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. ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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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 ūüôā ¬†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 ūüôā

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!

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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 is always informative and usually hilarious to hear such logical and often unknown to me, facts and stories from my little 5 year old boy. ¬†He loves learning – he’s like a wee sponge right now, he came flying out of school last week so excited to have homework

” Apuzz ( yes he still says apuzz instead of because) it helps you learn”. Oh my wee darling, I hope you keep that attitude……..I doubt very much if you will if Brody and homework is anything to go by lol.

He is currently obsessed with dinosaurs and sea creatures and could watch Octonauts and The Blue Planet all day long, along with factual you tube dinosaur videos. Long gone are the days when there were three dinosaurs every child knew, a T-Rex, A Triceratops and a Diplidocus.   Now I hear Rogan on Brody chat about Pachycephalosaurus, Dimorphodon and Mosasaurs to name a few ( and yes, I had to google how to spell these lol).  Luckily my boys share the same interests and most of the time they play happily together, the rest of the time they take great delight in telling tales on each other and wrestling until one or both of them is in tears. BOYS!

As always I bought you a number balloon for your birthday shoot, I went ones errand to buy it, thought i’d be a ‘cool mummy’ and greet you with it at the school gates, but this backfired as the wind blew it into the fence and it popped! But you just laughed and we decided to take our pics anyway with same sad, old, flat balloon and just let this be the year the balloon went flat! ¬†PHEW!

Rogan you are the sweetest, funniest, coolest little boy with a wonderfully contagious laugh and a wicked temper which flares quickly but cools just as quick.  You adore your little sister Evie and have to have a snuggle with her as often as possible, you even insisted on one quick pic with her as she was in the studio with us ( please excuse the styling we were not prepared and no joke Рwe had about 3 minutes for this shoot!).

So hope you enjoyed your 5th Birthday which we celebrated at J’s Playhouse with your wee buddies and of course, a dinosaur cake.

Love you so much ¬†‘little not so blonde anymore’ one. xx

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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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Rogan is 4! Nov.17

Well my baby turned FOUR yesterday. FOUR years??!!….geez I seriously think time is speeding up somehow. ¬†Life gets so busy when you become a parent. ¬†The day literally flies in and before you even realise it, a week, a month, a whole year has passed by and it feels like a blink. So I’m glad […]

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