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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And then there were four :)….. by TaraD

So most of you know by now we have been blessed with another beautiful boy!

Dáithí arrived at the end of May on a Tuesday which was really good of him not to interrupt a wedding day! 🙂

All went really well and now our home and our hearts are fuller and life is just that bit crazier! Who would have thought that could be possible?

I have to laugh when I get asked CONSTANTLY is he good? What defines a good baby? One that is happy and healthy and eats and poops regularly?

Does he sleep? Yes of course he does, but does he also wake? Well yes I would be worried if he didn’t wake up for a feed, a cuddle and some play time!

I don’t mind being woke up at 3 am and seeing the amazing satisfaction and pleasure that something as simple as a clean bum and a feed brings to him, makes it all worthwhile. He isn’t asking for much 🙂 His smile could make even the grumpiest person at 3am forget why they were ever grumpy!

So for all the new mums that may stumble across this post, keep doing what you are doing, stock up on coffee (as that helps when you are having a particularly tired day!) and remember that you are AMAZING!

 

 

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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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Interview with Tara by TaraD

Tara 

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?

Accounts!!

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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Interview with Tie The Knot Weddings by TaraD

Today we have an interview with Tie The Knot Weddings-  wedding flower and event specialist.

 

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR COMPANY?

Tie the knot wedding is a family run company for over 30 years and we are a mother/daughter team who specialise in wedding flowers and décor. Mary who is a real creative brain started selling a few plants and little arrangements many years back and over the years trained and grew the business to being one of Munster’s leading wedding suppliers. Danielle qualified in event management and started out working for Irelands largest event promoter, working with some of the worlds biggest music artists and also a stint as personal ASSISTANT TO Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett. She made the move closer to home to help run the business and now works closely with all the couples from their first phone call/mail until the morning of the big day!

WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE JOB?

Meeting new people and having the chats! It’s so lovely being part of a couples journey to their big day and it’s so rewarding when it all comes together and they are happy with everything.

 WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE FLOWER/STYLE FOR WEDDING BOUQETS?

We love the soft, wild bohemian style of bouquet that is loose and unstructured. It’s so popular at the moment, that carefree, relaxed look. In terms of flowers there are too many to choose, it’s like picking your favourite child! 😉 We love the Lilac flower and of course the Peony and David Austin Rose, so exquisite. We are a huge fan of lots of different seasonal and locally grown foliage. Grey/Silver foliage is going to be really big this year.

WHATS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE YOU’VE SEEN COUPLES MAKE?

Thankfully we don’t see too many. I suppose the main thing really would be the couples taking on too much and planning to do it all themselves, particularly the week of the wedding. The day before the wedding should be as stress free as possible. You will need that time to do your last few jobs, enjoy getting your nails/ tan done and to have a few drinks and fun! Sometimes I have seen brides trying to finish off making a cake or trying to do some of the flowers themselves and they end up missing out. My advice would be hire the professional if you at all can, delegate and take the pressure off. X

WHAT TIPS OR ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO COUPLES WHO ARE ORDERING THEIR WEDDING FLOWERS?

As soon as you know who you want to work with get in touch and secure the date. Good suppliers are booked up fast. There is loads of time to pick out what you are going to have but the main thing is the date, especially if its summer or xmas, or other peak times. In terms of flowers, there is so much choice. We offer a lot of hired out options so it helps to reduce the cost while still getting the wow effect!

Also there is a price for everything. When shopping for quotes take into account the business reputation, years in business, previous client’s feedback, their portfolio and their actual skill. If something is very cheap there is usually a reason why. But the main thing would be to enjoy it all! Enjoy the planning as much as you can as the day goes so quickly and it’s the build up that really is  a huge part x

Thanks so much to Danielle from Tie the Knot Weddings for a great interview!

For more information about Tie The Knot Weddings please visit http://tietheknotweddings.ie/contact-us/

~ Adeline

 

 

 

 

 

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Thrifty Thursday Wedding Invites! by TaraD

Thrifty Thursday!

Wedding invitations on the cheap!

Invitations are something that couples can spend a lot of their budget on, with printing and posting you can end up spending a few hundred on invitations and stamps!

Why not try these simple ideas and save your money for your honeymoon!

Get creative

With technology everywhere these days, why not take advantage and use Whatsapp or emails to send your invitations! Think of something creative like go to a beach and draw a love heart in the sand and write the date, time and venue in the love heart, take a picture and email or Whatsapp it!

Make your own invites

If you do want to post an invite there are cheap options for making your own invites if you don’t mind paying for the stamps! 😀 Take these beautiful invites from Tara and Daves wedding for example!! The main material used in this invite was hessian/burlap sack, cut into card shape and card was glued onto the front of it, a tartan ribbon was wrapped around it that was  to match the grooms kilt!

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Getting creative for your wedding adds that personal touch and will save you honeymoon money too!! 😀 So let your creative side out!!

~ Adeline

 

 

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Thrifty Thursday by TaraD

Thrifty Thursday! Looking do to something different on your wedding day??

Key to a successful marriage

This project is affordable and gives an alternative to a wedding guest book! This idea can be done in different variations to make it unique to you.

For this project you will need:

  • Antique style keys
  • Paper card
  • Small hooks
  • Twine
  • A board or frame(with glass removed)
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher
  • Pens (gold and silver to add a bit of colour!)
  • Chalk board to explain what you want your guests to do!

This project doesn’t cost much and will give your wedding day a unique and fun touch!

Step one:

You can use a gift tag that you have lying around at home or a stencil to cut out the shape you want on the paper card to create your tags.

Step 2:

Use the hole puncher to make a hole at the top of the prepared tags.

Step 3:

Feed the twine through the hole to make a loop and tie.

Step 4:

Count the number of guests attending and screw in the amount of hooks required into the board or frame.

Step 5:

Hang the tags off the hooks and you’re good to go!

Don’t forget to leave pens for the guests to use! 😉

Adeline x

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Killarney Brewing Company by TaraD

On Sunday evening we were delighted to be invited to a networking evening with Kingdom biz at the Killarney Brewing Company.

Craft beers, a tour of the brewery and making new contacts, what better way to spend a Sunday evening!

The brewery is the perfect place for meetings, events, parties and it is so close to the town centre.

I will definitely be back for another visit! 🙂

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