it’s the blog of the year!!!

yup every end of the year just like kisses at midnight, over eating turkey (or in my case no turkey) at christmas and making resolutions you know you’ll never keep I throw in my two cents and get the blog of the year up! it’s a fun way to look back at all the fun things I’ve worked on this year, and a way of thanking all the folk who’ve helped make another year totally fantastic! roll on 2012 – 2011 is gonna be a hard one to beat cause it was the year that…

got to see some childhood favourites - Pulp at electirc picnic

enjoyed more stunning sunshine at Oxegen (well worth it tho)

saw some bands I'd never heard before (edward Sharpe and the magnetic Zeros)

and saw 2 local legends launch their second albums - ASIWYFA...

and of course LaFaro

who tore glasgowbury a new one again this year

and the Glasgowbury fans showed their appreciation...

...asdid the security guards

...I got to put the Wonder villains in a swimming pool...

...play hide and seek with Seven Summits (they're in there hinest look closely)

...saw MTV music week transform Belfast

...they can keep lady gaga tho we have Shauna Tohill

 

saw two ofmy fave bands onstage at the same time!!!

...and got to chill out backstage with them too (The Answer at Belfast Rocks)

...ocal legends Neil Hannon and The Undertones helped fight Alzheimers

...from what I've heard Neil was quite pleased to be involved

...Belfast Music Week also gave me the honour of having my own exhibition in the Ulster Hall

with music from the wonderful Colly Strings

and here's the family Davenport!! (photo by my good friend Jim Corr)

...and the exhibition allowed me to meet and exhibit 12 awesome new photographers from ireland!

...founded a new NI supergroup (Ash, John D'Arcy and the undertones - awww if only this were true!!)

...and I got to present licx (a job i took very VERY seriously at all times)

 

...went behind the scenes at Argyle business centre

 

met the LEGEND Henry Rollins (look he was so happy about it too)

 

...I got to see several beautiful brides head up the aisle here's Donna and Graham...

...and Kathy and Ian to show just a few...

...in fact several of the happy couples I shot last year are now hapy trios - meet Jacob Shaw...

...and not a wedding I got to photograph but the royal one did have spirits high in parts of Belfast

...talking of spirits here's a new one I photographed some launch pics for

...got to work on some great fashion shoots with the 4fashion team

...some a little more dramatic than others but so much fun!! (no models were harmed honest)

...we even got to combine our talents for local designer Jessica Edlin

 

...and again for the Student Pulse advertising campaign

...and the stunning truly beautiful bridal range

...then on a rather different challenge had to make dishwashers look good for Winterhalter

...and keeping with the foody theme shot the Restauarant Association of Ireland Awards

..but celebrated a different type of talent much closer to my own heart and the fabuloius NIMAs

...then had the chance to get arty with MAK9

...and was honoured to help raise money for local filmmaker Will McConnell by helping to organise GoodWIll

...we played music as well as writing naughty signs!

...and the charity stuff didn't stop there! Stepped back in time for Movember with the guys fro Horatio Todds

...and had the utmost pleausre of working with the SKyway Club to vcreate a Culture Night murder mystery exhibition

...at which there were many suspects...

 

...but inspector Gamble was on the case!

...it was also time to wish SmallTown America a happy tenth birthday!

...see Two Door Cinema Club play Vital to thousands of hometown fans!

...meet some fantastic kids involved with Young Enterprise

...do a spot of casual trespassing with Town Cried Wolf

...and create a bloodbath with Dead Til Friday

...bombcity7 started a stage invasion at Pigstock

...and MojoFury celebrated the launch of their first album!

...new mag Molten launched with a great gig (mental deficiency being as mental as expected)

...and I enjoyed a Katy Perry gig more than I'd like to admit!

... we lit the cake candles again to sing happy 300th birthday to Mchughs!

...and it's not every day you get to meet a real life giant (actor Kristian Nairns)

...Ollies Halloween pr pics forced me to face my fear of clowns!

...and I enjoyed Download shooting for Kerrang both the live...

...and the behind the scenes!

...photographed some brand new NI talent - Amateur Historians

...and saw several well known bands change their line ups!

...got a wee clap from Dave Grohl ๐Ÿ˜‰

...introduced Kerrang readers to Axis of.

...helped Elspeth overcome their fear of cameras!

...saw Coldplay give Chris Martin butterflies

...and got eaten by midges building the set for the Katie and The Carnival Shoot!

and even turned my hand to the radio instead of a camera for a change for a package on the North Coast rock scene for ATL which you can listen to HERE

I had the honour andย  pleasure of teaching photography to some really fantastic people at Oh Yeah, Scoil NaFuiseoige, the WEA and many more!!

and alongside doing all that managed to get a new house!!

...and alongside all that me and Leigh managed to get our first house!

Yeah 2011 has been a hell of a year!!

so massive thanks to everyone who played a part in it, been an absolute pleasure working with and getting to know every single one of you and I must say I’m pretty excited about what 2012 may bring!!

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE XX

 

 

AU ASIWYFA

My second AU cover to feature ASIWYFa – dragged the poor fellas up Divis mountain this time – despite it being sunny everywhere else it was still baltic and their truck ran outta petrol (thankfully at thetop so we coul roll back down the hill as far as the springfield road then go get petrol – never a dull moment huh!)

Check out this months AU ag for the great interview by Chris Jones

AU Magazine May 2011

Electric Picnic Day 2

more leccy picnic pics for ya – sooo many great bands to see and so much cool stuff to do when you’re not even watching bands at this festival it was amazing!! If you ever get the chance definitely go!

Leftfield

Monotonix

Festival Wrasslin

ASIWYFA

Seasick Steve

These New Puritans

No funky boots

Leftfield

LCD Sound System

Hugh Hefner??

Scroobius Pip

Crystal Castles

Monotonix

ASIWYFA

Round about this time last year I did a big shoot with the guys from And So I Watch You From Afar to promote the letters EP and their new album – I had a troop of extras who braved the cold and were truly awesome. Without them we mcouldn’t have managed this at all so big thanks to everyone who took part and here are some of the pics for you to enjoy (believe me it was as cold as it looks!)

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Thanks everybody (if you're in the pic & want to download a high res copy just click on it and it should pop up in a new window for ya)

Electric Picnic 2010

Had an absolute ball shooting Electric Picnic this year with the BBC ATL guys you can see all my pics from the weekend on their flickr stream HERE and here’s one of my personal faves from the weekend of Rory from ASIWYFA onstage on the saturday!

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One of the shots from my ASIWYFA promo set on a recent HMV poster! SO chuffed – gutted I didn’t actually get a printed copy though as fans snapped them up but if anybdy has a spare one give me a shout!

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Glasgowbury 09

Well I’ve just about recovered so here aย  few snaps from my faves so far.ย  There will be many more to follow over the next week but in the meantime – enjoy these and don’t despair comedy drunken lunatics blog to follow!!

Here Come The Landed Gentry

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Here Come The Landed Gentry

Here Come The Landed Gentry

Black Bear Saloon

Black Bear Saloon

Mojo Fury

Mojo Fury

General Fiasco

General Fiasco

Here Come The Landed Gentry

Here Come The Landed Gentry

ASIWYFA Album Launch

Well I’ve just about recovered from the ASIWYFA album gig launch last night in the Mandela Hall!!ย  An absolutely amazing show – complete with stage diving, crowd surfing and the best atmosphere of any gig I’ve been to this year!

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Rory

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Tony

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Check out Ramsey - big up the Nikon crew ๐Ÿ™‚

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Johnny

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Chris and Tony

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ASIWYFA with the Lowly Knights in the Balcony

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AU issue 55

New issue out today – haven’t seen anything but the cover yet but I am OVER THE MOON ๐Ÿ™‚ the guys were an absolute pleasure to shoot and it was such a fun day – thanks to the ASIWYFA guys for being so enthusiastic, Francis and Jonny for getting me to shoot it and to Chris who helped me out on the day! Despite cars breaking down (twice) we still made it home in one piece with tales to tell!!

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