This is only a short blog as a sort of update to all of you who read my first post on the Leaving Cert Mammy.
So the Leaving Certificate results have come and gone, the college place has been accepted and very soon my first born will head off to start his new life as an undergraduate.
I was very apprehensive the day the results came out, not because I doubted that he would do well, but because his chosen course Computer Science, would see an increase in demand. Thankfully my fears were laid to rest when his college offer came through and he secured his place.
So now I’m in a bit of a limbo.
As I said in my previous blog post, I am excited for him. He even sees a future for himself and he believes it to be here, in Ireland. He doesn’t forsee working abroad – he’s a home bird (to be honest, in reality I think he knows where his washing will be done) He heads away soon for the orientation week which will be closely followed by full time student life.
So here I am looking at a young man, who my friends call ‘mums rock’ because that’s what he was. All those years of my hubby working away my first born stepped up to the mark without even being asked. When his siblings were small he learned how to make bottles, clean up the playroom and is one of the best when it comes to hoovering. He can even cook using a real cooker!! To this day he is still able to suss if I’m a bit down or tired and will step into the breach. I feel like I’m losing my right arm which I know isn’t fair on him, hence my excitement is tinged with a tiny bit of sadness. Looking at him, I wish I was that age again and had even half of the opportunities ahead of me that he’ll have. I envy his new found freedom and hope that he’ll put it to good use and stay safe while doing so.
His youngest sibling on the other hand, is already eyeing up his bedroom. He doesn’t realise that his older brother may actually come home every odd weekend and might need somewhere to stay.
I’ve no doubt that city living will change him and will give him a new perspective on life. So although I may be saying goodbye to a boy, I’m full sure he’ll come home a man, and as such I’ll have to be ready.
I don’t remember any of this in the ‘becoming a parent’ manual !!
Welcome to the first of my ‘Feature Fortnight‘ articles where the spotlight will shine on a vendor within the wedding industry. The main reason is to get an insight into their profession and to get their top tips for couples for the big day. If you are a wedding supplier to/in Ireland and would like to be considered please feel free to contact me.
A huge thanks to Wexford based Fergul McClean, Diamond Photography L.I.P.P.A. who has agreed to be the first Feature Fortnight participant.
Fergul studied Mechanical Engineering but his passion was photography. Having worked part-time in the photography business for more than 10 years, he finally took the plunge in 2008 to make his passion his way of life.
Fergul’s style is one of fun and he believes that photographers should ‘blend in’ and be unobtrusive. Attributes which are evident when you view his work.
When asked how he approached such a big event in a couples life Fergul says “ I believe in letting the day flow as natural as possible, and to simply follow and capture it as it unfolds“.
In 2011 Fergul received his Licenciate from the Irish Professional Photographers Association which is testament to the dedication that Fergul has to his craft.
- I work alongside many vendors when performing for couples, but I’ve always envied ‘the eye’ of phototgraphers and have loved looking through Fergul’s work. His images speak volumes.
Fergul’s Top Five Tips
- Meet with the photographerand get to know them. They are going to be around for most of the day so you’ll need to feel comfortable with
- Check that your photographer is fully insured – this can be a prerequisite for a lot of the hotels too.
- If they use a booking form, make sure you are aware of all the terms and conditions of the contract you are entering into.
- Research, research, research. There are a lot of photographers out there and expensive doesn’t always mean the best.
- Finally, you are paying the photographer so don’t be afraid to ask questions – professional photographers are only too delighted to answer any questions no matter how silly they may seem to you. Take nothing for granted.
If you would like to contact Fergul just click here or alternatively he’d love to take your call directly on 053 9244775
Disclaimer: Barbara Edwards Soprano accepts no responsibility or liability for or on behalf of any supplier featured.