I often get asked by friends, family and clients about who I work for and how the introductions occur. A lot of the time these introductions are happening behind the scenes, often with me not evening knowing until the phone call happens. A client who I completed work for a number of years ago referred the publisher of Irish Dance Magazine to me when she was staying in one of his apartments. She was over from Illinois USA at a dance competition in the Waterfront Hall and was promoting the magazine to the participants. She needed a photograph of a local dancer called Abigail who was to feature on the July cover of the Irish Dance Magazine.
This shoot would be pretty straightforward shoot as it wouldn’t involve any actual dancing. The publisher just needed a couple of different set ups so she’d have a choice of pictures for the July cover. I met Abigail and her dad outside the Waterfront Hall on a very, very windy Wednesday morning. We got cracking straight away. Due to the mad wind I opted to keep the setup simple with a small softbox and a secondary speedlight with a small bounce card attached.
Fast forward a couple of months and the publisher of Irish Dance Magazine was in touch again. On this occassion she required me to meet up with another Irish dancer but this time I would have to travel down to Newry to meet Orlaith and her family. The pictures of Orlaith would be used for the August issue of the magazine so time would be against us in terms of shooting the images, editing them and getting them handed over.
Thankfully this time the weather was spot on, which is unusual for Northern Ireland in July! The request from the magazine publisher was the same as last time. She needed several set ups in as many locations as possible so she’d have a good variety of images to choose from. We started in the cafe/carpark area of Slieve Gullion. After working our way around the garden area Orlaith’s father suggested moving up to the top of the mountain to give us a change of scenery. As I had not visited this area before I was relying on local knowledge to help me along and it paid off when we arrived up at the summit of Slieve Gullion. We drove almost right to the top and picked a spot that overlooked the Ring of Gullion towards Dundalk.