Many Brides and Grooms have questions prior to selecting a photographer.  In the FAQ below, Kathryn tries to answer just a few of the more common questions. If you have other questions or would like to discuss your wedding photography ideas with Kathryn, drop us a line here or simply ring Kathryn at 087 985 6055.

Kathryn O'SheaHow do you approach the Wedding Day?

If I haven’t been to the wedding site before, I get there early to acquaint myself with the location.  I then move on to the bride and groom getting ready to be sure to capture those moments of nervous anticipation, the weepy Mums, nervous bridesmaids,  the excited Groom, etc.  Some of these might be posed, but for the most part, I am looking for those magic moments that capture the emotions and atmosphere of the day.  I will photograph in the church/civil ceremony looking for that wink, those little looks exchanged that help tell the story.  I try to spend 40 minutes to an hour with the families, bridal party, and bride and groom.  Usually, I finish the day with candid pictures of guests at the drinks reception.

338 (2)I feel very strongly that this is the bride and groom’s day and not to spend too much time on photography.  Every couple should have plenty of time to spend with their guests.  Lets face it, I am with them for approx 6 or 7 hours of their most special day and I think that it should be fun, relaxed and easy.  

I am very shy and I usually hate to have my picture taken.  Will I still be able to get good photographs?

Don’t worry, few people are comfortable having their picture taken – you are not alone.  I find that the best way to get people to relax is to take some of the pressure off.  I usually ask you in this situation to bring some of the bridal party with you. Your groom has probably selected a best man who is good with a joke so I ask that he come along for some of the posed shots.  If we can create a more relaxed environment, you will soon forget your picture is being taken and enjoy yourself.

How do you shoot the group shots? How long do these normally take?

The key to a successful family and group shot session is planning. I know you want beautiful family shots, but you don’t want it to take an age. We work together to come up with a list of the exact group shots that you want. You give this list to two people in your party who know everyone. Their job is to round up these guests at an appointed time and place. I am then generally able to photograph your group shots in about 20 minutes.

IMG_1245I’ve seen a wedding photograph that I love. Are you open to helping us recreate that photograph?

Actually, I often find that the bride who knows the style of photography she likes will be happiest with her pictures.  I have had couples who showed me samples of photos that they saw on the internet and there is no harm in asking me to do something like that should the opportunity arise. I love creative collaboration and the more input I receive, the better.

Must we buy the album right away?Inish Beg 3

No.  However, the best time to tell the story of your wedding is shortly after it has happened.  And there can be no better “thank you” to parents than an album of their best memories.  You can make your album now or in a year from now – that’s up to you.

I am getting married somewhere other than West Cork.  Will you travel?

Absolutely! I love shooting destination weddings and will be happy to travel within Ireland.  If I am available I will go anywhere. Just ask.

I love your wedding photography. How do I hire you?

I just require a €100 deposit to reserve your date. If you like my work, don’t wait, I book up very quickly. Particularly for summer weddings.

Ready to book a session?  Click here and I’ll whisk you over to the contact page and we’ll get started!  Still undecided? Call me at 087 985 6055 and I’ll be happy to listen to your thoughts and help you figure out whether we’re a good fit for each other.