Alan is a Professional Wedding Photographer based in Waterford, Ireland.
I am originally from Clare and I have been living in Waterford since 2005. According to Ancestry DNA, I'm a solid 100% from West Clare & the Loop Head Peninsula so I literally couldn't be any more Irish if I tried.
I am very proud to be father to two amazing kids, Ellie & Rory, they keep me on my toes and have me wrapped around their little fingers. I love the great outdoors, hiking at night to photograph a stunning sunrise, kayaking in the rain, playing American football and pretty much taking on any adventure that comes my way. I love movies and music, I have an unusually large movie and guitar collection and somehow I never seem to have the time to use them.
"What's the story with the lighthouse?" I hear you ask. My dad was a lighthouse keeper when I was young. I spent lots of time with him at different lighthouses in the summers when I was off school. For me, they are a great memory of happy times spent with my dad, they are symbols of guidance, hope and light(which is obviously super important for photography). With that said, I don't think there could be a better symbol to represent my photography business. As one of my best friends said to me once, "Lighthouses are your jam!", it was a conversation about wedding rings, surprisingly enough.
I absolutely love photography, I think people realise that really fast when I start talking about it. I consider myself extremely lucky to be able to forge a career doing something that I really love, being a professional photographer. I am a massive photography nerd, when I'm not photographing or editing I'm usually trawling the web and photo magazines for the latest trends, techniques and equipment. I hold a Licentiateship from the Irish Professional Photographer and Videographers Association. I have had my work featured in many national and international publications such as; Confetti(Irish Confetti & European Confetti), 25 Real Irish Weddings, RSVP, Irish Central, etc. I won "Newcomer Of The Year" in the DCC in 2011. I won the "Tearjerker" round of Fujifilm's International Wedding Photographer Of The Year competition in 2019. I am also a fully licenced Drone Pilot.
I have been taking photographs most of my life. I began with disposable cameras when I was only a young lad, it was all I could afford at the time. My parents bought me my first "real" camera, a Kodak Advantix C400, for Christmas when I was 16 and I've been unstoppable ever since. I still have the old Kodak, but now I also have a massive and varied collection of cameras. I still like to shoot film for personal projects, it's the most pure form of photography and it helps hone and keep my skills sharp. My style and story telling ability have developed with me along the way.
I would describe myself as having a very relaxed and natural documentary style, especially when it comes to weddings. I'm a bit of a sentimental old soul so I'm always on the look-out for those little moments, interactions and emotions that will mean even more in photos as the years go by. I travel all over Ireland and Internationally to photograph weddings. Wedding days really fly by and they can be over in the blink of an eye, especially when there's so much going on. All I ask of my brides & grooms is that they enjoy their wedding day, that they live in the moment, spend time with their families and friends, have fun and take it all in. That leaves me to do my thing, capture all the most important candid, natural, emotional and fun moments as they happen and tell the story of the day through my pictures.
I like to be accessible to all my customers, from the first time we make contact all the way up to and beyond their big day. I'm always at the end of a message or call for advice, questions, tips, recommendations, album design, print ordering, etc.
If there's anything else you'd like to know about me or my photography services, just ask.
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