Growing up on the doorstep of Loch Lomond helped me to discover my passion for photography which has grown into my profession where I now specialise in landscape photography. I love being able to return to a location at a different time of day or year and take completely new photographs. One of the things I love most about my job is that I get to spend my time exploring new places and immersing myself in the most beautiful parts of the country at times when they look their best, and taking time to absorb those moments and share them with others.
I first started using an old film camera belonging to my Dad, and when I went to North Glasgow College, I studied black and white film photography. It was great to get back to basics and study things “the old fashioned way”. I believe studying film is the best way to really learn the principals, and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to take up photography. After my time at North Glasgow, I progressed to Glasgow Metropolitan College, where I spent two years studying all manner of subjects from advertising to photojournalism.
With the exception of my final unit, I was never able to include landscape photography in my course work. However I learnt skills in other areas which have allowed me to progress in the commercial world. As a result of not studying landscape photography during my course, I largely consider my skill in this area to be self-taught through magazines, admiring other people’s work and a huge amount of trial and error. The images I included in my final unit went on to be shortlisted for the Association of Photographers Student Awards in 2011.
Towards the end of my course, I received an offer of a three month commission, and took the plunge into the world of freelance photography. Since then, I have learnt a great deal as I have grown my business and evolved my style. In the field of photography, I believe that a strong portfolio and an understanding of techniques, as well as a unique style in your work, speak louder than educational qualifications. I started Gavin Ritchie Photography in 2011 and have since taken part in a large number of projects ranging from: family and corporate portraits, product marketing, event photography, outdoor pursuits and weddings.
It’s everyones dream to make their hobby a profession and I'm lucky enough to be able to do that. I love honing my craft and using it to help others with their ventures. But there is still nothing I love more than shuffling my feet trying to keep warm next to my tripod waiting for the sun to rise.
- Winner of the Trades House of Glasgow "CraftEx" Competition 2009
- Short Listed in the Student AOP Awards 2011 Landscape Category
- Short Listed in the Scottish Nature Photography Awards 2011
- Short Listed in the Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2012
- Canon 7D
- Canon 50D
- 24-70mm f4L IS USM
- 17-85mm f5.6 IS USM
- 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
- 50mm f1.4
- Manfrotto MT057C3 Tripod
- Manfrotto 804RC2 Pan Tilt Head
- Assortment of filters
- Tamrac Adventure 9 Rucksack