Friday, November 30, 2007

chicken wings.. sing star.. katy french

in that order. Started out in Elephant & Castle where I met up with Burco and YoCo for some yummy chicken wings and vino.. and we didn't even have to wait for a table which was weird for a Thursday night. Was great to hang out with Burco again as I haven't seen her for aaages. It's weird how there are some friends you end up seeing all the time, and others that you never ever see. I used to hang out with Burco almost every day while we were in college and now for some reason we never see eachother. Anyway we then went back to Corina's joined by Uners and Joycer for some singstar Rock Ballads funsies. We hardly got to sing many tunes because we called into Katy French's birthday party over in Krystle. Bumped into LOADS of people... Lainey!!, The Thinkhouse Crew, Ray Shah, models Avril and Michelle McGrath, Paradise Pictures homies, Michael VIP etc. Then, the free booze finished, the Stereophonics came in, and we left. Today I had to work all day which wasn't the most pleasant thing but at least I take photees for a living so it ain't that bad!

Straight after I took the following photee, the bouncer came up to me and informed me that I may not take photees in the VIP area (I was only using my mini fun camera) he also then demanded I delete the photee I had just taken. I told him its grand I won't take any more, but he persisted that I delete it in front of him. Which I had to do to avoid a big drama. but HA! I actually took 2!! sickened aren't you!!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Pictures Of Lili

by Corina Gaffey.

Alek Wek, The Klaxons and Andrea Roche – what do they all have in common? Apart from the obvious – rich, successful and famous they have all been shot by the notable Dublin based fashion and music photographer Lili Forberg.

A little over two years ago Forberg emerged on the photography scene and has been steadily raising her profile ever since. She cites her biggest achievement as being able to work full time in the demanding industry “I feel so grateful that I am able to work full time as a photographer since the day I graduated from college.”

Forberg began photography at a young age. At the age of twelve, when most of us are more concerned with hanging out with our friends, Forberg was borrowing her mother’s cameras and shooting gigs. She admits that her mother knew of these late night adventures and approved of her hobby. “My mother was good about me going to gigs as long as I did my homework and went to school. My friends lied to their parents. I never had to.”

Going straight for the big guns so to speak – Forberg’s first ever gig she shot was Guns ‘n’ Roses in Cologne, an hour away from her then home in Düsseldorf, Germany. Her mother, who accompanied her into the venue, drove her but when the music got too loud she left leaving Forberg on her own. Thinking of myself as a twelve year old, being left alone in a large venue surrounded by middle age rockers, my reaction is to ask her if she was scared. Without hesitation Forberg says: “Not at all. I was too excited to be scared.”

Being a female photographer in the sweaty pits of rock concerts would appear intimidating to most. Interested in how the dynamic works in a small cramped area, where time is at the essence to get the shot, I ask Forberg is there huge competition in the photography pit. Far from the picture I imagined Forberg quashes my thoughts of snarling photographers out for themselves. “There is huge camaraderie in the pit at gigs. There is no pushing and if there is a good spot to shoot everyone swaps around.”

It is not just the pits of concerts that are a male subjugated area; the photography trade in general seems to be ruled by men. Principally in the international fashion market it is apparent where I stumble to name ten female fashion photographers. But in Dublin there is a relatively new batch of female fashion photographers trying to revert the tradition. Forberg is among one of them.

Obviously being a female photographer proves advantageous at certain times especially when it comes to Forberg’s fashion work. She feels that it certainly helps the working relationship and provides a much calmer, relaxed atmosphere. Although some of her shots seem provocative she believes that the sleaze element is absent and it always shows in the photographs if the model is comfortable.

Working with new models is part of everyday life for Forberg and it is essential that they be at ease. Regularly she has girls that have never stood in front of a camera before. Forberg says that she always tries to embolden new models to move on their own and try new poses. Some models do not need to be encouraged. “I really love discovering new talent. The results are sometimes amazing. I can’t get over some girls that are 16 years old still in school and pose like a top model. Some girls are just natural.”

Forberg has never advertised. The Internet has been an essential and invaluable tool for awareness of her company. With the likes of Myspace, Bebo and her photography blog, Forberg has mobilized every outlet for promotion and awareness. The nature of these sites allows Forberg to network with other people in the profession that might be unknown to her.

Forberg’s online presence also provides clients a snap shot in to her life. On her photography blog she uploads photographs of nights out and behind the scenes at shoots, it feels like peering into a diary and one sees what kind of person she is. Forberg started her blog when she was bored living in Germany and wanted to communicate with her friends. She realised the power of her blog when random strangers would leave comments admiring her work. Today she gets about 170 hits a day.

On Forberg’s Bebo, a social networking site, she uploads personal photographs as well as her work with recognisable Irish models Katy French, Aoife Cogan and Glenda Gilson. Through Bebo young girls contact her inquiring about how to come a model and Forberg’s model portfolio services. On average she gets 5 – 10 inquires about model portfolios a day.

Judging by the amount of attention Lili Foberg is getting it seems that 2008 offers a huge scope of further endeavors for the assiduous photographer. You never know you could be next to be captured by the lens of Lili Forberg.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

TEAM US at Irish Bebo Babes

Stylist Corina Gaffey, meeeeeeeeeeeeeee, Make Up artist Lara Ford.
photo by

Monday, November 26, 2007

Spy.. Bebo Babes and Ham Sandwich

Busy weekend to say the least! Corina and I were shooting in SPY all day Friday. So happy with the shoot yaysies so it will be up shortly. I then just headed home to drop off my gear and headed back out to meet my college girlies for dins in good old Yamamori. Bento Box yumminess!! We then went for a few quite pints and Corina and Una joined us. We then called over to SPY for Dr. Lektroluv. Spy was just INSANE. It was sooooooooooooo jammers I have never seen anything like it. Saturday night should have really been spent sitting on the couch watching crap but instead, had to call up to Club M for the Irish Bebo Babes final. Congrats to Cheryl who won. She is gorgeous. Was also meant to shoot Ham Sandwich that evening in Whelans but couldnt make it because of Bebo Babes so on Sunday (again instead of being on the couch watching Corrie Omnibus) I had to go to the Village and shoot them at their all age show. I love Ham Sandwich so I didn't mind too much :)
Below is the scan of the Specsavers shoot I did aaaages ago which was in The Sunday World yesterday.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Specsavers shoot

which was featured in The Sunday World Magazine today.

Styled by Corina Gaffey
Hair and Make Up by Ailbhe Lynch
Model Jude at 1st Option

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Mr. Gay Ireland

I shot the lovely lovely (and so hot) Barry today who is Mr. Gay Ireland and will go on to represent Ireland in Mr. Gay Europe and Mr. Gay International. what a hottie!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Last Crash

Here are a few snaps from a shoot I did today with Dublin band The Last Crash. They play Radio City on December 6th. Check them out. In other news there isnt really much news. Am so busy workin away.. If you're down the country, check out the next issues of Galway Now and Cork Now which will feature one of my favourite shoots that I have done to date with amazing model Vanessa from Morgan The Agency. It should be out at the end of the month I think.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Irish Bebo Babes in the press this weekend

Support them at the Miss Bebo Ireland competition this Friday in Club M. tickets on Ticketmaster.

Styled by Corina Gaffey
Make Up by Lara Ford
Hair by Aimee Murphy

Friday, November 16, 2007

Duran Duran at Phoenix Park


Thursday, November 15, 2007

@ The Button Factory

here are the rest of the shots from the photoshoot I did at The Button Factory for Temple Bar Magazine. Pick up a free copy around town and check it out!

Styled, Hair & Make Up by Daphney Antoine
Models L'Or at Morgan The Agency
Rachel M, Alexa, Emma M at 1st Options

Monday, November 12, 2007


Behind the scenes on the photoshoot of the Irish Bebo Babes calander.

1 photographer
12 bebo babes
2 hair stylists
1 stylist
1 makeup artist
3 tv crew members
2 bebo babes organisers

It was madness.....................


@ Club M, DUBLIN
Saturday 7.30pm Nov. 24th 2007

Top DJ + Prizes + Late Bar + After Party for all who attend!

Have kindly provided "Goodie Bags" to the first 200 girls with tickets!

The main event - 12 IRISH BEBO BABE PRINCESSES will compete for the Miss BEBO IRELAND 2008* title. Audience & 3 judges will vote to decide which PRINCESS wins the title Miss BEBO IRELAND 2008. LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK FROM - TICKET MASTER -

Advance Tickets €19.50 from Ticket Master
Admission at door €27.00