Dublin Wedding Photographers Mike & Jill O'Dwyer
Mike O'Dwyer has photographed weddings for family, friends, and colleagues since his college days when he studied Photography and Graphic Design at the College of Marketing and Design, Dublin. After working in various creative roles over the years he set up Dublin Wedding Photography as a full time business in January 2014.
His wife, Jill, is a commercial photographer working for advertising and design agencies throughout Ireland and photographs for major brands in Ireland and the UK.
Natural Wedding Photography
The type of Wedding Photography we try to create is one that is unique to each couple, that captures their individuality in a way which is natural, candid and filled with emotion. Wedding days have so much going on, from Bridal preparations to the first dances, that they are filled with moments where a look or a touch says so much. That's why your wedding photographs are so important: they turn these fleeting moments into lasting memories.
The kind of wedding photography we do is a mix of documentary and portraiture. For the most part we will photograph what's in front of us as it happens, documenting your wedding day as it unfolds so that it looks as natural as possible. Because there are two of us we can cover both the Bride's preparations as well as the Groom's, before meeting up again at the wedding ceremony venue.
We try to keep the more traditional formal group shots to a minimum as having to do too many can keep couples away from their celebrations and guests. The traditional posed group shots work great for immediate and extended families, but friends and colleagues can always be taken more informally later in the day when the Bride and Groom have had a chance to relax. There are two of us, so we'll always be close by to take a spontaneous shot or two of you and your guests.
Dublin Wedding Photography Prices
We deliberately chose not to offer wedding packages because we want to keep things simple, so we've gone with hourly and daily rates - our hourly rate is €200 per hour, our daily rate is €1750 and coverage is from 11am to 10pm. This makes it easier for couples to work out costs and know there won't be any hidden surprises regarding our fees when it comes to billing. If you change your mind at a later date you can calculate the change in fees accurately; we always wait until a week or so before your Wedding Day to agree a photography schedule, and even then it can be quite flexible on the day itself. As all our camera files are date/time stamped it's clear what hours we've worked and how we've worked out our fees.
There is a 4 hour minimum charge, €800, which is ideal if you just want us to cover from thirty minutes before the ceremony up to the Bride & Groom being seated for the evening meal, and perhaps some speeches if they're early in the evening.
The full day rate, from 11am to 10pm, is a fixed fee of €1750. We can start earlier and stay longer if required, but these extra hours will be charged at our hourly rate.
Wedding Photography Locations and Venues
As Wedding Photographers we don't limit ourselves just to Dublin, we also work the surrounding counties: Louth, Cavan, Meath, Westmeath, Kildare, Wicklow, Carlow, Wexford. Pretty much anywhere within a 90 minute drive of Dublin Airport.
We've photographed weddings in almost every type of location: open fields and meadows; restaurants; hotels; churches; registry offices; manor houses and castles. To us the location isn't the major factor because we're photographing a very special and specific occasion and the people involved are the most important thing, which makes the day more about portraiture and documentary photography; the wedding venue is important because it gives a sense of place and a setting to work in - we do have our own personal favourite venues we look forward to going back to - but we're always much more interested in photographing people having a wonderful time celebrating the Bride & Groom.
Enjoy Your Wedding Day
We've shot hundreds of weddings, so if you've got any questions about your Wedding Day just ask and we'll do our best to answer from our experiences. We're there to help you enjoy your day, to look after you and guide you through what will happen so you'll know what to expect and to make sure you have great photographs of wonderful moments to look back on for all the years to come.
Do have a look at out testimonials and see what previous couples have said about working with us, and drop us a line if you would like to talk to us about photographing your wedding.
About Mike & Jill