It’s a bitter sweet time of the year. School is back. Time to pack off the little ones once again, or maybe it’s for the first time. In either case there are sure to be feelings of relief and nostalgia all wrapped up in one delicious meal.

The house is empty, there’s hardly a sound to be heard, well except for the boiling of the kettle as you get home from that first drop off. You sit down after making yourself a coffee and enjoy the peace and quiet as you slowly take sip of that hot, black nectar, enjoying the peace and quiet. And then you start to wonder, how are they getting on in school, are they making friends, are they okay ……

But this is life, and our little munchkins have to start their owns journeys at some stage.

Now that we are a couple of weeks into the school year, I look back at the photos I took the day before my little ones started and remember how excited they were to be joining their big sister in “BIG GIRL” school. Indeed, looking back at the snaps I took over the summer I remember all the fun and adventures we had over the long summer holidays, and the fights and tantrums that were thrown don’t seem as bad. Well until next summer anyway

Document the Every Day ................

When most people think of a family photoshoot they think of a formal shoot in a studio. With everyone dressed up and some formal posing to obtain the desired shots.

Now while these shoots can be fun, and I will try my hardest to ensure that everyone has fun, it is not the only option available. Sometimes documenting the ordinary everyday life can be every bit as special. Watching your loved ones interact together and freezing moments of pure magic can often lead to some of the most special pictures you will ever own.

The below photos were taken while my children played away. Often oblivious to the camera and just being themselves. It is these photos that will spark memories on a cold winters evening in the years to come, as I sit and reminisce of yesteryear, in front of a blazing fire (carbon taxes permitting).

So don’t hesitate for another minute, book a photoshoot today and let me capture memories for you that will bring you joy for years to come.

Lifestyle sessions can be booked in the comfort of your own home and can also include the option of a formal portrait to round out the experience if you so desire.

The below images are of my little darlings building and creating with their play doh and purposefully edited in a strong black and white format to give the images a documentary feel . With only the occasional suggestion from me, before I once again faded into the background, my goal was to capture images of them playing and naturally interacting with one anther.

Because My Daddy is a Real Photographer You Know .....................

Normally, when my one of my daughters has a playdate I’m at work, however, it just so happened that my wife who organizes my little angels hectic schedule, arranged this playdate for a Saturday, so I was around. There’s nothing I enjoy more than listening to the squeals of joy that emanate from my girls while they play (but, I will admit, my little angels can become frustrated with their own company once in a blue moon), so having a playdate and someone else to interact with is a welcome distraction.

After a while, my daughter and her friend come into the kitchen and knowing she’s daddy’s pet, and can wrap me around her baby toe, my eldest looks to give me a hug ……… What’s up I ask? What have you done? NOTHING she replies. So what do you want I nervously ask? Daddy ……… can me and my friend have a photoshoot? She knew there was only ever going to be one answer …. Of course we can sweetie, and off we go to my little studio upstairs.

As we go upstairs, my little princess proudly announces “these photo’s will look great you know, because my daddy is a real photographer …….. he has all the gear” So no pressure!!!! Below are a few of the resulting images. I am very grateful to the parents of my daughters friend for allowing me to share the below images.

Innishannon Steam Rally

Raising money for charity, the annual Innishannon Steam Rally, is well worth a visit!!! Filled with colorful characters, and providing an amazing insight into a time long since past, the Steam Rally is an enjoyable way to pass a bank holiday event.

Exhibits including huge tractors, threshers, unique cars, motorbikes, oil and steam engines provide “townies” like me an insight into how those from the country, while pet's corner, fair ground rides, countless stands and stalls with art and craft displays, a dog show, sheep dog trials etc will ensure all the family are entertained during your visit.

Below are a few pics from my visit to this wonderful event.

My Look Beautiful Dada

There is only sixteen months between my three daughters, and at times it is difficult to make time for them as individuals, and so when one or the other to my little angels asks if we can “go upstairs to play model and dada take photos, I’m only too happy to grab a few moments. So when my middle child (she is three minutes older than my youngest) asked me to take her photos, I wrapped her up in my arms and brought her upstairs. She was so full of self importance, capturing dada all to herself. She would happily pose for a photo or two before coming over to sit on my lap and check to make sure the pictures were to her satisfaction …. “good job dada”, “my like this one best”, “my look beautiful dada”. Freezing moments in time like time is priceless and I only wish I had the time to do it more often.

This session lasted no more than forty five minutes before her mother started calling for us …… we were heading out and it was time for our fun to end :-(. But, though the time for photographing was over for now, i know that in the years to come I will sit next to my little bundle of joy and we will reminisce together.

It's Raining, It's Pouring

It’s summer time and Daddy is at home minding the children while Mammy is hard at work. As it typical of an Irish summer it’s raining cats and dogs and the children are bored!!!!!

After watching TV for a couple of hours, daddy clears the little horrors and tells them it’s time to play. Daddy then boils the kettle, makes a coffee and sits down to relax for 10 minutes………..

There’s a shriek from down the corridor, quickly followed by lots more shrieking and laughing. What else is a dad to do but put down his coffee and quietly creep down the corridor to investigate the obvious mischief my three little rascals were getting up to now.

Upon seeing what was unfolding I quickly grabbed my camera and a couple of flashes and started to shoot. I mean, what else was I supposed to do ………………….

How Cute am I?

I am lucky to have a few friends who are happy to allow me to share a number of photos I take of their children when they call to my studio for a session.

The below images were taken not long after the youngest girl turned 9 months. She had been sitting for a few weeks by this stage and was delighted with herself!!!

This is what taking photos is all about for me. Capturing moments/memories that families will treasure forever. I keep my sets very simple to ensure that the focus is on you and your family.

So, why not arrange a visit to my studio to capture a memorable moment in your families lives.

Out and About

Once in a while, I like to take one or more of my daughters out for a bit of daddy daughter time. I love these one on one interactions and while they normally occur around a playground or a park, occasionally it just so happens that we will go somewhere and have a mini photo shoot. My eldest fancies herself as a model and loves days like this. She will often run around and find spots to pose while I slowly catch up to her .

Yesterday was one of those days. The following photos were taken at the stunning Fota Gardens. If you like the below photos from our day out, why not contact me and arrange a shoot of your own.

Create Memories

For me, photography is the art of creating memories. A photograph will capture a moment in time that can never be re-created.

Now, my wife is a very difficult woman to photograph!!! As soon as the camera comes out she generally vanishes. As a result when it comes to putting a family album together, there are very few pictures of her to add.

After months of nagging I was shocked when one dark evening she agreed to pose for a series of photos. Below are a few the images from this posed shoot. My next goal , will be to capture some candid photos of her with our three daughters.

So if you like these images, why not call and arrange a photo shoot, for you or a loved one. Having memories to look back on in years to come will be something you will never regret having taken the time to capture.

I'm Just a Sk8er Boi

My nephew is also my godson, and for his birthday this year I decided to arrange a little photo shoot.

He is a real cool dude ,and I wanted to capture this part of his personality. As a seven year old I wondered if he’d be a bit self conscious in front of the camera …….

There was no need to worry. Not only did he rock the shoot, he gave me attitude!!! I asked him to be confident and cool in front of the camera and that is exactly what he gave me. He was the Sk8er Boi!!!!

As his present I wanted to give him something a bit different and so I created one image where he is being broken up and had it printed on metal. I was delighted when he was thrilled with it and it now takes pride of place in his bedroom.

Below are a few of the images from the shoot. The 3rd image in the sequence is the one I had printed for him.

Can it be my Turn

When you have 3 little girls all around the same age - my eldest is 5 and her twin sisters are 4 - it can be difficult to make sure they all get some one on one attention.

Just as well in my house, that my little girls are not afraid to pipe up when they think they are being left out. And it just so happens, that one of my twins piped up a couple of evenings ago while I was watching TV - “Daddy when it be my turn to play model? You promise it be my turn soon.”

With her two big blue eyes looking up at me, tugging at my heart strings, I roused myself and said - “Right, lets go now. No time like the present!!!” And off we went upstairs for a bit of one on one time.

Normally she is a bit shy/awkward in front of the camera, but, maybe because she was getting her own way, or maybe because she was so happy at being the center of my world for a while, she rocked this session. I was really impressed with how the images turned out. I asked her to show me her favorites and below are the chosen few.

A "Nanas" Love

The relationship between a grandmother - “Nana” - and her grandchildren is something special to behold. The relationship between my mother and my eldest daughter is truly unique. She is the eldest granddaughter and from the beginning Nana has doted over her and as she’s grown it’s evident that my daughter returns that affection in spades!!!

The goal of this photo shoot was to capture the love that exists between Nana and granddaughter in a relaxed atmosphere, doing something they love to do together - BAKE. The resulting images are more than mere photos they are memories that I hope my daughter will look back on and treasure in years to come.

Family Portraiture

It’s not often that I will publish a family portrait session. Client confidentiality is of paramount importance to me and I will only ever publish a clients images with their permission. This is why generally you will only ever see images of my own family, my extended family or family friends who have given me permission published on this site or on my social media accounts.

However, a couple of weeks ago I was blessed to have the below family attend a session in my studio and was delighted to capture some memorable moments that I know they will treasure for the rest of their lives. I was over the moon when they gave me permission to publish a select few images from that shoot. I hope you enjoy the chosen images as much as I enjoyed taking them.

A Bunny and a Story

Dada, Dada can we play photographs and models please. How could any Daddy say no to such a request? This one certainly couldn’t.

 It is a simple setup. Like the majority of my shoots I wanted the focus to be on the model, not the props. Two simple instructions to my adorable little three year old. Get your favourite little teddy and a story book.

Is there a better way to while away an hour with one of your daughters than photographing her while she plays with “bunny” and reads Dada a story :-). #memories

 The following are a few of the resulting images.