Post Valentine’s Day! by TaraD

“Small things done with great love will change the world.”

On valentines day my friend Lorenzo, (you may remember him on the news/late late show/ social media etc visited my son’s school to tell them about his night out at sea. He told his amazing story of survival and explained the power of the sea and how we should respect it. The children asked how he survived, “Did he see any sharks? Did he get scared? What did he eat? How could he see in the dark? How did he stay alive?” and the real question from one of the juniors was “Did he get bored?”. It was an afternoon of lessons and laughter. We were reminded that we are all small beings in this huge universe, like he was a tiny speck that night out at sea. Lorenzo talked about never giving up no matter how tough things may seem. Even in the most difficult of situations there is always hope and if that was the only lesson the children took home, that is an incredibly powerful one!

After such an eventful afternoon, I enjoyed some time with my boys “doing nothing” which is a huge challenge for me as there are always jobs to be done! I guess those are the perks of running a business! In that downtime, my eldest had a real heart to heart chat with me, while my youngest began picking daises for me!

My mum offered to babysit, which meant Dave and myself could go out and enjoy dinner and have an actual uninterrupted conversation! Any parents reading this will totally get where I am coming from here!!!! 🙂 

So my reason for sharing this is, that sometimes we need to slow down.

We need to stop and be aware of the amazing things that we are often too busy to notice. We are more aware of acts of love and kindness on specific days like Valentines due to the radio, tv, magazines etc bombarding everyone with “Valentines stories and ideas”, and some feel obliged to buy the cards, flowers, chocolates etc.

But why can’t we apply the principal and show those acts of kindness all year round?

Be kind, share your story, listen to others and make someone smile, it doesn’t cost a thing! 🙂

“Happy Valentines” LOL….

Tara x

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10 years on…. by TaraD

This has taken me awhile to actually sit down and write because to be honest it is incredibly emotional for me!

Who would have thought starting out at (the somewhat nieve age of 25)  into the big bad world of having your own business, that there was any possible way it would work?

Yes I always had the drive (or stubbornness as I have been told many times!) but even I didn’t think it would be “enough” in such a competitive market.

I went to art college with the intention of making art to make a difference in someway. To make people think, change perspectives, to make a point.

The other career I considered was a lawyer (so you can see how these both relate!). I meandered back and forth to photography and then once I left college, I was encouraged to persue it more and learn from some of the best photographers I know. Some of these I am now lucky enough to call friends. They gave me the skills needed, the confidence and practical experience allowing me to train with them and enable me to take the leap on my own.

So you may be thinking but how on earth is being a Photographer making a difference? Well for those of you who have lost a loved one, you will know that you grasp onto anything you can, to keep the memories of that loved one alive. The first thing we all look at are photographs. So for me (who lost my dad at a young age) photographs kept those memories alive. They remind me of those happy times, the laughter and of course also the tears. Being a photographer has allowed me to pass on this gift to others. I feel incredibly honoured to be able to photograph any event as I know that the product I am producing will one day be brought out in 10/20/50 years time and discussed with joy and love attached to it. It isn’t just a “picture”. It is a visual aid that can transport us to a different time, a different place. That is why each wedding, newborn or family portrait session is so important. It isn’t just “a shoot”. It is a record. Of that day, that moment, that precious time, that we want to keep in our hearts forever. In the instant, “throw away” commercial world we currently live in there are very few things that you can say that about.

I think it is this love that has driven our business. It is what keeps us in the office late into the night or early in the morning before anyone else is up. It is that love for what we do. It has a purpose.

It isn’t just a “job” or a “business” it is our story blending with those that we meet to capture and create something new.

So from an idea which started with me and a laptop on my knees and one camera in a bag. To a fully operating and expanding photography business that now supports our family, inspires those that we teach and train and those who come on our internships. I am incredibly emotional, happy and thankful to all of those who have made this possible. I will be forever grateful.

We hope that you will continue to be part of our journey and we will always be honoured to be part of yours.

Thank you to each of you who celebrated our milestone with us in person and in spirit at the Killarney Brewing Company. We were incredibly blown away by the turn out, (especially for the weekend that was in it!). To our good friend and collegue John Foley, Cosmo Video Productions for capturing all the antics on camera for us, THANK YOU! For the AMAZING cake by O Carroll’s Cakes, that tasted just as good as it looked! Thank you!!!!

Thank you to Liam Sheehan www.liamsheehan.ie who surprised and enthralled everyone with his tricks and mind reading! We can’t wait for an opportunity to have him back again! He is a “must have” for any event! Words honestly can’t do him justice!

To Elaine and the team at the brewery for putting up with us (thanks again!) LOL!

To each and every one of you for your support and good wishes, we hope to see you all again soon.

Wishing you a very happy and peaceful new year.

With love!

Tara & Dave x

 

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