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Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

Looking For The Best Wedding Photographer? Here’s 3 Styles To Choose From…

The best wedding photographer doesn’t mean they are the right one for you. Let’s look at the different styles and which one is right for you.

The Best Wedding Photographer In Ireland?

There’s many things to sort and arrange for your wedding – the venue, the dress, the guests, and that’s just the start. A lot of these things can be easy to sort because you know what you want. When it comes to the wedding photographer though, it can be very confusing as we have no idea what we want or need!

Most people will just google “best wedding photographer” or “top ten wedding photographers” etc. But just because they are hailed as the best, does that mean that their style will work for you?

Whatever your budget the photographer is deemed an essential for any wedding day. This article is to help you narrow down what style best suits you so you can be happy as you look back at your wedding day in years to come. There’s three main styles – Traditional, Contemporary & Documentary.

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Traditional Wedding Photography

Traditional wedding photography is the one we all know. Pretty much every wedding you’ve been to would have been this style.

Traditional would be characterized by mostly shots of the groom & bride and group photos. The photographer would be working to a “shoot list” with set pictures being choreographed and captured as similar as possible at every wedding they shoot.

It’s traditional because its a tried and tested formula that works and that means you wont get any surprises as to what pictures you’ll be getting.

Best Wedding Photographer Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Contemporary Wedding Photography

Contemporary wedding photography would be influenced very much by fashion magazine photography.

It would be traditional wedding photography but with the shine,polish and extra professionalism that high fashion photography has.

This style does need extra time with the bride & groom to capture that high end look. It also means the couple being very comfortable posing in front of a camera for an extended time.

It will result in amazing looking portrait bride & groom photos for you to print out and hang above the mantle piece.

Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

Documentary Wedding Photography

Documentary wedding photography involves capturing what happens on the wedding day without interfering with it. It means not asking anyone to pose, capturing the best and worst of the day.

Its a very hands off style with little interaction with the photographer, letting you enjoy your day.

This is my favourite style, as it means really capturing the memories from the day, not forcing a glossy version. To me these are the pictures that in years to come will help take you back and relive your wedding day again and again.

Which style of wedding photography should I choose?

Which style you choose to capture your wedding day should be one that excites you. Whether you want the fairy tale contemporary portrait shots , the raw documentary, or the safe traditional, choose a style that will bring you a smile years down the line.

Perhaps to help you get an idea what style you like, look through your friends wedding albums and see what pictures stand out to you. Think about what pictures you have in your house, the style that they are. Look on wedding blogs at featured weddings and also images on Instagram and Pinterest that speak to you.

Understanding the different styles when you look at photographs will help you decide which style to go for.

Of course all these styles can be done together. All the photos in the examples are ones I took. I like to think there’s a time and a place for each style. My priority is to capture the raw emotions of the day with documentary, add some beautiful portraits for the couple (although I aim to do it with a “hands off” approach to posing) and still get those traditional group shots to put on the mantle piece.

Get in contact to discuss what you’d like and we can see what we can create together.

Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

Looking For The Best Wedding Photographer? Here’s 3 Styles To Choose From…

Looking For The Best Wedding Photographer? Here’s 3 Styles To Choose From…

The best wedding photographer doesn’t mean they are the right one for you. Let’s look at the different styles and which one is right for you. The Best Wedding Photographer In Ireland? There’s many things to sort and arrange for…

Emerging Award Winning Wedding Photographer – 3 Winning Images

Emerging Award Winning Wedding Photographer – 3 Winning Images

Recognition as an award winning wedding photographer is not only rewarding for myself, but also a way to show you my worth. Award Winning Wedding Photographer? – NineDots, TIR & WPJA There’s alot of photography awards out there to win,…

INSPIRING WEDDING AT KINNITTY CASTLE HOTEL // BIRR // OFFALY // GRACE & JOHNNY

INSPIRING WEDDING AT KINNITTY CASTLE HOTEL // BIRR // OFFALY // GRACE & JOHNNY

INSPIRING WEDDING AT KINNITTY CASTLE HOTEL // BIRR // OFFALY // GRACE & JOHNNY Myself and my husband asked Jamie to be our photographer for our big day and it’s safe to say it was the best decision we made…

The Coronavirus and Weddings Battle – Guidance & How I Want To Help You

The Coronavirus and Weddings Battle – Guidance & How I Want To Help You

The world’s been turned upside down and arranging a wedding during a pandemic isn’t easy. Here’s the latest guidance and how I want to help you. – Updated 03/11/20 Latest Coronavirus and Wedding Guidance for Ireland – Update 03/11/20 With…

Delightful Wedding at Fernhill House Hotel // Clonakilty // Cork // Fini & Harley

Delightful Wedding at Fernhill House Hotel // Clonakilty // Cork // Fini & Harley

Delightful Wedding at Fernhill House Hotel // Clonakilty // Cork // Fini & Harley What a great photographer. He truly cared to make our Wedding Special. We got some stunning photos and he was even willing to stay past sunset…

The Unspoken Truth About Your Wedding Photos, Copyright and Monkeys…

The Unspoken Truth About Your Wedding Photos, Copyright and Monkeys…

You may not realise it but just because you paid someone to take photos of your day doesn’t mean you own the photos. Here’s why and what it means oh and what it has to do with a monkey… Photo…

Award Winning Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

Emerging Award Winning Wedding Photographer – 3 Winning Images

Recognition as an award winning wedding photographer is not only rewarding for myself, but also a way to show you my worth.

Award Winning Wedding Photographer? – NineDots, TIR & WPJA

There’s alot of photography awards out there to win, covering alot of different disciplines, from Landscapes, portraits and of course, weddings. Within the wedding segment of awards there’s alot of different ones to enter, but for myself I’ve only ever entered awards that I’ve personally aspired to win.

The wedding associations I’ve always had high regard for because they’ve helped me define the type of wedding photography I love to do, the standard is super high, and I just respect what they do are – NineDots, This Is Reportage and The Wedding Photojournalist Association.

Each of these I am members of and find the photography they promote as really inspiring. It’s helped push my photography, made me work harder and at the end of the day help give the lovely couples who I photograph better memories. Hopefully this is just the start and there will be plenty more to come as I continue to learn and work harder.

To win awards from NineDots and WPJA is amazing for myself, but the elusive one I really wish to win is from This Is Reportage. To me TIR is THE award to get! But I digress, please check out the award winning wedding photographs I managed to take, how i took them and what awards they won.

You can also click on the logos to see amazing photos from other award winning photographers.

Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland
Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland
Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

Jump

This moment was born through just being ready to shoot at any moment. It was after the ceremony, everyone’s excitement had peaked and now the mood was becoming relaxed.

At this point its easy to take a moment for yourself to relax, but there’s always something going on. Across the room I happened to see this little girl jumping up and down and then the lady she was with joined in.It was a blink and you miss it moment, but I was still ready to go so managed to grab this exact moment they were both in the air!

Super happy this has won 2 awards, One from Ninedots and another from WPJA.

Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

Food In My Teeth

Fini & Harley’s day was done a bit different to alot of couples. They wanted to do a reveal and their couple photos before the ceremony. This photo was taken whilst they were just hanging out before the ceremony, with the family still tweaking things around them.

This photograph is the kind of photography I love to do. As Fini’s mum was having her hair adjusted Fini’s sister there was a great interaction between Fini & Harley as he was checking his teeth in the mirror. I could have just taken the photo of Harley checking his teeth, but I love to give photos more context. I always enjoy photos were there’s different things going on in a room and this to me encapsulates it.

This was a Purple award winner from WPJA which means it was awarded by 2 out of the 4 judges on the panel.

Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

Broken Brolly

After Ian & Amy’s ceremony, the rain really started to come down. The couple and the bridesmaids lined up at the door to be escorted to the cars with the brolly, but the strong winds were too much for the brolly!

This is one of those moments during the day that no-one plans but can be a small memory from the day. Again by just showing one element, in this case a broken brolly, wouldn’t mean much. But by Showing the bridesmaid at the door waiting whilst the groomsmen runs back with the broken brolly gives the photo all the context anyone needs to understand the funny moment from the day!

This was a Blue award winner from WPJA which means it was awarded by 3 out of the 4 Judges on the panel.

Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

Looking For The Best Wedding Photographer? Here’s 3 Styles To Choose From…

Looking For The Best Wedding Photographer? Here’s 3 Styles To Choose From…

The best wedding photographer doesn’t mean they are the right one for you. Let’s look at the different styles and which one is right for you. The Best Wedding Photographer In Ireland? There’s many things to sort and arrange for…

Emerging Award Winning Wedding Photographer – 3 Winning Images

Emerging Award Winning Wedding Photographer – 3 Winning Images

Recognition as an award winning wedding photographer is not only rewarding for myself, but also a way to show you my worth. Award Winning Wedding Photographer? – NineDots, TIR & WPJA There’s alot of photography awards out there to win,…

INSPIRING WEDDING AT KINNITTY CASTLE HOTEL // BIRR // OFFALY // GRACE & JOHNNY

INSPIRING WEDDING AT KINNITTY CASTLE HOTEL // BIRR // OFFALY // GRACE & JOHNNY

INSPIRING WEDDING AT KINNITTY CASTLE HOTEL // BIRR // OFFALY // GRACE & JOHNNY Myself and my husband asked Jamie to be our photographer for our big day and it’s safe to say it was the best decision we made…

The Coronavirus and Weddings Battle – Guidance & How I Want To Help You

The Coronavirus and Weddings Battle – Guidance & How I Want To Help You

The world’s been turned upside down and arranging a wedding during a pandemic isn’t easy. Here’s the latest guidance and how I want to help you. – Updated 03/11/20 Latest Coronavirus and Wedding Guidance for Ireland – Update 03/11/20 With…

Delightful Wedding at Fernhill House Hotel // Clonakilty // Cork // Fini & Harley

Delightful Wedding at Fernhill House Hotel // Clonakilty // Cork // Fini & Harley

Delightful Wedding at Fernhill House Hotel // Clonakilty // Cork // Fini & Harley What a great photographer. He truly cared to make our Wedding Special. We got some stunning photos and he was even willing to stay past sunset…

The Unspoken Truth About Your Wedding Photos, Copyright and Monkeys…

The Unspoken Truth About Your Wedding Photos, Copyright and Monkeys…

You may not realise it but just because you paid someone to take photos of your day doesn’t mean you own the photos. Here’s why and what it means oh and what it has to do with a monkey… Photo…

Award Winning Photographer Limerick Ireland INSPIRING WEDDING AT KINNITTY CASTLE HOTEL // BIRR // OFFALY // GRACE & JOHNNY

INSPIRING WEDDING AT KINNITTY CASTLE HOTEL // BIRR // OFFALY // GRACE & JOHNNY

INSPIRING WEDDING AT KINNITTY CASTLE HOTEL // BIRR // OFFALY // GRACE & JOHNNY

Myself and my husband asked Jamie to be our photographer for our big day and it’s safe to say it was the best decision we made in capturing every single aspect of our day!! He did exactly what was on the tin- every photo came out amazing which is a statement and a half! He captured the beauty of the venue, the joy our guests experienced sharing the day with us and the love my now husband and I share. Jamie didn’t miss a beat on the day and I would highly recommend him for capturing the happiest day of your lives. He went above and beyond in every aspect!! Dedicated to the job is an understatement!! A top notch guy!! – Grace & Johnny

Bride Prep

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Bride prep for Grace was at her parents home with the ones she loves.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

I took this one as a bit of a laugh, as if Grace’s father and brother in law where part of the “Bride Squad”

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

I purposely stood here waiting for Grace to walk past all these pictures of her and her siblings and also her parents wedding photos. I Thought it was a nice way of showing alot of past as she walks towards her future!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Always love catching the reactions of the family as the Bride is seen for the first time.

Groom Prep

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

I didn’t realise till I turned up that Johnny was getting ready on his own at his flat. This was a moment he was trying to process everything before he started getting ready.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Johnny was wearing crocs all morning and I really wanted to get them in a shot whilst he was putting his new wedding shoes on.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

It’s a bit of a cliche shot this one, but anytime you have nice natural light coming through a window, the classic looking out shot isn’t a bad one to have. This was probably the only time I asked Johnny to do anything throughout the day.

Ceremony at Kinnity Castle

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Johnny really was finding the whole ceremony hard, he really struggled to smile and even look at anyone.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Grace on the other hand couldn’t stop smiling. I took an opportunity to nip in and get a close up here.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

I do love getting in close to faces, but sometimes they need context and this shot was a way of showing Johnny’s stern nerves as Grace walked in.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Kinnity Castle was a great venue and always a classic shot to get the couple out the front of a venue. Just after the ceremony is great for reactions between the couples like this moment.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Walking back down the aisle hand in hand is always another classic shot for the couple, but not always easy as you need to focus and compose whilst walking backwards!

Speeches

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Speeches are one of my favourite parts to capture from a wedding day, there’s always such great emotions from everyone!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

I always like to include more than just those at the head table in a few shots.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Sometimes reactions can be very subtle but show alot. You could see the love from Johnny’s mother in this fleeting moment.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Catching Grace in a full on laugh was great, but i was trying to add something to the picture here by shooting through some fairy lights that were on a balcony.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

This picture might not mean much to most people, but to Grace and Johnny it means alot. This was the end of a silly anecdote Johnny was retelling about their relationship together.

People

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

I love catching groups of people together.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

At the time it can be a throw away moment in time.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

But these are the kind of pictures that years down the road are so interesting.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

I love this one in particular from the day. It was inbetween some formal family pictures that there was some great moments.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

I shot this one as to make it feel as if you’re there at the table congratulating Grace & Johnny.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Then there’s fun moments when there’s alot going on that are so fun to capture.

Portrait Session

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

If you had seen me taking this picture you wouldn’t think this would come from it. This was a stylistic choice where I wanted to highlight the interaction between Grace & Johnny.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

A short walk from Kinnity Castle are some great woods. The sun was beaming in and creating some lovely light.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

There was alot more captured than the few pictures you see here. This one was just a nice moment as they walked around exploring.

Party

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

First dance is easy to focus on the couple dancing, but I love catching peoples reactions also.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

This was a fun cake cutting, they were given this sword to cut with!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

This was a fun game where Grace was behind the curtain using her hands to control Johnny. I got in close to show the confusion on Johnny’s face while his brothers laugh their heads off in the background!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

The stage lighting was causing some crazy colours on Johnny’s brother as he held up the curtain. I used this to frame the guests laughing at the entertainment.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Reliving some funny moments really made this guest laugh!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Here I stood behind the band to give some context to what the guests are singing and dancing to.

Wedding // Kinnitty Castle Hotel // Birr // Offaly // Grace & Johnny

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Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

Looking For The Best Wedding Photographer? Here’s 3 Styles To Choose From…

Looking For The Best Wedding Photographer? Here’s 3 Styles To Choose From…

The best wedding photographer doesn’t mean they are the right one for you. Let’s look at the different styles and which one is right for you. The Best Wedding Photographer In Ireland? There’s many things to sort and arrange for…

Emerging Award Winning Wedding Photographer – 3 Winning Images

Emerging Award Winning Wedding Photographer – 3 Winning Images

Recognition as an award winning wedding photographer is not only rewarding for myself, but also a way to show you my worth. Award Winning Wedding Photographer? – NineDots, TIR & WPJA There’s alot of photography awards out there to win,…

INSPIRING WEDDING AT KINNITTY CASTLE HOTEL // BIRR // OFFALY // GRACE & JOHNNY

INSPIRING WEDDING AT KINNITTY CASTLE HOTEL // BIRR // OFFALY // GRACE & JOHNNY

INSPIRING WEDDING AT KINNITTY CASTLE HOTEL // BIRR // OFFALY // GRACE & JOHNNY Myself and my husband asked Jamie to be our photographer for our big day and it’s safe to say it was the best decision we made…

The Coronavirus and Weddings Battle – Guidance & How I Want To Help You

The Coronavirus and Weddings Battle – Guidance & How I Want To Help You

The world’s been turned upside down and arranging a wedding during a pandemic isn’t easy. Here’s the latest guidance and how I want to help you. – Updated 03/11/20 Latest Coronavirus and Wedding Guidance for Ireland – Update 03/11/20 With…

Delightful Wedding at Fernhill House Hotel // Clonakilty // Cork // Fini & Harley

Delightful Wedding at Fernhill House Hotel // Clonakilty // Cork // Fini & Harley

Delightful Wedding at Fernhill House Hotel // Clonakilty // Cork // Fini & Harley What a great photographer. He truly cared to make our Wedding Special. We got some stunning photos and he was even willing to stay past sunset…

The Unspoken Truth About Your Wedding Photos, Copyright and Monkeys…

The Unspoken Truth About Your Wedding Photos, Copyright and Monkeys…

You may not realise it but just because you paid someone to take photos of your day doesn’t mean you own the photos. Here’s why and what it means oh and what it has to do with a monkey… Photo…

The Coronavirus and Weddings Battle - Guidance & How I Want To Help You. Award Winning Photographer Limerick Ireland

The Coronavirus and Weddings Battle – Guidance & How I Want To Help You

The world’s been turned upside down and arranging a wedding during a pandemic isn’t easy. Here’s the latest guidance and how I want to help you. – Updated 03/11/20

Latest Coronavirus and Wedding Guidance for Ireland – Update 03/11/20

With the ongoing Coronavirus and weddings battle the Irish Government released its Plan for living with Covid. This has a 5 level roadmap which includes specific information for weddings. As of it’s release Ireland is at level 5.

Before at level 2 meant you could have up to 50 people in attendance, which includes the couple and staff. Originally a move to level 4 & 5 meant only 6 guests, as of 21st October though the Government has given special exemption to weddings. Instead of 6, you can now have 25 guests. This number doesn’t include the couple getting married and the suppliers, so that’s 25 actual guests you can invite. Also before the changes only the couple could travel to a different county to get married with guests not being allowed to do so. The update also means guests can travel outside their county to attend the wedding.

Other points to notice are –

  • Overnight accommodation is permitted as well for the couple and 25 guests
  • Wedding suppliers are allowed to travel to the wedding venue
  • No music and dancing are allowed
  • Hair & Make-up services aren’t permitted at venue or home
  • Weddings must finish at 11pm with everyone vacated the reception space by 11.30pm
  • Restrictions to last 6 weeks until 2nd December, although there will be a review after 4 weeks.

Social distancing guidelines and health protection protocols are in place and these will affect how your day will be celebrated. Another area to look at is the guidelines for the hospitality industry released by Failte Ireland. These have specific recommendations for weddings also.

Here is a quick guide to show the amount of guests depending on the Covid Level –

Guests

Travel restrictions

Level 1

Up to 100 guests for wedding ceremony and reception.

No Travel Restrictions

Level 2

Up to 50 guests for wedding ceremony and reception.

No Travel Restrictions

Level 3

Up to 25 guests for wedding ceremony and reception.

Can travel outside county to attend wedding.

Level 4

Up to 25 guests for wedding ceremony and reception.

Can travel outside county to attend wedding.

Level 5

Up to 25 guests for wedding ceremony and reception.

Can travel outside county to attend wedding.

Failte Ireland Hospitality Industry Guidelines

  • Under Government Public Health Advice there can be a maximum of 50 people in the function area including employees.
  • The function area must be self-contained and only one function per area / room.
  • Businesses must follow updated Public Health advice to ensure that all wedding guests leave the function/bar areas by 11.30pm.
    Public Health advice states that these areas should be cleared of all guests by 11.30pm. However, this does not include staff members who will carry out closing procedures.
  • Face coverings should be worn by employees in customer facing roles where no other protective measures are in place e.g.
    protective screens and where physical distancing of 2 metres* is not possible.
  • Face coverings should also be worn by guests when arriving to and leaving their table.

On Arrival

  • Where possible, guests must be directed to enter and exit through separate doors that are automated or manually operated by an employee. Doors may be propped open if fire regulations allow.
  • Hand sanitisers (including touchless dispensers where possible) must be readily available at each access point. These must have a minimum alcohol content of 60%. Signage must encourage all guests to use this when they enter and leave.
  • Prominent signage must explain current physical distancing practices. This must be accompanied by clear and visible markings that illustrate the safe distancing protocol.

Drinks Reception

  • Service stations must use physical distancing queuing systems.
  • Tea/coffee/drinks and canapé stations must be managed by service personnel. There must be no self-service stations. Canapés must be in individual portions.
  • Remove as much loose furniture (e.g. sofas, etc.) from the room to ensure maximum space for physical distancing.

Dinner Reception

  • Entrance doors should be opened whilst guests are entering the dining area.
  • Review the seating capacities to meet the current physical distancing guidance. There must be adequate spacing between customers at each table in accordance with Government physical distancing guidelines.
  • Hand sanitisers (including touchless dispensers where possible) must be readily available. Consider providing hand sanitiser on each table. These must have a minimum alcohol content of 60%. Signage must encourage all guests to use this when they enter and leave.
  • Management must ensure appropriate signage is in place to welcome guests and reassure them that employees have been trained in line with the Government’s Public Health advice.
  • There must be no shared items at the table. Instead:
  1. Water jugs must be poured by service personnel only.
  2. Salt and pepper shakers, butter dishes should be available only on request.
  3. Instead each guest should be given individual portions/sachets.
  • For the meal service:
  1. Face coverings should be worn by staff during the service of the meal
  2. There must be no family-style service of food
    (i.e. no shared vegetable/gravy dishes, etc.).
  3. Wedding afters must be served directly to each guest fully plated.
  • Ensuring distancing on the dance floors:
  1. Signage on tables and dance floors must ask guests
    to respect physical distancing guidelines.
  2. Employees must monitor and manage distancing.

Additional Considerations

  • All third-party suppliers must ensure they adhere to the Governments Public Health advice.
  • Multiple gatherings are allowed in venue facilities provided they are in separate defined spaces and there are systems to prevent intermingling in common spaces (e.g. entrances, exits and toilet facilities).
  • Limit the number of service personnel per group of guests to the smallest number that is practical.
  • Where at all practical, service personnel should provide services to only one gathering and should not move between multiple gatherings in different venue locations.
  • Where possible, facilities such as toilets should not be used simultaneously by multiple gatherings. However if they are cleaned in between usage, they may be used separately by different gatherings, within the same time period.

To view Government Public Health measures currently in place, click HERE

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Coronavirus & How I Want To Help

The issue for alot of people I have spoken to is that of the unknown. Even though we have these mid-term guidelines, it doesn’t mean that anyone can plan for the real wedding they want. It might be you have to or want to postpone the wedding to another date, so you can have all those you love there for the big day.

It would be a shame that you can’t have the day you want because you’re locked into using a particular venue date, or you lose money because a supplier isn’t willing to work with you. Not only can these things result in losing money and frustration but also a bad taste in your mouth about how a supplier has dealt with you.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Because of this and because I really want you to really enjoy your day I have been following these principles –

  • Work with you rather than against you.
  • Be flexible with moving dates.
  • Issue refunds if I dont have a new date available.
  • Open to changing and tailoring to your photography needs if things suddenly change.

Ultimately I want you to know that I’ll do my best to look after you, help make arranging your wedding smoother and help you avoid unnecessary headaches!

Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

Looking For The Best Wedding Photographer? Here’s 3 Styles To Choose From…

Looking For The Best Wedding Photographer? Here’s 3 Styles To Choose From…

The best wedding photographer doesn’t mean they are the right one for you. Let’s look at the different styles and which one is right for you. The Best Wedding Photographer In Ireland? There’s many things to sort and arrange for…

Emerging Award Winning Wedding Photographer – 3 Winning Images

Emerging Award Winning Wedding Photographer – 3 Winning Images

Recognition as an award winning wedding photographer is not only rewarding for myself, but also a way to show you my worth. Award Winning Wedding Photographer? – NineDots, TIR & WPJA There’s alot of photography awards out there to win,…

INSPIRING WEDDING AT KINNITTY CASTLE HOTEL // BIRR // OFFALY // GRACE & JOHNNY

INSPIRING WEDDING AT KINNITTY CASTLE HOTEL // BIRR // OFFALY // GRACE & JOHNNY

INSPIRING WEDDING AT KINNITTY CASTLE HOTEL // BIRR // OFFALY // GRACE & JOHNNY Myself and my husband asked Jamie to be our photographer for our big day and it’s safe to say it was the best decision we made…

The Coronavirus and Weddings Battle – Guidance & How I Want To Help You

The Coronavirus and Weddings Battle – Guidance & How I Want To Help You

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Delightful Wedding at Fernhill House Hotel // Clonakilty // Cork // Fini & Harley

Delightful Wedding at Fernhill House Hotel // Clonakilty // Cork // Fini & Harley

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Delightful Wedding at Fernhill House Hotel // Clonakilty // Cork // Award Winning Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

Delightful Wedding at Fernhill House Hotel // Clonakilty // Cork // Fini & Harley

Delightful Wedding at Fernhill House Hotel // Clonakilty // Cork // Fini & Harley

What a great photographer. He truly cared to make our Wedding Special. We got some stunning photos and he was even willing to stay past sunset and get some awesome night shots. He really knows how to capture natural moments. He really knows how to frame a shot and gives clear direction at times and other times he let’s you forget he’s even there. Thank you for everything you did for us to make the occasion one we can remember for a lifetime – Harley & Fini

Bride Prep

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Bride prep for Fini was happening in her hotel room at the venue at Fernhill House Hotel.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Her sisters were coming and going. They were all enjoying the build up to the day.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

It isn’t often I ask anyone to do anything, but the way Fini happened to be standing, talking to her family with the beautiful soft light coming through the window, it was too much to pass up a great portrait shot. All it took from me was to ask her to turn her head!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

After a while everyone forgets I’m there. They become themselves and this is when I love capturing these small moments

Groom Prep at Fernhill House Hotel

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Harley is someone who likes to joke around, so it was great to capture him doing some random things!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

To me the most mundane things can be really interesting when you look back on them. Even a bit of ironing can bring back some memories!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020
Wedding of Fini & Harley. Ceremony at Fernhill House,,Clonakilty,Cork,Ireland,. Reception at ,,,Cork,,

The energy started to change the nearer Harley got to seeing Fini. It wasn’t going to be long before they met for the big reveal..

Reveal & Portrait Session at Fernhill House Hotel Gardens

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

There was a lovely bamboo corridor that Harley waited for Fini along….

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Fini excitedly headed down…

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Even though the reveal is something set-up, the reactions you get are sooo real!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Even after the initial reveal, the energy and moments don’t stop.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Simple things like holding hands and just walking can be a joy to capture.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Fini & Harley were real naturals when it came to just showing affection to each other. I didn’t do anything to make this happen other than to just tell them to face each other.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

It’s the moments inbetween that are really worth capturing, I can’t let my guard drop for any moment!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

The gardens at the Fernhill House Hotel provided alot of variety and beautiful places to take images.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Getting in really close can help convey those moments

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

The gardens are set lower down the hill than the hotel, so I headed back up to really show the beauty of Clonakilty. Because everything is so green, Fini & Harley really stood out even being so small in the photo, add in an exaggerated kiss and voila!

Pre Ceremony at Fernhill House Hotel

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Being that Fini & Harley did a reveal before the Ceremony, they wanted to just hang out before they tied the knot

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

It might look staged but all I did was be patient and let this moment happen naturally.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

I love taking pictures of people taking pictures, especially when they’re messing around having fun. It’s great because they’re going to have 2 photos of this moment. This one and the one they were taking on the phone. 2 perspectives of the same moment.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

I think it helps to show context to an image. I could have just taken a picture of Fini & Harley without anyone in the image, but that doesn’t show the full story. The fact they were in their own world with others around them shows how much love they have.

Ceremony & First Dance at Fernhill House Hotel

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

There was only one bridesmaid and she had to be told what to do!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

The ceremony is all about the tiny interactions. Those tiny moments of eye contact…

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Also the caring moments…

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Don’t forget about the laughs!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Fini & Harley weren’t having a big party later in the evening, so they wanted to do the first dance straight after the ceremony.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

There’s no rules to how you plan your wedding day. Fini & Harley definitely didn’t go “conventional” and that made it so much more fun!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Looking over peoples shoulders is one of my favourite ways to take a shot. It makes you feel like you’re actually there with everyone enjoying the moment.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

I wouldn’t be a fan of the selfie stick myself, but Harley is and it was good fun to use!

People

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Taking pictures of guests is part of what I love. Particularly scenes when there’s just people conversing in different groups and different things going on. I think these are great ones to look back on years down the line.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

I’m proud to say I won an award for this one from Ninedots which is awarded by top wedding photographers. A quick moment that was a blink and you miss it where the bridesmaid was jumping and the guest joined in. I managed to capture this with them both in mid-air and a great expression on the young girl.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

This was just before the ceremony whilst waiting to go down to the marquee. I love how Harley and Fini are so happy whilst their friends are quite the opposite.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

After the ceremony and everyone’s mingling, there’s always different things going on.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Love this one. A great smile by Fini’s sister whilst the bridesmaid gets taken for a ride.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

I wouldn’t consider this anything special, but it’s a moment in time that later down the years will bring back memories from a point later in the day as things were winding down.

Evening Portrait Session at Fernhill House Hotel Gardens

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Even though it was raining and cold outside, Fini & Harley wanted some evening portraits taken.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Using the lampost for the only source of light I just asked them to lean against it and look at each other. Love does the rest!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Even though I did bring out my flash and we took some other shots, using the lampost were my favourite shots. It wasn’t a picture I had in mind to take before we went down there, I just saw it and thought it had to be used.

Wedding // Fernhill House Hotel // Clonakilty // Cork // Fini & Harley

View more photos from the Pixieset album at https://jamiegilliesphotography.pixieset.com/finiandharley/

Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

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The Unspoken Truth About Your Wedding Photos, Copyright and Monkeys…

You may not realise it but just because you paid someone to take photos of your day doesn’t mean you own the photos. Here’s why and what it means oh and what it has to do with a monkey…

Photo Copyright

The first thing to touch on is copyright. We hear the term but don’t always understand it fully. Copyright is “the exclusive and assignable legal right, given to the originator for a fixed number of years, to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material.” – Lexico.com

In the EU artwork is automatically copyrighted upon creation of the work. No registration is needed.

This means that because your wedding photographer pressed the button on the camera to take the photo, they automatically own the copyright to that picture.

Your Wedding Photos and Photo Copyright Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer

Monkeys

This is where an interesting case came up a few years ago. In 2011 a british photographer, David Slater, travelled to a national park in indonesia to take pictures of the wildlife.  He wanted pictures of monkeys, the monkeys were scared of him so he left his camera set up on a tripod and let the monkeys be curious and actually snap a few shots by themselves!

This picture went a bit viral. Problem is wikipedia tagged it as public domain (which essentially means something isn’t protected by copyright law) for the reason that as Mr Slater didn’t actually take the picture he didn’t own the copyright and monkeys cant own copyright. Mr Slater asked wikipedia to remove the picture, wikipedia didnt.  Then in 2015 PETA sued Mr Slater on behalf of the monkey. It got thrown out of court, PETA appealed it ending in an out of court settlement. Really this issue hasn’t been fully settled. 

As silly as it is, this story highlights how serious copyright is taken. So basically don’t let monkeys take your wedding photos, but on the other hand it would be cool to have monkeys take your wedding photos (they just probably won’t let you use them because of the copyright thing)

Faithlegg Hotel, Waterford, Ireland

What This Means For Your Wedding Photos

So what does this mean for you as the purchaser of a wedding photographer and your resulting photos?

This is down to the discretion of the photographer.  A wedding photographer should have terms and conditions regarding what you as the buyer can do and not do with your own wedding photos.

The wedding photographer should grant you a license to use the images for certain things. For example using on social media, sharing with friends and family and printing. Really within reason you should be able to do whatever you want with them. 

The only time a photographer would likely have a problem is if you edit and share them in a way that reflects their work in a negative way. Also most of the time the photographer won’t give you permission to sell on these photos for profit.  If you did want to sell the photos then approach the photographer and I’m sure you’ll be able to broker a deal.

Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

What This Means For The Photographer

The photographer is likely going to want to use some of the photos they took of your wedding as promotion material.  Weddings aren’t a return business so new customers are always needed and new, fresh photos are a continual part of bringing in customers.

You do have a level of protection. The photographer needs a model release to use a photo from each individual in the photo.  I say level of protection because it’s not a black and white thing. It all depends on the use (is it commercial), whether it was taken in a private or public place, and who’s in the picture. For a more detailed insight into this side theres a good article at https://thelawtog.com/wedding-guests-need-sign-photography-model-release-form/

Rule of thumb would say that for a wedding, which would be considered a public place where photos would be expected, that the photographer can use the photos how they would deem fit.

If you would like your wedding photos kept private, then have a chat with the photographer, they should be willing to help you out and work with you to provide a solution that works for you both.

Conclusion

The wedding photographer is an artist you are commissioning to document your day.  Photographs are creative works, and the copyright law exists to protect the artist.

Any wedding photographer worth their salt should let you essentially do what you want, within reason, with the photos though.  It’s down to you to check what the photographer will licence you to do with your wedding photos and if you feel it’s not what you’re after, talk to them.  

Check out my terms and conditions for copyright licensing and model release info. If you’re not happy with it, talk to me, I’m a reasonable guy!

Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

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What is Documentary Reportage Wedding Photography? Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

Documentary Reportage Wedding Photography & Its Luxurious History.

Ever wondered What is Documentary Reportage Wedding Photography? Wedding photography has changed dramatically in the last 10 years. More and more you will see the term Documentary, Reportage and even photo-journalistic.  Essentially they all mean the same thing, capturing your day as it happened. Real people having real moments.

A brief history of wedding photography.

What is Documentary Reportage Wedding Photography? Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

Documentary Reportage Wedding photography was the furthest thing from people’s mind in the beginning. In fact any form of wedding photography just did not exist until super rich people got their hands on it.

Wedding photography seems to be started back in the mid 1800s after the English monarchy posed for portraits and a trend started.  The original wedding photography scene would have been just one photo, which was posed with no smiling.

This is because the camera technology at the time would have been bulky and required people to come to a studio and then stand still long enough for the camera to capture the photo.  Also the photos were black and white and printed on small, metal sheets, known as a daguerrotype.

As camera technology evolved and cameras got lighter, film got smaller and flashes got better the photographer could then visit the bride and groom at their venue. This meant more pictures were being taken, but due to the expense of film meant each picture still had to count and the best way to make pictures count is to make people pose.

vintage wedding photography

During this period it would have really been those who had money who had their wedding pictures taken but after the war those hobbyists with cameras would gate-crash weddings, take pictures and sell them to the couples. This then moved onto couples booking in advance photographers.

Finally we got to the digital camera. Unlimited pictures can be taken, super fast autofocus lenses, amazingly low-light sensors and the ability to really develop photos in the digital dark room has created a whole new level of wedding photography.

Documentary photography has always existed, It’s nothing new. But the evolution of camera technology, social media and the uncomfortableness of posing has pushed the current trend and I’m sure it will continue to evolve.

So what is documentary reportage wedding photography?

What is Documentary Reportage Wedding Photography? Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland Wedding // Greenway Manor // Waterford // Ireland // Vicky & Keiran

Real people

Your friends and family are everything to you. You know them and their quirks! So when you look back at your day, you want to see those people being themselves.

Wedding // Botanical Gardens & Kennedy’s Station // Dublin // Ireland // Maroesjka & Nikki

Real moments

Your wedding is a special celebration of love. Emotions are on a high and all come out during the day, capturing them for you to look back on is what it’s all about.

Wedding // Mordon Village Hall // Dorset // UK // Isaac & Georgia //

Enjoy your day

Don’t feel the need to play up to the camera or pose. Enjoy just taking in your day, interacting with everyone and don’t be distracted by the camera.

Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

Surprises

You can’t be everywhere, so there’s always things that go on that you didn’t see. Not that I can capture every single thing that goes on but there’s always something that when you look through the photos you see a new angle on your day.

Wedding // Botanical Gardens & Kennedy’s Station // Dublin // Ireland // Maroesjka & Nikki

As it happened

When you look through the photos, you will see your day as it happened. The laughter the tears, the moments of contemplation, kids playing, guests chatting, bad weather, good weather. Whatever happened, it’s captured for you to reminisce on.

Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

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The Danger Of Letting Uncle Dave Take Wedding Photos

Wedding photography isn’t a priority when it comes to your budget, so when uncle Dave offers to take wedding photos for you it seems like an ideal way to save some money…or is it?

Before we get into the details, let me make it clear that I’m not going to say you should let him take photos or not. Not everyone can afford a wedding photographer so uncle Dave is actually better than nothing. So if it comes down to you having any pictures or not, then go get uncle Dave signed up asap!

The Danger Of Letting Uncle Dave Take Wedding Photos

Uncle Dave & The Danger Of Letting Him Take Wedding Photos

If you have got it in your budget to get a wedding photographer, but think it’s worth getting uncle Dave to do the photos so you can reallocate the photographer budget to something else, don’t think photos are that important,  then that’s the time to really have a hard think about things.

As I mentioned in my post about “why is wedding photography so expensive” the value of a good wedding photographer isn’t seen till after the wedding. By then it’s too late to go back and change things.

The wedding day does only last a day, but the memories you want to last forever. 

Uncle Dave could actually be a good photographer, have a good camera, good lenses etc, but experience and craft are really the main attributes you should look for when getting anyone to take your wedding photos.

The Danger Of Letting Uncle Dave Take Wedding Photos

Being family or a close friend then it’s also easy for them to take their eye off the ball. They’re there as a guest really and so will have that focus about the day.  They would rather be by the bar talking to old friends and family than making sure they get your day documented.

I’ve seen a variety of outcomes with letting a non-professional take the photos. In one or two cases I’ve actually been really impressed with how good the photos have come out. But let’s get it clear when I say “impressed” I really mean “Didn’t mess up”. But to be honest more often than not, the couple are disappointed by the photos they, eventually, get.

That’s the other part to this decision, don’t expect to get the pictures anytime soon. It can take, and I mean literally, years to get the photos. In the case of one of the couples who were happy with their wedding photos from a family relative, it took 3 years to get them.

Another thing to keep in mind is what happens if Uncle Dave’s memory card fails, breaks his camera or just completely loses the photos?  These things can happen to even a professional, but for a professional having backups is part of their process. (Read more about keeping your photos safe)

Wedding // Elham Village Hall // Kent // UK // Aaron & Jaimie //

The Other Real Option To Take Wedding Photos

The other option for those who don’t have the budget to pay a full blown, hundreds of weddings under the belt, professional photographer is to find someone who’s starting out.

I got my first wedding gig by offering my services to a friend. He was doing the wedding on a shoestring, I wanted to help him out and so shot his wedding. Before that wedding I really wasn’t interested in making this a living, landscape photography was my thing – It meant I went to awesome places and didn’t have to deal with people! It was by doing that wedding I actually realised wedding photography could be an option for me.

There’s always people starting out in a profession that need a few breaks and are willing to do things for cheap or even free, and for a couple that don’t have a budget it’s a winning combination.

Keep in mind though that for someone starting out, they too likely don’t have the equipment they really need, the experience and especially the craft. But what you would gain from them over uncle Dave would be raw passion, eagerness and a mindset about actually photographing your day rather than propping up the bar.

Should you bite the bullet?

If you have the budget then yes, definitely.  With a professional you are really paying for a guarantee. A guarantee you get what you’re after, when you want it, high quality, minimal fuss, no excuses and a great attitude.

Anything other than a professional then you have to compromise somewhere. But that’s your choice to make.

Remember the food will be finished before the day is gone, the reception will be empty by the end of the night, the flowers will be dead by the end of the week, but the photos will be there forever.

Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

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How To Backup Wedding Photos

The Complete 6 Step Guide On How To Backup Wedding Photos

When it comes to your wedding pictures the last thing anyone wants is for them to be lost. But the process for never losing your wedding pictures starts before the wedding. Here’s the complete guide on how to backup wedding photos.

Having Redundancy, or in other words backups, is perhaps what sets apart a professional from an amateur. For a professional it’s not an afterthought, it’s a way of life. The mantra is to have at least 3 copies of the data at all times, with one of them being offsite (Stored in a different location to where you are).

On top of having backups, organizing and naming all this data is also a high priority.  This helps keep track of what can be multiple weddings on a computer at once and also for future reference.

I’m going to take you through my workflow (process) for keeping your images safe whatever may happen.

Before the Wedding

  • Use dual memory card cameras
  • Use more than 1 camera
  • Check & format memory cards
  • Batteries fully charged
  • Have spares ready to go on me

It’s not just data that can get lost. Having extra equipment and accessories also helps make sure everything that can be captured will be.

During The Wedding

  • Refresh batteries during dinner
  • Check memory cards & change if they’re getting full

After The Wedding

Journey Home

  • Keep one set of memory cards in a trouser pocket for drive home – this is a temporary offsite copy (If cameras get stolen, e.g whilst at petrol station)
  • Keep the other set of memory cards in the cameras, in the car boot.

On the way home, unlikely as it may seem, could be a time when your photos could be lost. What happens if I’m in an accident, got my car stolen etc. Having a copy of your photos in my pocket can make the difference.

When Home

  • Keep the set in my trousers in the car – This is now the temporary offsite copy.
  • The other set is then set to backup onto the computer overnight.
  • Use of a dual high speed memory card reader so can copy 2 cards at once. 
  • Normally between 300-500GB of data to copy from at least 2 cards.

PhotoMechanic

  • PhotoMechanic is a powerful software for “ingesting” (copying) data from memory cards.
  • A job profile is created on Photomechanic. This will then be the basis for renaming and organizing files.
  • Copied to 2 locations on computer – One is the “Edit” Drive, the other is “Raw” Drive. The “Raw” Drive is NEVER touched.
  • Files are renamed with job location, couples names, cameras & lens info and date.
  • After copying, nothing is deleted from the memory cards. They are then kept aside until data is backed up offsite

Backblaze

  • “Backblaze” is a cloud storage system. 
  • Files are automatically backed up online but does take time.

Before I go to bed I want to make sure that you photos are safe. This stage is automated once the cards are put in the card reader and the computer can be left to do its work.

This process will result in having at least 3 copies of the data, with one copy being offsite, one copy on the computer that will never be touched and the other copy that is to be edited. The files are also all organized and renamed.

Edit

  • “Edit” drive is automatically and continually backed up, using windows backup, to a separate hard drive that’s sole purpose is to be a backup. It is never used for anything else.
  • The “Edit” Drive is also automatically and continuously backed up to Backblaze.

This process means that as the edit takes place there are 2 copies on the computer and 1 offsite copy.

Delivery

  • Files are exported as JPEGs in various dimensions for delivery for web, client etc
  • The whole wedding editing session folder is then copied onto another hard drive called “Delivery” and also “Raw”
  • The “Delivery” Hard drive is automatically backed up to “Backblaze”
  • The “Raw” Hard drive is automatically backed up to “Backblaze”

This results in 2 copies on the PC and 2 offsite copies on “Backblaze”

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Wedding Photography Backup Workflow

What to do once you get your wedding photos

One you have receive notification that your photos are ready you will then have the ability to view them online.  I highly recommend that one of the things you do is to download all your photos on to every computer you have and also into any cloud storage you have. 

This will mean you will never lose your photos.

Finally

All this seems like real hassle, I know! Its very much worth spending the time to do though. The last thing I want to do after your big day is to tell you your photos are gone. That to me would be the worst possible thing.

That’s why I have developed this workflow of backing up everything. I really recommend you take it seriously aswell. So at least for one thing, you can be assured that your photos will never be lost.

Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

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The Coronavirus and Weddings Battle – Guidance & How I Want To Help You

The Coronavirus and Weddings Battle – Guidance & How I Want To Help You

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why is wedding photography so expensive

The Unpopular Answer To Why Is Wedding Photography So Expensive?

It seems the moment the word “wedding” is mentioned everything gets 10x more expensive. I mean how hard is it for someone to click a button and get some photos for you? So why is wedding photography so expensive then?

why is wedding photography so expensive

SO why is wedding photography so expensive?

Perhaps there’s more to it than meets the eye. Let me help you see why wedding photography isn’t cheap but is actually value for money.

To help understand what you’re paying for I’ve broken it down into 4 areas-

  • Tools
  • Time
  • Craft & Experience
  • Value
why is wedding photography so expensive

Tools

Tools help people get a job done. Buy cheap, buy twice is the rule of thumb, one I firmly believe in. When it comes to making sure your wedding day is captured with minimal issues good quality tools is a must.

Here are a few tools that are needed to get you your pictures –

  • 2 x Cameras (At least )
  • 2 x Lenses (At least)
  • Many High Capacity, Fast & High Quality Memory Cards
  • Camera Harness
  • Batteries (Camera, Flash, Etc)
  • Camera Bags
  • Light Stands, Modifiers, Flashes
  • Image Editing Software Subscription (Capture One, Adobe LR & PS)
  • Website Hosting & Maintenance
  • Insurances
  • Many Hard Drives
  • Cloud Backup Subscription
  • Fast Computer
  • High Quality Monitor & Monitor Calibration Tool
  • Car (Tax, Fuel, Insurance, Maintenance, Etc)
  • Internet & Phone
  • Comfortable Shoes & Smart Clothing

I’ve only really listed obvious things. There’s a lot more smaller items, like pens etc, that are always a constant expense. But I’m sure you get the point.

why is wedding photography so expensive

Time

Time is an expense that is easy to under-estimate. You see me turn up on your wedding day for 10-12 hours and I can forgive you for thinking that’s about the limit of my labour. That 10-12 hours is definitely not an easy ride, I’m always knackered after a day on my feet with my mind in constant use. But those 10-12 hours aren’t the first hours I’ve put in or the last.

In the build up to your wedding there’s a good amount of time, albeit in lots of small amounts, that are spent in client relations, emails, research, preparation, etc. 

After the wedding, is perhaps when the bulk of the work comes in. Before I even get to editing your pictures there’s a few other steps. Backup is something of a mantra I preach and that takes time. Cataloguing and organizing the photos is also a crucial but boring part of the process.

Then there’s culling, editing, exporting, and delivery. Even then that’s not the end. Weddings I shot last year I’m still spending time on. Creating Albums, Blogs, Advertising & Maintaining a social presence all are an ongoing time expense. Again like with tools, there’s always a lot of smaller things that add up and take time.

why is wedding photography so expensive

Craft & Experience

Before I get onto craft, I just want to talk about experience. This is something that can never really be quantified. It’s something that’s always being built. It’s connected with time, but in the sense of what you have done with your time.  

Experience of how a wedding works, how a camera works, how to edit pictures, how to keep on top of your taxes, are all things that are needed for a wedding photographer.

Also just because you have experience doesn’t mean you’re good at anything. Someone who’s shot weddings for 20 years v someone who’s shot them for 1 year – who’s the better wedding photographer? All depends on the end result really and can be very subjective.

Essentially what I’m trying to say though is that what you’re paying for is someone who is not only experienced but a craftsman. Someone who really knows how to balance light, composition, moments, camera settings, the limits of that camera and lens, where to be at any given moment, knows how to deal with people in the right way, the list goes on. 

why is wedding photography so expensive

Value

Before the wedding it’s really hard to see the value in a service like wedding photography. It’s something that’s a long way away, there’s little emotion in it. 

It’s only after the wedding day that the value comes.  After the excitement, people, moments, emotions, etc have passed does wedding photography bring its value. Consider it an investment. Something that will only get better with age.

It’s through the photos that you can hold onto that day. A photo is a powerful way to keep memories fresh for years to come.

Finally

So if you’re wondering whether to spend all that money on a professional photographer, then I’m going to say yes. You won’t regret it.

I know I’m biased as that’s how I make a living and have an interest in telling you this, but from seeing so many people so happy to relive their wedding day through photos is evidence enough to me that it’s more than worth it.

Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

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The Coronavirus and Weddings Battle – Guidance & How I Want To Help You

The Coronavirus and Weddings Battle – Guidance & How I Want To Help You

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