Cua recording @ golden Egg Studios


These guys know their music! I had the chance to join them in the studio for a little bit yesterday (photos below) while they worked on their new album and I wqs knocked over by their musicianship. The unique soundscape they produce is folk/roots/celtic-ish but with their own twist and tempo. Have a listen if you haven't won't regret it!  

Check them here on Reverbnation..

Here's a few photos from the studio yesterday..

Communion's 2017

Increasingly I've been asked to shoot family portraits Outdoors I'm delighted to say. Shooting communion photos outside can be tricky with our weather but I love it. It's nice for a change to shoot communion pics outdoor instead of the studio, in fact It's great to do most shoots outdoors if possible. Sometimes it can be really easy and the natural light is enough to make some nice pics..other times, it can be challenging and speedlights and/or reflecters are needed (which brings its own problems).

Thankfully, this year was hectic and I'm only getting a chance now to select a few from a wide range of outdoor photos. The photos that I like most, I must admit, are pics with all the siblings together. I suppose, coming from a large family it reminds me of my own happy days.

Here's just a small selection of this year's outdoor photos from the families I remembered to ask could I post..hope you like :)


Grainne & Allen's Wedding.

Just a few photos from a great day back in March when Allen and Grainne dazzled on their big day. One of the funniest moments in a cracking day came courtesy of their little man Aidan..when we stopped off in Morrissey's for a pint and somebody put a pint in front of him, then changed it for a small pint of guinness..his face was priceless! I made a small collage of it..

During the ceremony he kept me entertained with his expressions..

And here's some photos from the rest of that brilliant wedding..

Thanks for stopping by.


Michael & Margaret's Wedding.

Michael & Margaret's story is a very heart warming reminder that love and good times can visit when least expected. Although both had experienced the loss of their spouses in recent years, they both found solace in their faith..and being Eucharistic ministers it was to lead to a marriage made in heaven.

Cheers to the happiest couple. 

Wedding feature on Mrs2be website.

Last November I had the pleasure of shooting Eamon and Maggie's wedding in the lovely Durrow Castle. I wrote a blog here on my site at the time but I was contacted recently by the wedding experts that are Mrs2be, and I'm delighted to say they wanted to run the wedding as a feature on their website. Follow the link below to have a look if you have the time please :).

Many thanks,


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Mrs2be feature...

Eamon & Maggie Lennon's Durrow Castle wedding.

Communion @ Ballintubbert Hse & Gardens

Ballintubbert House and Gardens near Stradbally Co. Laois, which is a favourite venue for weddings, recently opened its doors (and gardens) for Communions and Confirmations.

It was little Holly Malone's holy communion and she was the most playful, exuberant, happy and patient child I think I've photographed. Holly's friends and family enjoyed the seemingly endless gardens, paths and orchards around the main house while the sun warmed lush surroundings.

Kid's love this place because of the many areas they can explore and adults too because its safe, quiet and full of interesting hidden gems. I just love it because of the wonderful light!!!

There are no more bookings available for Communions this year I think but I wouldn't leave it until the last minute for next year!

Thanks for stopping by.


Tony & Julie's November Wedding

Getting married in November is always going to be a risk with the Irish weather!! But Tony & Julie from Portlaoise seemed ever confident that the sun would shine on them, and they were right!.

Looking back at the photos we took in Emo gardens, one would think we were there in early Autumn. The lovely colours of the leaves and lush grass gave a nice backdrop for the family photos and more.

Our day was all the more interesting because Tony & Julie (who are both avid Elvis fans) had hired a beautiful 57 Chevy car in a lovely Blue colour that looked great with the Autumn forest colours in the background.

After the ceremony we headed to the Talbot Hotel in Carlow and just after the sun set, Tony put on his Elvis outfit just in time to get a few photos with the car while there was still a little light in the sky. The lights hanging from the front of the hotel added a little element of Las Vegas to the pics.

A wonderful day with Julie and Tony was rounded off nicely when the groom delighted everyone with a few classic songs from the Elvis songbook.

Many thanks to Julie and Tony for a great day and thank you for stopping by to have a look.



Real Wedding Feature in Irish Wedding Blog..

What a nice start to the New Year...when you get nice messages from people who saw the full feature of a Wedding I shot recently on one of Irelands premier Wedding Blogs. It was Irish Wedding Blog's first Wedding feature of the year which makes it even more exciting. If you would like to see the full article please click on the logo here on the right.

Anne & Trevor @ Kinnity Castle

On the morning of Anne & Trevor's wedding I got lost trying to find Trevor's family home in the countryside not far from Clonaslee. When I eventually found the lovely homestead, and In typical Irish fashion, I was given a warm welcome and offered lots of Tea. I found Anne's homeplace easier (even though its more remote) as I had photographed her brothers wedding a year or two back, so it was nice to see so many familiar faces.

   Both Anne & Trevor had farming backgrounds (Anne works as a vet in Mountmellick) so I smiled when I got to the chapel and saw they had prepared a nice bouquet of flowers sitting in a pair of wellies at the entrance to welcome guests.

   I hadn't been back to Kinnity Castle for such a long time (I got married there myself, fado fado). After Anne & Trevor's lovely wedding ceremony in Clonaslee church, everyone made a bee-line for Kinnity. As we made our way through the long winding driveway to the castle, you can't help but be impressed by the uniqueness of this very old gem in the Slieve Blooms. 

   After a beautiful day in such lovely surroundings we made our way out to the courtyard to attempt to launch some Chinese lanterns. With the exception of one or two fires it went off really well. It was a lovely symbolic moment for the newly-weds to see their lantern light and rise up in the night sky.

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to look.



Eamon & Maggie's Autumn Wedding @ Castle Durrow

Castle Durrow is a beautiful place at any time of the year, but in Autumn it is just perfect. When Maggie and Eamon put their stamp on this wonderful wedding venue, they managed to make it even better! They prepared their wedding room by themselves in their own style. Beautiful candle jars sitting on staggered rustic logs, large weathered pine cones on old distressed books and wedding rings presented in a handmade Ashwood box on a nest of lush green moss.

My couple obviously put a lot of thought into creating a mood that set the tone for a lovely timeless wedding. The sun-gods were kind also and we managed to get some beautiful images in the soft evening light after the intimate ceremony. In between photos the happy couple showed their playful side and kick their way through every bunch of fallen leaves, as I struggled to keep up with them.

As the sun set I stole them away for a few final pics before they retired to the beautifully set dining room. Again, Maggie and Eamon went to great lenghts to make this a meal to remember. Hopefully my photos do their style and creativity justice.

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to browse.


Irish Times Weekend Magazine Article

My second article in the Wedding section of the Irish Times Weekend Magazine. Chantelle and Rory Coss shared their photos from the Wedding in Ballintubbert House and Gardens last Summer with Sarah Gereghty of the Times. She loved their story and contacted me to get some pics to publish. 

Needless to say I was delighted to get the exposure and see my work in print like that.

If you have time please click on the link below to view the online edition..thanks for stopping by.


Ballintubbert House, Rory & Chantelle's Wedding

This was the moment it all began..Rory proposed to Chantellle by surprise at Glenbarrow waterfall. We had planned it in such a way that Chantelle would not be suspicious. Chantelle, (being a beautiful part-time model) and I, had previously worked together on a few photoshoots so we tricked her to the location on that cold crisp December day. At just the right moment I made a retreat and Rory made his entrance to make the grand proposal. I had to use a long lens to get this pic and let them have their moment.

Fast forward to September 2016 and their lovely ceremony was in Mountmellick church followed by the receiption at Ballintubbert House & Gardens.  

But the two soul-mates, Rory & Chantelle, were the cool stars of this wedding. I've had the pleasure of knowing both of them for a few years now. Their relationship, and they themselves, are a breath of fresh air. Happy, easy-going, fun and charming are words I'd use when describing them and the wonderful atmosphere they created in Ballintubbert. 

Ballintubbert house and gardens is such a beautiful place for a wedding. The gardens have evolved over the years and change completely with each new seasons. The gardeners (Lorraine & Tony) are a mind of information and willingly share their time and tell tales of the past characters who have previously lived in the house. Its historical owners include such famous people like Cecil Day-Lewis (poet Laureate and father of Daniel Day-Lewis) and the Actor John Hurt.

All their friends and family mingled and enjoyed the lovely surroundings in the late summer sunshine. I manged to steal them away for a walk around the many hidden gardens which also gave them a little time to take it all in..but these guys didn't need any help relaxing as they seemed to be completely at ease on the day, all day.!

Hope you get a sense of the magic day we all had.


Fern House Avoca / Damien & Karen's Wedding

On a beautiful summers day at the end of July last, I had the pleasure of photographing the Wedding of Karen and Damien Keane. I began taking photos of Karen at her family home in Portlaoise. As she prepared for the biggest day of her life, she remained cool, calm and ever smiling. The light was lovely and she radiated with a glow of happiness. I quickly made my way to Powerscourt Hotel in Wicklow to catch the Groom Damien as he added the finishing touches too..then, to the lovely venue in The Esplanade Hotel Bray.

After the Ceremony we managed to nip over to the seafront in Bray for a few sweeping shots on the beautiful stoney beach there, and it was made all the better when we got a few ice-cream cones from one of the kiosks..(thanks Mr. Twissler :) )

Fern House in Avoca was our final destination and this venue did not dissapoint. The evening light was warm and the we managed to get some beautiful photos as everyone enjoyed the outdoor reception on a lovely Summers eve.

Later that evening there was a little sprinkle of rain and this gave me a chance to steal the happy couple and get some atmospheric shots under an umbrella in the garden as the Summer shower passed.

Hope you get a little sense of the wonderful day we all had on that day in July last.