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Carolann & Joe, Anglers Rest, Dublin

Carolann and Joe’s wedding ceremony and reception took place in the gorgeous surrounds of “Wrights Anglers Rest” in the Strawberry Beds, Dublin. The day commenced in Carolann’s parents house in Drumcondra, where I was greeted by her dad, meanwhile the bride to be and her mum were in “Brown Sugar” in the city centre getting their hair and make up done. I then met the groom at the venue and awaited the bride’s arrival. After the ceremony we headed to the nearby Phoenix Park to capture some portraits of the lovely couple. Then back to the venue where the night was kicked off by the brilliant band “Manila Strings”, and everyone danced the night away, the perfect ending to a perfect day!

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Around Easter time we had a lovely spell of almost Summer like weather, a perfect opportunity to get out and about and do some family shoots.
I find that Kids are generally more relaxed and at ease in a natural setting as opposed to a studio, this time we brought a bit of the studio with us. I set up a soft box to the left of the girls and fired the off camera flash remotely with the use of on camera triggers.
A short but fun evening in the beautiful Dereen Woods outside Boyle.

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The Gathering Book – Reflections on Ireland

In July I was delighted to be asked if I would like to contribute a photo to the Gathering Book – Reflections on Ireland
The Gathering year has been an outstanding success at home and abroad,and this book is fitting tribute to it designed by U2 Album designer Steve Averill it features reflections from the late Séamus Heaney,U2 Frontman Bono,Ireland olympic gold medal winner Katie Taylor,Moya Doherty and Brian O’Driscoll
Its a great collection of stories,recollections and photographs.
all funds raised by the book go to the Irish Hospice Foundation.
It is being launched in Dublin today,London and Manchester tomorrow and in New York on November 12th.

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Fiona & Alan, Kettles Country House Hotel & Malahide Castle Demense

A couple of firsts were ticked off the list at the Wedding of “Fiona and Alan” It was my first ever Tuesday wedding, and I had the privilege of being asked to capture the lovely couples’ “First Look”. The first look is very popular in America, and it basically involves the couple having first sight of each other before the wedding ceremony, usually in a private location – with just the photographer present. The “The Kettles Hotel” had the perfect place for this on their grounds.

The day kicked off at Alan’s parents for some quick family shots, and then around the corner to the couples’ home where I was greeted by Cora, Fiona’s bridesmaid. While “Breda O’Neill” was on make up duties, I took shots of the preparations, then after some portraits of the bride we headed for the venue, and on the way got a small sprinkling of rain! Fortunately that was the last of it and we were treated to a beautiful afternoon in North County Dublin.

After the ceremony my self and the newlyweds headed to the beautiful Malahide Castle for some portrait shots, and then back to the hotel where the couple boogied the night way to Frankly Buble.

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