What should you wear for an engagement or portrait session?

The most common question we get asked when couples book us for an engagement or family portrait session is “What clothes should we wear for our session?”

Firstly, and most importantly only wear clothes that you are comfortable in. Don’t buy a new outfit that you haven’t worn before, because if you don’t feel confident wearing it, there is always the chance that this will show in the photographs from your session. Conversely, if you are wearing clothes that you are comfortable in, you will feel much more confident about your session, this will really show in your photographs and you will find the whole experience much more enjoyable.

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Match your outfit to the location for your session. For example, if you have chosen to have your session at a local park that has lots of tree’s, don’t wear predominantly green coloured clothes. If your session is taking place in an upscale location, make sure your outfit matches that and it may be time to, suit up! If you have chosen a beach or forest area, casual clothes will be a much better fit.

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Don’t match up your clothing. Thankfully the days of everyone wearing matching jumpers for their photo shoot are long behind us. Having contrasting outfits will add interest to your photographs.

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Avoid wearing clothes with large complex patterns, large logo’s and branding and overly busy patterns, these will look distracting in your photographs.

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N.I Wedding Photography | Tullyglass House Hotel | Emma & Thomas

Emma and Thomas got married on the 4th of November at Hannahstown Parish in Belfast. After the ceremony we headed off to the Tullyglass House Hotel in Ballymena for the reception.

We met up with Emma and her lovely bridesmaids at their new home in Glenavy to photograph the ladies getting ready. The couple's young daughter Hannah was a huge amount of fun and the morning went really quickly. After the ceremony along with the bridal party we headed for Thomas’s mum and dad's house, as that is where they had chosen to shoot their portraits. Unfortunately, as we left the ceremony the heavens opened and it rained very heavily so Emma and Thomas decided that they preferred to wait until we reached Tullyglass House.

Tullyglass House is a beautiful venue and they have a few areas that can work really well for wedding photographs. The heavy rain never really eased of for any length of time though, so we ended up using the inside of the hotel instead. However, we did manage to talk the guys into letting us grab a few shots outside in the hotel grounds in between the heavy showers.

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Belfast Engagement Session | Botanic Gardens | An-tonia & Joe

A couple of weeks ago we met up with An-tonia and Joe for their engagement session at Belfast’s Botanic Gardens, these guys are getting married next summer at Mount Stewart.

Engagement sessions are always good craic and the drizzling rain didn’t stop us from enjoying the walk around the park and chatting with An-tonia and Joe about their wedding plans.

It has been a while since we last visited Botanic Gardens and we had forgotten how beautiful it can be. Even at this time of the year while most of the flowers have disappeared until the summer, the park was full of Autumn colour. An-tonia and Joe were really good fun to spend the morning with and it was plain to see that they just can’t wait to get married.

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Tips to help you find your wedding photographer

So you have visited the various wedding blogs, read all the wedding magazines and are ready to make the decision on who you are going to choose to photograph your wedding. This is easy, right? All you have to do is visit a few websites or maybe go to a few wedding fayres, find someone whose photographs you like and if they are in your budget contact them and arrange to book. Seems like a simple enough process. But how do you know what you see is what you get? Is it really that simple?

We are going to share a few tips to help you find the wedding photographers that are right for you and your wedding. There are many ways to find someone to photograph your wedding and there is a huge amount of wedding photographers in Northern Ireland, and it can be difficult to choose between them.


SETTING YOUR BUDGET

If you read the wedding magazines and blog’s you will often see statements like:

  • Your wedding photographer must cost a minimum of £XXXX
  • You should budget 15% of your wedding budget for photography
  • Blah, blah, blah….

Ignore this, it is your wedding not theirs, you should decide how much you spend on your wedding photography based on how important it is to you. Only you should make that decision. Setting a budget is important though as there is no point spending time looking at photographers who have a starting price of £2000 if you have a maximum budget of £1500 for photography and an album.


WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER ONLINE REVIEWS

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In our opinion the best source of online reviews when you are trying to find a wedding photographer is Google’s own review system. Facebook as an alternative is largely flawed with many fake reviews and businesses can easily purchase fake reviews for Facebook. Google have very stringent guidelines that they work too when it comes to reviews and if a review looks suspicious at all they will remove it.


CHOOSING A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED ON STYLE OF WORK

When you start to look for a wedding photographer you are going to come across a range of “buzzwords” used by photographers to define the style of how they work. Some of the most commonly used one’s are:

  • TraditionalA traditional wedding photographer doesn’t capture candid moments. They usually concentrate on the key moments of the day, group shots and usually stick to the same set list of photographs for every wedding. This style involves a great deal of intervention from the photographer and a significant amount of time spent on the formal setup of each photograph.
  • Contemporary – This style of wedding photography is inspired by editorial fashion photography. Although the photographer will set up a lot of the shots they will usually be less rigid than the traditional wedding photography style. Images are generally heavily edited in Photoshop.
  • Reportage/Documentary – This is a more natural style of photography with the focus being on capturing your wedding in an unobtrusive way and producing more natural looking photographs that document your wedding day.
  • Fine Art – The goal of fine art wedding photography is to render a work of art. The photographer will be heavily involved in setting up photographs taken. True fine art photography can be beautiful but very abstract. This is one of the most commonly misused “buzzwords” used by photographers to describe how they work at the moment.

In reality in most cases these “buzzwords” mean absolutely nothing. There isn’t that many photographers that work to one set style. The reason these “buzzwords” are used is mainly down to branding and how they want their brand to be perceived by prospective clients. These words are also used as significant keywords for Google search, which for a wedding photographer is extremely important in terms of marketing. For example, if you search “fine art wedding photographer Northern Ireland” on google it will return over 800,00 results. We had a quick look through the first 5 pages on Google before we got bored and none of the photographers listed, work to a set fine art style. However as this is an often searched for term photographers will describe themselves as being a fine art photographer even when they are not so that they show up on Google for this search term. The same applies for all of the buzzwords used. Most wedding photographers will use a mixture of styles.

Using ourselves as an example we mainly shoot in a documentary or reportage style we try and keep posed photographs to a minimum as we feel that style fits best with how we like to work and we also feel it’s a more relaxing and enjoyable experience for our clients. However, we do still shoot some loosely posed and set up photographs like when we are photographing the bridal party after the ceremony. When you are choosing your wedding photographer based on a style of work it is vital that you actually look at the work rather than relying on the description of their style provided by the photographer as the description and the reality can often be very different.

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WHY DO SOME PHOTOGRAPHERS DISPLAY THEIR PRICES AND OTHERS DON'T?

There are many reasons for this, we are members of many online photography communities and this is a subject often discussed by photographers, especially wedding photographers. While it may ruffle a few feathers with some of our colleagues we are going to be very upfront and honest here and explain some of the reasons why. We decided to display our prices on our website as it seemed an easy choice for us, it saves us from getting a stream of emails and phone calls everyday asking only about prices, although we still get quite a few. The reason for this is that most wedding photographers decide not to make prices easily available or only quote prices starting from, couples getting married are used to having to contact photographers for a quote. Some of the reasons for this are:

  • Competition - Wedding photographers do not want other wedding photographers to know how much they charge as they are concerned that they will use this information to undercut their prices.
  • The Venue matters! - Not displaying prices means that you can offer flexible prices. As an example a couple contacts a photographer to ask for prices. The photographer asks them where they are getting married and it’s a locally well known, premium venue that the photographer would like to work at. Couples are more likely to book a photographer who has already worked at the venue they have chosen. Photographers will always want to book weddings at high end venues as they will then be more likely to book weddings for those venue’s again. This gives the photographer the opportunity to offer a more competitive than normal price to secure the booking.
  • The Date matters! - A couple contacts a photographer to ask about prices as they are not available on their website. Based on the date and how much other work the photographer has booked in he or she may offer a more competitive than normal price to secure the booking. The reverse is also true, the date falls on an extremely busy period this means the photographer can quote a more expensive price than normal as they do not necessarily need the booking. If the couple books at the more expensive than normal price great, if not it doesn’t matter they have already booked a lot of work for that month.
  • Under counter offers and promotions – This is a sales tactic used by wedding photographers. A couple contacts them requesting a quotation. The photographer replies with a set list of prices but includes at the bottom of their price list a special promotional discount or an offer of some kind that is only available if you book before the end of that month or before a specific date. In reality the discounted rate was always the real price, but it adds a little pressure on the couple to book immediately.
  • Portfolio building – Some wedding photographers are very busy. They will always book out every available date and this means that they can be very selective of which weddings they book and the prices they charge. As they are so busy they will check out prospective couples online before providing them with a quote. If it is an attractive couple they will offer their normal prices, if in their eyes the couple is not attractive or is getting married at a wedding venue they don’t want to associate themselves with they will provide a more expensive quote as they won’t want to use the images in their portfolio. 

BEWARE THE FAUXTOGRAPHER

Fauxtographer is a term that was originally coined in America and is used to describe a photographer who doesn’t know what they are doing but portrays themselves as a professional or an expert when that isn’t the case. There are guys out there advertising themselves as wedding photographers who have never photographed a wedding other than as a guest. There are guys out there advertising themselves as a photographer who don’t know how to use even basic camera equipment and photograph everything in auto modes and hope for the best. It is harder than you might think to avoid these guys and girls. Most couples when booking a photographer for their wedding don’t know much about photography. They will base their choice on price and maybe a few images the photographer has chosen to show them. It used to be the case that it was easier to split the good from the bad. The fauxtographer’s didn’t have Facebook business pages or websites and it was obvious that photography was a part time pursuit for them but not anymore, now they do have websites and they do have Facebook pages with thousands of likes and reviews. Some important things to look for:

  • Website – It’s fairly easy now to set up a basic website for not much cost. Companies like Wix offer a basic template based website for very little money that can be up in running as a fully functional website in under 30 minutes and looks reasonably professional. Having a website is no longer an indicator of how good, bad or indifferent your photographer is. The content on the site though is. Don’t just have a quick scan through images, look at them closely. Do all the images seem to be from one or two weddings? If so avoid, we have seen this locally ourselves recently. Someone advertising as a wedding photographer and claiming years of experience but only displaying images from one wedding. A close look at the images indicates that they were taken by a guest at the wedding rather than the photographer. In most of the images the couple and bridal party where not looking directly at the camera it was obvious that they were taken by either a wedding guest or someone working as an assistant to the real photographer.
  • Facebook Business Page – There are literally thousands of Facebook business pages advertising wedding photography services in Northern Ireland. These should never be taken as any sort of indicator as to how many weddings a photographer has photographed or the quality of their work. They are simply too easily faked. You can purchase 10,000 likes for a Facebook business page online for £20. Reviews for business pages can also be purchased in the same way. It is a fairly common occurrence for guys just starting out to download images from other photographer’s websites and use them on their own websites and Facebook pages pretending that it is their own work. Before you make a decision on booking a photographer make sure you view several real weddings so that you can get a real idea of the type of work they produce.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER BEFORE YOU BOOK WITH THEM

  • Do you have liability insurance and can I see a copy of your insurance documentation?
  • Can you talk me through how you work during a normal wedding day?
  • Do you have an online portfolio I can view that shows images taken throughout a wedding day?
  • What packages do you offer and can they be personalised to our needs?
  • Can we discuss in detail what we will be provided with after you have photographed our wedding?
  • How long after the wedding will it be until we receive our Digital Images/Album?
  • How much is your deposit and when does the balance need to be paid?

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF AFTER YOU HAVE SPOKEN WITH A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

  • Do you feel a connection with the photographer as well as their photographs?
  • Are you happy with the way the photographer communicates with you?
  • Has the photographer listened to any concerns you may have had and answered all of your questions?

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

 

Is price an indicator of the quality of work produced by a wedding photographer?

This is a difficult question to answer. In most cases yes more expensive will mean better as with most things you pay for what you get, but there are always exceptions to the rule. Running a wedding photography business legitimately has high costs. Like any other business a wedding photographer has overheads that must be paid. Income tax, national insurance, equipment, advertising, liability insurance, equipment insurance etc. it all adds up and those costs need to be covered. So if you see a photographer advertising wedding photography at a very cheap price there has to be a reason why. In some instances, they may be cutting costs somewhere, like operating without insurance or using inferior equipment. The reason the guys at the very top of their game can be so expensive is not always just down to providing better photography, but is also due to their level of experience, they have been there, done it and got the t-shirt and can cope with any situation that might happen at a wedding. Also on the flip side of the coin there are photographers out there with little skill level who are excellent at marketing their business via wedding fayres etc. and can book 50-60 weddings a year at high prices, but produce low quality images and deliver poor service. There are also guys out there offering really low prices because they are just starting out or because they only do photography part time and use their real job to subsidise their wedding business but can produce good  work and offer a high level of service. So while yes price can be an indicator all of the other factors should be looked at as well. Do you like the photographer’s images? Are you happy that they can repeat the same level of work at your wedding? Are they someone you can easily get along with? Do you trust them to deliver what they say they will after your wedding?

When should I book our wedding photographer?

As soon as possible, like any of your wedding vendor’s dates can sometimes be booked a long time in advance. Don’t leave it too late to confirm a booking with your photographer just in case you miss out. We regularly get contacted by couples who are interested in booking with us and don’t hear from them again for some time. Then out of the blue they get in touch a few weeks or a month later but unfortunately in between times we have already booked the date with another couple.

Do all wedding photographers use real wedding photographs for advertising?

We only use images from real weddings, but not everyone does. Many wedding photographers use images from fake styled wedding shoots with models. Many also use images taken at workshops under instruction and in very controlled conditions. These can provide a wow factor but it can be difficult for them to replicate that same level of work at a real wedding. There is a big difference having all day to set up a couple of shots with a team of hair stylists, make-up artists etc. always at hand and having maybe 45 minutes for portraits with a bride and groom after their wedding ceremony. When looking at a photographers work on their website the best option is to ignore all of the images on the front page of the website and instead visit their blog and look for images from real weddings which show a complete range of photographs from a typical wedding day. If their blog posts from a real wedding only show a few images be dubious and request a full set of images from a wedding from them.

Should I ask to see a sample album?

Yes, absolutely. A sample album will at the very least allow you to view what you will get if you book a package that includes an album. However, always ask if the photographs in the sample album are their own and if the album was designed by them. Many album manufacturers supply free or heavily discounted sample albums for photographers to use to show potential clients and some of these use stock images rather than the photographer's own. Don’t only base your decision on if their work is a good fit for you from the images from a sample album.

 Should I ask to meet the photographer before the wedding?

In our opinion yes. While arranging a wedding can be difficult and time consuming your wedding photographer is likely to be the only one of your wedding vendors that you are going to spend all day with. In an ideal world you want this to be someone that you are going to find it easy to get along with and enjoy spending your day with. It is going to be more difficult to be sure of this if you have not met them before the day of the wedding.

Do all wedding photographers provide the same thing in terms of product after the wedding?

A lot depends on which package option you choose when you book your photographer and is something you should discuss with them in detail. Using ourselves as an example we provide every client with a full resolution copy of all of the edited photographs. Some photographers only provide low resolution photographs not suitable for printing or photographs which are heavily watermarked. Depending on the photographer you may only be able to buy prints from them and copies of digital images which don’t have a watermark may involve additional cost. Always confirm what you will receive after your wedding, before you confirm your booking.

Please feel free to ask any further questions we haven't covered using the comments section below and we will do our best to answer them.

Belfast Wedding Photography | Balmoral Hotel | Maura & John

Maura and John got married on the 8th of October at St. Pauls in Belfast. After the ceremony we stopped off with the bridal party at Sir Thomas & Lady Dixons Park, before making our way to the Balmoral Hotel for the reception.

We met up in the morning with Maura and her bridesmaids at her mum’s house in Belfast. The house as you would expect was buzzing with excitement, nerves and activity. Maura still made time, to make sure we were well looked after and to help her mum tidy up after breakfast.

We arrived at St. Pauls with Maura not far behind us. Maura, is probably the first of our brides to arrive for the ceremony early. St. Pauls is a very traditional building with its own unique atmosphere and proved to be the perfect backdrop for Maura and John’s wedding ceremony.

Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park is awesome for wedding photography, we have worked there many times before and from a photography point of view there are so many different little areas to use that it must be one of the best parks in Northern Ireland to go for wedding photographs. It is well known and popular though, so John had made arrangements for the use of the park many months ago.

The staff at the Balmoral Hotel were very friendly and the room looked perfect, the food was lovely too. John’s speech was great both funny and emotional, we even got a mention, many thanks John! 

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Northern Ireland Wedding Photography | Bushtown Hotel | Davina & Linsey

Davina and Linsey got married on the 7th of October at Christ Church in Limavady. After the ceremony we stopped of at the beautiful Roe Valley Country Park with the bridal party, before making our way to the Bushtown Hotel in Coleraine for the reception.

The ladies where good fun to be around all morning and there was hardly a hint of any sort of nerves from Davina before the ceremony. The ladies had a very chilled out morning.

Upon arriving at the church we got to meet Davina and Linsey’s godson William, a real wee character, who had everyone giggling throughout the ceremony. The weather can be a bit unpredictable at this time of the year and it was pouring down with rain by the time Davina and her bridesmaids arrived at the church.

The rain eased of just long enough for us to spend some time with the bridal party at Roe Valley Country Park before we headed off to the wedding reception at the Bushtown Hotel. During dinner we were seated next to Linsey’s great-aunts who kept us entertained throughout.

Davina and Linsey where really good fun to spend the day with, a very chilled out fun loving couple with an awesome set of family and friends. We loved all the little details the guys had incorporated into their wedding including cake toppers featuring Linsey in his rugby kit.

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New website launch

We loved the design of our old website’s front page but the new updated version combines the minimalist look of our old website with much better functionality.

Our web designer has created a whole new front page for the site keeping the clean look that we wanted but making it much easier for people visiting the site to find the information they are looking for. Visitors to our new website can now view our wedding photography packages, wedding gallery and our latest blog posts all from the main front page of the site.

We are still making some small amendments so if you notice anything that doesn’t look as it should please let us know. www.purephotoni.com

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Wedding Photography | Why we shoot the details

When it comes to photographing a wedding, every little detail is important. At every wedding we photograph, we always make sure to try and photograph all of the little details of your day. This includes photographing jewellery, flowers and your little keepsakes that you are using on your wedding day.

For our couples, their wedding day can often seem to go very quickly. By making sure to photograph all of the elements of their special day, the things they may easily forget about can be enjoyed and remembered for years to come.

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It’s always nice when we turn up at our brides getting ready address on the morning of the wedding to find all of these items set aside ready for us to photograph. While we won’t necessarily photograph them in the area you have put them, having everything bundled together makes our job easier as we are not having to spend time tracking them down.

While it’s common to have your rings, dresses, shoes and the bride and bridesmaid’s bouquets photographed we also like to include other items too. 

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While photograph’s of items like these won’t be as important to our couples as their portraits, candid’s and the normal wedding details, we know that in years to come they will be appreciated for the memories they provide.

Belfast Wedding Photography | Malone House | Lorraine & James

It took 16 years for James to pluck up the courage to ask Lorraine to become his wife, but we are sure everyone that was part of their wedding day would agree, it was well worth the wait.

We started the morning with a trip to Bangor to photograph the ladies getting ready at Lorraine's mum and Dad's house, the rest of the day was spent at the beautiful Malone House in Belfast. We were absolutely delighted that the rain stayed away until late evening so that Lorraine and James could have the amazing outdoor wedding ceremony they really wanted.  

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Lisburn Wedding Photography | Magheragall Parish Church | Edenmore Country Club | Michelle & James

On the 6th of August we spent a wonderful day with Michelle and James.  We started the day with a very short trip to Michelle's mum and dad's home to photograph the ladies getting ready before heading off to Magheragall Parish Church for the ceremony and then on to the amazing Edenmore Country ClubWe photograph weddings all over Northern Ireland but it's always nice to work in Lisburn, our own home town. Michelle's parents live so close to us that it may have been quicker for us to walk than drive. We loved the church, it was built in 1831 and being an older building it has a unique atmosphere that you just don't find in more modern buildings. Edenmore Country Club was lovely and as you will see from the photographs, everyone had a wonderful day.

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Northern Ireland Wedding Photography | Canal Court Hotel Newry | Helena & Louis

Helena & Louis live in Oxfordshire but Helena came home to get married on the 22nd of July. They did an amazing job to plan and execute their wedding plans so flawlessly with having to make their arrangements from further afield. We started the morning with a trip to Dundrum to meet with Helena in the salon she had chosen to for her make-up and hair styling before heading off to the Canal Court Hotel in Newry for the ceremony. 

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Northern Ireland Wedding Fayres | Why you won’t find us exhibiting

We often get asked about wedding fayres, bridal showcases, wedding shows and the various other things that these are called. Other wedding vendors often ask which one’s we attend, as do some of our clients. They all appear a little shocked when we say that we don’t to them, and that we are unlikely to ever consider exhibiting at one.

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We regularly get contacted by companies wanting us to exhibit at their particular Northern Ireland wedding fayre, we have always said, “thanks for thinking of us, but we are not interested.” We have had companies offer us special discounts, special placements at the fayre and on one occasion a company even offered us the option to exhibit free of charge as they wanted us to be a part of their particular fayre, we still said no.

When we first decided to offer our services photographing weddings we were advised by other Northern Ireland photographers and some from further afield that wedding fayres where a must do and the best way to put ourselves in front of couples looking for a wedding photographer. So we visited quite a few to see how they worked for ourselves.

We quickly realised that they weren’t for us. When we speak with potential clients we prefer to do it on a one to one basis, that way we can have a relaxed informal chat, without the distractions of working on what is essentially a market stall. We disliked the hard sell culture that tends to go with wedding fayres, as for us that just doesn’t come naturally, we prefer a much more relaxed approach.

Not all the wedding fayres we visited where the same, some seemed to have very little visitors, others where very busy, they all however seemed to operate on the same hard sale tactics that we wouldn’t be comfortable with. As an example special offers for the fayre, which when you looked into the detail where not always that special or an offer at all. From a business point of view, we can understand why stuff like this happens, the vendors need to get bookings to cover the associated costs of exhibiting at the fayre, this isn’t a route that we would want to go down though.

Our clients find us in various ways but mainly online. We have had clients that found us via simply searching for Lisburn Wedding Photographer on Google, a lot of clients have booked with us after finding us on Facebook and Instagram. We are also lucky in that our previous clients do a great job of advertising for us by recommending us to family and friends and leaving reviews for us online. When we meet with potential clients for the first time we often meet them in their own home, which is much more relaxed than meeting in a packed out hotel conference room.

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That’s not to say that if wedding fayres are your thing that you shouldn’t visit them, you will find some awesome wedding vendors out there that regularly exhibit at wedding fayres. They are just not a good fit for us, and how we like to do things.

 

 

 

Northern Ireland Wedding Photography | Ramada Plaza Belfast | Nikki & Chris

On the 15th of July Nikki and Chris got married at the Ramada Plaza in Belfast. We met up with Nikki and her lovely bridesmaids at her Dad’s home in Carrickfergus to photograph the bridal preparations before the ceremony, and then after the ceremony we headed off to Sir. Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, where we had previously photographed Nikki and Chris’s engagement session. The morning went quickly while the ladies got ready but there was time for some emotional moments too, Nikki struggled to hold back some tears when a massive bouquet of flowers arrived from Chris early in the morning. We love shooting at Lady Dixons so where delighted to spend some of the wedding day there.

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Northern Ireland Wedding Photography | Lusty Beg Island | Kerry & Aaron

On the 12th of July we spent a wonderful day at beautiful Lusty Beg Island photographing Kerry & Aaron’s wedding. Kerry & Aaron had decided to have the ceremony outdoors, with Lough Erne providing a stunning backdrop. Just before the ceremony there was some concern about the weather but Kerry & Aaron decided to take a chance and it worked out perfectly. 

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Half Price Engagement Sessions

Did you know that when you book us for your wedding photography that we can offer you the option of adding an engagement session at half the normal cost?

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Engagement sessions are a fun way for us to get to know each other before the big day and for those of you who are a little camera shy can be an excellent way of losing any nerves around being photographed when it comes to the big day.

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Our engagement sessions last for 2 hours and you can choose any local location for the session to take place. For example, you could use the session as a trial run for your wedding day by being photographed at the place you have chosen to have your wedding photographs taken. Alternatively, you could choose the place your first met, went for your first date or somewhere that has a special meaning for both of you.

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After the session and once we have edited your images we will send you a link to download your hi-resolution images. These come with full print rights for your own use or you also have the option of ordering prints or an engagement story book from us.

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The session normally costs £200 but only £100 if you have already booked us as your wedding photographers. 

Getting close to the action | Northern Ireland Weddings

This image was taken at one one of the weddings we photographed in Belfast last weekend. During the ceremony we feel it's important to be as unobtrusive as possible. However that doesn't mean that we will miss anything! By using a long lens for parts of the ceremony we can get the shots our Brides and Groom's love without interfering with the wedding ceremony.

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These longer lenses also double up as great portrait lenses with their own unique look. While we have dedicated portrait lenses that we tend to use more often, we will occasionally use the longer lens if we are after a particular look or if we need to get a bit closer to the action. Using a longer working distance can really flatter the subject as well as helping to make distracting background elements melt away. 

This is an image we took a few years ago at the Castle Gardens in Lisburn during  a styled bridal shoot, which illustrates this well.

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Northern Ireland Wedding Make up | Tips for Brides | Guest post Bliain Fitzpatrick

Bliain Fitzpatrick is a professional make up artist based in Belfast. We met Bliain recently at Sarah & Robert’s wedding and he has kindly agreed to share some essential wedding make up hints and tips.

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I have worked in the make-up industry for over eight years.  My initial experience was gained whilst working in London’s West End.  I began working for Colour Houses such as Urban Decay and Lancôme where I gained valuable knowledge and experience in colour placement and application.  Working for Fashion brands at some point in a makeup artist’s career is vital I feel as it ensures that the looks we create for clients are fashion forward and current but also keeps us in touch with the latest products and cosmetics innovations.

After working for luxury brands for a few years I was very lucky to be awarded a role with Christian Dior as the key Makeup artist for Ireland.  This was a huge position with enormous opportunity to work with massive key industry players...it forced my skill set into a whole new place as well as my makeup standards.  Since then I have continued to work in the industry for large brands and on a freelance basis also.   Most recently I have decided to work independently for a while to re-evaluate my style and identity within the industry.

This gives me the opportunity to work more closely with people that use makeup not so much as a day to day essential but more so for special occasions such as Weddings and formal events.  Weddings are a huge deal and it’s always an honour to be invited to play a role in a bride’s important day.  There are a lot of considerations that must be made when preparing for a wedding makeup application that can often be overlooked.

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Here are a few tips I feel can benefit other artists or members of the bridal party to ensure a successful and smooth running on the morning of the big day.

HINTS & TIPS

Light is extremely important wherever the application is taking place and it must be natural light where possible.  This is to ensure there are no misjudgements in choice of makeup colours and blending that once are exposed to the light of day look entirely different to the initial application.

Time is vital...always make sure enough time is given to each member of the bridal party for often necessary touch ups or potential last minute tweaks.  All makeup artists work at different speeds of course but the average time per head is usually 30-45 minutes...I would try where possible to ensure the Bride has a full hour as she is after all, the focus of the day.

When it comes to bridal makeup looks these days there is a very different attitude to that which we may have seen a few years ago.  Couples are taking much bigger risks to personalise their days and make them unique.  The same applies to the fashion/hair and makeup.  There is not one bridal template that fits all...many tutorials or teachers will tell us there is but I strongly disagree with this approach. 

The last thing a bride wants is to look like a mannequin...design and create a look that is individual to the Bride that does not mask her features but enhances them.  The last thing the Groom wants is to say his ‘I dos’ to a woman he doesn’t recognise. Be brave though, try a red lip with a gold eye, winged liner and a fuchsia lip, and just keep it relevant to the individual.

If I could give any advice to the bridal party in preparation for a makeup artist it would be to hydrate the skin well in advance, drink only water the week of the big day and ditch the booze.  The better the skin, the better the makeup its a very good way to look at it.

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If you are interested in booking Bliain for your wedding, you can contact him via his Facebook business page.

Northern Ireland Wedding Photography | The Ballymac Hotel Lisburn | Sarah & Robert

Sarah and Robert got married on the 4th of June at The Ballymac Hotel in Lisburn. We started the morning with a trip over to Sarah’s mum and dads house for the bridal preparations. It was a very relaxed morning and we had a lot of craic with Sarah and her bridesmaids before heading off to the hotel. Upon arriving at the hotel we met up with Robert who has to be the most laid back groom we have come across, with no sign of any last minute nerves at all. It was a day filled with laughter and smiles and we loved how Sarah couldn’t hold back her laughter during the wedding vows. 

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