So I know I tend to have many a varied job day to day photography wise …. But I am thrilled to be getting back to basics and doing what I love doing capturing wee ones in the Beautiful Baby Competition in association with the Ulster Gazette & Armagh Standard. It is going to be some craic let me tell ya there will be tears and tantrums and a few no doubt from the babies too !!!! Can’t wait for it all to kick off in ernest – Just waiting for the right number of entries to come through and we can get started and build up a fab collection of cute kids to melt hearts all over the county !!! Chat soon – Mark
So I got a few days off … And I was lucky enough to get away from the crappy weather to enjoy a week in Lanzarote which was good for the soul. Playa Blanca exactly and it was our second time on the island so I took to the road and hit the sights. If you haven’t been I highly recommend it .. It’s a weird and wonderful place with its volcanic landscape and it’s rugged terrain. Even with that I made a decision before I went to leave the camera at home – Take a true week off and rest the tired brain … When you’re self employed you just never seem to stop – But alas I had my trusty i phone for company and to capture any worthwhile images ! I must say even tho i’d never really considered putting any real thought into purchasing a lens for the phone after seeing the results of the i phone i’d be tempted … Anyway just a few shots for a laugh mostly and I used my Snapseed App to edit them on the phone itself and it wasn’t until I downloaded the images tonight that I was able to appreciate the quality that was there […]
So with great pleasure I was asked again to document the annual Mullahead ploughing contest. This year saw their 101st competition which in itself is an amazing achievement – And all this following last years world record breaking feat !!! We had a beautiful days weather this year & the crowds were out in force to see an array of events organised by the team at Mullahead & a great day it was too – It’s a great family day out for activities of all ages to enjoy and well worth a trip out to the countryside to enjoy a leisurely stroll around the facilities. Im already looking forward to 2017 & wishing Mr & Mrs Mullahead ( Aimee & William ) all the best for their upcoming wedding in May – Time to relax & enjoy before the chaos of this gargantuan project starts all over again – Ciao for now !
So today is World Cancer Day …. And I wanted / Needed to do something … I don’t have money to give & I often feel frustrated by larger charities that have these huge expenses sucking up all those donations that could be put to good use … Its a double edge sword i guess and a necessary evil. I do however have a certain set of skills … and time I can give to help those battling this disease … Both the individuals and the family members supporting them. So if you follow me at all on Facebook – Mark McGrogan Photography – Then you may have seen my post this evening offering my services to families – Sufferers etc who would like a portrait with their loved ones. Its a simple idea … Avail of my services & Make a donation amount of your choice and the proceeds will go to the ” Here I Am ” Survivor project which I have been involved with. Now we just wait & see – Hopefully it will be a great success and i’ll have no time to catch my breath … Here’s hoping – Peace love & good happiness stuff Mark
So I took part in my second shoot with the “Here I Am” Cancer Survivor Project, A project close to my heart – I lost my father in Sept of 2013 after a two year journey & battle with Cancer. Sadly though my father Was a Survivor , He had his tumour removed & and to our knowledge it had not returned at the time of his passing. Instead my father was frail and the treatment – intensive radiation therapy took its toll on him and the next two years or so would be a hard lesson & journey for all of us of coming out the other side of such a diagnosis & a life changing conversation for all of us. Dad went through a lot on the other side of all of this – a hard journey both personal & emotional for him and all of the family too – Watching a loved one suffer on a daily basis isn’t easy – Its tough on the individual – Loss of independence and relying on others to help you get through your day – just to manage the simple things its a strain for all involved – But worse for dad […]
So with the help of an amazing young guy all the way in Bangladesh my website is back up and running !!! The lowdown was sadly through a hectic work schedule I just didn’t keep my eye on the site & a plugin got infected 🙁 So after trying to resolve said issue myself – Through screaming – cursing …. a lot of cursing …. I recognised I was not the man for this job … So on the recommendation of my brother I headed to https://www.freelancer.com/ & low and behold after a quick post for help I had offers flooding in ! I had a great experience with it and if you find yourself with a technical job just too big for your non technical mind – look no further that here for help 🙂 Anywho – I hope you guys like the newer refreshed 2016 2.0 version of the site – here’s to a healthy bug free year ahead !!! Ciao for now ….