Wedding Photography

I’ve started shooting a lot more weddings this past few years for a few reasons – firstly I meet A LOT of people at work and a lot of people get married. Secondly, and more importantly, I love shooting them! It’s a genuine honour to be a part of someone’s big day and to create images they will look back on and treasure for years to come. I love shooting events an commercial work it’s a real challenge creatively but people won’t look back on those images in 20 years whereas with weddings they are memories which people hold dear and I love that!

With all my wedding packages I give the couple their photos on a USB so they can get as many prints as they like and share them with family and friends. It’s only a little device but the appearance and how it works are vitally important to how I do business. I put my all into the photography and I want to do it justice when I give the images to my clients rather than send just an online link it’s important to have something physical. I came across a site called USB memory direct and decided to give them a go because they had gorgeous redwood USBs which match my red hair (ridiculous reason I know but a reason none the less) and they are great – so this post is mainly to recommend them to other photographers. So far they copy quickly, you can personalise them, they are really reliable and look great – and you can order them in bulk too so I got 50 to keep me going. Very impressed will definitely be ordering again when this bunch run out (might even try a different colour next time)

the end of the decade!!

Well 2009 has been a busy year for me – I decided to do a wee run down of some of my favourite shots of the year and its brought back so many good memories of the year!!  I’ve shot bands I’ve always dreamed off, worked with so many class people, travelled to festivals and seen some amazing shows, some of these shots  you’ll have seen before others you might not have! Thanks to everyone who I’ve had the pleasure of working with this year and here’s to 2010 being a great year for all of us!

My 2009 ….

I have always wanted to shoot ACDC they are one of my favourite bands ever so getting the chance to shoot their Dublin Date for Hot Press was a dream come true – made even better by this picture making it into Hot Press’ top photos of the decade in their annual out now!

ACDC at Punchestown

ACDC

Then there was Download festival which I shot at for Kerrang this year – giving me the chance to shoot someone I’ve wanted to since I was a gothy teen  – Marilyn Manson – and also to snap some of the most hilarious characters I’ve ever met – it was an amazing weekend topped off my shooting Steel Panther – one of my fave bans of the year!

Marilyn Manson

Download 2009

Steel Panther

Shot some amazing bands and been to gigs with all sorts of music from heavy metal to the Pussycat Dolls – variety is the spice of life and all…

Limp Bizkit

Pulled Apart By Horses

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Twin Atlantic

Down

Beyonce

Marilyn Manson

The X Factor

Primordial

Biffy Clyro

Franz Ferdinand

Lady Gaga

GreenDay

Two Door Cinema Club

Flo and The Mofo

Muse

Muse (full stage shot)

ASIWYFA Album Launch

ASIWYFA Album Launch

Here Comes The Landed Gentry

Morrissey

The Pussycat Dolls

Glasgowbury

Pink

Met some legends…

Corey Taylor & Scott Ian at the Kerrang Awards

Rob Trujillo

Steel Panther at Download

I even dressed up as a bear while doing some production stills for the New Black Bear Saloon Music Video

The Bear Necessities!

And had work exhibited in the Hard Working Class Heroes 2009 show…

Electric Wizard Crowd

Stepping away from music for a bit then, in 2009 I got to work with the BBC teaching young people about photography and lighting…

BBC Blast Photography Workshops

BBC Blast Photography Workshops

Met some delightfully saucy ladies…

The Whistle Bait Babies

Took writers out to lunch…

Glenn Patterson

Photographed bars for adverts…

Muriels

Shot some scandalous comedians…

Russell Brand

Made Solicitors look important…

Legal Island Corporate Portraits

And models look saucy…

Gemma Garrett

And even got Zoe Salmon skating on thin ice…

Zoe Salmon

Saw several brides up the aisle, congratulations to them all …

Leigh and Paul

Claire and Stuart

Louise and Ed

Janice and Barry

Naomi and Brian

Photographed beautiful rooms…

Ligne Roset Dining Room

Hülsta Bedroom

Fultons Advertising Shoot

And the people who design them…

Interior Designer Leah for career profile

Papped Gail Porter snogging Titty Von Tramp…

Gail Porter and Titty Von Tramp

Gail Porter and Titty Von Tramp

And even turned my hand to designing gig posters…

Big Gig 666

Then to finish up we go back to music again… offstage it was a great year too as I worked on promo and offstage shoots with a mix of great bands and artists. I had an eventful day at the seaside with ASIWYFA…

ASIWYFA AU Cover Shoot

ASIWYFA -

Shot Dutch Schultz for Kerrang (don’t worry the blood’s not real!)

Dutch Schultz

Dutch Schultz unused shot

Conquered my fear of heights to work with Duke Special on the Belfast Wheel …

Duke Special

then again to shoot Delirium Tremens on the Europa Roof…

Delirium Tremens

Snapped The Panama Kings for their new press shots…

The Panama Kings

Had some therapy? …

Therapy?

photographed new band The Young Blood backstage at their first ever gig…

The Young Blood

followed by a little Punk rock with the Dangerfields…

The Dangerfields

Seen Red with Mullingar band Crimson…

Crimson

Dropped my glowsticks to photograph Dance DJ Jorg Zimmer…

Jorg Zimmer

And braved the cold with brand new band No Mean City…

No Mean City

then finished the year of with local favourites ASIWYFA again for their new promo shots – these haven’t been released yet but here’s a wee shot of all the fans who came along to take part in the shoot (they are all legends!!)

TheseRIOTSareJUSTtheBEGINNING

So here’s to 2010 being just as eventful as 2009. Happy New Year everyone!

Legal Island Launch

I do a lot of pr and commercial photography which I rarely put up here so I’ve decided to start showing some of those images here too! Here’s one from a series of corporate portrait shots to promote the launch of the new training facilities and course at Legal Island in Antrim

Scott Alexander (Director)

Scott Alexander (Director)

Talulah Does the Hula

Next Saturday sees Talulah Does the Hula play their first ever gig this side of the border, with support from Pocket Billiards and SilhouettE.  Organised by Edwin Mcfee to celebrate his turning the big 30 – it should be a class night so all are invited – the more the merrier afterall!

So here’s my first ever go at designing a gig poster, hope ya like it – spread the word if you can 🙂

McFees Big Gig!

McFee's Big Gig!

Eat And Drink

The brief for this was to keep it minimal and striking so people would pick it up and it would stand out on the shelves so I discovered just how difficult shooting shiny reflective things is but I’m really pleased with the result…

 

Front Cover

Front Cover

Back Cover

Back Cover