Ireland is so far away from my home on the dry and breezy beaches of southern California. But since my first visit in 2016, it has always felt like a home-away-from-home.
Something about the way an afternoon drizzle clings to the wool on your cardigan and the feeling in your lungs after a gulp of fresh air in the Irish countryside can make a heart sing. In fact, what’s Ireland without a beautiful song?
This past July while staying in Dublin, my fiancé and I had the opportunity to have a photo shoot with an incredible husband/wife team based in Northern Ireland. I had admired their Instagram for months before we actually knew we were going to be in the area – when they had availability for the one afternoon we had open before flying out, we jumped at the opportunity.
A testament to their dedication, they made the drive from Belfast to Dublin and worked with our limited time frame to find a beautiful spot to shoot in the city. We had expected a severe rainstorm that afternoon, but the sun stayed strong. The sunset turned out absolutely glorious.
Phoenix Park served as the location for the shoot – twice the size of Central Park in NYC. We had never been there before that day, and now we hope to visit for a picnic when we go back.