Best Wedding Photographer in Dublin and Ireland (2019) Bruno Rosa
Finding the Best Wedding Photographer in Dublin
How to choose a wedding photographer in Dublin, Ireland? From finding the ideal personality match to tracking down that photographer who shares your unique style, it’s not an easy task!
Find the Perfect Photographer, of course, the most critical step to getting your perfect wedding photography is finding the right photographer. Of course, as a wedding photographer in Dublin, I’d love to tell you that I’m the best choice for every couple in Ireland! But, the truth is that it’s all about finding the right fit for you.
Personality and style matches are critical for wedding photographers and couples. Everyone has a different eye for what is beautiful, and it is essential that you are the on the same page as your photographer.
Before you book a photographer, do interviews. Take your time and only book a wedding photographer when you feel 100% confident with your decision.
Your wedding album is something that you will cherish for your entire life and pass down to future generations. It’s a beautiful collection of memories from one of the best days of your life. Of course, you want the perfect wedding album! The only way to get your dream shots, however, is to find that exceptional wedding photographer.
From Dun Laoghaire to Howth and From County Donegal to Kerry, there are countless wedding photographers in Dublin, Ireland to choose from. So, how do you decide who is right for you? Fortunately, with the right strategy, it can be easy to make the right decision.
Here’s everything that you need to know about finding the perfect wedding photographer in Dublin and around Ireland.
Ps: All images featured in this post were captured by Bruno Rosa
Find the Perfect VenueSome places are just so incredibly beautiful that they would look amazing without a single candle or flower. Finding the perfect venue, however, is about more than just going to a beautiful place. To get your ideal wedding photography, you need a venue that is right for you. Again, it is all about finding your own style. Decide what kind of atmosphere you would like to create because that “vibe” will translate into your wedding photos. Not sure where to begin? Check out some shots of my favourite wedding venues in Ireland to get a sense of what you love, as well as what isn’t quite your style.
Define Your StyleWhen you are working with a wedding photographer, it is so important to define your style. We can’t read your mind, so never assume that anything can go unspoken. Be crystal clear about what you love and what you hate.
Do you like candid shots? Traditional posed photos? Unconventional, artistic styles? Find examples of your favourite shots and explain why you love them. Show your wedding photographer shots that you don’t like as well, and clarify why they aren’t your style.
Find a Photographer with an Eye for the Perfect Imagery
To help you decide if a wedding photographer is right for you, take a careful look through their past work. Note how effortlessly they capture beauty, colours, and emotions in their photos. If you are not a photographer yourself, it might feel a bit intimidating to view something with a highly critical eye but, trust me, it’s easy! Just look for the emotion. Does the photo create a feeling that you can immediately sense at first glance? If so, you’ve found a good photographer!
Consider If Their View Is Compatibility with Your Own Vision
Look at Wedding Photography Experience
Dublin Wedding Photography Experience
Punctuality and Professionalism
Expertise in Your Wedding Photography Style
A Personality That Meshes Well with Your Own
The Ability to Capture Emotions at their Purest
Make a Wedding Photography Timeline
Things to Keep in Mind
- So, let's say you have found the perfect wedding photographer in Dublin. You still have a lot of work ahead of you! For a stress-free wedding day, it's all about planning everything out flawlessly.
- Before you start dreaming of your gorgeous wedding album, ensure that both the venue and wedding photographer's dates are set in stone. Wedding season is crazy in Dublin, and all over Ireland, so you can't afford any last minute changes.
- It is also essential to confirm your package details. It may be that your wedding photographer offers several different wedding photography packages. Typically, a wedding photographer in Dublin will have packages that range considerably regarding cost and subsequent services. It is up to you to select whichever package suits your budget the most. However, keep a few fundamental things in mind when doing so.
- When you are deciding on a wedding photography package, make sure the services cover all the photography requirements for the event. You don’t want just the wedding itself being including, or only a few bridal shots and group photos of the groom with friends, especially when you are willing to pay for extensive coverage.
- Talk to your wedding photographer about the number of hours included, coverage types, and get to know the exact number of services. Be sure to also talk about relevant details like venue changes.
- Of course, the bottom line is that you don't want to go over the budget if you cannot afford to do so. There are many wedding photographers in Dublin that allow you to have a beautiful set of wedding photos without breaking the bank. Take advantage of the immense talent pool that Dublin has to offer, and get the best package, budget wise.
- Finally, make sure to ask your photographer questions about the post-production costs, if there are any. This may not be applicable in all cases since the post-production of images is usually included in the package. Of course, every wedding photographer in Dublin is different though, so better safe than sorry!
So, feeling ready? Bring this list of questions with you to wedding photographer interviews!
- Are you available on my wedding date?
- How many other weddings are you working at on the same weekend as mine?
- Will you be the one taking the photos at my wedding? If not, can I meet the photographer who will be available?
- Do you work with an assistant?
- How long have you been a wedding photographer?
- How many weddings have you photographed?
- Do you have full wedding albums available of some of your recent weddings?
- Have you ever worked at my wedding venue?
- Have you ever worked with my wedding planner?
- How would you describe your wedding photography style?
- What is included in your standard wedding photography package? What add-ons are available?
- Can I customise a wedding photography package to meet my needs?
- Do you include engagement photos or pre-wedding events in your packages?
- How many hours are included in each package and what happens if we need more time?
- How much do extra hours cost?
- Is retouching included or is that an additional charge?
- Do you charge for your travel time?
- Can I order prints directly from you or how does it work?
- How long after the wedding will I receive the images?
- Will we have the rights to the images?
- Will we receive the negatives and is there an extra cost for that?
- How much is the deposit and when does is it due?
- What is your cancellation policy?
- Do you carry backup equipment?
Essential Tips from a Wedding Photographer in Ireland
As a wedding photographer in Ireland, I have had the opportunity to be part of so many special days. Along the way, I’ve seen many trends come and go. As a photographer, some of these trends have been a nightmare while others have worked to create magical wedding photography.
Get Keen on Green
Go Bold with Flower Installations
Go Easy on the Self Tanner
Relax Your Face and Blink
Posture is Everything
Keep the Signs UpFor the past few years, signage has been a huge wedding trend and, according to experts, it’s going to continue being big in 2018. Dramatic theatre style signage, old-fashioned wooden boards, and modern acrylic signs with calligraphy are stunning in wedding photography--- plus you can add cute messages for your photo shoots!
As a wedding photographer in Ireland, I especially love this wedding trend for country weddings. Couples celebrating at farmhouses, woodlands, and other large spaces can create a whimsical “treasure hunt” type of environment with customised signs.
Exploring New SpacesEasily one of the best wedding trends of 2018 is unexpected wedding venues. While there are some gorgeous churches, castles, and hotels in Ireland (just check out my post on the best wedding venues in Ireland!), there are also a lot of fresh, unexplored spaces out there.
As a wedding photographer in Ireland, I absolutely love attending ceremonies at church ruins. These historic spaces are breathtakingly beautiful and uniquely Irish. And there are so many more incredible places to go! If you can get there, you can wed there. Start thinking creatively. One of my favourite Irish wedding blogs, One Fab Day, just created a great list of the best unique places for a wedding in Ireland.
Get Smart with Shade for Outdoor PicsIf you are lucky enough to get married in Ireland on a sunny day, you need to plan ahead! Couples with no photography background are often unclear about what makes a good photo shoot location. If you want that impeccable wedding photography, it is important to have a fundamental understanding of what makes for optimal lighting.
If you take photos in full sun, you’ll have squinty eyes and a washed out look. The best way to go is to have the sun behind you. If you can time it right, you will get your best wedding photography outside just after sunset.
Steal Some Red Carpet PosesWhile most of us are used to having selfies taken all of the time, posing for professional wedding photography is a whole different thing. Even the most confident, beautiful guests can sometimes become awkward and stiff in front of the camera. Even though you might feel a bit silly, it is helpful to practice poses before the big day. For inspiration, I often recommend checking out some classic red carpet poses.
When you look at celebrity photos, you’ll often see the famous “knee pop pose.” Just shift your weight to one leg and drop your other leg forward. Not only is it flattering, but it is also a good way to show off your wedding shoes!
Since most wedding apparel for women is sleeveless, women are often looking for flattering poses to get their posture looking sleek and beautiful. To create the most flattering look, fashion photographers recommend putting your hand on your hip, then relaxing your shoulders and letting them drop back and away from your head. Another pose that works well in wedding photography is to take a step forward then stop in the middle (basically just leaving one leg in front of the other in a natural strolling pose).
Of course, if you’re going to master your supermodel poses, you need to do some practice. While I’m far from a fashion model coach, I can tell you that doing a little pose practice goes a long way. Check out some tips on YouTube and other fashion blogs. Just keep in mind that it’s not about looking like a supermodel. It’s about looking calm and relaxed in front of the camera.
Pro tip- I’ve heard of some bridal parties doing catwalk parties! It’s an entertaining way to get some photos at home while playing with different poses. Again, it’s all about keeping things fun, so you feel confident and cool in front of the camera.
Wedding Dresses with Detachable SkirtsIn terms of wedding fashion, detachable skirts are one of the biggest trends of 2018. These can add a certain wow factor to wedding photography. Removable trains are becoming popular this year too and there are some clever wedding dress styles that allow you to move from a floor-grazing look to a more flexible knee-length style that will leave you ready to hit the dance floor.
And this isn’t the only adaptable wedding dress style that is trending this year. Modern brides are loving flexible styles like capes, two-piece wedding dresses, bridal jackets, and other cool styles that are easier to move in and made for that quick wardrobe change between the ceremony and the reception.
Go GeometricGeometric shapes have been a massive lifestyle trend lately and they are very popular at weddings. As a wedding photographer in Ireland, I love seeing geometric shapes incorporated both indoors and outside. So many of the spaces here are very traditional and these shapes are a fresh way to update the space to create a modern yet timeless feel.
In 2018, trendy couples have been using geometric shapes everywhere. From terrariums to lanterns, the options are endless and you will find a world of inspiration online at popular wedding planning sites like Pinterest. Consider “up to the moment” picks like succulents, candles, or flowers in hexagonal shapes or go for a dramatic look by suspending geometric shapes from the ceiling with air plants inside. Also known as tillandsia, these unique “air” plants grow without dirt and they are perfect in geometric or glass plant hangers. Best of us, for us in Ireland, they don’t need much sun so you can keep them looking great long after the wedding!
Work with Natural Light for Indoor PhotosWhile we may not always have endless sunshine here in Ireland, we do have ample natural light. In fact, the sun that shines through the clouds offers one of the most flatting glows for wedding photography. For indoor photography, you can get the best shots by flooding the room with natural light.
Of course, your wedding photographer will guide you through the best wedding photography location, times, and shots. Nonetheless, it is good to plan your day the right way. Be sure to save time during the day to take indoor shots to ensure you can maximise this beautiful lighting condition. Look for photo shoot locations near the window to flood your photo with a warm light. Once night falls, it is all about the candles! Not only do they create an atmosphere, but they also give photos a warm, flattering glow.
Create a Dramatic Colour PaletteWhile pastels and watercolour inspired shades have been popular in everything from trainers to handbags in recent years, the latest wedding trend is to move away from the muted look. Brides in 2018 are looking for vibrant, jewelled toned styles.
For an unexpected and fresh look, get away from traditional rose pink and go for fuchsia! Rather than mint, consider emerald green. Another one of my favourite hues is coral. It’s pretty and feminine but adds a bold, unexpected splash of colour. I especially love these dramatic colour palettes for outdoor wedding photography. Audacious colour, particularly on a grey day, makes for dramatic wedding photography. Some of my favourite photos have been set up with coloured smoke bombs (another wedding trend that is a dream come true for wedding photography).
Ultra Chic Marble and MetallicMarble and metallic- especially rose gold!- have been incredibly popular for the last couple of years, and they are styles that brides are loving. While real marble is incredibly heavy (which is pretty limiting since you tend to need multiples of everything for a wedding) there are some great options in faux marble. I have seen some gorgeous faux marble wedding invitations; ceremony and receptions signage; unique planters and vases; cool faux stone placemats; and other “one of a kind” ways of using marble.
Metallic looks were made for weddings. Whether it is silver, gold, bronze, or rose gold, you can create a sleek look with metallic wedding accessories. As a wedding photographer in Ireland, I have worked in a lot of castles and stately manor homes all over the country, and this trend works especially well in such places. At the same time, adding chic metallic touches in a rustic environment can create a gorgeous contrast.
Try Translucent and IridescentOther couples of trends that were made for weddings are translucent and iridescent looks. Well placed iridescent touches can create a dreamy, ethereal aesthetic. I have seen some stunning iridescent fondant wedding cakes, shimmery tablecloths, and “one of a kind” wedding invitations in iridescent shades. As a wedding photographer in Ireland, this is another trick that I love to employ on grey days. If you are lucky enough to have rain on your wedding day, using iridescent pops of colour will create amazing wedding photography. Another one of my fave tricks is bubbles! This simple little accessory can create a magical look in your wedding album (check out this beautiful shot I took of a happy couple in Dublin).
Translucent is another huge wedding trend. Using quirky acrylic items is one of my favourite ways to modernise a wedding venue. As a wedding photographer in Ireland, I love to see translucent items used in traditional looking environments like castles and stately houses. It’s another way to create that dramatic contrast that we wedding photographers love so much. Translucent wedding invitations and wedding signage are also an ultra fashionable pick while acrylic chairs create an incredibly “up to the moment” look.
Blow Up the Wedding BalloonsWhat’s a party without balloons? While you might think of them as best saved for kids’ birthday parties, there are some beautiful new wedding trends out there incorporating modern balloon styles. Write out your names with metallic balloons, create a balloon wall for fun wedding photo shoots, or incorporate balloons into your wedding cake display. There are so many incredible ideas out there, so the sky is the limit!
Looking for inspiration? Check out this romantic Wicklow wedding that ended with a picture perfect balloon release
Dessert Tables with a TwistWhile cake is always a good thing, modern couples are taking their dessert tables to a whole new level. As a wedding photographer, I love to see couples not only mixing things up but incorporating local faves. I’m talking soda bread pudding, Irish whiskey truffles, scones, Irish honeycomb, and other local delicacies. An elaborate wedding dessert table is great for wedding photography and it creates a look that is uniquely YOU. Of course, don’t forget to set up the good old fashioned Irish coffee bar to help wash down those sweets!
Black Wedding Dress AccentsOne very chic wedding dress trend in 2018 is black accents. After all, what suits white better than black? Delicate black bows on weddings dresses or classic snow white looks set off by black heels or jewellery is a perfect way to get on trend while staying traditional. This look is especially great for wedding photography because it adds an element of drama. A lot of brides shy away from this look, but that just means that you can own the style and look more like a “one of a kind” bride. Of course, the key is to keep it simple and understated, then use floral accessories to get that pop of colour.
Bright and Bold FoodI have been served my fair share of meat, potatoes, and stew. Don’t get me wrong, these comfort foods are must-haves, especially during the winter! When it comes to wedding photography, however, classic meat and veg dishes can fall flat. That is why I love the new trend of bold international dishes.
Many couples are embracing both Latin and Asian dishes that add a flash of colour to the table. Of course, sushi is picture perfect. In my opinion, far too many couples avoid dishes like this because they don’t realise how versatile they can be. Sushi doesn’t have to include fish. It doesn’t even have to include seaweed! Don’t like rice? Use quinoa, cauliflower, or barley. For the fish-phobic guests, try chicken wrapped in lettuce with a bit of risotto. Your own creativity is the only limit here and you can make gorgeous layouts that everyone will be talking about for ages--- in a good way!
Classic Latin American picks like tacos are ultra versatile and colourful as well! Options like pickled red onions, purple cabbage, lemons, and limes pop in photos and will create a beautiful table spread. And, yes, you can make these very versatile. You can make taco shells out of everything from flour to corn to cauliflower. As always, it’s all about thinking outside of the box if you want to create a unique and memorable wedding.
What to Do with Wedding WreathsAnother 2018 wedding trend that I’m loving is the unique use of wedding wreaths. While we have been seeing them for years on the doors of churches, modern brides are starting to get more creative. I have been inspired by the truly unique ideas from the local ladies. One look that is incredibly photogenic is hanging wedding wreaths up around light fixtures at the reception!
I have also seen ladies use wedding wreaths as accessories. From the bride to the flower girl, mini wedding wreaths make a perfect alternative to floral crowns. I’ve even found some clever brides using wedding wreaths to add some pizzazz to the wedding dog’s attire! How’s that for creative?
Rocking Wedding Capes Like a SuperheroAnother fashion trend that works very well for wedding photography is wedding capes. These beautiful alternatives to wedding dress trains were made for wedding photography. As a wedding photographer, I often have the wind to contend with but, in this case, the wind can really be an asset. Creating a dramatic sweeping effect, I love photographing wedding capes outdoors. And they look beautiful inside! With an ultra-long option, they make a train-like effect that creates such a perfect look for wedding ceremony shots.
Wedding capes can also be practical for a number of reasons. First of all, they are easy to remove. This means that you can go for a bold train without having to worry about the hassle and risk of damage that comes with dragging it around.
Wearing a wedding cape can also give you a range of different wardrobe options. Many cases, especially the shorter styles, can take the place of sleeves to give you coverage only when and where you want it. By creating a veil alternative, you open up a range of hairstyle options as well that just doesn’t work with a veil, in addition to the possibility of wearing a floral crown (another gorgeous look that was just made for wedding photography).
For many Irish brides, a wedding cape is also a great alternative to the ultra-traditional veil. If you want a fresh and modern look, a wedding cape is an instant update.
Create the Perfect AtmosphereIt is essential to have a space that reflects you and your personality as a couple. Once you have chosen your dream wedding venue, your goal is to create a space that is atmospheric, memorable, and unique YOU! Looking for some décor inspiration? Check out my tips on how to make the top 2018 wedding trends work for you.
Tell Your Wedding Photographer about Family DramaEvery family has their issues, and it can make wedding days complicated. While your wedding photographer doesn’t need to hear about every little dirty detail, it is good just to give us a few FYIs. If it is best not to pose your divorced parents together, let us know. We need to create a lot of different types of groups shots, so let us know who to group together.
Having an extra go-to person is also invaluable for your wedding photographer. We don’t want to bother you with every little issue, but it’s good to have an insider on our side. Introduce us to someone in your wedding party who can help us out with remembering people’s names or answering other basic questions that might pop up on the big day.
Ps: All images featured in this post were captured by Bruno Rosa
10 Best Wedding Photographers In Ireland in my opinion!
After 7 Years working as a wedding photographer in Ireland, I got the opportunity to meet awesome photographers (people) and as I knot that choosing the right photographer is not an easy task I thought that would be nice to share with you photographers that I trust and recommend, but of course I'm hoping to be your first choice hehe
1) Bruno Rosa
2) Jay Doherty
3) Shane O'Neill
4) Eric Savo
5) Darren Kirwan
6) Adrian O'Neill
7) Szymon Pietrzyk
8) Laurie & Dave
9) Gareth Lima Conlon
10) Mark Capilitan
Here we are with the most important questions to ask before You Choose your Wedding PhotographerAs I mentioned above there are so many incredibly talented photographers in Ireland! How can you choose the right photographer for you? While recommendations are great, it all comes down to finding the right match for you. Every couple has a different style and so does every shutterbug out there. That’s why it’s critical to communicate with your photographer.
Every couple has something different in mind and, for that reason, there is no one single definition of a “good wedding photographer” that everybody agrees on. You wouldn’t have someone else tell you what makes a good spouse, would you? Of course not!
So, are you ready to decide for yourself who would be a good wedding photographer? Here are essential questions that you must ask before you decide on the right wedding photographer for you.