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Mahbuba, in(SP)ired | Celebrating her birthday

Mahbuba put it the best: Sometimes the best gifts are the ones you gift yourself. She wrote me before turning 23 that she wished to gift herself the gift of some beautifully done photographs for both personal and professional reasons. How cool is that? It sure doesn’t hurt when you look like Leighton Meester ;) I loved how much Mahbuba was into fashion. She creatively incorporated her hijab into her every day wear, however, I am only showing a select few shots here. Thank you Mahbuba! May each birthday you have be ever more fabulous!

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Ireland, part 2: Natural beauty

For those who missed part 1, click here to see some photos from the Irish cities I visited. This second part is highly anticipated by many – the gorgeous scenes that I saw in Ireland. This blog posts is just the tip of the iceberg of all the incredible, beautiful, breathtaking sights I saw in Ireland. Everything was so green, so rich with history, and shrouded in some pretty cool mist and fog on certain days.

As I mentioned, I have written an extensive travel guide to Ireland and Scotland which includes my itinerary, hotel, food, and highlights. I will be sending out the guide along with two $5 gift card (Amazon, Starbucks, Target, your choice) winners* on July 31. Make sure you are on my email list to receive the travel guide and make sure to like posts on Facebook to qualify for the gift card drawing. Boston friends – I am coming to you in October for mini portrait sessions! Sign up on the bottom of this blog to get early access to them.

Driving along the Great Atlantic Way through the Burrent to make our way to Cliffs of Moher

The spectacular Cliffs of Moher. We were so lucky that the thick patch of fog dissipated after we ate a long lunch

Click on the image below to see the panorama in full size

Dingle Peninsula, which was probably the highlight of my trip to Ireland (click the image below to see full panorama)

Various sights on the Ring of Kerry

Newgrange passage tomb

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Ireland, part 1: The Cities

It’s time for me to blog about my trip last month to Ireland and Scotland! This trip was a feast for the eyes, and I’m so excited to share it with you. I have also written an extensive travel guide to how to travel in Ireland and Scotland which includes my itinerary, hotel, food, and cost recommendations. I will be sending out the guide along with two $5 gift card (Amazon, Starbucks, Target, your choice) winners* on July 31. Make sure you are on my email list to receive the travel guide. Also, if you currently like me on Facebook, you would be one of the first to know about new blog posts and unique to Facebook announcements. Boston friends – I am coming to you in October for mini portrait sessions! Sign up on the bottom of this blog to get early access to them.

 

Galway: Quintessentially Irish, fun downtown area, great place to relax

This barbershop is all sorts of awesome

Killarney…. ah I could wax poetic about Killarney. Here’s the gorgeous house we stayed in

Cork – stop here for lunch, there is one market you absolutely have to go to


Dublin – we didn’t have a lot of time here… but we stayed in a castle!

Stay tuned – there are more blog posts to come.

* Winners of drawings must be both a member on the email list, and have “liked” posts on Saavedra Photography on Facebook. A winner is randomly drawn from all the likes accumulated over the month

Also – booking update! I am now getting daily, if not 2 – 3 inquiries per day, about my August – October openings. Inquire quickly to make sure you get some great fall photos in NYC this year.

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Based in NYC | photographer of celebrations of love and life | champion of helping everyone see the beauty I see in them