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Kind Words

We love getting messages from our couples, and it makes us so happy to know how much they enjoyed their day and cherish their photos

  • Words cannot describe how wonderful and talented Ashling is. Her ability to capture the magic of the day was depicted in every single picture. She made us feel comfortable and at ease, while capturing the true beauty of every moment. Not only was she an amazing photographer, but she went above and beyond her duties, which made her feel like a close friend!
    DENISE AND CHRIS
  • Isaac and I were lucky enough to have been recommended to use Butterfly Photography to capture our wedding day, they are a beautiful talented couple who made us feel at ease while capturing our day in the creative natural way we wanted, we cannot recommend them enough, don’t look anywhere else xx
    MIRIAM AND ISAAC
  • Ash and Dan were absolutely brilliant to deal with from start to finish! We will treasure the stunning photos they took of our special day. Can’t stop looking at them! They were so generous with their time and patience, advice and special touches throughout our entire dealings with them.
    GILLIAN AND KEVIN
  • Really cannot thank you guys enough! From the extra friendly emails and tips from the beginning. Felt like we knew you!to getting to know our venue before the big day and then being so relaxed, fun and subtle on our wedding day!the couple photography was one of my favourite parts of the day so special and relaxed...with the love notes and music made it so real! Cannot thank you guys enough could not have asked for more!
    FIONA AND KEVIN
  • Ashling and Dan were great to work with and very understanding as we decided to elope at the last minute. Stepped in to help us when we needed it in getting ready and to catch my veil when the wind blew it off. The quality of pictures were fantastic. Would recommend Ashling to anyone and everyone!!
    JACLYN AND JUSTIN
  • Our day could not have been captured in a more beautiful way and anyone who sees my photos say they belong in a magazine, a photographer could not receive a better compliment! We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer.  The photos are truly beautiful and capture the beauty of our venue and the love that we have for one another.  I couldn’t have asked for better.
    KATHLEEN AND MICHAEL
  • Ashling is an extremely professional, dedicated & talented individual; going above & beyond to capture the best images she possibly could of our special day. From scoping out the venue (finding some amazing hidden gems!) to her patience & good humour to bring out the best in everyone.  We couldn’t recommend her highly enough!
    ANGIE AND GRANT
  • Ashling and her husband Dan were absolutely amazing. They completely understood the style of photography we wanted and fitted in with the laid back vibe of our wedding. They produced beautiful natural photographs of a very camera shy un-photogenic couple! They are so friendly and great at putting you at your ease. Ashling really seems to have a gift.
    ROSIE AND OLI
  • Our photos are completely stunning and our wedding looks like something from a magazine shoot! Ashling worked incredibly hard on the day itself and managed to capture so many precious moments that can now stay with us forever. She was incredibly professional on the day and during the lead up, answering emails incredibly swiftly and nothing was too much trouble.
    NATALIE AND JAMES
  • Ashling was unbelievable! She came to visit us before and after the wedding, gave us advice and made our 3 children so comfortable.  She captured our most memorable moments as a family without any fuss.  Ashling has a wonderful ability to put you at ease.  The moments she captured are so romantic.  When I look at these pictures now I am so thankful to her.
    CAROLINE AND PAUL
  • From day one they went above and beyond and were always available for any advice or query. We are so happy with the amazing photographs we received that managed to unobtrusively capture all the emotion and highlights of our special day. Ashling is such a talented photographer who manages to be everywhere yet not get in the way, could not recommend highly enough.
    AINE AND PHILIP
  • Ashling and Dan were so friendly and easy to work with. The images they produced were fantastic. They really made it easy on the day and really took ownership of the day to ensure they captured the day. Looking through the pictures they instantly transport us back to the feelings of the day.  They are great fun to just be around. Can’t commend them highly enough.
    VICKI AND ASHLEY
  • Ashling and Dan were great to work with. We flew over from the U.S. for our big day to be in my partner’s home village and Ashling and Dan made the whole process very easy for us. They really added to our day and captured the things that mattered to us.
    ROSEMARY AND ANDREW
  • After looking at what felt like all the photographers in Ireland I chose Butterfly Photography, and I’m so glad that I did. When I first met Ashling, she put me at ease & truly made the day relaxing, fun & memorable. When we got our photo package, it was totally worth the wait & the money, to be honest I can’t even remember how much it cost because it doesn’t matter anymore, I have beautiful memories captured in photos.
    KATE AND CONOR
  • We could not have been more delighted with Ashling’s work. Having her there with us throughout the day was like having a second bridesmaid. She was nicknamed the ‘kamikazi photographer’ by our guests because she was so discreet! Our couple photos are utterly stunning, we look like we could be models in a bridal magazine but it is Ashling’s ability to capture the spirit of the day which is truly outstanding. She goes the extra mile.
    JENNIFER AND SEBASTIAN
  • Thankyou so much for everything you did for our special day in August.  You are both so lovely, so talented and such a fabulous couple.  We were so delighted to have you both and everyone was raving about you guys. Lots of love, R&M x
    RACHAEL AND MICHAEL

How We Work...

We hope you enjoyed the video, but we’re sure you still have some questions about how we work.  Hopefully the information below will answer everything, but if you have any questions at all please drop us an email or pick up the phone.

WHERE ARE YOU BASED?

We are based in the Southeast of Ireland.  We shoot weddings all over Ireland, the UK, and pretty much anywhere we’re asked!

WHAT TYPE OF PHOTOGRAPHY DO YOU DO?

We love emotive photography that truly captures the feel of the day and the love between our couples. For the most part, we work in a very unobtrusive documentary style, capturing the day as it unfolds naturally. For the couple portraits, we draw on our knowledge of composition and light, and offer gentle guidance and direction to help make you and your photographs their most beautiful.  Our aim is to capture the spark between the two of you and we like to keep it natural, relaxed and uncontrived.

All we ask is that you trust us and just be…….Be in love……. Be in the moment…….Be sincere…….Be happy…….Be with each other…….

We will be looking at the light and what it is doing to your faces, and we’ll ensure that you are positioned at the right angle to each other so you both look AMAZING. We’ll prompt you to tickle, snuggle, whisper and cuddle, and every so often we will show you exactly what to do by doing it ourselves. You’ve already said you love our photographs, but each and every one has been carefully considered and composed, yet still looks beautiful and natural. Because it is. Because the love and sweetness between each couple is genuine; we just had a hand in the composition.

We promise that the sheer joy and elation you are feeling will ensure radiant, stunning photos; we’re just here to make sure they are the best photographs they can be.

If the couple portraits are of a priority to you both, we request at least 40 minutes with you excluding travel times.  This is to ensure that we are able to deliver a range of images similar to that on our website.  If the couple portraits aren’t a priority and you really want to enjoy the party with your guests that’s totally fine; it’s your day so just let us know what your priorities are in terms of photographic coverage.

DO YOU TAKE FAMILY GROUP SHOTS?

Photography styles have changed so much over the past few years, but one thing that every couple will always want is group shots, and for good reason. Weddings are one of the only occasions where you have a chance to celebrate surrounded by all of your loved ones, and you’ll want to remember that! Timing is vital. The less time you need for group shots, the longer you can spend having fun! We encourage our couples to keep group photos to a minimum, as they always take far longer than you might think. It normally takes about half an hour to do ten photographs of small groups. This might seem like a hugely long time, but by the time it takes for people to totter over in heels, granny/granddad to make their way over and the inevitable chatting and congratulations between the people in each group, these photographs always take much longer than you think. Normally we advise keeping them to the immediate family such as:

Newlyweds with Parents
Newlyweds with Parents and siblings
Newlyweds with Grandparent
Newlyweds with bridal party

If mingling with your guests during the drinks reception is something you’re really looking forward to, you don’t really want to be stood getting photo after photo taken for an hour

DO YOU CAPTURE BOTH OF US GETTING READY?

If the two of you are getting ready in the same location, we can totally capture both of your morning preparations.  If you’re getting ready in different places the logistics can get quite complicated, and we end up driving around when we should be capturing all those moments.  So in these situations we ask you to choose who we should spend the morning with.

DOES DAN ALSO SHOOT WEDDINGS?

Yes. However Dan is primarily Ashling’s support on the day; making sure things run on time, holding bags and bouquets and arranging lighting if needed. You’ll see Dan changing lenses and being laden down with coats and bags, ensuring Ashling is free to move swiftly and with ease. He manages the technical side of things in the office, and the banter between Ashling and Dan has proven to be the key ingredient to relaxing couples during their portrait session. As well as all this stellar support, Dan will photograph the morning preparations of the groom (provided they are in the same location as the bridal prep), shoot the ceremony from another perspective to Ashling (providing we are allowed by the venue), provide a different aesthetic during the couple shoot, run laps with Ashling capturing candids during the drinks reception, shoot the head table during speeches while Ashling captures the guests reactions and, finally, provide a different angle for the dancing shots.

DO YOU WORK FROM A SHOT LIST?

No. We capture the moments as they happen. However, do please make us aware of any special and important details you’ve included in the wedding.

We send a questionnaire to you before the big day, and this outlines various details such as timings of ceremony and the reception etc.  It also includes a space for you to list any special details (heirloom brooches / custom cufflinks etc) included in the day that you want to be photographed.  This is so we provide you with the best possible service and are aware of all the important details, so we can keep an eye out for them!

WHAT IF IT’S RAINING?

This is Ireland – there’s a good chance there will be rain on your wedding day!! However, Ireland’s stunning landscape truly come alive when it is raining. The greens are greener, the skies are gloriously moody – and it’s all crying out for you to come be photographed within its beauty! Bring some comfy footwear and a warm blanket to snuggle into. We love nothing more than hiking across the Wicklow mountains, traipsing through daisy filled Galway fields and being blown away by the insanely gorgeous West Coast cliffs, and our couples are always glad they went the extra mile to get “that” shot.

However, if it really is utterly torrential, we will of course not be asking you to go out in it. We’ll head indoors, slow things down and do some more controlled shots inside. Be prepared to run outside for a few minutes if there’s a break in the weather though!

WILL OUR WEDDING BE FEATURED ON YOUR BLOG OR OTHER SOCIAL MEDIAS?

Yes.  We feature weddings on our blog so that future couples can get a good idea about we go about capturing the day. In turn your wedding may be seen by a wedding blog such as Rock my Wedding or One Fab Day who may request to share it on their site. You put so much effort and thought into your day, isn’t it lovely to know that your creativity and love is helping and inspiring other couples planning their wedding? Of course if you really don’t want to share your wedding at all, you must let us know from the start.

SHOULD WE GET A VIDEOGRAPHER?

Photos, as gorgeous as they may be, are stills; a video will bring your wedding and loved ones to life for your children and grandchildren in a completely different way to the photographs. However, it is so important for your enjoyment for the day that you choose someone who will not be intrusive. Someone who documents the beauty and happiness of the day in a documentary and creative fashion without you feeling like you’re on a film set. So please do not choose lightly. We can wholeheartedly recommend the following videographers, who each have their own style, but are all equally unintrusive and fabulous to work with.

Emma from www.edithouse.ie
Tom from www.vowart.eu
Andrew of www.eyecaptureweddings.com
Nadine and Cillian of www.forgetmenotweddings.ie

 

Delivery...

We often get asked about how and when images are delivered, and how copyright works.

HOW MANY PHOTOS WILL WE RECEIVE?

The number of photographs you will receive will depend on many things, including the number of guests, type of event, hours of coverage.

Usually you can expect 350+ images.  Each image is individually edited and colour tweaked with our unique Lightroom formula, to ensure they look amazing and are consistent.  Your photographs will be unwatermarked and of a high resolution, ready for printing.

CAN WE GET MORE PHOTOS ON TOP OF YOUR SELECTION?

Using a set of criteria, we determine if a photo is worthy of the collection, and if it is, it will be included in the selection of photographs you receive.  Any photos that do not make the final selection will not be shown or made available.

WHEN DO WE GET OUR IMAGES?

You will get a link to your online slideshow eight weeks after your wedding, and your usb with the digital files will be in the post. When you receive your usb we strongly advise that you make a back up of your images. Due to storage space we hold images for a limited time.

Wedding albums are created during the winter months.

HOW DOES THE COPYRIGHT WORK?

You will be provided with both low and high-resolution digital files on a USB Flash drive.  You can make unlimited personal copies, prints, and albums for your friends and families.  However, Butterfly Photography retains the copyright to the images and the right to use them for promotional purposes, competitions, online website, and professional review.

CAN WE HAVE THE RAW FILES?

With digital cameras becoming more popular, more and more people are talking about RAW files and there’s often a mistaken belief that this simply means a better quality file.  The RAW files are in fact just that; RAW data and as such we don’t release them to clients.  The finished JPEG files we deliver will be perfect for printing, albums and sharing online.

 

Booking and Payment

So, if you feel that we’re a good fit, here’s how to secure your date….

HOW DO WE SECURE YOUR SERVICES FOR OUR DATE?

Booking is really simple. All you need to do is give us a quick email to say you’d like to book. A €500 non-refundable booking deposit, along with a signed copy of our terms and conditions secures your date in our diary.

WHEN DO WE PAY YOU THE BALANCE?

The final amount is due thirty days before the wedding.

WHAT PAYMENT METHODS DO YOU ACCEPT?

Our preferred method of payment is a bank transfer.  If you’re abroad and a bank transfer is difficult, you can use online services such as transferwise which handle the exchange rates for you; you just tell them the total required in euro.
We’re afraid we don’t take paypal or card payments.

DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS OR SPECIAL OFFERS?

As we only book a small number of weddings in the year, dates are exclusive and highly sought after, and thus we cannot offer discounts.

ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL TRAVEL CHARGES?

Travel throughout Ireland is included within our prices.  If your wedding is in the UK or further afield get in touch and we can talk about the additional travel and accommodation costs that would be involved.

IS THERE A CONTRACT?

Yes, the terms of our insurance require us to have a contract with each and every client.  In conjunction with the deposit, the date is not considered booked until we receive a signed contract.

WE LOVE ALL THIS. CAN YOU HOLD OUR DATE?

Sorry no. We no longer hold dates. It isn’t fair and only leads to heartache. The date is considered booked and yours once we receive the booking fee and a signed contract.

DO YOU REQUIRE DINNER?

If coverage continues until the first dance, we would really appreciate some nibbles.  When you are eating, we will not be taking photographs, so a quick bite would keep our energy levels up for all the evening dancing.  It doesn’t have to be what you’re eating – a simple soup and sandwich would be great.  Most venues will expect this and are very accommodating.

CAN YOU TELL US A BIT MORE ABOUT THE EXTENDED COVERAGE OPTIONS?

Our standard coverage ends with the call to dinner, and most of our couples are perfectly happy with this as their videography package will usually cover the speeches and dancing. If we stay through the speeches and first dance we’ll be looking at maybe an additional 4 to 6hrs on the day as it’s rare to be having your first dance before 10pm. However as you’ll be eating for some of this time and then the band need to set up it doesn’t actually translate into a lot of extra photographs. So we have to charge you quite a bit of extra money – Weddings are fun days we love them! They are however long and exhausting days. If we’ve been on our feet running around for 12 hours, we don’t want to fall asleep driving home to Wexford. Safety is key. Thus, as well as the extra time, we need to factor in the extra cost for a hotel for the night!

DO YOU HAVE BACK UP EQUIPMENT?

We use professional grade Canon equipment, but just in case anything was to go wrong we bring back up camera bodies, lenses and flashes to every wedding.

DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?

Yes, we are fully insured with equipment, public liability and professional indemnity coverage.