NEW BLOG

My Photography blog is now www.photographybybrideen.com/blog !

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You don’t have to be the best, you just have to be better than last week.

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A Little Chat With Jeannie - J Bird Bakery

I absolutely love J-Bird bakery and the art that goes into each and every cupcake, cakepop, macaron and cake! Enjoy the interview and visit the bakery if you haven’t already - I promise you won’t be disappointed! It’s just delightful in every way :)

1.        What kind of art/product do you create/provide?

I own J-bird Bakery - a pretty wee cupcake shop in East Belfast.  We
make cupcakes, cakes, cake pops and french macarons.  Everything is
made fresh on the premises and we’ve chalked up about 25 different
cupcake flavours since starting last year! (We don’t have every
flavour every day!)  It’s very important to me that our cupcakes taste
as good as they look and look as good as they taste.

I share the premises with my aunty who designs and decorates stunning
wedding cakes which are available at the bakery.


2.        What advice would you give to someone starting their own business?

The best thing I can think to say is never sell anything you aren’t

happy with…it sounds like a no brainer but I mean, if you’re going
to sell something make sure it’s of a quality and look that you
yourself would like to buy. It’s very difficult to believe in and sell
something you’re not that into or if it’s not quite how you’d like it.

I spent what felt like a very long time thinking and planning, drawing
and dreaming, testing and tasting before I was ready to start selling.
 It was frustrating at the time as I was itching to get started
however with hindsight it was a very important part of the process.


3.        Who or what inspires you and why?

My Mum taught me how to bake, she’s a baking ninja!  My Granny, who
used to run a bakery from the premises I’m in is probably to blame for
where I am now.  I used to think when I was older I would work in
“Granny’s shop” and I guess that all worked out…except it’s my
name/nickname above the door!


4.        Describe your art/business in 3 words

Deliciously pretty treats


5.        What are your future aspirations?

I have a few ideas for expanding the product range.  I’d like to add
more gifts and party supplies to sell in the bakery. Watch this space!
Staying relatively small allows me to have a good control over the
quality of the product going out the door.



6.        How do you stay motivated when you’re working for yourself?

This is my absolute dream job!  I’ve been in the shop less than a year
and everything still feels fresh to me.


7.        If you weren’t an artist what would you be?

I studied astrophysics at Uni so I guess I could be an astronaut or
something by now. haha!


8.        Share your links here:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jbirdbakery

Twitter: www.twitter.com/jbirdbakery

Website: www.jbirdbakery.com

Address 129 Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast, BT5 5AB

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We’ll fall, and never hurt our knees…

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Claire & Chris…After The Same Rainbow’s End…

I’ve been off work this past week to celebrate my sister’s wedding, and honestly couldn’t have imagined having a better time.

I absolutely loved the week leading up to the wedding - our house in Omagh was full of friends and family for 6 days in a row….it truly is such a happy time. I took the role of being a little hostess all week - really because it was a great excuse to continually eat and drink.  Everything was so relaxed in the lead up to the wedding, and there were of course a few stressful moments!

And so “A June Wedding” took place on Friday 3rd June - a hot, summer’s day complete with blue skies and pink roses. It was as if all the sunshine from May had been bottled up and stored especially for June 3rd :)

Claire looked so stunning on Friday, a classically beautiful summer bride. The morning of the wedding went so fast, so if you’re getting married or being bridesmaid anytime soon, take the time to absorb every little detail on the wedding morning, it is such a wonderful time full of all sorts of emotions! 

I really appreciate the true happiness experienced at a wedding so much more now after being a part of it. It’s such a lovely part of life to share a day with friends and family. Friends who you might not have seen for years, and family who continually support you. What could be better than a day filled with laughter, tears, stories, smiles, wine, cake and dancing?

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Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

~ Albert Einstein
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A Little Chat With…Lucy Morgan

1. What kind of art/product do you create/provide?

I run the Whistle Bait Babies - a burlesque troupe based in Belfast. We’re a three-piece who combine old style Hollywood glamour, retro tunes, strip-tease and comedy. When we’re not performing out and about, we throw fabulous hen parties for brides-to-be and hold workshops for wanna-be pin-up girls.

2. What advice would you give to someone starting their own business?

Only work with folk who you would leave in a room naked with your boyfriend. That’s how much I trust Misty and Ruby.
Choose colleagues who would replace you goldfish if they killed it but who would fess up about doing it. You’re looking for someone who brings you solutions, not problems and who will go out of their way for you, because you’d do the same for them.
For god’s sake keep your receipts and don’t leave your accounts languishing away without a good regular going over.
Always wear suspenders and stockings to meetings (they won’t know but you will).

3. Who or what inspires you and why?

I meet a lot of very cool, creative ladies doing this job and I love working with them on exciting little projects. I’m also inspired by all the ass-kicking females who came before me in my family tree, all of whom seem to have had entrepreneurial gusto, serious balls, or both. I’m also a firm believer than behind every great woman is a lovely man who is watching your back and not just staring at your ass (although sometimes mine does both, which is fine with me).

4. Describe your art/business in 3 words

Nearly naked ambition!

5. What are your future aspirations?

I want to launch a couple of new products this year and am currently developing plans for how they might work. I think my main goal is to always make sure that people feel they got the very best when they chose the Whistle Bait Babies. Your reputation always precedes you, particularly in such a small place as this. I also aspire to saying “no” to Malteser Bunnies but I don’t expect that shall come to much.

6. How do you stay motivated when you’re working for yourself?

I’m a pretty organised little creature at the best of times but I suppose it helps that I don’t have access to a computer so I have to set aside several evenings a week to go home to my mummy’s house and systematically go through all the paperwork side of things (weirdly satisfying with the addition of spreadsheets, highlighters and mugs of tea). The girls and I try to keep things fresh and focused by setting aside nights for work (dancing, sewing and researching) and play (cocktails, spag bol, chick flicks) - it gets frustrating when you try to combine the two.

7. If you weren’t an artist what would you be?

I’d be doing my day job! 9 - 5. I work in advertising which I absolutely adore and I find that juggling two jobs keeps me extra-super keen, full of good ideas and out of mischief!

8. Share your links here!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Whistle-Bait-Babies/146699038706991

Twitter: www.twitter.com/WBB_Burlesque

Website: www.whistlebaitbabies.com

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without music, life would be a mistake.

Nietzsche  (via thefreewheelindavidsmith)
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Pretty Co.Fermanagh

I absolutely love photographing the lakes in County Fermanagh, they are truly stunning!!!

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Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Albert Einstein
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Little Pieces of Ireland

So I’ve started a collection of photographs of pretty parts of Ireland - really looking forward to making my way around all the counties in the next few years to capture some of the beauty around this wee country :)

Prints are available either by contacting me directly - info@photographybybrideen.com or by visiting my etsy store!

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