Three exceptional weddings in three separately fantastic venues with three soulful couples in late December has cemented resolve at pkstudio3 to keep doing what we are doing and to continue providing a well-honed service that has proved, this year especially, to be immensely satisfying. Combined with the usual challenges associated with the craft, December offered flooding, low light levels and days when the shoots had to be confined mostly to interior work due to prolonged periods of continuous rainfall and high winds. Thankfully we managed to produce image suites of a standard which belied the extreme weather. We experienced the joy and privledge of working with great clients who despite the conditions kept love, family, ceremony, celebration and hospitality to the forefront of their priorities.
Our primary ‘second shooter’ Joe Carr weathered the elements (in a three-piece tweed suit) and showed flashes of pure brilliance especially when shooting, the details and portraits of the ‘little people’ of the wedding day. The process of editing all three wedding suites gave me time over the holidays to reflect on the fact that we are very lucky to have Joe joining us again. As my dad would say: ‘He is one of nature’s gentlemen’ His visual and people skills combined with a camaraderie and gentle good humour contributed in no small way to the service and experience and high quality of work offered from pkstudio3.
As principle photographer at PKSTUDIO3 my own shooting style must be flexible. It varies from capturing formal family photos (within our painless and now customary 25mins of fun) to my mini shoot with the couple. And finally to my own favourite style, capturing true reportage work. This is among the most exciting and enjoyable aspects of the job where people are generally unperturbed by the viewer and the camera unmasks a moment, a side of their personality, that makes for great portraiture and elaborate storytelling within a single frame. We sourced new handcrafted albums with images printed to exhibition standards that do justice to this type of work. If you are interested in hearing more about how they are produced, designed and printed or would like to discuss a bespoke reportage booking just please let us know.
The final three weddings of the season with their perfect storm of challenges outlined for me how my working world has in effect developed into a community. All three weddings were booked on recommendations. Firstly from Jim Butler at Inspirational Arts who provides a printing service which is second-to-none. We recommend him to our clients availing of our free-to-use print-ready digital files. Secondly, a recommendation from Ruth Wiley who, when we first met her 10 years ago was simply a fantabulous bridesmaid and who now, because she shares a love of all things wedding has qualified as an officiant of civil celebration. Thirdly, Derval and Kevin whose outdoor wedding we had the pleasure of recording on a very special day at Lisnavagh in May. Their recommendation brought us to our final wedding of the season and to a venue which we hadn’t visited in some years: The Heritage in Killenard Here, we were treated to the inimitable and graceful help and hospitality of Averil and John who provided supplemental house lighting and room rearranging services for the photography team. We also experienced an exquisite plate of fresh seafood with service that will not be forgotten for its quality and warmth. I was unsurprised to later learn that this hotel is a sister hotel of our good friends at Clontarf Castle where we spent Christmas Day with family.
A busy season awaits and we know that the best is yet to come. Recharged and determined to keep the craic levels high! We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our clients, colleagues, family and friends the very best with lots of fun and a sense of peace. We live in a great country with a quality and variety of light (and of people) that only an Island nation perched on the edge of a vast ocean can muster. Lets experience, enjoy and record it all together.
Send us an e-mail to [email protected] if you would like to see more of a particular style or view images from any of our favourite venues visited this year: Ballymagarvey House, Bellinterr House, Borris House, Boyne Hill House, Coolbawn Quay, Kilshane House, Tankardstown House, The Millhouse, The Westin, The New Intercontinental and Boyne Hill House.