Katie & Maud

It was a pleasure to work with local business Katie & Maud recently on producing these images of her new product line. I'm a great believer in the power of mindfulness when it comes to maintaining good mental health, so Johanna's products caught my eye when she first took a stall at Strandhill Market. I love the idea of these door hangers - a simple way to create a bit of space for yourself in a busy household.

Noelle Healy - Twoodlepip Illustration

I got to work with another of Strandhill's talented creative types last week. Noelle Healy's illustrations are beautifully drawn, adorable and often wickedly funny. I took some product shots of her brand-new calendar for 2015, which is both Chinese Year of the Sheep (certainly relevant to Sligo) and the Irish Year of Design.

You can order the calendar and lots of other gorgeous illustrations from Noelle at noellehealy.com, or, if you're local, you'll find her at the market in Strandhill every Sunday.

Product Photography for Salt of the Earth

Salt of the Earth is one of my favourite local design studios. Run by Sligo-based lovers of the great outdoors Elizabeth and Barry, their pieces feel natural and earthy and are beautifully, simply designed. Elizabeth called me last week about shooting some product photography for their upcoming website, which launched today. I don't think a project has ever come together so quickly! I built a small studio* in the spare room, Barry dropped over the pieces the next morning and I was able to send on the finished images to Elizabeth the following day. Here's a small selection:

Their new website is located at saltoftheearthstudio.com. You'll also find their products in Shell's Café, Strandhill and the Irish Design Shop, Drury St, Dublin.

* I used a shower curtain rail & a roll of Fabriano drawing paper, propped up on a chest of drawers and old base for a single bed, for the backdrop. The room is a converted attic space so the low pitched ceiling does a great job of diffusing light. Then I just had to set up my SB600 remote flash on its stand with my trusty Lastolite umbrella. It's not the most professional-looking setup but I'm very pleased with the results.