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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Baby Georgia. 9.10.12

Its so wonderful when you get clients like Lianna and Aaron, genuinely excited about their photography, booking me well in advance, Lianna keeping me updated on her pregnancy throughout the final months, it was always lovely to receive her emails.  And when little Georgia finally appeared, I couldn’t wait to meet them all.

I arrived at their home armed with all my newborn props and some lovely new backdrops, but little Georgia was having none of it, she just wanted to be cuddled, and would lure me into a false sense of security that she had fallen asleep in my arms, or her mummy’s, but when I would place her in my sets those beautiful eyes would pop open, and what could I do but go with it.  She is so cute, I love all her little frowns and pouts.  Definitely a wee diva in the making Lianna LOL!

You can see Aaron & Lianna already have a very cute fluffy baby ( my old fart brain just can’t remember her name 😦 ) and what a cutie she was, I could have cuddled her all day too.

Thank you both for inviting me to your home, I hope you enjoy your images and the rest will be on their way to you very soon.

To all those thinking of booking a newborn session, you do need to book while you are still pregnant.  I will then mark your due date in my diary and know to expect a call from you sometime around that date. Newborns are best captured within the first 10 days. x

Kimi, Karter & Nora. 11.9.12

As a children’s photographer I have learnt that one of the most challenging ( and very very common) combinations is the 2 year old and the newborn.  The key is patience patience patience and I have lots of it! Now for this particular session, because I know the families so well and am fortunate enough that they keep coming back to me we did a double session, 2 families, 2 newborns and a very proud, active and hilarious big brother Kimi.  I laughed when Kimi came straight to me and started chatting away . Melissa his mum said we look like old friends and I guess in a way we are, I have known wee Kimi since he was a bump and have been to every major family event and it’s fun watching him grow, I am sure it will be the same with little Karter – he is so adorable and seems to have his mummies lovely calm personality – wee dote!

You may remember Olivia and Paul’s stunning wedding in Dublin last year, pleased to say that although they have now settled in Scotland they were home and I was able to meet and photograph Baby Nora – she is the absolute cutest wee lady ever and needless to say that the style of the Thomson / Molloy kids would seriously put me to shame!

This was a studio session at night, usually I don’t like to use flash for the little new ones, natural daylight is my preference but its didn’t seem to bother them and we managed to get some wonderful shots for both families.  Congratulations to Melissa and Ryan and Olivia and Paul on the safe arrival of two more to add to the clan. x

 

Ruby Ruby Ruby Rubyeeeee!!!! 21.2.12

Sweet little Ruby Jeanette Cooke had my heart absolutely melting the moment I met her.  January had been a month full of family & newborn shoots and I will admit I was getting a little bit to the point where I needed to shoot something other than a baby, but then I met Ruby. Awwwh! The broodiness is gushing out of me can you tell?

Ruby’s mummy Janet is a midwife and since I shot her & Alan’s beautiful wedding day in August 2010 ( yes that’s right – another of my wedding couples) we have had many lengthy and sometimes ‘graphic’ conversations about , well, labour, pain relief, feeding, and in general being a mum – mostly all in front of Alan I might add who is just immune to all this talk by now – anyway – the point I am trying to make is Janet has taken to motherhood like a duck to water…it just seems so perfectly easy and natural for her and it is really beautiful thing to behold.

Here’s a few (long awaited) shots from their session with me. x

 

 

Imogen 16.2.12

You may remember the very beautiful wedding of Kathryn & Mark which I shot last June, well they have now added another little member to their family, Baby Imogen.  She is almost 3 weeks old in these pictures, wide awake and cute as a button.  Her big brother Alfie was so good the entire time, and believe me (my photographer friends will agree with me on this) when someone books you to shoot a 2 year old with a newborn, a slight worry takes over as it is one of the most difficult combinations…but, pleased to say on this occasion it worked out well.

Kathryn fits the ‘yummy mummy’ description perfectly – her figure is amazing and her toned arms fill me with envy! She is a joy to photograph as the camera just loves her! Daddy Mark is such a poser ( not!) he makes me laugh each time as he really is not the biggest fan of my camera – but he  will always oblige me…secretly hoping that each event I photograph surely might be the last…LOL!

Here are a few of my favourites from their session. x

 

  

  

    

  

Little hand embellished shoes were a gift from the very talented designer Sarah Deering,  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sarah-Deering-textile-artist/126583367368258

Miceál 1.2.12.

This is Baby Miceál. Born on Boxing Day 2011 – it was quite a Christmas for his parents Roisin & Michael who weren’t expecting this little man until the 9th Jan….but I guess he just couldn’t wait to meet them.

So at almost 5 weeks old Miceál was a little bit past the ‘newborn’ stage. He just wanted to stretch and be cuddled and look around him – he has so many expressions – his granny calls him ‘the boy with 40 faces’. He is really strong too. I rolled him onto his tummy and I honestly thought he was going to crawl away on me……’super’ baby style!

He did fall asleep in my arms and so I did get some gorgeous little sleepy shots – but my favourites are the ones with his mummy, and since I knew Roisin well, having already photographed her stylish winter wedding in Dec 2009 – I knew she would be more daring and try the skin to skin shots – and well, they are just beautiful.  As for daddy Micheal, well we stripped his wellies off for a few shots with his wee son. Micheal is not a fan of my camera, but I promised him a few shots of his cows and we made a deal lol!

Here’s a few of my favourites….we are rocking the black & whites on this shoot….. x

          

And, as promised, here’s the moo moo’s….

This shot is a wee bit soft focus – but i liked it too much to care!

Baby Jack 18.1.12

Last week I finally got to meet the gorgeous little Baby Jack.  He is 5 weeks old in these pictures, I had hoped to capture him sooner, but with the Christmas holidays and then me having a horrible cold which I didn’t want to pass on, we had  to wait a little longer – but it didn’t matter. He was such a wee gem to shoot. So content and full of expression. His beautiful parents Emma and Paul are so laid back & easy going – it’s not hard to tell why Jack is the same.  Sadly Paul was working on the day of our shoot – but don’t worry Paul – this is just the beginning of your story & I will be back!

Little Jack was awake for the entire shoot, but just as I was packing up to leave he fell asleep and though I wouldn’t normally want to disturb a sleeping baby – I knew that Jack would be ok for ‘just one more.’ We stripped the poor wee poppet and got him all cuddled up in a fur rug and a basket which I have since been donated ( Thank you Auntie Glynis ) and those final few frames were totally worth it – I am sure you will agree. x

He cuddled his little cow teddy so tightly.

Hey Momma!

Not fussed on this hat…take it off…NOW!