The challenge with wedding photography is that there is no second chance as it is generally a once in a lifetime event. A wedding photographer must be able to guarantee success and trusting your wedding to a professional photographer is essential. As one of many Dublin wedding photographers, I understand weddings and I understand people, culture and values. I’m an award winning photographer having won numerous awards from the Irish Professional Photographers Association (IPPA) for my reportage wedding photography.  I’m also a full member of the prestigious ISPWP International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers.

My aim is to ensure that I capture beautiful images from your wedding day with the minimum of intrusion and whilst doing so, I use a mix of different styles – reportage, fashion, traditional amongst others… My predominant shooting style however is a photo-journalistic or documentary ‘fly on the wall’ approach. That basically means that I’m very discrete and I am out of you and your guests way for most of the day.

Through my album proofing site, you will be able to view the design of your album and suggest any changes before it goes to the print and binding stage. Options regarding the type of cover, size, number of pages or a selection of fine art albums are available to all clients. Album cover options include, linen, wood, genuine leather, acrylic or suede. Parent albums or a boxed set of prints are also possible.

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Wedding photographic coverage includes the following

All the images from your day supplied as high resolution, print-ready jpg files with no watermark;
A mix of vivid colour & black/white photographs edited in my style;
Your photographs are professionally edited to the highest standard;
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Heaps of energy, enthusiasm, experience and advice from me to you for your wedding day

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Frequently Asked Questions


How do you define your style?
Various words can be used to describe it – fine-art, natural, candid, photojournalism, creative documentary with a little mix of traditional. Whatever it is, I strive for simplicity, taste and style. Best to take a good look at my portfolio and decide if you like it..!

How & when can we book you?
First we need to check if I am still available on your wedding date. You can contact me via the contact form or email me at If I’m available on your date, we can arrange a chat. This is where you can tell me about your plans for your day and also I can explain how I work. After that, if you wish to proceed and book me as your wedding photographer, I require a completed booking form which I forward to you and a non-refundable booking deposit to secure your date. Once I have those, it’s officially in the calendar which I’ll then confirm to you in writing.

Can you hold our date without a deposit? No. I cannot hold dates on the mere promise or expression of interest of a booking. I will only reserve a date upon receipt of both a completed booking form and a deposit payment. When there are multiple enquiries for the same date, I operate strictly on a first come first served basis.

When is our balance due?
Your balance is due before or on the day of your wedding. Most clients chose to pay by online transfer before their wedding day and it’s my preferred method rather than cash. Instalment payments can also be made in advance if that’s easier.

We live abroad. How can we book you? It’s not a problem. Every year I have several clients who live as far away as Australia who book me for their wedding. We simply arrange a video call via Skype rather than a face-to-face meeting and we take things from there. My booking form can be completed online and deposit payments are made by bank transfer. After that, the next time you’re visiting Ireland before your wedding we can arrange to meet up if you wish.

How much time do we need for photographs on our wedding day?

That depends on how important those photos are for you and how much time you can find in your schedule. The amount of time spent on this is ultimately your choice – I don’t dictate here and I’m happy to fall into your schedule and your wishes. Everybody is different and I have couples looking to spend anything from 15 minutes to over 2 hours on their photos. However, all clients are different and as I said at the outset, I’ll adapt to whatever your timescale is on the day.

I guess to give you an idea, on average most couples I work with allocate 20 to 40 minutes of actual photography time. Sometimes it’s longer and sometimes it’s shorter. It depends on the individual couple but it can be dictated somewhat by the venue also. For example are there loads of lovely spots for photographs or just a few? Will there be a lot of walking involved to get from one photo location in the grounds to another…? If so, does the venue supply a golf buggy for us to get around quickly…? Do you also want some indoor photographs..? There are quite a few factors to consider which will all eat into your photography time. However, I discuss all these in detail before the wedding with all couples so that we have a plan for your day to ensure that we get the photos you want.

I’m very shy/uncomfortable in front of the camera..

To be honest, a lot of people are. However, with the way that I work, there is no need to be…!! And I will prove this to you on the day or during an engagement session if you choose to opt for one.To be honest, most couples really enjoy this time as I keep this part really chilled out and enjoyable. Most of the time, you’re not even looking at the camera. I’m just setting you up in a way that allows you to interact naturally and doesn’t look posed. Anyway, this is an area I will always discuss with you prior to taking any booking. It works best if during the portrait session that you have some time away from your bridal party and guests as this will result in more natural relaxed photographs. Most people don’t like an audience…! Also, it’s generally the only time during the whole day that you are nearly alone.

Some things to think about…

When booking the registry office/town hall, church and reception venue etc…, do factor in the time to greet guests after the church/civil ceremony and the travel time between the different locations. Think about the time it takes for photos to be taken and how much time you wish to spend mingling with your guests. Then add a bit extra…! It is very easy to under-estimate the amount of time that is taken up by travel, the church or civil ceremony itself and guests wanting your attention.

Think about what family group photos are required. This comes with a little health warning as from experience, I can guarantee you that these photos will always always take longer than you think as some people will without fail go missing, leaving everybody else hanging around. My advice here is to keep these photos simple and try not to go overboard with requesting photos featuring loads of different combinations of family members.

Can we have a second photographer & will their photographs look the same as yours?
Yes, a second photographer is no problem and is advisable especially for larger weddings (150+ guests) or where the format of the day demands one. I need to know in advance obviously and preferably at the time of booking. The finished photographs will have the same ‘look & feel’ as mine, otherwise there would be little point in offering this additional service. I regularly work with a small select group of photographers across Ireland (and abroad) that I can trust, who have a similar photographic style to me and who use either the same or similar lenses to me. I also edit their RAW files. All this ensures consistency in both their and my images.

What time of the day do you start?
I generally start 2 hours before the ceremony. This usually gives me enough time to get what I need during the bridal preparations. However, weddings differ so if this time needs to be tweaked, then we can simply look at that. For evening time where I’m staying to the first dance my cut-off point is 10.30pm. Most first dances start around 10pm.

Are you available for destination weddings?
Yes, I am. My destination wedding photography packages are simply my standard packages plus the cost of travel and reasonable accommodation. Sometimes depending on location I may need to include car hire. I also have a base in both Kenya and The Netherlands where I photograph a lot of weddings from expats from all over the world and of course locals who love my style. This can make it easier sometimes for me to photograph a wedding in Belgium, Germany or France for example.

What happens after our wedding?
All images are initially colour corrected and then as each image is unique, a variety of touching up / editing occurs to enhance and optimise each image. This is a time consuming and often painstaking process and I generally need to spread the work out over the course of a number of weeks. When all this is done, I then upload all the images to your private gallery and you will receive your invite to view. This falls normally within a 3 to 4 week period. You can if you wish instantly share your gallery to Facebook, Twitter etc…. We then work on producing your wedding album.

Do I have an input into my album design?
Absolutely… It’s your album so you decide what photos are to be included and I’ll then go away and come up with an initial design for you which you will be able to review and suggest any changes to it online. We will then work through it from there until we are all happy with the final layout. Your album design and images will then go to the manufacturer and your album will be then ready generally within 6 weeks.

What if you have never worked in our venue before?
For any experienced professional it makes no difference whatsoever. We know what we need and how to make it work. Yes, it is somewhat useful to be familiar with the layout and the good photo locations and if I have not worked in a venue previously, I will do a pre-visit to check out the possibilities for the time of year & potential weather conditions on your day. However, is it essential? The honest answer from a seasoned professional is no.

What if it rains on our wedding day?
I’m generally pretty lucky when it comes to the weather. However, yes sometimes it does rain and we always have to plan for it regardless of the time of year. If we are unable to shoot outdoors we use the church, civil registry office and your reception/party venues as locations for the photos. I will have already agreed a ‘Plan B’ scenario with you prior to your wedding anyhow so we will all know exactly what to do if the weather turns.
It is therefore really important to consider this possibility when choosing your locations. Are they pretty enough for an indoor photo shoot? Do they offer enough possibilities for a nice range of photos? Are they bright enough for photos? It’s surprising how many top hotels in Ireland are actually not suited at all to wedding photography.

What about romantic winter weddings?
I also shoot winter weddings but obviously not as many as during the summer. Aside from a much greater chance of a grey wet day, winter weddings present additional challenges in terms of the cold meaning potentially very short periods outside and there is also the very short duration of light on the day. Remember, good light is crucial for photography and sometimes the light can be gone by 3pm in December..!

When planning your day, consider at what time it will start to get dark and remember that if it turns out to be an overcast day, it will get dark even sooner….! Be warned, Christmas weddings are very popular in Ireland and the better venues and photographers tend to get booked up 18 to 24 months in advance.

Do you produce personalised ‘Thank You’ cards, signing books, signing boards etc…?
Yes. I can incorporate any of your images into a card. These cards can be used as a Thank You card following your wedding and can contain a personalised message. Cards are finished in a beautiful fine art textured paper. Each card comes with a high quality white envelope. Minimum order is 50 cards. Signing books or a framed signing board containing a print are also options if you book an engagement shoot with me prior to your wedding.

Do you take more formal group & family photos?
Yes. I generally just don’t show them on my portfolio or blogs. You need to tell me what photos you want so I look for a formal family shot list from you in advance of the wedding as this speeds things up greatly. We will agree where to take the photos (church or reception venue for example) and then I’ll ask the groomsmen or some family members to help round up everybody. I prefer to have this done quickly within 15 or 20 minutes at the most. I’ll discuss this with you at the pre-wedding meeting as without the right preparation, it is a part of your day which can easily end up taking forever.

Do you bring backup equipment?
Yes – always, always, always.

Do we need to sign a contract?
Yes. My insurance company requires it.

Who has the copyright of the images and what can we do with them?
By law, copyright always stays with the photographer but you will have the right to use your photos privately in any way you like. You can make as many prints as you wish and as big as you wish, send them to friends, hang them on your wall and so on.

Do we give you a shot list?
No. Please no…!

Shots lists are fine for newbie photographers and uncle Bob’s but they are probably the worst thing you can give to any experienced photographer. I shoot the day as it is and from experience, shot lists will only distract me from doing my proper job of documenting your day in a creative manner. Having an extensive shot list turns a photographers job into purely a box ticking exercise and kills any creativity as we run around focused on trying to complete the list as opposed to properly focusing on and photographing everything that is actually happening around us. However, do let me know in advance of anything that is of particular interest so that I can be ready for it and capture it in my own style.

But I read on an online wedding blog about blah blah blah….?
Yes, unfortunately a lot of wedding blogs are full of blah blah….. Seriously, when it comes to what you read on wedding blogs and FaceBook groups whether it is positive or negative, it’s generally best to ignore most of it. Weddings blogs are mostly written by folk who have no real experience of weddings and the wedding industry and are in the vast majority of occasions totally clueless about actual photography and videography. These blogs are written for SEO purposes to drive visitors to the site to earn advertising revenue and not so much for any real useful advice to couples. As for the FaceBook groups, well everybody there is an expert and has an opinion which is always right… Right…? Enough said…!!

Honestly, FaceBooks groups are fine if you are just looking for general ideas but if you want sound advice and proper recommendations they are not recommended. Thousands of members with a whole load of different conflicting opinions. All from strangers that you know nothing about. If you want proper sound advice there are 3 people who can deliver it. Your wedding planner is the first point of call as they are experts and can provide tailored advice to you. However, most Irish couples don’t avail of the services of a wedding planner and prefer to plan everything themselves.  Therefore the next best 2 people for advice are either your photographer or videographer (assuming that they are experienced in weddings of course). Photographers & videographers are the only other 2 suppliers who are with the bride and groom for the whole wedding day. We see everything and after living through a couple of hundred weddings we know what works and what doesn’t work. Honestly, please use our experience for advice rather than some complete stranger or troll on FaceBook that you know nothing about.

Under the Copyright and Related Rights Act, 2000 the copyright of any photograph, image or works belongs to and remains with David J Duignan Photography. David J Duignan reserves the right to use any of the images captured at the shoot or event in all locations on the David J Duignan web site, portfolio, literature, display areas, exhibitions, competitions, advertising, videos or slide shows for David J Duignan’s promotional purposes. The Client shall grant David J Duignan permission to display any copyrighted images for promotional purposes without payment of any fee.