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A Snapshot Of Me

Welcome to my blog! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Jenny McCarthy. I’m a mother, photographer and wedding expert. I’ve been dying to start this blog for some time now so I can share advice, tips and tricks, funny stories and just a few personal insights with you all!

I’ll start by telling you a bit about myself. Family has been and always will be the most important thing in my life. I would do absolutely anything for them! I value time with my family more than anything else.  Being able to work with families on a daily basis is a dream come true. To be able to give parents priceless portraits of the most important things in their life is the most rewarding feeling.

When I have parents in for a newborn shoot, they often comment on how maternal I am and how they wish I could babysit for them! But me being so maternal really makes the newborn shoots happen so naturally and I really wouldn’t have it any other way. Being able to get those shots of a newborn baby in the positions they were in inside their Mummy’s tummy is just so special. I often think to myself while doing a newborn shoot how much I adore my job, it hardly feels like work at all!

Most people are shocked when I tell them I didn’t actually start photography until I was 32. A friend of mine had a camera that I was constantly borrowing, I just loved capturing special moments. I had jobs before this that I really enjoyed, but nothing could compare to the love I have for what I do now. Martin actually bought me my first camera the following Christmas. It was a film camera and I was just over the moon. I haven’t looked back since then! When it comes to my own photography style, I’m natural all the way. I don’t use props or take heavily posed photographs. I love capturing the moment as it really is. When I have families in my studio for a shoot, we spend half the time playing games and laughing, anything to get those genuine smiles! I've come a long way since getting my first camera and it's a dream to be photographing weddings and newborns every single week. So many of my couples come to me in the years following their wedding with their newborns. It is just incredible to see families grow and I feel so blessed to be able to document the most special moments for that family.

When it comes to weddings, I really have seen it all! I’ve photographed so many amazing weddings over the years that I can’t help but to call myself an expert!  I’ve been all over Ireland and have seen everything that can go wrong but along the way I’ve learned so many useful tips and tricks to help the   day run as smoothly as possible.  I share a tip every Wednesday about anything that can happen on the big day; from timing to first dances to hair and makeup. All so I can help couples eliminate any unnecessary stress on the big day! I’ve photographed several celebrity weddings this year that I will talk about in more detail in a future blog post!

The Future
I have a lot planned for the future! I’m currently in the middle of organising another wedding masterclass and I’m hoping to collaborate with some wonderful people this year and hopefully even release a product of my own! And of course I will still be doing wedding, newborn and family shoots. Lots to look forward to! I will be doing a blog post every week, covering every topic under the sun, from weddings to skincare to tips for new parents. I really hope you enjoyed my first blog post, thank you for reading!

Love, Jenny x


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