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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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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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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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Road Trip

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Road Trip

During early February, I had an old friend visit me from the states after his 3 week gruelling cycling tour from Malin Head in Donegal to Mizen Head in Cork. As his route never managed to successfully see any more of Kerry than some of Killarney National Park, he managed to ditch the bike for a few days and head out with me on a road trip around the ring of Kerry.

First stop was Torc Waterfall and the surrounding woodlands which offer a great view out over Killarney National Park. With the weather so frequently changeable in Ireland, bright blue skies change to misty bands of rain in a matter of minutes.

The best and worst thing about the Ring of Kerry is the amazing scenery all along the coast line, stunning to look at, but you'll find yourself pulling over every 5 minutes!

We managed to take a little stop at Derrynane Beach and as it was really windy and cloudy, the sky was changing at a great rate which opened up into some beautiful sunset light.

Back when I was in college, I hadn't realised that I shared classes with another islander until my final year. Brian was from Valencia Island and towards the end of college we built up a friendly rivalry. We decided to head out to Valencia as he gave us some recommended viewpoints since he couldn't be there personally to show us. The island is connected via bridge (so, not a real island 😜) but we took a short hike around some of the coastline to some spectacular views.

The views back towards the mainland are stunning. With sea spray and high winds adding a magical atmosphere to the headland.

Having gained further international attention from a certain space themed film, we managed to finally see the Skellig Islands. The UNESCO world heritage site is clearly visible from Valencia and with the weather changing again quickly, a big band of cloud would rise over them.

We continued on towards Rossbeigh Beach. Another beautiful spot on the northern coastline of the Ring of Kerry.

Our final stint back to Cork led us through the Gap of Dunloe. Being from an island, I am used to it being fairly remote and undeveloped, with all the ruggedness that the wild Atlantic Ocean throws at it. However, venturing through the Gap of Dunloe makes one feel like they have stepped back in time into an ancient land  from mythological tales. I genuinely wouldn't have been surprised if a leprechaun jumped out behind a rock! 

The road trip was a great excuse to see another part of the country that I had only seen a snippet of, despite going to college in Kerry for 4 years! I have recently been working on a film out in Allihies which lies on the Ring of Beara, and although I didn't have my camera with me, I will have to take a separate road trip out that way. From what I saw while working around that region for the week, I might even say it's more stunning than Kerry...hard to believe!

Here's to more good memories, Brett. We'll do it again in the future. πŸ‘Š

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Night Lights

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Night Lights

On a recent visit home to Clare Island after a long stretch away, I finally got some time to put together new Astrophotography landscapes. Below, you can see the road to the north of the island facing towards Achill Sound with the bright light being the lighthouse on the most northern point on the island. The second faces out towards Croagh Patrick worth the lights of Westport and Louisburgh shining either side of this famous mountain.

I'm very lucky to be from a place with little to no light pollution, so getting the opportunity to photograph the stars comes only as often as the Irish weather allows!
I had been out photographing some of the landscape in the late afternoon but decided to stay out once the sun had set. After a beautiful mild Saturday, the evening stayed the same and with a clear night ahead with a new moon, it was the perfect chance to capture the stars.

Clare Island Lighthouse

The image above shows the lighthouse on the island beneath crystal clear skies. These few images below manage to capture both Knockmore (the island's locally known, big hill) and Orion's belt. It's strange to see the transition of colour even after the sun had set, from the blue hues of the lighthouse skies to the shades of indigo as the night sky darkens even further. We can be really lucky in the west of Ireland to see the stars so clearly, you've just got to pray to the weather God's to capture those beautiful sights!

If you liked these, you can find more images throughout my site featuring other landscape work.

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Roisin & Phil's Engagement Session

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Roisin & Phil's Engagement Session

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Last weekend I made the journey up to Dublin to do my first engagement shoot of the year. Both Roisin and Phil are from Dublin and we decided to use the nearby Phoenix Park as a beautiful open space to capture their time together. Roisin and Phil also brought their adorable 4 year old daughter Mia, who bravely handled with the bitterly cold weather for mid March!

Roisin & Phil's Engagement

Phoenix Park is known as one of the largest one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city and that gave us plenty of room to make the engagement shoot as intimate as possible.

We spent a few hours wandering around various locations within the park, all with a very relaxed pace for shooting the images. As with anyone who has had a portrait session with me, I always allow time for everyone to get comfortable in front of the camera. It can be unnerving at first but I was happy to get some lovely shots of this young couple.

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Great day today in the park!! Thank you so much can’t wait to see the outcome.. Roisin.

Both Roisin and Phil had intended to get married this year but had to postpone the wedding till next year. I think we can all forget how much planning can go into a wedding and it rapidly catch up on you! I had a great time photographing them both and their lovely daughter and I wish them all the best in their future together :) An engagement session is a memorable way of capturing intimate images of you and your partner without the pressure of your wedding day schedule. If you think you would appreciate an engagement session in a relaxed environment, why don't you contact me here and we can start to plan a memorable shoot together.

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Ruth

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Ruth

It's a new year and I'm delighted with how well my photography has been received over the past 12 months. As as I got to start off 2015 with this portrait session of the beautiful Ruth, here's a few samples from the session. Ruth was one of the principal dancers in the pantomime Sleeping Beauty, which played at the Cork Opera House over December & January 2014/15. We got to spend a few hours together capturing some fun shots :)

If any of you have been following my page over the past year, all my shoots have been on location and this one no different. The nice thing about Cork City, is its variety of areas that are all within walking distance of each other. From modern quays to beautiful grass spaces by the river there's a nice opportunity to capture a different persona at each location.

We were blessed with a crisp beautiful winters day and we decided to make the most of it, by spending a few hours at different locations around the city.

It was a pleasure working with Ruth on this shoot, an easy going and very down to earth person. She has now begun her new journey of taking up further dance training in New York over the next few months and I wish her the best of luck! For more info on portrait sessions contact me here. Thanks!

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Sunrise, Sunset

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Sunrise, Sunset

I have been pretty busy all over October, which has explained the fairly quiet activity I have had on my journal. Part of this was due to my involvement in the Clare Island Film Festival held over the 3rd - 5th October this year. Being part of the committee luckily gave me the chance to travel home and produce the event with the other committee members, as well as watch a great selection of up and coming Irish film. This year was the 2nd rendition and we were delighted that our turnout was double that of the first year. As part of the festival, we held a small photographic exhibition with the theme of "The West". This gave everyone the opportunity to showcase some of their photographic talents and I put a few of my own prints on display.


We received excellent feedback from some of the directors that attended and unfortunately for the weather affecting the boat times on the final day, the event was very successful. You can check out more details at the  which has more up to date information.

While at home, I took the opportunity to get out and capture more landscapes that I had not got around to for a while. A part of the island that I have not showcased in my work, were the cliffs by the lighthouse. No matter how many times I have been to this point of the island in my life, it always makes for a refreshing mini venture to absorb the breathtaking views of Achill and beyond. The lighthouse on Clare Island sits 300ft above the atlantic ocean with the waves crashing below. Recently renovated, it is now a private guesthouse that caters to those looking for a unique retreat, right on the edge of Western Europe. It is an incredible place to stay and those who book rooms are rewarded with amazing views. You can find out more here

I have always wanted to capture a sunrise rolling over the shoulder of Croagh Patrick, and thankfully I managed to grab this one below after numerous attempts. An icy cold October morning and getting up at 6am to make sure I was positioned in the right place, meant that I was rewarded with the warm colours making a silhouette of Ireland's holy mountain.

The final image below shows a tighter shot of Knockmore and Budawanny as warm sunlight sets over the mountain as it fades over the atlantic. For anyone taking a trip to the island, it is worth the scenic walk to take in the view and hear the ocean crash below. 

Most of these landscapes are now available to purchase in the store. As with any of my other work, if there is something you are interested in buying a copy of, please contact me here.

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