Monday, January 20, 2014

Shahira Barry hits the papers again!

I recently had the chance to shoot with the amazing Shahira Barry a homegrown beauty with her sights on stardom! Judging by her previous experiences in the US I hold out high hopes for her . She managed to appear in several music videos and receive a personal open invite to the playboy mansion from none other than Hugh Heffner . Amazing feat in the space of a year! It is also great to see someone flying the Irish flag in the US so get behind her everyone!!
Here are some images from our shoot and we were delighted to see some coverage in the Mirror yesterday on her with one of our pics! YAY!  'Hef' will be adding this to his scrapbook no doubt :)
This will give you ladies some Valentines inspiration too... love shooting fun glamorous shots for boudoir books and they certainly go down a treat with the 'other halfs'!

Stay tuned for another blog update on Shahira for our birthday and Vintage boudoir shoot.
See Shahira on Facebook (she has a fab new calendar shoot out with some amazing photos check it out!)
Photo Credits:
Hair by Lisa walsh
Makeup by Fiona Coyne at
Location and costume jewellery
Further details : email: 
Twitter/Instagram @ShahiraBarry * *Assets Modelling Agency. Ireland/Los Angeles

Shooting in our shoe closet! 

Cute x-mas pic of Shahira

Monday, January 13, 2014

Sile Seoige - Vintage glamour shoot !

Prior to christmas this year we got together to do a shoot with Sile Seoige as planned by Fiona Coyne of Heaven Scent. We were working on showcasing some fab makeup and hair looks and of course it wouldn't be like us at a  'Boudoir Girls'  not to break out the dress up box!!
The shoot took place here at the Studio in Headford and we were kindly given the classic car by Costello's of Corofin which added to the look of the Vintage theme.
We started the morning with tea and chats while Fiona worked her magic on the lovely Sile. Lots of girly giggles and much tea was drank when Michelle Forrestal then set to work on Sile's hair.
I have to say Sile was so fun to work with - with all the  preening, pulling, fixing and dressing - she was so cheerful and energetic all day nor was there any hesitation to try out something different from  her usual looks. She has amazing bone structure and brown eyes to work with so we knew even before meeting her she would look jawdropping.
We had all fallen in love with the idea of a Hollywood Starlet meets 'lana del Rey' Vintage glamour looks. We also wanted to oomph it up with a 'Sin city' looking shot in the car for fun! All different themes but equally fun to shoot. So many ideas so little time...

Look one was Vintage makeup looks with the lighter lips and curled hair.

Look two was more 'Lana styled'  with the eye makeup more elaborate and the hair bigger in a  'bouffant' . This was shot through the chandelier on the stairs here at the studio.

Look 3 was more daring..amazing eyes, blood red lips, Chinese dress and wig. Total transformation! We had a custom made set for this one with the chaise long and chandelier.

Look 4 SIN CITY! : This is one of my favourite images of the set ..the mood the makeup the expression it all came together and Sile pulled it off so well.
I had such a great day with all the girls on this one - Someone 'up there' held off the rain for us amidst the dodgy weather conditions which was such a blessing!

Model: Sile Seoige, TV and Radio presenter:  follow her on twitter
Fiona Coyne -  Makeup  Heaven Scent  (091) 567192
Michelle Forrestal - Hair also Heaven Scent see above
Costumes/props photography - Natalie Greer/ Boudoir Girls 087 6332611
Vintage Car - Costello's Corofin  Bus and Car hire ,Galway, 093 41444
Earings in shot 9 by:  Cotton Face Vintage
(Dress: Fiona Coyne) Faux Fur shrug handmade (Natalie/Boudoir Girls)

                                          Fiona Coyne of Heaven Scent prepping the makeup

Striking makeup complete look 3 - we hardly recognized her! 

Sin city inspired shot...I thought I'd prefer this in BW but something draws me to the colour version even more!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

2013 What a year!

As with everyone at the moment all running around recovering from all the excess food and drink at Christmas I have been slow to update the blog here as I have been shooting so much and trying to catch up on my domestic duties! (The christmas tree is still up and annoying the hell out of me now!)
2013 was a mixed bag of fabulous hen parties, sassy boudoir shoots, some baby shoots and a few promo shootswith the lovely Sile Seoige, Shahira Barry and  Danny dowling to name a few.  I partook in 2 shoots myself ; a large dose of my own medicine but it was great fun. I have to say I enjoyed being pampered and having a few nice pics to show the grandkids when it all goes south! (Steampunk with Sean Mc Cormack, makeup by Theresa Danaher of Makeup Flair)
 and Pin-up with Jenn M - Square shooting in Vegas Makeup was by Lynn Vaseck )
Its lovely what a spot of retouching can do do to make you look your very best ! ( I am a fan)
 I also managed to find the time to renew vows with my hubby of nearly 16 years in a cute and naff ceremony in Vegas... cheesy music and all.
On a sadder note we lost an amazing friend of 15 years just before christmas which was a huge wakeup call to how fragile life is really and how we should appreciate every moment. Whats more we can also appreciate all the memories that photographs capture whether happy or sad. Our own life diary.
Christmas can be such a hard time for people on so many levels. We all run around trying to have everything perfect but at the end of the day none of it matters without the ones you love.  We ended up with great intentions to shoot a nice family portrait but amongst the chaos and cooking of turkey etc I ended up just staying in my 'leopard onesie' all day long and the kids in their PJ's instead of the fancy dresses I had planned. We ended up with the quickest remote pic ever ! Oh well - dinner was lovely and  I guess we will have a giggle at that family shot for sometime!

 Pic with My Brother, hubby, mum, brother in law, sis, godson and nephew and of course my two 'babies' who are growing up too fast! Happy New year everyone lets hope its a good one. x