Wednesday, 23 November 2011

House for Fashion Shoot

Sometimes, rustic and overgrown can be pleasing. Pleasing when a photographer is looking for a wild location to shoot some very glamorous ladies. Raheengraney House was the wild location for a full day’s fashion photography this month with Dermot Byrne, the IPPA Fashion Photographer 2011. Dermot, a cheeky Dublin chappie with a wry sense of humour, has also photographed such lovely ladies as Georgia Salpa and is not shy of tackling glamour and fashion.

The shoot was to take advantage of the overgrown gardens and general air of disarray and neglect that sadly characterizes Raheengraney in its unloved state, or rather its unlived-in state. It is still loved by its owner and the day was poignant for Jillian as the very neglect made for great photographs.

The reason? Well, the Wexford Camogie Intermediate and Senior women’s teams won the All Ireland final – for the second time this year. A great double whammy and so local business man, Patrick Doyle of Tom DoyleSupplies in Camolin decided to support the girls, celebrate their win, dress them up to the nines and raise much needed funds for the teams.

The result are striking images of the Wexford camogie team in glamorous outfits and high heels that are now being published in a fashion calendar, The Model County 2012, to help the teams raise funds for their club.

The challenge was for Dermot to be the author of these art-house pictures, showing the double All-Ireland champions looking as stylish as professional models – without a hurl in sight.

For the photoshoot, the girls were treated to professional make up by Kilkenny make up artist Yvonne Maher, hair by Martina Higgins of Unique Hair Design in Shillelagh and styled by Peig Donegan of Tresor boutique at Rathwood. “It was a chance for them to shine but in a different way to what they are used to, to glam up and they looked sensational,” says Peig.

The calendar can be purchased at Gala shops around County Wexford, Tom Doyle Supplies in Camolin and Rathwood and online at

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