Month: December 2015


Weather Forecast : Wind, Rain, Love

It’s obvious that a great deal of planning goes into organising a wedding. Like many of our clients, Laura & Sean had to do much of their planning at a distance from home in England before arriving here for their big day.Laura&Sean 0005 Laura&Sean 0029Most of the practical and logistical issues can, these days at least, be managed online or by way of email, but whether from home or abroad the one thing we know we can’t arrange in advance, especially here in Donegal is the weather.Laura&Sean 0071 Laura&Sean 0073On the morning of the wedding, we arrived to met up with Sean and his family at the house they were leaving from. Can we just say the weather was clearly going to be, well, challenging?
Laura&Sean 0136From the house, set up on a hill overlooking Trawbreaga Bay, the weather changes could be seen rushing in off the Atlantic. Waves of rain, high wind and intermittent spells of dazzling sunlight.Laura&Sean 0209 Laura was getting ready in a slightly more sheltered location, but there was still no likelihood of doing much out of doors.Laura&Sean 0349 Laura&Sean 0352 With a bridal party of seven bridesmaids, there was plenty of help on hand for Laura to prepare.Laura&Sean 0379 Laura&Sean 0395 Laura&Sean 0443 No, we were not going to risk any hair or dress mishaps outdoors in the constantly changing conditions.Laura&Sean 0492 Laura&Sean 0714 Laura&Sean 0830 As luck would have it, a break in the rain saw Laura and the girls make it to the church without any weather related mishaps.Laura&Sean 0850 - Version 2 Laura&Sean 1265 Laura&Sean 1438 Laura&Sean 1615b The Church of The Sacred Heart in Carndonagh sits high on a hill overlooking the surrounding area, and it’s a pretty exposed location on the finest of days.Laura&Sean 1710 Ceremony over, Laura & Sean weren’t going to let a little ‘weather’ stop them heading to the beach on the Isle of Doagh. They’d come a long way to get married here, they weren’t giving up on their wish to have the wild Donegal landscape feature as the setting for at least some of their wedding photographs.Laura&Sean 1916 There is something wonderful about the character of the light here, at almost the most northerly point in the country, with little between here and Newfoundland.Laura&Sean 1934 With a few brief spells between some fairly dramatic showers, Laura and Sean got the pictures they had hoped for.Laura&Sean 1986 Laura&Sean 2009 Laura&Sean 2091 - Version 2 That part of the day over, we all set off to Redcastle on the east, and happily more sheltered side of the Inishowen Peninsula.Laura&Sean 2334 Still just a bit breezy even here!Laura&Sean 2429 Laura&Sean 2439 So, the day moves on. Indoors with no thoughts or cares about the weather any longer. Sean, sporting his new wedding ring and look completely unruffled by the elements.Laura&Sean 2589 Laura&Sean 2717


Feels Like Home

Over the years that we’ve been photographing weddings, we’ve often been asked if we can suggest a “good place” for taking photographs. It’s a reasonable enough question, obviously. It’s also a trickier question than it might first appear, since it brings into play a number of factors that have little if anything to do with photography. Travel time, accessibilty, conditions underfoot, peoples comfort, the weather (obviously), all sorts of elements have to be taken into account.

Alison&Graham 0037_Memory Factory PhotographyThe driving force behind the question is pretty clear, most people have in mind an idea of a ‘picturesque’ setting as being needed, while from our perspective we’re as concerned with the practical issues as we are with the visual ones.Alison&Graham 0044_Memory Factory PhotographyMore than once in the past, we’ve had requests to take pictures in particularly remote or dramatic settings – well given where we are in the world, the drama of the landscape can really add to the work we produce. Sometimes though, it pays to take a step back and remember that we’re there to photograph a wedding after all, and that all the other parts of the day have a significance too.Alison&Graham 0059_Memory Factory PhotographyOur first sight of the Bride-to-be on the day, Alison. Yes, she just moved the tractor so we could park up beside the house. It’s pretty clear from the start that ‘The Land’ is more to Alison and Graham than a pretty backdrop for pictures. It’s an integral part of who and what they are, it’s not just scenery.Alison&Graham 0011_Memory Factory PhotographyAlison&Graham 0150_Memory Factory Photography Alison&Graham 0153_Memory Factory Photography Alison&Graham 0198_Memory Factory Photography Alison&Graham 0204_Memory Factory Photography Alison&Graham 0233_Memory Factory PhotographyFor a late Autumn wedding, the weather was kinder than we might have hoped for or expected. There’s a clarity about that low, angled light that picks out detail and texture like at no other time of the year.Alison&Graham 0326_Memory Factory Photography Alison&Graham 0418_Memory Factory PhotographyThe wedding took place in the cool, dark of the Church.Alison&Graham 0512 - Version 2_Memory Factory Photography Alison&Graham 0537_Memory Factory Photography Alison&Graham 0615_Memory Factory Photography Alison&Graham 0680 - Version 2_Memory Factory Photography Alison&Graham 0766_Memory Factory Photography Alison&Graham 0786_Memory Factory Photography Alison&Graham 0829_Memory Factory PhotographyThen, back into the clear wintry light.Alison&Graham 0871b_Memory Factory Photography Alison&Graham 0899b_Memory Factory Photography Alison&Graham 1068_Memory Factory PhotographyOh, yes, that’s where this blog started . . . We were talking about locations, weren’t we?Alison&Graham 1156_Memory Factory PhotographyWell, we could have gone to the woods by the river in Rathmelton, The Town Park in Letterkenny or maybe we could have found a spectacular garden someplace. Or, we could just go home.Alison&Graham 1175_Memory Factory Photography Alison&Graham 1193_Memory Factory Photography Alison&Graham 1222_Memory Factory Photography Alison&Graham 1228_Memory Factory Photography Alison&Graham 1234_Memory Factory PhotographyThis isn’t just a ‘place for pictures’ This is their place, their life, their wedding day.
It feels right, it feels like home.Alison&Graham 1284_Memory Factory Photography Alison&Graham 1401_Memory Factory Photography Alison&Graham 1497_Memory Factory Photography Alison&Graham 1500_Memory Factory Photography Alison&Graham 1676_Memory Factory Photography