Delorentos @vicar street

Here’s Delorentos at Vicar Street just before Christmas, photoing for www.ceolcollective.com

review here, by Una Begley. 

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www.delorentos.net

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Delorentos album Night Becomes Light has been nominated for Meteor Choice Prize – Irish Album of the Year!

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Arlene Bailey new website portraits

Heres a few shots from the studio, Arlene was looking to update her website and wanted them to be modern and sexy, a bit rock chick 🙂 we had fun in the consultation deciding on outfits, hair and makeup and settling on a look to go for, i always do up a mood board for my clients to visualise what Im talking about so we are both on the same page, she looks amazing but its still really important to show the real person behind all that!


You can find Arlenes new website here  click to open

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Photobooth!!

I love doing the photobooth!!

photoboothiful!

I had a blast with my photobooth at last weekends wedding, such a good crowd and everyone looked like they were enjoying themselves, lots of happy guests, the bride was beautiful, the venue was stunning (Castle Durrow) and the band was brilliant, check out SpringBreak….. pretty sure I knew the words to every song on their setlist….(I couldnt help singing along as I was working, can’t get much better than that eh?! )


SpringBreak

You can book the Booth here or click over onto the site and get in touch for any party, event or wedding. 

boooooth

VIP Boudoir Competition….. {the results}

I’ve been dying to share with you the results of the competition Michelle from Kandigloss and I held last month, I’ve been busy editing everything and I’m really happy with the outcome.

Sit down, get a cup of tea and read on……

It was a pleasure to shoot the two girls who won , they were so lovely and really deserving of the prize. Thanks to the Osprey Hotel  we had the fabulous penthouse suite as our backdrop to the shoot, a lovely split level room so we both had plenty of space to work, there was a massive bath in the bedroom upstairs and a really cool swing seat downstairs, lovely light from the big patio doors and we were blessed with sunshine that day as well!

Here are some behind the scenes shots of the room and Michelle.
behind the scenes at a boudoir shoot

behind the scenes at a boudoir shoot

First up was Mandy and her bright red hair, (as you probably know I have pink hair so we were very well matched on the day!) I loved the way Michelle styled her hair, very movie star glam, she had a pretty rose clip and we used my diamante kitten ears for a couple of shots as well, which I LOVE! – Sexy retro glamour.

 before & after makeup
Lisa is engaged to be married this year and this was the perfect time to do a shoot for her fiancé, she had her hair straight but messed up rock chick – dark smoky eyes with a hint of cranberry, the makeup really brought out the colour in her eyes, and she brought along a tie and hat as a prop and it suited the look perfectly.


I always ask my clients if they have any particular poses they want to do, so they’d both come prepared and we did those ones which turned out really well, sometimes they don’t work, they might not suit everyone’s body type but it’s always worth a try. I had sent the girls a questionnaire about their style and thoughts on the day so we could both be on the same page as to what kind of photos they’re looking for, I always want to get a feel for the person I’m going to be working with, Boudoir is such a personal thing, It really helps to make us both feel comfortable and prepared for the shoot.
I also asked Mandy and Lisa to write me something about their experience and I have to say I’m totally blown away by their words , ( see below) I never take for granted how difficult it can be to stand in front of a stranger in your underwear and have a photo taken, Its totally out of anyone’s normal comfort zone, and it takes a lot of guts to do a shoot, it can be really scary but once the first 5 minutes are out of the way you nearly forget what’s happening and start to feel better.


 

Thank you so much Lucy , I had such a lovely day doing the photo shoot it gave me confidence I didn’t know I had and made me feel sexy and wonderful as a woman , I would highly recommend you to everyone I know and also thank you to Michelle on doing a great job on my makeup so looking forward to seeing the finishing photos , thank you again.  {Lisa VIP WINNER}

 

When I discovered I won the competition I thought it was a mistake, I could not believe it was true. After I got over the shock of winning, dread and worry set in as I am so self-conscious and despise my body, I have body dismorphia , I was sick with nerves. I tried to talk myself out of doing it. So best foot forward after some lovely emails from Lucy the day arrived and off I went. As soon as I met Lucy and Michelle my shoulders fell and I relaxed instantly. It was like chatting with your best friends.

I had my makeup done by Michelle, it was so lovely and relaxing. The finished result was WOW, I felt like a film star!
The time came for the photography part, so nice underwear was put on and I hid in a dressing gown, I had it gripped so tight!
Lucy put me right at ease, immediately, so dressing gown was flung off! We giggled and chatted, Lucy guided me and took all the time in the world with me. I felt good. I felt uplifted too.  I was actually upset when the day ended, it was just all so lovely, every aspect.
The experience helped me feel better about myself and gave me a real boost, I didn’t believe that could be done with me, but the girls did it! They gave me a day to remember and treasure and the photographs that blew my husband away….his eyes and smile said it all, thank you so much girls!

{Mandy VIP WINNER}

 


 

We were all mums that day and I think something happens when you’ve had kids, you might be a stay at home mum or lost a job in the recession, but i believe that not being in the routine of a 9-5 workday sometimes knocks your confidence a bit, you’re bringing up a baby/child with no one to tell you how good you are, your boss doesn’t tell you the targets have been met and you deserve a raise! There’s no one to give thanks for doing that overtime , xmas bonus etc. and your body might be a different one to before kids! I don’t need my husband to high 5 me for cleaning up the sitting room but not having that external recognition does start to eat away at the self-esteem of even the most confident person. There are so many things that can bruise us and what do we do? We carry on! We’re selfless; we take care of everyone else before we think of ourselves.
I’m the first to admit that low self-esteem is an issue for me, I’m a quiet person, I have the same worries and insecurities as everyone else- but I do have confidence in what I can do with a camera. I have confidence in the fact that I can make you relax into the shoot, I know I can pose you no matter what body type you have, I can give you curves in the right places, I have total confidence in the other creatives I work with and you will love your makeup!


This is my passion and what I love most about boudoir photography is the thrill I get when I know I’ve done a good job and the client is delighted with her photos, it’s a therapy, I feel good when I make people feel good, and that is why I want to work with as many women as I can because being brave for those 5 minutes at the beginning of your shoot is just the start of it, allow yourself to love you a little bit more or think of it as a therapy, self-healing, whatever you like, it’s fun, its different, it’s exciting and that feeling you get when you finally see your finished photos is what really makes it special.  xxx Lucy

© 2014,  lucy warren

Paper cuts & Peonies – A styled shoot for Jill Blanc Designs

jill blanc designs

…. heres something ive been working on recently with a supertalented lady, Jill.She makes wedding invitations and lots of other pretty paper things, i love her style and even though she’d never been in front of the camera she was the perfect model 🙂

check out her work on  Facebook or Website

It was a full days shoot, with a couple of wardrobe changes, we had Jills house as the backdrop and we styled the kitchen table with some of her yummy cupcakes and pretty knicknacks she has,  Jill wanted to show both sides of her personality, the rock chick (check out her handmade headpiece too) and the pretty in pink look. Even though i love pink my favourites ended up being the ‘cover girl’ style , a bit fierce and very cool rock chick!

We had the perfect day, im sure Jill would agree   🙂

(i shot natural light with the 60D and almost all the photos are with the 50mm  1.4 lens)

Redefining Boudoir

Im on a mission to empower women to adore their bodies!

I believe that imagery is powerful.

I LOVE that we can show our emotions, through our bodies and our impulses , with photography – it can be sublimely empowering and profoundly sexy!

Have you always wanted to, but thought you never could?  you dont have to be a model, even if you live in your tracky bottoms or think you’re not photogenic, I will uncover your inner vixen and you will love your photos!

This is more than just a photo session, its a full on confidence booster, its a girly private shoot with music, laughter, revelry, wine, chocs, bring a friend if youre feeling shy, bring those killer heels, book a fab hotel room and with hair and makeup we will bring the Glamour on!    Capital G!

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xx

‘its a new dawn, its a new day, its a new life, and im feeling good…..’    oh yeah!!

Fearless Bridal – You know you want to!!

Take out your wedding dress and have some fun with it! If its sitting in the wardrobe forgotten and unloved why dont you mix it up with your favourite accessories and hobbies and have a photoshoot that reflects your personality.

They will be pictures to treasure for life!

This shoot with Louise was so much fun, we had a brilliant day on the freezing windy beach….. and oh how we laughed when my car broke down on the way home…..

…..BUT seriously , I believe this is a fantastic thing to do with something that you’re never going to use again, you get your hair and makeup done and get to do whatever you like for the day and have some amazing photos to look back on, you can bring so much personality to this kind of shoot its so easy to customise.

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If you go online and look up rock the frock or trash the dress youll see all sorts of examples.

I prefer the name ‘Fearless Bridal’, to me its not about just wrecking the dress and how torn up you can make it look , its about doing things in the dress that you wouldnt on the wedding day, or wearing it a certain way, adding accessories, making it more fashiony or rock chick, or wearing your favourite pink boots! Try it for yourself, you’ll love the results.

The Perfect Pear ! (Slane Wedding)

Heres some piccies from a lovely small wedding  in Tankardstown House in Slane.

It was a very personalised ceremony read by a close friend of the bride and the lucky things had the whole place to themselves.

The staff there were lovely too, id recommend a visit if you are looking for something similar.

I really enjoyed the day…. thanks to Niamh & Ian for including me in it – shame about the rain! can’t forget we are in Ireland.

check out the handmade cake toppers, brilliant eh?!

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