Say yes to new adventures

To New Adventures

“Reject the myth that there is a single, perfect job out there waiting for us to discover it, and instead identify our ‘multiple selves’ – a range of potential careers that might suit the different sides of our character…”

– Roman Krznaric

Guess what? I start a new job today!

 And if you were wondering, “didn’t you just start a job six months ago?” the answer would be yes. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned in the last six months (and I have learned A LOT) it’s that the world of tech moves fast, and in mysterious ways. 

While I had a wonderfully enriching rollercoaster ride at This is Productivity, an opportunity came to join Brian and the talented team at Minicorp, a Dublin-based start-up studio, in a role that combines many passions of mine, both new and old. So I took a deep breath, and I’m diving in. 

I’ll be helping to make awesome digital products, collaborating with passionate, independently-minded entrepreneurs to bring their ideas from napkin to reality, as the saying goes.

I’ll also have a few days a month to take on more photography projects, and have some really fun stuff coming up already.  

I’m excited. Can you tell?

Top pic: Say Yes to New Adventures print, by Fiddle and Spoon on Society6.

Seaweed food shoot for Garden Heaven magazine |
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Seaweed Food Shoot for Garden Heaven Magazine

This shoot was a reunion of sorts. Styled by Image Interiors & Living art director Marlene Wessels and with wonderful words and recipes by Lesley Tumulty (my future mother in law!) it centered around using seaweed as a key ingredient (did you know we have 500 different varieties here in Ireland?).

It was also brilliant to be working on Garden Heaven again. I edited the 2015 annual edition (and it went on to win Annual of the Year the Irish Magazine Awards, woop), so it’s a title dear to my heart. 

Click through for a few pics!

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Gourmet Galway Guide | Dough Bros Pizza
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Gourmet Galway Guide for Image Interiors & Living

Now this, this was so much fun to shoot. Right before I finished up as editor of Image interiors & Living, the magazine’s art director, deputy editor and I hopped in a car and headed west to shoot a story about the exciting, thriving Galway food scene. We took in Michelin restaurants and pop-up pizza joints, cool bars and cute food trucks, old favourites and brand new spots, as well as tons of great portrait opportunities. Some more pics after the jump, if you’d like to see!

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SF engagement story |

We’re engaged!

“We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.” ― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

And I thought my trip to San Francisco couldn’t get any better 😉

Ben and I are thrilled to announce that we are engaged! Cheesy loved up story after the jump + the uber nerdy gif we made to celebrate. 

SF engagement story |

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Hello from San Francisco |

Hello from San Francisco

Just a quick hola from San Francisco! I’ve been walking, snapping and eating pretty much non-stop for almost a week now, and loving it. 

I’m typing this from the super comfy bed at Hotel Zeppelin, but the pic above was taken from right around the corner of our Bernal Heights Airbnb. I’ve been shooting in some pretty amazing places for an upcoming issue of CARA, so, for now, I’ll just share a couple of Insta snaps. Continue Reading

Music or madness |

Music or Madness

So whether music or madness
Live by one of the two

Go on, fill your heart up with gladness
Not a moment too soon

So I will follow the feeling
And sing fever to the form

Cos the very thing you’re afraid of, 
It keeps you clean but unclear

Is the dirt that you’re made of,
And that’s nothing to fear

Love these lines, extracted from Nick Mulvey’s beautiful Fever to the Form, which has been on loop in a mellow work playlist I’m building. 

Speaking of living by music – anyone else hooked on new Dublin station Non-Stop 90s? Find it at 88.1FM. It’s a one-way ticket down memory lane. 

Pic taken at the Designgoat studios, for an upcoming post on The Crafted

Mish Mash cafe, Capel Street, Dublin

Right now, I’m…

Listening to: this awesome Treat Yo Self playlist (thanks, Michelle!) and the brilliant podcast You Must Remember This, all about “the secret/forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century”.

Planning: A trip to San Francisco! Ben and I will be there next month. I’ll be shooting a story for CARA, and he’ll be geeking out a GDC. Dream gigs for us both. 

Loving: My weekly yoga classes with the lovely Susie of Susita and workouts with m’girl Liz (pics from an awesome recent shoot coming sooooon.)

Reading All the Light We Cannot See. Beautifully absorbing. 

Learning: UX design, thanks to Irish e-course UX Training and a ton of books. Loving it so far. 

Drinking: Home-made ginger, lemon and honey tea. And trying to get off the chai latte buzz after reading this

Discovering (top pic and below): Mish Mash, a sweet little cafe we stumbled across on Capel Street with some lovely decor. 

Playing with: A Color Story, a fun new photo editing app from the A Beautiful Mess gals. All pics in this post were processed with it.

Mish Mash cafe, Capel Street, Dublin

Mish Mash cafe, Capel Street, Dublin

3 Chrome Extensions To Revamp your 'New Tab' Page
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3 Chrome Extensions To Revamp your ‘New Tab’ Page

I’m a big fan of Google’s Chrome browser. I use Safari for all personal stuff, and Chrome for all work stuff, which is handy for keeping settings, histories, and autofill forms tidily separated. I’m pretty hooked on Chrome extensions, which are easy, powerful ways of adding to your browser’s functionality. The ‘new tab’ page is something we look at a lot, so I thought I’d share three of my favourite ways to customise it.  Continue Reading

Yes, of course it hurts

Yes, of course it hurts when buds are breaking.

Why else would the springtime falter?
Why would all our ardent longing
bind itself in frozen, bitter pallor?
After all, the bud was covered all the winter.
What new thing is it that bursts and wears?
Yes, of course it hurts when buds are breaking,
hurts for that which grows
and that which bars.

Yes, it is hard when drops are falling.
Trembling with fear, and heavy hanging,
cleaving to the twig, and swelling, sliding –
weight draws them down, though they go on clinging.
Hard to be uncertain, afraid and divided,
hard to feel the depths attract and call,
yet sit fast and merely tremble –
hard to want to stay
and want to fall.

Then, when things are worst and nothing helps
the tree’s buds break as in rejoicing,
then, when no fear holds back any longer,
down in glitter go the twig’s drops plunging,
forget that they were frightened by the new,
forget their fear before the flight unfurled –
feel for a second their greatest safety,
rest in that trust
that creates the world.

Beautiful poem by Swedish novelist and poet Karin Boyetranslated into English by David McDuff. It was so nice to see my first blossom tree on the walk into work. Have a great week! 

Indigo & Cloth for The Crafted |
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Introducing The Crafted

I’m really excited to share that I’m collaborating on a great new project, The Crafted.

Indigo & Cloth for The Crafted |

Created by the brilliant Brian Kenny (founder of Minicorp), The Crafted focuses on crafted products and their makers. Brian, a creator himself, shares my passion for great design and championing Irish craft and creativity.

Indigo & Cloth for The Crafted |

My first contribution was a sweet gig – photographing Indigo & Cloth. Head on over for more pics and Brian’s love-letter to the gorgeous Dublin design store.