Living in beautiful Clonakilty and being so close to the sea is what keeps me grounded and happy as a photographer. To sum me up I am just a relaxed easy-going patient photographer that completely adores what he does.
There is nothing I love more than being on the beach and just watching the world, tide, waves and clouds slip past. Ironically the only thing that keeps me away from the beach is yes you guessed it photography… like most people I need to earn a living and Landscape photography on its own as of yet is just not enough to support me and my family.
I have been lucky enough to have had my work published thousands of times in national newspapers, magazines and online. You have probably seen my work in Aer Lingus, Lidl, Dunnes Stores, HSE, OPW, Super Valu, RBS, wildatlaticway.com, Swamp fashion, Ulster Bank, Discover Ireland, The Irish Times, Irish Independent, Irish Examiner… to name just a few. So this is the point where I should also probably mention awards and all that other stuff but absolutely none of that means anything to me. I haven’t submitted a photograph to a competition in years and I honestly don’t see that changing anytime soon, to me the best award going is the one you give yourself when you are happy with your own work.
Now in saying that in 2021…
I was voted the Irish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2021 by the Irish Enterprise Awards.
I was also voted Landscape Photographer of the Year 2021 by the Innovation & Excellence Awards.
What makes these awards special for me is that I was nominated for them by clients and customers and they were voted on by over 40,000 people, that warms my heart and puts a smile on my face everytime I think about it.
I work very hard at my job and trust me for many a year it was a serious struggle, I only started my photography journey 8 years ago and crazily within 12 months of picking up my first camera I was working on nationwide advertising campaigns and shooting with nationwide fashion houses. It’s all still a bit of a blur even when I think about it now.
Funnily my friends still think this is a bit of a joke as all I ever do is take photographs, work with models, sip champagne and sit around while people literally throw money at me, how hard could that be right 🙂
I tend to smile to myself a lot when I think back to the time I started out 8 years ago and if I could travel back in time and tell myself I would be working on projects for companies like Formatt Hitech, Skylum, Topaz Labs, Adobe, DJI, SmallRig, f-stop, Pixpa, Themify, DreamHost I wouldn’t and just couldn’t believe that. I am delighted to say there will be a few more companies joining me on my journeys in 2022 and I am seriously looking forward to sharing more details once they are finalised.
At the bottom of the page I have a video about my photography story and my top tips for people interested in photography. Let’s face it photography is my job and my passion but that’s only one side to me….
I am luck enough to have 5 beautiful healthy children who are all so different and special in their own way. Funny story but two of them were home births and one wasn’t planned so I had to deliver my youngest daughter in out hallway. Now that’s an experience I can tell you… that made photography look easy 🙂
Thanks for taking the time to get to know a bit more about me and do pop over to my YouTube channel and keep track of my adventures there 🙂
See you out there,