How would you describe your style?
I shoot a photographic reportage of your wedding day. This results in a fantastic narrative of the real moments of your wedding day and the people and events.
Do you travel?
Yes, I travel all over Ireland and occasionally to Britain and Europe for my weddings.
Do you shoot group family photographs?
Yes. It’s great to be able to get family together for a photograph and I love doing this for people. You can see a selection of my family groups here. I have a fantastic little system in place which means that these pictures take no longer than about 15 minutes of your day.
Do you shoot portraits of the bride and groom?
Yes, in my experience I like to shoot a few portraits on arrival at the reception and later in the day is good also.
Do we have to go off for a photo session?
No – my feeling has always been that if you are away posing for photographs for any amount of time you miss out on the reception and there are often better photographs naturally happening in the crowd anyway. My philosophy has always been about you spending the maximum amount of time with your friends and family during the drinks reception.
Tell us about your albums
My books are beautifully printed and bound in Italy by one of the best book manufacturers in the world and feature gorgeous leather and cloth bound covers and genuine archival quality photographic papers. I would be delighted to show you some here in my studio.
Do you supply digital files in high resolution?
Yes. We also supply web-ready files that are great for emailing etc.
Do you stay and cover the dancing in the evening?
Where is your studio?
We built a state of the art glass and western red cedar clad home studio in 2011 at the foot of our garden of our home in Carrickfergus. It doubles up as a meeting area and an office space where we do our post productions, album designs and client communications. Our favourite wedding and landscape photographs hang on the walls.
Do you work alone on the wedding day?
Yes, I’m unobtrusive, quiet and I like to be as ‘invisible’ as I can. I’ve found that the more people you have with you the more intrusion there is to the wedding day. Also a second photographer is really not required if the first photographer knows what he’s doing! 🙂
Do you engage your subjects?
For the family and couple portraits absolutely. For the rest of the day the crowd will hardly know that I am there.
Do you have back up equipment?
Yes. It’s my responsibility as a professional wedding photographer to have second and third cameras and lenses. Cameras and equipment do fail (this is why you don’t ask your friend to take the pictures!).
What kind of cameras do you use?
I use top of the range Nikon digital SLRs (D4 and D750) and Hasselblad rangefinder film cameras (XPan). In my opinion these cameras are the best in their bracket, and well suited for the job description. And although a camera does not make a picture (that is down to the photographer’s skill in sensing, anticipating and then composing and capturing the scene in a split second) weddings do deserve the very best.
How many photographs do you take?
This depends on the length of the wedding and how much is happening. I typically shoot anywhere between 1000 and 1500 images through the course of a day. The final number of images is usually between 300 and 600 distinct photographs/moments once I’ve taken out the duplicate frames, and those images where we have a funny face or eyes closed etc.
We want to use one of your photos for our thank you cards after the wedding – is this possible?
Yes, after the wedding simply email me and let me know which image you’d like to use and we’ll send it across. We also offer our own thank you cards which are printed on a gorgeous pearlescent satin card.
Can we order prints from the online gallery?
Yes. Prints of all the images taken at the wedding are available to order on a private gallery online. Our prints are produced on archival photographic paper and are printed to a very high standard. Each of our unframed and framed prints is subject to my meticulous eye before being delivered to the client.
Is it Dylan that will shoot our wedding?
Yes, of course – I personally shoot each and every wedding that I am booked for.
How soon do we see our images?
We usually have all of the photos fully edited and polished up in post production complete about 4-6 weeks after the wedding.
You live far away from us, can we meet you on Skype?
Yes – we love to meet our clients before their special day, either in person or via Skype/Facetime – we will definitely try to schedule a Skype call and with many of my clients living in places like London and the United States I’m on Skype usually once a week!
How do we book you?
A signed booking form and payment of £495 secures your date!