Wedding – Eimear & Paddy at the County Arms, Birr, Co Offaly

Posted on January 17, 2016 by Admin under Wedding Photography
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Eimear and Paddy’s wedding took place in St Patricks Church Knock Roscrea Co Tipperary.

Wedding Knock Roscrea

Eimear did her own hair at her salon – Headrush in Borris-in-Ossory.

Wedding Birr

Makeup by Frieda A Make Up

Wedding County Arms Birr

Video by the wonderful Declan Barrett

Wedding Hair style by Headrush

The lovely garden was at Eimears home.

wedding offaly

Wedding Tipperary

The wedding reception was held at the County Arms Hotel in Birr Co Offaly

County Arms Birr

The gardens at the County Arms are great for photographs. They are so handy and don’t take you away from your guests for too long.

Wedding Roscrea

Photography by Cearbhúil

Headrush hairstyle Laois Wedding

Stress in a Red Dress

Posted on January 2, 2016 by Admin under Wedding Photography
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Gothic Bridal Shoot

Every so often I like to take a day out and shoot a personal project. Its great to photograph with the creative team – without the pressure of deadlines and all that usually goes with such a shoot. The day started out with a Gothic Bride Theme. This is something I always wanted to shoot and the historic town of Birr Co Offaly provided great backdrops.

No photography shoot is ever possible without a great team. The fantastic make up was by Carmel Ryan – Glow, Roscrea Co Tipperary. Styling for the shoot was by Catherine Dwyer at Contemporary Bride, Birr. Our model for the day was Lorelei Swan who played the part to perfection.

close ups stress in a red dress

The next image is my signature shot for my entry in this years Sony World Photography Awards. This is the only competition I ever enter but continue to do so every year.

Stress in a red dress

Gotic redc dreess

Gothic theme bridal

Photography by Cearbhuil

Wedding photos are not just for now – they are yours forever!

Posted on November 29, 2015 by Admin under Wedding Photography
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So many times potiential wedding clients make an appointment to see me saying that my basic package will do – often before they hear the price of it or any of its details. I get even more surprised as the conversation goes on as I find that they are spending more on the wedding cars and are going for the top hotel package.

Now of course I appreciate that a budget is a budget, but it did get me thinking about the why? Truthfully, you probably will not appreceiate the work your photographer does on the day of your wedding for some time to come. We record events in the now for you to treasure in the future. Its difficult to think beyond the wedding day itself, but in real time that is the day we capture images of family and friends interacting and enjoying each others company. Think how you will feel in one year, two years, or even ten years time as you look back on the photographs of one great day.

I got married – well some time ago. We still look back at the photos from our day. We remember the great time we had, the laughs, the things that did not go to plan, the people no longer with us and friends we have not seen in some time. Did these images have the same value the day after the wedding when every detail was fresh in our minds – no. They are and will continue to be extremely valuable to us. They are our images for now and the future!

Wedding rings


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For When It Matters

The Bakery Boutique – Special cakes for special occasions

Posted on September 6, 2015 by Admin under Commercial Photography
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Choclate cake by the Bakery Boutique

The Bakery Boutique is located in Mountrath Co Laois. Contact Sinead to discuss the design of your dream cake for any occasion. Corporate logos can also be included for that special business function.

Cakes by the Bakery Boutique

Thanks to Roundwood House for providing us with this fantastic location for the shoot. Roundwood house is at the foot the Slieve Bloom Mountains. This is a hidden gem. You will always receive a warm welcome and great food at this lovely peroid retreat.

VW Beetle


Thanks to Ollie for the use of his 1973 Volkwagon Beetle.

Bakery Boutique

The cat even showed up for the mad hatters tea party! And cakes.


Geraldine & Ben’s Engagement Shoot in Templemore Park Co Tipperary

Posted on August 30, 2015 by Admin under Wedding Photography
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Engagement PhotographyI was delighted to shoot Geraldine and Bens engagement photo session. I always ask couples to join me at a place special to them – so on this occasion we ended up in Templemore Town Park Co.Tipperary. The sun was out and the park gave us the perfect backdrop to get great images.

Templemore Park Engagement

After the shoot the images were posted to their web gallery. They selected their favourites and we designed a book for them to treasure forever.

Sunny day engagement Tipperary


The all important engagement ring was from Tadgh O’Flynn Jewellers in Nenagh.



New Life to Irish Life Centre on Dublin’s Abbey St

Posted on April 28, 2015 by Admin under Commercial Photography
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FKP Design at Irish Life

Leading Dublin Architects Fitzgerald Kavanagh & Partners recently headed the renovation of two blocks at the landmark Irish Life Buildings on Abbey Street. Given its scale and location this was a massive job. Even the windows were replaced to compliment the original design.

I was invited to photograph the building by John Thompson, a director at FKP. John has great experience in the design and project management of such office re-fits. On our walk about John praised the original architects for their layout, access,  and use of space. Praise indeed from someone who expects such high standards in design.

Though the outside keeps it original form, inside the building is modern and bright. The finishes are clean and crisp. The clever use of lighting even makes a windowless room bright and inviting.

Architectural Photography by Damien Carroll Cearbhuil Studios

The Photography Show 2015

Posted on March 24, 2015 by Admin under Commercial Photography
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Congratulations to the organisers for yet another great line up of semiars and exhititors. Now in its second year The Photography Show breathes new live into the industry. I always seem to come away with something new from the many seminars and talks freely given thoughout the day. It is fantastic to have all the suppliers in the same place at the same time.

When I say all – I mean most! There were a few notable exceptions. Graphistudio for example were not there. They appear to have put their resources into a series of local shows around Ireland and England. While I did attend one of these junckets I would have preferred to see them at the show.

However there were many questions asked by yours truely and all were answered – a very successful day in Birmingham NEC.

The Photography Show MPA

Dublin Wedding at the Hilton – Jennie and Daniel

Posted on January 15, 2015 by Admin under Wedding Photography
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Dublin Wedding at the Hilton

Jennie and Daniel met through thier mutual love of the game of badminton. Both are well respected players at the highest level. I met them through Badminton Ireland and became their photographer for their ultimate match! And a match they certainly are.

The reception was held at the Hilton Hotel in Charlemont Place overlooking the canal. Staff make a hotel and here you will not find better. Lovely food and good company made for a very enjoyable evening.

Venue: Hilton Dublin – Dublin – Charlemont Place

Band: Denny Davitt & The Heartbeats from Ferns Co Wexford

Photographer: Damien Carroll


Galway Wedding – Joanna & Stephen at the Lough Rea Hotel and Spa

Posted on January 13, 2015 by Admin under Wedding Photography
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Photographing Joanna and Stephens wedding was a chance for me to catch up with old friends. Joanna’s brother Gavin endured economics class with me as a student attending Patrician College Ballyfin in Laois many moons ago! Indeed the secondary school, known today as Ballyfin House, is now a multi-star award winning hotel. So I enjoy telling everyone that we got a seven star education.

Venue: Lough Rea Hotel and Spa

Make-up: Carole Morrow 

Flowers: Chives & Roses

Videographer: Fergal Nannery

Photographer: Damien Carroll 

Galway Wedding


Weddings – what if it rains?

Posted on December 15, 2014 by Admin under Wedding Photography
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What if it rains

We all know that in Ireland you never know quite what to expect from the weather. The number of times that I have kept an eye on the five day weather forecast to plan an outdoor shoot, only to find the predicted conditions turned on its head as the countdown to the day arrives.

Surprisingly though we seldom get days of constant rain. Even on murky days we usually get a break at some stage to take some outside shots. This leads us to something we often have to deal with – wet conditions.

A change of footwear here is vital. Even consider a pair of funky festival wellies. There are other tricks like a hole a sheet.

As with most situations, planning is key. A set of umbrellas are always useful.

If you don’t want to step out we can always get great shots in doorways and beside large windows.

The bottom line is we have no control over the weather so we will work to the conditions we get. And it always works out great!

Damien Carroll

Cearbhúil Photography