By the Lake..

A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable..William Wordsworth. 

I met Jo after taking some photos of  the wedding band she sings in The Moog69’s, ( they are brilliant check them out!) she came to me looking for new photos for her website and solo church side of things, so we had a chat over a coffee, clicked straight away and started planning. She was very open to ideas and naturally goes with a bit of a rock chick vibe, I like to try to push things a little out of the ordinary but still stay in that comfort zone so it’s not forced and unnatural, so after talking to Jo I knew Jill would be brilliant at bringing all of our ideas together, more coffee… loads of ideas.. we always tend to go waaaaay beyond the brief, get super excited then nail it down to something not too scary! So off we went to Glendalough one morning, it was an awesome day outside in the cold, wandering around the beautiful lake and playing in the trees, it was really fun! and this is what happened…….

 I did share a few photos before but I love them so much I had to show you some more, It would be the perfect romantic spot for an engagement shoot or even a family portrait session with the kids splashing by the water.

Thanks to Jill for her styling on the day and to Jo for being so good at standing in cold water!!

behind the scenes/outtakes



I made some pretty sheet music…

Check out her new look website here

Anatomy of a Logo

Here’s a quick thought process for a simple logo design I did yesterday, my friend came to me with a few ideas (Purple was important) and 40mins later over facebook chat we had this done for her new blog.  I thought i’d try and share the way i go through ideas.


FabLOUous Blog

anatomy of a logo

Ceol Collective


Ceol Collective is a new collaborative website bringing the best of music and culture in Ireland to a wider audience. The website will showcase new and exciting musicians, poets, performers and writers.

The ‘collective’ is a team of passionate music lovers, photographers, poets , musicians, and videographers who will write with honesty and enthusiasm.


I am happy to say that I am part of this gang of like-minded souls , some of my photography is live on the website and a couple of reviews as well.


Check out the site at or give us a follow on twitter @ceolcollective. Easy Peasy!

Heres a bit of design ive added to the creative pot!

Gig next week, see belownew poster

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ceol logo

Blogging & social media Karma

Here are a few quick tips for blogging newbies who dont want to annoy people!

I wouldnt call myself a blogger but i do try to keep my website here updated with new shoots, and im on twitter and facebook, its not something I enjoy but i do my best!  I want to write this now because it seems that not everyone would be as conscientious as the next and sometimes things get ‘shared’ ( read stolen) without the original owner being notified or linked. This is a very dodgy thing to do these days but there are copyright laws in place and the more people know about them the better.

Im not going to go into alot of detail as i think its all very obvious, its not my area of expertise and a quick google will find you loads of websites dedicated to blogging and the etiquette involved but here are a few little things that are easy to fix.

1. Give Credit Where Credit is Due!

Big number 1 pet peeve of mine is people using my photos without asking me, linking me, tagging me, etc you get the jist. It doesnt take alot to type “taken by lucytakesphotos, heres her website……….”  its the polite thing to do, if you havent paid for it, you dont own it!!! grrrrr!!  I really don’t want to start putting an ugly watermark all over my images.

Luckily I normally work with people who stick to the rules but Ill never forget the day I saw a photo of mine (Pixellated because they stole a low res image from facebook) on a HUGE poster in a shop window in the middle of the town where I live. It really annoyed me then, the excuses annoyed me and i still get angry just writing about it now!! dont do it.

2. Original Content

Don’t assume that if you credit the author there is no copyright infringement: a lot of people wrongly think that if they credit the author of an article or image they are not violating the copyright law. You can only use copyrighted material if you have explicit permission from the author to do so.

The argument that you put something online and its going to get used/shared/stolen/edited is not one that can be used these days, you will sound ignorant if you use that excuse.

Also its always best to write your own content, dont just add the link to someone elses page, its bad for google search results and it makes you look lazy.

3. Be Yourself

Be yourself, you have your own unique ideas, be interesting! Dont write content just for SEO. Yawn!







So thats it really, a few quick tips. We all make mistakes but hopefully a bit of research is all it takes and if you want to find out more have a google or sign up for a blogging course in your area.



Happy Blogging!!