"I don't like posing for photos, will this affect my wedding collection?"
No, I generally favour natural, fun photos over traditional wedding poses. It can take only a few seconds to create a beautiful image that can capture not only your personality but the good vibe of your wedding day.
"When do you arrive to begin shooting and how long do you stay?"
If time and proximity allow then my day begins at the groom's house during the morning preparations, a few hours before the ceremony, where I capture the groom, his family and groom's men, before traveling to meet the bride at her location. There I can shoot her dress and accessories, some family photos, preparation stages and fun with the bridesmaids. I work with you throughout the day, during the ceremony, the photo location, the reception cake cutting and speeches. Often we can stay until a few songs after the first dance after capturing some of the action on the dancefloor, if the bride and groom chose.
"How long does the photo session take after our ceremony, we'd really rather be partying with our guests!?"
The traditional after-ceremony location shoot can take as little as 60 minutes, but I like to allow 90 minutes, any more is a bonus. I can capture many timeless fine photographs in a very short period of time. With your bridal party and family at a location I generally shoot some large groups and smaller individual groups first. I then allow them to leave and spend perhaps a half hour with the bride and groom alone. If the energy and motivation are high, it would shock you how much we can get done together in a short period. There will be plenty of laughter and some close intimate moments side by side. You will not be bored, you will not have to continually paint on a fake smile, you WILL simply be enjoying the company of your friends and family and new husband/ wife. I strive to make this photo session one of the many memorable parts of your day.
"I live in a land where rainfall is plentiful! Does bad weather affect our photo opportunities?"
Absolutely not. I have spent the last 35 years living in this rainy land, I have been shooting weddings all over Ireland for the past 8 years and am well versed in the variable offerings from the sky! I come prepared for all weathers. During my preparations for your day I will seek out some sheltered locations both within and without your reception venue. My advice to couples is to be open minded and spontaneous - if we do get a break in the clouds we can make for a cool location to make some amazing photos together, at any time during your day. If necessary I have backup coats, wellies and umbrellas for all, and after all gloomy skies can make for some really atmospheric photographs!
"Do you work alone or do you have a 2nd shooter?"
I work as part of a team of 2 photographers. My assistant will shoot a collection of alternative angles and candid fun moments from your day, and is also fairly good a carrying my stepladder when necessary!
"When can I see my photographs?"
Your photographs are generally available for viewing after your honeymoon or 2 week after your wedding day. I can show you your complete collection, from which you can choose your favourites for inclusion in your wedding album. My digital and fine albums can comfortably hold between 70-80 photos.
"Do I receive a DVD of my photos? Are they printable?"
Yes, all my packages have a DVD that will include the entire wedding day collection. They are high resolution allowing you to print them as often as you like or share with friends online.
"What size are your albums, how many pages are they and how many photos can they fit?"
My albums come with 50 pages as standard. This will comfortably house 70 photographs. I have found that this is a beautiful size to showcase a complete wedding day at its very best. There is plenty of space for full page photos and well designed layouts. The pages are the thick card stock that allow the album to lie flat when opened. You have a choice of cover options too - popular choices are acrylic, brushed alluminium and leather. I have many sample albums of my previous weddings to view on request.