January 2, 2018
Day 0 of our Ireland travel itinerary, was “Fly-in Day” of The House of Flynn 2017 Ireland Workshop. I landed in Shannon airport and somehow figured out how to catch a bus to the Radisson Blu hotel in Limerick. A group of us arrived early, so we drove to Corcomroe Abbey in the Burren first. Later in the day we came back for the meet and greet. It was magical historical place, and I took self-portraits and portraits of one of the couples on the trip. Afterwards, we went to Hazel Mountain Chocolate’s Organic Café and had amazing lunch, tea, and dessert (I got carrot cake)! Later that night we went to The Buttery for dinner. Then, in true Irish fashion, we went to a pub with a rooftop lounge. We sat at a table on the rooftop and tried to get to know each other a little more.
On Day 1 of the workshop our group took a bus to The Cliffs of Moher. It was my favorite part of the HOF workshop. Luckily we were able to see it on a clear day without any mist. It was very windy, and at one point a strong gust of wind threatened to blow us off the cliffs. There are two paths along the first part of the cliffs; a “safe” one and one closer to the edge for the more daring adventurer. It was awesome to walk along the cliffs with this amazing view. The waves crashed into the cliffs below and sounded like laughter. This sound mingled with an accordion emanating from the distance, creating a true Irish atmosphere. I am still in awe of the magical couple/elopement shoot we had on the cliffs.
I didn’t take as many photographs on Days 2 and 3, but they were definitely memorable. Not to mention an important part of our Ireland travel itinerary! On Day 2 we explored Galway. I also modeled for the vintage strolling photoshoot that evening. It was part of the official House of Flynn Ireland workshop programming.
On Day 3, us Galway girls ventured to the docks and South Park. We also made our last visits to Thomas Dillon’s for claddagh rings. We later stopped at Cupán Tae and brought home a tea blend called “Dreamy Creamy Galway Tea.” Then, we took a bus to Ross Castle for our beautiful same-sex bridal shoot.
Day 4 I photographed so much of our trip to Kylemore Abbey! A few of us stopped alongside the road to admire the mountains. The panorama I photographed of our view of the mountains and my photograph of Kylemore Abbey are some of my absolute favorite photographs from the trip, and I plan to have big prints made! Down the road from the abbey there is a church with marble columns inside made of colored marble representing the regions of Ireland. One of my souvenirs from the trip is a love stone of green marble for Connemara. At our last stop at Kylemore Abbey we explored the gorgeous gardens that rivaled those I had seen in Paris and the Île-de-France, which made for another stunning panorama.
On Day 5 we went to Diamond Falls at Connemara National Park for our elven bridal photoshoot! However, we also spent that evening (or possibly the previous evening?) running around the grounds of Ross Castle before our departure the next morning. The photographs that we have of each other dressed up for portraits, and the silly moments of some of us exploring, remind me of the fun we had. It is amazing that now, half a year later, everyone from the workshop still keeps in touch. I am lucky to have spent some time with some photographers from the trip in person and via video chat since then, but hopefully one day we will have a reunion with everyone! Please take all the inspiration from this Ireland travel itinerary!