I am a photographer based in Broughshane, near Ballymena , Co.Antrim for Wedding Photography & Fine Art Portrait Photography.
I’ve had a keen interest in photography since my school days (longer that I want to admit !) . Those years ‘playing about’ and developing skills and techniques have been a great grounding for what was to come. Like many photographers it all started when I was asked to shoot a friends wedding. It must have been OK because others looked at their album, and this resulted in some portrait work, and also more weddings. So it continued on from there.
For a few years I did portraits etc in peoples homes and on location. I used a spare room as an ‘office/studio ‘. Back in 2008 i was delighted to be awarded qualifications as a Licentiateship in Photography from the British Professional photographers Associates , and then later was awarded my Licientiateship in Wedding photography Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers, both awards are given based on the societies reviewing your actual work to ensure you meet the required standards . In 2011 I took the big step and developed a new dedicated 430sq ft fully equipped studio. Here I can meet wedding couples and show beautiful hand made wedding albums etc . This allows me to produce beautiful fine art portraits and newborn baby photographs in a nice comfortable environment. Since opening I have had the pleasure of welcoming many families and wedding copies to the studio.
This is a beautiful part of the world with some incredible wedding venues. I have been fortunate to have photographed at many of Northern Ireland’s finest locations and wedding venues.
Style & Philosophy
I am not much of a philosopher and my wife and daughter tell me I have no style !!
It is a bit of s cliché but my style and philosophy could be pretty well summed up in 3 words
Live – Love – Laugh
Life is indeed precious and so I feel that it is important to live your life and fill it with love and laughter. This philosophy (if you want to call it that) spills over into my photography where it is important that the experience should be fun and enjoyable.
I have a fairly relaxed approach that puts people at their ease. Photography is all about capturing that special moment in time, so my style is to capture the fun and emotion of any occasion with classic and contemporary creative photography.
Every wedding is a unique experience with different people, personalities, venues etc. My joy is capturing those moments and memories. The fun and laughter, tears and emotion and all the little things that come together to make the day yours and yours alone. I want you to enjoy your day, so will always try to work in a way that allows you and your guests to enjoy yourselves .
The other philosophy I have is
‘Its your day – nothing is too much trouble’
Although this thought initially was my mantra for weddings I have found that it does indeed apply to all aspects of photography. My aim is to provide clients with the best quality product and a top quality customer experience. To that end I will try (almost) anything that I am asked to do to ensure that the service you receive is what you deserve.
This applies to providing the best quality, handmade, individually designed wedding albums, producing individual, handmade, bespoke frames, having ‘up front’ pricing policies and everything else that ensure a great client experience.
I am a country boy so (even when I am not ‘working’ with the camera), I love to get out in the fresh air but still can’t resist heading off with the camera and tripod for some Landscape shots.The weather often does not accommodate, but when you get the right lighting and conditions the rewards can be some stunning fine art landscapes. Indeed my landscapes have won several awards and have been extensively exhibited. In 2013 I was thrilled to be the first ever photographer to be invited to exhibit fine art landscapes with the Arts Society of Ulster, and I look forward to developing this relationship further.