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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Today I am thankful…. by TaraD

This week I was asked if as a “Scorpio” I am a private person, my reply was, “maybe, sometimes”. The person asking me laughed and said well even your reply is somewhat private.  I was unaware how private I actually am until I started to think about it! 🙂 It also made me realise that there is an awful lot that goes on (in all of our lives) that many others are not even aware of.  So for the day that is in it, I want to make public what I am extremely thankful for….

  • I am thankful for my family. Life would not be the same without them. Our two boys have brought us the most amazing happiness and I will always feel extremely blessed that they made it into our lives and this world.
  • I am thankful for my mum who puts up with all of our chaos even though I am now 35 LOL.
  • I am thankful for my friends. The one’s who probably don’t even realise how much I love and respect them, but I know and that’s all that matters 🙂
  • Hugs, but they have to be more than 20 seconds long! There is scientific research to show the health benefits.
  • Our (work in progress) home. It is full of love, provides warmth, shelter and a place for the kids to play. As we face into the cold weather (and as homelessness is a topic that fires us up as a family), I am thankful that we are able to have these “basics”.
  • The smell of coffee brewing, it is a simple thing but it makes me feel good!
  • My career. I work hard and long unsociable hours, but it is at something that I enjoy. I am lucky to have the opportunity to do that. I couldn’t be in a 9 to 5, I would go completely insane!!!
  • Being able to work with my husband (even though sometimes I want to strangle him LOL!). But we make a great team and we keep each other on our toes with our competitive natures!
  • My health and the wake up calls it gives me when I need to slow down! (I do listen (most of the time!) I promise!).
  • Random acts of kindness. They are the best!
  • A heartfelt thank you note. If someone takes the time to write, it really brightens my day!
  • I am thankful for LOVE, for without it what would there be? I wouldn’t have a family, a career, or a story to tell! 🙂

What are you thankful for today?

Tara x

 

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Happy Thanksgiving by TaraD

Even though we in Ireland don’t celebrate Thanksgiving as a holiday and a lot of people might not know the history behind it, I still think it’s a good day to reflect on your life a little bit and say what you’re thankful for.

Today and maybe every day if you can take some time to be thankful for what you have and try not to focus on what you want.

Write a list, like an affirmation and find some time to yourself to recite it. What you put out into the universe comes back with the same amount of positive energy you put in to it so with that in mind here’s the things I am thankful for:

I am thankful for my health and that of my family and friends.

I am thankful for my wife and the wonderful wedding day we had this year.

I am thankful that I have the energy and ability to get out of bed every morning and face the day whatever it may bring.

I am thankful I have a warm house and a dog that is always happy to see me.

Most of all I am thankful for my life and my experiences that have made me the woman I am today.

So today take stock of what’s most important to you and say thanks to people or the universe for being here.

Adeline x

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