A new life through the lens

Business couldn't be better for Peterhead photographer Malcolm Glennie.
Business couldn't be better for Peterhead photographer Malcolm Glennie.

Peterhead photographer Malcolm Glennie will be celebrating three years in business next month - and he couldn’t be happier.

Peterhead photographer Malcolm Glennie will be celebrating three years in business next month - and he couldn’t be happier.

Malcolm, and wife Leigh, run Malcolm Glennie Photography based at the Buchan Braes Business Centre at Boddam.

What initially started out as a hobby, has grown into a business, with the order books packed with weddings, baby photography and family portraits well into 2015.

Originally from Crimond, Malcolm says he always had a passion for photography, spending much of his spare time capturing landscapes.

Malcolm is qualified as an engineer and has worked for the last 20 years as a draughtsman, but travelling in and out of Aberdeen every day took its toll.

Three years ago Malcolm decided to make a go of the business, continuing to work in Aberdeen at the same time but things got so busy that in October 2012, he took the plunge to concentrate on photography full time - and hasn’t looked back since.

“It’s now a case of keeping up with the demand,” said Malcolm.

“It’s had its moments, but it’s been worth it and everything has worked out just fine.”

Leigh works full time on the business also, styling the shoots, and also the day to day running of the studio.

The couple have recently taken on an assistant, former photography student Kayleigh Ritchie to help with the business and are now looking ahead to a busy few months.

“Our calendar for 2014 is hectic and 2015 is beginning to fill also and from now until Christmas we are exceptionally busy.

“The bulk of our work is mainly bespoke weddings, babies and family portraits, we do a lot of lifestyle outdoors sessions which is a favourite,” said Malcolm. “We like to treat our clients the way we like to be treated ourselves, so we concentrate on providing them with a first-class service with high quality products.

“When we decided to go into the photography business we wanted to give ourselves a better work-life balance.

“Our clients see the benefits of this as we can spend more time with them and give them all our attention, while we are also seeing the benefits of it too,” he said.

The couple originally had their studio at their home in Peterhead, but two years ago they opted to move to their current Boddam base.

“It’s absolutely fantastic out here. It has everything that we need,” said Leigh.

In the past year Malcolm has qualified with a licentiateship in photography from the SWPP, and has also gained qualification from the Guild of Wedding Photographers and the Guild of Professional Photography. He also recently won a gold medal for one of his landscape photographs in an international competition.

Malcolm likes also to take time out and work on personal projects and when he can manage, helping out other local businesses. He will be taking photographs of this year’s Peterhead Pantomime for the second year in a row.

“I do a lot of photography within the community and like to help out where I can.

“We’re really looking forward to working with the panto group again this year.

“It’s been a great three years and we are looking forward to welcoming clients new and old in the future,” he added.