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Hook Lighthouse, Co. Wexford

Hi again everyone,

Curracloe Beach, Co. Wexford

I hope you are all still keeping safe and well. There’s been a big change since I last wrote with the new restrictions in place. Gone for now are the days of going to the beach or on forrest walks unless you are lucky enough to be living close by. I’m so glad I took the opportunity to take a few of these walks before the 2km restriction came into place and I’ll share some images with you here. It brings home to me how lucky we are to be living amongst the many beautiful places in County Wexford. Isn’t it funny though that when you are not allowed to go, is when you want to go the most! – human nature I guess.

Rowe Street Church, Co. Wexford

Our house isn’t really looking any tidier but there is a smell of fresh paint wafting in the air today and the garden is starting to look really nice too. I planted seedlings last week and I was as delighted as a small child this morning to see that the marigolds have popped their heads out over the earth. – its the little things!

The Carty Education department has ceased now temporarily as I have been informed by its four students that technically they are on school/college holidays now and I can’t argue with that!

One of the things I find though during this strange time is that its harder to get to sleep at night and waking up through the night has become the new vogue…and there has been a number of occasions were I have gone to bed convinced that because I might be a little achy or that I coughed during the day that I suddenly have the corona virus only to find the following day that is has been miraculously cured. 

Wexford Town

The radio and television news and social media platforms can be over whelming whilst we try to take in new information every day We feel for the sadness and great loss that families directly affected by the virus through bereavement and illness are experiencing. It makes us feel anxious and fearful. There is a lot of pressure on us too, I think, to keep doing things every day like baking, painting, online classes for this and that, zooming, teaching the kids, practising mirror meditation…the list goes on. It’s so important not to put pressure on ourselves…sometimes we need to be…, just simply be… and right now is the time to do this.  And if we are lucky enough to have our family around us, there’s nothing nicer than having the time to spend with them and make everlasting memories.

It was a beautiful sunset this evening over Wexford. We all deserve a slice of heaven so here’s my gift to you. 

Life goes on.. Pandemic Sunset, Ferrybank, Wexford Town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you all have a lovely Easter.

Take Care, Stay Safe & Stay Home.

Paula

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Hi everyone,

I hope you are all staying safe. What a very strange time we are living in right now. It can be hard being at home all the time especially with the beautiful weather we are experiencing. The studio is closed at the moment due to the Covid 19 pandemic so we have converted it into a temporary study hub where the kids can do their homework, study and receive their online classes. I, on the other hand have been relegated to the kitchen where I am finishing editing shoots that I had already carried out before all this happened. It means I’m closer to the kettle and the washing machine!

Over the last week or so I have found myself revisiting my first love of photography – the landscape –  and for fear of forgetting how to press that shutter button, the camera is out everyday with me when I go for a walk. When you work as a photographer, it is easy to forget to go and take photographs for your own pleasure. It has also reminded me of the meditative qualities of photography..something I have wanted to explore for some time now. Photography for pleasure brings us into the outside world and encourages us to see and appreciate the beauty around us in different and new ways. We breathe in the fresh air, soak up the sunshine (yes, I realise this is Ireland we live in!) and all the while we are distracted or engrossed in the imagery we are capturing, temporarily putting aside our worries. Before you know it, an hour or two has passed by. Escapism at its best! 

Being principal of the Carty Education Dept, I took the executive decision today for the girls to have the morning off for what I called their P.E. class. It’s very important for them to get exercise and be in the fresh air and I’m sure their school would whole heartedly agree with me! We decided to go to Hook Head. Coupled with the fact that I have a commission to photograph it for a client and the beautiful day that it is, we packed a snack basket, camera case, tripod and the dog into the car and off we drove down the Duncannon line. 

Towering above us the lighthouse basked in the glorious sunshine as the waves gently brushed against the rocks. There was no wind today which is unusual as everyone who has ever been here is familiar with the blustery winds typical of the Hook Peninsula. Luckily for us there was hardly anybody there and we met only two single people on our walk. Keeping physical distancing, we acknowledged each other with a knowing smile of how lucky we are to have such a wonderful landscape on our doorstep and to be there with no over crowding on this strange and beautiful day. I even took time out for a self family portrait for the first time ever! 

Self Family Portrait of the Carty Girls!

 

 

Karl Fitzpatrick, Entrepreneur & Broadcaster

Having an impact-making headshot is more important than ever nowadays. A good headshot gives people an idea of your personality before they meet you. To have a visually pleasing image may be the very reason why a potential client may choose your business and make initial contact with you, a potential employer may choose your application or a Model/Actor agency may choose you. Of course, obviously other factors come in to play as well but the initial contact is almost always your headshot. This is why the importance of having a professional, good quality, well lit headshot is of the upmost importance. After all, first impressions….etc!

Bernadette Denby, Auctioneer

Rosemary Hartigan, Celebrant

Here are five reasons why you should have a professional headshot.

  1. It conveys your professionalism.
  2. It gives the viewer a sense of who you are and your personality.
  3. It supports and enhances your experience and skills
  4. It reminds business contacts who you are
  5. It’s a boost to your self confidence to share a good quality headshot and can encourage you to accept challenges.

Seán Carty, Student

 

For a quotation and availability contact Paula at 087 6363960 or email      

malonecartyp@gmail.com

We’d be delighted to speak with you about your Head Shots.

Thanks for Reading

Paula

 

 

Gift Ideas from BlueBell Studio

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Take the ‘thinking’ out of Christmas but keep the ‘thoughtfulness’ intact with a gift this year from Bluebell
Studios.

This most wonderful time of the year finds us surrounded by those we love best. But in a sea of ‘selfies’ and ‘insta’ images, how many stand out shots have we actually framed and mounted?

Why not have those you cherish on your walls, or framed on your mantle, all year round with a professional studio portrait, designed and delivered by Wexford based Paula Malone Carty.Microsoft Word - Document2

From ‘cutsie’ kids to classic ‘clan’ canvasses, Paula’s artistic eye behind the lens can guarantee a picture that w_MG_9996 LRill paint a thousand loving memories.

And this is the gift that keeps on giving, as Bluebell Studios are offering a Christmas ‘bonus’ to Santa’s little helpers this year. Purchase a €100 studio portrait gift voucher and see it magically increase to €150. Those who buy a €150 voucher will receive one worth €225. Thats a 50% increase on all your studio gift vouchers absolutley free!

Buying the gift of a voucher also means that they can be redeemed later in the year, long after the January diet has knocked the ‘stuffing’ out of us all and we’re ready to be photographed looking our very best!
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And what about those who have received their first DSLR digital camera this year? An exciting gift from Santa indeed, but a certain amount of “know how” is needed to get the best use from this expensive piece of kit.

Once again the helpful elves at Bluebell Studio race to the rescue with vouchers available for both beginners and intermediate digital photography courses.

Under Paula’s expert tuition, it won’t be long before the new camera owner is very skilled and capable behind the viewfinder.

For intensive tutelage private individual lessons are also available.

Other gift ideas from Bluebell Studios include ‘newborn portrait vouchers’ for the expectant parent perhaps; ‘lifestyle portraits’, ‘head shot shoots’ for the job-hunter who needs to professionally prep their CV; prints of Paula’s own landscape work; handmade Wexford Christmas cards and a range of decorative frames.

Oh come all ye faithful friends and customers of Bluebell Studios and see what pretty pictures we can create together.
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© Paula Malone Carty Wexford Circa 2002

© Paula Malone Carty
Wexford Circa 2002

Contact us today by phoning 087 6363960 or email us here.

Merry Christmas everyone, and all of us here at Bluebell Studios wish you a peaceful, prosperous, and picture-filled 2017.

Take the ‘thinking’ out of Christmas but keep the ‘thoughtfulness’ intact with a gift this year from Bluebell Studios

This most wonderful time of the year finds us surrounded by those we love best. But in a sea of ‘selfies’ and ‘insta’ images, how many stand out shots have we actually framed and mounted?

Why not have those you cherish on your walls, or framed on your mantle, all year round with a professional studio portrait, designed and delivered by Wexford based Paula Malone Carty.

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From ‘cutsie’ kids to classic ‘clan’ canvasses, Paula’s artistic eye behind the lens can guarantee a picture that will paint a thousand loving memories.

And this is the gift that keeps on giving, as Bluebell Studios are offering a Christmas ‘bonus’ to Santa’s little helpers this year. Purchase a €100 portrait gift voucher and see it magically increase to €150. Those who buy a €150 voucher will receive one worth €225.

Click here to contact us or phone Paula on 087 6363960

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Take the ‘thinking’ out of Christmas but keep the ‘thoughtfulness’ intact with a gift this year from Bluebell Studios.

This most wonderful time of the year finds us surrounded by those we love best. But in a sea of ‘selfies’ and ‘insta’ images, how many stand out shots have we actually framed and mounted?

Why not have those you cherish on your walls, or framed on your mantle, all year round with a professional studio portrait, designed and delivered by Wexford based Paula Malone Carty.

From ‘cutsie’ kids to classic ‘clan’ canvasses, Paula’s artistic eye behind the lens can guarantee a picture that will paint a thousand loving memories.

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And this is the gift that keeps on giving, as Bluebell Studios are offering a Christmas ‘bonus’ to Santa’s little helpers this year. Purchase a €100 studio portrait gift voucher and see it magically increase to €150. Those who buy a €150 voucher will receive one worth €225.

Buying the gift of a voucher also means that they can be redeemed later in the year, long after the January diet has knocked the ‘stuffing’ out of us all and we’re ready to be photographed looking our very best!

Christmas Poster Dec 2015

And what about those who have received their first DSLR digital camera this year? An exciting gift from Santa indeed, but a certain amount of “know how” is needed to get the best use from this expensive piece of kit.

Once again the helpful elves at Bluebell Studio race to the rescue with vouchers available for both beginners and intermediate digital photography courses.

Under Paula’s expert tuition, it won’t be long before the new camera owner is very skilled and capable behind the viewfinder.

For intensive tutelage private individual lessons are also available.

Other gift ideas from Bluebell Studios include ‘newborn portrait vouchers’ for the expectant parent perhaps; ‘head shot shoots’ for the job-hunter who needs to professionally prep their CV; prints of Paula’s own landscape work; handmade Wexford Christmas cards and a range of decorative frames.

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Oh come all ye faithful friends and customers of Bluebell Studios and see what pretty pictures we can create together.

© Paula Malone Carty  Wexford Circa 2002

© Paula Malone Carty
Wexford Circa 2002

Contact us today by phoning 087 6363960 or email us here.

Merry Christmas everyone, and all of us here at Bluebell Studios wish you a peaceful, prosperous, and picture-filled 2016.

With rain being Ireland’s default weather pattern, wedding couple Grace and Karl embraced the elements as well as each other on their happy day.

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No precipitation could dampen the ardour of this perfect pairing, when they walked down the aisle of the picturesque Star of the Sea Church, overlooking the panoramic, if windswept, coastal view of Duncannon, Co. Wexford.

Pre-wedding day plans for photography on the beach and Dunbrody Abbey were cancelled by the clouds, but gracious Grace, and cool, calm Karl took the sky bursts in their stride, and BlueBell Studio easily caught the warmth and sunniness of their dispositions on the day.

This is something a downpour could never diminish.

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Throughout the day we captured amazing Grace – gentle, elegant and refined – as she readied herself for this most romantic of days.

 

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Karl – kind, clement and good-natured – embraced the occasion as a man feeling honoured, elated.

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As a couple, they radiated love.

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Family and friends embraced the happiness of the occasion, and the stunning backdrop of Faithlegg, where the reception was held, added to the tangible romance of the day.

 

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A delightful couple like Karl and Grace make wedding photography such a joyous pursuit, and BlueBell Studio wish them both a world of happiness in their future lives together.

Nothing can rain on that parade.

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COMMUNION PHOTOGRAPHY
There are few moments in life that are remembered so tenderly as a child’s First Communion. Communion Photos are an important record of your child’s young life, and are treasured for a lifetime.
Here at the studio we have specially prepared packages offering you either a mini shoot (20mins) or a longer shoot (45mins). Included in your photo shoot is our online gallery making it easier for you to decide on your images in the comfort of your own home. The packages included retouched professionally printed & framed prints ready for you to display.

We can also visit you at your house or at a location of your choice.
During the session we take beautiful, natural images of your child in an environment that allows her or him to be relaxed and to look the best. We also take family photographs with parents, siblings etc or any other combination you may require.

For further information or to book please contact Paula on 087 6363960

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Communion Blog

We are delighted to announce the new dates for the next round of Beginners & Intermediate Digital Photography Courses at BlueBell Studio. These are the last courses for now until later in the year in September.

The Beginners Digital Photography course commences on Monday 16th February and runs for five weeks, 7.30pm to 9pm. All tutorials are included along with some light refreshments. The course also includes an outing for some hands on practical work.

The Intermediate Digital Photography Course, which is a direct follow on from the Beginners Course is commencing on Thursday 19th February. This is also a five week course and includes tutorials. This particular course concentrates on the creative side of photography as well as the technical aspect and is suitable for both SLR and Bridge camera users.

For further information or to enrol for either course please contact Paula on 087 6363960.

“To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It’s a way of life.” Henri Cartier Bresson

© Paula Malone Carty  Wexford Circa 2002

© Paula Malone Carty
Wexford Circa 2001

 

A new year and new beginnings but first a very happy and peaceful new year wish to you.

January can be a time for trying something new or brushing up on something you love to do. Here at the studio we have lined up a number of Beginners & Intermediate Digital Photography Courses. Each course is designed especially to help you on your way to learning how to understand how your camera works and how to get the most out of it along with learning new techniques in taking better photographs. And all this takes place here at BlueBell Studio in a fun and relaxed environment. Of course if you have already completed the beginners course and would like to develop your photography skills even further then the intermediate course might for you. In this course we take things a little further and encourage you in your creativity along with other aspects of photography such as the exposure triangle, black & white photography, movement in photography and much more.

Dates for the courses are as follows:

Monday 12th January 2015 Intermediate Digital Photography (Evenings)  7.30pm to 9pm

Tuesday 13th January 2015 Beginners Digital Photography (Mornings) 10.30am to 12pm

Tuesday 13th January 2015 Beginners Digital Photography (Evenings) 7.30pm to 9pm

Thursday 15th January 2015 Intermediate Digital Photography (Evenings) 7.30pm to 9pm

Each course takes place at BlueBell Studio, 38 Whiterock Heights, Wexford and lasts for five weeks.

Tutorials & light refreshments are included. The course fee is €85.

A deposit of €25 is required to book your place. To book a place phone Paula at 087 6363960.Landscape