Guest Speaker

Guest speaker - dramatic orange and yellow sunset behind a mountainous island with the sea and a beach in the foreground

If you’re looking for a guest speaker for your camera club or photographic society, then please get in touch! I’m an experienced public speaker and am not fazed by the prospect of standing up in front of a busy lecture theatre (or presenting online using Zoom)! I love communicating my passion for landscapes and wedding photography. I provide useful tips for aspiring photographers and, of course, I’ll share the stories behind my images. You can expect a good balance of thought-provoking and funny anecdotes.

“One of the best speakers to date!”



“I loved your dedication to get ‘the shot’;
very inspirational.

I found your talk extremely informative and easy to understand, and I enjoyed listening to your enthusiasm and passion.

Thank you very much for sharing your pictures!”


Wedding photograph of a bride and groom holding hands and walking on a path in a bright woodland with trees and a lamp post

Heaps of experience

I’ve traveled the length and breadth of Scotland in recent years, in order to present to the organisations listed below. I’ve also given a number of presentations to camera clubs on Zoom during the pandemic (this has even allowed me to reach groups beyond Scotland from the comfort of my office here in the Highlands!).

As you’ll see, most of my talks have been to camera clubs and photographic societies. However, I can also pitch my work at a non-technical level. Maybe your group is interested in photography but isn’t familiar with the jargon! Regardless of the audience, I try not to be overly technical. Instead, I prefer to focus on the stories behind the images, and less so on camera settings. I’ll be happy to answer questions and get chatting to your members during the interval.

“Glenrothes Camera Club was delighted to invite Karen to our club where she entertained our members with a display of her stunning work.

Karen’s presentation was not only informative but she managed to keep everyone’s attention throughout with her dedication and passion for photographing our beautiful country.”


Guest speaker - white Ersikay pony standing side on in sand dunes with the sea, beach and hills in the background

Practical sessions

Maybe you’re looking for more than just a guest speaker. If so, I’d be happy to discuss the possibility of organising a landscape photography workshop for your members. I typically run photography workshops for individuals and couples. However, I’ve hosted a couple of camera clubs in the past. I can accommodate groups of up to 10. I’ll charge my daily rate of £400 but this is a bargain when split between members!

Of course, I’ll not be able to provide the same level of one-to-one tuition with a group. Nor will I be able to feed everyone, or fit the group into the back of my Skoda Yeti! You’d be welcome to organise a minibus. But, the simpler (and cheaper) option would be to car share and have a couple of your members volunteer to drive, and I’ll lead the way between the locations. Your members just need to bring a packed lunch, be ready to pick my brains, and have an average level of fitness!

Five photographers on a landscape photography workshop on a rocky beach with cameras and tripods

“Just had to say what a fantastic time Nairn Camera Club members had on the Black Isle workshop.

Your smiling, easy-going way relaxed even our newest members and had them producing better quality work in a short space of time.

Thanks again and I am sure we will be booking another workshop for the club in the near future!”


I’d love to hear from you if you’re in need of a photography guest speaker or workshop leader, and I still have some space in my calendar for the coming season. Please drop me a message by clicking the link below.


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