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By Fiona Reid
Valhalla comes alive

CAERLAVEROCK Castle made a stunning backdrop for a Viking themed photoshoot.

And the striking images taken by photographer Shona Dickson, of Westerkirk, have been entered into a national competition.

She had been all set to hold the shoot earlier in the year, with models and make up artists lined up as well as props from Norse Dragon Armoury, but then covid hit and her plans were put on hold.

However, she recently managed to persuade husband Scott to step into character instead and got the Valhalla inspired pictures she wanted.

Shona said: “I like to keep busy and keep the creativeness flowing and this year it’s been quite hard to keep afloat. I felt like I needed to do something out of the ordinary,

“Scott is an avid Viking fan so he did not need much persuasion – but it was quite scary how good he looked as a Viking.”

Shona has been doing photography for about seven years and is completely self taught.

She says she just picked up a camera one day and started shooting “anything and everything”, including her kids, pets and the local area.

She said: “I am still learning, I always feel like I am learning something new.

“I am always keen to try something different, something dramatic. I like to be a bit more creative and think outside the box.”

From her converted studio space at her home near Langholm, Shona does everything from stylised photoshoots, to family portraits and commercial jobs too.

She is a member of the Society of Photographers and National Photography Society and has won several awards for her work.

The latest was a third prize for an image of her son as Pennywise the clown.

She said: “It was placed third with in the Society of Photographers 2019 awards. We went to London in January for that and it was extra nice as it was my son.”

Although the year started on a high, her business has been affected by covid and lockdown.

She said: “I am trying to keep afloat at moment and am submitting a panel of images to the society to gain my associate level. I will find out in a few weeks.

“In 2021, I am hoping things take off with the studio and I am always looking to work with other creative people.”

To view Shona’s work, go to or find her on Facebook.

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