Sorry! Don’t mistake me for Jack Nicholson from The Shining!
I have an awesome job. I even think it’s the best job in the world. I’m a wedding and an elopement photographer and it makes me very happy doing things for a living that I enjoy. It is an amazing adventure. I’ve been able to document my clients’ weddings all over the world, and all the beautiful stories that have yet been told. I hope I get to document your story someday!
Hi there! I’m Johnny and I’m a wedding and elopement photographer in Ireland.
My style is natural and beautiful – nothing fussy, nothing formal. Just you two, your love and your sense of adventure. And my camera capturing it all.
I like to think of my photography as art – something you will treasure and hang on the wall in a beautiful frame. I love shooting creatively and playing with shadow and light. My work has a film-like feel, and my couples book me for my romantic portraits (and my laid-back but adventurous nature!).
My couples always say how relaxed I make them feel on their special day. I don’t ask for fake smiles or awkward posing – just that you be in the moment.
Being a newlywed I can completely understand the craziness of wedding planning. This is probably why I love mini weddings and elopements so much – they’re all about the simple act of getting married to your best friend, sometimes with a few favourite people there as witnesses. And that’s all.
I love nature, the outdoors and the simplicity of elopement. To be honest, any excuse to get outdoors and have an adventure I’m there!
So if your idea of a perfect wedding day involves pulling on some comfy boots and running through a field hand in hand while whooping that you just got married, then I might just be the adventure-loving photographer for you.
Apart from my daily work as a photographer, I am a simple guy who loves spending time at home. I enjoy the simple things in life such as forest or hill walking, hiking, picnics in a scenic location, good company and a few laughs.
When I think about what my perfect evening would look like, I would simply answer that a turf fire, a Guinness and being surrounded by the family would make my day. From Thurs to Sundays I am very busy working with clients in different locations but during weeks and some free weekends I like to spend time with my son Aaron and our dog, Ghost and of course staying fit doing Crossfit training.
A few more of my favourite things
80s video games – Pew Pew!
Irish indie music
Hyperreal Pencil drawings
A proper cup of coffee
Spicy chicken wing’s
What type of shooting do you do?
I LOVE shooting moody, romantic, grainy, classic and film-like. I want people to be relaxed, have fun, sense of humour, be open, and be more natural. I don’t want anyone to worry about posing or putting fake smiles in front of me, just be yourself as I will be there as a professional photographer to capture you at your best. I like to keep things as natural as possible. To get a better idea of my wedding shooting style, check out the wedding.
Being a wedding photographer is a big responsibility. It comes with a sense of expectation on the part of the bride and groom who want the biggest day of their lives to be captured in a professional manner and to reflect the joy and expectation that they feel at the start of their marriage. It is a responsibility that I take very seriously. I believe the secret to a harmonious relationship with the bride and groom is to be organized and prepared.
When I meet the bride and groom before the day, I get an idea of what they want. On the day itself, it is often the wedding party or the families that can be difficult to get together so I rely on the best man or the matron-of-honour to do the running about. Once I have everyone together I can get the shots I need. My style is not only on the formal wedding shots which are the staple of any wedding album, but also the relaxed, informal pre-wedding shoot where the subtle detail and the happy atmosphere are often best captured.
Inspiration for my work
Natural photography is seeking the most natural and relaxed angle in human interactions. It is all about appreciating the lighter side of life, the simple things that make huge things perfect.
I get my inspiration from my usual interaction with family and clients. I use my love of life, the love of all things simple such as art/painting, long walks / hiking, spicy chicken wings for dinner, drink coffee more than water, love TV (I’m watching Stranger Things, The Umbrella Academy, Breaking Bad, How I met your Mother, New girl and Family Guy)
YEP! this is my artwork. On my days off, I like to do someCharcoal / Graphite pencil art. Most of my drawings take me at least 40+ hours.
I love to focus on my clients, who you are, what they feel and the amazing energy that emits from within. I love to socialize and am a self-confessed people-person. I have a core group of lifelong friends since childhood days that support and care for each other.
How I got my first camera. . .
I used to borrow a film camera from my Uncle in my teens some Summer, then all was forgotten for a good few years since I was focus on doing Graphic Design work. but then I was not comfortable where I wanted to be. I was made to be a creative mind; so I saw an ad for a photography course at Roslyn Park College and knew I had to apply. It turned out I got the last seat in the course and started a few days later. I studied for a year and received a FETAC Level 5 certificate and to gain more experience, I continued on in the college using their equipment so I could further my skills with the lighting and to do some studio time. It was only a few weeks after I had started college that I got a knock on the door of my brother’s friend, Karen. She asked me if I would take her wedding photographs. Despite my nerves, the wedding went very well and the bride was delighted with her photographs.
So too were her friends in the years that followed, I’ve photographed the weddings of five of them. The confidence that comes from seeing a bride and groom so enjoy the photographs I produced that day spurned me oneI knew this was what I was meant to do. While I love weddings I also do portrait work and digital manipulations there’s always something to challenge me and I never back down from a challenge!) And after almost 13 years of photographing the most important day in people’s lives.