Why should I have more than one photographer? by TaraD

Your photos will be one the most important things you get to keep for memories throughout your life, they will be available for future generations and they will capture the special moments of your day forever.

We’ve had cases where we captured a photograph and it later turned out to be the last photograph of that person. It is often that moment when people realise the true value of a photograph. It then becomes absolutely priceless. This is just an example of why capturing as much of your special day as possible is important. With that said, we list a few quick tips on why this is better achieved with a team instead of a single photographer.

A team can be in multiple places at once

It is standard now to capture both bride and groom pre-ceremony and often this happens at different locations. A team can split up and cover the different events of the morning. This also applies to the most important part of the ceremony as the bride walks up the aisle or venue. One photographer can be at the front while another one can be at the back. This ensures that the reaction of both partners is captured in the photos, as well as the reaction from the guests.

Each photographer has their own personality / style that is reflected in their photos. By having multiple photographers you will get photos that vary in perspective and style while still blending the story of your day. One photographer might be more into the small details, another photographer might specialize in capturing people’s expressions throughout the day, another photographer might be really good at aerial photography. You will have more variety to choose from for your album.

An obvious advantage is that you will get more photos to choose from than if you choose a single photographer as they are covering more ground. That goes hand in hand with the fact that you will also have more special moments of the day. Multiple photographers can cover different parts of the reception simultaneously and they can capture the first dance from different locations and angles for example.

 

 

 

 

A team can also save you time throughout the day and make sure things are running smoothly and on schedule. While one photographer is shooting, another one can be fixing the poses, the dresses or arranging other details. One photographer can get to a next location ahead of the bridal party and be ready ahead of time, while another photographer finishes the previous location. There are several instances throughout the day, where the team can split up to save precious time.

If you choose a team that has both genders (husband/wife) or (man/woman) you also get a slightly different perspective to your photos. Women and men look at the wedding day from slightly different viewpoints. A female might better understand the brides concerns during pre-ceremony and try to capture those special moments and often help with details of makeup, dresses and heirlooms and so on.

A male might better blend in with the boys throughout the day and put them more at ease to capture funny and special moments. We are not implying this is always the case and that if the situation were reversed they can’t do a fantastic job for the day! We’re just saying that traditionally this set up puts everyone more at ease!

When planning a wedding on a budget it’s sometimes difficult to decide where to ‘save’.

Should it be the florist, the venue, or the photographers? Keep in mind the wedding lasts one day (in most cultures) and the venue, the music, the flowers will become a memory, but your photos will be all you have left to remember all those details and that can capture the love and joy of your special day. Not just for now, but for future generations to see also.

Diana x

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International Chocolate Day by TaraD

Do you know anybody that doesn’t like chocolate?

We don’t, we’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like that sweet, smooth little piece of heaven.

Today is International Chocolate Day, and yes, that is a thing! We seem to celebrate so many other things, so why not celebrate something we all love so much?

Let’s admit it, we all find excuses to buy, eat of gift chocolates, so why not actually eat them on the day we’re celebrating it?

For those of you who like fun facts, chocolate has been around since 1750BC, as evidence found in Mexico.
Chocolate originates with the cocoa tree and it takes roughly 400 cocoa beans to make 1 pound of chocolate and 2-
4 days to make a chocolate bar. No wonder it’s considered a luxury.
Lindt, Godiva, Ferrero are all names that most people recognise globally. But who needs those when we have our own amazing chocolates right here in our backyard?

Ireland and Germany rate as the third biggest consumers of chocolate in the world! And it’s no wonder when we have our own brands of delicious chocolate being produced all over the country.

Many of them are hand-made and unique…and what can beat that as a gift? This is the gift that can’t ever go wrong.
If you have a special occasion coming up, like your wedding, or you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, an anniversary,
birthdays, Mother’s Day, here is a short list of some of Ireland’s best chocolates:

Butlers Chocolates and Cafes https://www.butlerschocolates.com/en

Cadbury Ireland https://www.cadbury.ie/ 
Skelligs Chocolate Factory in Co. Kerry – https://skelligschocolate.com/

Hand made chocolates and an amazing day trip for the family as well to visit the factory and watch the chocolates being made.
Lily O’Brien personalised chocolates and great options for wedding gifts too. https://lilyobriens.ie

https://trufflefairy.ie/ – hand made chocolates. Requires a bit of travelling to Kilkenny but so worth the trip if you’re
into award winning chocolates!
https://chocolategarden.ie/ – another choice for award winning hand-made chocolates, straight out of Co. Carlow.
They accept school tours too!
Regardless of which one you choose, you’ll make a great choice!

Yum yum!

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Postponing your wedding? You may want to read this…. by TaraD

From Heartbroken to excited…..

Since we shot our last wedding on the 14th March 2020, I, (like many others) have been dealing with a rollercoaster of emotions.

I have learnt so much from the last month and feel that I have really grown as a human being (and not just physically with all the extra food I’m snacking on!).

We have been chatting to lots of brides and one mentioned that I had changed her perspective from “heartbroken” to “excited again”.

Just think about that for a moment, from “heartbroken” to “excited” completely opposite emotions.

I then went onto have a business call with a group of business owners and I mentioned in conversation, how I had switched someone’s perspective and it made everyone stop. It was almost a mic drop moment. They felt that my words had potentially changed that woman’s life in a great way and I hadn’t thought of it. They asked how the rest of her day would have continued with her fiancee? Her family? Her friends? To go from upset and heartbreak to being excited again just by reading a heartfelt message that I had sent to her. How would her next phone call go? Instead of tears it would be “but we can do that now instead, we have more time to save for this etc….!”

For me its all about perspective, it is about seeing things from a different point of view. Life has always been that way for me. I studied “To kill a mockingbird” in school and recently again during this lockdown with my 8 year old. I explained to him a quote that has stuck with me ever since. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.. until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”.

I think by nature we often become so focused on our own problems that we don’t see others. Not because we are selfish, or careless but because it doesn’t necessarily affect us.

I have noticed online in various wedding groups and heard lots and lots of couples using words like “devastated”…. “heartbroken” …..“torn”.  I began to feel that I was missing something, or maybe they were (un-intentionally of course!). Those words are associated with grief and death, which I could relate to the virus. But I wouldn’t associate them with rescheduling a wedding.

Why? Well, we aren’t talking about cancelling a wedding which is associated with loss and grief when a relationship dissolves. We are talking about postponing. Simply moving the celebration to a later date. This is a chance to breathe. We are always so busy with life and planning a wedding is even more hectic than the everyday stress. Now you have an opportunity to literally just breathe! Have fun together, go for walks (within 2k!), learn more about each other than you ever knew before.

This unprecedented time is like an intense pre marriage course! You are with your spouse 24/7. This time will help you to adjust, to give each other space, even if you can’t physically! You will learn to share jobs at home that you never had to do before. You will learn how to come up with solutions to keep each other sane! 🙂

If you are already parents, you will have a whole other range of challenges and learning opportunities thrown into the mix! 🙂 All the parents reading this are currently saying “HELL YEAH!” 🙂

This time together is incredible. This pause is giving you the opportunity to focus on what you REALLY WANT, without all of the daily distractions and pressures that are normally happening while trying to plan a wedding. You can give it your complete attention now, or very little if you choose to take a break from the planning! Both are perfectly ok, you choose what works for you!

For me  instead of focusing on the fact that I don’t know when we will get to shoot a wedding again. (Just to clarify this is our livelihood. Like many other suppliers, to potentially loose all our weddings this year is not something we can brush off lightly). I am looking at all the opportunities this last month has given me and I am incredibly grateful for that.

Instead of feeling sad every time I get an email with someone changing their wedding date, I am feeling happy that they are now stress free. They can now look forward to their wedding instead of being scared on the lead up to it.

Every morning I start with a coffee and my notebook and list 10 things that I am grateful for. This may sound completely crazy, (or pointless) I know, I thought so too when I was first asked to try it! But what have you got to loose? Try it and see how it makes you feel, how it switches your PERSPECTIVE on things.

How you start to realise how incredibly lucky you really are! You have your health and you are safe. In the world we are living in right now that is worth celebrating.

So lets switch our perspective and see how it makes you feel.

Instead of stressing over how I am going to make ends meet, I am grateful for the amazing amount of focused quality time with my children. I am learning about them, watching them grow, teaching them daily life skills as well as the home schooling! I have got to know them both better which seems crazy, but we now have much more time to sit and talk. It isn’t rushed or interrupted by me looking at the screen editing/emailing/designing while agreeing and nodding to them. (I know, great parenting! As I said at the beginning I have learnt a lot!).

I have also learnt how much I genuinely love my career and I can’t wait to return to telling people’s stories. I really miss it!

I miss creating, but now I am capturing my own story and my children’s story, for their futures.

Today I am grateful for the gorgeous sunrise and another opportunity to work in my garden. I am grateful for my family and friends health, my morning coffee, my husband, as we are continuing to work great as a team keeping everyone upbeat. The roof over our heads, the chats I will have with friends, the books I now have time to read, the memories I am getting the opportunity to create.

I am grateful for you, if you took the time to read the longest post I have ever written! I hope it helps!

With love,

Tara x

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All things wedding albums… by TaraD

Happy new year! We are in full flow this January hitting the ground running!

Does anyone else feel that Christmas was a distant memory even though we are only a few days into the new year? Well we do but we are incredibly excited about all the adventures and events lined up for 2020 so we hope its a great one for you too!

Diana has kicked off the blog writing for us, in between designing some beautiful albums. So here is some info from her on that!

“Designing an album for a special event in someone’s life, like a wedding, is an important part of a photographer’s job.   Our job is not done after the day is over and we all go home.  After someone ‘s special day, and after the long editing process , we get to have some more fun!  The first part of designing an album is to choose the top 100 photos (in the case of a wedding) that we feel represent the major parts of the day.  They should represent special moments like the bride & groom getting ready before church, bride arriving at church, the ceremony, family portraits after the ceremony and so on… 

 

 

Then we review what we know about the couple, from working with them in person as well as from the photos. For example, what are some of their hobbies?  What are their favourite colours? Are they part of a team?  We do this so we can better personalise their album with something more relevant for them like their favourite colour or poem or song or special moment from the wedding.  

 

 

While the majority of couples choose a plain black / white background for their wedding album, giving them the option of colours, themes or graphics can really make their album and photos stand out.  Every couple should consider this when working with their photographer on their album.  While we create this initial version of the album, we work closely with the couple on revising it until they are happy with the final product. This album will exist for generations to come and will tell your story, it should be as personal to you and as beautiful as possible.”

 

 

Want to know more about our albums? Or would you like us to design a beautiful album for you? Then get in touch today to see more samples!

Until next time,

Happy January!

 

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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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5 things you possibly didn’t know about me! by TaraD

Booking a photographer is a pretty big deal! You don’t want to spend your day with just anyone. This is the one supplier that you will spend time with before the wedding (planning, prepping,  having a pre shoot etc). You may spend up to 12 hours with your photographer on your wedding day (depending on your choice of coverage). They will also be one of the only suppliers that you are in contact with after the wedding as the album design process begins. So it is really important to make sure that you feel a good connection and that you can work together well.

So here is a little insight and 5 things you probably don’t know about me.

1: Coffee addict
I enjoy my morning brew so much that I get up at 5am to sit and enjoy it in complete peace lol. I also find I’m incredibly productive at that time so coffee in hand I can take over the world lol.

2: I am a workaholic.

I love what I do so I think about work related things constantly! Working with my husband Dave, I often burst into conversation about an idea for a shot (often over breakfast when he has only just taken his first sip of coffee and has to tone down my enthusiasm), at least until he has woken up properly! 🙂 I am the complete dreamer he is the realist 🙂 It works pretty well to bring me back to earth when needed!!!!

I was actually working in the recent picture of me here, on the balcony of our holiday apartment at 5am before everyone woke! Can you also spot the coffee! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Because I have so many ideas, (the crazy artist in me!) I have learnt to always carry a notebook so I can scribble them down. It saves getting back to the office and not having a clue what that amazing brainwave was!!! 🙂 Anyone else super forgetful?

3: I am a super proud mother.

I always wanted to be a mum and our oldest arrived in an incredibly dramatic way (not the way I had imagined!) and it was quite traumatic but that’s a whole other story!

Now he is still dramatic lol but he literally makes every single day so much fun. He fills our home with laughter, mess and noise (his younger brother helps with that too!) but I wouldn’t want it any other way.

We were blessed with our second son two years ago. He had a much calmer entrance to the world (2 paracetamols and the job was done lol) and he is generally pretty laid back. He adores his big brother and is like his shadow copying everything he does. They literally make my heart smile and I realize how lucky I am every single day to have them in my life.

4: I love the sea

I was born in the city but the sea is my happy place, I love the sound of the waves, the smell of the seaweed, the vastness of nothing but sea ahead. I love to walk by the sea, play with the boys there and I feel refreshed and renewed by the sea air!

5: I love quotes
I even have a tattoo of one and it includes reference to the sea!!!  🙂

So that’s enough about me! Want to join me for a coffee to chat about you? 🙂
Tara x

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Hello readers! by TaraD

My name is Diana Ascenso (my friends call me Di) and I’m the new member on Tara and Dave’s team.

We’ve only been working together for a few weeks and so far it’s been quite amazing and lots of fun!
Sometimes we work together and sometimes we each work individually which makes for great work / life balance and makes Tara and Dave the best bosses ever!
I moved here from New York where I have been working in the fashion and graphic design industries for the last 20 years. I then qualified in Photography and now I combine all my skills to create one-of-a-kind products for Tara and Dave.
Besides acting as a second shooter when it’s very busy, I also work on designing one-of-a-kind wedding albums for all of you beautiful couples out there.

By now I feel like I have got to know many of you through the amazing wedding photos. I am looking forward to working with more clients in person, as we develop our plans here and that will help me to further personalise your albums.

Until then I will be keeping  you posted with our adventures! There is a very exciting and busy summer ahead!
Diana x

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Unique Photo Session Ideas You’ll Love by TaraD

There’s nothing quite like capturing memories with your loved ones. Are you someone who enjoys taking beautiful pictures of you and your family?  Then you are probably always on the lookout for inspiration for your next photo session. Below are some unique photo ideas that you’ll love.

  • Old photographs. Are you a fan of the photos that your grandparents or even great grandparents have taken? Why not replicate them yourself? All it takes is a bit of editing and you can achieve the same look and feel.

  • First and last day of school. For the first day of school, get some fun pictures of your child getting ready. You can then do the same on the day that they graduate from high school. Then you can create an amazing “before and after” picture. You can even choose to add on college photos later.

  • Generational photosPhotos are one of those items that are passed down through generations. So why not create one that future family members can treasure. Take a photo with your daughter, mom and grandma to show the generations of women in your family.

  • Pregnancy pictures.  There are many fun ways to show your progress through pregnancy. Documenting it with photos is the perfect way to capture this time in your life. Years from now you’ll be able to take your child through your journey before you got to meet them and share those special moments with them. 

  • Pet portraits.  If your pet is a member of your family then capturing memories with them is just as important. There are so many great ways to take some amazing photos whether it’s outside at a park or in the comfort of your own home.

  • Save the date. Getting married in the near future? Taking a quirky couple photo where your wedding date is displayed is a lovely way to invite people to your wedding. You can do anything from writing the date on the bottom of your shoes to using chalkboards or balloons to display the date.

  • Gender reveal.  Why not make finding out the gender of your baby a fun. Surprise everyone by turning it into a fun photo that you can send around. Some cute ideas include releasing pink or blue balloons out of a box or you could incorporate a cute color frame to hold around your belly.

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