Meeting in Letterkenny on a night out, Danielle and Gary have been inseparable ever since and it was easy to see why during their pre-wedding shoot.

We explored Sion Mills which is one of the most beautiful spots around and the sun bathed the couple as I took some natural images of them both.

I’m really looking forward their epic wedding at Lough Erne Resort next month!

To see more of Danielle and Gary’s engagement shoot check out the slideshow below!

When Michaela and Eddie left their current home in Canada, snow was on the ground so I was delighted that they were blessed with a sunkissed evening for their pre-wedding shoot.

Getting married tomorrow at the stunning Redcastle Hotel, the couple have had a busy week in preparation and the shoot was a chance to connect as we explored the land around Michaela’s home and then visited Eddie’s family home. Both with stunning views (I wouldn’t be drawn on which was the best).

These guys are a stunning couple and it is clear just how happy they are together – it goes without saying that can’t wait to capture their wedding day!

To see more of Michaela and Eddie’s engagement shoot check out the slideshow below!

Over the years of meeting couples to discuss their wedding photography I have discovered that the guys seem a lot more shy about having their photo taken.

A key factor to having your pictures look great is to feel more comfortable in front of the camera and this is why I think pre–wedding shoots are really beneficial. It is great chance for the couple to feel more natural and relaxed with their photographer and I definitely feel that grooms benefit more from the shoot!

I have photographed many a groom who felt uncomfortable with the idea of a pre-wedding shoot before understanding the many benefits. Yes the initial few minutes of stepping out of your comfort zone can seem strange at times, but then you forget yourself and get lost in the process with the girl you love.

On the wedding day the groom seems to be more at ease with the camera and usually they get a lot more enthused after their pre-wedding shoot. Many grooms have told me after the wedding that they were glad of the pre wedding shoot as they benefited from the experience. I spoke to Andy Daykin who got married last summer in Cyprus and whose pre-wedding shoot I did in Edinburgh. He shared a few thoughts about what he got out of the pre-wedding shoot:

“I found it to be a great opportunity to build a relationship with our photographer. This made me feel more comfortable in front of the camera on my wedding day. It was good to nderstand what Donal was trying to capture in each shot and I  found it really helpful to see the results from the pre-shoot and select specific styles that you would like to replicate on the wedding day.”

Ultimately the pre-wedding shoot has given many grooms the confidence to look and feel relaxed in front of the camera,which equals more natural photos that look great!

You can check out Jenny + Andy’s Pre-wedding shoot  and check out their gorgeous wedding. If you would like to get the female perspective on why engagement shoots are essential click here.

I was lucky to catch-up with teachers, Amy and John for an engagement shoot ahead of their move to Thailand.

It was great to hear all of their plans for the move and their fab wedding plans at The Culloden. Can’t wait!

To see more of Amy and David’s Whiterocks engagement shoot at Florence Court check out the slideshow below!

It is always so refreshing to visit a new location and I was really excited to shoot Natalie and Martin’s pre-wedding shoot at Florence Court in Fermanagh last week.

Natalie’s dad is a photographer so she has grown up on the other side of a lens. The shoot was so chilled out as we talked about the doctors life together and their love of the outdoors and picnics on their time off together!

Really looking forward to capturing their wedding at Lusty Beg in July.

To see more of Natalie and Martin’s engagement shoot at Florence Court check out the slideshow below!

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