Summer photoshoot!

One of the women who works in my school asked me to photograph her son for her, we choose the beautiful school grounds as our location and got lucky with the weather!
Summer arrived 2 days before we had the shoot! The weather was absolutely gorgeous! I couldn’t have asked for a nicer day, the shoot went perfectly and I’m very happy with the outcome.

For the shoot I also decided to use it as a chance to properly test out my Canon 85mm F/.8 – I’ve had this lens for about a month and this is my first time really getting to use it as it’s intended. For the first half of the shoot I used the 85mm but as the boy started to get a bit more adventurous (especially with trees!) I had to switch to my Canon 70-200mm F/2.8 to keep up with him and get the shots as I saw them.

Anyway, here are a few shots from the shoot! Hope you like them!



Is love all you need?

So I was given this as an English assignment the other day, I thought I’d share my final draft with you, for the craic like?

Love is all you need

“Love is all you need.” – An oft and ludicrous statement. If love is all you need, why are refugee families so miserable? Why do people commit suicide? How would we survive without essentials, such as food?

Between the years of 2007 and 2009, suicide rates rose sharply all across Europe, due to the recession. People lost their finances, their life savings, their jobs and their homes. But in no way did the declining economy affect human relationships, yet there was a drastic increase in suicide rates. Mr Business man has a lovely family; a wife and two kids. They have a house, two cars and the children attend a private school. When the recession hits: Daddy loses his job, they lose that privatised schooling; those two cars, and they have to re-mortgage the house.
It goes without saying that he loves his family and his family love him, but in a situation like this love will not get him a job; allocate him money to provide for his family, or increase his self-worth. The man would take his own life after falling upon such hard times, undoubtedly leaving his family heart broken and distraught, and feeling like love had let them down. How would you explain this if love is really all you needed?

Will love get you a job? Will love pay your bills? Will love put food on your table? Possibly, but it’s highly improbable. Maybe I’m taking the topic too literal, in which case I’ll ask: is love all you need for emotional fulfilment? Then in that case, it’s a bit more likely but still quite improbable.
We are a love culture. We believe that passionate love is our one true guide to a completed life. If no such belief was present, never would the phrase “follow your heart” have come about. Love is an emotion derived from hormonal reactions in the body, to take any action based upon such feelings is not only stupid but defeats the point of deductive reasoning, logical thinking, critical thinking and any sort of evolution the human mind has undergone in the past 200,000 years we’ve been around.
We are no longer troglodytes; it would be a waste to dismiss such an amazing product of evolution for something which makes us feel warm and gooey on the inside.

Perhaps I’m still missing the point, what exactly is “love”? Is it the feeling you get when you have a new boyfriend/girlfriend? Is it the reason you’d sacrifice your life for your children? Is it why men and women choose to go to war and die for the freedom and pride of their country? Can anyone define love? No. Oxford tried, but it’s a bit two dimensional for my liking.
Love is present in everyday life in varying degrees of intensity. You can love that bar of chocolate you cheekily allow yourself to have as a reward after you go to the gym every evening or you can sit by your mother’s hospital bed, experiencing love in its most intense form, praying that things don’t get worse. In neither situation will one single emotion, love, change the results. It’s not going to alter the process of life nor will it help you get healthy.

Chances are, you’re going to find love at one point or another in your life, be it with a person or an inanimate object; I’m not here to judge. I can’t argue that you won’t believe love is all you need, but I can tell you that you’ll discover love is not all you need. Studies conducted since 1993 have shown cases where love can be detrimental to work ethic. You might not be able to get your new-found soul mate off your mind, or maybe you had an argument with them the night before and are too stressed out to work at the moment? Your employer owes you nothing; if your performance at work is poor then you can expect to lose your job. And then what happens? You become Mr Business man, who ends up losing out on life, all because of love.

My favourite photo…

People often ask me “what is your favourite photo?” – a vague and stupid question but I can see why a person would ask, I’d be interested in the answer too.

There are two ways to interpret this question: what if my favourite photograph I’ve taken, and what is my favourite photograph someone else has taken. Depending on what mood I’m in the day you ask I’ll either be cheeky and answer with the latter or give you my proper answer.

What is your favourite photo that you haven’t taken?
Well…this is a tough one. Mainly because my answer to this one is constantly changing. I have two favourite photographs at this moment in time. Firstly, a shot of Coldplay lead singer, Chris Martin taken by the extremely talented Peter Neil from


And my second favourite photo; taken by Pete Souza of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama the night after the president’s inauguration:


Both photographs are, in my opinion, visually stunning and they both captured the moment in time flawlessly. Both photographers are inspirations of mine.

What is your favourite photograph you’ve taken yourself?
The one I’m going to take tomorrow. Simple.

But unfortunately, it’s not that simple for most people. Everybody wants me to actually pick a photo so here goes, my most recent favourite photo (this is guaranteed to change in a few weeks but ah well!).:


This is my photograph of “The Riptide Movement” performing live in The Academy Main Room in Dublin, Ireland. This is currently my favourite photo as I feel I really captured the moment and the atmosphere of the venue. A video containing footage from the gig can be found here:

Have a look for me in the photographer’s pit from 7:20 onwards! I’m wearing a wine coloured hoody!

Now, hopefully that clears things up a bit.