This is a video I did for Patricia O’Toole. Her brand “Beautiful You” is all about Classic clothing with built-in smoothing support to help you look and feel as beautiful as you are! It was such a pleasure to video this photo shoot. We had a wonderful makeup artist Sharon Dmake and model Ruta from Distinct model agency. We created many short videos on the day for her social media and website. It really gets you behind the scenes on a very beautiful photoshoot with beautiful clothes.
You can see the collection and find out more on Patricia’s website
I recently did a series of interviews for Magpie Magazine on the streets of Dublin. Magpie magazine is a fusion of great words and beautiful images. It’s a thinking woman’s magazine, creative and compassionate, witty and honest. It was so exciting to work with this vibrant new publication.
This is the second episode in the series Magpie Asks, we ask the women of Dublin two very important questions. Their answers may surprise you.
You can find out more about Magpie Magazine on the link below.
I recently had the opportunity to do some commercial product photography for Systemlink Technologies. The products were shot on location and later they were removed from the background and dropped into the flyers and other promotional material. The company wanted high-resolution files to use in their print marketing. All the products were lit with a single ultra soft light for maximum description and minimum glare. The RAW files that I shot were then transferred into multilayered TIFF for ease of use in the graphic design end of the process It was great to work with a company who are leading the way in an exciting and innovative Technology. I think the images look great in the final brochure.
As a photographer you come across so many different people with so many different stories but for me none were more touching then the people I shot for Magpie’s Faces of the Homeless last month. Early one morning I headed out with Journalist Sarah Clayton-Lea to see if we could meet some of the people who live on the streets of Dublin and find out a little about there stories. I was in no way unaware of what a huge ask it is of someone in such a difficult situation to open up to a Journalist and have there portrait taken there and then on the street. If I am bluntly honest I not sure what I expected. The people we meet Patrick, Emmett, Joe & June shared there personal stories with us in an honest way that was beyond expectations and deeply touching. The piece is available online in Magpie’s winter edition page 65. It is a beautifully written piece and gives a unique insight into the lives of the people we talked to. http://issuu.com/magpiemagazine_ie/docs/magpie_winter_2015
The peculiar part about telling this story is that it is hard to know where to begin. It seems like long before the invention of the medium, photography had existed in our consciousness We desired a way to capture the fleeting moments, gestures and details which eluded the painters canvas. We wanted to flay the skin of life itself and hold it in our hands.
So when on the 7th of January 1839 Louis Daguerre revealed his process to members of the French Académie des Sciences it was without doubt an invention born of necessity and desire. The fact that less than a month later at a meeting of the Royal Institution in London William Henry Fox Talbot announced his unique photographic process, and displayed photographs he had made in 1835, Might well have suggested that he was the inventor of the photograph, However on a summer day in 1827 a man called Joseph Nicephore Niepce took the first photograph. It was only after his death that his colleague Louis Daguerre announced the process. The truth is that all of these men were fathers to photography and photography’s story began with a desire and not a process.
In so many ways you would expect that to be the starting point of our story but it is in fact the end, what Daguerre, Talbot and Niepce did was to solve the final part of the problem, That is to fix an image, to hold a projected image on paper or silver. The first part of the problem was focusing light and artists had been doing this as an aid to drawing for sometime. At first with the camera obscura meaning dark room and later with the camera lucida meaning light room. These drawing aids had a subtle and remarkable influence on the work painters like Caravaggio, Velázquez, da Vinci, and Vermeer. British artist David Hockney explored this in his book “Secret Knowledge “ and revealed the subtle evidence of the use of optics in many of the old masters work. Some people feel that it cheapens the work of these artists to suggest that they used a lens to project an image and work from that, However I feel quite the opposite In some small way the use of lens and the characteristics it imbued not only made for a new era in realism but also prepared us visually for the photographic era which we were so desperately seeking.