At the end of last year I was approached by Laura McManus of Mencap for Northern Ireland. She was involved in organising the 2011's Y Factor Project. This was a show that travelled across Northern Ireland showcasing local talent in a singing contest. Anyone was free to enter the competition and each heat had an overall winner that then went on to the final heat in Omagh. Of course I jumped at the chance to be apart of such a great project. A close family friend has a daughter with down syndrome and I know first hand how hard it can be to try to get peoples prejudice's lifted. I was lucky enough to be working along side the beautiful Jennifer Ireland, an amazing Makeup Artist and now good friend. We travelled to Belfast, Londonderry, Newry and Omagh. Lots of fun for us on our multiply road trips. The overall winner of the Y Factor Project was Kate McCusker, she was so talented. She took part in the Omagh heat and made it through to sing again in the final. She sang an acoustic version of Adele's "make you feel my love" and blew everyone away with her talent. A worthy winner indeed! This was all in the bid to raise awareness of what Mencap actually does in Northern Ireland. This charity helps so many families and children with learning disabilities and difficulties. It helps educate people also and make us more aware of what can be done to help in the education and well being of the young children and families affected. I met some amazing beautiful people through being part of this Project and would like to thank everyone involved. An amazing amount of money was raised throughout the course of the Project, nearly £30'000!!! FANTASTIC!!!
If you would like to find out more about what Mencap NI does please follow the link to their facebook page and for video footage taken by the Belfast Telegraph click the link below.
Belfast Telegraphs Review
Monday, 23 May 2011
A couple of months ago I was asked to do the hair for Ursula Bamford. She owns her own company called B Ford http://www.facebook.com/pages/
B-Ford/145487308832284 . She lovingly handmakes headpieces for every occasion. She will even make you your very own personal headpiece to match any outfit. Ursula is making me a headband for my own wedding day in November which I am so excited about. So of course I jumped at the chance to work with her professionally and style the hair to bring to life her amazing headpieces. Again on this shoot I worked with Jennifer Ireland www.jenniferirelandmakeup.co.uk on make-up and I got to work with Jess Holmes the photographer. I have done a couple of shoots with Jess now. She is very creative and looks at photography in a very fresh and new way. You can check out her work on www.vitaviephotographic.com . Ursula's sister Judi Bamford assisted on the shoot and styled the girls beautifully. She had been given the lend of some beautiful clothes from Liberty Blue in Belfast and had sourced clothes from her own wardrobe. It all came together beautifully on the day. I was very happy to be apart of such a lovely relaxed shoot.
On Monday 9th May 2011 my alarm woke me very early. I was going on another road trip with Jennifer Ireland and Ursula Bamford. We were going to Ballymena to visit Lissanoure Castle to do a Wedding Shoot with the crazy talented photographer Paula O'Hara. The lovely people of Lissanoure Castle kindly let us use their house to get ready in and prepare for the shoot. I was very excited as they are my favourite team of girls to work with. Paula had given us all a brief and I took my inspirations from the website www.KissTheGroom.com. Photographer Elizabeth Messina was my inspiration from this site. If you go to www.paulaohara.com and check out Paula's work, the way she can capture a moment is just breathtaking. She really is amazing!! We all agreed that we wanted to do a wedding shoot with abit of a twist. Paula got two amazing models for the job, Collette O'neill @ Style Academy and Richard Skinner @ First Option Model Agency and Alison Campbell. Their chemistry just worked so well and made the shoot believable. We got Nikita Tully to style the shoot. She got some beautiful wedding gowns from Petticoat Lane in Lisburn www.petticoatlanebridal.com and suits from Red in Carrickfergus. The short lace dress featured in the shoot belonged to myself. Nikita got jewellery and wedding bouquets from Sharon Hay of www.innocentchaos.co.uk . Her handmade pieces are just beautiful and all individually crafted. Her work is right up my street and I already own quite alot of her stuff and she is making me my own wedding bouquet which is brillaint!! I just LOVE her stuff. To work with such talented people in Ireland is fantastic. Jennifer Ireland again just blew me away with her make-up skills, you can see her work at www.jenniferirelandmakeup.co.uk and Ursula Bamford is the owner of B Ford, she lovingly handmakes head pieces for weddings but also for everyday use when your just feeling like jazzing up an outfit and want that little bit of something special. You can see her stuff at http://www.facebook.com/pages/
B-Ford/145487308832284 . I am truely blessed to have worked with all the people on this shoot and I am looking forward to continuing with our creative shoots. Thanks girls. xox