Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of my most frequently asked questions and  also a few very infrequently asked questions that people probably should be asking ! ^^,

What areas do you work in?

I am based in Clontarf, Dublin 3 so I mostly shoot in the Leinster area but I am happy to travel all over Ireland and even further afield!

Do you charge extra for travel?

As I am Dublin based there its a travel fee for weddings that are more than a two hour drive outside of Dublin.  If you are even further afield then there may also be accommodation fees to allow me to stay over the night before/after your wedding. Just let me know your plans and I will get back to you with a quote!

What is your background in photography and how long have you been in business? 

I studied Photography in DIT from 2008-2012 and received a first class honours BA. I  have been working in the industry ever since graduating. Firstly I started off by taking a year to work in galleries and exhibit my work. Following this I ran a commercial studio for a start-up in the Fumbally Court. During my time at the commercial studio I began to shoot weddings part time and then after a further 2 years of assisting and second shooting I progressed to setting up my own business and shooting weddings full time. I have since shot roughly 120+  weddings.

What equipment do you use?

Overhead flat-lay of camera equipment for Frequently Asked Questions My two main camera bodies are a Canon 5dMiv and a 5dmiii {and I am currently trying to justify picking myself up a couple mirrorless cameras too) I also have another Canon 5dmii as a back-up.

My favourite lenses are my Sigma 24mm f1.4, 50mm f1.4 & 85mm f1.4.  I also love my Canon 70-200mm f2.8 for things like the reception and speeches. Finally I always have these other fellas in my kit but these are really more for commercial work – the Canon 24-105mm f4.5, Canon 100-400mm f4, Canon 100mm macro f2.8, Canon 16-35mm f2.8, Nikon 35mm.

Lights wise I have one  Canon speedlite 430ex ii and then 2 Neewer speed lights as back-ups. For winter weddings I also whack one of my studio lights and soft boxes in the boot of my car {just in case you end up with a super black day and have to do all your photos indoors}.

Extras include my trusty Black Rapid and Holdfast camera straps, tripod, a bucket of CF & SD cards, and some canon flash triggers so we can do some cool night time shots !

How would you define your photography style for weddings?

For the most part I take a documentary approach, this means I act like a fly-on-the-wall and work in an unobtrusive manner to capture the day as it happens.

Then for other parts of the day, like the family & couple portraits, I like to get a little more creative and work with you to take some really fun & exciting images together. Fear not though, this doesn’t mean I’ll be bossing you about, choreographing tonnes shots or making you do anything cheesy, it’s more about popping to cool spots/backdrops to shoot & of course finding the perfect patches of light!

How do I book you for my wedding photography?

If you’re interested in booking me make sure to first drop me a line >>here<< to see if I am available for your wedding date. If I am I highly recommend we meet up in person to check that I am the right fit for your day and then finally if you decided to book me I require a deposit and a signed booking contract to secure your date.

How far in advance do I need to book you? Can you hold my date?

I’d recommend to book me as soon as possible to avoid your date getting snapped up by someone. I  operate on a first come, first served basis and the only way to guarantee your date is to pay the deposit.

What packages do you offer?

I have two options, the first offers coverage for the whole day {morning prep to the partying}, and the second is 7 hours of coverage  {half day} for whatever part of the day you’d like.  For an in-depth breakdown of the packages and extras I offer make sure to drop me a line >>here<< and ask for a brochure.

How many images do we get and how long do we have to wait? 

For both of the packages  you get all the best images from the day {400+ minimum for the full day and 250+ for the half} and these will be delivered within 4-6 weeks all fully-edited {tweaks and colour corrections in the style you see throughout my website} and presented in a nice shiny box.

What extras do you offer ?

You can add engagement shoots, wedding albums and second shooters to the above packages.

Do I need a second photographer, what do they do?

A second photographer is not necessary for every wedding but it can be a brilliant asset in a lot of cases. They are  great for large weddings as it allows us to fully cover every aspect of your day. It ensures you get plenty of shots of all your guests (for example while I shoot family portraits the second shooter can be covering candid shots of the reception and guests)  also offers a greater variety of perspectives at key moments of the day .

A second photographer is also pretty essential if you would like coverage of both parties getting ready in the morning {* unless you happen to be getting ready at the same venue}.

What is the ordering process for photos and albums? Can I order an album at later date?

You can order an album anytime at all. You can add it to you package at the time of booking or simply drop me an email anytime after your wedding day and we can get the ball rolling.

Prints wise I don’t currently offer a service for ordering prints but I can recommend some off/online shops for small prints and some great places in Dublin City for large fine-art printing and framing.

Do you have backup equipment?

Yes, as I mentioned in the equipment list up above I have 3 cameras, a boat load of lenses and back-up cards galore. I also usually keep one bag on my person at all times and the back-up gear safely in my car.

Are you registred and insured?

Yes, I have all the necessary public liability and professional indemnity insurance. I also have equipment insurance coverage.

Finally do you have a back-up plan if anything happens to you on the day? 

There would have to be a very major issue to prevent me shooting your wedding (think being hit by lightning or driving off a cliff on the way there) but just in case I do have a network of extremely talented fellow wedding photographers and second shooters that I could call to jump in for me in the case of an emergency.