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.



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.



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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Barry and Rachael, Lough Eske Castle, Co.Donegal, Ireland

Barry and Rachael celebrated their wedding day in true Irish style from start to finish.

The fiddle playing groom surprised Rachael as he played sweet music to accompany her as she walked up the aisle. Throw in a wicked banjo-playing best man, beautiful celtic chapel music, after-dinner jigs  and ‘Clare Island’ s as their couples first dance, the couple’s love for traditional irish music was the binding theme for their big day.

Topped off by the amazing location of the gorgeous Lough Eske Castle in Donegal, definitely a day to remember!

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Personalised wedding albums to suit you.

Each and every couple I meet are totally unique and individual.  You will have a unique personality, character, style and manner than the next couple. This should be represented in your Wedding album, your album should be in your own personal style and character.

Before your Wedding you may look at many Wedding album samples of other weddings but I also advise my couples to keep in mind that their wedding photography and album will be unique to anyone else’s. My Wedding album supplier’s spoil me with choice when it comes to Wedding albums and there are a wide range of colours, textures, materials, papers and more when designing a Wedding album.

I aim to guide my client’s during the design process to help create an album that is totally their own style and personality and different from anyone else’s.

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Behind every happy bride, is a great team of super Bridesmaids.


They will get you dressed, wipe your tears, fix your lippy, keep you calm, laugh with you, cry with you and no bride should be without a good bridesmaid!

Being a bridesmaid requires more than simply floating down the aisle in a pick taffeta dress and looking beautiful. You are the wing-man, second-in- command, the one the bride will turn to for help and advice.

You are  the one who will share the build up of excitement, the giggles and the joy of your friend’s biggest day.

From my experience an efficient team of bridesmaids can totally bring the day to another level. If the bridesmaid do their duties right it allows the bride to relax and enjoy each moment with worrying about the find details.


The real duties of a Bridesmaid.


1.Stress-reliever. Must have a bottle of Rescue Remedy on hand at all times and sort potential issues out before the Bride finds out!

2.Event-organisor. You will pull together a party that will be memorable and most importantly suit the bride’s personality.

3.Personal shopper. Be there to give a second opinion when she choose’s the most important outfit of there lifetime.

4. Helper. On the morning of the wedding put the bride’s needs first, she will probably need hep with her gown and accessories so make sure she’s perfect!

5.Veil-fixer. So when the bride is kneeling at the altar and hr veil goes a bit lop-sided all eyes will turn to you to fix it.

6. Lip-stick re-applier. No bridesmaid is complete without a secret stash of lippy.  whether it’s hidden in your bouquet or your underwear, the lipstick is a must-have for every bridesmaid.

7. Bathroom assistant. From experience wedding gowns are not the easiest items to navigate so during the day be on duty to help the bride in all her moments of need.

8.Hair-stylist. A good bridesmaid will keep watch-out on the hair situation, be there to fix any stray hairs or clip it back if needed.

9.Re-assurer. Your friend may be under a lot of stress during the day so she would appreciate the occasional nod and smile to reassure her that her day is exactly as she had planned.

10.Dance partner! There is nothing worse than a dull bridal party sitting around at the reception, help liven the party and dance with the bride.

The Bridemaids’ dress.

There are many different choices when it comes to Bridesmaids’ dresses and it may seem daunting to find the colour, style, shape texture to suit everyone and to blend in with the wedding.

Seek some inspirations from some of my gorgeous bridesmaids from the past few years in the gallery below and guess which ones have lipstick stuck inside their bouquets!!