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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Choosing the Right Props for Your Next Photo Session by TaraD

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 baseball bats 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.

 1. 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.

2. 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, try and source them in that season as they’ll be easier to find and before you decide to remake your favorite movie scene, think twice about whether you’ll be able to find suitable outfits for everyone in the photo.

3. 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.

4. Make it meaningful. If your child has a favorite 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.

5. Use what you have. Make the current season work to your advantage by using what’s available. Leaves in the fall make for amazing props in photos and don’t cost a thing.
Remember, using props can be the perfect addition to your photos but make sure that they don’t become the main focus.

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A catch up with Liz and Mags from Finesse Bridalwear by TaraD

Liz and Mags from Finesse bridalwear

Tell us a bit about yourselves and your company….

We opened Finesse in January 2000 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. We are sisters Liz & Mags Horgan.  We work very well together & compliment each other very well in our business, both having our own qualities in different areas. There is a lot more to the business than just selling beautiful dresses so having both of us in the business really helps.
Our ethos from the beginning has been  to provide a memorable experience to each and every bride that visits Finesse. 17 years down the line that is still very important to both of us.

What is your favourite part of the Job?

I would have to say its meeting people. We are in a privileged position because we are meeting Ladies at a very happy time in their lives. It is really nice to be a part of their special day. Even if a bride doesn’t find the dress of her dreams with us once she has enjoyed her experience in Finesse that’s the main thing.
We have a sign in the shop that says Enter as stranger, leave as friends and I can honestly say it often works out like that!

What should a bride consider when choosing her wedding dress?

The most important thing is to keep an open mind and try on all the different styles.
When you have the style that suits your body shape decided on then concentrate on the design you would like on it.
It is important to trust your assistant, remember these ladies are serving brides for years and if they know their job they will guide you in the right direction.
Be sure not to take too many people shopping with you as the more opinions you have the more confusing it can get.

Whats the biggest mistake you’ve seen couples make?

I would think it is trying to keep up with the “Joneses” You have to remember its your day so it should be your way! Don’t worry about what other couples are or aren’t doing for their wedding. Focus on your own day and whats important to you as a couple.

What tips or advice can you give to couples who are starting to plan their wedding attire?

I would advise couples to start looking well in advance, at least 1 year for the bride and 6 months for the groom.
It is advisable for the bride to choose her bridesmaid colour before the groom decides on his suits, as it may dictate what colour he chooses.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Don’t go to too many boutiques when you are looking for your dress because it really will confuse you. Two to Three boutiques would be enough as that will give you plenty of choice.
Try to enjoy your engagement and not get carried away too much because the time just flies  and before you know it you will be celebrating your 1st Anniversary!
On that note…..Happy Planning from Liz & Mags .

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Jewel Day! by TaraD

We all admire certain jewels or want a specific style for a wedding or engagement ring,

check out the meaning of some of these beautiful jewels.

Garnet

Garnet stone is beautifully eye catching and has many meanings. This stone is extremely appropriate

for engagement rings as it symbolises fire, passion, and love.

The Garnet stone is also associated with life and business, popularity with friends, high energy, and

fertility.

Diamond

Diamonds are most commonly known as being almost indestructible, symbolising eternity this is a

great choice for an engagement or wedding ring. Diamonds are also known for their eye catching

sparkle and brilliance thus symbolising love.

Topaz

It is believed that the gemstone Topaz can have a calming effect on emotions while also bringing

energy to the wearer when they need it if troublesome events occur.

Sapphire

Blue Sapphire is beautifully breath taking, it was believed by the Ancient Persians that the Earth was

mounted on a blue sapphire and that its colour was reflected in the sky. Sapphire captures so much

symbolising loyalty, faithfulness and trust, making it the perfect symbol for an engagement or a

wedding ring of a couples love.

Emerald

Emerald green has beautiful symbolisations attached to it, it has the concept of eternity as it is the

colour that constantly renews itself through generations. It is thought that when you give an emerald

you are showing humility, which is thought to be a good thing when starting a new life with somebody.

So make that ring extra special by thinking about the symbolism attached to it!

Happy shopping 

~ Adeline

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Proposal Day by TaraD

SENTIMENTAL LOCATION

If there is a place that you and your partner love, such as a beach or your usual Sunday walk….

Pack a picnic and write will ‘WILL YOU MARRY ME’ in the sand or if it’s raining bring an umbrella and have ‘WILL YOU MARRY ME’ written inside it, so it will be seen when you pop it open!!

Piñata

Have some fun!!! Surprise your partner some day after work by making dinner, have a piñata filled with your partner’s favourite sweets and have the engagement ring in the piñata too!!!

Music

If you’re musical , why not learn a song that your partner loves or that is sentimental to the two of ye and throw into the song at some stage ‘WILL YOU MARRY ME’ or else put together a slide show with pictures of the two of you and the song in the background, at the end have pictures coming up with the big question on them!!

Family

Get the family involved, have everyone hiding waiting to celebrate the minute your partner says ‘YES’ to your proposal!!

Pets

If you have a dog and can train them to carry the ring box over to your partner or have them wearing a bandana saying will you marry me?!

Hire a professional photographer

Capture the moment you ask the question and look of excitement and shock to the passionate kiss, these are beautiful moments to capture. Keeping hidden and out of sight a good photographer will capture amazing pictures of your magical moment!

Creative

You don’t have to propose with a ring, just the words ‘WILL YOU MARRY ME?’ is enough to sweep your partner off their feet. You can propose with anything from a favorite flower, a particularly coloured stone or shell anything that symbolizes you as a couple, yer hobbies or interests!!

Just remember to have fun and get creative!!!

Adeline x

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Interview with Dave by TaraD

Dave

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?

Beer

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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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

heart.

 

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honeymoon

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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