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.

Auf Wiedersehen Belfast!

Hey guys I’m away to berlin for a week tomorrow morning so if you need anything email me and I’ll try to reply when I’m away but if not I’ll be in touch as soon as I get back – back to snappin on friday so I’ll be out covering the Horatio Todds first birthday celebrations if you[re looking a good night out definitely a good place to be next friday!

happy birthday horatios!

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!

Stop the killing in Gaza

AS the violence continues in Gaza people in Belfast have been protesting across the country – this protest was on the Oldpark Road this afternoon and despite the miserable weather a lot of people still turned up to show their support

Gaza Protest

Gaza Protest

Zoe Salmon with the Belfast Giants

Did a photo call for Big Pictures today in the Odyssey with Zoe SAlmon and the Belfast GIants – tell ya what they make ice skating look way easier than I reckon it is 🙂 check out bigpictures.co.uk to see the full shoot.

Zoe Salmon

Zoe Salmon


Spent this morning shooting the South Belfast LEague at the Ormeau Park – tell ya what fair play to them for wearing shorts I was freezing in my 4 jumpers, cialis coat, hat, 2 pairs of socks and gloves!!


Linfield v Grovsenor Youth U15s

Linfield v Grovsenor Youth U15s

Poc Fada

Poc Fada, or the long puck in English, is an annual competition in Cavehill Country Park organised by Ardoyne Kickhams GAC – here’s Nicky Brennan (President of the GAA) taking the first shot

Nicky Brennan

Nicky Brennan