Kat Von D visits Dublin

I’m a regular photographer for Getty Images and every so often they send you on a job which is a little bit of a dream come true! I’ve been a fan of Kat Von D since her days tattooing on Miami Ink so when they asked me to shot her visit to Debenhams in Dublin to launch her new make up range there was no way I was going to miss it! As an avid vegan all her makeup is cruelty free and vegan friendly so of course I had to stock up when I was there. Being an event photographer means working incredibly fast so on the day it was a case of photographing everything from the makeup artists at work to fans meeting Kat and their tattoos. The atmosphere was great everyone was so excited to meet her which made it a great day to shoot and turning around the images for the tight deadline was tough as I had so many to choose from!

The Artistry Collective (Kat’s travelling makeup artist team) and the human equivalent of caffeine – so hyper and great at cheering up a crowd who waited for hours to meet their make up heroine!

The full selection of iages can be found on www.gettyimages.com if you want to check them out but here are some faves!

Wireless Mystery Theatre

wireless mystery theatre

Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds re-enacted for Science Week

Belfast-based Wireless Mystery Theatre will be presenting a re-enactment of the infamous 1938 Orson Welles radio broadcast of War of the Worlds, in conjunction with Science NI. The performance takes place at 8pm on the 20th March in the Crescent Arts Centre and will be followed by a short talk from Dr. John Kremer (QUB Psychology department) on fear and communication in the mass media. Wireless Mystery Theatre transports the audience into an old-time radio studio to be AWED! and AMAZED! by faithful recreations of old-time radio suspense plays, complete with sound effects, live music, and ads from the period. This one-off re-enactment of the controversial 1938 Orson Welles version of War of the Worlds brings the audience into the CBS radio studio for the fateful Mercury Theatre Hallowe’en broadcast, a radio play that made headlines all over the world and turned Orson Welles into a household name. Wireless Mystery Theatre will also be debuting Sorry, Wrong Number and The Thing in the Window, two classic suspense plays, with commercial break, in Auntie Annie’s bar on the 21st and 22nd March at 8pm. Tickets are available on the door at £6 or £4 for the elderly and the unwaged: email [email protected] to pre-book. Selected, by the Belfast Telegraph, and Nuala McKeever, as one of the top picks in Belfast’s first Fringe Festival last October and set to perform a run of 20 mystery/suspense plays in 10 days at the Edinburgh Fringe 2011, Wireless Mystery Theatre’s past productions include a re-enactment of the Mercury Theatre (Orson Welles) version of The 39 Steps. In December 2010, WMT entered into the spirit of the season with the Mercury Theatre 1940 broadcast of A Christmas Carol. Wireless Mystery Theatre has made appearances on BBC Arts Extra and The Gerry Kelly Show.


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!)




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)

Lara Sunday

We all dreamt of a white christmas – but when everything was still covered in snow by new year the novelty value started to wear off. Always the optimist though I decided that snow may be cold but it is pretty and got to thinking how to make the most of it! So we braved the cold to do a promo shoot for the stunning Lara Sunday who is currently writing her debut album. I’ve heard a little bit of the work so far and trust me to say she’s a great singer would be an understatement!!  My toes have finally defrosted and here are a couple of the pics…

Lara Sunday

Lara Sunday

Lara Sunday

Lara Sunday

Lara Sunday

Lara and Charlie (he's the fox!!)

Lara Sunday

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


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



Marilyn Manson

The X Factor


Biffy Clyro

Franz Ferdinand

Lady Gaga


Two Door Cinema Club

Flo and The Mofo


Muse (full stage shot)

ASIWYFA Album Launch

ASIWYFA Album Launch

Here Comes The Landed Gentry


The Pussycat Dolls



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…


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


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? …


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…


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!!)


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

HWCH 2009

These are the 5 shots I did for the exhibition –  all shot on the theme reaction which we had 2 weeks to work on after finding out we had been selected. I’ll post some shots from the festival itself soon for you – I really enjoyed it – a great chance to hear some old favourites and some new bands I’d never heard before who were outstanding! All that and I got to see my photos projected on a big giant wall what more could any snapper ask for 🙂

Headbanger at ELectric Wizard

Headbanger at Electric Wizard

Morrissey reaches out to his fans

Morrissey reaches out to his fans

Black Bear Saloon in practise (their reaction to music having been to start their own band!)

Black Bear Saloon in practise (their reaction to music having been to start their own band!)

Musically inspired tattoos

Musically inspired tattoos

AC?DC - they love ACDC so much they spend their time performing in tribute to them!

AC?DC - they love ACDC so much they spend their time performing in tribute to them!

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)

Panama Kings

Here’s the final chosen shot from the Panama Kings new promo set which I shot last week. We shot a set of individual and group portraits then combined the shots. Then Stuart from the band added a little photoshop magic, so a collaborative effort to get the exact result the guys were after!

They’re playing the Mandela Hall in Belfast on October 3rd and I highly recommend checking them out.

You can have a listen to them here – http://www.myspace.com/panamakings

Panama Kings

Panama Kings

Brian Kennedy

Some sneaky previews from a shoot with Brian Kennedy for a feature in Fate magazine. The interview talks about his upcoming peace concert hence the choice of the area around the infamous shankill/Falls Peace Wall as the location for the shoot.  Ended up having less than 10mins with the man himself thanks to a pr mix up with timings but the photos turned out exactly how I wanted and he was a great sport for working so quickly too!!

See the full interview and the rest of the shoot in this month’s issue

Brian Kennedy

Brian Kennedy

Brian Kennedy

Brian Kennedy

Brian Kennedy

Brian Kennedy