Callan Friary Green, By Kilkenny Photographer – Nigel Borrington
Grennan mill craft school
On returning after my summer break (September 2011), I have made a decision to do a full review of my current portfolio along with the direction my photography is moving in over the next months. Even in good times I think this is a good thing to do once a year.
Grennan mill craft school
I have kept all my portfolio work over the last years and started to do a review at the weekend. One area of my portfolio I have not posted to date is my Art and Craft work. For starters it’s not exclusively photography and as such I have not wanted to muddy the waters.
However I feel that this work is as much a part of my portfolio history as anything, so I am going to show you some of the work that I submitted in order to pass the Level five course that I attended at the Grennan mill – craft and art school, Thomastown, county Kilkenny.
I attended the course full time between 2005 and 2008 and I enjoyed every minute, its without doubt one of the best things I have ever done and I would recommend this course to anyone.
The course involved the following subjects below and the pictures are from my portfolio in these areas.
Batik, Ceramics, Design, Drawing, Painting, Metal craft, Printing, Photography Textile weaving.
Kilkenny art work and design
So there you are that’s my craft and art work, does it relate to the photography I am currently doing? You bet it does!
This course helped me with the design and vision that I hope I can put into my current work and who knows maybe one day I will come back to a more direct application for it, maybe I already have.
5th April, Cillin Hill, Kilkenny.
Nigel was booked for a full days work by Teagasc, to cover the 2011 National beef conference.
It was a pleasure to perform this booking and it was very enjoyable to work with the staff from Teagasc.
The make-up and beauty studio opened in Callan at the start of 2011 and is owned and run by Karen Maher,
Karen contacted me about three weeks ago, to see if I would be interested in helping her to create a studio portfolio for her, needless to say I was delighted to help.
The following images are from our first studio session.
Karen is a pleasure to work with and if unlike myself (So I have been told?) you need and of her services you can contact her as follows.
The Makeup and Beauty studio.
Karen Maher : 086 2597777 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kilkenny photography studio
make up and beauty studio
Murphy family portrait in Castle Park.
These spring days are bringing some more than welcome warm weather after the winter we have experienced, what perfect conditions for outside photography and portraits.
Aoife Murphy contacted the Studio in order to produce some images to mark the twenty fifth wedding anniversary of her parents.
When I first talked to Aoife about producing the images we discussed working inside in the studio, however the weather is good as this April draws to an end that we decided to more everything outside.
Castle Park Kilkenny offers one of the best photographic locations in the centre of Kilkenny so we selected it as our location.We all meet up mid morning and worked on the images for an hour, what fantastic conditions we all had.
I would like to thank the Murphy Family for both the booking and for being so helpful. It was a pleasure to work with them all.
Rafter Family – end of year concert
The Rafter family are based in Threecastle Co.Kilkenny and runs one of the country’s best private music schools. Each year the school holds an end of year concert and this year this was held in the Watergate theatre Kilkenny.
The Studio was asked to photograph this concert and it was an absolute pleasure to do so, all the students performed either solo or in groups. In total forty seven acts over a four hour period.
Patrick teaches the violin and won the young irish musician of the year award for 2009.
Twins Ciara and Rebecca at the lyrath hotel.
One of the weddings that the studio worked on recently contained a very different angle than we have ever work on before.
Identical twins Ciara and Rebeca Murphy were both the bridesmaids for Sandra Anderson.
The Wedding ceremony was held at St mary’s, Sandyford, Co. Dubin with the reception being held at the Lyrath hotel, Co Kilkenny.
Apart from the usual problems of directing both the Girls by name they were in every way the perfect bridesmaids to Sandra. Both helped in every way possible during the day.
A big thank you from Studio63 to both Ciara and Rebecca.
Studio63 Callan, Co Kilkenny.
Web site upgrade and development.
The studio continues to develop and upgrade our web pages, you can now find full details of our Commercial, wedding and Portrait packages.
Studio63 is a Kilkenny photography company. We started trading at the end of 2008 and have worked for many local and national based customers.
Studio63 has mainly worked in three key areas, these being commercial photography along with Portrait and Wedding photography. We work closely with our customers and endeavour to understand all their needs.
Please see our web site for full details www.studio63.ie
The last two winters in Ireland have seen the most seasonal weather we have experianced for many years, with snow and freezing conditions making an intense return. Most of November and December 2010 temperatures fell below zero even during the day time.
Studio63 had two wedding booked during this period, one of which was located at St Mary’s church,Bennekerry Co Carlow.
The weather conditions for the week before had seen some eight inches of snow in parts Co. Kilkenny and Carlow, I had worked with the couple for several weeks before the wedding on location selection and research. Clodagh and Robert had selected Duckets grove which is located about two miles north of the st mary’s church.
This is Duckets grove on the day that I did the first test shoot in September on location.
As you can see from the images, I arrived later in the afternoon and just got some shots in before I lost any available light.
This is Duckets grove on the morning of the wedding day.
Myself and Sandy, Studio63’s assistant, drove through ice and snow and arrived 10 am on the morning of the wedding day. We had a feeling that Duckets grove would be a problem to access so we decided to check the conditions of this location first.
As you can see the access road to the house and gardens was completely covered in some six inches of snow.
The road from the old gate house was also deep in snow and while we could drive some of the way into the estate we both felt that it would not be correct to bring the wedding party into the gardens and old house grounds.
The Tower hotel in Carlow would have to be the main location for all the wedding party shots and the images of Clodagh and robert, this was our backup plan should the weather be a problem and as you can see from the below image it worked very well.
We soon moved to are first location of the day this being the bride’s maid and Clodaghs sisters home.
We worked with Clodagh and the brides party to produce images of all the flowers and clothes along with taking images of the make-up and hair preparation work.
Once we had finished recording this stage of the day we moved location to St Marys and worked with Robert and his best man as they both arrived.
As we worked with the groom and best man all the guests began to arrive at the church and it became clear that along with the wedding party and ourselves, many people had driven through the snow to attend the wedding, thankfully all arrived safely .
The bride was the next to arrive and being the usual 10 minutes late she arrived safely at the church.
This was one of the best wedding we have worked on to date and the conditions only added to the images and the enjoyment we both had working for Clodagh and Robert.
We would like to thank all involved on the day and thank everyone for the help they provided us in working to produce the wedding imagery.