Its 2021!! 8.1.21

Well Happy New year to you all…..it’s been a long slog to get here hasn’t it? 2020 totally kicked our butts in so many ways, but here we go, 2021 – lets see what you bring us.

I usually write this blog on New Years Eve, when the kids are tucked up in bed, a big roaring fire, a wee glass of wine and I take such joy looking back through the year of work I have built up, choosing my favourites and putting them all together for you to view. This year I spent New Years eve in my old trackies, painting my bathroom and playing Cluedo at midnight with Rich and the boys. But finally – after several nights at my desk I’ve managed to get this blog finished at last!

I must admit, Covid coming on the scene has changed me. At the beginning of the year I got sucked into a world of researching, devouring every relevant article I could find on the matter and listening to a lot of podcasts. I think I read almost every conspiracy theory there was about this subject, and often found myself in the deepest and darkest of rabbit holes to do with our world. It wasn’t good. It kept me awake at night.

I had to wean myself off doing this because my head was so full of information, misinformation and darkness. I try now to only listen to the news once a day. I follow a very clever man online called Ivor Cummins ( The Fat Emperor) I make sure I get daily exercise and fresh air ( combined if possible) and I have stopped worrying that maybe Bill Gates is trying to inject us all with a microchip and that our governments are lying to us and rubbing their hands together each night at the thought of their evil plan. No, I’m done with that nonsense. That said, I do feel our world will change, and that those at the top will use the opportunities covid has given them to bring in a new system. But right now, I’m back homeschooling again, and honestly I barely have time for anything else other than that and keeping a constant flow of snacks to them.

I am taking pleasure in the simple things and the positives from last year. The main one was how much time, real quality time, I got to spend with my children. What a pleasure that has been ( bar homeschool lol). And also how much time I got to spend at the beach – my favourite, favourite place…..thank you to all who travelled up to have your sessions there…..I hope I will be doing more of those again this year.

One of my favourite films is called ‘ About Time’. If you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s a really beautiful film which teaches us to appreciate the smallest of things. And I do. I wake up full of gratitude every single morning. I have always been able to find beauty in the little things. Evie’s hair in a high ponytail, the laughter that echoes though my house when they all play together. Winter sunshine streaming through my home…

And in my line of work I see these moments echoed every time I meet a new family, photograph a wedding, watch someone busy and enjoying their work. I love it. I love capturing it. I feel so so lucky I get to be the one to give people those memories, things maybe I see that they possibly might miss.

To those many couples this year who had to postpone their special days, my heart really ached for you, but when it comes around again, its going to be even better than before, because you will have been so starved of connection in 2020 that to have your wedding the way you want it, with all your loved ones, it’ll be one big, emotional, amazing party and I cannot wait to get shooting these again.

That said, the weddings which did go ahead this year were incredible. The smaller, more intimate gatherings were such a joy. Less time pressure, pure love, married because they just really wanted to go ahead and get married. Sure there were a few restrictions on your days, but when I was there working, I hardly felt them and I know you didn’t either.

So, ok, i’m rambling, as I have tendency to do…….Here’s a snippet of what I shot in 2020. Lets pray by Summer 2021 we will be well on the way to normality again.

Thank you everyone. Your continual support to my wee business has meant so much, especially in 2020. I can’t wait to be allowed to get shooting again! x

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Happy New Year 2017/2018

NM-87New 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 a big roaring fire, likely in my pyjamas, and write my end of year blog. Oh how times have changed LOL.

I have spent hours upon hours searching through my 2017 folders and picking out my favourites, certain there are hundreds that I have missed, but here is a glimpse into my year 2017.  As always, looking back leaves me with a very full heart and a lot of job satisfaction, my wee world is full of smiling, happy people and it is beautiful. I am so grateful every single day.

THANK YOU so much for all your support  – I wouldn’t have these lovely images to share if it weren’t for my wonderful clients. You are all AWESOME!!

I’ve been enjoying my little hibernation time so much, but I must admit I am ready to go again next week, ready to see what a wonderfully mixed bag of work comes my way in 2018 – and my one resolution is to blog more and step up my instagram / Facebook so be sure to give me a wee follow there.

So HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all. May it be full of love, fun and good health.

See you in 2018! x

 

 

Happy New Year 2016 !

Time of the year again to pick out some of my favourite moments from the year gone by. I actually love writing this end of year blog, I think all photographers do.  We reflect on what we have achieved and we relive all those great and gorgeous moments that we caught and witnessed.  What a privilege it has been 🙂

2015 has been a really wonderful year for me, both on a personal and professional level.  It is the year that I finally found my balance for work and for life and I didn’t spend every single night working.

It is the year I started running, and discovered that I could actually do it for miles and not die. I gave up drinking coffee and fizzy drinks completely and I am a stone lighter than I was this time last year and I feel great for it.  Though I will have to work hard in January to lose the Christmas binge belly, but hey….I now know I can.

It is the year I really practiced yoga regularly and fell in love with it.  It has taught me to stay in whatever moment or situation I am in and be truly present.  By doing this I have learnt to slow down and cherish everything (even Rogan’s terrible two’s) and be truly grateful for the wonderful life I have been given. A real shift in  my attitude this year.  Instead of complaining I try instead to be thankful.  When the house is upside down, the are kids running riot and the to do list is never ending I could so easily get overwhelmed, but I now take a breath and be grateful I have all those things to stress me out – try this. It works, not every time of course, but I shout a lot less now lol 😉

I must admit I have not taken the time to look through every single image I have shot in 2015 because I know it would take me forever, but below is a selection of the very mixed bag of work I produce in a year. Some photographers like to specialise in one area, but I absolutely love that I get to photograph lots of different things. I hope you enjoy looking through it and as always, I am incredibly grateful to everyone for supporting me, even just following my blog.  It still blows my mind to think that anyone out there takes the time to read my nonsense and appreciate my work. It keeps me going and I hope you all see how much I love what I do 🙂

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and Congratulations to all those new excited couples who have said YES over the holidays. I am getting lots of enquiries from you and look forward to meeting as many of you as I can. Till then. HAPPY 2016!! xxx

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2014 Round up & Happy 2015 :)

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My heart is very full of love tonight as I have spent several hours looking through my shots from this year – picking out the highlights to share with you. Its been a very difficult task.

You know, It’s funny being a full time photographer.  You are paid to shoot something different at every job.  You may take hundreds or thousands of images for that one job.  Edit them down, and then, once they are finished and out to your client, hardly ever look at them again, you move on. You have to.  Tonight as I have had an excuse to look back over thousands of absolutely gorgeous images I feel reassured and happy.  I know I have brought happiness to others and I am reminded why I love my job so much.

I take a little break from weddings over the winter months.  It gives me time to take on other projects such as commercial photography, recharge, reorganise, spend more time with my family and feel rested and excited for the new season beginning.  And I am, I really am. I cannot wait to get going again in the New Year – bring on the LOVE!!!

On that note I will leave you to view some of my favourite moments from 2014. Its a very random mix and by far not everything I worked on this year – it would be impossible to include it all, but its full of smiley happy people, cute babies and pretty models. Hope they make you smile 🙂 You all made my year!!

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and as always, a HUGE thank you for supporting me each year, I am always grateful that someone wants me to tell their story or create beautiful imagery for themselves or their business.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU.  See you in 2015! x

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Claire & Rodney

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So back in June I had this totally gorgeous session on Portstewart beach with Claire and Rodney.  We had never met before, but Claire and I had been emailing for months planning a hazy sunny shoot on the beach where Rodney had proposed.  We arrived and honestly the fog was so thick we could barely see the water.  For a moment I despaired – we had driven such a long way, and the light wasn’t exactly what we had planned….but as soon as I took that first shot I realised – it was better than we could have hoped for.  Cool and misty.  Soft and perfect.  Claire and Rodney were perfect too, doing all I asked of them, despite Rodney feeling a little bit of a ‘plonker’ lol! BOYS YOU DO IT FOR YOUR FUTURE WIFE OK??  And he did, he obliged me and Claire and didn’t complain.  I would have blogged this one MUCH sooner if I had realised that Rod was ok with it.  Sorry about that Claire, but I am so happy to share it now.  Such a beautiful, cool couple. Enjoy. x

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Emer & Ryan eshoot 23.10.12

Blog-Collage-1355399903634There is a whole lotta love to share and here’s a mighty chunk of it from Emer & Ryan’s sunny e-session at Gortin Glen Forest.  Gorgeous light and a stunning couple who laugh so easily together. They are my little ‘colgate ad’ couple & I cannot wait to shoot their wedding in February! Blog-Collage-1355400036074

Andrea & Keith.12.9.12

Last week I travelled to Rosslea to have a little pre wedding shoot with Andrea and Keith who are tying the knot in just a couple of weeks time.  We started at their soon to be very gorgeous home, which they admit will be still a work in progress for a while after the wedding but hey, isn’t that the fun of it all??  Moving into your new home that you are building together, no furniture, eating chinese on the floor and just enjoying the moment and the excitement of the future that lies ahead.

I myself am really am excited for these two, and having spent the day with them, travelling around various locations, chatting and laughing, eating sweets and taking pictures along the way, I am a little more than excited for the big day itself! Roll on September 29th! x

NB – That is Keith’s uncle in the digger, he was working on one of our locations and lets just say Keith was absolutely mortified to be posing and smooching with his uncle taking the hand out of him, but you got through it Keith and it’ll now make it 100 times easier on the day 🙂

 

Lorraine & Alan 11.9.12

This couple are getting married on SATURDAY!!!!!!  Thought I better get a few from our little pre shoot last week up on the blog before the big day itself.  They came to the studio,  the sky was dull, but it was fairly dry so I suggested we go to one of my little ‘spots’.  It had been a while since I was there and man what a difference a whole summer of rain can make. Totally overgrown! Worked out for the best though as I finally finally got to shoot in the bog, something I have been wanting to do for quite a while now, and so lucky that Lorraine &  Alan were both willing to clamber into the marshy softness for me.  We only had about 15 minutes but really, with a couple like this thats all you need.  Roll on Saturday WOO!! x

Kyra & Richard. 2.8.12

Today was an awesome day.  I woke up at 6.45am, sun shining but to be honest I was in a bit of a foul mood, no reason for it, just a bit of a moody cow, it happens now and again ( i know thats SO hard to believe LOL).

Anyway, I drove up to Portrush to meet Kyra and Richard for their e-shoot, my mood melting just a little the closer I got to the coast.  The moment I got out of the car and the sea air hit me I was a different person, all sunshiny and bubbly and so so happy…what is it about the beach that does this to me?  I guess it’s my happy place.  I fired off my shoes and we got to ‘work’  ( I use the term loosely today – husband was most jealous of me dancing about on the beach while he was stuck in a stuffy old office).

We walked to the spot where Richard had proposed and shot there.  They are such a wonderful, effortless, fun couple to be around and Kyra’s gorgeous red hair and  vintage style was a joy to photograph, especially in the beautiful sunlight.  I am now so excited for their wedding next July!

Once we had finished on the beach I suggested a wee walk to ‘Barry’s’. You cannot visit Portrush without visiting Barry’s – simply unheard of .  I am STILL laughing at the series of bumping car shots. I was standing snapping away with tears almost running down my cheeks from laughing at poor Richard’s expressions…..will he ever let Kyra drive again? Funniest thing ever!

Thank you again for treating me to lunch and for such a fun day.  And yes, I did sit on the beach, on my own (Claire Dunphy, Modern Family Style) for a good half hour and had an ice cream before forcing myself back into the car for the long drive home.

This blogpost is skipping the queue, but I don’t care – I cant wait to share it, the beach, the sun, the love, it cannot wait!

Awesome day. x

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Lisa & Stephen. 24.5.12

Lisa & Stephen are getting married this Saturday so I am allowing them to skip the blog queue.  We had a little ‘pre wedding shoot’ down at beautiful Sion Mills where Lisa is from and it was another sunny, smiley shoot. As usual I came home with twigs in my hair, nettle stings on my ankle and dog poop on the sole of my shoe…..but its always worth it for me.  Roll on this weekend & please, no rain!! x

These last two shots are taken at the tree Lisa’s parents carved their initials into as young sweethearts AWWWHH!!!! No one seems to do that anymore do they….probably get fined these days!