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Diamonds Are A Girl’s……Most Tempting, Problematic Guilty Pleasure

Quite an accurate title, you agree? I think so, actually I know so. Not just for women, jewellery is just as bad for men. (Break the gender norm.)

I shall just keep it short and sweet today, because I’m far too tired, and there’s only so much rambling I can do. I ain’t SuperMan, bullshit only comes easily when I’m at 100%. I’m currently on 2%. I better go charge up.

Okay, back to the matter at hand; JEWELLERY. So, as you can probably guess, this is another photo from my time at Lily’s Jewellery & Accessories. It is an incredibly thrilling experience, and also being surrounded by jewellery is a plus. Anyway, click the link to check out their Facebook page. Click here! 

I hope you have a joyous week, filled with plenty of positivity and humour. What we need now, is an abundance of laughter. Stay safe, folks.

-Alice, xo

alicephotography24@gmail.com

 

‘The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a witness.’

-Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

Life Is Changing For The Better

So, I’m back. Well, sort of. As you can tell, I have been very busy. And also very tired. No more excuses.

I’ve started a new job, which is taking up a bit of my time and preventing a few photo sessions, but I still take photos for Lily’s Jewellery & Accessories every week. It’s a lot of fun and an absolutely fantastic opportunity that I relish. Oh how I love photography. Especially when jewellery is involved. When I see something sparkly, my heart stops. How relatable of me.

Anyway, this will be a relatively short post today, as I simply just wanted to share that all is well, and life is changing for the better. This fab watch and bracelet are sold separately in Lily’s Jewellery & Accessories based in Loughrea. Click the link to check out their Facebook page! Click here!

I just wanted to check in, and post this photo which was taken last week.

Have a fab week!

-Alice, xo

alicephotography24@gmail.com

‘The camera sees more than the eye, so why not make use of it?’

-Edward Weston.

New Beginnings

Apologies for my absence again. I started my new job, in which will provide me with amazing opportunities. This week, although progressive, was paired with an abundance of anxiety. Such fun.

Anyway, short post today, but as you can see already, I have made MY OWN BUSINESS CARDS. In the next few weeks, things shall change, so watch this space.

Good things are about to happen! I hope you’re ready, I sure am.

Fasten your seat belts, Ladies & Gentlemen, it’s gonna be a wild ride.

-Alice, xo

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‘And so the adventure begins…’

-Unknown.

 

The Essentials For Father’s Day: Break The Gender Norm

WARNING: THIS POST WILL CONTAIN OPINIONS THAT MIGHT DIFFER FROM YOUR OWN. PLEASE, DON’T JUDGE. JUST LOVE AND ADMIRE. AND LISTEN. AND CONSIDER.

Yes, men like jewelry. Yes, men like Vogue. Yes, Father’s can wear what they want. Yes, Father’s can enjoy beauty products. Just because it’s Father’s Day, does not mean you have to go out and buy the ‘manliest’ thing you can find. No, if your Dad enjoys the odd magazine, or make up product, or swanky watch or piece of jewelry, or a face cream, or hair products, or pink clothing, or a fantastic sale in New Look, or a sweet rich bottle of wine, encourage him. Physical products should not hold a gender label. And those who relish dabbling in more ‘feminine’ (nothing should be labeled or classed as more masculine or feminine) products should not be discouraged or disrespected.

We live in a time, although at times very judgmental, where we are more accepting and understanding. Honestly, do what you want. If you want to buy your Father a fabulous pair of jeans, or a collection of Vogue or Harper Bazaar magazines, go right ahead. I commend you. Or maybe you’re like me, and instead of buying a gift, I have made a cake, THAT IS NEITHER ‘MASCULINE’ OR ‘FEMININE’, IT’S JUST CAKE. Something my Father enjoys. It’s the thought that counts.

If you discovered that your Father’s secret guilty pleasure is reading the odd problem section in Heat or OK Magazine, do him a favour, save him spending 10 minutes in the local shop absorbing all the gory details or gossip, and buy several copies of every issue. Trust me, he’ll appreciate it. I know I would.

And, if you’re Dad loves more ‘masculine’ (I use this lightly, once again, no product should be classed as masculine or feminine) things, treat him to whatever he wants, whether that be a new pair of boots, or tie for the upcoming family wedding, do it. Whatever truly puts a smile on his face, just do it. Whatever makes him happy, whatever encourages him to be his true authentic self.

So, all in all, don’t judge someone based on their gender. If a man likes to wear a fab pair of earrings or striking pair of Stiletto’s, let him. If a woman likes to wear bow ties or wears suits, let them. If it doesn’t affect you, let them live. If you find someone’s strength and tenacity to wear what they want offensive and disgusting, well maybe you should take a closer look at yourself and wonder why you’re filled to the brim with over flowing hatred.

Be who you want to be, not who the world forces you to be.

Break The Gender Norm.

(This shot was taken from my time at Lily Jewellery & Accessories. For more on this, check out my last few posts.)

With that, Happy Father’s Day!

-Alice, xo

alicephotography24@gmail.com

‘Stop labeling people just because they’re not like you.’

-Unknown.

When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.’

-Unknown.

An Editorial Approach: Including Life Update

Happy Saturday!

Firstly, I would like to express my condolences to those whom were lost in the Grenfell Tower Fire. Tragedies have become a regular occurrence, and that is a terrifying thing. I hope that every family affected by this tragedy, knows that the whole world is with you. We are here, we are with you, you are not alone. It is a lovely thing, to observe a community remaining as strong as ever, even in a horrendous situation such as this.

Anyway, I shall continue on as normal. This week, I was in Lily Jewellery & Accessories to, once again, photograph their fabulous jewelry. I love opportunities such as this, as it gets my name out there, I feel recognized.

This particular shot, was a more editorial approach, which is something I am not most familiar with. But, now I can say that I would very much like to this much more frequently. It’s a riveting experience. As you know, I love a challenge, so I don’t settle with something easy. If it doesn’t cause adrenaline to pump through my veins, what’s the point?

So, many more photos shall be coming your way. And, I shall be taking more photos next week for Lily Jewellery & Accessories. If you’d like to check out their social media, check my last few posts for more information.

Life Update: Also, life is going well at the moment, surprisingly. I have grown less anxious, and more relaxed. I start my new job on Monday, where I’ll be giving back and volunteering my help and guidance. And, my photography journey is exceeding my expectations. I am so happy with how it’s going. I cannot wait for what the rest of the year has in store. Progress.

Stay safe, people.

-Alice, xo

alicephotography24@gmail.com

‘Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.’

-Ansel Adams.

 

 

Make It Work

 

So (I say ‘So’ a lot), I am enjoying posting plenty of pictures from my recent endeavors. This was a great opportunity, that I truly relish, and want to share with all of you. Bear with me (I also say this a lot too. Bear with me)

This was a beautiful head piece, (created by Margaret O’ Connor, I believe) that photographed magnificently. And of course, pairing it with those glamorous earrings, was a splendid idea. All in all, this look was very cohesive. Cohesion is very important (something I learned from Project Runway. Look at me, being all fashion forward. Make it work.)

Thankfully, I wore a pair of boots that had a generous heel attached to them, otherwise the photos would be far too low, too hobbit like. Frodo Baggins much? I find that I sometimes become irritated with my height, when taking photos. It’s not that I’m incredibly short, I’m just, well….short? Am I the only one that gets frustrated with their height when taking photos? Are there any other short photographers that can relate? #shortpeopleproblems Am I a cool, relatable, funny blogger yet? I did a hashtag to impress the young folk. Are you impressed? Are you not entertained? (I hope the older folk understand that reference.) Let me remind you, I am an old soul trapped in a 20 year old’s body.

Anyway, back to what this post is SUPPOSED to be about. I thoroughly enjoyed photographing all of the jewelry that you have already seen and not yet seen. So, check out Lily Jewellery & Accessories Facebook page. Click the link below!

Click here, to see fab Jewellery!

-Alice, xo

alicephotography24@gmail.com

P.S. I like to be different, hence the borderline psychotic, glorious piece I have gifted to you today. You’re welcome. Back to being normal, now. (As If.)

‘Being different isn’t a bad thing. It means you’re brave enough to be yourself. ‘

-Unknown. 

 

 

 

Once In A Bloom Moon

What a punny title? I’m very funny, you’re welcome. I figured, a little bit of humor added to your Monday, could really help.

So, this little bunch of gorgeous flowers I captured amid my time at Lily Jewellery & Accessories. It was a bit of an impromptu photo; I knew I at some stage had to photograph this adorable arrangement. For whatever reason, lately I am attracted to bright, almost pink-ish colours. Mind you, I have made it clear for the past few years, that I do not like pink that much. And just last week, I bought a bright pink skirt. I’m changing my ways. Especially in pictures, I love seeing an addition of pink hues. Oh well, might as well enjoy it. Who knows, in the next few months, I might detest pink altogether. I suppose, I’m just trying a different approach. Life is all about change, without it, how dull life would be. Change is good, change is necessary. Including other things that I usually don’t dabble in, is a great opportunity, and not to be neglected.

Anyway, I am currently enjoying this approach to photography. Yes, portraits and landscapes are still my absolute favourite aspect, but there’s just something about photographing flat-lay, looking down at a piece of jewelry, adjusting the lighting in order to enhance it’s glow. It’s just an interesting aspect, that I always wanted to achieve.

So, I shall bid you a splendid Monday, if that is even possible.

-Alice, xo

alicephotography24@gmail.com

‘A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.’

-Unknown.

Trying Something New

Another shot from my recent work with Lily Jewellery & Accessories. There’s something liberating about challenging yourself, and trying something new and different. It’s sort of rejuvenating.

Whenever I used to see Blogger’s posting pictures like the one pictured above, I was always envy. I never knew how to achieve this sort of look, I tried but failed. And look at me now, finally able to achieve the littlest of challenges. Am I a cool blogger yet?

Anyway, since it’s Sunday, I’m not going to post a huge rambling piece, instead I shall keep it short and sweet. So, if you ever find yourself in Loughrea, pop in to Lily Jewellery & Accessories, and be dazzled by the sparkling, tempting, gorgeous jewelry.

In the next coming weeks, I’m really going to push myself. Things are changing, and hopefully all will work out for the best. Hey Future, I’m finally ready for you.

Check out Lily Jewellery & Accessories facebook page! Click the link below!

Lily Facebook Page! Click here!

Have a fab Sunday!

-Alice, xo

‘I don’t want to sit around and hope good things will happen… I want to be in control of my own Destiny.’

-Drew Barrymore. 

 

My First Paid Job As A Photographer

So, on Thursday I had the amazing opportunity to, once again, work with Lily Jewellery & Accessories. This time, it was a completely different approach, which I was ready for. I always love a challenge. I worked with the Manager Edel, and together we combined and brainstormed ideas. Surprisingly, I wasn’t nervous. Which is progress for me, personally.

Anyway, I was instructed to photograph an abundant amount of fabulous jewelry (believe me, I wanted every piece for myself). This particular image is an outtake out of the hundreds of photographs. I suggested ideas, which were not ignored. I love it.

This was something I’ve never done before, and I’ll be doing the exact same thing next week. Cannot wait! Photographing specific stock of jewelry can really test you, it’s a whole other ball game. So, I was very appreciative that I brought my lighting equipment, hence there would have been shadows everywhere.

So, I’m proud of the progress I am making. And, on Thursday evening, I created and ordered my own professional business cards! The minute I receive them in the post, I’ll be showing you pictures and most likely rambling.

Have a fab weekend!

-Alice, xo

P.S. I didn’t charge that much at all. I’m not in this for the money, I’m in this for the love if it. The only way to become successful, is to focus on the opportunity rather than the money.

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‘If you don’t challenge yourself, you will never realize what you can become’.

-Unknown.

Be Authentic: Why I Refuse To Follow The Rules

I like to stray from the crowd, of what is typically referred to as ‘normal’, or ‘typical. In the past, and by the photography industry, it has been suggested and embedded into me that I follow the norm, that I pick one style and one style only. I cannot label myself as one thing or another, I cannot squish myself into a box titled ‘Expectations’. What kind of life would I lead, if I followed those commands or requests, and wasn’t my true self?

To be truly happy in this life, you must follow your gut instinct. If you want to take that daring picture, take the damn picture. If you want to dabble in every type of photography, you do that, just as long as you’re HAPPY. If you want to dye your hair purple, dye your damn hair purple. If you want to wear a slinky outfit, wear the damn outfit. Do everything for yourself. I refuse to abide the rules, or what is expected of me. To be original, you must take risks. And that is what I did with this photo. I decided to do something, I decided to combine two things I love; Colour & Monochrome. I didn’t even question it, I just went with my creative flow. (This photo was captured at the recent event held by Lily’s Jewellery & Accessories, in which I was invited to attend with my camera in tow. A fantastic night. To read more about it, check my previous posts.)

Being original is my only aim in my photography journey. Yes, I am no expert. And yes I do not hold a certificate in this field, but I damn well try my best to be included in this industry, let alone acknowledged so why should  a piece of paper define my worth, or define my capability? To others it is most important, but to me, it would just force me into that Expectations Box, encouraging me to pick one thing I’m good at. I like to think I’m good at a lot of things, so why should I have to choose just one? Why can’t I be different. (Some of you might not agree, but hey, you’re entitled to your opinion.) What If my sole purpose as a freelance photographer, is to defeat everyone’s expectations, and to prove that no matter who you are or where you’re from, as long as you own some sort of camera, you’re worthy of respect. I claim to be a Portrait & Landscape Photographer, and within this title, there are so many possibilities.

So, with that, I shall conclude another passionate rant (another rambling post, more like), and bid you a fabulous day.

-The Rambling Girl, Alice

xo

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‘You were born an original, don’t die a copy.’

-John Mason. 

‘It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.’

-Herman Melville.

‘Be yourself. The world worships the original.’

-Unknown.

‘They can imitate your style, but they can’t imitate your creativity.’

-Sonya Teclai.

‘Be fearlessly authentic.’

-Unknown.