Monday, March 25, 2013

Rose Of Tralee, Ottawa Selections

Above: Keira Kilmartin was selected to be the Ottawa Rose 2013 and will represent Ottawa this summer in Ireland.

The Rose Of Tralee, Ottawa selections took place on Paddys Day weekend. I traveled to Ottawa to photograph the girls and be part of their daily activities. We started the day with an early 8am portrait shoot, followed by a delicious buffet breakfast sponsored by Peter Rock. The girls then took part in the Ottawa Paddy's day parade, which was even colder than the Montreal Parade the very next day.

After the parade, we took photos on the Corktown Bridge, named after Irish workers who died by the hundreds as they dug out the Rideau waterway in the early 1800s. The bridge has been recently covered in "lovers locks" like the bridge in Paris. The tradition wherein lovers fasten a padlock to a bridge or other permanent structure and then dispose of the key, representing an everlasting commitment.

The girls then headed to the Ottawa food bank and volunteered a few hours to help box up food that will be sent out to families in need.

The Selections took place the next day at the Irish Ambassadors house where Keira Kilmartin was crowned this years Ottawa Rose. Congratulations Keira and best of luck in Ireland.

Meet the Roses:
Kaley Duff

Trish Mahoney

Delaney Holley

Jennifer Trainor

Nadia Barry

Nora Villarreal

Jamie Keeley

Shayla Kelly

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Monday, March 18, 2013

St Patricks Day Parade, Montreal, 2013

This is our collection of St Patrick's Day Parade, Montreal, 2013 by Farah Khan and Alison Slattery. It was a shivery -16 deg outside and we were bundled up in 4 layers, although I am not sure how the marching bands handled that wind that cut through me like a knife. The parade started at noon and lasted about 2 hours. I cant believe the crowds that came out on this cold day, but I am not surprised, nothing keeps Montrealers away from a good party, not even Baltic weather.

We would like to thank the United Irish Society for providing us with press passes.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona daoibh.

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