Welcome to Portknockie, Scotland. With cliffs overlooking the North Sea, it's one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. We came for the look book shoot for Istoría. Sophie had spotted an amazing rock formation called Bow Fiddle when researching Scotland. It's located just off the coast of Portknockie, a sleepy fishing village in Moray.
By the time we arrived for sunset, everything in Portknockie was closed. This was a common theme on this trip. Restaurants close by 11pm in most places and stop serving food by 9pm. We frequently found ourselves in the situation of driving distances, running into establishments, and praying their kitchens would be open. These frequent crises were partially of our own making. Here's how it happened...we had really nice weather in Scotland.
While the Scots were overjoyed by the warm weather and sunny days, we were a bit less enthused. We were hoping for grey, foggy, dispersed light that Scotland, even in the middle of summer, seems to promise. So, with mostly sweaters packed, we were all surprised to arrive to a string of 78 degree days. This meant that we had very harsh light for most of the day. The only way to avoid this and get the shots we needed was to chase the sunset.
When you are that far north, the sun doesn't set until after 9pm, leaving us in the position of having to search for dinner. I know the obvious question is why didn't you eat before? Well, we had to worry about hair and make-up, so we usually didn't have time (On another note: I CAN'T WAIT TO SHARE THESE PHOTOS!!).
On this night, we found ourselves driving about 30 minutes to find an inn that was open. We walked in to discover that their kitchen had closed. However, with typical Scottish kindness, they opened it up to feed a few wayward travelers. The four of us had never enjoyed risotto so much.