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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Winners of “WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER 2018”. by TaraD

Tara & Dave Wedding Photographers

Where did January & February go to?

This year is just flying by and what a great start it has been!

In our last blog post you would see that this year we were found by LA director Phillip Briggs who asked us to come and work with him while he was filming in Kerry. We were blown away to have even been asked. It was such an incredible honour and we can’t wait to share the imagery with you once the film has hit Cannes (later this year!) and the Oscars! I know its incredible and so exciting!

On the 25th Feb we went to the Ballyroe Heights Hotel. We joined with our friends in the wedding industry for a fantastic night out at the Brides of Kerry awards. We wanted to let our hair down and hit the dance floor as our “quiet season” still hasn’t started yet, and to be honest I don’t think it will happen at this stage until next year.

Dave & I enjoyed dinner and entertainment before sitting back to watch the awards. Many of our friends won awards for their contribution to the wedding industry. My voice was beginning to give way from all the cheering!

We seemed to have sat at a lucky table with Jacks restaurant winning, Annette O Brien (Make up artist), Tricia O Sullivan (Hair and Make up), Noreen (Travel Counsellors) and the Kerry Cake Company all taking home awards.

Then it came to “Wedding Photographer of the year” and guess what?   WE WON!

I really couldn’t believe it! We stopped entering awards a few years ago and we’re surprised to have even been nominated for this.

Then for our clients to vote in their masses and decide that we deserved it really blew me away.

Thank you again, we are truly grateful. We had such a great night dancing to the fantastic Pat Fitz band and celebrating with our fellow suppliers.

The Kerry Wedding Industry has such a range of fantastic (and mad) suppliers, you would be crazy not to book them and support local!

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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Two pregnant photographers! by TaraD

So recently I got the chance to take some maternity pics of friend and fellow photographer Caroline Flynn (Caroline Flynn Photography).

 

Caroline is an extremely talented photographer who creates beautiful fine art imagery and also amazing newborn photography.

Stepping into her studio would make anyone broody seeing all the gorgeous images! 🙂

Like myself, Caroline is always busy BEHIND the lens! For me capturing her at this precious time in her life was special so I was delighted when she agreed! 🙂

 

 

We decided to meet at her studio and both had very different ideas of what we could/ should shoot so we decided to throw the plan the window and prioritise fun instead and just let whatever happened happen!

We laughed a lot, almost cried from the laughter and of course ate chocolate (well I did!)…

 

Caroline also managed to get me in front of the camera and photograph my expanding belly!

Thank you Caroline this will always be a fun day to look back on and that’s what photography is all about! Capturing those special moments and laughter forever…

 

 

 

 

I can’t wait to meet your new arrival very soon!!! xxxx

 

 

A very special thanks to Georgina Mackessy for my fab makeup, check out her site here https://georginamackessymakeup.com and Tricia O Sullivan http://kerryhairdresser.com for our gorgeous hair. You girls are AMAZING! 🙂 xxxx

Tara x

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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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MAKE YOUR WEDDING POP! by TaraD

 

Since today is Popcorn Lovers Day, popcorn is such a popular loved snack, it is associated with fun times like birthday parties or trips to the cinema. Why not make it a fun part of your big day, whether you and your partner are movie fans or just want to add something quirky to your day, here are some ideas to include this delicious food at your wedding!!

Start your wedding with something different.

Instead of the usual biscuits and sandwiches for your wedding guests at the drinks reception, make it fun and special and have popcorn at the ready for your guests to enjoy! Popcorn and champagne tastes great together!!

Have it in cute little bags or paper cones that the guests can have.

Wedding favours

A really lovely simple idea for this is to get some empty jam jars and fill them with popcorn kernels, seal the jar and wrap a tag around the top saying ‘Thanks for making our day pop!’

Wedding cake

Who doesn’t love popcorn and chocolate?! Why not go for something different for you wedding and make it memorable with a unique cake! Show off your adventurous side with a salted caramel sponge and popcorn on top… delicious!!

Make it fun

Hire a popcorn making machine and add some carnival fun to your wedding, the smell alone will have everyone in good spirits!! Kids at the wedding will love it too.

Go poppers!!

Have a popcorn station set up for the late night snacks of all different types of popcorn, different flavors and colours,

everyone loves a midnight snack of popcorn!!

These are just some ideas of how to incorporate popcorn into your wedding day, get thinking its amazing what you could

come up with!

– Adeline x

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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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