Pollan Bay - sea and stars
Photographers ask me how I do this kind of wedding photo - what lens, what settings, even what photoshop....but none of that is as important as 'what kind of coat do I need', 'what kind of pep talk do I need to have prepared for bride and groom', 'what kind of torch do I need to stop falling in the ditch in the pitch black sand dunes’, ‘what kind of mentality to take me away from a warm happy wedding reception into the wildnerness’ . It is the hardest thing I know how to do, and I’m really only touching the surface of the potential with this type of wedding photography. It’s as far as I can push my lens, camera sensor, lights, my own body, my poor wee bride! So it’s not for everyone, it’s only for a select few – only on the very odd perfect night when the elements combine and allow you to steal a moment in the history of the galaxy ! I shot a few midnight star shots in 2015 – I’d say this is one I’m happiest with – it was the 30th December – far from warm but dark, dark as it gets. Shooting the stars is not the hardest thing – I’ll set this up, take a test and get the result – grand, it works out, but sterile enough without my subjects. Then I brought Jackie and Kevin into the scene – hit the camera shutter and waited, hoping and praying. When the result appeared it was like Christmas, better than that, it was like xmas 1986 when I got a BMX and a Spurs top. Just total delight, at creating something surreally good but delight at not failing and driving home having missed the net. Ok all aboard the van, heater on, music blasting, job complete, I cannot wait to see this on the computer, then in an album, then hopefully on their living room wall for all to see !
Ballyliffin lodge wedding, Donegal wedding photographer