Destination Weddings by TaraD

Whenever you get the opportunity to combine your favourite things the answer should always be,

“YES LETS DO IT!!!”

So when we were asked if we would like to shoot a wedding in Portugal this summer, we checked the diary and blocked off the dates on one computer while booking flights on another!

Accommodation, plans, logistics, timetables, (THE LANGUAGE BARRIER!) etc. would all be worked out later, our bags were being packed and we were off!

Bride & Groom in front of Batalha Monastery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why the excitement? Well for us as Photographers we always love to work on something different.

Bride & Groom, Wedding Portugal

 

 

 

 

 

We have shot quite a few destination weddings over the years, often hopping on a flight from Kerry to Stanstead and travelling to as faraway places as Sydney!

Destination Wedding Sydney, Australia.

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t met us yet, you won’t know that we love meeting people from all over the world. In the next month alone we have at least 6 couples from outside Ireland who have asked us to shoot their day. We both feel that we were born to travel and if we can’t physically go then the next best thing is to meet people from other countries and learn from them.

Destination Wedding, South Farm, Hertfordshire, England.

 

 

 

 

Destination Wedding, Clock Barn, Tufton Warren, England

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Destination wedding, Oban, Scotland

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are also incredibly competitive (towards each other) and we love to create art that will forever hang in someone’s home reminding them of a happy moment/ day/ time in their lives…. and did I mention that we love to travel?

 

 

 

 

 

So for our current and past couples who live abroad and often say oh,

“I would love if you could shoot my sister’s/brother’s/friends wedding but it is in another country”….

Our answer is always, “we have passports!”

So whenever the opportunity arises that someone finds us and asks, “Is it a possibility that you would travel for our wedding?” the answer will 99% of the time be YES!

Will you be part of our next adventure?……..

 

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Wedding shoes…. by TaraD

So I have an obsession, I realised many years ago that I get excited about wedding shoes LOL.

For my own wedding I chose Irregular choice, for their quirkiness combined with the practical reasons of comfort and height! I am 5″7 so I don’t tend to wear heels. I didn’t want to feel like I was towering over everyone in 4 inch heels so I went for a kitten heel with a platform built inside the shoe so they were incredibly comfortable! They are also very reasonably priced, especially when it comes to shoes and putting the words “bridal” or “wedding” in front of anything!

So while I don’t regret my choice for a second I do still drool at Jimmy Choo bridal shoes. I really do love them and love photographing them!

I would never be able to wear them as I would definitely end up breaking an ankle or something! But maybe one day I will treat myself and make sure to walk very carefully LOL.

What are your dream wedding shoes????

 

Tara x

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Why should I have an engagement/ pre wedding photo shoot? by TaraD

Firstly what is an engagement/ pre wedding photo shoot?

It is a photo shoot approximately 3-6 months before your wedding where you meet your photographer, often at a different location to your wedding and spend 30-40 minutes taking some photographs.

What is the point of this? Well the best way to think of it is what is the point of a hair or make up trial or a meal tasting? These appointments help you to finalise important details for your day. They help you to work through any plans and get on the exact same page with your vendors.

It also helps to:

  • Build a relationship with your photographer. We don’t turn up as strangers on your wedding day as we have already worked together.
  • Figure out any worries that you may have about being in front of the camera.
  • Help with some posing tips to make you feel more comfortable.
  • Have your photo taken in a much more relaxed setting than on the wedding day, so that on the wedding day itself you can relax into it. You will have seen the photographs from your pre wed session and feel completely reassured that you are in safe hands and know that your photographs will be AMAZING.

We offer all of our clients a complimentary pre wedding photo shoot. The reason we don’t charge is that it is important to us to get to know our couples before their big day.

Photography is personal and we want to portray YOUR story.

Tara x

 

 

 

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6 months in! … by TaraD

Well this year is absolutely flying by!  We still can’t believe that we reached the half way mark of 2019 and have won THREE major awards and to have been nominated for a forth (which the winners have yet to be announced).

Some people in the industry think that awards are “pointless” a “load of nonsense” and “poorly judged”.

While I will agree with the judging in SOME awards (those of which we ask not to be nominated for). I don’t agree that they are “pointless” or “nonsense”.

The reasons are:

Awards are recognition of a service provided.

If we provide a great service and we are recognised for that, then the recognition provides confidence for future brides/grooms.

For example if I were to hire a service provider in any industry, I would research them and look at their customer reviews which would influence my decision on whether to buy from them or work with them. If they have poor reviews or customer recommendations that wouldn’t encourage me. If they had won multiple awards then I would know that they provide a high standard of service and my money would be well spent investing with them.

So to have received 3 awards this year…

“OVERALL WEDDING SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR”

“WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR”

“BEST FAMILY & WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY TEAM”

I am completely shell shocked and honoured. I guess the reason being is that there is such strong competition in the Photography industry.

I know the work that all of us put in here behind the scenes, missing birthdays, family occasions etc (Dave had even committed to missing the birth of our second child as he had clients that still wanted him to shoot their day, when we had notified them of our news. Thankfully Daithi arrived on a Tuesday so Dave was able to be with us!) But this should show the level of dedication we have for our clients.

The judges of these awards don’t get to see what goes on to that degree and our personal level of service. They don’t see when Dave helps a groom get dressed or when I am fixing dresses, shoes or flowers on a wedding day. Or coaxing a child who is nervous of the camera or just bored! They don’t see that we are planners, organisers, listeners, co ordinators, the go between for most of the service providers on a wedding day. They don’t see us contacting the venues to give updates at the end of mass, or letting the car driver know that he has to take his time because most of the guests have snuck off to the pub and aren’t at the venue yet!  They don’t see that we are doing all of this while still capturing those discreet pictures. But what the judges do see is the feedback from our AMAZING CLIENTS who have enjoyed their experience with us on their day.

So while I always say we are much more than Photographers and we enjoy giving our all to help our clients. I only hope that we can continue to do so and we will always strive to do better.

Thank you all for your incredible support over the last 10 years, for choosing us to be a small part in your lives as you have been a great part of ours!

Tara x

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Shoot for the stars! by TaraD

Well the summer is absolutely flying by and it almost feels like it was January just yesterday!

Wedding season is manic (just the way we like it!). But last night we took a little break and headed off to Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve that we are blessed to have so nearby.

Did you know that it is  “the only GOLD TIER Reserve in the Northern Hemisphere” according to Kerrydarksky.com. That is an incredible accolade for Co. Kerry and Ireland!

So we headed off to meet a fab bunch of photographers (who for some reason keep signing up to do more of our courses!). They are glutons for punishment LOL. The brief last night was that they were interested in capturing the beauty of the night sky.

We took a gamble on the weather (which paid off) and with flasks and sugary snacks at the ready, we passed the time waiting for “some stars”.

Close to midnight the clouds parted and we were watching an AMAZING show of shooting stars and the whole sky was simply breathtaking. It was a night I honestly won’t forget and I can’t wait to go back again and camp out for the night (like some of our students decided to do!). I think Dave is already planning the next trip!

So if you fancy joining us, get in touch or take a look at our training site www.taraanddavephotography.com to find out about any of our courses.

The website is still a work in progress so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us, we would be happy to help!

https://www.instagram.com/taraanddavephotographycourses/

https://www.facebook.com/taraanddavephotographycourses

Talk to you soon!

Tara

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