About Hippy & Bloom Photography

Bronwyn O’Brien

Love, Light, Laughter and Adventure

“Some days I wish I could go back in life not to change anything but just to feel a few things” Isn’t this the truth? As I dropped my older kids off to school recently and I had to beg my son for a hug before he got out of the car, I drove away wondering at what point did it all change? When did I stop being his entire world!

At night immersed in silence when the children go to bed and I have time to myself I remember our day filled with chaos and memorable moments. But I know only too well as I watch them grow how quickly these moments fade.

I was gifted a Canon camera by my husband on the arrival our first born and I found passion in capturing honest, candid moments of our four children over the years. Images that are now powerful enough to remind me of the memories, of their weight and smell and of each of their personalities. I captured their every move as I wanted to remember every part of the journey of parenthood and of their childhood, their little voices and how they sounded when I eventually came up for air. I didn’t just want a beautiful photograph, in fact looking back now I love the natural unposed images the most! They are a memory of the “right now”, and they transport me back to that exact time and place. I can honestly say it was over this time that I became obsessed with this style of photography.

It was only when I was stopped in my tracks on the sudden passing of my Mom that I decided to turn this passion into a business. She believed in me and it was time to believe in myself. I treasure the pictures I have of her and her bubbly personality they keep me smiling.

Photography captures moments that you can’t put into words. It is an investment of making your memories physical, something tangible that you can look at and feel. I am so happy that I can provide families with just that, honestly it means everything to me as I believe that these moments are worth remembering.

Sharon Smith

Because You’re Beautiful!

“Jack talked about how music is essentially twelve notes between any octave. Twelve notes and the octave repeats. It’s the same story told over and over, forever. All any artist can offer the world is how they see those twelve notes. That’s it.” Bobby – A Star is Born

Just like songwriting, anyone can take a photograph, get the light right, focus and press the shutter. But not everyone sees people the same way I do. Authenticity comes into everything I do, driving me forward to meet people where they are at and to create genuine, beautiful portraits celebrating them and the journey they are on. I love what I do because not only do I get to indulge in my favourite past time – making art! – I also get to look after the people who come in front of my camera.

Whether you are turning up for a simple headshot or you are a new mother who is struggling to adapt, I will meet you in that space. My aim is to capture the beautiful, authentic you and to help you feel comfortable with the process. My studio is a warm, creative space where everyone is welcome and, together we make art with meaning! Images that remain with you long after your little ones have taken off into the world; Images that honour these milestone moments. Images that show you are perfect just the way you are.

Because you are perfect. We all are. Just the way we are.


Caravan Sisters

SO this is us many many moons ago! Bronwyn is the dainty one holding a nice dancers pose there at the back and Sharon is the messer being strangled. Little did we know, way back then, how our lives would come together again! We both returned to this beach hideaway as adults with our own kids and discovered a wonderful friendship with a shared passion for photography (and gin but we won’t go into that here..…) Summer after summer we hid ourselves away and lived the simple life with days on the beach and long chats into the night where we would sort out the world. Renewed and refreshed after a summer of sand, sea and simple living we’d return home with new ideas for the year ahead. Usually these were kinda simple, like ‘5-days of lunch box fillers’ (and yes we know that sounds REALLY boring but we also know there are more than a few of you out there who’d like to see that list….). BUT one year we came home with a different idea and Hippy & Bloom Photography was born.

Call Bronwyn 087 3112015 or Sharon 087 8512340 or email us to make an enquiry.