In amongst today’s list of tasks to be completed was the design of the Purple Rain calendar for 2015. With December coming faster than Rudolph on Red Bull, I realised it was about time I got my skates on and picked out 12 images for my special gift to Purple Rain’s faithful clients this year.
2014’s desktop calendar seemed to go down well, letting me highlight some of my client’s work and also showcasing some of my landscape photography from out and about.
Included this year is the talented Emma Boyd, whose stunning A-Level Art piece – a bodice and skirt made entirely of paper flowers – graced the beautiful gardens of Tullymurray House for an afternoon photoshoot – you heard the name here first!
I also had the privilege of shooting my first wedding in April this year. A black and white picture of the beautiful rose bouquet and wedding rings are featured in April – congratulations Jennifer and Robert James. Thanks for having me as your photographer on your special day and for bearing with me on my first official wedding job.
I have worked extensively with the Presbyterian Church in Ireland this year – assisting with press relations and writing in both the Herald and Reach Out magazines. During the course of this work, I have met a range of people and visited some of their special missions, such as the International Meeting Point on the Lisburn Road in Belfast. Here people from over 30 different countries who have chosen to live in Belfast drop in on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for English language lessons, Bible studies, help with finding jobs and also to enjoy friendship over tasty food. Over 80 volunteers help out from various churches and in April, the then Lord Mayor of Belfast, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, called in to present a certificate in recognition of their dedication to welcome people to the city and help them integrate into the local community.
I worked with Optivite, a global specialist in animal nutrition, this spring to help promote their Ultrabond brand to the farming market. I put together three profiles of farmers who have been using the mycotoxin binder as part of their dairy herds’ TMR – Total Mixed Ration – you learn a new thing in PR every day! The calendar features Harold Johnston with his cows on the farm in Ahoghill.
Some scenic shots of Ireland, north and south, are featured, such as Howth Harbour in County Dublin and the famous Whiterocks beach in Portrush. The best pic from previous Purple Rain blog posts A very special photocall, To plant or not to plant and Strictly Young Farmers made the final cut.
And finally, I couldn’t resist using an action shot I captured at Wimbledon this summer. Whilst Mum and I got to see Rafa Nadal play, we were too far back in Centre Court to get a decent shot but I got up close to Italian Karin Knapp as she was hitting a forehand on the outside courts.
Here is a sneak preview of some of the images that I will be using. Let’s hope they arrive in time for Christmas!
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