Month: August 2017

On Photography, Weddings

Background Noise

0008Wedding Photography DonegalSometimes we have to take a step back, turn off the background noise and remember why we’re photographers in the first place.  To remind ourselves to shoot for ourselves, and create images which truly reflect the lives and events we’ve been asked to document.0002Wedding Photography Donegal0003Wedding Photography Donegal0004Wedding Photography Donegal0005Wedding Photography Donegal0006Wedding Photography Donegal0007Wedding Photography DonegalWe’re not that interested in what someone on a wedding publication tells us is popular, or cool this year, or shareable, or blog worthy. 0013Wedding Photography Donegal0014Wedding Photography Donegal0017Wedding Photography Donegal0019Wedding Photography Donegal0020Wedding Photography Donegal0021Wedding Photography Donegal0022Wedding Photography Donegal0023Wedding Photography Donegal0024Wedding Photography Donegal0025Wedding Photography DonegalIf we concern ourselves too much with all that stuff we’ll miss great, meaningful photographs like these, because we’ll be too busy setting up novelty shots of the bridal party eating ice cream while balancing on one leg on top of the walls at Grianan Fort or the bride and groom standing in the middle of a corn field holding a bunch of balloons.0035Wedding Photography Donegal0037Wedding Photography Donegal0038Wedding Photography Donegal0039Wedding Photography Donegal0041Wedding Photography Donegal0042Wedding Photography Donegal0043Wedding Photography Donegal0044Wedding Photography DonegalChristine and Eamonn’s wedding was both a wonderful celebration of their decision to tie the knot and a reunion with family and friends gathering in Donegal from far and near.0053Wedding Photography Donegal0054Wedding Photography Donegal0055Wedding Photography DonegalThey knew what was important to them and why they’d asked us to photograph their wedding.  They wanted us to capture a sense of place,  to create a reminder of Donegal to cherish when they return to Australia, and to focus on their nearest and dearest, rather than making it all about the bride and groom. 0056Wedding Photography Donegal0059Wedding Photography Donegal0065Wedding Photography Donegal0067Wedding Photography Donegal0068Wedding Photography DonegalShooting details and decor has its place.  We love to shoot the details, the brides in their vintage gowns of antique lace, the fancy plates and chalkboard signs.  But if those things become more of the focus than the actual people and love stories, we’ve completely missed the point.  We know that it’s important to remember that 10 years from now no one’s going to give a monkey’s if we got published or won an award if we missed shots like the one above while trying to get popular or be trendy.0071Wedding Photography Donegal0073Wedding Photography Donegal0077Wedding Photography Donegal

So to those couples planning their wedding photography we say:  ask yourself what’s important to you in having your wedding photographed.  Don’t let convention or fashion dictate. Think about what matters to you.


Show up, shut up and shoot

When Donna and Stephen asked us to photograph their wedding on Inch Island recently, they were clear that what they wanted was for us to capture the occasion with the minimum of fuss and formality.001Wedding Photography Donegal_0110002Wedding Photography Donegal_0111003Wedding Photography Donegal_0109Basically, that’s how we prefer to approach this kind of work anyway, so we had a great time watching the day unfold.004Wedding Photography Donegal_0108007Wedding Photography Donegal_0114008Wedding Photography Donegal_0115009Wedding Photography Donegal_0116010Wedding Photography Donegal_0117013Wedding Photography Donegal_0121014Wedding Photography Donegal_0122015Wedding Photography Donegal_0123016Wedding Photography Donegal_0124017Wedding Photography Donegal_0125018Wedding Photography Donegal_0126019Wedding Photography Donegal_0128021Wedding Photography Donegal_0130022Wedding Photography Donegal_0131025Wedding Photography Donegal_0127In most weddings, the more formal “Wedding Photographs” are really just a short pause in the midst of all the activity, not the centrepiece of the day. Short, sweet and move on.027Wedding Photography Donegal_0138028Wedding Photography Donegal_0136029Wedding Photography Donegal_0137032Wedding Photography Donegal_0147033Wedding Photography Donegal_0141034Wedding Photography Donegal_0142035Wedding Photography Donegal_0143So, a quick stop in Fahan, away from their guests for just a short while, then on to the Inishowen Gateway Hotel for the rest of the celebration.037Wedding Photography Donegal_0163038Wedding Photography Donegal_0148041Wedding Photography Donegal_0145042Wedding Photography Donegal_0149043Wedding Photography Donegal_0150044Wedding Photography Donegal_0153045Wedding Photography Donegal_0154047Wedding Photography Donegal_0156048Wedding Photography Donegal_0157049Wedding Photography Donegal_0158050Wedding Photography Donegal_0159051Wedding Photography Donegal_0161052Wedding Photography Donegal_0162We think it all worked out pretty well. Show up, shut up, and shoot.053Wedding Photography Donegal_0160