About Me

 

Images above, my family and I, spring of 2017 – taken by the lovely Paula O’Hara

 

 

The Person Welcome to my website – I am a thirtysomething shorty called Hannah and I love weddings and taking photographs. It’s as simple as that! I am married to my lobster and we have three kiddos under eight. I now live in Armagh, my adopted home – but I’m originally from Fintona City, hup the road in Tyrone. I am the least snobby person in the entire world, love old things/retro looking things, a good natter and like nearly every other Photographer I have ever met I love coffee. Lots and lots of it. I need it to function (I repeat – three-kids-under-eight). I am a fan of all types of music, I love it (Beatles, Smiths, Motown, Fleetwood Mac, hell even Lionel Richie!) and enjoy big blustery walks on the highest mountain I can find. I love trees and wild flowers, crumbly old buildings and wee bits of history. I also have a loud laugh that I try to repress and enjoy a wee dram of whiskey now and again! I find there is humour to be found in the most silly or serious parts of life.

Inspirations come in many forms. I am the youngest child of four girls, my three sisters being much older than I and all married by the time I was nine. I subsequently loved weddings having been involved with them at that childhood stage when everything was fairytale like and big dresses were everything (it was the 1980s after all). I was then raised in a house alone with my mum and dad who retired young and took me off on many adventures with them. My childhood was spent sailing on Lough Erne, exploring cliff edges to find Falcons, investigating rock pools in Donegal or trying to find the Corncrake on Tory Island. This love of nature and the wilds was instilled in me by my Dad, who has a real sense of adventure and a love of our natural landscapes. I would have jumped over cliffs in Donegal, egged on by my laughing Dad whilst my mum would look on, petrified 😀 From my Mum, I have inherited a love of Old Hollywood films from the 1950s and 1960s and classic stories by Jane Austin or The Brontë sisters. Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn is a perpetual favourite as is Pride and Prejudice (the Colin Firth version!) I suppose all this has somehow entwined to result in my love of wild rugged imagery with lovely people in it!  I was also raised in my parents grocery shop, so I can talk the leg of a donkey. I am used to people and love being with them, hearing stories! So weddings are just perfectly suited to me. Anyhoo, I am pleased with my lot in life and that’s certainly enough about me. Now I would like to hear about you!

The Approach – I have always been into arty pursuits and have been shooting weddings for six going on seven years now. I am largely self taught but I have travelled miles upon miles to attended numerous workshops taught by some of the best photographers in the world today. My mind is a hum of activity, thinking about weddings, the couples and locations I am booked for and what way the images will reflect the story. What I can add to it and what can I bring to the table for my couples. It really is a labour of love. I am not a fan of traditional photography. I approach a wedding as a story, with every image I take building up an entire picture of your day, piece by piece. I look for these three things – good light, good connections and all things natural. That is my trinity. I don’t look for perfection. I am much more inclined to take photographs in a patch of wild weeds than a designated “photo location”! If a little one is pulling faces, then let them! Thats their personality – its real. And you will look back on those types of images in years to come and really smile as it was genuine. I think its best to just let things happen. Let the wind blow in your hair, feel the grass under your feet and embrace it. My work has taken me all over Ireland and I have even been invited to shoot weddings overseas. I have been published in a few magazines and websites in the past few years as well as being nominated for the odd award. Although these achievements are lovely, they are not what motivate me. I don’t care about competitions (I never enter them), or pushing for likes on social media or things like that, but I do care about going on amazing adventures with lovely couples on the biggest day of their life. For me, its quality over quantity. Want to know a little bit more about how I shoot people for a living? 🙂 Sure thing! Just click here. Thanks for stopping by my page and enjoy planning your wedding day! Hannah x
 

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