Late in November, Ben and I packed up the Mini and drove to Tipperary to spend a day photographing and filming Brookfield Farm for the January-February issue of Image Interiors & Living.
Run by Ailbhe Gerrard, Brookfield consists of 72 acres of meadows, crops and native trees.
It produces delicious wild flower honey and beautiful beeswax candles.
We started shooting on a cold and misty morning. Ailbhe has acres of wildflower fields, and though they had long since withered, you could still glimpse a whisper of them, and imagine the colour explosion that will arrive in spring and summer.
We went out on Lough Derg, wandered among sheep, photographed the lovely artisan produce and walked through beautiful ancient forestry, filled with elegant oak, beech and sycamore trees. Ailbhe let us meet some of her bees – native Irish black bees – and try some wonderful beeswax lip balm.
It’s always a total treat to work with Ben, who shot a gorgeous video of the day that you can watch below.
It was a dream gig really – shooting flower fields at dawn, a lake at dusk, and an inspiring, entrepreneurial powerhouse of a woman at the heart of it all.