Your pre-wedding guide to posing.

Posing for wedding photographs.
I have to admit that personally the words ‘posing for photos’ fills me with dread.I prefer to stay behind the camera so I totally understand the fear of posing for photographs.
It brings back the trauma of the annual school photos, forced smiles and awkward poses and the mortification of having them hung on the walls.

For most bride and grooms The dreaded school photograph may be the last time most of them had a ‘professional’ photo done and the idea of wedding photos may equally cause a feeling of nausea.

Here are a few of my own personal tips for brides and grooms to help make the most of your wedding photographs

1. Breathe!

Sounds silly but it makes a big difference. When you are tense you tend you breathe unnaturally but if you relax your body and slow your breathe you will form a more natural pose.

2.Be yourself.

There is nothing worse than posing in an unnatural pose that you wouldn’t do in real life. You will look so much better if you take your natural pose and then I can direct you on any small changes that might make you look even better.

For most of your wedding day you will be captured simply doing your thing. However there are a few occasions when you will need to pose. I love to capture a special portrait of the bride just as her make up is finished and she has just put her dress on. I think this is a very special  personal moment for the woman before she goes to meet her groom.

 

3. SMILE!

Not the cheesy one that makes your mouth hurt. From experience i know that there is an uncontrollable happiness that leaves the bride and groom smiling all day. I have never had to ask anyone to smile on a wedding day, it’s a day naturally filled with joy so embrace it and let me capture that joy. There is nothing more beautiful than a natural smile.

 

4. Remember the importance of these photos.

It may not be until long after your wedding day that you realise how precious these photographs are. They are photographs that you will look back on fondly in many years to come, and that will become part of your family heirloom. You only get one chance to get these photos done so please make the most of having a professional photographer to get keepsakes of the special people in your life.

 

5.Have fun!

My favourite wedding photographs are the moments when the couple are caught mid laughter with real expressions. Your wedding album  doesn’t have to be a collection of serious photographs. Tell me things that you like and all the personal details for your celebration and let’s make your wedding photographs really good craic!

I usually like to take the bridal party for at least around an hour to somewhere special to do the main wedding photographs. From experience this is a great time for the couple to have a private moment away from their guests in the middle of their busy day.

 

6.Pin it!

Use Pinterest as a great tool to show me any ideas that you really like that we could recreate. Follow my blog and also my Facebook to look at my style and tell me what you like. Be adventurous on your wedding day, make sure you end up with images that are totally different that anybody else’s.

 

7.Trust me, I’m a photographer!

 

When you have employed me as your photographer, let me take the stress of the day of you. Your day will go so quick (it really does) so I don’t want you to worry about anything. I will meet with you before your wedding to  get all the details, big and small. I will get to know your locations and how I can make the most of them. I will also  make a plan for family photos so that they will run smoothly.

The best advice I would give a bride and groom is to simply relax and enjoy your special day, don’t let nerves take over-this is YOUR day, that you have been looking forward to and planning for so long- embrace it!xx

 

 



Emma and Brian, Moville, Redcastle Hotel, Co Donegal

Emma and Brian got married in the quaint setting of Moville Church in Co Donegal on one of the first hot days of the Summer.  The Donegal couple are now living in Portugal so they are well acquainted to the sun.

Following their ceremony we stopped in a little secret garden, as chose by Jay Doherty Photography to have some fun with bridal party. This is always my favourite part of the day as the couple get a chance to have a breather and share some moments on their own on such a busy day.



Exploring Bali and Lone travelling

 

For the second part of my Bali trip I took advantage of my freedom and did a bit of exploring the island. I have travelled before but this was my first time on my own so was very different than any other trips. Also being a mummy, I was so nervous about how I would cope without my wee man for so long but I also knew I really needed to do this for myself. One thing I discovered when lone-travelling you are very rarely on your own, I met so many more people than maybe I wouldn’t have otherwise.

I started with a trip up the East Coast of Bali to a beautiful quiet fishing village just outside Candi dasia. I had got a recommendation from someone I had met to stay in Lumbug Damuh, which is a cute little commune for travellers on the beach. My room was a little wooden hut on legs and we shared a really cosy communal area, where there was food and music in the evening. It was my first chance to really meet the natives, as they would join us in the evening   and usually one of them had a suspicious looking bottle of home brew spirits which were passed around. The Balinese are the warmest, happiest people and they would become an immediate friend. It was here that I saw the real Bali and also the real poverty. Despite the brochures showing the top class hotels and paradise settings, Bali is a third world county and it’s very evident in the rural areas. They are hard working and enjoy life and find joy in the little things.

I then travelled to Ubud (where Eat Pray Love is based). This was a totally different experience as the area is big with tourists and I was a bit taken back by the pace and how much the locals would hassle me to get a taxi/buy a kite/ rent a scooter/ buy a hand fan or just give them money. Thankfully my room was away from the centre and was down a little path and situated in the middle of a rice field. From here I did trips out and around the island, seeing temples, the volcano, palaces and the gorgeous terraced rice fields.

I finished the trip with a stay in a hostel in Legian, just beside the famous Kuta. I hadn’t stayed in a hostel since my around the world trip six years ago (before I had Joseph) so I wasn’t sure how I would cope in a hostel but I was very pleasantly surprised. The Island was so much better than the hostels we used in Australia during our backpacking. It was very stylish with a really nice pool and  lounging area. And it’s so easy to meet people, I met people from London, Berlin and Switzerland (loads of Europeans in Bali!) and we would share a beer in the evening and tips about what to do and what to see.

My last two days were spent lying on Seminyak beach on a lounger, with my little Balinese buddy bringing me Bintang beer, relaxing and people watching. And being interrupted every five minutes by the  Balinese beach ladies wearing five layers of coats, two hats covered in scarfs offering their wide variety of skills to me, ‘you want massage ‘(while groping me on my lounger)/ ‘oh your feet are hard you need scrub’/ ‘you like bracelet?’/ ‘you like a bow and arrow? I make it myself ‘/ ‘you like pedicure, manicure?’. So yes I did leave the beach having a foot scrub, manicure and with a bunch of not so pretty bracelets to take home.

The sunsets on Seminyak beach are totally amazing, and it feels like everyone comes out on the beach to watch it, it really is spectacular.

For me, the biggest attraction in Bali is the people and their culture. Their culture is so strong and they are so dedicated to keeping their traditions. Most Balinese will start their day with their offerings and you will bump into ceremonies throughout the day in all the villages.

 

I have definitely left this magical land with a hope that I will be back again soon.x

 

 

 

 



Sharon and Stewart at Castle Archdale

 

We arranged this engagement shoot during our hot spell of weather and when I booked it I imagined a warm sunset session at Castle Archdale but instead we got torrential rain!

However, the weather did not bother this lovely couple who are getting very close to their big day and we got some images that I think they will treasure.

The engagement shoot is not just a good way to get to know the couple better but also gives the couple a practice run at posing before their wedding day as many couples are not used to being in front of the camera.

I am also now reassured that no matter what the weather we may get on their wedding day, this couple will handle it!

 



Christelle and Douglas

The wedding of Christelle and Douglas was perfectly elegant and vintage. Douglas hails from Scotland so his bonny clan kept their scottish tradition with their kilts and the piper led the bride to the wonderful Lissan House in Cookstown.

Lissan House has been successful preserved and just oozes character, all of the historic features still remain and if the house could talk I can just imagine the stories it would tell!



Welcome Baby Conor

Little Conor arrived before Christmas and here’s his first shoot with his big brothers Oisin and Daragh and big sister  Alanah. For such a newborn he did some great smiling for the camera!