I can’t believe she has turned three! Blows my mind. She is fierce and smart and a total charmer.
Whenever she sees me, she instantly throws her hands wide and exclaims, “Where’s Ben?”, which I find mildly wounding but mainly adorable. Well able to hold her own against her two big brothers, “My turn!” is one of her favourite expressions.
It honestly feels like just months since her polkadot first birthday party, complete with a cake smash session.
Do you know what else blows my mind? The cake my mum made.
Top pic by Ben.
Above: Beautiful Dublin skyline print by Donal Mangan.
Funny and true.
Been bopping along to this JT gem. Cute video too.
“Any body, every body is a bikini body”: Wonderful post from my trainer Liz.
I gots all of these awesome letterboards on my wishlist.
A new series of posts about changing careers in your 30s.
Trying out this very simple to do app: One Big Thing.
Can’t wait for the Prince Sing Along Social this Sunday.
How to be a great writer.
Loved this episode of the podcast Modern Love.
Have a great weekend!
This was one of my favourite shoots in a long time. Back in March, I got to spend the day shooting the beautiful, simple, handmade stoneware of Arran Street East.
We based ourselves from the new Arran Street East shop studio, which is nestled in the markets area of Dublin city. This was a such a fun, immersive project, as I got to shoot not just the finished product, but the things that inspired it and the entire process of making it.
We photographed every time a pot was touched, creating a lovely “from mud to mug” photo story, which is now live on arranstreeteast.ie.
Click through for some of my favourite shots!
“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.
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!
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!
“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.
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.
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.
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.