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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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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