I took my first photographs in my early childhood on the schoolyard
at the age of eight. Through my teen-years I learned the workings of
my first Canon 35mm camera, photographing in black and white and
producing prints in the darkroom after school. In my final school
years I had started to play the guitar and dj but also made a decision
to follow on a path of photography at college. Leaving school I
received an award as the school photographer following a busy year
on the rugby pitch sidelines of a successful school team, with my
first press pass.
At seventeen, I developed a new and growing interest in audio-visual
with the introduction of photography and film history in my first
year in college. In 1997 I experienced my first trip to the ‘Big Apple’
where the Twin Towers of the New York skyline were now visible
through my lens for the first time. The camera bag contained four
rolls of black and white to capture ‘New York’ on its first impression.
Some of these images of the Twin Towers I captured would later
be more significant than I imagined.
On return to Ireland it was time for protest as my College had
went bankrupt overnight while I was away, with nothing but
hundreds of angry media students who had lost all their fees
and an education, with no government assistance. I completed
the course in the Griffith College facilities later that year and
spent almost two years working at one of Irelands largest
professional photographic labs and this is where I was during
the 911 attacks.
In the following years I gained work experience in community,
local, national, international and satellite radio while also gaining
experience as a television camera assistant on live television
broadcasts. Also, I studied ‘multimedia computers, ‘sound engineering’,
‘direction, production & presentation’ and returned to Griffith college
in 2002 to study ‘television & video production’. With the National
Boxing arena next to the college it wasn’t long before I was photographing
the boxers who later went on to claim Olympic and world titles
(Bernard Dunne, Andy Lee, and the late Darren Sutherland). I was
photographer in the Dublin 2003 Official St.Patricks Day Festival
Committee. That summer I succeeded in an internship at a Television
Company in New York, while doing some part-time photography for a
VIPs nightclub and camera assisting on short films in Manhattan.
On returning to Ireland I went back to my trusty 35mm SLR for a
while and produced some prints for the Peoples Photography
Exhibition on Stephens Green. Having never attended a wedding,
I made my first attempt at photographing a wedding for a friend.
Living in Dublin, I took an interview for a position at a cutting
edge portrait studio.
In the summer of 2005, I returned to the USA where I spent most
of my time in Santa Barbara photographing the fruit markets,
skaters, dogs and general life while doing some work at some
Santa Barbara weddings. Before my visit ended, myself and a
friend drove from the San Francisco to New York documenting
Back in Ireland I now returned to my hometown of Newbridge
where I took up a position at a local photographic portrait studio.
In 2006, I began shooting weddings more frequently and converted
a room into a studio for photographing family portraits, actors and
models portfolios, fashion and commercial products, while also
working as the photographer for the Kildare Post.
In 2007 I left the Kildare Post as my studio work, press & PR
and photojournalism work grew to a more national level.
Now, I have designed and built a large photographic studio
in the country with changing room, a reception area and
parking which is open and welcomes all.
Looking forward to seeing you through the lens!