Hook Head Wedding

Although the majority of my approach to wedding photography is documentary, I do like to pick up an artisitic image for clients too. Something that is not going to take all day to capture, an image that could be put onto canvas later on. To get this shot you really can only go as far as a client is willing to go. Even though I would happily go to extremes, I would never insist on anything too intensive. The client has the final say. In this case, Danny & Bernie opted to go off the beaten track (well, Danny had to be dragged!) in the pursuit of something a little specatuclar, in this case Hook Head.

Hook Head itself is not too difficult to get to. You can pretty much drive right up to it. My favourite location to shoot there is east of the lighthouse, looking back along a small inlet. It takes about 5 minutes to get there across rocks in normal clothes. Add about another 3 minutes for anyone wearing a wedding dress! It was cold and windy. So cold that my hands were numb. It would have been easy to ditch the idea and get back to comfort of the car but the lads were happy to continue. Was it worth it? Decide for yourself, here is what we got  …..

Viewmount House in Longford

I got lucky in Longford last week. The night before a commision, I was recommended Viewmount House just outside the town as a place to bed down.  I looked it up online and found out was on about every decent “places to stay” list there is. When I checked out the website there was an advert promoting an evening with Tom Doorley, a well known food critic for the The Irish Daily Mail. The resident chef Gary O’Hanlon created a set menu of five courses and Tom was going to select a wine to go with each. Normally when travelling, you end up eating all kinds of tripe so I was delighted to see that this event was on the same night as my stay. Except it was booked out! However I managed to strike a deal with the owner, they would make room for me in the bar at my own table provided I took a few images of the evening. Deal! This is what I got …   Viewmount House and “VM” Restaurant are worthy of the hype.