PORTARLINGTON native Aisling Wier is showing an exhibition of her work in The Gallery in Mountmellick for the month of May. The exhibition, the them of which is ‘Be Your Own Art’, will comprise of portrait, landscape and still life photography and will shocase Aisling’s most recent work.
Aisling has been running her own business in Portarlington for the past three years after moving home from Dublin, and photographs a lot of babies and children, as well as capturing shots of pregnant women. “I love portraits and I like to do something with a difference. The exhibition is about not being afraid to put photos on the wall, instead of putting them in a drawer or looking at them on the computer. When you print a photo it changes”.
Aisling says that she loves the idea of captuing a moment in time, especially with the maternity shots, “it is a thing to celebrate”. For her, it is all about creating memories of a certain time. “You can look back at the shot and remember how you looked, how you felt at the time, even the clothes you wore”.
Aisling says for the maternity photos, it is about building a relationship with the client to make them more relaxed. “It’s all about the lighting, I use low lighting and we have music in the background. It’s just me, my camera and the client and you just have a laugh if you can sit and chat.”
“I believe that portrait photographs are like wonderful memories, capturing the feeling, warmth and intimacy of any given moment in our lives. There are times in our lives when we should take a moment, pause and create beautiful memories. This is why I am so interested in portraits of pregnancy and new life. Pregnancy is such a special time in a woman’s life, its a memorable time, but also fleeting as well. I encourage women to take a moment to capture this special time in a life-long path of parenthood, with some beautiful professional maternity portraits”.
As well as maternity, Aisling photographs a lot of children and babies, a task that may seem challenging to some but one that she has mastered. Instead of taking a traditional approach, Aisling prefers to get people when they are more relaxed and not overly conscious of striking a pose for the camera. “It is about capturing the personality of a child - I take a lot of photos and I just keep snapping away until we get the magic shot”.
Although Aisling is still growing her business, she already has a strong client base and gets clients from all over the country visiting her in Portarlington. “For the childrens’ photography, a lot of it is word of mouth, especially for local clients. But I’m still building, changing and developing my business, and coming up with new ideas”.
Aisling has been taking photographs all her life and a few years ago undertook and completed a Diploma in Professional Photography from the Institute of Professional Photographers in the UK, before setting up her Portarlington business. “I moved back to Portarlington to do what I’ve always wanted to do. If I’d lived in Dublin maybe I wouldn’t be doing this right now”.
Aisling’s exhibition opened in Mountmellick Library yesterday evening and will run there for the month. She will also be doing a photography workshop and all are welcome. For more information, visit www.laois.ie.