How to choose your wedding photographer: finding the right one made it easy | Dublin Wedding Photographer

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Weddings are amazing but they can also be a LOT of work!

Through the years a lot of my couples said that finding the right supplier in a sea of options can be overwhelming so here is a few tips make your decision a little bit easier from someone inside the wedding business industry.

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WHAT MATTERs TO YOU

Obviously the whole wedding day is very important, but knowing what images you imagine printed all over the house is a good start.

Would you like portraits of you two printed in your living room living room or getting candids of your guests in a wedding album is more important? The family portraits are the thing you can’t miss or do you prefer having more images of the day it self? Knowing what you want is very important, sometimes is not one thing or the other, but establishing what your priorities are really helps.

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what STYLE YOU LOVE

Do you like more bright looking images or dark and moody is your thing? Do you prefer more traditional “looking at the camera” pictures or unposed? Maybe something more creative is your style or even something completely documentary? There’s a huge amount of talented photographers out there and they all have a certain style so go on Instagram or Pinterest and save a good bunch of images you like and see what they have in common, that’s probably the style you are looking for!

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LET’S TALK ABOUT MONEY

Budgeting for a wedding can be hard and is not always easy to know when to cut corners, but trust me when I say this: you should approach wedding photography as an investment.

I know that we all want to save money maybe to get a fantastic honeymoon and I’m all up for that (give me a beach and a cocktail and I’m in heaven!), but when deciding where to invest your money, wedding photography is the most important thing left from your wedding day (specially if you decide not to have a videographer).

All the months planning are worthless if you don’t have a professional that can capture the day properly. That day only happens once and finding a professional that can capture in a outstanding level is priceless.

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RESEARCH

Recommendation is key, learn from the resources available to you.

Ask friends and family members for referrals, read reviews from the photographers past couples online, they all matter. Ask to possible wedding photographers to send you full galleries of their work and look for consistency in different scenarios and have a chat with them before booking, make sure they are knowledgeable and ready for whatever type of wedding you will have, a few pretty images on social media is not enough!

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COMMUNICATE

Professional wedding photographers deal with a big amount of requests and concernes throughout the years and it’s our job to listen to what a client wants and communicate to make sure we are the right fit.

Sometimes is being in front of the camera is a big fear for you, or maybe is the timing the day is being a challenge or maybe you have no clue what you want and just need someone to help, whatever you need your photographer should be able to shine some light into, trust the professionals, we seen it all.

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GET TO KNOW YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

Everyone has busy lives but take the time to chat/meet your photographer before hand, make sure you are on the same page because they will be the person you will see the most on your wedding day and when that trust is there it can make the wedding day 10 times better.

When there’s trust between a photographer and the couple not only the day go smoothly but the chances are taking photos will be not something you need to do, but that you enjoy doing it!

Sometimes taking the time for an engagement session (where we can actually practice, get to know each other and see the results) is the best way to create that bond before the wedding day, so if you have the opportunity I highly recommend it.

I hope you like these tips, I’m planning to share more wedding tips soon so keep an eye out! If you want to be the first to see everything wedding planning related that is coming out subscribe to my newsletter.

Lots of love

xx

J+M - Malahide Engagement Session, Malahide Wedding Photographer, Dublin Ireland

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Today’s I’m heading to shoot these two cutie’s wedding and I’m so excited!

For our meet up before the wedding we decided to take the opportunity to not only have some nice Avoca scones in Malahide and talk about their wedding day but also to take a stroll around Malahide Castle and do a quick engagement session there.

I know I’m a broken record when it comes to doing engagement sessions and how I believe it’s important, but I truly believe is such a nice way to practice and take the fear of the camera away, I enjoy doing them so much!

There’s not the rush of the wedding day (I try my best to keep you away as little as possible from your guests and the prosecco glasses) and we get to get to know each other a little bit more.

I can’t wait to see what the wedding day brings us but for now I’m so happy to share their engagement session at Malahide Castle.

Hope you enjoy it xx

D+M- Dream two dresses, fireworks and camper van- Kilshane House Stunning Wedding - Wedding Photographer Dublin, Ireland

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Thank you Livia! Not sure if your superpowers extend to super hearing, because if so, you’d have heard the chorus of thanks and happiness from across 3+ timezones: from us in Canada, across Ireland, to Hong Kong, and then finally in Manila! We love the slideshow and our families across the globe love the pictures too. We really enjoy reliving the small moments you managed to capture (secretly!)!
— D+M

When I met these two that flew all way from Vancouver for our engagement session in the Farmleigh House I knew that I was in for a treat! They were so lovely and cute and filled with excitement for their day that I couldn’t wait for the big day!

They had their wedding in Kilshane House which is a fantastic luxury venue in Tipperary that every corner looking straight out of a dream, their orangery in particular is one of my faves, but other than a stunning venue, Kilshane House has another great feature that it’s the reason why I get so excited when I shoot there: they have two adorable pugs that the owners kindly allow me to hug and kiss when I go there!!! If you don’t know I have a slight obsession for pugs and tend to hug every pug I see, lol!

Back to the wedding, the day started and oh boy Daryll’s girl squad was just amazing! Such a lively group of ladies that were so keen to help (they were involved in a lot of details for the day, I heard) and we got to take some fun bridal party photos, the boys were maybe a tad less helpful but so fun to be around too!

From the church ceremony back to the venue we were quite blessed with the weather and we managed to take some beautiful portraits at Kilshane rain free, hooray! If you are having your wedding there, I highly recommend exploring the venue for portraits, there’s so much option.

Fast forward to the night time when Daryll look stunning on her second dress and we get to see some a-mazing fireworks display! Can all weddings have fireworks, please? To finish off we got back inside for some awesome dancing, and when I say awesome, I mean it! Their friends and family were one of the most fun dance floors I seen all year!!!!

Hope you like the images as much as I do xx

Supplier List: 

Venue: Kilshane House
Hair & Makeup: Nicki Fanning and Tara Eustace
Wedding Dress: Pronovias
Suits: Hugo Boss
Bride Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Groom Shoes: Cole Haan
Flower/Bouquets: Bloomsday Flowers
Cake: Cakes by Dawn
Photo Booth (if applicable): Retro Photobooth
Any other entertainment: Elaine Hogan (harpist)
Videographer: B&G Weddings

Band/DJ: The Beat Boutique

U+K Preview - University Church - Fallon & Byrne - Nolita Wedding Photographer, Dublin Ireland City Wedding!

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Last Saturday I was back again in Dublin City Centre for another Dublin City wedding in Fallon & Byrne (which is some of my favourite wedding venues for Dublin City Weddings)!

This time we were in a few spots in town, one of which I haven’t been before. Nolita is a bar located just on George St and the couple had their drinks reception there and I was so excited to have some photos inside because it looks STUNNING! Definitely want to go back there for a few more photos in the future, there’s so many cute corners!!

So here’s a preview from the photos, we had a great time going around town and even though it was super busy (Sattudays near Grafton Street can be challenging) we managed to get some cool photos :)

Can’t wait to share the rest!! Hope you like it xx

Supplier List

Ceremony: Newman University Church

Drinks Reception: Nolita

Dinner Reception: Fallon & Byrne

Hair: Lou Merryweather

Makeup: Lisa Shannon

Wedding Dress: Love Ellie Bridal

Suits: Louis Copeland

Bridesmaids Dress (if applicable): Coast

Rings: Fields

Bride Shoes: Michael Kors

Flower/Bouquets: Flowers Touch



It's finally here, the Best Wedding Photos of 2018! - Dublin, Ireland Wedding Photographer

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O.M.G. 2018 was one to remember! (Also, Happy Valentine’s Day!!!)

Like last year, I decided to celebrate the “most romantic day of the year” by celebrating the love, happiness and all in between that I was so blessed to capture last year.

Being a wedding photographer for me has allowed me to meet so many beautiful souls, get to see so many moments that will be forever favourites in someone’s life and I don’t take this for granted!

I’m so grateful that I get to call this a job, that I get to see human nature at its best where people share their love, tears and all that comes with it in the most honest way.

That’s the joy of weddings, it’s all about the people.

In a time where social media makes everything looks perfect and the same I get to see beauty in every shape and form and love being the common denominator to all that.

When I say to my couples: “it’s about about having fun and being in the moment”I really mean it and I think 2018 was the perfect example., just watch the video and you will understand why.

I hope you enjoy this images as much as I do.

To all my 2018 couples, I couldn’t have done without you! The way you allow me in and invited me to your day is what made last year unforgettable for me and for that I’m forever grateful.

To all future couples, I can’t wait to make 2019 even better ! Let’s have some fun!

A+T Preview - Dublin City Hall & Fallon and Byrne Wedding - Dublin Wedding Photographer , Ireland

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Last Friday I had the immense pleasure to document Aoife and Trudy’s Dublin City Hall wedding followed by a reception at the lovely Fallon and Byrne. As I said here many times, I’m a sucker for Dublin City weddings and this one was no short of amazing!

We got to do the portraits before the ceremony and we were blessed with a sunny day in the beginning of February, who would’ve thought!?

Here’s a little preview and I can’t wait to share the rest soon :)

Hope you enjoy it! x

Supplier List

Venue: Dublin City Hall

Reception: Fallon and Byrne

Hair: Preen Dublin

Makeup: EF Creative Studio

Skinfull Affairs, https://www.skinfullaffairs.ie

Rings: Stonechat https://www.stonechatjewellers.ie/

Flower/Bouquets: Aoife’s Aunt Fidelma

Cake: Queen of Tarts and others from Austria and Milan

Photo Booth/Food Truck/ (if applicable): DIY job by Aoife and Trudy

Any other entertainment: Singers Gavin Mulhall, Pavel Baxant, Gianluca Perrucci, Kay Gowran

H+M Preview- Glengariff West Cork Stunning Wedding - Ireland, Wedding Photographer

Oh my what a talent you are! They’re stunning, and I am SO excited to see the rest. Thank you so much for doing our wedding, there was a lot of people and it was no easy task. You made everyone so relaxed! 
— Hannah + Michael

Glengarriff is a BEATUY but not as much as these two! Can't wait to share more of this Cork wedding but for now just a few sneaky peeks because I couldn't wait to share them!!

Thank you so much Hannah and Michael for allowing to me part of such a gorgeous day and being so open to all my ideas (putting her Jimmy Choos in seaweed for instance, with ZERO complains!), it was all worth it!

Soon I will share more, hope you are having a lovely start of 2019!

xx

C&G - Preview - Ballilogue Wedding Photographer, Kilkenny Ireland

It's Christmas time so this is a tiny preview of Christina and Gerard's lovely intimate winter wedding at Ballilogue which was just fantastic!

I can't wait to share more but for now just a little taste of how fab winter weddings can be :)

xx

A+C - Tinakilly House Black Tie Wedding - Irish Wedding Photographer, Dublin - Ireland

Our photos are incredible and capture every single part of our day perfectly. You were so lovely to work with and knew exactly the images that needed to get. Some of our guests even referred to you as a ninja, always in the right spot to capture our special moments. We couldn’t have asked for better photos and a better person to spend the day with. Thank you so much for allowing us to relive all our special moments
— Aideen + Colin

Want to know how to have a black tie wedding and look incredible but also have the best time and have so much fun? Well, this is the wedding you can take inspo from!

Aideen and Colin first priority was to have a relaxed day where they could have the most fun with their friends and family and choosing to do everything at Tinakilly House (from getting ready up to their dancing) was for sure the right choice.

Often couples are faced with the decision of having everything on site or being in separate venues and although I understand why couples would like to have their wedding in a church, if you are not having one and choosing a fab venue and they can accommodate you two getting ready I would highly recommend! Is the easiest hassle free way to get the most out of your day and make sure you are not running around all day which mean more time to spend with your guests ! \o/

Hope you like the images and get some ideas of how to look amazing like these two without losing a minute of fun!

xx

Supplier List

Venue: Tinakilly House

Hair: Hair by Aisling

Makeup: Lynsey Keogh

Wedding Dress: Folkster

Bridesmaids Dress (if applicable): Chi Chi

Rings: E-jewels

Jewellery: Jules Bridal

Bride Shoes:Kurt Geiger

Groom Shoes:Dune

Flower/Bouquets:Austen Flowers

Cake:Offbeat Donuts

Band/DJ:Springbreak

Videographer: Shadow & Substance


Boho Wedding Alpacas Inspiration Shoot - Xposé - Station House - Ireland

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A few weeks ago the lovely people from The Station House asked me to join them in a lovely shoot for the Xposé TV show where the wedding expert, Sarah from The Irish Wedding Blog was putting together a fab session with a boho inspired wedding dresses and the best part of it was not only we were surrounded by lovely dresses but they brought ALPACAS!!!!!

To be honest that sealed the deal for me when they invited to come along, I always wanted to meet them in person and check if they were as soft as I thought they were and THEY ARE SO SOFT!!!!

I made sure to hug them several times and I can assure if you decided to have alpacas for your wedding here in Ireland I’m the one you should choose to photograph it because me, Ted and Tom (the alpacas) are pretty much best friends for life now and I know all their best angles, lol!

Hope you enjoy the images and make sure to check all the fab people that were involved in the links at the end of the gallery.

x

Supplier List:

Venue: Station House

TV Crew : Xposé

Stylist: Sarah from Irish Wedding Blog

Model: Simona

Hair and Makeup: Pamela Hair and Make Up

Dresses: White Gallery Boutique Newry

Flowers: Petals & Pressies

Alpacas: K2Alpacas

Photographer: Livia Figueiredo

Assistant Photographer: Joseph Carr