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David Oliver ‘Ghosts on the Ocean’ 2011 Photo-Shoot

In Music on July 19, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Hi, one of my passions is music, from Rock, Blues, classical you name it i love it, so when a good friend of mine David Oliver asked if i would like to shoot the cover for his new album i jumped at the chance. Davie gave me a untitled demo of the album, a breakaway from his blues based music that his lovely wife Cat and the RedJam outfit usually do ( brilliantly). This was something altogether different, traditional irish, scots origin mountain music from the southern states, lively foot tapping stuff and ballads that sing to the soul a fusion of music that had our household all listening to it from pop tastic 14 year boy a 17 year old MM addict the missus who skipped around the house to the great tunes and myself who nearly burnt out the cambridge sounds works deck. Folks if you haven’t heard this get it http://www.redjam.us/discography.html will take you to the site.

Anyway after a good 2 weeks listening to the sounds and a few phone calls only one place would do for the shoot, Co Donegal. Normally a shoot like this would take photographer, assistant, make up hair etc, we decided this would be a raw look so a few cameras and lenses in the bag, a few flash heads just in case and off we went one sunday morning.

Now what made this work so well was the craic, David is a fun guy to be with and the laughs came thick and fast, here a few images from the day some we used and some we didn’t. David’s brother James done a great job on the album design super job. http://www.designboy.tv/

here are a few images from the day..

on the tracks..





luke kelly eat your heart out..

king of portnoo..




David or Dylan…


thinking of ghosts…

on the road again..

and finally a shot from the Farmers..

ok thats it until the next time folks back to proper work now, five albums to build..break time over for today.



Oma Fair Lady

In fashion on July 18, 2011 at 10:48 am

Hi, i was recently invited by fellow photographer and friend Jude Browne of Jude Browne Photography to assist in shooting fashion images for Oma Fair Lady – Omagh’s First Lady of Vintage Fashion, the shoot was to take place at the home of  Kathleen and Hugh Ward,  Tattykeel House which is part of the  Ulster Garden Scheme, National Trust Garden for us to shoot in. Jude had organised the shoot with Sinéad Slane of Oma Fair Lady Vintage Fashion, so all i had to do was turn up and boy was i glad to be part of it the team consisted of  Sinéad Slane, Oma Fair Lady, Aisling Donaghy of Aisling’s Textile Studio, Roisin O’Gara from Creative Loch’s Hair Salon, Lochmacrory expertly re-created the vintage hair styles. Una Pritchard, who also works at Creative Loch’s Hair Salon took care of the vintage make up. Our models for the evening Cliodhna, Peter, Seoirse, Una and Michelle most of the girls had never modelled before but as you will see they rocked the shoot. A hugh thank you to all involved in the shoot, those who supplied clothes and accessories  who i haven’t mentioned. After talking with Jude i decided to shoot using flash, jude would use natural light just to give us a different feel to the images. The following is a selection of various images please visit Jude Browne Photography &  https://www.facebook.com/omafairlady for more images.

The fair itself takes place on 31st July, 1pm – 5.30pm at The Silver Birch Hotel, Omagh, with free entry

For more information and to be kept up to date with stall vendor news check out: https://www.facebook.com/omafairlady

In the beginning.. Peter

Cliodhna & Peter

Una & Michelle


fun time Cliodhna..

Classic look from Michelle..

the girls in the garden..

fun in the garden for Cliodhna..


tea anyone..

the last shot of the night as the sun was setting..

a great photo-shoot a big thanks to all who took part.



Aisling & Martin wedding

In weddings on July 16, 2011 at 10:25 am

Hi, well once again we have been part of a fabulous day photographing the wedding of Aisling Doherty and Martin McConomy which took place on the 9th July at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Strabane. The forecast had been for rain but it turned out to be a beautiful day with lovely sunshine and broken clouds, the reception was held in the magnificent Manor House on the shore’s of Lough Erne. We wish the happy couple a wonderful life together full of happiness and joy. Here a few images from the day

Helping hands….


arriving at the chapel

waiting for my girl..

the walk with dad…


taking five..

leaving for the reception..

lough erne..

Irelands next top model…

the wow factor..

Mr & Mrs..

the cake..


bride with attitude..

Colette and I had a lovely day thank you so much.

Best wishes for the future Davy & Colette

Stacey & Rory Duffy wedding

In weddings on July 13, 2011 at 6:28 pm


Once again we were privileged to be part of a great young couples special day, Stacey McGonagle married Rory Duffy in St Mary’s Chapel, Strabane. Family and friends made the day so special for the couple here are a few moments from the day.

Stacey putting the finishing touch to the veil.

Girls get personal….

Kiss for mum & dad

waiting for my girl..

here she comes…


the walk…

i do i do i do…

moment together…

happiness is…..

she’s a beautiful woman..


it’s all about the girl..



a fantastic day

once again a big thank you to Stacey & Rory for letting us be part of the occasion we wish you many happy years together

Colette & Davy

Catherine & Niall Logue wedding

In weddings on July 8, 2011 at 8:39 am

Hi, Colette and I were privileged to be commissioned to photograph the wedding of Catherine Conwell and Niall Logue on May 7th this year, one of the great things in our role as photographers is being able to capture the little moments, here are a few of these moments.

Peeping eyes


Dad & me…

Going to the chapel, gonna get married..

here we go..

signed, sealed, delivered i’m yours

lets have some fun


beautiful bride..

walking in the park

no rain today..

Catherine & Niall

the boys..

the girls..

sneaky kiss..




we had a brilliant time photographing this young couples wedding, the happiness and joy was something to behold we wish them every happiness in the future.


Davy & Colette



In babys on July 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Hi, this is bay Tai who is having a great time with his bubbles.

We had a great time with Tai and were able to get the shots done in around 5 mins the wee man is a star. So

have look through the images we hope you enjoy.

wow look at the bubbles….

if only i could get my hands on that one…

did you see them…

right here we go another chance to catch a bubble

loving it………..