Dublin Wedding Photographers, Mike & Jill O'Dwyer
We are updating our website and will be adding more weddings to our Real Weddings section over the coming days.
Here at Dublin Wedding Photography we want to give our clients the kind of wedding photographs that they will look back on in years to come and instantly feel like they are back in their Wedding Day, soaking up the atmosphere, being surrounded by friends and loved ones, enjoying all the emotions, and revelling in the celebrations.
While we're both professional photographers, and shoot between 30 and 40 weddings per year, we do have quite different styles and approaches to how we work at weddings. We've been married since 2001, so we know how each other works and we've always been competitive - which is fun.
Mike takes a documentary approach, whatever happens he'll photograph it as it happens with the least amount of intrusion. He likes working with shallow depth of field on fast short telephoto lenses, but he's also quite happen to use wide lenses and get in close. His shots are intuitive, spontaneous, and try to capture natural expressions - so, yeah, he shoots a lot.
Jill is really good at organising people, and especially adept at calming any nerves on the Bride's side of the family. She's a perfectionist too, making sure everything is just so, from helping Brides get ready to setting up group shots, she's also terrific with impromptu guest portraits during the day.
We like to work without a big list of shots to be taken, that's quite stifling and restrictive. We do have a set list of suggested group shots for later in the day, which we like to keep to a minimum, but everything else we shoot in the moment, so we can't guarantee a particular set of shots. If you like long lists being ticked off we're probably not a good fit.
We don't spend a lot of time doing detail shots, we prefer to capture all the interaction between people on the day: the Bridal prepartions in the morning; the guests arriving at the ceremony; the Groom waiting with his Groomsmen; the Bride arriving with her Bridesmaids; the joy of two people committing to each other in front of family and friends; the hugs; the kisses; the smiles and the laughter; the quiet moments away from everyone; the romance of wedding portraits; the group photos that only become more valuable as the years go by; the wedding speeches, and who said what about whom; the first dance as Mr & Mrs, and a few of the ones that come after when people bust out their best moves.
After all is said and done, a wedding is one of the most significant days in any couple's life and while the memories of that day might blur with time, all those magical moments can be brought back to life in an instant when you open up your wedding photographs.
Wedding Photography Prices
Hourly Rate @ €225ph
Our short day package is particularly useful if you just require wedding photography from the ceremony up until the Call to Meal.
We begin 30 minutes before the ceremony and we can finish up whenever you need us to, but there is a 4 hour minimum fee.
As with all our packages there will be two professional wedding photographers, Mike & Jill O'Dwyer, and travel within 90 minutes of Dublin Airport is free of charge.
Full Day @ €1250
Our Full Day package covers wedding photography from preparations up until you are seated for your meal.
Coverage includes up to 2.5 hours wedding photography of the Bride's morning preparations, with two photographers who can split between the Bride and Groom; if they are in different locations they must both be reasonably close to the ceremony venue (approx 30 minutes by car).
If you need us to start earlier we can do so, but extra time will be charged at our hourly rate.
Full Day + Evening @ €1750
This is the same wedding photography package as the Full Day but with extra coverage to include speeches and first dances, up until approximately 10.30pm.
We usually stay for 15-30 minutes of dances once the music starts, so that we don't just cover the first dance but also a few of the following ones so that we can capture the atmosphere of the celebrations and all the best moves.
Castles & Country House Wedding Venues
Who doesn't love the idea of having an Irish Castle Wedding Venue all to yourself on your wedding day. These are perhaps the most romantic of locations, luxurious wedding venues where you and your guests can make the most of fabulous rooms, great gardens, and magical settings where unforgettable memories of your wedding day can be created.
We love photographing weddings in country houses, especially those which have mature gardens within a large estate that's being well looked after. There's something quite special in knowing a Country House Wedding Venue is yours for the day, that kind of luxury creates a unique atmosphere that all but guarantees you and your guests will feel utterly pampered.
Castle Leslie - Luttrellstown Castle - Bellingham Castle - Castle Durrow - Barberstown Castle - Ardgillan Castle - Marfield House - Rathsallagh House - Virginia Park Lodge - Boyne Hill House - Clonabreany House - Bellinter House - Trudder Lodge - Tinakilly House - The Millhouse - Ballymagarvey - Leixlip Manor & Gardens
Hotel Wedding Venues
Easily the most popular settings, Hotel Wedding Venues in Ireland are hard to beat in terms of what they can offer to suit any budget, and any size of wedding. From the largest rooms to the smallest, whether you have 4 or 400 guests, there's a kind of hotel out there to suit almost every wedding you might imagine. There is no best hotel for a Wedding, only the right one.
The Shelbourne - The Merrion- Cliff at Lyons - The Royal Marine - Kilashee - Tankardstown - The K Club - Trim Castle Hotel - Clontarf Castle Hotel - Finnstown Castle Hotel - Castleknock Hotel - Celbridge Manor Hotel - Radisson St Helens - Keadeen Hotel - Druid's Glen - Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel - The Westin Hotel - Glenview Hotel - Seafield Hotel - Tulfarris - Summerhill House
Other Wedding Venues
Restaurant Wedding Venues have become increasingly popular over the last few years, and it's pretty obvious why they can be great locations. If you're into good food and a laid back atmosphere then restaurants can provide the ideal location for not just having your reception, but also your ceremony.
Beaufield Mews - Marco Pierre White- Fallon & Byrne - Hartley's Restaurant- Kettles Country House - Aqua - The Anglers Rest - The National Gallery - Number 6, Kildare Street. - National Yacht Club - The Hibernian Club - The Residence- Rock Farm - Coolanowle
Mike & Jill O'Dwyer,
Dublin Wedding Photography,
The Studio, Lispopple,
Our photography studio is based in Co. Dublin, between Swords and Ashbourne, just off the R125 at Lispopple Crossroads. The studio is mostly used for commercial photography - Jill specialises in photographing food and products - but we also undertake portrait work for corporate clients, actors, musicians, as well as occasionally setting aside days for family shoots.