Drum roll, please!
Without further a do, here is the first look from the Photo Shoot that I have been anticipating. Sophie Frawley organized and booked me for this particular shoot, and was in charge of make up, styling, and editing. Don’t worry, there’s plenty more photos to come. I took over 600 photos (I don’t know when to stop). Oh what a fun environment it was. I thoroughly enjoyed it, as did everyone else involved. The sole purpose of this particular photo shoot was to advertise and showcase Jewelry for a client, paired with stylish clothing. Sophie Frawley, (whom happens to be my sister), whom is currently studying Fashion Buying, Styling & Visual Merchandising at Galway Technical Institute chose Lily Jewellery & Accessories , as a client, based in Loughrea Co. Galway. This was for a project, which entailed that each student was to scout a location, in order to advertise both a business and it’s merchandise. My sister, Sophie Frawley, chose the location and styled every outfit you will see in the next coming photos. She also was in charge of the Make Up, and juggled a variety of different jobs during the shoot. Each item of jewelry was chosen by Sophie Frawley, aided by the shop owner, Edel. So, if you ever find yourself in Loughrea, Co. Galway, let this be your first stop. You can never go wrong with a bit of bling, I know I can’t!
The photo shoot itself was incredibly riveting. I felt so comfortable. This was my first proper photo shoot for a client, and I have to say, I want to do it again. At one particular moment, in between shooting, I approached my sister and simply said ‘This feels right.’ With my camera in my hand, I felt invincible. Two hours had passed, and I hadn’t even noticed, I was enjoying myself so much. I won’t lie, I was nervous, but the minute I stepped foot in the shop door, I switched on confident photographer mode and threw myself into my work. It’s a great opportunity to be surrounded by people whom are professional yet love to laugh. This is important for me, as a Photographer.
As a photographer, I love to interject my personal opinion or idea. I won’t force anything, I just offer help. If something doesn’t seem right or photograph brilliantly to me, I will say it. I surprised myself. I gave my opinion, and it was listened to. I love being involved in the process. At the end of the day, if I am unhappy with how a photograph is looking, it’s pivotal that I voice my concern. If I want to change it up, or implement something unique and vibrant, I will not stay quiet (Can you tell I am a Perfectionist?)
I didn’t want the night to end, I could have kept going (and maybe collapsed in the process, but at least there would be interesting pictures). But, at some stage, you have to learn to stop and be happy with what you have. I am actually very pleased and proud of how my photos came out. The Jewelry was stunning. Each piece dazzled and glistened in the light, tempting me to purchase them. I had to restrain myself. When I see sparkles, my mind goes into a frenzy. The model, Amelia, was magnificent. She was a complete natural, whose smile could light up any room, and eyes that spoke volumes. She was a pleasure to work with, and so photogenic and effortless.
I felt unbelievably happy when taking all of these photographs. I was in my element, and not even an anxious thought arose. It was a long photo shoot, but to be honest, I didn’t even notice. It was a defining few hours for me. Now I know, this is what my purpose is. When you’re young, and being pressured into choosing a career, you have no idea what to pick. You panic, to be perfectly honest. As a teenager, I knew I needed to express my creativity in some way. No matter what, I wanted to show to the world what I was capable of. I turned to acting (it was a fantastic way of breaking out of my comfort zone) where I learned the importance of releasing creativity, then photography came along. I have options. But, for now, I am destined to be a photographer. What I once yearned to have as my career, has now become a hobby (acting). What once was a hobby, is now my career (Photography). Acting is just on hold for a while.
So, whether you’re questioning what to do with the rest of your life, or are stuck in a career you do not relish, just know this; listen to your gut, for you know what’s best for you. Whatever makes you smile when you get up in the morning, whatever quickens your heart rate, whatever causes adrenaline to surge through your veins, whatever makes you feel a certain sense of achievement, whatever scares the crap out of you, pursue it. Believe me, it will be worth it. I know what it feels like to feel lost, to not know what your future will contain. I know now. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks of you and your ambitions, dream so big that 10 years from now, people wonder why they ever doubted you. 4 years ago I didn’t even know what I wanted to do with my life. I knew I loved and admired scenic views, but didn’t comprehend that I yearned to photograph them. Whether it’s capturing scenery, or portraits, I will be happy. Because I will feel accomplished, I will feel included, I will feel free. What is it with me? I seem to ramble, quite a bit.
So, can you tell how passionate I am about photography? If not, where have you been?
So, make sure you check out Lily Jewellery & Accessories social media pages, for some behind the scenes pics, and plenty of more sparkling jewelry! Or, if you dare, call into the store and shop till you drop. A bit of a bling is always a must have, don’t fight the temptation.
‘Jewelry has the power to be this one little thing that can make you feel unique.’