And ferries, and parachutes!!!… I’ve had a really busy time of travelling this last month, doing working trips to Ireland, Scotland, Devon & Wales, and jetting off to Turkey for a well needed holiday! I’ve really not had much time at home, let alone chance to sit down and blog, but this past week I’ve been catching up with my emails and sorting newly received pictures so I can do some serious updating to my little part of the interweb! 🙂
So let’s start with a month ago, I managed to cram everything I needed into my little cabin bag with all my working trip essentials, and caught my flight for a week in wonderful, gorgeous Ireland!!
Skirts, floaty clothes, lingerie, corset, jewellery, flower garland, my own fave teas, snack bars, book to read, beauty miniatures, hair tongs, mini hairdryer, pjs, sleep mask and lots of warm socks, it’s all in there!! >>>
After a few fun-filled days in Dublin I got the train over to Galway for a quick shoot before embarking by ferry with Eamonn Farrell for a 2 day excursion on Inis Mór; of the mystical ARAN ISLANDS. It is such an strange and amazing place, very baron and isolated, only 3km wide, with the main transport in the form of bicycles and horse drawn carts, absolutely covered in intricately built stone walls, archaeological ruins teatering over the edge of dramatic cliffs and Gaelic being the everyday language of most of the inhabitants, some of them having never left the island…
The forecast for the days wasn’t looking that great, and considering what a bone-chilling endurance my last 2 day nude location shoot with Eamonn was, I was a little apprehensive about modelling on this minimal landscape!! But thankfully the weather was mild albeit a little windy at times 🙂 We also very luckily managed to borrow an old banger of a car since somebody can’t ride a bike (*blush*), so that helped us get around the island and was especially appreciated on the early morning shoots! We met lots of animals – horses, ponies, goats, fat furry caterpillars and a huge, mean-looking cow! This is an out-take from a set with me wearing one of the traditional Aran sweaters. That donkey was posing nicely nearby and then suddenly he had his head right in my lap! Talk about hogging the camera! 😀
After making the return ferry trip back to Connemara, we drove back to Eamonn’s home in Kildare, with me then spending the following day in Dublin again before flying home late that evening. That day I worked with 4 great photographers, including the lovely Deirdre Marie Photography who organised make-up by Ciara Red; adorning me with unique, pearly make-up.
And also a very productive time with Andrew Shahoff at his studio on Grafton Street and got a beautiful varied range of imagery from our 2 hour shoot, draping and swirling around with various shimmering and translucent materials.
I still have some pictures to add here including some results from Aran, so will update again soon! Thank you again to everyone from my trip to Ireland, as always such a fun & heart-warming time. I loved every shoot and appreciate the bookings so much, as well as the generous help with accomodation and transport. I will be back in Spring 2012 for sure!
Next post… Elegant mansions, derelict ruins, rivers and rolling hills of Scotland!! Until then, here’s some snaps from my holiday in Turkey, where I went paragliding! Beautiful views floating so high over the moutains and sapphire ocean 🙂