About Me and Laird's Lifestyle
Laird’s Lifestyle has been developed to share my passions, and to inspire you, into a healthier and more productive lifestyle. It also provides reviews and opinions experienced throughout my life from health to photography! At first glance, it may be a little confusing as to what this website is about!
Laird’s Lifestyle may seem to have a strange collection of unrelated topics, but they have had a great impact on my life and are things I have a real passion about! So I thought, why not share them!
About Laird’s Lifestyle – Photography
Imagine for a second that you are a peasant in the Dark Ages. Life sucks. You toil away in the fields all day for 2 shillings, all you eat are potatoes, and the Black Plague is running rampant. Despite all of these things, what really sucks is that you can’t capture the image of your wife and 3 beautiful children (you used to have 5, but, you know, the plague). You can’t afford to hire a painter, and even if you could, the weeks on end of standing still would never work. If only you had some sort of device that allowed you to snap a picture of them in an instant.
Photography is one of the coolest inventions in the entire world. Before we had photography, anything we wanted to capture in time took days or weeks of meticulous work. Now, all it takes is the click of a button. I specialise mostly in landscape, architecture, wildlife, and portrait photography. I also teach post processing, hands on photography workshops, and share reviews on cameras and camera equipment such as lenses, bags etc.
“The moment I first picked up a camera and held it in my hand, I knew what I was meant to do for the rest of my life. Photography has changed my way of life and made me appreciate what I once took for granted. What better rewards could I ever want” – Andy T. Laird
My photographic style is always relaxed and informal, but FUN.
Health Coaching and Fitness
Health is so much more complicated than just looking good in front of a mirror. Health is a holistic idea that encompasses our physical, mental, and emotional needs and is constantly in flux. For instance, if I ate 14 donuts and lay around on my couch for 24 hours straight one day, does that instantly make me a physically unhealthy person? No.
Maybe it was just a day I let loose, and other than that I have been eating a good diet and working out. Or what if I robbed a bank? Would that make me an emotionally unhealthy person? Hard to tell. Maybe I needed to do it to support my family.
However, It would definitely make me a wanted criminal. No getting around that. I became a health coach to give people around me a better understanding of food and lifestyle choices. By promoting health and fitness, I hope to inspire you to make the right changes in transforming your life.
Health and Fitness for my Photography
Fitness played an important part of my photography! From obesity to being back in the gym and I soon discovered it’s never too late to get healthy. I coach people and decided to write and post to share what I had discovered was the best and fastest ways to lose weight.
I am now back in the gym, pushing weights, and jogging up mountains. Well not quite mountains but I’m working on it. Through extensive research combined with trial and error, I have managed to attain a healthy and more enjoyable lifestyle. This includes bringing down my blood sugar from diabetes 2 to normal, losing over 25K in weight, eliminating high blood pressure and much more. I want to share with you how I did this and include some mistakes I made along the way.
My healthier lifestyle took me outdoors, and travelling to different countries which lead me deeper into photography. Being healthy meant I was able to shoot in more remote places, focusing on landscape photography. This gave me a real sense of achievement, especially when reaching remote locations!
Website Design and Development
My Website design services have become more accessible and affordable than ever before. If you want to create a website for your company that only makes muffins for dogs under 8 kilograms in weight, that’s kind of weird and oddly specific, but nobody is stopping you! All you need to do is learn about the website creating process.
With over 20 years experience in freelance, website design and development, I have added a category in Laird’s Lifestyle to include website hosting, design tips and much more although I mostly specialise in WordPress.
I love to share my knowledge while I continue to learn new styles and techniques from others around me. Please don’t forget to connect with me through your social media platform and subscribe to this website. Hint: Facebook is where you’ll find me most often