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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…

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

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 Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

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

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…

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.

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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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The Ultimate In-Depth Look at Pixieset – How Will I Get My Wedding Photos?

Gone are the days of film, taking a couple of hundred shots, taking them to the chemist to get developed and then posting them out.  Now we have the ability to take thousands of images, carefully curate the best ones, adjust them to our liking and then what? This is where Pixieset steps in.

The Ultimate Guide To Pixieset

The Ultimate Guide To Pixieset

Being we have a digital product we have 3 options – 

  1. Digital Delivery
  2. Physical Delivery
  3. Both

How you receive each of the above can be done multiple ways also.  I can email you the pictures, send them on a usb or i can put them on an online gallery.

I choose to put them on an online gallery. This is where Pixieset comes in. To me there are several advantages to this.

  1. Beautifully displayed no matter what device you use
  2. You have control of who sees and downloads your pictures
  3. Client Exclusive Options
  4. Ability to download all pictures, or just the ones you like
  5. Option to order prints direct from the gallery
  6. Curate your favourite pictures

Let’s look more in depth at each of these areas

Beautiful Galleries

Pixieset is designed to work with any device, so whether you use your computer or phone, it will look amazing.

When we go onto your gallery you will be met with a large feature image, your names and date of the wedding.

It’s like we have got the front cover of your wedding album in our hands.

As we scroll down your images will be displayed with large thumbnails, all arranged to fit the best way on the device you’re using.

Between the feature image and the start of the gallery of your pictures you’ll see different tabs. I normally like to arrange a highlights set, and then a colour and B&W sets.

The highlights set is normally a selection of the best images from the day in colour and B&W. The other sets will be all the images in colour and then B&W  

You can click on any of the images to enlarge them. You can then navigate using your keyboard arrow keys or by clicking on the arrows on the left or right of the image.

**** One great feature and the best way to take in your photos is to click on the first one and in the top right corner you will see a play button. This will start a slideshow of all the pictures in this set. A recommendation would be to put a Spotify playlist together of your favourite songs to then play in the background whilst you enjoy the slideshow option. *****

Who Sees Your Pictures

Passwords

As default I will make the picture sets for colour and B&W password protected. This means only you and those you wish to share the password with see all the pictures.

I leave the Highlights selection public so anyone can view these. This means, for example, you could provide the link only on social media for others to view a selection of pictures from the day. 

If you wish the highlights can be password protected as well. This can be a separate password to the Colour & B&W sets to still keep those pictures viewable by only those you really want to see them, or the same password for all sets.

*** Please note Passwords are case and space sensitive *****

Homepage Visibility

As default I allow your gallery to be seen on the homepage.  This can be hidden so that only those with the link know they are there. This can be used in conjunction with not using a password so you can give a limited amount of access to those who have the link but not just anybody can go on pixieset and find your pictures.

Downloads

Default for downloads is to have them only accessible to those with the PIN.  This will be a 4 digit pin like you would have on your bank card. This then allows you to download your pictures in one go, in different resolutions or the odd ones you like. 

This means you can control who has the ability to download your pictures.

Share

Below the feature image and before the gallery on the right are a few options. The far right arrow symbol is to share the gallery. You can either copy the link or share to Facebook , Twitter via email etc.

The option is also available for individual photos when you click on them to enlarge them.

How You Get the Passwords and Pin

You will receive the password and pin in my email to you to say that your pictures are ready.

Client Exclusive Options

Guest V Client Access

To preface this section it’s good to know the difference between guest and client access.

As these are your photos you are the client. A guest would be anyone else that can visit the gallery.

When you first enter the gallery you will be given the option to enter as a guest or a client.

The default is to have no password for the guest. They will only enter their email to be able to enter. Once in they can only view the highlights set.

If a password has been set for both guests and clients you will need to enter the appropriate password to the relevant client or guest access. Again the guest will only have access to the highlights set.

Guests cannot view, download, or purchase private photos or private Sets

Extra Level of Password Protection

This is connected with you having the ability to have different sets password protected. This is what I use as a default and thus allows for the highlights set to be public but the Colour & B&W sets to be protected. This also allows you to password protect the highlights set with one password, and then have the Colour & B&W sets protected with a different password.

Mark as Private

The other useful feature is that you can mark photos as private.

There may be pictures you don’t want guests to see when they view the gallery. When hovering over the photo or when it’s enlarged one of the icon options will be a picture of an eye with a line through it. This is the option to mark the photo as private (or hidden) from any guest viewing the highlights set.

****Please note that this only works with sets that guests can view. In most cases this will only be the Highlights set.***

Due to this feature an option that is available is to have all sets open to guests and then you have the ability to private photos and select which ones they can see.

Download Options

The main two options for download are to download a whole collection or individual photos.

The Collection

Below the feature image and before the gallery one of the option icons is a down arrow. This allows you to download the whole gallery.

You will need to enter your email and PIN to gain access to this feature.

You will then be given options on which sets you want to download, the resolution and where.

The highlights set is made up of pictures from the Colour & B&W sets so it’s up to you if you wish to download that set as well. You will have two options for resolution – High (at least 3600px) or Web (1024px).  

You can then choose where to download to – Computer, Dropbox or Google Photos. I highly suggest you download to at least 2 different places. One to your PC and the other to the cloud. Unfortunately you can’t download to 2 different places at once so will require you doing this twice. But it will be worth it as the last thing we want is to lose your photos.

It will then pack your photos into a compressed ZIP folder which will then need to be uncompressed once downloaded to view the photos.

Individual Photos

For any individual photo you can download either by hovering over the image or enlarging and then selecting the down arrow icon for that photo. It will download it at full resolution (at least 3600px) as a jpeg.

By default you will have to enter your email and PIN to download individual photos also. This can also be changed to have no pin and also reduce the resolution to 1024px. You may prefer to do this so guests and clients can download without permission a lower quality version.

Order Prints

Ordering prints can be done by Guests or the Client for individual photos.

By clicking on the shopping trolley icon on each photo you will be given options on what prints you want.

You can order a variety of sized prints with different print mediums, from a 6×4” on photo paper to a 40×30” on metal. You can also choose a multiple of different types and sizes of the same print.

All prints ordered through Pixieset are fulfilled by the printing lab. Any issues with orders would need to be taken up with the printing lab. Even though i’m not responsible for any issues with regards to prints you’ve ordered you can still contact me and we can see what we can do.

Print Quality

Prints are fulfilled by an excellent specialist lab from the UK. So you can expect high end quality prints.

Curate Pictures

A great tool is the ability to create lists of favourite images.  

You favourite an image by clicking on the heart icon for each individual photo. You can then view your favourites together by clicking on the heart icon below the feature image.

By entering the favourites section you have the ability to create different favourite lists. It might be you want a list of photos to print for your family, and then another list of photos to print for yourself.

By going into a favourite list you then have the option to order them as prints, download or share.  

By sharing you can send those favourites as an email, get a link to send to someone via whatsapp, and the option to “send to photographer”.
“Send to photographer” is a way to collaborate with the photographer, for example, for prints you want that his package offers as part of the deal.


It is also a powertool in helping us create your photo album. You can create two lists, one for photos you have to have in the album and another for photos you don’t want in the album. These can then be “sent to photographer” for me to then use as guidelines for creating your photo album.

Finally

As you can see there’s a lot of advantages to using this modern way of delivering your photos.  I’m sure as time goes on there will be updates that will only enrich your experience for your wedding photos.

Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Wedding Photos

I want to capture your day so that you can look back at these pictures in years to come and remember the day as it was.

My tagline is “real people, real moments” and I love to document the day as it’s really happening. I don’t like to “glam” it up. I’m a warts and all kinda guy.

I will mainly focus on documenting the day rather than staged posing of couples etc – although if someone comes up to me and asks for a picture with someone – more than happy to do that.

I’m more than happy to do the traditional group photos and bride and groom shots. At the end of the day, it’s about you guys and what you want.

So my aim is to please you and help in whatever way I can.

Heres Some Pointers For The Wedding Day

Because I want to capture everything real that happens.

  • Once we had an initial chat and met everyone- Don’t feel a need to talk to me – I’m here to capture you enjoying time with your friends and family.
  • Don’t feel a need to look at the camera and smile – don’t play up to camera – be real and interact with those around you
  • Basically ignore me – the novelty of me being around will soon wear off.
  • It might be that I get close to you at times – If a moment happens then i might try to emphasise it by getting close up to your face with a wide angle lens and capture what’s going on around you as well
  • Don’t think you’re in my way – if someone walks across, that can add to an image at times. Sometimes i’m purposely using someone as a way to frame an image or getting their reaction
  • Just enjoy the day – Focus on getting the most out of all the hard work you’ve put into the day. – i’m there to help you remember it in the future.
  • For the couple photos i dont really pose – it’s perhaps the first time that day you have a moment “alone” together and can just focus on each other. I’m not one to particularly pose – i might give some direction – but essentially i want you both to just enjoy the short time you have together and capture that.

Things that can help you get the most from your photos

Prep

  • Get ready in a room with good natural light – I.e a large window.
  • Get any items or details you want photographed together – i.e hang dress in nice position.
  • Let me know about any special items, i.e grandmothers ring, a note on the bottom of a shoe etc – Then I know to get pictures of them more.

Ceremony

  • Enjoy the aisle! – Remember to smile as you walk down.
  • Suggest to your guests to really take in the moments rather than use the phone & camera to record everything – that’s what I’m for.

Group Photos

  • Have a clear idea of the group photos you want. – we can spend longer than you think doing these so get the important ones done first and then if we have time we can do more.
  • Have a table by where you have the photos done – drinks, phones etc can be put down while we take photos.

Speeches

  • If you can have the speeches by the head table, not the other side of the room. – best way to show everyone’s reactions.
  • Be aware this is where I like to get in close – This is when some of the best reactions happen – so might crouch between people, or stand right behind the speaker etc.

Party

  • Go Mad.
Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

Wedding Packages Walk-Through

Not only do you need to choose what photographer you want to trust to capture your pictures of the big day, you need to choose from the many options on offer. I’ve selected 3 packages that will work for most people.

I have 3 packages – Classic, All day classic and Reportage only

Differences – 

The classic and all day classic are similar in regards to they are more of a “traditional” style wedding day photography. So they would include group photos essentially.

The differences in them are at what point in the day coverage starts -The classic starts from the ceremony and the all day starts groom and bride prep.

Outside of the group photos, I will shoot the day with a documentary reportage style.

Reportage is all day coverage,from groom and bride prep onwards. It won’t include any formal group photos or couple photos. View it as you enjoying your day, and me capturing it. Say you do want some couple photos alone, what we can do is for you guys to head off on your own for say 15-30mins, you go where you want, do what you want, and ill just follow you around and document it. That way it’s not formal or organized, but its a chance for you to just kick back alone for a bit and also get some couple photos.

Similarities –

First of all you’ll get my full undivided attention and support from day one! This day is important to you and I want to give my best to help you remember it.  I’m also there to help your guests enjoy it as well. 

If people wish to have a quick photo done of them with their aunt etc, i’m more than happy to do that. 

During dinner, I will generally stop shooting. I don’t think anyone really wants photos of them eating & It’s an opportunity for me to get a bit of rest before the day kicks off again. I’m more than happy to bring my own food and sit in the car, I’m generally someone who likes to just have a bit of time to myself. But if you guys can provide food for me in the bar or something, that’s really appreciated.

Coverage includes up to the first dance. What i like to do is at least stay for a good few songs after the first dance, but depending on how the party is going and how tired i am, i might decide to stay on longer.

After the wedding

The day or 2 after the wedding I like to send you guys 3 or 4 initial preview pictures. It’s something for you to post on social media if you want, some people like to use them for a new profile picture or something for you just look at until the rest of the pictures are ready.

Normally I say pictures will be ready between 8-12 weeks. It’s not a process I like to rush plus i feel for you guys having the pictures a bit of time after the wedding day, when life has got back to normal, it’s nice at that point to view the pictures and reminisce. 

Regarding the number of images you get, I honestly can’t tell you. Obviously how much coverage I do for you, if we do formal photos, etc can all make a difference. I guarantee the very minimum you will get is 200, but in reality it’s more likely to be 300 onwards.

Online Gallery

So i use a website called Pixieset to share your wedding photos with you. This is specifically built to share wedding photos on. Your pictures will be password protected. So only you and the people you share the password with will be able to view them. I will put a selection of highlights together but you will also have all the photos in colour, and also in B&W.

You will be able to download individual photos in various resolutions or all the photos at once. You can also order prints direct from the website.

Your photos will be online for a year after which i can’t guarantee how long they’ll stay up there. So i highly recommend you download all the pictures and keep more than one copy of them somewhere.

For more information about the online gallery there will be a post and video coming out to go into more depth about that side of things. 

Extras

Extra things you may wish to add on to your package are things like wedding albums, an engagement shoot, have your images on a USB or if there’s anything else, let me know.

 For example you might want to have an image printed really large to hand on the wall. We can discuss sizes, printing options, things like that.

Travel Expenses

My rule of thumb is if your wedding requires more than 3 hours travel to get to you, i will need to book accommodation, add on food and travel costs etc.

Any weddings outside of UK & Ireland will be an added price. One for Europe and one for the rest of the world.

The price is laid out in the pricing list you have.

Payment Schedule

To secure the day a deposit is required. Until then I can’t guarantee that the date you’re after is available.

The rest of the balance is due 4 weeks before the wedding day.

For any extras you want , engagement shoot, albums etc then these need to be paid in full at the time of you booking these extras.

T&C’s

I suggest you do read through them. They’re a protection for yourself and me. I view them as a last resort, and will do my best to fulfill your needs without getting into legalities.

Finally

I hope this walk through helps answer any questions you may have had or helps you understand better what’s included.

But if you have any questions, or just want to chat and get to know me, by all means we can arrange that. We can do that over the phone, over zoom, or meet up if that’s feasible.

In the meantime all the best. Jamie

Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photographer Limerick Ireland

How To Book A Wedding Photographer

Here I want to help you understand the process, from initially enquiry through to the wedding day. This is how I personally work, every wedding photographer is going to have their own way of doing things.

So to start with you have obviously found me, liked what i do, and want to enquire more about my services.

The first port of call is to – 

Fill in Contact form on website

  • A way for me to collate everything in one place
  • I know right away the important information so I can help you
  • I don’t want to say i’m available before i know all the info. No point saying I’m free when your wedding I couldn’t get to if it’s far away or abroad, etc
  • Might be more hassle initially but helps both of us know if it’s even going to work before we start.

If I’m available I will send out price list

  • Have a look. There’s no rush to get back with a decision.
  • If you have questions or want to just chat to get to know me – no problem.

Fill in booking form

  • All the information I need from you about your day – for now.
  • The Tick box at the end is making this contractual to safeguard both of us.

I will send out an invoice

  • Deposit now to secure the date, rest of balance due 4 weeks before wedding day.
  • If you want you can pay all up front now, or can pay in installments, or 4 weeks before wedding day.

You pay a deposit to secure the day, then send out a receipt.

Communication will likely be small until nearer the wedding day.

The Month before I will send out a questionnaire and reminder about settling balance.

  • This is about more specifics about the day, where you will be getting ready, group photo list, suggestions etc
  • Google sheets document – Can take time filling in and can be updated as you go along, Or can print out and then send me picture etc

Week of the wedding We Will Have A Phone Call 

  • Run through things and answer any last minute questions either of us have.
  • Arrange arrival times – for prep or ceremony
  • If prep – rule of thumb – goto groom for 30-45mins then to bride for rest of morning.
  • If no prep – Will aim to arrive at least an hour before the ceremony

I personally don’t feel a need to go before the big day to check out the venue.

If you prefer, I’m happy, as long as it’s not too far for me to travel, to meet at the venue, check it out with you and we can discuss the itinerary and places we can use for photos together.

Hope this breakdown helps you understand what my process is and give you confidence going forward if you decide to book with me!

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