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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

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



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


T+M Preview - Borris House Wedding Photographer - Carlow, Ireland

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Borris House is one of the most stunning wedding venues here in Ireland that I ever shot! If you are looking for a stunning surroundings, gorgeous building and chilled atmosphere that’s the place to you!

I had such a great time and can’t wait to share more of this wedding but for now I leave you with a sneak peak!

Thank you to Tracey and Matt for having me on their day! xx

Supplier List

Hair: Marion Brett

Makeup: Edel Brophy

Wedding Dress: Romantica of Devon from Bridal Boutique, Fairview

Suits: Tangos Suit Hire

Bridesmaids Dress (if applicable): Jeutonic, Kilkenny

Groomsmen Suits (if applicable): Tangos Suit Hire

Rings: Weirs of Grafton St

Jewellery: Bride’s own, Bridesmaids are Newbridge Silverware

Bride Shoes: LK Bennett

Groom Shoes: Dune

Flower/Bouquets: All About Weddings

Cake: Queen of Cakes

Any other entertainment: Harp Duets

Band/DJ: Scott Newman



S+E - Winter Wedding Perfection - Bellinter House Wedding Photographer, Ireland

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We knew Livia was special when we met her, but my
god she exceeded every expectation we had. We work with photographers a lot in our industry, so we had specific and high expectations for what we wanted our photos to be. We knew when she joined us in Galway for our engagement shoot that we had made the right choice in photographer. She is amazingly talented, listens to what you want, is extremely creative, and the way she captured the day was just superb. We didn’t want stuffy posed “weddingy” photos. We wanted photos that captured the sense of the day, our guests, and all the small special moments that would mean so much in the years to come. Livia did all of this beautifully and was so subtle in her approach on the day that half the time people didn’t even realise photos were being taken. She went so above and beyond on the day and post-wedding and the results were truly amazing.
— Sarah + Eoghan

This is for sure one of my most loved weddings I ever shot! There’s not one client that sees some of the pictures on my website and don’t tell me what a dream it is and I always says that they are definitely one to beat!

Sarah and Eoghan put so much time and effort to make their wedding to look exactly what they envisioned and there was so much of their personalities in every corner of Bellinter House, which by the way is one of my favourite wedding venues in Ireland, and you can definitely tell that when you look at the photos.

I hope you enjoy the photos and if you are planning a winter wedding this one is for sure one to take loads of inspiration from!!!

SUPPLIER LIST:

Venue: Bellinter House - http://bellinterhouse.com

Hair: Nadine Quinn – www.thespace.ie

Makeup: Odharnait Ryan - http://www.odharnait.com/

Videographer: Forget Me Not Weddings http://www.forgetmenotweddings.ie

Second Shooter: Brian Mulligan

Wedding Dress: Asos Bridal - www.asos.com

Suits: Louis Copeland Made to Measure https://www.louiscopeland.com/made-to-measure-suits-i69    

Bridesmaids Dress : No. 1 Jenny Packham - http://www.jennypackham.com

Groomsmen Suits: Groomsmen – Marks and Spencer - http://marksandspencer.ie

Engagement Ring: Cobwebs Galway http://cobwebs.ie/

Bride’s Wedding Ring: Delphi Antiques http://www.delphiantiques.com/

Bride Shoes: L.K. Bennett - https://www.lkbennett.com/

Groom Shoes: Loake - www.loake.co.uk

Flower/Bouquets: The Wild Bunch - http://thewildbunch.ie/

Cake: Cupcake Kingdom (Made by Maid of Honour!) www.facebook.com/cupcakekingdomireland

Magician: Andy James -  http://www.ajmagic.com/

Ceremony Music: Jenny Dowdall -  http://www.jennydowdall.com/

Band: Soul Purpose - https://www.soulpurpose.ie/

DJ: Maxi Browne

Stationery/Signage: All made and designed by hand by the Bride and Groom

J+R Preview | Ballybeg House Wedding Photographer, Wicklow Ireland

Brazil and Ireland can together to one pretty amazing wedding day at Ballybeg House in Wicklow, which is one of the nicest wedding venues I'e been this year and with one of the nicest staff I ever seen. 

This wedding is filled with love and amazing images but until I can share it all here' a little taste. 

Hope you all like it!

x

Supplier List:

Wedding Venue: Ballybeg House 

Hair: Denise Bray

Makeup: Grainne Kaneswaran  

Wedding Dress: Camila Machado

Jewellery:  Pandora

Bride Shoes: Camila Machado

Groom Shoes: Di Pollini, Sao Paulo

Flower/Bouquets: Tee Corkish

Wedding Planner (if applicable): Tee Corkish

Cake: Kim at The Cake Avenue

Band/DJ: The Dream Band

Videographer: Seed of Light

C+C | Fun Dublin Engagement Shoot - Dublin - Ireland Wedding Photographer

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Are you looking for having engagement photos taken but hate the idea of doing them?

Do you love the city vibe and would love to do an engagement session in Dublin? Are you having a country side or beach wedding and would love to shoot something in the city? So you need to check this pre wedding shoot with these two cuties!

If you seen some of my work you know I work around Dublin City Centre quite a lot and this session is a good example of how we can find something cool and fun to do in Dublin and have some great photos. 

Hope you like them! x

Engagement session at Guinness Storehouse - Dublin Wedding Photographer

I always dreamed on doing an engagement session at The Guinness Storehouse since moving to Ireland 7 years ago (time flies when you are having fun I guess!!) and I did had the opportunity to shoot several times in the Guinness Storehouse for commercial photography and every time I would see another corner I thought would be fun to have a couple for it! 

Finally I met these two and convinced them to let me go and let me explore and have fun there and oh boy I'm so happy with the result and I hope you like it too. 

I've been saying for a long time how I think engagement sessions are just so important and this year I've been making sure my couples have some awesome photographs to look back years from now and also to have fun while creating those memories. 

I really hope you guys enjoy it and if you want some cool pictures of you and your partner why not to think outside the box? Which place would be your dream location for a shoot? Let me know and let's make this happen! 

A+D | Intimate Alternative Wedding in Tinakilly House | Wedding Photographer Ireland

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Storm Emma is in full force outside so why not go back to lovely September and check this amazing intimate and alternative wedding in Tinakilly House

When they contacted me the first thing they said was: we LOVE photos! To be honest I'm not that used to hearing that so it definitely sparkled my attention. They said that they were having a very intimate wedding and that her family and a small group of friends were coming from America and their budget focus was to get cool, fun pictures of their day (that's why I freaking love my clients!) so on the day oh boy, these two delivered! 

They told me to be completely free and as creative as I wanted, we end up doing a first look (which is something that here in Ireland I don't see happing that much - but I absolutely love it) and we had a great time! 

We also split the couples portraits in two sections so at night we could do some more alternative ones and that also meant they could spend more time with their guests (which I'm all about)!. 

Some of my favourite moments was when one of the bridesmaids actually took the brides vows from her bra, so funny! The bridesmaids were actually fab and when the bride's wedding dress needed some last minute alteration (5 minutes before the ceremony) they came to the rescue and with scissors in hands they made it perfect!

I hope you enjoy this wedding, it's a representation of how many cool photos you can get when you let yourself be creative and to have fun on your day! (The night shots are one of my favourites I ever took!)

Best of 2017 - Ireland Documentary Wedding Photographer

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Happy Valentine's Day! What more perfect day to finally release my Best of 2017! 

2017 was such a important year in my career and it was one of my most intense ones as well, I met incredible people with some fantastic stories and together we created some of my favourites images so far. 

From outdoor ceremonies in the sun, confetti shots, two day bashes, Dublin City elopements, winter weddings full of style and everything in between, 2017 was the year where I was able to document couples that were several years together finally starting a new journey and it's just such a blessing, really. 

Being a photographer is not an easy job, I tell you. There's a constant weight (metaphorically and literally speaking - those cameras weight a ton, lol) of being the person who will document forever a spitting stone in two peoples lives and doing it in a respectful, creative and truthful way is not something that comes easily but I wouldn't do it in any other way. 

Can't wait to see what 2018 has reserved of all of us, but I have a hunch that is going to be even more amazing!

Hope you all enjoy the images xx