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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Best man’s speech…. by TaraD

After many years of photographing weddings, we have heard hundreds of best man speeches.

We have heard everything from one liners, to 30 minute long speeches, to hilarious speeches to embarrassing speeches and everything else in between.

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some quick tips on things to avoid or do, based on the thousands of guest reactions we’ve experienced over the years. Don’t make your speech very long. 5 minutes is a good average, 8 minutes gives you plenty of time to talk about memories and life stories if that is your aim, anything longer than that and you risk boring your audience.
One or two good, interesting, or funny stories should be enough.

Watch your language.

Remember there are a few generations sitting in the audience, and the generation gap (in
terms of language) has never been wider. It should be common sense to avoid curse words or other derogatory or offensive words, that although might be the norm among the guys, would offend some in the audience. Also remember that sometimes the priest / celebrant, is also part of the audience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t bury the groom – or the bride, or you might run the risk of losing that friendship forever! It’s perfectly fine to go for humour and tell funny stories about the groom, but be careful with the level of embarrassment you choose.
Remember that the groom is not well known to one part of the audience, you don’t want to leave them with the wrong impression of the groom. Try to stay clear of making jokes about the bride – it’s just safer for your own health!!

Another common sense point is, please don’t bring up the Ex in your speech!

Surprisingly, we’ve heard it a few times and it usually doesn’t end well.

This is the couple’s special day, it should be about them and some things are just better off in the past where they belong.

Even if you’re happy things didn’t work out with the ex and can make great jokes about it, we advise you to resist the temptation.

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t just read your speech because you’re nervous or just want to get through it quickly.

And whatever you do, don’t copy your speech from the Internet!

Doing all these things doesn’t show much appreciation or thought for the bridal couple and your relationship with them.

It’s understandable and normal that you might be feeling nervous, but if you just take a few deep breaths and just be yourself, it will show.

You don’t need to race through the speech, you can read it at your own pace by taking tiny breaks and looking around the audience and the bridal couple.

Eye contact and even adding your own humour in between sentences goes a long way. And if you want to break the ice, you can always start by being honest and funny and saying something like “I’m absolutely an awesome best man, but not exactly great at speeches…”

Keep the best for last.

If you want your speech to be memorable and make an impression, keep something amazing
for the end. Whether you end with a joke for laughter, or whether you end with a poem for tears, just make the ending special and make eye contact with the bridal couple as you do it. And if you want to make it extra special, toast not only the bridal couple but also their parents. This will touch their hearts and show that your thoughtfulness.

And last, and probably the most important advice we can give is, don’t drink too much alcohol before giving your speech!!!
We’re sure you can see the wisdom in that…

Diana 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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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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Kerry Wedding Show 2017 by TaraD

Recently I had the good fortune of attending the Kerry Wedding Show 2017, even though my bridal shopping days are over!! I had a great day out helping couples on the day, talking them through our photography packages here at Tara Donoghue Photography. I was very impressed by the layout of the stalls and of the effort all the suppliers put into making them stand out.  I found myself trying to plan a party for the future just to avail of the brilliant ideas and eat the delicious cakes that were displayed! 🙂

What I really loved about this fair was the open area that it was held in, the INEC proved to be a great spacious area where there was even enough room to hold a fashion show!! Norma O Donoghue put together a great collection of bridal wear and together with the music and lighting, it really was a show stopper!

This year there were 81 stalls at the wedding show. Upstairs there were performances from wedding singers and bands which added an extra element of fun to the day! I really enjoyed  the variety of stalls, and the unique ideas they had, the prosecco cart was mouth watering!!

There were a variety of suppliers offering everything you could need to make your wedding day special! From hotels to photographers and everything you could want in between it was a day for every wedding couple to enjoy!

 

To top off the day Aine Clifford, a bride to be, won the fabulous prize we organised worth over €2,500 which the following suppliers were part of:

Tara Donoghue Photography

Flowers from Tie the knot weddings

Brides of Kerry Wedding Spread

Headpieces by Cathy Troth

All you need is love stationary suite

Cosmo Video Productions

 

 

Thanks for a great day and I am looking forward to next year already 😀

~ Adeline

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Tips for a winter wedding by TaraD

Wrap up!

Its winter so don’t be afraid to try and wrap up even if it is your wedding day! Try and wear a long wedding dress – one with long sleeves if you can!! Add a funky shawl or cardigan to give you an extra layer!

Look after your bridesmaids!!

Your bridesmaids need to be kept warm too!  You don’t have to have them dressed traditionally this time of year, cheap leather jackets in Penneys could be a very cool accessory for them on the day!

Don’t forget to bring an umbrella!

An umbrella this time of year is a definite must, try to invest in some colourful ones to add a splash of fun and colour to your wedding pictures!

Be on time!

With Christmas shoppers on the hunt, to bad weather, the likelihood is the traffic is going to be heavy this time of year!

Decorations

Take advantage of the Christmas feeling and check out if your hotel will have Christmas decorations in you function room!

Look after your wedding gang when outdoors for pictures!

A great idea could be to buy a few hand warmers, that could be put into jacket or pants pockets to keep your hands!

Don’t forget to pack wellies just in case, there is nothing worse than getting your heels stuck in mud!! 😀

~ Adeline

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Happy Thanksgiving by TaraD

Even though we in Ireland don’t celebrate Thanksgiving as a holiday and a lot of people might not know the history behind it, I still think it’s a good day to reflect on your life a little bit and say what you’re thankful for.

Today and maybe every day if you can take some time to be thankful for what you have and try not to focus on what you want.

Write a list, like an affirmation and find some time to yourself to recite it. What you put out into the universe comes back with the same amount of positive energy you put in to it so with that in mind here’s the things I am thankful for:

I am thankful for my health and that of my family and friends.

I am thankful for my wife and the wonderful wedding day we had this year.

I am thankful that I have the energy and ability to get out of bed every morning and face the day whatever it may bring.

I am thankful I have a warm house and a dog that is always happy to see me.

Most of all I am thankful for my life and my experiences that have made me the woman I am today.

So today take stock of what’s most important to you and say thanks to people or the universe for being here.

Adeline x

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HEADPIECES INTERVIEW WITH CATHY TROTH by TaraD

Today we have a great interview with headpiece designer Cathy Troth from  Headpieces by Cathy Troth, enjoy!

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR COMPANY?

Originally from England, I moved to Co. Kerry 16 years ago.  Since leaving university in 1996 I’ve worked in fashion retail at various levels.  I live in Firies, with my husband of 16 years and 2 sons; a rose amongst thorns!!

I design, create and retail occasional and bridal headpieces and veils.  I also offer a service of upstyling a client’s own headpiece.  All of my services are offered at an affordable price as my vision for Headpieces by Cathy Troth is to bring a formerly seen luxury product to everyone.  Why should a uniquely created headpiece be available only to people for whom money is no object?

I have a passion for vintage and it is with this in mind, and the 1940s ethos of ‘make do and mend’ that leads me to incorporate vintage or recycled gems into my headpieces.  Again ensuring their uniqueness.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE JOB?

It’s the different types of people I meet that makes my job.  I love hearing their stories, listening to their concerns and reassuring them that they are now in safe hands and they don’t have to worry.  Meeting with clients allows me to gauge their personality which I use to help me design a piece to reflect and compliment them.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

For my ready-to-wear creations, it can be quite literally anything that inspires me. A fabric, beading, a picture.  For my commissioned pieces, it’s the person that inspires me. After talking with them, I can usually gauge their personality and I use that as a springboard for the design.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS BEING THE LATEST TREND?

I am seeing a moving away from veils and more headpieces are being ordered.  Pieces that can be worn all day comfortably. However, there is something special about a veil; conjuring up an air of pure romance.

WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU COULD GIVE A COUPLE IN THE MIDDLE OF PLANNING THEIR WEDDING?

Ensure you employ people you trust to work with you on your big day. You should feel that when you hand over that section to them, your burden is lifted not added to. That is one of aims for my clients. Don’t panic!! There is time to do everything!!

Thank Cathy for sharing! For more information about Cathy Troth headpieces please visit  Headpieces by Cathy Troth

~ 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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