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Allie+Lance (Featured on One Fab Day)

On the 20th of June 2015 I was honoured to shoot at my friends wedding. The day of my birthday and the day of an extraordinary couple to be married.

Living on the grounds of Tyrrelstown former Golf Club, they decided to have their wedding there, at home! And it was one of the most exciting and well thought out weddings I've ever been to.

The day started with Allie's preparations at the house...

Allie designed her very own dress that was crotched by

Caroline Mitchell

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A stunning arrangement of flowers by Heather Bielenberg who was also their friend...A bridal bouquet below

Bridesmaid's bouquet...

Flower Girl's bouquet...

And buttonholes ....

Make up artist did a great job for Allie, all of the bridesmaids and Lance's mam :)

And the eternal struggle of putting on the dress!

After which we were headed to the church, where the wedding ceremony took place...

Kids at a wedding are graceful and fabulous :)

Final moments before entering the church... Everyone is nervous and impatient ....

While the ceremony was going on, I had no choice but to wait outside. Strict house rules didn't allow any photography inside the church....

 However strict the rules are... I couldn't resist to take a few sneaky snaps of a special moment...

The end of the ceremony was marked by a wonderful and friendly greetings from the guests...

While kids took the liberty of not taking Irish sun for granted....

Along the driveway into the house there are a number of trees planted by the previous newlyweds... This tradition is continued by new Mr and Mrs Smith!

The arrival of the couple in a 

1928 Model A Ford

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Where we began our photographic adventure....

Lance's parents provided us with a beautiful back garden for photographs where reception took place at the same time....

It's their special day, they can do whatever they want :)...

Wonderful elegant bride...

 The bridal party were extremely

entertaining!

Lance's dad enjoying his moment alone before dinner in a bar that Lance has built himself!

Moments before everyone sits down for dinner....

Amazing room set up curated by Allie herself....

And here comes the dance of the evening... Music played by

Cult Called Man

 And so the fun began...

Sarah+Paul (Second Shooting)

Finally getting these images out :)

It was a nice cloudy day of Sarah and Paul's wedding. Civil Ceremony was held in Ballymagarvey, County Meath. It's a beautiful venue with extremely pleasant staff!

Guys were getting ready at Pillo Hotel in Ashbourne, a 10 minute drive away from the venue. Now that I think back I remember how incredibly hot it was at the hotel! Groom and groomsmen were already dressed and ready to have their pints when I arrived :)

The bar was much cooler than the upstairs of the hotel....

Girls were right on time, getting ready in the venue...

It was rainy and quite miserable outside but the rain has stopped as soon as the girls were to come out of their room...

 Sarah and Paul decided to have their first look before the ceremony...

Sarah was getting very emotional and nervous before coming down the stairs...

Paul was excited and didn't seem to be nervous... 

And here it comes... The first look!

When the ceremony started Sarah and Paul were less nervous... 

Joyous first kiss!

After the ceremony everyone headed for their reception drinks, snacks and treats!

Enjoying a great band and leaving joyful wishes for the newlyweds...

Now we know how to create love!

As reception was in full swing we headed for a couple of shots outside... 

The dining room was gorgeous and elegant...

The band was taking musical requests from every table they approached, and they knew every song that was requested!

As dinner came to an end, the cutting of cake led to the first dance...

The first dance...

Let the party begin!

Goldfish and a Tank

So it has been quite a while since I introduced you to my trio, Dorian, Bubkiss and Stormy!

Since then I had to face one huge, frightening revelation about my goldfish.

When I first saw them in the shop I thought that they would stay the same little cute fishies no more than 5cm in length. A month later I have noticed them grow.




I researched goldfish a little bit online and discovered that they grow to be VERY big. That they need a tank the size of a bathroom.... Of course that's an exaggeration.. but it's still not too far off.

The louse issue was solved quickly after detaching it from Bubkiss (orange guy) and killing it. This led to another issue of fin rot on Dorian (black guy). My reaction was ... instant panic.... I didn't know what to do!



So buying the medicine against the fin rot wasn't even the beginning of solving what was actually going on.

My tank was waaaay too small. Full stop.

Three goldfish need a tank the size of approximately 100 litres. I had 25.

If the tank is too small, fish can get depressed, develop finrot.. and simply die. They produce way too much waste and it becomes very quickly, very toxic.



So I found a bigger tank for the fish. It's a 54 litre tank, of course still too small, but it should do for a couple of months...


As soon as I placed them into their new home they became a little happier, finrot stopped, Dorian is recovering and they are back to my three little responsive fishies.



Light on a wedding day

Shooting my first wedding I quickly learned that I have to have a plan, a map when shooting on a wedding day.


Ireland is an island full of surprises. You cannot rely on the weather forecast because the wind can decide that it is suddenly the right time to rain.

The factors you should consider on a wedding day is rain, sun and a map of the route

Once you know the name of the venue, a week before the wedding go down to the venue, and check it out. 

Make sure that Indoor Premises have accommodation for photographs in case it rains. Rooms with white ceilings is your best bet. This is because you will bounce your flash off them without creating any sort of coloured casts. If you bounce your flash off a wooden ceiling, for example, you will create orange casts on people's faces. 



Rooms with large windows placing people opposite them, hence facing the window instead of placing them with their backs towards them resulting in fogginess in your pictures. 



Sun can be as bad as rain. When you are on the property, calculate the approximate time of the day you will be taking photos outside and make sure you know the position of the sun on that day. Mind that sun changes it's positions noticeably every two weeks. So coming over a week before the wedding should suffice.

Make sure that the sun isn't shining right into the couple's faces, that it's behind them. It will create a shadow on their faces avoiding those annoying eyes, nose and chin shadows as well as squinting!


Going around the property of the venue on a dry day create a short route that ends up in a loop. No matter how easy the wedding dress will be to walk in, it will always be tiresome for the bride to walk long distances. Mind that she was up since early morning and up on her feet ever since.

If it's a cloudy day... You are in luck!

Tamron 24-70 - Lens review

Last week at a wedding I had a chance to use Tamron AF SP 24-70/2.8 Di VC USD for Canon lense



I don't like using generic brands. Full stop. There is always something wrong with them. 

It is a heavy lens, you can feel it once you take it. After all it's weight is 825g compared to a Canon 24-70 f2.8 II which is 805g. 

So I put it on my camera, look through the lens and snap a picture. And I am so surprised and impressed straight away! Not only it stabilises the image, which I thought isn't so necessary on those focal lengths, but it has a great picture. 

However...

As the image is being stabilised you can see jumps as if the picture is trying to fall back into place. I wasn't used to it so I found it disturbing. It always made me feel like there is something wrong with the lense. 

Sometimes the auto focus wouldn't work as if it was jammed. I tried focusing and I couldn't snap a moment just because there was something wrong. It happened on numerous occasions. 

As I went home and uploaded the photos onto my computer, I looked through them and although happy how the pictures came out, I had a lot of photos that weren't in focus. There is definitely something wrong with the autofocus mechanism in this lense. 

The photos had a nice creamy background with a slight haze to it.. So they weren't 100% clean.

Despite my worst expectations of this lense, I was pleasantly surprised that the pictures turned out to be better than I thought.

This lense costs between €826 and €1250 compared to a Canon lense that costs between €1865 and €2400. 



...You're simply extraordinary...