The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money or the most awards. They simply are the ones that care the most.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to photograph Hye Uon and her gorgeous family- we joked at that stage that I would inevitably become their 'family photographer' and judging by a day spent at their children's christening, we may well and truly be on our way.
They are my favourite type of family - blissfully at ease, both aware and unaware of a camera being pointed at them and so unbelievably welcoming. Thank you for letting me share this little peek here Hye Uon, a very proud mama indeed.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
I have an awful tendency of beginning conversations as if I'm already in the middle of them. Most of my phone calls to close friends are a perpetual cycle of this but thankfully, most of them are well used to this- even when I lead with the randomest of queries i.e..''do you have a power drill I can borrow?'' (ahem, Alex).
Today, I caught up with sweet Joi. A lady who is so emotive and joyous when she hears your voice, it feels like you're ringing family (which I am). A few months ago when I was going through a rough period, she wrote an email which I have bookmarked and printed. A portion of it reads ''Know that honour, love, grace and joy are surrounding you like a shield, always. No rejection nor disappointment can take away your beauty and loveliness. You are made for more. ''
You are made for more. Simple, powerful, effective. It now is serving as a mantra of sorts on a little project I am working on in the upcoming month.
Truth: girlfriends really are the best sort of friends.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
(Growing up, I loved certain portions of my parents' Readers Digest. The quote section of that publication was always highlighted and earmarked and now my modern day Pinterest board is full of them. So I thought I'd start sharing some of my favourite quotables on the blog every now and again- for fun, for encouragement, for a little something different. )
In my old apartment, any eruptive colourful sunset and I was up on the rooftop faster than Firas could say 'where you are you going'. Today, was no exception. Simple reason: the sky was purple. Magnificently purple. There is something about skies like this that make every silly romantic notion of mine seem possible.
It also reminds me that there really is no outdoing Mother Nature creatively. If it rains tonight, purple rain by Prince will be embarrassingly stuck in my head forevermore.
Dublin skies really tipped the scales this evening, friends.
Monday, October 20, 2014
I recently read someone describe themselves as both a nomad and a homebody-and the description really hit home for me.
So when I spent the morning with Alex taking in the new space that is Sister Sadie, I couldn't help but think of that same description for this cafe. Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences with a mix of locally sourced seasonal produce, homemade granola (so good) and quite possibly the friendliest staff around.
The best of both worlds and easily, a new favourite little spot to unwind.
[Update: Vania did a lovely review of it here. Completely on point.]
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
When I was younger, I used to grab a stack of old albums from my parents room and sit and wonder about the untold stories behind the images. My mother, in particular, was a vision in them.
My mother, the proper woman always maintaining a kept single plait and a dated shoulder padded work suit was different from the carefree girl I saw in these images. I remember being surprised by them- many of her near or on horses, others with friends nearby, her hair wind swept and the most light filled face I've seen. They were and are still some of the most beautiful images I have in my memory.
Unbeknownst to me, Meghan captured this image of me taking my first ventures in (very) cold Irish waters a few months ago- and upon seeing it, I remember thinking of my mother. Even though my parents and I are estranged in ways, the girl in those photos still holds me curious.
''Pare down to the essence, but don't remove the poetry.'' Leonard Koren