Longford girl Ciara Brady is one in a hundred after being singled out by a Galway-based photographer for a project entitled ‘100 Faces of Galway’.
The Bunlahy native, who is now living in Galway and working as a hairdresser in Yourells, was approached by photographer, Michelle Greaves, after she won a Wella Professional TrendVision Award last November.
“I was taken aback slightly, but so delighted to be a part of the collection. Michelle was so easy to talk to,” said Ciara of the experience.
“Michelle had heard of my achievements for winning Gold at the UK and Ireland Trendvision Awards and also for representing Ireland in the International Wella Trendvision Awards.
“I think it's a wonderful project because it's such a good mix of normal everyday working people being acknowledged for their work and achievements.”
'100 Faces of Galway' is a collection of people with various backgrounds and features a portrait of each person, as well as their story.
“I believe everyone has an interesting life and wanted to pick 100 people, both randomly and selected, to show a range of people who live in Galway,” said photographer Michelle Greaves.
“It isn't a complete cross section of people because when you approach strangers it is hard to ensure you get a range of careers etc., but it does allow us to see some of the amazing people we walk amongst on a daily basis,” said Michelle.
“I was impressed that someone so young, living in Galway, was Ireland's best hairdresser. It was a pleasure to meet Ciara; her very calm demeanour allowed me to understand how she would do so well under pressure.”
It was success that attracted Michelle to Ciara when searching for faces for her project, and Ciara hopes to continue on that award-winning path, following a recent nomination in the Image Beauty of Business Awards.
Ciara is nominated in the Best Hair Colourist category and needs votes from the public to secure the award.
To vote for Ciara, visit www.bob.ie. Voting closes at midnight on Sunday April 2.