We Love Mums.

 

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‘Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever’. author unknown.

I am blessed with a job in which I get to watch and capture the bonds which exist between mothers and their children.  Being a mother does not require any special qualification, degrees, you don’t need to show that you have any experience, yet it is the most important job that you could possibly take on.Important and rewarding. It will require sleepless nights, endless worry, patience, selflessness and a lot more but there is nothing that a mother would not do for a child.

All mother and children relationships are totally unique, each has it’s own very important story. Above is a daughter holding the hand of her 99 year old mother in a small village in Indonesia. Their roles may have changed throughout the years but the bond has remained  the same. The daughter was guiding her elderly mother across the road, something her mother would have done for her many times before. When I talked with them there was no doubt of the admiration the daughter still held for her elderly mother.

In the past year I have been visited by new mothers besotted by their little bundles, mothers running around after their giddy toddlers and mothers with teenage children. None of these photo sessions are ever the same, every family has it’s own individual story.

Mother’s Day is a  day for each of us to celebrate these special bonds that exist, or reflect on those who are not here with us but will forever hold the special place in our hearts.

Thank you to all the mums who trust me to let me capture their special story.xxx

 

 

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Autumn and Joseph

Autumn is like a gift to a photographer.

Everything just looks nicer in Autumn, the gorgeous diffused evening light, the colour changes and also the excuse to get wrapped up in cosy clothes. I also love it because me and my little man both have Autumn birthdays and although I do take alot of pics of him throughout the year, I always take him for a special Autumn shoot to mark his special occasion. Happy birthday to my special boy xx



The Kerlin Family

At home with the Kerlin family!



Welcome Baby Conor

Little Conor arrived before Christmas and here’s his first shoot with his big brothers Oisin and Daragh and big sister  Alanah. For such a newborn he did some great smiling for the camera!



Baby Layla’s newborn photoshoot

Beautiful Layla’s first photoshoot was a special present from her extra proud god-mummy Catherine. It make’s such a difference when I am able to get the photos done in the first two weeks, it’s amazing how much they change in that time. The real ‘newborn’ look starts to change after the first two weeks.

Layla was a dream to work with and she didn’t cry once during the session- a real pro in front of the lens! Layla is lucky to have a  protective tractor-loving big brother who is also a big bit phono-genic! Together they make a totally gorgeous loving family.



The Year That Was 2012.

This is a blog I have been meaning to do since the start of December and am only getting round to my review of last year as we are getting close to the end of January.

2012 was a major transition year for me, and was an extremely tough yet rewarding one. I started the year not in a good place, in a stressful job which was taking a little bit of my soul away everyday. It had got to the stage that I had become physically sick over it as I knew there must be more out there than a job which was causing me stress yet had no rewards. I felt that I was not achieving my best or didn’t feel I was free to be as creative as I wanted to be. I had a feeling that I had so much more to give.

I finally quit my day job in February as my health was suffering. This was not an easy choice as I was giving up the security of a monthly wage and I had no promise that I would find work but I had to believe in myself and that it would all work. I have  always loved photography and have been practicing me technique since I got my first SLR in the first year at Uni. I now had nine years of working as a press photographer under my belt, which taught me many things.I had to believe that I could make a living out of my passion, in the middle of a recession of all times! Photography to me has always been my calling and I can’t imagine ever not doing it. Anyone who is interested in photography will understand this, it is something that you simply get hooked on.

So I spent the first few months of the year reading every business book I could get my hands on, contacting people for advice, spending hours in the library doing research and I was getting very  excited about becoming  my own boss. The business side of photography was something that was totally new to me but something that I really enjoyed as I learnt more about it.

I found that people came to me at just the right time. I saw an advert for the Prince’s Trust Business Training course and successfully made my business plan with their help and was delighted to be approved a business loan, which was such a great help. The Prince’s Trust also appointed me a business mentor, Niamh Taylor , whose advice has been invaluable to me this year. Niamh also had a great year as she was awarded CIM Ireland Senior Marketing Professional 2012!  

I also received continuous support and advice from the Omagh Enterprise Centre, who have some amazing staff who are always there to help. I couldn’t have done it without them,

At the start of Easter I got a call from South West College who had an opening for a photography teacher which I jumped at. I took a lovely group of students for their NCFE qualification in photography, which was such a great experience and I was very proud that they produced such amazing work which they then exhibited and sold in aid of CHARIS Cancer Charity.

My dream was slowly becoming reality as my business plan was also approved a grant by  ARC (Assisting Rural Communities) and they  agreed to offer me a grant to get my studio open at Clanabogan. I had my planning permission approved and we got the work started on transforming dad’s garage into a nice space for my studio and once I got building control passed I was able to start taking my first studio bookings in my own first studio!

I had been following the work of Derry/Donegal photographer Jay Doherty (if you hadn’t heard of him, check his work now) and really liked his style of work (if you hadn’t heard of him, check his work now) . He agreed to let me help assist him at weddings which was a great experience for me. I have done many weddings on my own but I do think that as a photographer it is great experience to assist other photographers and share ideas. It also helped that most of his weddings were in totally breath-taking locations on the coast, which he totally utilises in his work.

I had started the year with a totally empty diary and a massive empty wall calendar on the wall in my spare room and it made me smile as I took it down at the end of the year that surprisingly my diary and calendar had been filled to the brim. It was definitely a year of hard graft, building  self-confidence and believing that it would all be ok!

As I went through my portfolio from 2012 I was surprised to find so much work, when you have your head in your work you don’t actually realise how much you are actually producing. I have met such beautiful people this year, been part of so many special moments at weddings, on family and newborn shoots and much more. I am so grateful for all of it.

I now have a year ahead of me where I know that it is now time to step it up a gear and keep working on my dream.

I hope my year can inspire others to not be afraid to follow your dream. For me, it wasn’t an option but a must. If I can do it, anyone can.

I have had a favourite saying for years which I keep it on my fridge door, ‘Reach for the stars and the only place you can fall is the sky!’

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has helped me on this journey that was 2012.xx