Montenegro

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Montenegro

The Adriatic sits as the serene gateway between Central Europe and the westerly fringes of the Balkan Peninsula, hosting some of the most stunning coastlines and countries steeped in history. Having travelled these region on numerous occasions I have always been fascinated with its maritime affiliation intertwined with a slower pace of life, all while being set amongst some of the most stunning landscapes in Europe. This time I managed to travel to something that’s been on my landscape bucket list for a long time, Montenegro.

Starting in the Northern part of the country, after a steady 3 hour windy drive from the Bay of Kotor, the stunning surroundings of Durmitor National Park rises towards you as you near. Encompassing the Dinaric Alps and hosting the country’s famous Black Lake, it is home to wild bears and wolves, this UNESCO world heritage centre provides some incredible landscapes to explore. My only regret was not organising to stay even longer than the time I had there, but I have every intention to return in the future.

Having visited the country in October, the indigenous pine laden northern landscapes were dotted with splashes of iconic autumnal hues of yellows and reds. The drive to this region from the south west is breathtaking and the serpentine roads through the mountains, particularly at autumn are something to be admired.

River Tara Canyon, the deepest canyon in Europe and the 2nd deepest in the world.

Overlooking the Tara River Canyon, one can really appreciate the serenity of this region of the less famous Dinaric Alps. Open to kayaking and zip lining or quiet get away, it is truly beautiful

One of the most immediate draws I had to Montenegro was my discovery of the Bay of Kotor. This incredible fjord region on the west coast of the country draws every visitor in to it’s incredible surroundings dotted with small villages all around it’s meandering bay.

Featuring Old Towns, chapels, man made islands and stunning mountainous views, this region was one of my favourites during my time here. Particularly relaxing was the numerous waterside restaurants where one could get a breakfast omelette and an espresso for around €5!

Misty Mountains in the Bay of Kotor

One small village on the fjord’s coastline is Perast. This beautifully peaceful area hosts a small road that runs alongside the shoreline with numerous eateries spaced among little docks, all built in the traditional sandstone architectural form that is so iconic in the Adriatic region.

One of Bay of Kotor’s most iconic sights is the manmade island of Our Lady of the Rocks whose foundations are made from a mixture of generic rock coupled with old and seized ships that were also loaded with rock.

The Adriatic coastline never fails to impress, regardless of which international border it laps against. Budva being the most famous of Montenegro’s coastal towns, it is home to a stunning Old Town, with narrow cobblestone lanes that open into a variety of beautiful plazas featuring plenty of al fresco dining options.

Within viewing distance from the old town and available for excursions, is the small island of Sveti Nikola, set amongst the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic.

Other small fishing and elite establishments could be found in the sleepy village of Petrovac or the more northerly and famous private resort of Sveti Stefan.

Despite the country's miniature size and situated next to its more popular neighbour Croatia, Montenegro manages to feature an incredible range of landscapes and I hope to return again to the northern region of the country to explore the Dinaric Alps even further.

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Italy

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Italy

Conca Dei Marini

Having taken some time away from online activity I wanted to update the journal with some of the projects/events/trips I have been up to since last posting. First up, a photo trip to the Amalfi coast...

Positano

Exploring the stunning Amalfi coastline with its intricate winding roads and steep pine coloured cliffs that drape into the Mediterranean offers a plethora of photographic rewards for those with a love of the Southern European landscape.

Pastel hued cliffside dwellings that intertwine with one another, each seeking out a view over the building below it are the format along the entirety of the steep Amalfi coastline. The beautiful popular destination of Positano hosts sinuous narrows streets and pathways throughout the town that leads one to off the beaten track pizzerias or independent Limoncello sellers.

Sitting at the foot of Monte Cerreto mountain, Amalfi town hosts a seafront line of traditional Mediterranean architecture preserving a bustling environment within, all while its stunning mountainous backdrop overlooks this popular destination.

The stunningly clear azure waters of the Mediterranean sea invite onlookers with ease and warm temperatures, all while gently lapping against the white shingle shoreline.

Fiordo di Furore

Perhaps one of the most spectacular beach locations amongst the entire Amalfi coastline, Fiordo di Furore is Italy's only fjord and nestles a glistening shingle beach that looks out through a narrow view between the steep cliffs either side.

My base for the three days while photographing the coastline was the sleepy village of Conca Dei Marini. situated approximately halfway between Amalfi and Positano, it suited as an off the beaten path cliffside hideaway. Hosting a few of its own cliffside dwellings (and many many steps!) it serves as a small harbour launch point to access either Positano or Amalfi by boat, but can be accessed by bus from the main road above. The views towards Sorrento in the distance or down at the crystal clear waters of the compact beach truly are wonderful photographic backdrops, no wonder this coastline is such a draw for weddings and wedding photography.

Limón Espresso

It was a pleasure getting to photograph this rustically elegant region of Italy and sampling some of the local delicacies, in particular the Limón espresso (and I'm not a coffee drinker at all!). Should you be looking for photography for wedding or portraits internationally and appreciate my style, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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Crosshaven

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Crosshaven

Situated approximately 30/40 minutes from Cork City, is one of my favourite little getaway towns in the county. Crosshaven lies right at the mouth of Cork harbour and views of Rochespoint Lighthouse can be seen nearby with the history filled complex of Camden Fort Meagher a shot walk from the village centre.

The village faces Currabinny woods and looks out on numerous small water craft dotted across the bay and marinas.

Between Carrigaline and Crosshaven lies a beautiful scenic walk. Having taken wedding photographs along this route, the atmosphere is very relaxing for anyone interested in portrait, engagement or wedding imagery.

Coming from an island off the west coast of Mayo, it's always fun to check out the various yachts and boats throughout the harbour.

A beautiful winter glow casts its warm light across the landscape as the sun sets at the end of a cold day.

In 2014 I shot Sadya & Zuban's wedding event in the neighbouring Carrigaline. When looking for somewhere scenic to get the couples portraits we knew we had to head straight towards the shoreline by the Carrigaline to Crosshaven walk.

Getting to enjoy the slower pace of life down here is an enjoyable departure from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you would like to have your photographs taken here through either portrait or engagement sessions, you can get in touch with me here.

If there are any images you wish to own a printed copy of, please get in touch with me here.

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Bolton Park House

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Bolton Park House

Featuring lots of beautiful natural light, Bolton Park is an exclusive list of developments situated close to Rathfarnham. This show home style property features ample space and beautiful interior design provided by Kingston Lafferty Design.

This fully furnished home is a combination of modern fresh design married with exposed surfaces of this listed building.

Crisp design work in the bathrooms offer an airy and fresh atmosphere to these spaces while the bedrooms display a complimentary mix of rustic yet comfortably relaxed attention to detail.

The bright and spacious kitchen area is flooded with natural light from overhead and the surrounding glazed windows and doors to provide an energetic space from first thing in the morning to late in the evening.

The stairwell is draped in natural light via a double height ceiling leading to the bedrooms up stairs, while the adjacent comfortably large living room features two glazed doors leading out to the patio. 

If you wish to contact me any further about capturing your property or business in it's best light, you can get in touch here.

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Drone Photography

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Drone Photography

Over the past few months I have been trying a new perspective within my landscapes by using a drone and have been rewarded with some stunning views.

Circling around the cliffs at the lighthouse on Clare Island and flying over the quay gave an amazing new perspective to something I have always enjoyed from ground level since childhood.

I brought it with me on my most recent trip to California and travelling with the drone was pretty easy as it fits easily inside my ThinkTank HeliPack and is perfect size for overhead cabin baggage. As it is backpack style I've found it easy to carry the vast majority of my camera equipment including all the additional batteries etc

What I love most is the fact that you can capture stunning landscape vistas to very minimalist style images such as the arc of this beach below on Clare Island.

This final shot was a composite panoramic image over the surrounding mountains of Lake Tahoe, offering breathtaking views.

If you'd love to introduce this new perspective to your wedding or portrait session, contact me here. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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California

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California

During February and early March I took a trip to the west coast of California for two weeks visiting the beautiful San Diego and Lake Tahoe. Both areas offer a varied beauty in their ideal conditions, long soft sunsets of the coastline and crisp blues and whites of the snowy mountains. 

The California coastline offers stunning slow sunsets that offer a beautiful kind of light, no wonder why it's a haven for the epitome of summer imagery.

Kathryn

My trip took me from the beautiful Sunset Cliffs up to the gorgeous La Jolla and Torrey Pines National Park.

I followed up the coastline by snowboarding out in Lake Tahoe, an absolutely stunning location even if you were to just take in the breath-taking views.

One of my new favourite landscape images, below, this panorama of the mountainous landscape north of Lake Tahoe itself captured during the crisp sunset via drone looks absolutely stunning on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Pearl.

Getting to catch up with friends and family after so many years on this trip, California was more than just an opportunity to photograph some of the states beauty and I hope to return here for more portrait and landscape work.

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Urbanity

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Urbanity

I was recently commissioned to shoot Urbanity, a relatively new cafe located in the heart of the Smithfield business district in central Dublin. Its owners, Aisling and Jason, opened this beautifully rustic cafe in early 2016 and is accented with agrarian Scandinavian themed details throughout.

From the earthy textures of the large wooden bench, to the muted surfaces of mini metallic plant pots, Urbanity is full of wonderful details.

The space is flooded with light with the entire facade made from glass, perfect for people watching.

Coffee is roasted on site using their sizeable Probatone 12 Coffee Roaster, a beautiful machine to behold, even for non coffee enthusiasts. Their coffee selection is continually exhibiting new flavours from around the world, with current selections hailing from Rwanda and Columbia.

If you are walking through the area then you should definitely check them out, but get in quick before they sell out again for lunch! 

 

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Megan

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Megan

At the beginning of August I was asked to capture some head shots for Megan before she departed for drama college in California. My approach to every session is to make it entirely informal which helps to put you at ease with what feels like a very personal experience! 

Even with someone as bubbly and extroverted as Megan, there are always nerves to get past for anyone having a headshot/portrait session and I will do everything as daft to make you relax! :) 

Both Megan and I were really happy with these and I wish her all the best in her future in the limelight!

If you are interested in having your own head shot or portrait session, please get in contact with me here.

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Cool Evenings

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Cool Evenings

A while back I spent an evening with Fiona catching up over a portrait session we had been meaning to do for the longest time.

If you would love an individual portrait session or even a couples session, get in touch with me and we can discuss where you would love to hold your shoot!

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Dubrovnik

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Dubrovnik

In the middle of May I decided to be about as nearly spontaneous as you can get and get a last minute flight to Dubrovnik without arriving at the airport and going there and then. I booked tickets on a Monday morning and left Wednesday night to fly out to somewhere I have wanted to visit for many years for one week to get a glimpse of this pearl on the Adriatic. 

The entire coastline glows beautiful colours each evening as scenic sights of yachts and galleons dot the horizon, while visitors can catch the sun setting with a glass of wine in hand on a little secluded rocky patch.

Most of my time was spent in the Lapad region of the city. It hosts a beautiful beach and coastal walk with various man-made jetties that you can relax on, and some include handy steps out of the water back to the rocks. The water was a beautiful azure colour and a reasonable 20 C for the end of May.

Dubrovnik hosts some beautiful architecture, with much of it embracing the renaissance period. The extensive use of sandstone really compliments the slightly arid land it sits amongst, while emphasising the soft glow of a sunset more so than other stonework.

Being a coastal city, Dubrovnik has it's fair share of marine vessels, the vast majority of which are as beautiful as the surroundings they sail within. From small fishing boats to large pleasure yachts and the odd galleon, there were plenty of beautiful marine craft to enjoy around the marina and local beaches.

Many evenings were spent within the walls of the old city. The atmosphere here is full of subtle vibrance around dinner time with plenty of live music, much of it instrumental, complimenting diners as they sample the wide variety of Mediterranean dishes. The architecture here is absolutely stunning and the city's relaxed pace is reflected in its visitors as they meander down side streets and discover unique ice cream stalls or street music.

One week was far too short to really take in all of what Dubrovnik has to offer. The weather was perfect for the time of year and the level of tourists was very manageable considering the city's popularity. Friends of mine were attending a mutual friend's wedding during my visit and it would be incredibly hard to beat the incredible scenery and relaxed atmosphere for anyone considering a destination wedding. 

Next time I hope to visit some of the other beautiful areas of Croatia including the stunning Split and the incredible arena in Pula. I hope that these images inspire you to visit and maybe even do so spontaneously!

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