Carrauntoohil Climb

Carrauntoohill Climb PhotographyThe cross above marks the summit of Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain. On Saturday morning a gang of us set off from Cronin’s Yard at the base of the mountain with this cross as our destination. Our spirits were high and so were the clouds surrounding the mountains! Undeterred we ventured on making our way up through Hags Glen.

Time for a change

Kevin Murphy PhotographyMy nephew is working on filling out his CAO form this week. It’s hard to believe that it’s 15 years since I was flicking through college prospectuses (prospecti?) trying to narrow down my choice. I liked art, but I wasn’t very good at it. There were people in my art class that were incredibly talented – without even thinking about it they could sketch portraits that were amazing. I was in awe. In the end I figured that it would be difficult to earn a living through art at the best of times, never mind when I was up against such gifted artists.

I decided to


Portrait Photography LimerickThe ancient library was also the setting for a shoot with Catherine. I wanted to use the setting to create a conceptual image. I sketched out an idea which was a cross between Harry Potter and Alice In Wonderland. Some preparation, a bit of luck and a pinch of processing gave me the image above. I’m very happy with how it turned out. Here are a few more of my favourites

Wedding Album

I love when a bride and groom decide to get a wedding album! For me it is the best way to record and relive the wedding day. There’s something special about opening up an album, flicking through the pages and being reminded of the moments and feelings of the day. Personally, I just don’t think it’s the same as viewing the photographs on a computer or television screen – regardless of how technology changes a wedding album is future proof.

The end product of my wedding photography is a beautiful, environmentally friendly, hand made album. I bring a sample along when I’m meeting up with future brides and grooms and it always gets a great reaction. The look and feel of this album is quite different to the albums being supplied by most Irish photographers at the moment. It really is something that must be seen and felt, but I will do my best to describe it here with words and pictures.

Let’s start with the cover. It’s a textured hemp canvas which wraps around the entire album and is printed with a panoramic photograph from the wedding day. It is then treated with an archival fixative to ensure that it will always look its best for generations to come. The finished cover has an almost vintage look and it feels great!

Inside the beginning and end of the album there is

2011 – A Photographic Review

2011 was a great year. At the beginning of the year I decided to focus a little more on photographing people and for the most part people were the basis of my photographic adventures this year. I did get a chance to do some landscape work, but very little in comparison to previous years. I also built on a body of street photography work that I’ve got plans for but there’s still more work to do there.

Back in March, Nokia got in touch looking for cooperation with their new Nokia N8 phone which had a whopping 12MP camera. It was a lot of fun playing with the camera functionality and producing a photograph suitable for their billboard in a very short timeframe. The photo below was chosen and it was used on billboards across Limerick city.

In January of 2011

Tips – Wedding Makeup

This is the first in a new series of posts which are aimed at helping out brides and other readers of this blog who are interested in using the services of a photographer. This will become a regular feature over time offering hints and tips on different topics. I’m delighted to have