Studio shoot with Jennifer Taylor – Mrs Ireland 2017

Studio shoot with Jennifer Taylor – Mrs Ireland 2017

Portraits of Jennifer Taylor

Late last year I was introduced to Jennifer over Facebook by my sister... I have two wonderful nieces who are both on the autistic spectrum and my sister (Annmarie - their mum) does some amazing work trying to raise awareness of autism. My sister Annmarie Coyle also runs the fabulous Legenderry Ladies which was set up to help women who had set up micro businesses by giving them a sales platform in the form of pop up shops and craft fairs etc. At the City Hotel Christmas craft fair 2017 Jennifer and Annmarie met and had one thing in common... both had children who are autistic. Jennifer was very kind and volunteered her time to come and help sell tickets for The Jigsaw Project whilst allowing kids to try on her Mrs Ireland crown.  
Anyway... to cut a long story short Jennifer amongst many other things has just been signed to a modelling agency and needed some portfolio shots done. I was more than happy to help Jennifer out with this due to the fantastic work she does locally. I would like to give a big shout out to Lawrence Cooke who owns The Photographers Studio who gave use the use of his amazing studio for the day for the photoshoot. You wont find a better studio in town and it is available for hire. Head on over to their page now and give it a LIKE.  
"I felt I was not the pageant stereotype, I am not a size 8, in fact I am a size 16-18, and the fashion industry calls this ‘plus size, nor am I young."
Jennifer needed a wide variety of shots for her portfolio prior to getting signed and so we goy to work in the studio and we had such a fun photography session. Jennifer is 32 years old originally from Scotland and is married with a little boy. back in October 2017 she competed in Dublin in the Ireland Pageants final and on the overall title of Mrs Ireland. Jennifer is the marketing manager for the Richmond Shopping Centre in Derry. The centre is a sponsor for Miss Earth Northern Ireland Pageant and Jennifer is normally one of the head judges...She saw that there was a Mrs category and decided to take a shot... She never expected that she would be a finalist in a pageant let alone win the competition.  
As mentioned Jennifer's little boy Zachary is autistic and she works hard to try and raise awareness. This is very close to home for me and so I had no hesitation in offering to help Jennifer.

My sister Annmarie Coyle has started a crowdfunding page to try and help raise funds to create a sensory room in the Model School for children with Autism and sensory needs... read her story below.

Weʼre raising £2,000 to create a sensory room in Model Primary School Derry for children with Autism and additional sensory needs.

We have 2 little girls Alice and Molly both aged 7 and 5. Our 2 daughters are diagnosed with Autism. They have very difference sensory needs, one being non verbal. They attend the Model Primary School and are both in the Autism Unit in the school which is a small class of up to 8 pupils. This is a fantastic school and also has a Learning Support Unit for key stage 2 as well as many other students with Autism and additional sensory needs throughout the mainstream classes. We would dearly like to raise money to be able to create a sensory room which would benefit all of those children including our daughters. Sensory rooms are so important for emotional regulation, fulfilling needs from all senses such as visual, tactile. It also helps children to calm when anxious which in turn helps them to learn when it is used in their daily structure. This would benefit all the children in the school. To do a little to help please donate what you can by clicking on the link below. Thanks so much.  
Life on the London Underground

Life on the London Underground

Street Photography - Life on the Underground.

Have you ever just sat back and watched life go by. The London underground is a fascinating place where you can switch off from reality and watch humans scramble to get from place to place. I often people watch for a long time before I start taking pictures. This helps me relax and become comfortable in my surroundings and this is very important for me when shooting street photography or documenting real life. My approach to photography is relaxed and non intrusive documenting moments in time as they happen naturally. People behave in strange ways when they are commuting. The London underground is famous for being a sombre place... a place where no eye contact is made and striking up a conversation with a stranger is almost frowned upon and it almost feels unusual and unnatural. I wanted to capture the different behaviours, expressions, stances, poses, body language and how people subconsciously interacted with each other as well as capturing the environment. I hope you enjoy the series of images.
Annie & Matt at Roe Park Resort

Annie & Matt at Roe Park Resort

Roe Park Resort - Annie & Matt stunning wedding.

Roe Park Resort - Annie & Matt stunning wedding. I am excited to share the images from Annie & Matt's big day at Roe Park Resort in Limavady. I The wedding ceremony and reception were in the same venue and this made for a very intimate and fun wedding. The grounds of Roe Park are stunning and the weather was amazing... A pleasure to photograph. Annie & Matt were so great to photograph and were up for having a bit of fun during the photo shoot. When I met with the happy couple in the weeks before the wedding we agreed on a natural candid style which I love. Thank you so much for inviting me to capture your big day. Enjoy your pictures 🙂      
Landscape Lightroom Tutorial

Landscape Lightroom Tutorial

I have had a few requests recently for tutorials etc. We are currently putting a few together for different topics however here is an older landscape Lightroom tutorial showing my workflow using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Enjoy! Make sure and watch in HD and fullscreen mode.
First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion

First Holy Communions have well and truly begun and thankfully it keeps us very busy in the studio. The shoots are always unpredictable but great fun. Have a look at two of my favourite portraits from recent shoots. Cara and Grace were two naturals in front of the camera... pro's in the making. If you would like to book a first communion studio sitting please get in touch with us now or call 07814094855
First Holy communion Portrait

First Holy communion Portrait

First Holy communion Portrait

First Holy communion Portrait

Irish Street Photography

Irish Street Photography

Irish Street photography

Since the opening of our new studio and the birth of my beautiful daughter Maria as well as holding down a day job I have struggled to find the time to capture street scenes however this is something that I will of course re-visit. I want to share my story and some of my images from the past few years. I have a real love for photographing people in places. "Street photography" has become quite a popular genre of photography and has become somewhat of an ambiguous term these days that I tend not to pigeon hole my work anymore, however If these pictures are "Street Photography" to you thats fine. I have been in love with imagery, art, and technology for as long as I remember. In my early twenties I was involved in a digital media start up company developing concepts for games and other digital media. I began to learn photoshop and graphic design. I started being a “photographer” by accident when I won a camera in work and haven’t looked back since. I have a passion for landscapes, cityscapes and urban photography but overall I am a photographer and I take pictures every day of things that interest me. People fascinate me and I love to capture people in their natural environments.