Phill Doyle Photography: Blog https://www.philldoylephotography.com/blog en-us (C) Phill Doyle Photography (Phill Doyle Photography) Thu, 27 May 2021 06:12:00 GMT Thu, 27 May 2021 06:12:00 GMT https://www.philldoylephotography.com/img/s/v-12/u818837365-o786648377-50.jpg Phill Doyle Photography: Blog https://www.philldoylephotography.com/blog 120 96 Snámhaí Sásta https://www.philldoylephotography.com/blog/2021/5/sn-mha-s-sta I am pretty open about my relationship with my own mental health. I believe we tolerate each other and that is because we acknowledge one another. Every once in a while I can feel the walls come in, the imposter syndrome creep up and the brain fog float in like on an Atlantic breeze. 

Jane Curtain in Spanish Point, Co Clare \ Philip Doyle
Sitting in the office one day, having a frank and honest conversation about mental health with my good friend and colleague, journalist Anne O’Donnoghue, I explain some of my wild thoughts and struggles with the subject. Good days and bad days come in waves and it is so important to acknowledge them and talk about them. We tell everyone we have a cold, why not the then do with discuss when our mind might be under the weather. 

It is odd to say, but what I have realised lately is that when you put your thoughts and ideas out there, express them, discuss them, the universe has a way of sending something back. This time it was June Curtain. Myself to and Anne where off to Spanish Point to meet this woman who despite a tough few years after suffering a personal tragedy, decided she was going to feel well. Taking up sea swimming, her story grew far and wide on social media and now she has built a Tribe who meet, swim and I’m sure support one another. 

Jane Curtain in Spanish Point, Co Clare \ Philip Doyle Myself and Anne were very excited to meet June, and we discussed how we might capture her. Anyone who has been photographed by me, knows I like to talk. One, it’s because I have always suffered with a form of social anxiety and two I realised that it opens conversations. I never want to take a picture of someone until I understand a little about who they are. I like to think that after I take their picture I know quite well who they are. Having a photograph taken is quite a magical experience. The camera can bring out the insecurities and vulnerabilities in the most confident of people. To put someone into that position you must be willing to guide them, make them feel at ease, take responsibility.

Jane Curtain in Spanish Point, Co Clare \ Philip Doyle Thinking about photographing June, a sea swimmer, I knew we could not just rock up and take picture of her in her swimming gear and disappear home. We needed to understand, to feel and to experience. So I suggested to Anne we bring along our swimming toggs and join June for a swim at Spanish Point. Anne, the partner in crime that she is, I think replied with ‘eh, of course we will Phill!’ Role on one week and one Friday evening Anne is standing in the Atlantic Ocean and I am trying to remember how to use my camera as the intense cold takes hold of my body. And there was June, her infectious smile offset by the setting sun. Her warmth radiating from the icy sea. As I floated in the cold Atlantic Ocean as the sun creeped lower, I realised it’s ok to feel cold, it’s ok to feel pain, it’s ok to feel scared, it’s ok to feel happy… it’s ok to feel, because all feelings pass and to feel is to be alive, to feel is to live.

 

 

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The wedding of Ciaran and EleanorVideo of some of the images depicting the beautiful wedding day of Ciaran and Eleanor on the 31st of December, 2018

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RDS 2018 - Jennifer and Harry https://www.philldoylephotography.com/blog/2018/8/rds-2018---jennifer-kennedy After months of competing, training and traveling, all roads led to the RDS and on Thursday the 8th of August 2018, Jennifer and Harry competed one last time in the Small Hunters Class. With 18 other competitors in their class the odds were tight. With a glint in his eye and a friend on his back, Harry brought it home and took first place in his class. Moving onto the Perpetual Challenge they took the reserve spot coming second.

This is their story...

 

at the RDS Horse Show

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at the RDS Horse Show

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Groom David Kenna at the RDS Horse Show

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Groom Karen Kennedy at the RDS Horse Show

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        Jennifer Kennedy checks on her horse Harry at the RDS Horse Show

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Jennifer Kenndey takes first place in the small hunters challange and goes on to be the perpetual challange reserve at the RDS Horse Show

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at the RDS Horse Show

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       Jennifer Kenndey takes first place in the small hunters challange and goes on to be the perpetual challange reserve at the RDS Horse Show

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Bringing them home https://www.philldoylephotography.com/blog/2018/7/bringing-them-home Shane Joyce farms in partnership with his father Sean in Enloughmore, Co. Galway since shane completed his green cert in Letterfrack. Shane and his sister Hannah Joyce are bring cattle back to the home farm ahead of a visit from the AI Technician. They farm sucklers and mountain sheep.

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Shane Joyce farms in partnership with his father Sean in Enloughmore, Co. Galway since shane completed his green cert in Letterfrack. Shane and his sister Hannah Joyce are bring cattle back to the home farm ahead of a visit from the AI Technician. They farm sucklers and mountain sheep.

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The Furniture Man https://www.philldoylephotography.com/blog/2018/5/the-furniture-man Operating his business in Portarlington, Co. Laois for decades, Willie Murphy is a man of the community. His smile is infectious and it hangs on every one of his sentences. He explains that he runs his furniture shop not for money but because he enjoys it. He loves meeting people and as I drove down the road he stood out like a beacon of hope. I had to stop and take his portrait and I'm glad I did. Nervously I went up to him in a little space carved out of the front of his shop surrounded by second hand furniture stacked to the roof. If this was Tetris, it was almost game over. I introduced myself and asked his I could take a quick portrait of him. Without asking a single question he smiled and simply said "of course". 

As we chatted I captured a few more images. He brought me to his front window and showed me a Cross that he had bought in some market in France. He had been haggling with the owner over small trinkets worth only a couple of euro telling him they were for his poor mother back in Ireland. Then he saw the cross and on it was the figure of Jesus carved from bone. He asked how much for the cross? to which the man replied €100. Willie took a crisp €100 note from his back pocket and handed it to the seller. The seller shock asked..."you haggle over a euro but this you give me money straight away?" Willie explained that you can't haggle over Jesus. After placing the figure class to the window in his store, a local priest advised him to face the artefact out the window and it would bring good luck. Shortly after their was a fight outside Willies store and every window was broken... every window except the one Jesus was keeping an eye on!

Symbols and moments were clearly important to Willie as he was keen to show me his Fathers cap hanging on a nail in the corner. He looked up and as the conversation moved on, his eye sat on the cap for and extra few second. It was as if he was remembering a past memory, presumably with his father. 

Willie clearly has a zest for life and the people in his life. He fumbles with his phone and shows me a picture of his only granddaughter riding her bike. Then its a picture of the sun coming through the local church steeple and finally a picture of a dog wearing his tie after his wife told him she hated the tie. 30 years ago he was one of the founding members of the Lions club in Portarlington and he is so proud of how the club helps those in need. 

Sadly time passed quickly, and as his friend Noel and local TD Fiona O'Loughlan popped by, Willie decided it was time to pull the shutter and for us all to head off for coffee. I needed to get home to the kids but promised I would pop back some day and have that coffee. A promise I intend to keep!

Today I learnt a little more about the importance of photography and of portraiture. It is such a powerful medium but the most powerful piece for me is that it gifts me the opportunity to meet wonderful people. It is food for the soul. Sometimes you meet people that add a little bit to your life. I don't know how or what but as I left Willie I couldn't get him out of my mind and I couldn't get the smile of my face.

The Furniture ManThe Furniture ManWillie Murphy is known as the Furniture Man. Patrick Street, Portarlinton, Co. Laois, 0578623571, 0872984949

(photo: Phill Doyle)

The Furniture ManThe Furniture ManWillie Murphy is known as the Furniture Man. Patrick Street, Portarlinton, Co. Laois, 0578623571, 0872984949

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The Furniture ManThe Furniture ManWillie Murphy is known as the Furniture Man. Patrick Street, Portarlinton, Co. Laois, 0578623571, 0872984949

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The Furniture ManThe Furniture ManWillie Murphy is known as the Furniture Man. Patrick Street, Portarlinton, Co. Laois, 0578623571, 0872984949

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The Furniture ManThe Furniture ManWillie Murphy is known as the Furniture Man. Patrick Street, Portarlinton, Co. Laois, 0578623571, 0872984949

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The Furniture ManThe Furniture ManWillie Murphy is known as the Furniture Man. Patrick Street, Portarlinton, Co. Laois, 0578623571, 0872984949

(photo: Phill Doyle)

 

The Furniture ManThe Furniture ManWillie Murphy is known as the Furniture Man. Patrick Street, Portarlinton, Co. Laois, 0578623571, 0872984949

(photo: Phill Doyle)

 

The Furniture ManThe Furniture ManWillie Murphy is known as the Furniture Man. Patrick Street, Portarlinton, Co. Laois, 0578623571, 0872984949

(photo: Phill Doyle)

 

The Furniture ManThe Furniture ManWillie Murphy is known as the Furniture Man. Patrick Street, Portarlinton, Co. Laois, 0578623571, 0872984949

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The Pigeon Man https://www.philldoylephotography.com/blog/2017/10/the-pigeon-man In 1992 Kevin got lost again and stumbled upon the Pigeon Lady under the Gapstow bridge in Central Park New York. Home Alone again he was terrified of her. The woman most people just past day in and day out turned out to be a very warm, lovely person. 

A few weeks ago one Friday afternoon in St. Stephens park, I met Dublin's very own Pigeon Man. As I walked around the pond I saw Daniel sitting on a bench covered and surrounded by pigeons. Speaking with him, he was so warm and friendly. He pops by at lunch time to feed his 'friends'. When they are injured he actually brings them home to allow them to mend before releasing the back into the wild of the park. 

He explained to me that he really enjoys when people come up to him. I like to give them a break from their hectic day and I have to say I felt refreshed after speaking with him for a few minutes. Thats all he could spare me because we was heading home to get some sleep before he headed out that evening to help feed the Dublin homeless people.

As Dublin continues to grow, it can seem so impersonal. Its nice to meet one person trying to make a difference and so content in doing so.

I hope you enjoy the images and they give you a couple minutes of respite from whatever your hectic day bring you!

Phill

 

Daniel feeds pigeons in St. Stephens Green, Dublin every weekend (photo: Philip Doyle) Daniel feeds pigeons in St. Stephens Green, Dublin every weekend (photo: Philip Doyle) Daniel feeds pigeons in St. Stephens Green, Dublin every weekend (photo: Philip Doyle) Daniel feeds pigeons in St. Stephens Green, Dublin every weekend (photo: Philip Doyle)

Daniel feeds pigeons in St. Stephens Green, Dublin every weekend (photo: Philip Doyle)

Daniel feeds pigeons in St. Stephens Green, Dublin every weekend (photo: Philip Doyle) Daniel feeds pigeons in St. Stephens Green, Dublin every weekend (photo: Philip Doyle) Daniel feeds pigeons in St. Stephens Green, Dublin every weekend (photo: Philip Doyle) Daniel feeds pigeons in St. Stephens Green, Dublin every weekend (photo: Philip Doyle) Daniel feeds pigeons in St. Stephens Green, Dublin every weekend (photo: Philip Doyle) Daniel feeds pigeons in St. Stephens Green, Dublin every weekend (photo: Philip Doyle) Daniel feeds pigeons in St. Stephens Green, Dublin every weekend (photo: Philip Doyle) Daniel feeds pigeons in St. Stephens Green, Dublin every weekend (photo: Philip Doyle) Daniel feeds pigeons in St. Stephens Green, Dublin every weekend (photo: Philip Doyle) Daniel feeds pigeons in St. Stephens Green, Dublin every weekend (photo: Philip Doyle) Daniel feeds pigeons in St. Stephens Green, Dublin every weekend (photo: Philip Doyle) Daniel feeds pigeons in St. Stephens Green, Dublin every weekend (photo: Philip Doyle) Daniel feeds pigeons in St. Stephens Green, Dublin every weekend (photo: Philip Doyle)

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Pumpkin Patch https://www.philldoylephotography.com/blog/2017/10/pumpkin-patch Happy Halloween! 

We had a fantastic time today at Scalp Wood Nurseries at their Pumpkin Patch. It seems that its only when we get a day out like this and I take some pictures that I realise how big the girls are getting. Starting to walk or just becoming that little bit more independent, what ever it is its magic. Some people give out that these seasonal occasions are getting more and more commercial... I say if it creates magic moments for families keep em coming. 

 

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A job or a vocation? https://www.philldoylephotography.com/blog/2017/10/A-job-or-a-vocation It's strikes me as I travel the country documenting farming for the Irish Farmers Journal just how difficult it can be. As a Dublin guy, I'm reminded most days by farmers that 'sure you wouldn't know anything about that'. And it's true, I'm not from farming stock but I do have an interest and a strong empathy for people. I love listening to their stories. As I meet older farmers it always strikes me how spirited they are and how different their lives are to those in the cities.

Topical at the moment is the idea that Farmers don't retire. Well some do but usually from illness or lack of capacity. Most don't consider it a 'job' in the metropolitan sense of the word. They don't look forward to turning 65. The land is almost like their vocation. Each season brings new challenges. Weather can change everything, decease can take hold and animals die but farmers keep going. 

This year after a fantastic summer, August came with rain and lots of it. Crops couldn't be harvested, hay was abandoned in the fields to spoil and the land turned to mush. A couple of weeks ago I met Jim Brady at the side of a small country road in Mountain Lodge, Co. Cavan. He brought me back to his farm to show me around.

Jim Brady from Rathrussan, Mountain Lodge in Co.Cavan has had to house his herd of 40 sucklers since the beginning of September due to the toll bad weather has taken on his land. Entering his 82 year, Jim spent 50 years in dairy on this land and also spent 25 years with pigs. He says the land is really good normally but had become sticky with the downpours over the last month. Having used some of his winter supplies early he is concerned that he will not have enough hay and silage. At the moment he is also going through about a tone of meal a week from McCabes, Canningstown.
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Jim  entering his 82nd year and has seen so much. His farm was once a dairy farm. 50 years he spent producing milk. He also spent 25 years rearing pigs. He now buys in calves and rears them to beef, typically sending them to the factory for slaughter around 22 to 24 months. He now has 40 suckler cows and 3 bulls.

Jim Brady from Rathrussan, Mountain Lodge in Co.Cavan has had to house his herd of 40 sucklers since the beginning of September due to the toll bad weather has taken on his land. Entering his 82 year, Jim spent 50 years in dairy on this land and also spent 25 years with pigs. He says the land is really good normally but had become sticky with the downpours over the last month. Having used some of his winter supplies early he is concerned that he will not have enough hay and silage. At the moment he is also going through about a tone of meal a week from McCabes, Canningstown.
(Jim Brady:0429660425) (photo: Philip Doyle)
Jim explains it can be difficult to sustainably make money from beef cows. It's important to keep costs down. To my friends in towns and cities, they might be forgiven for thinking that you just send a cow out to a field to eat grass. In fact you do, but in winter they are often housed in sheds and need to be fed. Jim explains that because of the rain this year he has had to bring the cows in earlier, since the beginning of September in fact. He considers his land good, but because of all the rain the land turned soft and the cattle have trampled huge areas of grass into the mud leaving a shortage of grass to feed off.

Jim Brady from Rathrussan, Mountain Lodge in Co.Cavan has had to house his herd of 40 sucklers since the beginning of September due to the toll bad weather has taken on his land. Entering his 82 year, Jim spent 50 years in dairy on this land and also spent 25 years with pigs. He says the land is really good normally but had become sticky with the downpours over the last month. Having used some of his winter supplies early he is concerned that he will not have enough hay and silage. At the moment he is also going through about a tone of meal a week from McCabes, Canningstown.
(Jim Brady:0429660425) (photo: Philip Doyle)
He now has to feed them in the sheds where they are now lodged Morning, noon and night and it is costing a fortune not to mention the amount of work for an 82 year old man. He worries that the silage he collected during the summer will not be enough and he will have to buy much more in the spring. He buys meal for the cows now and is using about a tonne every single week... a TONNE! 

Jim Brady from Rathrussan, Mountain Lodge in Co.Cavan has had to house his herd of 40 sucklers since the beginning of September due to the toll bad weather has taken on his land. Entering his 82 year, Jim spent 50 years in dairy on this land and also spent 25 years with pigs. He says the land is really good normally but had become sticky with the downpours over the last month. Having used some of his winter supplies early he is concerned that he will not have enough hay and silage. At the moment he is also going through about a tone of meal a week from McCabes, Canningstown.
(Jim Brady:0429660425) (photo: Philip Doyle)

As I chat and take pictures with Jim, I'm estounded by how open and honest he is with me. His personality is so warm and his smile infectious. I'm left wondering how he keeps going in farming in his twilight years and it strikes me, farming isn't his job... Farming is Jim. 

Jim Brady from Rathrussan, Mountain Lodge in Co.Cavan has had to house his herd of 40 sucklers since the beginning of September due to the toll bad weather has taken on his land. Entering his 82 year, Jim spent 50 years in dairy on this land and also spent 25 years with pigs. He says the land is really good normally but had become sticky with the downpours over the last month. Having used some of his winter supplies early he is concerned that he will not have enough hay and silage. At the moment he is also going through about a tone of meal a week from McCabes, Canningstown.
(Jim Brady:0429660425) (photo: Philip Doyle)
Jim Brady from Rathrussan, Mountain Lodge in Co.Cavan has had to house his herd of 40 sucklers since the beginning of September due to the toll bad weather has taken on his land. Entering his 82 year, Jim spent 50 years in dairy on this land and also spent 25 years with pigs. He says the land is really good normally but had become sticky with the downpours over the last month. Having used some of his winter supplies early he is concerned that he will not have enough hay and silage. At the moment he is also going through about a tone of meal a week from McCabes, Canningstown.
(Jim Brady:0429660425) (photo: Philip Doyle)
Jim Brady from Rathrussan, Mountain Lodge in Co.Cavan has had to house his herd of 40 sucklers since the beginning of September due to the toll bad weather has taken on his land. Entering his 82 year, Jim spent 50 years in dairy on this land and also spent 25 years with pigs. He says the land is really good normally but had become sticky with the downpours over the last month. Having used some of his winter supplies early he is concerned that he will not have enough hay and silage. At the moment he is also going through about a tone of meal a week from McCabes, Canningstown.
(Jim Brady:0429660425) (photo: Philip Doyle)
Jim Brady from Rathrussan, Mountain Lodge in Co.Cavan has had to house his herd of 40 sucklers since the beginning of September due to the toll bad weather has taken on his land. Entering his 82 year, Jim spent 50 years in dairy on this land and also spent 25 years with pigs. He says the land is really good normally but had become sticky with the downpours over the last month. Having used some of his winter supplies early he is concerned that he will not have enough hay and silage. At the moment he is also going through about a tone of meal a week from McCabes, Canningstown.
(Jim Brady:0429660425) (photo: Philip Doyle)
Jim Brady from Rathrussan, Mountain Lodge in Co.Cavan has had to house his herd of 40 sucklers since the beginning of September due to the toll bad weather has taken on his land. Entering his 82 year, Jim spent 50 years in dairy on this land and also spent 25 years with pigs. He says the land is really good normally but had become sticky with the downpours over the last month. Having used some of his winter supplies early he is concerned that he will not have enough hay and silage. At the moment he is also going through about a tone of meal a week from McCabes, Canningstown.
(Jim Brady:0429660425) (photo: Philip Doyle)

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My First Pomegranate https://www.philldoylephotography.com/blog/2017/5/my-first-pomegranate Is it just me or is life crazier than it was before? Time just flies by, day by day and week by week. I recently said to my wife that I had noticed that when I had a moment down time, I found my self taking out my phone and just staring into the abyss. How many of you have found your self doing this lately? 

Its funny how if we put away the technology (except the camera of course!!), turn off the tv and do something, anything... how we appreciate things better, slow down time and create memories.

Thats what happened to me this morning. What started out just cracking open a pomegranate with my girls for the first time quickly turned into a series of great moments. Dubheasa telling me it looked like an Alien, Eloise just grateful she was finished her porridge and a lot of tiny personality!

Might be a cool series of framed prints for my Kitchen!

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Are you the Photographer? https://www.philldoylephotography.com/blog/2017/4/are-you-the-Photographer It was wet, I mean Noah and the Ark wet! I had never had the opportunity to enter the Aviva Stadium on a Photographers Pass so I was a little excited.

I was heading to the Aer Lingus Classic American football game. As I pulled into BallsBridge to try and find parking it was not looking good. 

'Mental note... leave earlier next time Phill'. 

Finally I found a spot. The rain was bucketing down at this point. It was ok though because like the good Scout I am, I had come prepared with rain legs and jacket... in the boot! 

'Mental note... don't leave rain gear in the boot, you need to go out into the rain to get them Phill'

I hopped out of the car and ran to the boot to get my gear. It was wet and very slippy. As I came around the rear of the car I slipped and landed on my backside in a puddle. 

'Mental note... don't run in the rain Phill'

'Oh, and next time bring spare pants!'

As I stood up I realised it was not only raining outside but there was now rain water running down the inside of my leg. I was ready to go home. At least no body saw me (well other than than the hundreds of supporters making there way to the game). 

Slowly I worked my wet legs into the rain gear, slung my camera gear over my shoulder and headed off to the Aviva collecting my Photographers pass along the way...


 

 

 

Once I had made my way into the press entrance and along a dark concrete tunnel I realised I hadn't a clue where I should be going. It didn't matter though, It was exciting.

Inside I stumbled upon a larger curved tunnel. I had seen this before... this was where the team busses drove under the Aviva. Making my way along the tunnel I picked up a sidekick. Sean was working the game for a sports photography agency and it was his first outing on his own. He was just as wet as me except he had the added worry of carrying a very large and VERY expensive lens that he had borrowed. He was looking for a black sack to cover his lens from the elements #GOODIDEA #WHYDIDNTITHINKOFTHAT

'Mental note... next time bring rain gear for your very expensive equiptment'

We finally made it to a set of large glass doors. It was the players entrance. Beyond it, the tunnel leading out to the pitch. I can't think why but it was exciting. Myself and Sean made our way up to the door which was housing 4 security guards dressed in black suits. One of them took one look at our Aviva Press pass and told us "no media beyond this point, players only'. I felt like I had ordered Ice-cream and dropped it on the floor! 

Then it dawned on me, I still had my pass from the pep-rally party in the Guinness Store House from two days previous. I had been asked to photograph the event for the organisers. 

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Before I even knew what I was doing, I told the security guard I was the Official Photographer and Sean was my beautiful assistant. Sean looked at me as we passed through the doors. It was clear he was holding his breath but couldn't keep the smile from his face. 'I can't believe we are in here... thats the dressing rooms... eh whats your name by the way!' 

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Maybe it was because I was drenched and cold and the game hadn't even started but I was obviously subconsciously in survival mode and looking at the first rule of survival... SHELTER. I chatted with the other guards ensuring that when the rain got too heavy by the pitch I had somewhere to retreat too. 

As I settled in my Phone rang. it was one of the organisers asking if I had made it to the game. When I said I had he told me he needed a Photographer and came to meet with me. It was clear we were in a rush. 'Phill do you know the way to the Presidential suite?' eh No! Next miniute we were running up flights of stairs taking the steps two at a time. It was like something out of a Dan Brown novel. I was carrying about 10 kilos, drenched to the bone and I still hadn't a clue what was going on. There seemed to be parties happening on every level. When we finally reached the Presidential suite, Joe informed me that the Taoiseach wanted photos. As this was happening a tall man in a dark suit walked up to me. Without introducing himself, and in a strong American accent he asked;

"Are you the photographer?" 

Now, I probably should have mentioned that at this point I was carrying 2 large cameras completed with lenses and flashes, a camera bag on my back with a 3 foot tripod not to mention I now had TWO Photographer credentials slung around my neck!

"Na just a hobbiest' I replied smiling. 

Clearly missing the joke, he stared through my skull for what appeared to me an eternity before repeating,

Are you the photographer?" 

"Yes, I am the photographer"

"The ambassador Mr. O'Malley would like a picture on the playing field with the Marines, can this happen" 

"Yes of course" I replied

'Mental note... The next time your are asked to take pictures of Mr. O'Malley, find out who he is or what he looks like!'

The next thing I knew the Taoiseach was breezing past me surrounded by security and joined by the heads of both colleges. The chase was on and I was on the back foot!

 

 

I learned very quickly that in a situation like this its 'go big or go home'... this was not a place for a shrinking violet. As we reached the pitch It was a free for all as the other photographers jostled for position to get their shot. I had always wanted to play Rugby on the hallowed Landsdowne Road and it seemed today was to be my first scrum.

My focus for the rest of the day was not on the actual game but what was going on around the edges.  

 

                                                    

 

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My First Haircut https://www.philldoylephotography.com/blog/2016/10/my-first-haircut Life is full of moments that we look forward to, enjoy and then forget about as quickly as they happen. That is why I love taking pictures. its a way of freezing time. Since I had my first daughter, there are days I don't remember what she looked like as a baby, especially now that we have a new baby. Does that happen to anyone else?

I love to look back on photos of events and remember what it was like to experience them. I also like to imagine, just like in the case of Dubheasas first haircut what she will think of the images when she is 21, or 40 or 60!!! Will she show her children? 

Now I better print these and put them in an album.

We really thought she would freak out at getting her haircut. She never lets her Mum put hairband or clips in her hair. Cupid Kids Hairdressers were so good and their studio is amazing. Dubheasa was instantly at ease and really enjoyed the experience. She even got to watch a Peppa Pig dvd while her hair was cut. On the way home she told us that we need to 'go Back" as she needed a haircut. Job well done i'd say!

Thanks Cupid Kids!

 

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Bubbles https://www.philldoylephotography.com/blog/2016/10/bubbles Remember when you were a kid and you would sit for what seemed like days in a field just playing with blades of grass and flowers? Kids have the right idea. They are amazed by everything they see and all they see is the good. We should all try and experience that every once in a while.

I hope you enjoy my little photo essay called Bubbles! If you do, don't forget to say hi and please share it with someone else and brighten up their day! 

 

 

 

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A walk in the park https://www.philldoylephotography.com/blog/2016/9/a-walk-in-the-park  Last Monday my Wife and I took our daughters to Marley Park to feed the ducks. It was the best day I have had in a long time and we were only there for an hour. Every day I am with my girls is a fantastic day but this day was extra special. It was the first day of the rest of my life...

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Monday was the first day that I could call myself a full time photographer or as my neighbour so kindly called me, a bum (there are always those that will want to rain on your parade). I had dreamt about this day since I was 18. Every time I have captured a bride walk down the aisle I have thought why am I not doing this every day of my life. The truth is that it is hard work. People see you smiling 'just taking a few pictures' and don't see all the late nights staring goggled eyed at a screen editing photos and answering emails. The difference is that you love it. You sit at your computer editing, creating and find your self like a drunk on the barstool 'just one more'. All of a sudden the birds are singing and you realise you did it again, you allowed your images wrap you up.
 
I have always been of the opinion that good photos are only taken when you become immersed in your subject. Some are of the opinion that good photos come from good equiptment. One of the most famous documentary photographers, Henri Cartier Bresson said "It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera... they are made with the eye, heart and head". To never let me forget that, I even put it on my business cards.
 

 
Ever since I handed my notice in to my job 2 months ago I have obviously been a bag or nerves. 'It will work', 'no it won't', It will work', 'no it won't', 'but what if it does'. Everything runs through your head. Monday the 26th of September 2016, the first day of the rest of my life I realised that what I was feeling and what I was creating, while personal to me could be shared with other people. It doesn't matter that it is, a walk in the park or baking a cake, or washing the car. Long after these memories fade I will have these pictures to remind me how I felt that day. The first day of the rest of my life.

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And there is me with the beautiful Eloise. (Excuse the dishevelled look, I was enjoying the first Monday in 15 years that I didn't have to wear a suit!!!) SV Thomastown Staff-September 26, 2016-2

If you would like me to photograph your walk in the park, your lazy day in, your kids first football final... get in touch.

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The Wedding Night https://www.philldoylephotography.com/blog/2016/9/the-wedding-night Last weekend my sister Caitriona married her fiancé Cathal. Now I know you are all thinking 'she didn't get her brother to shoot her wedding?' She is an accountant but she is not that bad. She did how ever ask 'are you going to bring your camera in the evening'. She might as well asked will I be using my legs! 

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I am always very slow to take a camera out at a wedding being photographed by someone else. You always get the smart alec who comments on how you think you better than the 'professional' or the 'take a day off'. I managed to catch a couple of shots though and I am glad I did. For me, when I take photographs I remember it forever and this was a day to remember. My family all dressed up, my God Daughter a bridesmaid, my 2 year old daughter a flower girl, and of course my only sister walking down the aisle.

It has always been just me and my sister. We absolutely killed each other growing up. Physically and mentally. You might be thinking... but she's a girl! well that beautiful girl in the white dress is a Black Belt in Karate and her Dad is her Sensei. I remember vividly while she was training for her blackbelt, I came into the kitchen from playing a rugby match. I couldn't have been much older that 16 and Caitriona 15. I heard my Dad shout 'get him, he's a big lad he can take it'. next minute she was coming at me. After all I was live bait. Needless to say i wasn't in the mood and one of us ended up on our back on the kitchen table. We had some laughs and to this day I know if ever I needed anything, Caitriona would move heaven and earth to help.

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From all my previous weddings, Caitriona knew the value of shooting the wedding night. Catching your friends and family having the Craic and being able to look back on it with your kids is something you can't really put a value on. After all, she had spent enough money making sure people had a good time, It would be nice to remember it.  Caitriona & Cathal Wedding Party 10-09-2016-41Caitriona & Cathal Wedding Party 10-09-2016-41

 

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A lot of people don't see the value in taking pictures of the speeches. The speeches that day were fantastic. They were funny, often hilarious and quite emotional. 

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The awkward moment your friend tells you that you split your trousers and you new wife has no sympathy!

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Whats a Wedding without a Girl vrs Boy dance off? Cathal was taking full charge of this one. It was actually during a one on one dance off that Cathal and Caitriona first battled (met) while on a Stag and a separate Hens in Kilkenny.

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Interestingly earlier this year Cathal almost died. He loves telling the story. Turns out he actually started choking and it was his friend who had to give him the Heimlich Maneuver. They very kindly re-played it for the camera with pretty funny results!

 

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The Birth Taboo https://www.philldoylephotography.com/blog/2016/8/the-birth-taboo

A lot of my friends joked when my wife was having our babies... 'Are you going to take your camera'? The answer was obviously YES!  
We all take pictures at birthday party's, mundane walks in the park, nights out with friends and yet it seems a little taboo to take pictures during one of the most amazing days in your life, the birth of your child. Just think, what an amazing story. This person who you have never actually seen and yet have dreamt about is going to be introduced to you. But before that the woman you love is going to go through 'Labour' (I think that deserves a capital 'L') to make this happen! To others they may be just photos but to us it's our story and ones that our kids will love to hear and see.
For us, our first birth was so much different than our second. On the first you just don't know what is going to happen or when. On our second we were much more relaxed. Melissa even had time to slag me off that I hadn't taken many maternity pictures of her and what sort of Photographer was I. Que impromtue maternity shoot in the corridors of Holles Street.
I wasn't using a lot of camera equiptment and lighting, just my Canon 5D, a 50mm f1.8 lens and the beautiful soft natural light flooding in from Holles Streets massive old windows. Probably the same same light that wrapped around me the day I was born there 34 years ago. Despite this we drew very little attention. That was until I began taking this controversial shot...
Yep, the head nurse was very protective of her little cups and asked in a stern voice "what are you taking pictures of? Thinking it wasn't too obvious I told her... 'The cups'! She didn't look confused or too amused and rather just informed me she had to protect her nurses because you never know what people do with pictures these days.
 
Having waited to be induced for 7 hours, and looking at the rack of tea cups like it was a mirage, we were told that they were too busy and would have to come back the following day. 
Some people might have been upset but we were hungry! So off we went to Powerscourt for lunch. Well what is the sense in wasting a perfectly good day. It was while having lunch and discussing the lack of a name for the iminant arrival that a we met Eloise, a Brazilian waitress in the hotel. She asked how our day was and well, of course we told her. She in turn told us that she was actually named something else by her mother and it was in fact when her father went to register the birth 3 months later, he on a whim renamed his daughter Eloise (without mammies knowledge or consent!). Later, on the way home we decided if it was good enough for a rogue father in Brazil, it was good enough for us and we fell in love with the name Eloise. 
In the mean time Melissa began to have pretty serious contractions which we both took very seriously, well after a quick selfie of course!
Now I know what you are thinking... Some husband, you should be helping your wife. I assure you I was very supportive. 
 
While it might look like we were having a great time, this was the start of what was to be a very long forty hours. By midnight that night we were wearing out the tiles on the labour ward. Little Eloise was not quite ready to come yet.
While at the start it was very worrying, it was also very exciting but it was a very long process. Melissa was wonderful but I could see her get more and more tired as each hour passed. I couldn't believe how she was doing it. All that pain, the exhaustion, not having the appetite to eat and wanting to sleep but just not able too. 
These images remind me of how amazing my wife is. They remind me never to give up no matter how hard things get. I hope some day they remind my daughters of how much their mother loves them. They remind me to keep taking pictures through the bad times and the good.
 
The next afternoon it all kicked off again. With the support of an amazing midwife, Melissa gave birth to our beautiful baby daughter Eloise Genevieve Doyle. Needless to say I was a little preoccupied to take photos but I am sorry I never got a picture with the midwife. She was such a huge part of Eloise's story.
It is actually after the birth of our first daughter, Dubheasa that I captured probably what will be my favourite image of my entire life.
Now that was a tough few days! I love this image because I believe it captures the pure euphoria that Melissa felt meeting her daughter for the first time. That look captured on Melissa's face tells a thousand word story. After a two day labour, clearly still in some pain and needing gas and air, she held our daughter like she had held her for 31 years and had a smile on her face that said she would hold her close for every year more. 
 
I am thankful for all the amazing moments in my life but I am more thankful that I have captured a few of them so my family and I can cherish them for many lifetimes. 
Make sure you take many photos of those special moments. You will know you have a photograph of something special when you look at the image and it awakens all five of your senses. When it makes you smile or frown, laugh or cry. You know you have something special when... You just know!
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