Oh how times flies! I find it so hard to believe thats its nearly the end of March already. What a strange few months have passed me by in this haste. Falling ill at the start of the year and other events which were miles out of my control ment that I never got around to posting my ‘According to my iPhone‘ posts for the first months of the year so heres an extended version of the regular post.

Having had such a crazy few months, there is huge gaps in the timeline of photos on my phone. There is at least three weeks unaccounted for. They happen to be a few weeks I wouldn’t care to remember anyway but it did get me thinking about how and why I love to document life the way I do.

The easier it gets to document everything I do, the more I do it. Looking at times when I havent taken photos makes me realise how important it is to me. With the huge amount of stimulus our brains get everyday from a number of outlets, it really is easy to forget what we did ‘last Thursday’ or ‘two Saturdays ago’. Entire days go by without us noticing. Photographing and documenting little moments in my everyday life help me remember the little things that make me smile, laugh or cry in my days. Which I like. Its important to hold our memories close. Someday they may be all we have.

Anyway, I have put together a selection of snaps which represent my life over the last few months. They are happy and sad. This was the start of 2016.. according to my iPhone..

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  1. One of the last shots of 2015, the Christmas Day swim at Blackrock
  2. Graffiti at Pump Lane, on the side of the Bierhaus
  3. Wind turbines on the bog in Spideal in January
  4. Standing at the head of the world’s largest dry dock in Belfast
  5. Beautifully lit streets in Belfast City
  6. That one time when Starbucks got it right
  7. Rushing waters carries our troubles away
  8. At the Accenture Digital Media Awards at the Hilton, Dublin
  9. Big bow for a big gift! BMW’s at a blogger event at Colm Quinn BMW Galway

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  1. Juno tasting the rain out on the bog, one dirty spring day
  2. The sun over Galway bay through the fisheye lens
  3. Flowers and Docs #FromWhereIStand
  4. Cocktails at the Skeff Bar as part of the Galway Fashion Trail
  5. Springtime means getting out more, exploring more!
  6. Kiki Na Art on the runway at the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards
  7. Hanging at the #itwbn Blogger Breakfast at Colm Quinn BMW
  8. Bubbles, bakes and blogging at theGalway Fashion Trail
  9. Galway looking her very best on St. Patricks Day

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  1. The girls from COPE Galway‘s Waterside house for women and children in refuge receiving their donation of paper & art supplies from Snap Galway & Mr. Price!
  2. Yummy Ramen noodles dish, made just for me <3
  3. Selfie from theAccenture Digital Media Awards
  4. Young love at Silverstrand on a spring afternoon
  5. Meeting Emilia the 14 week old piglet at the Burren Nature Sanctuary
  6. A gift from a client who I connected with. Such a sweet gesture.
  7. Vivienne Martyn Jewellery on the runway at the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards at the Radisson Hotel Galway
  8. Nothing compares 2U
  9. Galway at dusk

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When I think about Ireland, this is the way I like to think of her. Sun shining, golden rays of light glistening down onto the surface. Winter sunlight is definitely some of the best. We may not see it that often but when we do.. It’s like heaven on earth. These shots are from dog walkies with Paula, Penny & Juno out in Connemara in January. We walked out at wind farm in Spideal after taking many wrong turns!! I love the wind turbines, so statuesque and so colossal in size, yet when you are right up beside them, they seem to blend into the landscape quite comfortably. Cold but golden sun beamed down on us for the afternoon. Bliss.

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Aren’t these lush colours just to die for?! I have them plastered across my screens right now to warm me up as I wait patiently for Spring to arrive in all her glory. These burnt orange and warm amber hues remind me that even in the depths of the starting months, when the weather is grey and the days are cold, there is always colour and warmth to be found in the wild.

I’ve created these wallpapers as free downloads for you for your phone or desktop wallpaper. The words, by Rumi read The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep”. This quote really ignites something  within me. It’s the whisper of that soft little voice which nudges me awake of a Sunday morning and says “Don’t go back to sleep .. theres just so much to do and see” .. 

You will find the free download desktop wallpaper is here and the free download phone version can be found here. Share the warmth and tweet me if you use them! @saibhegan

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“I watched the surrounding landscape with great curiosity, and I wanted to discover the words that could describe all its unspoiled beauty.’~Daniel J. Rice

On a summer’s day, we delight in something we don’t see or feel that often; soft sunshine and warm heat. But in winter months under the winter moon, the grey colour pallet and heavy, soaked air are something more familiar to the heart. The cold is in the bones, the fresh rain  lands on the skin. Being here feels more affirmed. More real.

There is this weird magnetic pull, down deep in my heart to the Irish wilderness.  Out here I feel free.  I feel possibilities. I feel the rain on my skin and cold, fresh air in my lungs as they expand and press my ribcage. I hear nothing and everything. Silence and the far off sound of wind turbines in the distance. It’s all raw here. Raw and beautiful.

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Photos shot at Polleeny Bogland, Furbogh, Connemara, Galway.

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Oh November has been a busy one! I feel like this Autumn has flown by so fast, like in the blink of an eye, heres December. November being such a busy one, saw Into The West Blogger Network enjoy our last event of the year, the Blogging 4 Business Event at the Galway Bay Hotel at the start of the month. We also attended some coal events and the Galway Fashion Trail too.

This month, I also started a new job which I excited about! Now, December’s arrived and Im thrilled, I love the season, I adore christmas!! Seeing friends, buying presents, nights out and charity work make December on of my favourites! Evenings spent with friends and sunday afternoons watching old movies… bliss!! When do we get to put the tree up!?!  Check out the rest of my month according to my iPhone..

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  1. Photos I shot for the Galway Now Magazine, published early November with fellow blogger & stylist Sandra Harty
  2. Autumnal vibes in Galway at Cross Street are just my favourite thing!
  3. Macavity has been meditating with Gabby Bernstein, clearly he’s totally zen! Follow all my cats on Instagram at #BratFaceCatFace, or my Pup at #JunoSpoono. Yes Im that person..
  4. From Where I Stand  –  sprouting bulb edition
  5. Hot pink pavlova puffs from Gourmet Tart Co. Salthill
  6. Enjoying the lovely Jasmine Solaris Botanicals Tea at the #itwbnBloggerEvent
  7. Galway is starting to look a lot like Christmas, yay!
  8. Amber’s birthday celebrations were so much fun!
  9. Printing photos, old school with PhotoBox – I love this service!

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  1. White, festive hot chocolate dates at Esquires Coffee, Eyre Square
  2. I helped at the COPE christmas food appeal at Tesco, collecting food items for less fortunate, local people this winter with Galways Lyons Club . . want to volunteer with me?
  3. Beautiful autumnal days in Galway remind me that the rain always stops, eventually.
  4. Stunning jewellery by Irish Designer ArtySmartyShop at My Shop Granny Likes It, Galway. Spotted at the #GalwayFashionTrail
  5. Shooting with Sinead from LoveYoga Galway – blogpost to follow <3
  6. Slow Sunday breakfast dates in Kai, Galway are bliss!
  7. Brown Thomas lit up like Christmas, heaven!
  8. From Where I Stand – Wedding/Girlie edition
  9. Winter Warmer Fundraiser with Solaris Tea, Into The West Blogger Network & Simon Community Galway

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Christmas is around the corner and we will soon see the swell of people in our towns and cities busy shopping for the perfect gifts! I love Christmas, its one of my favourite times of year. I love buying gifts and even mores – picking them out! I love hours spent trying to find the perfect gift for people and of course, the perfect wrapping paper too!

Picking and buying a special gift for your favourite photographer can sometimes be tricky we can be a hard bunch to buy for! I’ve taken all the work out of it and put together this fun list of things you could buy the photographer in your life.

Camera Strap

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Camera Strap – Gone are the days of having to stick with your boring, branded camera strap. With hundreds of sellers now making custom straps, theres no need for anything less! I love these fun foxy straps as well as these slick leather, embossed ones too. These floral numbers are also just gorgeous in their design and this hipster/folk strap from Photojojo are also very cool. This Galaxy one is my FAVOURITE!

Glass Diana DSLR Lens

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The Glass Diana DSLR Lens – With film coming back in couch a huge way now, the  Diana camera is being snapped up again in force! But, all that money spent on film developing  has started to grate and the Diana has been shelved again for its DSLR counterpart.  It’s time to rekindle the old spark with the Glass Diana DSLR Lens! It’s a glass Diana lens that’ll mount right onto your Nikon or Canon DSLR. Capture Diana’s signature vignetting and the extra-saturated colors with the crispness and clarity that only comes from glass. Plus, none of the hassle or money spent on film processing – WIN!

Notebooks/Planner

Notebooks

Notebooks/Planner –  One of the most important pieces of equipment that every photographer should  have in their kit is a photographers notebook. A Photographers Notebook is the hub of all their creative ideas, goals and inspirations. With shoots, meetings, reccys and editing time, the planner is such an important factor for weeks that are never the same!. The one Im using this year is by Paperblanks, which has to be my favourite (and what I will re-buy for next year!). They are by far the most robust and beautiful in their design also.

The original Filofax is another favourite, tried and tested by me! Really a Filofax is for life and not just for christmas as you change out the pages each year for a new set. Im loving this Asos notebook is cute as well as this cute custom sketch book too. These handmade camera notebooks are also definite crowd pleasers!!

Photoframes

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Photoframes – I love to print my photos and frame them. A gallery wall is on my wish list when I have my own house. I love to find unique frames to house all the special memories and just hate to leave them on the computer for ever. A photo frame, when gifted to a photographer, wont stay empty for long! I love these Copper framed hanging glass frames, as well as the standing version  – they are so unusual! I also love these chunky Metallic frame too and these Poster Frames are wicked for blowing up huge images! Basically, we can never have too many frames!!

Lensbaby

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These are top of my list,  I love these Lens’s for creative freedom! Lensbaby is where innovation inspires creativity and where imagination comes alive. The Lensbaby‘s creative effect lenses, optics and accessories give you limitless combinations of tools to capture the moment as it is happening. The idea behind this lens is that is moves and shoots at the same time, thus altering the finished photograph dramatically! Check out some of them in action here. They are pretty pricey but this is a wish list right?! 

Camera Bags

Bags

Admittedly I have many camera bags, I change them to suit whatever event I am going to. For a big shoot, I like the full gear bag but for bringing use the camera and the lens to a party or out somewhere I use something smaller and more  handbag like. Again, with so many independent sellers now, gone are the days of us only using a boring black camera bag etc. We now have a wide range of bags of varying cost, style and use. I love this waxed canvas one from Etsy as well as the Kelly Moore Bag too! I really love the sling bags too by Lowepro and these unisex ones by Millican.

Phone Accessories

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Im not sure I know a photographer who doesn’t love play around on their phone, using photo apps and photo sharing too. Buying photography accessories is quite pricey and lets face it, you’re probably not about to go out and buy your favourite photographer a lens anytime soon BUT you can get them a range of phone lens’s and accessories instead! I love these iPhone and Android Lens Series as well as these Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens too.

These vintage camera phone covers definitely catch my eye as well as these vintage Kodak ones too. This Holga Lens wheel is the business, It’s like having 9 toy cameras all in one!! I am also also HEAD OVER HEELS for this Lensbaby Sweet Spot Phone Lens.. Swwooon!!! Every photographer I know would love a Lensbaby so this phone lens version really is awesome!

Memory Cards, Filters and HardDrives

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These may not be as exciting but this is the sh!t we constantly have to spend our money on! Memory cards come and go like taxis in a photographers life and well who doesn’t need more memory!? Pick up great SD Cards here as well as hard drives (for Apple and Pc) as well as filters too! Always check with your favourite photographer before buying any of these items as different cameras take different cards, some people use Apple and some PC and lens filters have to fit certain lens in order to use them.

Go-To Guide – Books, Instant Cameras, Travel Mugs

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There are of course some old favourites among with photographers, ones you just can’t go wrong with. There the good old Lens Mug, a firm favourite with photographers and you can’t ever go wrong with a good book either. Coffee table books are muchos better than instructional ones, check out this one by LIFE magazine, its one of my favourites! This book by Irish photographer Peter Gordon shot at Burning Man is also a personal favourite of mine. Instant cameras are also another great gift for your favourite photographer and they are getting more inexpensive by the day! I absolutely love my Fujifilm Instax Mini as well as the new Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 Camera too don’t forget a packet of film!

So theres my round up of gifts for your favourite photographer.. or.. me 🙂 What else would you add?

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