Thelma & Richards Wedding – River Court Kilkenny

Posted on November 20, 2017 by Admin under Wedding Photography
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Congratulations to Thelma and Richard who were married recently in Killasmeestia Church complete with real confetti prepared by Richards mum. We stopped off at Kilkenny Castle for photos before heading to the reception at The River Court Hotel.

Killasmeestia Church with Wedding Car

Photo of Wedding couple outside Kilkenny Castle

Wedding party in front of Kilkenny Castle

Bride and Groom at Kilkenny Castle

First Dance

Christmas Special Offer 2017

Posted on November 17, 2017 by Admin under Portrait & Lifestyle Photography
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Christmas Special Offer

10% off the face value of all gift certificates until December 12th, 2017.

Christmas gift idea 2017

At this time of year, we all need some fresh gift ideas. A voucher towards a photo shoot for individuals, groups or families gives loved ones a gift that can last a lifetime. To purchase a voucher click here – your discount will be applied when you are at the checkout.

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Behind the Scenes – Dublin Photo Shoot

Posted on November 13, 2017 by Admin under Commercial Photography, Portrait & Lifestyle Photography
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This is a video of some behind the scenes footage of a photo shoot in Dublin. The location was in and around my office at Harcourt Street.

Makeup by Carmel Ryan. Our lovely model on the day was Kasia through Starnow. We were ably assisted by Mark Bergin.

Model Photo with light Editorial Fashion Shoot Dublin Mopdel Posing looking downward Model posing in the Iveagh Gardens Beautly pose


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Autumn Pre-Wedding Session – Heywood Gardens Laois

Posted on November 6, 2017 by Admin under Portrait & Lifestyle Photography
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Pre-wedding sessions offer value. Thelma and Richard flew home from their base the UK a week before their wedding for theirs. Where better to have an Autumn session than in Heywood Gardens in Co. Laois.

Pre Wedding Shoot Heywood Gardens

Thelma and Richard saw a real advantage in this session. It gave us some informal down time to get to know one another, have a chat about the wedding day, and go through a few moves.


Couple photo at Heywood Gardens in Co Laois


A couples wedding day simply flies by. A pre-wedding session is a time out from the frantic planning and yet sets a familiar tone to the day itself.


Photos of pre wedding session at Heywood Gardens in Co Laois


Heywood Gardens is operated by the Office of Public Works. In all seasons it is beautifully maintained. There is plenty of parking, has public facilities, and has easy access.

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Couple photo at Heywood Gardens Laois

35mm Film – It’s been a while

Posted on May 1, 2017 by Admin under Portrait & Lifestyle Photography
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It must be at least 15 years since I last used a 35mm film camera. Thanks to Beatrice Hunt for giving me her much loved Canon 3000. The camera itself is so light. I fitted it with a canon 50mm 1.8 (affectionalty known by some as the nifty fifty) which is a very light but high quality lens. I loaded the camera with an Ilford Delta 400 black and white 35mm film. So here we go one roll of film later.

Digital is so fast. I wanted to slow my personal photography down. Now as a professional photograper I know that every time I hit the button on my digital camera I am creating a file that has to be dealt with later. So I am well adjusted to only shooting when there is a photo to be had. It is amazing how my attitude got even more refined knowning I only had 36 chances at getting a good shot.

There is a sense of anticipation, not knowing there and then if you got the shot. There is no instant read out on exposure or framing after the fact. It was fun to see the faces of teenagers and young adults when they asked to see the photo right after it was shot. I turned the camera to show them a piece of black plastic where the screen should be. I explained that the film would have to be processed and it could take up to a week to get it back. This was totally lost on them.

Of course there is the anticipation of handing the film in for processing. Have I got 36 shots – or none? My first contact was in print. It was so nice to be able to hold a print for a change. I got all 36 shots. Were all 36 great – no, but I learned so much by not having digital back up. The camera is now loaded with colour Fujifilm 400.

I had the film processed at John Gunns camera shop on Wexford Street. I always find Gunns extremely helpful – they even posted my photos back to Laois for me.

Harley Davidson photographed on the street in Kilkenny CastleHarley Davidson parked outside Kilkenny Castle

Photograph of Irish Wolf Hound in KilkennyMet this gentle giant admiring the Kilkenny Hurlers – Cu Breatnach from Wexford

Walkers on a Kilkenny StreetStreets of Kilkenny

Street Photography of a rainey day in DubinRain on the Steets of Dubin

My old friend of 15 years

Double Exposure in Dublin CityGetting close to the end of the roll I started some genuine double and triple exposures. Really liked this one.

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Photo Session at the Ridge of Cappard Laois

Posted on February 14, 2017 by Admin under Portrait & Lifestyle Photography
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I had the pleasure of taking these photos with Fran and James at the Ridge of Cappard in the Slieve Bloom Mountains on the Laois Offaly border. We caught the sunset on a bright but cloudy evening giving us a lovely blue backdrop. Thanks to Fran and James for making the trek up the boardwalk – ye look fantastic.

Couples photography


Engagement photography


Laois Offaly engagement photos


Laois couple engagement photography by Damien Carroll


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Choosing the Right Props for Your Photography Session

Posted on May 31, 2016 by Admin under Portrait & Lifestyle Photography
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Choosing the Right Props for Your Next Photo Session

Have you ever thought about adding props to your photo sessions? Props can add interest, depth and an extra flair to your pictures. Get your children to hold coordinating flowers for a spring or summer shoot. Love sports? Then use footballs or hurleys in your next family photo to bring out your passion. Here are a few tips for ways to incorporate props in your next photo session.

  • Avoid trends. While you might have recently seen a few photos that incorporate a specific prop, try not to use something that will not look really dated in 20 years’ time. Classic is definitely better and there are many fun options to choose from.
  • Be realistic. It’s easy to go wild when thinking of a theme for your photo session. You should decide on one that you can actually find props for. For example, if you want to use seasonal props, try and source them in that season as they’ll be easier to find and before you decide to remake your favourite movie scene, think twice about whether you’ll be able to find suitable outfits for everyone in the photo.

Photography Props

  • Size matters. There are some larger props that work really well in photo sessions such as using your grandpa’s farm tractor as a background piece. However, there are some larger props that can take away from the beauty of the photograph altogether. Make sure that your prop enhances the photo and doesn’t detract from it.

Cars for Props

  • Make it meaningful. If your child has a favourite stuffed animal or if you have a musical instrument that you treasure, try and incorporate it into your photos. This way your pictures will have more meaning to you and your family.
  • Use what you have. Make the current season work to your advantage by using what’s available. Leaves in the Autumn make for amazing props in photos and don’t cost a thing.

Engagement Shoot Dromineer Harbour Tipperary

Remember, using props can be the perfect addition to your photos but make sure that they don’t become the main focus.

Unique Photo Session Ideas

Posted on May 29, 2016 by Admin under Portrait & Lifestyle Photography
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Unique Photo Session Ideas You’ll Love

There is nothing quite like capturing memories with your loved ones. Are you someone who enjoys taking beautiful pictures of you and your family?  Then you are probably always on the lookout for inspiration for your next photo session. Below are some unique photo ideas that you’ll love.

  • Family history. Are you a fan of the photos that your grandparents or even great grandparents have taken? Why not replicate them? With a bit of the right editing and you can achieve the same look and feel.

1916 wedding dress


  • First and last day of school. For the first day of school, get some fun pictures of your child getting ready. You can then do the same on the day that they graduate from national and secondary school,  so that you can create an amazing “before and after” picture. You can even choose to add on montessori and college graduation photos.
  • Generational photos. Photos are one of those items that are passed down through generations so why not create one that future family members can treasure. Take a photo with your daughter, mother and grandmother to show the generations of women in your family or any other mix of family members that you want to place in a picture together.
  • Pregnancy pictures. There are many fun ways to show your progress through pregnancy and documenting it with photos is the perfect way to capture this time in your life. Years from now you’ll be able to take your child through your journey before you got to meet them and share that special moment with them.
  • Pet portraits. Your pet is a member of your family and capturing memories with them is just as important. There are so many great ways to take some amazing photos whether it’s outside at a park or in the comfort of your own home.


Pet Portraits

  • Save the date. Getting married in the near future? Taking a quirky couple photo where your wedding date is displayed is a lovely way to invite people to your wedding. You can do anything from writing the date on the bottom of your shoes to using chalkboards or balloons to display the date.
  • Reveal if it is a boy or girl. Why not make finding out the gender of your baby a fun surprise for everyone by turning it into a fun photo that you can send around. Some cute ideas include releasing pink or blue balloons out of a box or you could incorporate a cute colour frame.

The US Coast Guard Tall Ship Eagle visits Dublin

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An early morning photograph from the Liffey quayside. The USCGC Eagle is docked at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay. The US Coast Guard are offering free tours of the vessel until Monday evening. They set sail again on Tuesday.

US Coast Guard Tall Ship Eagle in Dublin

The three week sailing from Connecticut wasn’t without incident. A recruit fell overboard while on duty off the Cork coast. The man overboard was back on the ship within 11 minutes setting a record in the ships 70 year history.

How to Pick Your Perfect Photographer

Posted on April 8, 2016 by Admin under Portrait & Lifestyle Photography, Wedding Photography
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Couples Photography by Damien Carroll at Cearbhuil Studios


How to Pick Your Perfect Professional Photographer

What you need to consider before you pay that photography deposit.

If you’ve started the search for a photographer then you’ll know just how many options there are. Before you go ahead and book a professional photographer for a shoot though, there are a couple important things to consider.

What style are you looking for?

Photographers have different styles so you need to decide on someone who can help you achieve the end result you are looking for. This applies to everything from wedding and maternity shoots to family and corporate shoots. Photographers are creative by nature. A mood board or pinterest board can be very useful.

Research and review.

Before you invest in a professional photographer browse around their website to view their latest work and have a look around their social media pages to find out what others are saying about them. These platforms will also give you a good idea of their personality and style. Some other important points to consider when researching photographers are:

  1. Do their services fall within your price range?
  2. Are they experienced enough to give you the results you are looking for?
  3. Are they based in your area and are they willing to travel to a specific location if need be?
  4. Is the quality of their photos good enough?

Create a short list.

Once you have done your research, create a short list of professional photographers that stand out for you. Get in touch with each of them to discuss your needs and to ask any questions that you might have. It’s important that you chat with the photographer over the phone if not in person as this is the best way to get to know them and find out whether you’ll be able to work with them. Feeling relaxed with your photographer will result in great photos. Always work with someone you are comfortable with.

It’s important that you pick a photographer that you have confidence in. Your photos are there to last you a lifetime so while there is nothing wrong with helping out your photographer friend who has just started out, it’s best to choose an experienced photographer for important events and occasions that you can’t relive.


Headrush hairstyle Laois Wedding


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