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

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I made some pretty sheet music…

Check out her new look website here

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Gorgeous (…and cold) Glendalough

Heres a little teaser from a stunning outdoor shoot i did this weekend with the lovely Jo for her new website.

I arrived in the morning with Jill who i often collaborate with and was styling for the day, check out her website for more about her .  We wandered up to the lake and it was absolutely breathtaking, the water was still, there were low clouds in the valley and it was quiet, although a bit chilly! It was everything id hoped for when planning the shoot so i was super excited to see what we could get up to!

We had several outfit changes in the day, lots of cold water to contend with and plenty of tourists watching us, Jo did so well taking all my directions!!  Heres a small taster of the shoot…

x Lucy

jo sneek peek

Spring wedding styling inspiration

I recently was asked to photograph a styled wedding shoot working with a great bunch of wedding suppliers, i loved the colours and ideas and i got to work with my friend www.jillblanc.com again 🙂

There is a video by Simone Kirwan Videographer as well which is lovely. We were published on Confetti but they havent used as many photos as id like so ill share Lorraines (who organised the whole thing)  post here so you can visit the other suppliers websites and check out some photos.

Enjoy!   CLICK HERE

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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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

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