Saturday, July 9, 2016

Free Studio Photo Session - Limited Places Available

Free Studio Photo Session

Special Offer – Limited Dates & Spaces Available

Elske™ Photography is delighted to offer to a limited number of clients a totally free 1-hour studio photo session. 

The offer:
A totally free, no obligation to buy, 1-hour photo session at the Elske™ Photography studio in Hamilton.

These sessions are strictly available on a first come / first served basis.

If you don’t like my work, you have no obligation to buy.

Sample Images

Options to purchase:

Option 1 - £100
  • 10 images from the shoot will be professionally edited.
  • 10 images will be supplied as high resolution images for print
  • 10 images will be supplied as low resolution for social media*.
  • All 10 images will be supplied on a USB stick

Option 2 - £250
  • All images from the shoot will be professionally edited.
  • All images will be supplied as high resolution images for print
  • All images will be supplied as low resolution for social media*.
  • All images will be supplied on a USB stick
  • Your favourite image as a 20” x 16” Aluminium Mounted Print (Normal Price £175)

* = Low resolution images will contain the Elske™ Photography logo & web address

Terms & Conditions
  1. This is a limited offer on a first come, first served basis
  2. Once all sessions are booked, no further sessions will be offered
  3. Due to limited spaces, re-schedules are not permitted
  4. Each session is limited to a maximum of 6 people
  5. All sessions will take place on the following dates only:
  • Monday 11th – Sunday 17th June 2016
  • Monday 18th – Wednesday 20th June 2016
  • Monday 8th – Sunday 14th August 2016
Day and evening appointments are available

How to book your session
Please call 07810 396 917 to check availability & book your free 1-hour photo session

About Elske™ Photography

ELSKE™ has a simple philosophy
to deliver an exclusive photographic experience and 
create luxurious photographic wall art

I am Jim Veitch, Owner and Photographer at Elske™. I have a wealth of experience in studio and location photo shoots around the world. 
I have extensive experience and the people skills to ensure you are relaxed throughout the shoot to deliver the very best photos
Remember that almost everyone has hang ups and is nervous about being in front of a camera - Even Hollywood actors and supermodels!

My skill is in making you look and feel your absolute best in front of my camera

This means that
Elske™ will deliver to you the very best photographic wall art

Please call 07810396917 to book your session today!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016 - Limited Edition Prints

The image above shows the Red Bull Racing helmet of Pierre Gasly.  
The French GP2 driver flew up the hill in Sebastian Vettel’s V8-powered 2012 title-winning machine. 

Elske Photography returned to the Goodwood Festival of Speed for the second time to capture the excitement of this 4 day world class event.  

If you like motor sport in any form then this is the place to be.  You will see new cars launched, F1 cars, Supercars, Classic cars, Motor bikes, Rally cars and everything in between. 

The great and the good of motor sport all head to Goodwood to run up the famous hill climb or challenge themselves on the rally stages. 

Long lenses, super fast shutter speeds and wet weather clothing were the order of the day to ensure the best possible position to capture the action.

Elske Photography will be offering limited edition, photographer signed prints from this years event.  
If you are interested, please contact us at: for more details.

More images to follow on the website so be sure to visit:

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Elske Photography at the Porsche Museum, Stuttgart, Germany

On one of my recent trips to Germany, I had the pleasure of visiting the Porsche Museum located just outside Stuttgart.

As a self-confessed petrol head and long-term fan of the Porsche brand, I was like the proverbial kid in a candy store!

Right opposite the museum is a Porsche car showroom.  I made this my first port of call and was not disappointed with the exotica on display.

For example, below you see an image of the Porsche 918 Spyder, a mid-engine hybrid petrol & electric sports car. 
The 4.6 litre V8 engine develops 608-horse power and two electric motors deliver an additional 279 horsepower… 
That gives a combined output of 887 horsepower and a top speed of 210 mph!

With such severe power to go, you need equally severe power to stop… 

The brakes on this car are HUGE and serve to both stop the car and to generate power for the batteries.

Heading over to the museum, there were a few cars outside.  Most people were simply taking photos of the cars on their mobile phones and heading into the museum. 

Elske photography tip:  Always look around (and up) – you never know where your next great image will come from (see below).

The picture above is reflections of the cars from the museums roof. 

Once inside the museum, you are treated to cars old and new.  One of my favourite oldies is the 356C shown above.  The black and white conversion on this image seems to capture the era of the 1960s.

The racing heritage is everywhere to be seen.  Here is the winner’s trophy from the 24 hour Le Mans race.

Right up to date we have the 911 GT3 R Hybrid racing car.

And finally, a poster for every boy’s wall - the Porsche Carrera GT.

If you are in or near Stuttgart, I thoroughly recommend a visit to the Porsche Museum – you will not be disappointed.

Elske Photography tips
In public places such as museums, you are very rarely allowed tripods.  Make sure your ISO is boosted to a high enough level to allow for fast shutter speeds to minimise camera shake.

Museums are busy places!  If possible, arrive early to ensure you have more chance of getting shots without people in the frame.

Sometimes, it is unavoidable – especially around a very interesting item.  In these cases, be patient and (hopefully) the people around will be kind enough to move out of the frame long enough for you to get your shot.

Another top tip in crowded areas is to get down low and shoot upwards or shoot with the camera tilted slightly to the side.  This gives you a much more dynamic final image.  This is especially useful when capturing images of cars.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Corporate Shoot with Model – Elske™ Photography Studio

It has been a busy week so far with a full day shoot for the brand Luxar Photo – 
Luxar Photo are a new photographic supplies company specialising in background and lighting solutions for the amateur, enthusiast and professional photography markets.

The shoot was set up to capture three things for the client:
  •     The model shown against a full background to show the relative size of the backgrounds
  •      A ¾ length shot
  •       A headshot

Model: Nerim 

Make up artist: Susan

The backgrounds we used were mainly pop up versions with 2 different sides.  Each side has a long floor covering for continuity.  The backgrounds fold up into a circular bag and do not take up much space in the studio.  These would be easy to transport and set up should you be undertaking location shoots.  
All that you need is a flat wall or a hanging point and you are good to go.

I must admit, I was very pleasantly surprised by these backgrounds and was delighted with the final results.

Indeed, I was so happy with the results that I bought a few for my studio!

The main light used here was a Bowens 500 head with either a 60” Octabox or a beauty dish.  In some images, utilised two Bowens 500 heads with strip softboxes with grids for edge lighting

I would like to say a huge thank you to my model Nerim – you were a superstar.  

I would also like to thank and highly recommend my make up artist for the day – Susan Hardman – facebook/susanhardmanmua.  

Her work was outstanding and I will certainly be using Susan again for upcoming work at the studio.

I wish Ian and his team at Luxar Photo all the best in their new venture!

You certainly have Elske™ Photography as a customer!

ELSKE™ has a simple philosophy
to deliver an exclusive photographic experience and create luxurious photographic wall art
Twitter: @elskephoto
Faceboook: elskephotographyscotland

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Bathgate Academy Prom 2015

I would like to say a huge "Thank You" to the staff and pupils at Bathgate Academy for commissioning me for their Prom.

It was, to say the least, a fun and frantic one and a half hours of shooting!

Fortunately, I had the luxury of lots of space to set up my mobile studio.

The end results:

Technical details:

For this shoot, I set up a standard white paper background and lit on either side with strobes in egg crates to keep the light spill to  minimum and focus the light on the background.

The background was set 2.5 stops higher than the main light to give a nice high key effect.

The main light was mounted on a large octabox on a boom arm and set slightly to the left of center to give nice even light but create some interesting shadows.

I used a Canon 5D MkII with a 70mm-200mm F2.8 II and triggered the flash heads using a Pocket Wizard Flex system.  Camera settings were ISO 200, F8 and 1/200.   All files were RAW format.

These settings gave me great flexibility in relation to depth of field - this was especially important when large groups were being shot at the same time to ensure everything was sharp.

This lens allowed me to quickly transition from full length to tight crop without having to change my camera position.

Total images shot: 387

Lightroom for basic cropping and global adjustments to all images.
Lightroom for black and white conversions.
Lightroom for cataloging.
Photoshop to fine detail editing and cloning
All images backed up / archived to 2 independent drives

Please contact Elske Photography for your next project -

Monday, April 13, 2015

Actor Shoot – Elske™ Photography Studio

I had the great pleasure recently of meeting and photographing Martin, Issy and Kier to update their actor portfolio images.

It was a busy day in the Elske™ Photography studio #elskephoto, as I wanted to get a diverse range of images for their agency and to fit in a few family shots at the end.

The studio lighting was initially set up for high key images – pure white background / flat front lighting / hair light on a snoot directly behind the subject to deliver the standard shots required by most agencies. 

In my studio, I always shoot tethered.  This provides a direct link between the camera and the computer to provide instant images on a large screen.  This is a great way for me to see in large format if I have captured the perfect image.  It is also a great way of giving feedback to the client on facial expressions and body position.

Once we had these standard images in the camera, I started to angle the main light to provide more drama by introducing shadow onto the face.  The introduction of shadow certainly added more character to the images and created a much stronger look for the client.

To finish the shoot, I changed to a black background to provide much more dramatic images.  The dark clothing worn by Martin further accentuated the drama.  These were by far my favourite images of the day.

The key to this (and all shoots) is engaging with your clients, being sympathetic to their needs and continually providing direction and encouragement throughout the shoot.  That way, your clients relax and you get to the real person and character underneath – this is what differentiates Elske™ Photography from the rest. 

Look out for Martin, Issy and Kier in the coming months – you will no doubt see them soon on stage or TV!

ELSKE™ has a simple philosophy

to deliver an exclusive photographic experience and create luxurious photographic wall art