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Portraits

Having mostly been focusing on my landscape work over the last while I had neglected to create more portrait work of late. My most recent session included the Co. Kerry Director and filmmaker, Shaun O’Connor. Shaun is full of energy and he’s a great advocate for mental health having written many articles for headstuff.org and producing his own ebook The Depersonalisation Manual. In a world full of anxiety inducing situations, his work has really helped many overcome their personal challenges.

These portraits of Lauren Martin, one half of the Dublin based interior design duo North, were taken on location in combination with coverage of one of their burgeoning interior design concepts. Their work has been bringing bold and fresh interior design concepts to many new businesses and those looking to completely revamp their image, bringing it into a modern world that really appreciates the subtlety of good design.

As most people tend to be self conscious I try to make the session as relaxed and easy going as possible, after all that is when I manage to capture your best side! If you’re interested in finally make the decision to get portraits of your own, whether they be for corporate linkedin, actors or directors head shots or just for yourself, you can contact me here.

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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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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.

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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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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. 👊

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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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Brides in the Forest

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Brides in the Forest

A few weeks ago, a few friends and I took a trip out to Gouganne Barra to take a look at this beautiful forest park, located in west Cork. We had planned to return there again with models to shoot some bridal environmental portraits, and only recently got the chance to do so. With us, we had three models; Cornelia, Eshana & Paulina, and a team of lovely individuals that helped ferry us around, hold reflectors and touch up hair and make up! We were lucky enough to have been given a selection of vintage style wedding dresses that we wanted to photograph in a beautiful location, and where better than Gougane Barra.

We were also accompanied by the incredibly well dressed Barney, a Jack Russell/Chihuahua breed who garnered all the attention of the photo shoot for the whole day. And who can blame them, he had his bow tie half undone as if he was ready to dance the night away at the reception! We wondered around numerous locations within the central part of the park and also shot around the tried and tested St Finbarr's Oratory.

The park offers so many beautiful secluded spots, that it is easy to take the time away to have photographs taken in a relaxed atmosphere. Some of my favourite images are below, particularly this black & white image of Cornelia as she dips her toes in the waters of the lake.

If you are interested in shooting wedding images or even engagement images similar to these, contact me to find out more as this truly is an amazing spot to capture you and your partners special moments.

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Gougane Barra

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Gougane Barra

A few weeks ago, some friends and I took a short trip out to Gougane Barra. Just about an hour's drive west of Cork city, this beautiful area is one of Ireland's National Parks and is definitely worth a trip if you're looking to get out of the city for a while. The location itself is home to a small iconic church called St Finbarr's oratory, which has been used for many wedding ceremonies, and what a perfect location to have them! 

With us all being photo nerds we hadn't even managed to get too far around the lake as we were consistently in awe of how beautiful the surroundings were, but we'll definitely be heading back soon. We managed to stroll around for a few hours and were lucky with the beautiful evening providing a great way to take a glimpse at how the area looks under interesting skies.

If you are looking to find out more information on this beautiful area, you can check out more official details over here.

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