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Christmas Voucher Offer 2014

Christmas Voucher Offer!

A voucher for Portrait Photography is a perfect present idea. Each year I do a Christmas voucher offer and this year is no different. I’ll add some money on to the voucher to make it bigger!

Christmas Voucher Offer

How much?

Spend €50 and I’ll add on €25 making it €75!

Spend €75 and I’ll make it €100!

Spend €100 and I’ll add €50 making it €150!

Spend €150 and I’ll make it €200!

Spend €200 and I’ll add €75 and make it €275!

Spend €250 and I’ll make it €325!

Spend €300 and I’ll add €100 to make it €400!

So this a great time to buy a portrait voucher. If you’re interested then fill out the form below and I’ll call you back.

Vouchers are delivered electronically via email. A boxed version can be arranged right until the 18th December (delivery €10).

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Photographing a Wedding Photographer

…In the Rain!

Photographing Darren and Dee’s Wedding

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while but it’s been busy! So I’ve finally got a few minutes to spare to quickly write this up.

Being a wedding photographer is tricky. It is by no means an easy job. So many things to photograph, with very little time and no chance to redo anything. It’s a lot of pressure.

The pressure level for this wedding was a little higher than normal for a couple of reasons. Firstly the groom was a rather good and accomplished wedding photographer himself. One of this groomsmen was also a photographer. But the big one was it rained. All day. Did not stop for one second.

There were a few things that helped me get through it. Firstly the bride and groom were the nicest, most chilled out couple ever. They really couldn’t give a damn about the weather. They were happy any which way. Secondly the staff at Clonabreaney were such a great help. They ferried people around for family shots, they were out with brollies making sure everyone was dry. They even went to the Church to help out there!

Anyway, it all worked out. Family photos were done in the shelter of the stables (while I got wet!) and we made good use of the wonderful windows in the main house.

It was an honour and pleasure to photograph Darren and Dee’s wedding. I’m very proud of the pictures. Darren wrote a lovely peice about his wedding which you can read here (as well as see his other wedding photography). Here are a few faves and then more in the slideshow at the end.

Enjoy

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Respect for privacy on Social Media

Why I’m removing my personal images from Facebook (and other Social Media Platforms).

Changes coming to my personal Facebook Page.

Like many other people I’ve embraced Facebook and Social Media. I know that certain information will be used by them in order to send me ads etc etc. But I’ve always held on to the idea that I could ultimately control my privacy and also the privacy of my children.

Sadly market forces have turned Facebook (and other platforms) into a ‘grab all’ for marketing purposes. They are continually pushing to gain access/rights to their users data. All in exchange for this ‘free’ service. It would seem that if you’re willing to use Facebook etc. then you are also willing to give away ALL your rights. They distract and placate you by saying that you control your privacy while at the same time putting in T&C’s that give them the right to do what they like with your data.

There is a constant fight between what they want and what the people are happy to give. They are throwing in all the tricks in the book (and a few more not invented yet) to keep you on their service while making sure you give them all the data.

For a while now it’s become clear that there is no real respect for a persons data. It’s all fair game. I was sort of ok with this because I could control my privacy settings. But in the last round of T&C’s, Facebook have made it clear what they really want. You can Google the discussions, I won’t go in to them here. The biggest issues for me are:

A) Any picture I upload has rights signed away (they say I own the copyright but it means nothing because they explicitly have license to do what they want with the image – including editing out any watermarks!. It means they could sell any picture of mine to anyone they like without permission and without paying for it.

B) They want to track my location – EVEN WHEN NOT USING THE FACEBOOK APP!!!!

C) But the biggest issue is my children. They want to have access to pictures of my children. My children don’t have a say in what pictures I share of them. They are trusting me to do what’s right. When they are 18 they can decide what to share with the world but right now I have to think carefully about what pictures I share of my kids. I didn’t have a problem sharing my pictures with my friends and family as they are my friends and family and I trust them. But I don’t trust anyone else and seeing as Facebook DO NOT RESPECT my right to privacy then I have to be careful.

So I’m doing the following:

A) I still want to use facebook to keep in touch with friends and family. I also need to manage my business page. But no more personal pictures (certainly not with the kids in).

B) No more professional images will be uploaded. If I do need to share then I will put the images on my own website (where I DO own the rights) and just share the link. Facebook can’t ‘own’ that.

C) I’m going to remove old images. I’ve already downloaded all my content and backed it up. I’ll be deleting images.

D) I will be limiting my use of the Facebook app.

I believe Facebook have lost the run of themselves. I believe that everyone should be able to control their privacy on any on-line service. Even if it’s a free one. It just comes down to the fact that I really don’t trust them anymore, there is a distinct lack of respect, which is a shame.

This is just my humble opinion and you can all make up your own minds. I won’t ever judge anyone else for their use of Facebook.

Further Reading:

http://www.irishexaminer.com/examviral/technology-and-gaming/10-things-you-should-know-before-posting-pictures-of-your-children-on-social-media-297698.html
Corin
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Sean and Paula – Castle Knock Wedding

From Tralee to Castleknock

If you’ve read my blog recently you’ll know that I covered two weddings for another photographer this year. You can read the article here..

That wedding was on Friday in Tralee and this wedding was the next day in Castleknock. A bit of a drive between the two!

Like with the first wedding, I’d only talked to the couple over the phone as it was all short notice. I was a little nervous as I’d not been to this area of Dublin before, but I need not have worried. The church was so near the Castleknock Hotel that you could walk it! Lovely people, lots of fun and I even knew a few of the guests (small world!).

I have to thank one of the guests who spared me from a bit of embarrassment while walking down the aisle. The couple were doing the customary walk out of the church after the ceremony and I did my usual walking backwards and photographing them. I wasn’t used to the church and the font was in the middle of the aisle near the door! It was covered with candles. Luckily I was stopped just in time by one of the guests. It would have been embarrassing, not to mention a fire hazard! Thanks whoever you are!

Here are some pics. Enjoy..

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Eanná and Hazel – Wedding at the Wineport

Balinahown Church, The Wineport Lodge and a Boat in Between

It had been a busy weekend. A wedding on Thursday (at the Wineport), one on Friday at the Hodson Bay and then this one, back at the Wineport. It’s rare that I would do three weddings back to back. Two, yes. Three, rare. But the first wedding on Thursday was for a friend so I kinda had to do it! You can see wedding here

Whereas Thursdays Wineport Wedding was all self-contained. This wedding was a little more traditional involving a Church and Priest. The Church was the fabulous Balinahown Church which is around 20 minutes from the Wineport/Athlone.

This wedding was a bit of a first for me. I was doing video as well as photographs! “What? Video?” I hear you ask? Well before all the video companies start giving out to me for taking their business… I’ll explain…. Hazel had asked if I would stay on and ‘record’ the speeches. At first I didn’t quite know what she wanted but eventually I figured out she wanted me to literally ‘record’ the speeches. The sound, the audio. She just wanted to be able to remember what was said.

So I said yes. I’ve a background in audio/music so it would be no problem but I thought some more and said, “sure I’ll video it too – if it works out then great, if not then you’ll just have the audio”. So I stayed on.. and the video thing worked… and I stayed on till the first dance too.. great craic!

Here are some faves

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Digital Copies of Portraits Now Available

Digital Copies of Portraits

Up until now I’ve never sold digital copies of my portrait work. I’m take my portrait work very seriously and I spend a LOT of time and effort making sure I do the best portrait work I can. This has meant a lot of training, investment in equipment (not just camera’s!) and finding the best suppliers to enable me to provide a high quality end product. That end product has always been a framed portrait on a wall. I want to work with clients to produce a high quality/last a lifetime portrait.

This effort hopefully shows in my work. Certainly I’ve won multiple awards for my portraits both at home and abroad! The point is I CARE about the work I produce and I CARE about how looks in print. So I want to make sure the printing is the best, the framing is the best. That’s why I’ve never wanted to sell digital copies.

But times are changing. Digital copies of images are now the norm. I have to remember that while I really do care how my portraits will look and how long they will last, customers want to be able to share these images easily and make their own small prints for relatives etc.

So, with a little help from another photographer friend who gave me some sound advice, I’ve decided to sell digital copies of my portraits. I only ask that clients do get at least a regular portrait (framed or unframed) first. Each of the digital images I supply will be edited in the exact same way as I would do for a print/framed portrait. It will be printable.

The great news is that this is not just available for new clients/portrait sessions. It’s available to ANY portrait client and from ANY portrait session I’ve taken!

You can find out more about my Portrait Pricing by clicking the Pricing Button on my blog or clicking here:

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Breege and Bob Blindfold Wedding

Blindfolds, Wineport Lodge and a Vintage Look.

This was a civil wedding, held at the fabulous Wineport Lodge. Myself and the wife were actually involved a bit of the preparation even helping to make the invites! Another wedding client of mine (Toni) lent her bouquet (don’t worry, it wasn’t real flowers). All the ideas and twiddly bits (technical term) were begged, borrowed and stolen (well, not stolen – I think). 

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Probably the most unusual thing was the ‘first look’. This trend that’s making it’s way from America is a lovely way for the couple to share the start of their wedding day in a personal and intimate way. After much chatting and going through ideas we came up with blindfolds!  Once Breege was ready, we blindfolded them, brought them opposite each other and they took the blindfolds off at the same time! So below is some of the sequence.

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Here are a few more of my fave shots before a gallery…

 

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