Since I moved to Clare a few years back I still haven’t visited many of the places that local people might have grown tired of. In fact, there are many places that I am not even aware of yet. Mullaghmore was one such place. Sure, I’d seen the mountain as a backdrop in photographs but I knew nothing about it. Last weekend I decided to go climb it.Details
I thought it would be fun to do a little review of what I’ve been up to every month. These little updates will touch on what I’ve been doing from a photography and business perspective but they will also contain what I’ve been up to outside of all that.
First up, at the beginning of the month I was delighted to receive a Gold award in the Travel category from the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers for a photograph I took while in New York. Sweet! Gold awards are difficult to achieve, last year I only managed this for a single image so it’s a great start to the year! Here’s the photo, it was taken in Grand Central Terminal on the night before Thanksgiving so it was chock-a-block.Details
The 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.Details
My 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 toDetails
The 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 favouritesDetails
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!Details