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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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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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Sadya & Zubans Wedding Reception

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Sadya & Zubans Wedding Reception

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On the last weekend of May I was lucky enough to be asked to photograph a wedding reception at the Carrigaline Court Hotel. I've never shot a non native event like this before, but to take on something as culturally different as this was a great opportunity. Initially I had been asked for a small bit of coverage for just a couple of hours but the day was so full of family and celebrations I had to spend the entire day there to capture everything!

The lovely couple were Sadya and Zuban and actually had their wedding ceremony itself in Manchester a few days previously. As is tradition in Pakistani or Indian weddings, the ceremony itself occurs in the home town of the bride featuring predominantly the brides family. As Zuban is from Cork, his family and close friends were present at this reception event so another chance for everyone to get together and celebrate!

As usual, I arrived at the venue early to get an idea of where all the best spots to grab photographs would be. Thankfully the foyer in the hotel is nice and bright and we were incredibly lucky that the weather was amazing for the entire day. 

Sadya's dress was highly impressive. The amount of detail and design it had was incredible and they told me it was a weighty 15kgs! 

After the main reception dinner we took a short drive out towards Crosshaven to get some portraits of the Bride and Groom. I'm incredibly happy how these turned out, again, lucky that the weather held out for the rest of the evening to capture these beautiful images.  

I wish both Sadya and Zuban a happy future together and thank them again for letting me capture their special day. 

Update: During the wedding reception, I was made aware of Zuban's father's illness and I unfortunately heard recently of his passing shortly after the wedding. My sincerest sympathies to Zuban and his family. May he Rest in Peace.

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Home

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Home

I recently took a trip home to the island to photograph a local business and while there, I got the chance to get some portraits of family and friends. The weather in Ireland this week has been absolutely phenomenal, something we would typically have to fly to the likes of Greece or Cyprus to enjoy. In fact, I don't ever remember the weather being so good in the evenings, almost like a Californian summer. One of these amazing evenings before I had to return to Cork, I spontaneously grabbed my camera to get a few shots of my cousins. I'm very happy how these turned out and makes me wish we could enjoy this all summer long!

Anytime I get to catch up with family and friends at home, we usually end up playing a lot of music together and having a few sociable ones ;) this time those sociable ones lasted till 7am but we took the opportunity to head to the beach and see the sun rise up over Croagh Patrick across Clew Bay. I don't think I have ever seen a moment like this as amazing that I could appreciate. Ireland truly is another place when the weather is good. 

As part of my trip home, I brought up one of my landscape prints - Winter Lights. This particular size was the large 36x16 inch version and when I collected it I was actually blown away to see it printed at this size with all its detail. The boat featured in Winter Lights is known as the Rossend and was shipwrecked on Kinnacorra in 1996. Proprietor of the Go Explore Hostel, Carl O'Grady and his family, used to run the ferry service using the Rossend before her demise. Unfortunately after 18 years, the winter storms in February this year washed away the remains of the wreckage and this point of interest is now lost  forever. If you venture in to Clare Island at all this summer, you can check it out on display in the Sailors Bar at the Go Explore Hostel and while there, grab yourself a cold one and take in the amazing views of the mountains :) 

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