Tracy & Mark

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This seems so long ago now, and yet only a blink.  This was a very special wedding and one I have been trying to blog for a long time.  This was the last of my ‘pre Evie’ weddings.  I was 38 weeks pregnant and lets face it – I was enormous!

Thankfully Tracy is one of the actual sweetest, kindest people I know and fully understood that I was in a slower gear to my normal pace.  To other photographers, though I have done it 3 times, I do not recommend working this close to your due date – unless you have an awesome little sidekick like Peter Carvil picking up the slack when you feel like you are about to fall in a heap ( or go into labour – I blame Rachel’s driving on the golf buggy lol.)

The day was perfect.  Relaxed and effortlessly beautiful.  Tracy actually teaches my boys at P1 & P2 level so I know her well, though ill admit I didn’t know she was such a huge animal lover – luckily I am too so I embraced all the little doggies and donkeys that morning, loving it all ❤

Mark compliments her sweet nature perfectly, so easy going and seems to just adore his stunning new wife. Such a beautiful couple – they are going to make the most gorgeous little dark haired babies someday 😉

A lot has changed since I shot these images. I have a beautiful baby daughter now – almost 7 months old – she’s squealing with delight right now as I make funny faces and chat as I type. I am a busy mum to three amazing kids.  Each day, just like all other busy working mums, I juggle my way though each task and sometimes amaze myself at the days I accomplish a lot, then there are the days I get absolutely nothing done and I just have to surrender to them.  I am so grateful to all my clients though who totally understand that right now, I need a little longer – but I am slowly finding my stride and I really appreciate that you give me time to enjoy and adjust to being a mum to 3.

And now for the pics.  Tracy and Mark, thank you for trusting me, I loved being your photographer and it was the absolute perfect wedding to finish up on.  Wishing you every happiness in the world. x

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Here’s Mrs Beattie giving little Evie some sound advice lol

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The gorgeous teachers of Denamona ❤ ( sounds like a show on netflix! ) T&M-661T&M-676T&M-683T&M-684T&M-714T&M-829

 

 

 

Happy New Year! 1.1.2019

For the past week or so I have been flicking though my 2018 hard drive and picking out my favourites for my end of year blog. Never an easy task, but always a very enjoyable and very satisfying part of my year.

Since I was pregnant for half the year and on maternity leave the other half I feel I haven’t got nearly as much content as I usually would, there is a lot of commercial work missing, jobs I just wasn’t able to take on last year – but I will be pushing more commercial and fashion again in 2019.  Still i’m very happy that I managed to do so much despite being heavily pregnant with aching ribs and hips!!

I shot my last weddings at 38 weeks and back out shooting weddings 2 weeks after Evie was born ( that was actually harder, but I did it) and I didn’t let any brides or grooms down so im pretty proud of that. 🙂

This is me out shooting my last wedding with my ginormas bump – I don’t recommend working this close to your due date, but I am so glad I was able to do it 🙂

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Also delighted to have won four awards for my photography this year :-

PPANI OVERALL LICENTIATE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2018
PPANI WEDDING REPORTAGE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2018
PPANI PRE-WEDDING & ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2018

GMINI WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR (Runner up)

Sorry if thats a bit braggy, but honestly I was in total shock and we should celebrate our achievements when we work hard for them, it’ll probably never happen again LOL!

2018 has been very good to me. Most importantly it brought us our beautiful daughter Evie.  She is the best little baby, she wakes up smiling and is so content, my heart just bursts with love and gratitude every time I look at her and our boys.  We are far from millionaires in this home but I feel so richly blessed and I am doing my best to teach our children to be thankful for all the amazing things they have, and for the simple things they take for granted.

It may be just my kids, but over the holidays they can be wee demons, they go to bed late and sleep in late and they are all out of routine, high on selection boxes and their wee heads spinning not knowing which toy to play with next, by bedtime they are like wee pishmyers…Rogan threw a hissy fit last night because I hid in a rubbish hiding place for hide and seek…….I had to remind him of the fact that they have a mummy & daddy who love them so much, who plays with them and does their best for them, a warm home, a cosy bed, food to eat, clean clothes to wear and an abundance of toys…I have to say I got a little mad (and it takes a lot for me to get there) but nothing annoys me more than when they are ungrateful….so I will continue to drum this into them forever – the wee skitters!!!

Today though they have been absolute dotes!

So 2019 goals include losing the stone and a half i’ve been carrying about since having Evie, organising my time well, to start running again and get back to yoga, spend even more time at the beach, eat better and to continue to enjoy every delicious wee moment of life, for I don’t know about you, but each year that passes feels shorter and faster!

So, I will end my blabber now and leave you to enjoy some of my favourites from 2018.

My diary is open for 2019/2020 🙂  Congratulations to the many newly engaged couples who have already been in touch – dates do book up fast so do contact me soon if you would like to consider me as your photographer 🙂

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year full of love, health and happiness and as always THANK YOU so much for your support and custom each year I honestly appreciate every single job I get booked for, comment or like and positive message I receive.

THANK YOU x

 

 

 

 

Rogan is FIVE!

Let me tell you something.  This is a statement which comes out of our Rogan at least twenty times a day.  ” Mummy, let me tell you something……”  It is then followed by an interesting fact, for example ” Mummy, let me tell you something……do you know the blue whale is the largest mammal?” It […]

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Brody is 8! 21.10.18

Today this beautiful boy turned eight years old, so in keeping with my kids birthday traditions we will ALWAYS find 5 minutes (and in this case more like 3 minutes) to take a few pics in the studio to mark the occasion.   Brody is a pro at this now – he just gets on […]

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Annabel May 18′

So I think its fair to say that sunshine brings out the best in me and I am loving every single ray coming our way lately….. Annie and I rescheduled this shoot three times in order to get the light we wanted and I’m so happy we waited for it. Capturing beautiful little Annabel at […]

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Beverley & Ian

So its coming up to the 1 year anniversary of this beautiful wedding.  I didn’t get a lot of blogging done last year – its always the blog which suffers when I get busy, but this was such a joyous and beautiful day – it deserves to be shared and I feel now is the […]

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Claire & Conor

So as its another absolutely wet and miserable day out there and as I’m soon to kick off my 2018 weddings I thought I would share one of my bright sunny gorgeous days from last year. This is Claire and Conor.  They laughed from start to finish, and though she may look like the most […]

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Cornerstone Kitchens March 18′

I love a day shooting interiors.  Just calm and peaceful, searching for pretty light, details and the right angles.  A little while ago I shot for the wonderful Cornerstone Kitchens and Im just getting round to sharing more images now. Such beautifully crafted work and gorgeous designs.  If you are building a new home or […]

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GMINI Cover Shoot Feb 18′

A few weeks ago on a particularly cold morning I had the exciting opportunity to shoot the cover for the Spring / Summer issue of Getting Married in Northern Ireland Magazine. Its available in the shops now, but I wanted to share a few more of my favourites from this shoot.  We kept it all […]

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Happy New Year 2017/2018

New Years Eve.  It used to be a night where I would pick out a ridiculous skimpy outfit, stand in queues, dance, get shoved about, freeze in the cold waiting on a taxi home and sleep the entire next day.  It’s now a night where I cosy up with my family, watch a movie at […]

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