One of my favourite places on the wild Atlantic way has to be Downpatrick Head in my home county of Mayo.
I have visited it many times in all sorts of weather, sometimes it been so wild it’s impossible to even attempt setting the camera up on a tripod!
but always worth a visit none the less!
For a long time I have wanted to get a shot inside this cave at the foot of Downpatrick Head,
A small bit of planning was involved,entry into the cave should only be attempted when there’s a very low spring tide and sea and weather conditions are good.
These three things were in my favour on Sunday afternoon in late July where I got a small window of about 12 minutes inside the cave to get a few shots before the waves came and forced me to leg it back around the base of the headland threading carefully on the slippery ridge.
The selfie shot was my most popular shot of the year and was a big hit on Facebook and Instagram and I was delighted to be featured on the very popular official Wild Atlantic Way Instagram page and also to be included in one of the Best ’18 In 18 ‘ shots of 2018 on their website.
During the Summer I entered a competition on‘Instagram’ ran by ‘Volkswagen Ireland’ and out of over 3000 entries
I was lucky enough to be the overall winner.
As part of the prize twelve of the best Images were selected for a ‘VW 2018 Calender’- all proceeds go towards the charity ‘Pieta House’.
We were treated to a brilliant all expenses covered day trip to the VW Headquarters in Wolfsburg back in September.
Part of my prize for being the overall winner is a weekend for two in Berlin myself and Caroline are really looking forward to making the trip in 2018
So if you are looking for a stocking filler for christmas check out the calendar its great quality and all the photos look great here’s a link ‘ Calender’
‘Nora and Paul’s’ September Wedding was at the stunning ‘Castle Dargan Hotel’ in Sligo. The day kicked off when I met up with Paul and his best man Rob, for some portraits at the hotel, as the staff were putting the final touches to the Coach House lounge for the ceremony. I left Paul and Rob to play the waiting game as I joined Nora and her bridesmaid Kathy for some portraits in the old Castle Dargan House.
There was a short shower of rain as Nora and her dad made their way to the Coach House for the ceremony but thankfully that was the last of the rain till later in the evening. After a lovely ceremony myself and the bridal party made our way into the gorgeous grounds for some shots. The beauty of having the ceremony at the hotel is that it gives the couple extra time to spend with their guests. After the speeches were over ‘Deja Groove’ were setting up and made sure the night got off to great start with their upbeat tunes.
A big ‘Congratulations’ to Nora and Paul, and thank you for choosing me to capture your special day.
‘Karen and Paul’s’ big day was my second time to shoot at ‘The Anglers Rest.’ . It’s such a lovely venue, right on the doorstep of the Phoenix park and the area really comes into its own in Autumn time.
Karen the lady of the day and her maid of honor Niamh got their hair and make up done in ‘Queen’ in Dublin City centre. I got to meet up with them for some some portraits at Karen and Paul’s apartment, before heading down to the Anglers to hook up with Paul for a few pre ceremony pics.
Karen’s wedding dress was from ‘Jenny Packham’
The weather was unseasonably mild, Paul,Paddy and his dad had a good laugh at the outdoor stove in full blaze in the early afternoon. I love the Ambiance of the Anglers, even though it’s only ten minutes from the city, once you turn down the road for the strawberry beds it feels like you are 100 miles away!
Karen and Paul had a lovely relaxed ceremony which set the tone for the day, after some family shots in the venue we then headed to the park for a few more photos with the wedding party. After the meal and speeches “Smooth” the band (the Dublin one) got the night off to a great start with the first dance song.
A big thanks to Karen and Paul for choosing me to document their special day!