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Mairead & Mark, Engagement Shoot, Collooney, Co.Sligo

On the hottest day of the year, we somehow just got this engagement shoot done before the best thunderstorm I’ve ever seen broke out over Sligo!!

Taken around Mairead’s home near Collooney, this was an amazing location with opportunities for pictures everywhere! Farm lanes, old farm buildings, a huge rock in the back garden which Mairead & Mark had no problem with going up on (as Mairead used to do as a kid!) and then a beautiful field with a small mountain in the background.

That last shot (above) we just about got done before the rain started & quickly moved in! But the stunning dark sky in the background really gives that image some depth & an epic feeling to it!

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Erica & David, Wedding, Eachleim Blacksod to Belmullet Co.Mayo

Last Friday I headed west, almost as far west as you can go in Mayo, towards Blacksod where I shot Erica & David’s wedding. I’d been to Blacksod before for some engagement shoots, but this was my first wedding in the area. It’s funny how small this country can be sometimes…I shot Olga & Gerry’s eshoot around Blacksod, Olga is Erica’s cousin, and Erica’s holiday home neighbours beside the lighthouse happen to be Arlene & Donal, whose wedding I shot back in 2010! As far as I know, that’s just random coincidence & not a direct referral or anything! And Erica’s father looks after refueling of the boys from the Sligo Coast Guard chopper, who are based in Strandhill airport, who I see regularly hovering above my home!

Anyway back to Friday’s wedding. Blacksod was amazingly beautiful & Caribbean like for Erica & David’s eshoot…on Friday, she had her wild west coat on…howling winds, drizzle, getting outside at any point would be a challenge! On arrival at Erica’s home, everything was running perfectly on time, and I got down to capturing the moments happening during the morning. I place a huge emphasis on wedding albums…it’s what you’ll look at in the future, not the digital copies, and when Erica’s mum brought out her own wedding album for the girls to look at, that just confirmed everything I’ve said about wedding albums!

After capturing a few relaxed portraits inside, I made my way to the church & quickly grabbed a few shots of David & the guys before the ceremony began, in the most packed church I’ve ever been in! I love that, it creates a fab atmosphere, even if it makes it a bit tricky for the musicians who couldn’t see a thing!! Following the beautiful ceremony, we quickly got the family photos inside before heading toward Blacksod Lighthouse, where we would be doing some portraits, if the weather played the game! Thankfully the lighthouse itself provided a bit of a wind breaker, and allowed us outside for enough time to get some images with the lighthouse in the background.

I knew the lighthouse was a pretty big deal for Erica’s family, but not until I got home did I realise how much! It was Erica’s grandfather, keeper of the lighthouse, who gave one of the most important weather reports in history, that gave D-Day in 1944 the go-ahead on 6th June, when the weather was perfect! What an amazing part of history! – http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/features/the-irishman-who-gave-the-d-day-go-ahead-271114.html

Needless to say, I was so happy that the weather allowed us to get outside for a short window for some images with the lighthouse!

Thanks again for having me document your wedding day Erica & David!

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Valerie & Michael, Engagement Shoot, Collooney, Co.Sligo

Somehow between the recent terrible weather, the sun came out when we needed it for Valerie & Michael’s engagement shoot. They’re not getting married until next year but living abroad, since they were home for a couple of weeks we made the most of an hour or so & got their eshoot done nice & early!

It was interesting to know Valerie & Michael had an engagement shoot done with another photographer but as photographers, we all work differently, and it was good to hear the feedback from them in how I work in a more relaxed way…the eshoot is really all about getting couples relaxed & seeing how I will work a little bit on the wedding day. I’m all about the couple being as comfortable as possible…it’s their wedding day, it’s certainly not a day about me…if you barely see/notice me on the wedding day, I’ve done my job!!

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