Jo Simpson – Monster Girl

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Jo Simpson is one cool chick. Monster Energy Girl, Firebreather, Ink’d girl, dog lover and Batman fangirl… add into the mix incredible looks, what is there not to like about her. I eventually got to meet her in June 2015 for this shoot and it turned out awesome.

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Follow Jo on Instagram and Twitter to keep up with her antics. Any questions or comments on the shots, you can ask me below.

Behind the scenes with @josiejo88 , shot by her partner in crime, the wonderful @luluallure. #studio #behindthescenes

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Behind the scenes on a recent shoot…. @luluallure looking after her bestie!

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Madeline Mulqueen Sunday World Shoot

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Madeline Mulqueen is a stunning actress and model. I had the pleasure of working with a great team of Laura Mullett, Aimee Connolly and Madeline on this shoot for the Sunday World.

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Madeline is a cool chick, great fun to work with. And as usual, working with the dream team of Makeup artist Aimee and Fashion Stylist Laura, we always have the craic on set. After we got the shots we needed for the papers, we then turned to a spot of experimenting and testing. I can’t remember who had the paint with them in the car, but Madeline for the idea of putting it on her face… and sure the rest is history… in pictures.

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Siobhan Smith Musician

Siobhan Smith, Irish Fiddle player and Irish dancer booked in for a studio shoot recently to get some new shots for her upcoming album artwork. She is currently working hard in the recording studio putting the finishing touches to her new album. There is a lot of work that goes into making an album, even more so when you are doing it independently  Siobhan brought down two very cool instruments for the shoot. One was a modern electric fiddle and the other was an old antique fiddle. It was a nice contrast between the two.

There was no dead set brief for the shoot, so I shot Siobhan on a white background to keep it simple for who ever is going to do the graphic design work on the artwork. Blowing the background out to white means that a few clicks is all it takes to drop in another background… or they can keep it white and just add text. We also shot some shots with a grey background also.

Aimee Connolly was at hand to work her magic on Hair & Make-up as usual on studio days.

If you want more information on Siobhan and her music, you can check out her website http://www.siobhansmith.info/ . She doesn’t have a FaceBook page at this time, but her profile is https://www.facebook.com/siobhansmithfiddle if you want to get in touch with her.

Julie Husman

Here is a quick post about a recent shoot with Julie Husman. Julie booked me in to as she was just looking for some nice pictures of her self to have. Above are a few of my favourites as I only ever put up a small selection of shots from each shoot up.

In fact, I don’t even blog about all my shoots. Sometimes a client wants to keep a shoot private for what ever reason. Some clients are do a shoot as a surprise for their partner, some do a shoot just for them selves. There is no bad reason for booking a shoot and looking fabulous for a day 🙂

Have you booked yours yet?

Denzil Lacey


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Here is a quick post about  a recent shoot with Denzil Lacey, who is a returning client. I first met Denzil last year when I had a portrait session with him. Back then he was looking to get some images  for his website. Denzil is doing really well for him self these days. He has changed radio stations and his own company is doing really well. Here is a little blurb:

Zava Media is one of Ireland’s top website design and development companies, offering a range of services to suit personal and corporate clients. Established in 2011, our services are founded with over five years of website design and I.T experience providing us with the expertise to work for you. We will ensure your website captivates your customers and potential customer’s attention. www.zavamedia.com

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Denzil Lacey is the Programming Assistant and Head of Commercial Production with Classic Hits 4FM, a muti-city Radio Station. The Radio Station was established in 2009 as 4FM and re-launched in 2011 as Classic Hits 4FM and is broadcast to Dublin, Cork, Limerick Galway and Clare. Hear Classic Hits from Abba, The Bee Gees, Adele, 10CC, Ed Sheeran and many more… www.classichits.ie

Contact Me to book a enquire about booking a shoot with me.

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Amanda – Portrait Session

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The beautiful Amanda booked her own portrait session a few weeks ago in my Wexford Studio. Amanda is not a model nor is she signed with any agency. She is a normal, regular girl who just wanted some nice photos of her self, like a lot of you out there. This is the work that I really enjoy doing. It is taking a normal, real person who is not a model and being able to provide them with a great experience and some great images at the end of it. A photoshoot is not just about the images, its about the pampering, the hair, the make-up and the experience of feeling beautiful and sexy….. the general transformation. One thing I may start doing in future is taking before and after shots, showing the transformation that takes place.

Amanda is originally from Brazil and is here living in Ireland for a few years now. She was great to work with and looked great. I worked with the local & fantastic Make-Up Artist Cathrine Richard ( http://www.catherinerichard.ie/ ) for the first time on this shoot. Catherine done Amanda’s Make-up and Hair for the day, she she done a fantastic job.

The cloths and styling were provided by the talented Carmel Daly. I have worked with Carmel a few times now and she never disappoints.  Carmel’s job was to get cloths to match the criteria that Amande wanted. Amanda give a rough idea as to the type of shots that she wanted.

If you want to book in for your own make over photo-shoot, then drop me an email on richiebuttle@gmail.com and I can give you the details.

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Anthony Byrne – Headshots in Dublin

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Here are some shots from a recent head shot session with Anthony Byrne from Product 2 Market. It was a fairly straight forward run and gun headshot session.

Anthony is a graduate of UCD Michael Smurfit School of business. He has nearly fifteen years of experience in Business Development, Sales Management and Business Management, both in Ireland and the UK. He also was involved in the start-up and growth of two successful Irish software companies.

Anthony started his own business, Product2Market, in 2008. The company deals with Sales Outsourcing Consultancy and mainly works with Start-ups, Early-stage companies and SME’s.

Besides being the Managing Director of his own company, Anthony also is a Business Mentor with the County Enterprise Board in Dublin and helps support new and emerging Businesses reach their target market.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Anthony_Byrne

We shot around the Guinness Storehouse area in Dublin. The weather was really against us on the day and we were dodging showers of rain in between sunny spells…. typical Irish weather.

Lighting wise, I was running and gunning with an EX580 set up on a light stand with a shoot through umbrella with Pockets Wizards in TTL mode. I still haven’t really gone through the pockets wizards to put them through their paces. I have been so busy with other stuff, but I will get onto it soon.

As it was a bit breezy, the umbrella was not the best idea in the world, but its quick and easy. I kept it fairly close to me for each shot, i.e. close enough to keep my foot on it if a breeze was about to blow it over. It’s time like those when you really could do with an extra hand on a shoot.

 

98FM’s Teena Gates

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If you live in Dublin, then chances are you may have heard Teena Gates talking to you over the air waves at some point. Teena Gates is the head of news at top Dublin station, 98FM and is also an ambassador for the Hope Foundation. Teena and the rest of her team have raised nearly just shy under €60,000 through her many many fantastic achievements, both personal and charity driven.

One of her biggest achievements to date is in climbing to Mount Everest Base camp. This feat is one that not many people in the world can lay claim to….nor would many attempt it. It is truly inspirational stuff. Climbing Everest was not the only thing she done. She also assailed down the Dublin Wheel, which was also for the Hope Foundation. See the YouTube video below for more info on that.

One of Teena’s most impressive achievements however, is more a more personal nature. She has managed to lose 12 stone and counting in a very short time. This was the reason for our little shoot, to produce some nice ‘after’ photos to show off how good she looks after the amazing transformation. I asked Teena how she did it and basically said that it was all down to hard work. Eat well and exercise. It’s sounds a lot easier that it really is though I am sure.

Our shoot was in the Gibbson Hotel, which is located in Dublin’s Docklands area, beside the O2 and Dublin Wheel. This spot was chooses for its fantastic look and also because it is beside the Dublin Wheel, which was a part of Teena’s charity work. It is a great hotel and the staff were very accommodating to us, which also helps on a shoot. There is nothing worse than feeling like your are in the way. We got a wide selection of shots at the hotel and then headed back to the 98FM studio for some quick environmental portraits.

Teena and I had great craic shooting away. Teena is a lovely, genuine woman and is  very easy to work with. Coming from a media background, she understood that is takes time to set up lights and to get a shot right. This is great from a photographer point of view as it can reduce the pressure a little bit as the subject is not huffing and puffing wondering what is taking so long. I wish her all the best in the future and look forward to hearing about her reading the Top of Everest some time 🙂

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Here is a bio that written about her on the Hope Foundation site:

With more than twenty years’ experience as a journalist, presenter and media trainer, Teena Gates heads up the PPI award-winning newsroom at Dublin’s 98, where she presented breakfast news for two decades after being coaxed away from RTE.   Teena is a Board member of Learning Waves, a training network established for the Independent Radio Industry.  She has also lectured in Communications with FAS, and in Journalism and Media Studies with BCFE Ballyfermot College of Further Education.

Having recently regained fitness after a long illness, Teena’s lost  eight stone since last Summer.  After climbing her own personal mountain, she is determined to make it to base camp:  “Last year I could barely walk and now I can run; what better test than to try a  little stroll along the highest point on the planet.”   She loves to swim and snorkel, in particular at a little fishing village in the south of France nestled between Nice and Monaco, which she keeps going back to. That’s where her weight-loss began, when she went there for two weeks to eat olives, drink a little good red wine, and swim up and down the coast every day for hours.   In fact she spent so long in the sea that one day she got rescued by two local fishermen who fished her out of the water;  she thought she spoke reasonable French but her vocabulary didn’t extend to: “I’m not in need of rescuing, please leave me here in the surf!” Still, they were very nice!

She loves Twitter and Facebook and believes they are a vital part of the future of news and radio.  She’s passionate about radio, which she still thinks is one of the purest, honest and most instant forms of communication: “I still feel as excited about radio as when I listened to a crackly Radio Luxembourg and Radio Caroline under my duvet, when I should have been asleep….of course they were blankets rather than duvets back then“.

Teena is still coming to terms with losing her mum suddenly, but peacefully last March; but she’s focusing on the happy times and is dedicating her walk to Everest to her late mother.

If you are on twitter, you can follow Teena here Twitter.com/teenagates. You can follow me while your at too 🙂

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A Day with Hannah

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You might remember this lady from a previous shoot. I originally shot Hannah on Portmarnock beach in June ’10 for some surf / beach shots. Since then, Hannah has been signed with Galway Catwalk Model Agency. Although the beach  shots went down very well with the agency and it was enough to get her signed, they need to see more range in her portfolio.  We managed to organise a full days shooting ( about 14 hours in total) to get as many looks as we could to widen the range on the portfolio.

The brief was to get a good mix of headshots, fashion, lingerie, casual and other shots. We done pretty well in covering the brief, as the images show. We had the assistance of a professional Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist, Rachel Cleary and Conor Clinch was assisting me for the day. It was a good team for the day, which was very cold and long. Styling advice was also provided by Jennie Moore, who could not be with us on the day.

The locations being used were around the Ballsbridge area. Shooting out doors is great, because every corner you turn there is a new location that you can use. The only problem is that you can not control the weather. We battled the cold, which was ok, we fought against the wind, which was awkward at times with hair and we went to war with rain… which was going to mess with the gear. Despite it all, the team did well, didn’t complain and the shots turned out good. We ended up taking 400ish frames through out the day and managed to pick out the top 40 or so images. These images were whittled down again even further until we were happy with them and the editing then began. I picked my favs, or what I thought were the best of the day and they are the ones that you are seeing here now.

The stream of photos above are the best of the day and are actually in reverse order of when they were taken. So if yo wanted to imagine the days photos start in the bedroom, then Hannah gets up out of bed and beginning her day.  The day started off with nice sunny spells (along the canal) but it only lasted a few hours as by the time we got back to the hotel then cloud cover was patchy and rain was on the way ( jump suit shots).

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Having a Hair & MUA on set during a shoot make a huge difference to the outcome of the final images, like wise with the calibre of the model, which should be evident on this shoot. Both model and MUA worked very well. Having the model and MUA been good friends was an added bonus and it made the day go by that bit quicker.

 

My work is getting to the stage now where its the model who can influence the image more than I can. In terms of pose, attitude and general look etc. A photographers vision and direction giving are one thing, its the model’s interpretation and execution of those directions that makes the difference. Some models can get what you are trying to go and go with it. Some even put their own little twist on it and make it their own. When that happens, its great.

The same goes for the MUA and Hair. As I get better at the technicalities that goes along with taking the pictures, it would be fair to assume the same level of skill from MUA’s and Hair Stylist.  The really needs to be perfect as there is no sense in having to spend a lot of time afterwards fixing it in photoshop.

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As you can see from the shot on the left, the make up is pretty spot on. Generally I am not a fan of photoshop, or to be more specific – retouching. Retouching being the editing of skin, spots and patchy makeup etc. Stuff like making legs and arms and legs smaller is time consuming. It is time spent sitting at a computer when I would much rather be out taking more photos or indeed doing other stuff.

I don’t mind processing images as much. Processing the colour corrections, contrast and brightness etc of images. Converting images to B&W is also something that I don’t mind doing, once the image lends it’s self to be converted to mono. Some images looks good in black and white, some don’t.

The lighting setups for this shoot by the way, will be going into another post over the next few weeks. I have a bit of a back log of photos to edit ( see 2 paragraphs up… last line) and once I have all that cleared, I will then compile setup info for all the shoots from as far back as Caroline.

All in all, I was very happy with this shoot. We managed to cover a lot over a short space of time and all the team got plenty from it for their portfolios and experience. I got a chance to try out some new lighting setup, one of which is similar to the inspiration post from a few weeks ago. I look forward to working with Hannah again when she is a famous top model 🙂

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Just a another shout out to Rachel who done the Hair and Makeup, check her out. She is available for hire for commercial and domestic work. Also, cheers to Conor for helping out. I hope that he learned a thing or two. Even at 15, he has got skills, more than I did at 25, so keep it up Conor.

I am going to end this post on a nice quote I seen on twitter to describe photography. I thought it was a great description, at least for me:

“Photography is for people without manual artistic talent”

Thats all for now, hit the comments link below if you want to leave or view the comments.

Credits:
Hair & Mua: Rachel Cleary – Facebook: FaceBook or her Blog
Photography Assist: Conor Clinch – http://conorclinch.com/
Style Advisor: Jennie Moore – http://fadingintofashion.blogspot.com/

 

Jessica McMurry

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Back on the streets of Dublin, yet again for another action packed, fun filled, rain soaked Street Pic session. This time, I caught up with Jessica McMurray and her friend and model/photographer Anouska. It was a great little session that involved literally 15mins of shooting and a load of great shots that could be used. Here are the final ones  I picked.

We had to retire some shelter as the rain started to lash down as we started. I spotted a ‘plan B’ location on the way to the main location, so we resorted to that.

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Anouska came along also. I have been following her work both as a model and Photographer and its great. ( Anouska’s Blog ). She helped out by holding Jessica’s white jacket to use as a reflector.

Again, as usual with the Street Pics, there was no more than 15min spent on photoshop. The 15mins starts after the final image to be edited have been picked that is. So in total for the few pics here you are talking about 60mins behind the computer.

Thats all for now. If you want to take part in a Street Pic session, hit me up here by leaving a comment, or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.

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