John Murphy is a professional photographer with over 25 years’ experience specialising in press, commercial, and wedding photography.
His journey into press and PR photography began in 1996, when he worked with clients such as Belfast City Council, Belfast Telegraph , and various pr and commercial clients before he honed his craft in wedding and portrait photography.
In 2002, he began to receive enquiries from couples planning their weddings, who wanted him to capture their happy memories on their big day, and within a short space of time, John carved out a niche as one of Northern Ireland’s leading wedding photographers.
“I love that every wedding is different – the venue, the people, the atmosphere. My approach to wedding photography is to capture the emotion of the day. I notice individual personalities, whether it is the Bride, the Groom, or the guests, and I aim to capture that on camera.”
“While it’s a fun day, and generally everyone is in high spirits, at its core a wedding is a celebration of love, and of two people coming together and making a commitment to each other. I think it’s important to remember that, and that’s what needs to be captured by a photographer.”
John has taken pictures of hundreds of happy couples on the most important day of their lives, with his work taking him across the length and breadth of Ireland, as well as to US and European locations, but being the photographer at both of his sisters’ weddings are two memories that stand out:
“I really enjoyed capturing the memories at my sisters’ weddings. Those were special days for me, but the pressure was really on to get the best pictures I’ve ever taken!”
Traditional wedding photography has often involved staged and posed family line-ups, but contemporary photography is taking a more fun and relaxed approach. When it comes to which style John prefers, he said:
“I want to capture the real moments of the day – the more relaxed and candid this is, the better. Of course, I accommodate what the married couple want in terms of family shots, but I also take the time to get a little more creative with a stunning sunset backdrop or ambient background.”
“Taking these just after the meal in summertime, or just before sunset in winter, is perfect. Winter weddings are actually my favourite to shoot because of the beautiful light at that time of year.”
As we all know, wedding photography is an investment, so when it comes to choosing a professional photographer for your big day, John has some advice:
“To make sure your photographer can handle whatever your day throws at them, ask to see a range of photos from different weddings in their portfolio. The weather in Northern Ireland can be very unpredictable, but professional photographers should be able to capture great pictures in all weather conditions. In fact, there are times when adverse conditions can even make for better images.”
“Ideally, you want a professional photographer who can blend in and go practically unnoticed on your wedding day, as some people can be very camera shy, so I find it’s best to keep my distance and let people be themselves. This is when I can get my best shots.”
His final, and most important, piece of advice when selecting a photographer?
“All photographers have their own unique style, and ultimately you should choose someone whose work you love, so you can look back on your photos in ten years’ time and still love them just as much as when you first saw them.”
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