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Aug 30th, 2013 |
One of the challenges of being a photographer working in a documentary style is the need to continue to create, to continually produce a set of images that are unique to any individual wedding day, and it really evolves around the couple and the need to tap into who they are, and it is such a very subtle thing. So subtle many can miss the point of a certain image. Yet the people that do get it are those who are the focal point of a set of images. They understand because they see themselves in the photographs, they get what I am trying to achieve. It’s that simple.
I have always stressed...
Aug 1st, 2013 |
If you had a friend who went to church regularly would you let them conduct your wedding ceremony? How about a friend into music, perhaps they can whip a band together for the night? Know somebody who likes flowers? Well, let them do your bouquets. No, that would be ridiculous.
But photography seems to be the one area where an alternative can be found
I recently received an enquiry which went along the lines of “we’re looking for a photographer but we may let a student do it or perhaps a family friend but we also know a local guy who is cheap”. So there was a student, the family friend,...
May 17th, 2013 |
Jessica & Luke at Ballintaggart
Last year ended well with a great wedding shoot which started in Waterford and ended at the Brandon in Wexford on New Years Eve, and the New Year started off very early in January with a visit to Ballintaggart in Dingle.
The 3rd of January was a mild enough day so I had a fair idea of what would happen overall on the day, and with that I mean that images could be created both indoors and outdoors, which makes a big difference with regards to the final edit. I’d spent a very cold and dark December shooting mainly indoors and that in itself produces a...
Jan 10th, 2013 |
How Do You prepare? Do you need to meet before the wedding, do we need several meetings to discuss our big day? Do we need to meet to discuss the photographs we want? How did you go about setting up that picture? We need these set up pictures, can we get these posses set up? Lordy. So many, many questions asked, but apparently only by those who have little understanding of what they really want on their wedding day with regards to the Photography, as if meeting every few weeks is the done thing, and I suppose for some it is. But if I’m honest I can’t be bothered dealing with the fuss of...
Sep 27th, 2012 |
I seemed to be on the road to Kerry so many times this summer, and it was not so long ago when I was complaining to somebody that I had not shot a wedding down in that part of the world for a while, but while I had been shooting weddings down in Killarney or Tralee mainly I was not being as prolific as I had been in the past with regards to the Kingdom, but I have been shooting all over the country in recent times so perhaps that may have been part of it.
This summer changed all that, and I worked in Kerry so may times this year I was blue in the face from the drive! I even holidayed down...
Jun 19th, 2012 |
Regardless of the clarity and depth of information on my website, or how expansive the collection of images at philipbourke.com, every now and then I will still have to put up with some flaky couple who show complete lack of respect for the quality of my work and the unique perspective of said photographic work. I find it incredible that every now and then somebody will want to meet me and the entire thing is a bloody farce. The idea of having a website with so much information is to weed out timewasters, but every now and then one or two will slip through the net.
Thankfully the majority of...
Jun 14th, 2012 |
“It’s going to be wild, it’s going to be loud, it’s going to be colourful… Crazy…” These were the parting words Gavin and Victoria spoke to me when discussing their wedding day. And both had these beaming smiles as I was picturing in my head at that instant what may happen! Even at that point the pressure was on.
Mid March at the Maryborough, a pile of colourful Scots characters, kilts, music, fun, this was right up my street. It was obvious from the off that both Gavin & Victoria had a vision on how their wedding day celebration should be recorded & documented, no...
Mar 22nd, 2012 |
The thing about shooting weddings between Christmas Day and New years day is that it allows me to curb over indulging, as well as getting some fresh air running about chasing images to capture the moments of a wedding day. Of course the weather may be cold but it is always dry and rather bright. What about the low light? Some ask. Obviously it gets dark early this time of year, but it is winter after all.
Brenda & Shane were not concerned by any of this low light nonsense. They were getting married late December and just wanted somebody to get the job done, no messing about. I loved...
Nov 30th, 2011 |
During 2011 I found myself shooting many weddings on Mondays, generally if I’m shooting a Monday wedding it is a couple from outside Ireland getting married in one of the many candid hotspots around the country. But this year was different, many couples were making contact and informing me of their wedding which would be on a Monday, I even shot a wedding on a Sunday this year! But that’s a story for another time. One of the most memorable of these Monday weddings was the wedding of Sinead & John. Sinead & John were married on a bank holiday Monday early June this year, they...
Oct 27th, 2011 |
The most important aspect of shooting a wedding is the dynamic of the couple. Second must be the area where the reception will be held. More often than not these are the things that determine how expansive the final set of wedding photographs will be. Sometimes weather plays a part but as far as I’m concerned that is less important. The bride & groom, their families, wedding guests, and the venue definitely give the strongest indication of what the final set of wedding pictures will be like.
While I work in Kerry quite a bit it’s more or less Killarney hotels that I find myself...