It has been way too long since I last updated my website and wrote any new posts for it, but I have been busy. After yet another holiday visit to the beautiful Isle of Skye in September 2016, I drove back to my home of 20 years and my studio and just didn’t feel ‘the love’ any more. The usual feeling of being thankful to be home was no longer there and the prospect of the run up to Christmas in the Post Office I owned was desperately unappealing, so I took action. I phoned an estate agent the very next day and put my lovely cottage on the market… and to cut a long story about offers, gazzumping and buyers pulling out at the last minute I moved to Skye on 31st March 2017. The Isle of Skye has huge appeal for me. The mountains, the sea, the slower pace of life and and the ‘can do’ attitude of people here are so refreshing after busy roads, busy people and NIMBYism on a grand scale. I am 51 and my time for big adventures is becoming more limited and starting again 630 miles from where I had lived for over 30 years felt like a big step. House renovations have proven quite stressful at times, and are still a long way from being finished, but everything else has been, surprisingly, fine. I am not sure I would want to take a cat on a twelve hour car journey again in a hurry and living in a building site had some interesting moments but with hindsight it has all been rather easy. It would not have felt that way were it not for wonderful friends here on Skye and back in Upton Grey, without whose support and encouragement I would probably have just decided it was all too difficult and given up at the first hurdle (which was setting fire to the lounge carpet whilst trying to photograph the house for the sale brochure). The support of fellow wedding photographers Rosie at Love Skye Photography and Lynne at Lynne Kennedy Photography has been immense and I have started work already photographing wedding, elopements and family holiday shoots in the incredible scenery. They have recommended me to customers, introduced me to fellow wedding suppliers and shown me all the best places. There is plenty of wedding work to be had here. Elopements and small weddings all over the island are a daily event throughout the summer and people travel from all over the world to marry here. I have worked at the gorgeous Eilean Donan Castle at Dornie, the quirky Fairy Glen, the ruined and wild Dunscaith Castle, Loch Coruisk only reached by boat and travelled all over the island to assist with shoots. Here are some pictures of my new life. I promise I shall blog about all my individual weddings too, but I want to start with just an over view, in no particular order, of what I have been up to in the last six months:
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Penny Hardie is a Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer
based on the beautiful Isle of Skye