I don’t want my photographs to look posed… by TaraD

Lifestyle Photography Sessions Explained

“I don’t want my photos to look posed”, is a phrase we hear all the time. Enter lifestyle photography.

A lifestyle photography session documents real life milestones, moments and events and gives you images that are anything but posed. Lifestyle photography photos tell your story just as it is at that precise moment and are perfect for any genre of photography. Action driven details bring your images to life over and over again.

So what are some of the situations where lifestyle photography can be used?

Kids Photography

Lifestyle photography

Lifestyle photography is the ideal way to capture the beauty and authenticity of childhood

Make sure your children are well rested and that they’re comfortable in both their clothing and their surroundings.

Patience is key during this type of session but this is when the magic happens. Bringing along a favorite snack, toy or book won’t hurt either.

Believe it or not, the most successful photos often happen when we let the kids lead the session. It’s all about making it a magical and spirited time where there is lots to take in. Sitting back and capturing those honest moments will ensure beautiful images that you’ll love for decades.

Newborn Photography

 

 

Lifestyle photography naturally lends itself to newborn photo sessions. True to life, crib and bassinet shots taken through the slats make for stunning photos. Then there are of course the shots with mom, dad, brothers, sisters and even the family pet. Moments that may seem mundane now such as bathing, feeding or even changing a diaper, from a distance of course, make for creative shots that you’ll love for years to come. Playing with and rocking your baby are also moments that you definitely won’t regret taking the time to capture as it gives you fond memories to look back on in the months to come as your baby grows and their routine change.

Family Photography

There is nothing quite like having the family together. The laughing, games, meals and memories are truly something to treasure. A lifestyle photography session is the perfect excuse to get your family together and capture different generations spending quality time with each other. Why not shoot a family lunch or time spent playing outside in the garden? Capturing moments between siblings or grandparents and grandchildren are photos you can treasure for years to come.

 

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2018 the year of growth! by TaraD

It is Sunday the 11th of Feb and I have sat down many a time to catch up on blog posts and update our site but it hasn’t happened yet! Today we should be working in adare but the weather has forced us to reschedule. So in between family fun I am sneaking off to do a quick post! 🙂

2018 has had us hitting the ground running! It has been such a manic year so far and the word that seems to sum it up for me is “Growth”.

Growth as a business:

Tara Donoghue photography is almost at our quota for 2019 and we are already booking for 2020! Thank you so much to all of you who want to collaborate with us on your amazing day!

Growth of our skillset and experience:

We were found by a fabulous L.A Director Phillip Briggs who invited us to be still and production photographers for the movie he was shooting here in Kerry. Phillip is a master of light and to work with him was an amazing honour.

For him to say that our work was “incredible” is even more surreal! This has been a really exciting project for us feeding our creativity in a completely different way and it has already begun opening lots of exciting doors! When you are casually discussing the Oscars, Cannes film festival and Hollywood actors for the next movie it all becomes quite unbelievable and so exciting to be on board!

Growth as a family:

Dáithí arrived in 2017 but our family has well and truly settled into life as a family of four!

He has fitted into the madness that is our life and with his laid back personality, he just sits and laughs at us all which is probably the best approach! 🙂

So as I continue to plan and work on our different areas of growth, I remind myself that none of it is possible without those around us who enable us to grow.

Our clients who trust in us, those who repeatedly recommend us, the friends and family who support us.

None of it would be possible without you all, so thank you!

On that note I can smell my Sunday dinner so I am off!

Have a fantastic week!

Tara 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 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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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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