I discovered that photographing the moments of a wedding day reminded me of my own wedding to Caroline. That’s the biggest reason I love photographing weddings. Since 2002 I have photographed over 400 weddings.
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 the day and the people and events.
Do you travel?
Yes, I travel all over Ireland and so far have covered weddings in 8 different countries.
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, this is important. I love to shoot a few portraits on arrival at the reception if possible.
Do we have to go off for a photo session?
No, not at all – if you are away posing for photographs for any amount of time you miss out on the reception and there are often better photographs 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 fine art 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?
Yes. No wedding reportage is complete without images of the couple’s first dance.
Do you have a studio?
Yes. I share ‘Studio McBurney’ with my wife Caroline and since 2011 have been based in a state of the art glass and western red cedar clad home studio 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 portrait 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! For larger weddings over 350 I may bring an assistant but that’s often not necessary.
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 Fuji mirrorless and Hasselblad panoramic rangefinder film cameras. Although a camera does not make the picture (that is the photographer’s eye and 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 will 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?
Absolutely, 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. You can download them also without watermarks. My 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 – 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 3-4 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!