Had to have a fuck around with more gels and shadows after a shot I did the other night. These are a few shots I did with a mate of mine, Katey McGrath. She’s mad cool to work with, she’s proper naturally beautiful and she’s also real chilled, funny and into good tunes so, we just had the craic taking these. T'was a good laugh :D… G'wan Katey!
“Go outside. Don’t tell anyone and don’t bring your phone. Start walking and keep walking until you no longer know the road like the palm of your hand, because we walk the same roads day in and day out, to the bus and back home and we cease to see. We walk in our sleep and teach our muscles to work without thinking and I dare you to walk where you have not yet walked and I dare you to notice. Don’t try to get anything out of it, because you won’t. Don’t try to make use of it, because you can’t. And that’s the point. Just walk, see, sit down if you like. And be. Just be, whatever you are with whatever you have, and realise that that is enough to be happy.
There’s a whole world out there, right outside your window. You’d be a fool to miss it.”
This dress has been sitting in my house for months now. It was designed a few years ago by my good friend Deborah Tormey. It was one of her pieces for her third year in college ( I think) (NCAD Dublin). This awesome piece was inspired by sea creatures such as the squid and the octopus.
I have wanted to shoot this dress for a long time now and I couldn’t wait to try out my ideas. Debbs just dropped the idea for the leggings on me about two hours before we left to shoot and what an idea it was, They’re my favourite part of the outfit (and shots).
Nothing ever goes perfect though, and this shoot was no exception. First off, we got to the location and I realised that the jack for my receiver had slipped off and lost somewhere. We had to drive a few miles back to my flat to get another jack. When we got back and started to set up, I realised that one side of the battery pack that powers my lighting set up (Bowens Gemini 200) was broken which meant I only had access to one of my lights (nightmare)….
And if that wasn’t enough, it was crazy gale force weather out so, it was hard for any of us to be comfortable and really get into the shoot.
Saying all that though, you have to take the rough with the smooth and I have to say, I’m fairly chuffed at how these turned out, not by any means exactly what I wanted but, I think we did well considering!
Also got the chance to work with my mate Iseult who is modelling here. She really came through tonight as I know for a fact there’s not many heads that could withstand that weather in those shoes, haha. She busted out some really wicked poses and I will be 100% working with her again.
And I got to work with the very talented Jocelyn Deegan who did make up for this. First time meeting and definitely not the last, she did a great job. Rocked out that shizz! Cheers for helping with everything too :-) Legend…
My mate Ger also helped me out LARGE style with this shoot by driving all of us out there, holding onto my lights on their stands for dear life so they wouldn’t blow away and nearly getting blown away himself. Thanks a fat million man…! (looking forward to seeing your “behind the scenes” shots, ha)
Then of course we had Deborah Tormey styling. I would say something nice about her but, she’s only little sap, ha ;-)