Engagement fundraiser -Lisfannon

I recently attended an evening workshop with Jay Doherty on Lisfannon beach near Fahan in Co.Donegal.  There was roughly 20 photographers in attendance and three recently engaged couples willing to let themselves be models for the session! The workshop was put together to help raise funds for The Foyle Search & Rescue located in Derry.  I’ve attached a few of the photos shot from the evening.

 

Declan

 

Jordan & Darren


I ran a competition earlier in the year were I would randomly select a lovely couple for a photoshoot as a prize for a recent engagement.  A name was drawn from the imaginary hat and I announced that Jordan and Darren had won.  As we met up in Letterkenny the heavens opened and I was almost sure it was a cancellation kind of a day, but we kept positive, let the clouds passed and we charged on!! Jordan and Darren were a great couple to work with, very chilled out and they just naturally went with the flow and I think it shows throughout the photographs taken.  We walked slowly around our location and chose a few areas that stood out. The shoot lasted roughly an hour and below are a few of the photographs we would like to share with you…

 

Anyone interested in wedding or engagement photographs, drop me a mail in the contact section.

Family mini shoots are also available until the end of the season.


The Great Pollet Arch

Myself and a few friends met up recently for a photo hike up around the Fanad peninsular, Co.Donegal. Our main objective was to get down to the Great Pollet Arch which has been barricaded from the public in recent weeks. We managed to meet up with a few American tourists, Ohio if memory serves me, travelling around Northern Ireland and attending a wedding.  This unit were out of their car as we walked towards the gate and they mentioned a farmer let them use his land for access, so that meant he granted us access also!!  After falling into ditches, cutting hands on barbed wired fences and stepping through some fresh cow pats we finally descended onto the beach where the arch is located.  We scoped out the area first and let the selfie brigade do their thing.  Brian and Dave were shooting some wide angles,  Stephen was flying his drone (through the arch might I add) and I was shooting long exposures with my ND’s and grad filters. Some of the photo’s I captured are posted below.

 

Enjoy

 

Declan

St.Eunan's Cathedral Letterkenny

I had some spare time on my hands the other evening and it looked like a cracking sunset was upon us.  I quickly packed up my car and raced up the Convent road and parked in the upper area of the cathedral car park.  As my drone was warming up, I started to set up the controller and monitor.  Well, there was more beeps than the afters of a wedding ceremony!! After a few pauses..and curses…I realised I has forgotten to load the micro SD into the drone….more curses followed.  Load up and quick spin home.  I had been loading footage from it the night before and never put it back in again like the buck that I am!! I race up again and park in the same spot…there was literally a hundred free spaces but this space was mine! So after 20 minutes of flight time and being eaten alive by flies this was the result of the evening.

Sit back,

Enjoy…

 

Declan

Sammy Leslie-Hotelier-Castle Leslie

 

In the last in the Danone InSync series Deirdre Mullins meets Sammy Leslie in Glaslough Co.monaghan.

 

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Lauren Smyth-Lead dancer-The Riverdance

The latest instalment in the Danone Activia InSync series for The Irish Times Magazine is Riverdance lead dancer Lauren Smyth.

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Knockalla-The way of the cross (Glenvar)

On the first weekend of February we took a spin to Glenvar, North Donegal. Driving through picturesque towns like Ramelton and Rathmullan we followed the Lough Swilly towards our destination, The way of the cross.  It’s located only a few hundred metres off the coast road from Rathmullan to Portsalon.  The walk is sign posted at the bottom and you can actually see the crosses from the road as you drive north.  A quick assent following the bog road takes roughly 30-45 minutes to the peak.  At this point you have views of Inishowen, The Derryveagh mountains, Mulroy Bay and the famous beach that was rated in the top 10 in the world…Portsalon.

This walk is moderately dry and can be easily be done walking in runners/trainers.

Note: I have no actual photos of the crosses as I’ve been up the walk a few times and didn’t take any photos of them on this occasion, they are quite the sight though and worth the trip up.

 

 

Niamh & William

Easkey Britton -Danone Activia- The Irish Time Magazine

In September I got a call from the Irishtimesmagazine to work on a project for Danone Activia.  The project was a series of interviews of Inspiring women reflecting on their lives and the ways they stay InSync – balancing career success, family life and finding personal fulfillment.  The first in the series was Donegal surfer Easkey Britton.