Edinburgh
June 2017 - 'Black & White' exhibition in Madrid, Spain
April 2017 - 'Composing with Colour' exhibition in Paris, France
November 2019 - Reached the finals of the Master Photography Awards (Nationals) where three of my wedding images (see above) were awarded Merits.
July 2018 - I was accepted into the prestigious Master Photographers Association.
December 2017 - One of my still life images was published in an international coffee table book titled 'Everyday Objects'.
July 2017 - I had the honour of being selected as an Ambassador to the British Photography Awards. The awards not only recognise exceptional photographers from across the UK, the organisation actively supports a range of fantastic charities and encourages photography as an incredible storytelling medium at all levels. If you would like to know more about the awards, please feel free to contact me.
April 2017 - I was selected for the Royal Photographic Society's advisory panel at the Edinburgh International Science Festival.
Scott Near - Photographer & Creative Director
When I was 11 years old, I bought my first Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera with money I was given for my birthday. This was of course long before digital photography so film was the order of the day. In a way, I am extremely grateful that I started with film because it taught me how to see before taking the photo.
Films and processing were expensive for a boy of my age so I would take a long time planning, checking settings and carefully composing the photograph before I even pressed the shutter release. This was a fantastic way to learn about the camera but there was one major flaw in this process. The subject.
Ironically, the things I wanted to photograph so meticulously with this painstakingly slow 'road to perfection' were birds and other wildlife. Yes you've guessed it. By the time the camera was ready and I was happy with the shot, the subject was usually long gone.
Thankfully though I learned a huge amount in relation to how a camera works, what makes a good photo and of course, how to do it all much quicker! When I attended Art School in Lincolnshire, I learned about darkroom processing and printing (among other disciplines) to complement my knowledge of photography.
Move forward more than 35 years from buying my first SLR, following a variety of non-photographic jobs and a computing degree, I am now the proud owner of Camerashy Photography and have been for a number of years. Film cameras have evolved into the digital variety and the darkroom has become Adobe Lightroom. I work from home in Edinburgh where I have my editing studio and my love for photography is as solid now as it was as a child.
My partner, Carrie, has joined the business full-time as our Client Relations Manager and controls the day to day operations of the business. I now specialise in wedding, commercial and food photography with a client portfolio including sports personalities, Michelin starred chefs. and some of the most prestigious companies on the planet.
The equipment I use professionally is from Nikon and Sigma, giving me a set of very robust and versatile tools with which to create the images you see throughout this site. When I'm not working I am usually photographing for pleasure - my love of wildlife photography never faded.
In addition to wildlife photography I love to travel so wherever I go at least one camera comes with me. Exploring a new place is always inspirational and I constantly look for new and exciting images to bring home.
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Thank you for taking the time to visit and please get in touch if you would like more information about the work we do.
Carrie Duncan - Client Relations Manager
I'm Carrie and I'm the first point of contact for any enquiries or bookings; I take you through the steps prior to and after your wedding or event, leaving Scott free to do what he does best!
Like Scott, I love to travel, and good food & wine are my greatest passions. I spend a lot of my free time participating in various exercise classes from yoga and Pilates, to circuits and aerobics, which allow me to indulge in the food & wine!
I really enjoy talking to people and it's wonderful meeting our wedding couples and commercial clients; each and every one of you is unique and we strive to portray your individual requirements through beautiful, tailored photography.
If you would like to get in touch regarding your photography needs I would love to chat with you to discuss our bespoke service.
10/3 Western Gardens, Edinburgh, EH12 5QD
T: 0131 463 4988
M: 07977 634988