Baby Rionnach in the studio.

Gorgeous little Rionnach having her first photo shoot in the studio at 7 months new with very proud mummy and daddy. Her session was a newborn present for her parents  bought by their friends, we had initially planned a newborn but I’m happy we waited  as she was the perfect little model at 7 months!

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Marian and Danny’s Autumn Wedding.

Anyone who knows Marian will not be surprised when I describe her wedding day as ‘full of character’. Every single part of her day was personal and honest. She definitely did not follow the crowd when putting the final details of her wedding together, instead the couple put their own personal touch on each part making it a truly unique day.  The couple are big fans of all things rustic. Their home is a cute little country cottage which they renovated but carefully managed to keep the original character.

Being of the farming tradition, it was also very important to them that their tractors made an appearance at the reception. Marian’s zebra printed tractor took pride of place at the entrance of Corrick House Hotel on their wedding day.

I wish them both many happy years together x

 

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Capturing Paris (with Nikon D3200)

Recently I have been leaving the camera at home when it comes to personal trips as my camera has become a work tool and a bit of a burden when I’m travelling.

My main kit is heavy and awkward to carry all the time so I decided for my trip to Paris last week that it was time to get a lighter personal camera to carry with me.

I picked up the Nikon D3200 from Argos and 30gb card for under 300.00 which I considered a bargain as I remember buying a compact camera years ago for around the same price.

During the christmas period I had a lot of people asking me for advice on which camera to buy so I hope this blog may help you when choosing a new camera.

 

Which brand?

Nikon and Canon are the most popular camera brands, though there are many more. I would always say this is a personal choice. My first SLR was a Nikon brand and that is what I am used to. I would almost have to retrain now in order to use a different brand therefore I stick to Nikon because its what I know.

Even in new models the overall lay out of the buttons and settings don’t change much so I can upgrade without hassle. So just keep in mind whichever camera you start with is most likely your brand for life.

 

Room to progress.

The Nikon D3200 is perfect for beginners who would like to develop their photography skills, but still has the safety net of the automatic settings while you are getting the hang of the manual settings. I always use manual settings when taking photographs, but it is comforting to know that there is an automatic setting for this spontaneous moments when you may not have time to get the manual setting correct.

 

Easy to carry.Most people starting out in photography feel uncomfortable carrying a large camera. This camera is the perfect size to fit into a reasonably sized hand-bag. This is one of the main reasons I chose this camera model, so that I could take it with me on trips and not miss out on anything. I carried this with me on my travels around Paris without feeling weighed down by it.

 

Video.

The camera can easily switch to video mode to make great quality videos. Once you have mastered the manual settings you could get very creative with this video mode.

 

Quality.

It is hard to judge the quality of the camera until you have used it in a number of different situations and then view them on a good screen or print. I was really happy with the quality of the images from this camera, even in low light.  The colours were vibrant and real to life, even when using automatic mode I found the colours were correct.

 

Below are some of my favourite images from my recent Paris trip, using the Nikon D3200.

 

ps. I don’t work for Nikon!

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Liosa Murphy

If you haven’t heard the name yet don’t worry you will soon. Liosa  is one of the new emerging celtic folk artists from Ireland, putting her own stamp on the music genre.

Singer and tin-whistle player, Liosa has toured all over the globe with her music including America, Australia and Europe. 2014 saw the release of her beautiful Celtic album, Skylark which features some of her own tunes which has been enjoying airplay on many Irish radio stations.

Liosa is currently on tour on Germany, before she left we grabbed the opportunity to create these beautiful images at a secluded forest close to where we both live.

Listen to her music here.

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My 365 of 2015.

Jan 2 2014. Rossnowlagh Beach, Co.Donegal. Jan 2 2014. Rossnowlagh Beach, Co.Donegal. Jan 11th 2015. A Fresh Sunday morning run through the glens. Jan 11th 2015. A Fresh Sunday morning run through the glens. 5 Jan 2015. The last day of the holidays. Normality resumes tomorrow. 5 Jan 2015. The last day of the holidays. Normality resumes tomorrow. 4 Jan 2015. Chest infection. 4 Jan 2015. Chest infection. Foam beach party @ Bundoran Beach, Co.Donegal. 3 January 2015 Foam beach party @ Bundoran Beach, Co.Donegal. 5 Jan 2015 5 Jan 2015 January 6th 2015. Retreat in Co.Cavan. January 6th 2015. Retreat in Co.Cavan.