Interview with Dave by TaraD


How did you become interested in Photography?

My wife handed me a camera and told me that we were shooting a wedding the next day!!

Have you always worked as a photographer?

No. I’ve worked as a painter and decorator and a Mechanical Engineer.

Where did you study?

Irvine in Scotland.

What was your first camera?

A Canon 40D

What camera do you have now?

A Canon 5D

What do you enjoy most about your career?

I enjoy road trips!!

What do you enjoy least about your career?

Editing photos and office work.

Have you any advice for someone interested in becoming a photographer?

Work for someone else first to get experience, don’t go straight out on your own.

Any advice for setting up a business in general?

Be prepared to work 24/7.            

Have you ever had any strange requests as a photographer?

Yes lots!

Have you photographed any celebrities?

Yes. Kerry Footballers.

What do you do in your spare time?

Play golf and brew my own beer.

What’s your favourite movie?

GoodFellas, The Shawshank Redemption – and Deliverance!

What’s your favourite drink?


What’s your favourite food?

Steak, Spaghetti Bolognese, mince & Potato Soup.

What’s your favourite music?

House music – I used to be a DJ.

What two things would you bring to a dessert island?

A micro-brewery and a laptop!

Have you a favourite saying/phrase?

Technology is great…… When it works !

Have you any dreams for the future?

Play 9 holes of golf every day!

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Interview with Tara by TaraD


How did you become interested in Photography?

I was always interested in Photography and using Camcorders. I got my first camera when I was about 8.

Have you always worked as a wedding photographer?

No. I worked as a press photographer. I also worked as a studio photographer in Pixi Photos and I  worked in an Art Gallery as an assistant director.

Where did you study?

Firstly, I studied Art Craft and Design in Kerry College of Further Education. Then I went onto GMIT to study Fine Art and specialised in Sculpture. I’ve also done several courses on Photography in London, Spain, Scotland and worked with other photographers before starting out on my own.

What was your first camera?

I can’t remember my very first camera as I was only a child! But my first semi-professional camera was a Canon 350.

What make of camera have you now?

Canon 5D – mark 2’s and mark 1’s.

What do you enjoy most about your career?

Meeting people. Every day is different and there is no routine. I’m allergic to routine 🙂

What do you enjoy least about it?


Have you any advice for someone interested in becoming a photographer?

Do as many courses as possible – you can never learn enough. Things keep changing, there are always new cameras, new techniques etc. We still go for training at least once a year!

Any advice for setting up a business in general?

Get a good Accountant. Talk to others in a similar business. Research – particularly market research. Is there enough work in the area to justify setting up in business in a particular location? There’s no point in 6 photographers setting up in the same area if there isn’t enough work to justify it.

How do you market your business?

Online, Bridal magazine adverts e.g. Brides of Kerry, Confetti. Real wedding features in different magazines, where they feature one of our weddings is always fantastic! Car signage, wedding shows and most importantly referrals!

Have you ever had any strange requests as a photographer?

I have been asked to do so many random things I can’t share! Some you just have to laugh at!

Have you photographed any celebrities?

Yes. President Michael D Higgins. The Healy-Raes and some other TD’s

What do you do in your spare time?

Sleep and Yoga!! I also try to get out and walk the dogs and spend time with my 5 year old son, Cailean

What’s your favourite movie?

I don’t really have one.

What’s your favourite drink?

Red wine – when I’m not pregnant!

What’s your favourite food?

Probably Spaghetti Bolognese.

What’s your favourite music?

Easy listening/Acoustic music

What two things would you bring to a desert island?

My child and a bottle of red wine!!

Have you a favourite saying/phrase?

It’s nice to be nice! (but hard to be good looking – Dave added that!)

Have you any dreams for the future?

To retire LOL and go to the desert island with my family!








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Wedding traditions, what will you be sticking to for your big day? by TaraD

Wedding rings

Wedding ring

Your wedding and engagement ring are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, reason being that it was believed that a

vein running straight from your heart ended in this finger therefore connecting the ring from your love directly to your



Bridesmaid dresses

Matching bridesmaid dresses are actually meant to be good luck! This superstition comes from the Roman times, people

believed that evil spirts would attend the wedding to curse the wedding couple. So in order to trick the evil spirits,

bridesmaids had to wear the exact same dress as the bride to confuse the spirits and bring luck to the wedding! They must

have been very understanding brides!!:D


Veils were also worn in the Roman and Greek times as it was thought that this would protect the bride form evil spirits!

Wedding veil blowing in the wind.

Wedding cake

Ancient Rome again gives us the wedding cake tradition. While now we get to enjoy our favourite cake in the evening the

poor brides in those tomes had to endure a loaf of bread being broken over their head for fertility luck, I can’t imagine too

many brides today that would let their hair get ruined with crumbs!!

Tying the knot

Tying the knot isn’t just a catchy phrase, this is a phrase brought in from different cultures such as Celtic, Hindu and

Egypt where the hands of the wedding couple would be tied together to show their commitment to each other as a knot is

very hard to break once tied tight enough.

Over the threshold

Carrying your newly married partner over the threshold isn’t just for a great picture opportunity but tradition has it that

this protects again from evil spirits!

Groom carrying bride.








Honeymoons weren’t always a treat for a newly married couple, ancient Norse couples went into hiding after the wedding

and a family member would bring them a cup of honey wine for 30 days — or one moon — which is how the term

“honeymoon” originated.

Adeline x


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We were hacked! by TaraD

Some of you may have missed us while others possibly never even noticed that we were absent online for the past week.

The reason being that we were HACKED!

My personal fb page was hacked into which then gave the hacker a way in to accessing our business page (which you can’t set up without having a personal page) and he quickly removed us all as admins, changed the password, email and phone number associated with the account. So, the problem was when trying to reactivate is that fb reply with automated messages and say they will send you an email or contact you by text message but the hacker had changed that to his details so everything I tried was going to him and letting him know that I was trying to get access.

Talk about FRUSTRATING!!!

The icing on the cake was then that the hacker messaged Dave from my account demanding money to allow us access again!!

Now I didn’t give a “bleep” about my personal page I was concerned about if this person would start answering enquiries as “Tara Donoghue Photography” and start messing with my business! Thankfully he didn’t, as he mentioned in one of his messages he “just does this is for the money” and doesn’t care about the accounts. But it was a week full of headaches dealing with these annoying messages and trying to get hold of “a real person in facebook” who could help us, not an automated reply regarding hacking.

Thanks to “The Brand Geeks” who came up with the idea of searching through linkedin for REAL people who work for fb or have knowledge in this area, I got in touch with Alan Fahy Facebook specialist … aka Superman, headache solver and a completely sound guy! After the nightmare of a week and messages continually popping through demanding payment, (even while on the phone to Alan), he told me that he would have it solved by Monday and this was Saturday evening that he took the time out to phone me and put my mind at ease! True to his word we are up and running again and have learnt so much that I feel all in all to turn it into something positive, it was a great learning experience.

So here are the top things I learnt throughout the week!

  • Fb will send you automated replies if you contact them with a series of links to check out. They did literally as I was writing this just contact me by phone, but unfortunately that was after a week of being held to ransom and probably over 100 messages sent to them first!
  • Check your security settings on fb and add in the extra features fb recommends such as trusted contacts. If I had done this I “may” of got access back quicker, then again I am guessing the hacker would have removed those too.
  • Check your apps, have you clicked on all of those or are there any that look dodgy?
  • Check that your email and phone number are correct and that you check them for notifications regularly. So, if you see any suspicious activity you can get acting on it straight away!
  • Don’t discuss anything private via messenger (personal or business page). We always direct clients to our website and ask them to call or discuss via email but it made me even more conscious of this as I didn’t want the hacker having access to client conversations or pictures that I may have been requested through messages.
  • Never put anything into any messages that you wouldn’t be happy with a stranger having access to. Bank details etc (I never do but it made me even more aware of how easy all that info could have been public).
  • Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know. I get these constantly and sorry but I always ignore them. If you want to get in touch with us on our business page, email or phone feel free but I want to keep my personal page for those who I personally know well.

It also made me re- evaluate how we do business online, in a world which is so technology orientated at the same time there were many advantages to booking and organising everything via phone or even may I mention a good old fashioned letter!

So for those of you still with us reading this…

I really hope you never experience the stress of being hacked. If you have any questions please feel free to comment or if this has happened to you feel free to share your advice!

Please also take ten minutes to check your settings and look at Alan’s page https://www.facebook.com/AlanMFahy/?fref=ts for tons of great advice to prevent this happening to you or your business!


Tara x







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Ice Cream For Breakfast Day by TaraD

With today being ice cream for breakfast day , I thought it was a great opportunity to talk about ice cream at weddings!! Firstly some history! In the 1960’s Florence Rappaport came up with the idea to make ice cream for breakfast to keep her children entertained when a huge blizzard hit Rochester, New York. Every year her children kept up the tradition and now it is celebrated worldwide. So thank you Florence for giving us an excuse to have ice cream for breakfast!!

Whatever time of year you are getting married, ice cream can be a great addition to your day! Here are some ideas that will give your wedding a quirky twist!

Have something different!  

Want to get a non traditional wedding cake?  Why not opt for an ice cream cake and give your guests something different! Try going for a 2 tier ice cream cake or mini ice cream cone inspired cake pops or even Baked Alaska!

Something to keep your guests entertained!

Allow your guests to make their own ice cream and hire an ice cream machine for your wedding reception! Make it a day everyone will never forget and the kids at the wedding will love it!!!

Get someone else to do it!

If you would prefer to have your guests relax and have a bit of fun why not hire a wedding cart and let them do the job for you! This is a great way to keep your guests from getting peckish and will get everyone up and moving around! Even a mix of ice cream and crepes instead of an evening buffet!

Beach themed wedding!

If you’re going for a beach themed wedding why not have ice cream keepsakes as wedding favours such as customised ice cream scoops! Have some fun signs hanging places saying phrases such as:

‘All you need is love and maybe a little ice cream’

‘Life is too short eat dessert first!’

‘Let us treat you to some ice cream for making our day complete!’

Fun fact: Research has shown that even just a spoonful of ice cream lights up the same pleasure centre in the brain as winning money or listening to your favourite music! So not only on your wedding day will it look good, taste good but it will also make everyone even happier on the day!! 😉

So go on get planning and don’t forget to have an ice cream while you do it!!! 😀

Happy ice cream day!!

~ Adeline































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