Showing posts from 2011

Northern Ireland's Wedding Journal Winter 2011

In August I had the pleasure of yet again working on a wedding shoot for the Northern Ireland's Wedding Journal. It was for their Winter Edition and it was to be shot in the Four Seasons Suite in Galgorm Manor in Ballymena. When I was given the brief from the WJ's editor and stylist's Sarah-Jayne Cassells & Tara Craig that it would be a seventies bridal style shoot I was just beside myself with excitement. I was even more exc

Northern Ireland's Wedding Journal

On Tuesday 21st June 2011 I went on a "wee" road trip with Jennifer Ireland ( and Paula O'Hara ( to Co.Carlow. Our location was Huntington Castle. We had been asked to do a photoshoot for Northern Ireland's Wedding Journal. Of course when I got the call I jumped at the chance and didnt even think twice about saying yes. At first I had to pinch myself a few times. An editorial that was going to be published! Me, little old me!! I couldnt believe it. I was thrilled. My whole hairdressing career I had longed to do an editorial, so when we got together to discuss ideas and compare tear sheets it was great we all had the same ideas in mind. I was just thrilled not only to be working with Paula and Jennifer again but to be working for the Wedding Journal. That night amongst the creepy spiders that hid in what seemed like every corner and behind every curtain and for poor Jamie the model her bed! eek!! we disc…

Y Factor Project for Mencap NI 2011

At the end of last year I was approached by Laura McManus of Mencap for Northern Ireland. She was involved in organising the 2011's Y Factor Project. This was a show that travelled across Northern Ireland showcasing local talent in a singing contest. Anyone was free to enter the competition and each heat had an overall winner that then went on to the final heat in Omagh. Of course I jumped at the chance to be apart of such a great project. A close family friend has a daughter with down syndrome and I know first hand how hard it can be to try to get peoples prejudice's lifted. I was lucky enough to be working along side the beautiful Jennifer Ireland, an amazing Makeup Artist and now good friend. We travelled to Belfast, Londonderry, Newry and Omagh. Lots of fun for us on our multiply road trips. The overall winner of the Y Factor Project was Kate McCusker, she was so talented. She took part in the Omagh heat and made it through to sing again in the final. She sang an acoustic …

Showcasing for B Ford

A couple of months ago I was asked to do the hair for Ursula Bamford. She owns her own company called B Ford . She lovingly handmakes headpieces for every occasion. She will even make you your very own personal headpiece to match any outfit. Ursula is making me a headband for my own wedding day in November which I am so excited about. So of course I jumped at the chance to work with her professionally and style the hair to bring to life her amazing headpieces. Again on this shoot I worked with Jennifer Ireland on make-up and I got to work with Jess Holmes the photographer. I have done a couple of shoots with Jess now. She is very creative and looks at photography in a very fresh and new way. You can check out her work on . Ursula's sister Judi Bamford assisted on the shoot and styled the girls beautifully. She had been given the lend of some beautiful clothes from Liber…

Spring Bridal Shoot

On Monday 9th May 2011 my alarm woke me very early. I was going on another road trip with Jennifer Ireland and Ursula Bamford. We were going to Ballymena to visit Lissanoure Castle to do a Wedding Shoot with the crazy talented photographer Paula O'Hara. The lovely people of Lissanoure Castle kindly let us use their house to get ready in and prepare for the shoot. I was very excited as they are my favourite team of girls to work with. Paula had given us all a brief and I took my inspirations from the website Photographer Elizabeth Messina was my inspiration from this site. If you go to and check out Paula's work, the way she can capture a moment is just breathtaking. She really is amazing!! We all agreed that we wanted to do a wedding shoot with abit of a twist. Paula got two amazing models for the job, Collette O'neill @ Style Academy and Richard Skinner @ First Option Model Agency and Alison Campbell. Their chemistry just worked so…

Red Riding Hood Creative Shoot

On Sunday 30th January 2011 I woke up extremely excited as I knew I had a big day ahead of me. I had to wrap up warm and make a picnic. I was going to Tardree Forest in Ballymena to do the hair ( for a photo shoot. I had been asked to work with the crazy talented and beautiful photographer Paula O'Hara who created the vision and made this shoot possible. Jennifer Ireland the amazing make-up artist came up with the most different and beautiful make-up for the shoot. She even lovingly hand glued small red swarski crystals to Nikita Tully our beautiful model and wonderful stylist for the shoot's lips. It just brought the whole thing together. We were so lucky to have been lent the handsome husky dog Shadow from Paula's friend Marcus who breeds Kianna Malmutes and is just a fabulous man. We shot the whole shoot in Tardree Forest in Ballymena and even though we stood in the cold for over 3 hours it was worth every minute of it when we got…