The McCarthy Family

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Waking up from jet-lag and a 13-hour hospital shift is made up in spades when it comes to getting an opportunity to capture this family on their regular weekend walk along the sea.  It's hard to believe that this little newborn I photographed is now a walking, talking (sort of), rawr-ing (sort of) little being.  Ly- who is no doubt my favourite organised mama, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your family's journey together and share a peek of it here.  That little lady of yours is a peach.

Pass + Provisions | Houston, TX

Monday, March 23, 2015

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I think it's pretty safe to say that our meal at Provisions was my favourite in Houston.  The restaurant itself is one part casual (Provisions) , one part fine dining (Pass) with a bar area in the mix to spice things up.  It's the sort of place where mushrooms and oysters (food that often tends towards a dividing line of like/dislike for me) became dishes I easily would have had second or third portions of- a very triumphant feat in and of itself.  And the dishes you love as staples, are even better.

I am being quite effusive but with good reason.  Things to try and recommended: hen of the woods pasta, glazed pork belly (best I've ever had), oysters, lamb sausage and the lentil falafel.

Chefs Terrence Gallivan and Seth Siegel-Gardner are two men that know a good thing.

a little one

DSC_0138 The last three months were spent juggling projects and working- most of it to get to spend the last ten days with wee Isabelle (my first niece!) and if you happened across my instagram feed during this time dear friends, it's pretty clear that this love story happened pretty quickly.  Around for her 6 week milestones, it was a collection of moments that will always hold sweetness for a time to come.  Years of advice from so many others come into my head when I think of all of the future milestones in store for her.

Hold true and dear the following : purpose, reason and self-esteem.  
Make respect your default position.  
Kindness is never over-rated.  
Always keep your eyes on your own paper.  
Take seriously the art of living.  
Create your own joy and a strong work ethic.
Love deep and true, in all its enormously joyous and weary ways.

My fortune cookie ways are endless.  I could not be happier that this little lady has a humorous father and a mother whose generosity knows no bounds.  And she may not know it just yet, but she is seen and her coo-ing voice is heard.  So excited to be her auntie and a witness to it all.

Isabelle Grace, you are already so loved. picisto-20150323112652-427277

Farmers Market

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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Prior to living in Dublin, I had not had much experience with farmers' markets but now when traveling it has become a consistent destination point. What better way to explore a new country or town than through food in its most basic form- fresh, vibrant and beautiful.  Always an easy win.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ten years from now, make sure you can say that you chose your life, you didn’t settle for it.

Mandy Hale


Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Alex + Sam

Friday, February 13, 2015

DSC_0339 One of the most lovely things about this online community is its support and encouragement towards creating new.  Over the last year, I've been wanting to capture love inspired by the countless images of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg- simple, beautiful and so sweetly true in its affection.

Alex and Sam (previously relative strangers who I am now adoring as new friends and forever muses!) opened up their home in Wicklow to Grace and I last weekend and it was Irish countryside and light in all of its loveliness.DSC_0425 picisto-20150212130050-364167 DSC_0550 DSC_0134 DSC_0243 DSC_0051 DSC_0248 DSC_0453 DSC_0228
There are countless images from that weekend, so many I wish I could post here for weeks on end.  It's not very often where the story in your head translates to reality and I am so, so thankful to Alex, Sam and Grace for their time in making it come true.

And thank you dear readers, friends, for your support and encouragement always.  It really means the world to me.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity and her flaming self respect. And it's these things I'd believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn't all she should be.

I love her and that is the beginning of everything.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sam + Alex

Monday, February 9, 2015

DSC_0103 DSC_0532 DSC_0043 DSC_0322 DSC_0121 DSC_0193 DSC_0254 At the start of every year, I have a bucket list of plans. Many of them which fall to the wayside due to some insecurity of mine but this year, I am so silently determined to make true all of those ideas I excitedly hold dear.  Capturing love was one of them, especially after building the courage to say yes to a few small weddings this year (!).

Enter Sam and Alex- they are music, fresh air and comfort.  Spending a sunny Wicklow day with these two and beautiful, talented Grace was a joy.

I cannot wait to share more of this little story later this week.

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