Some highlights from our 2018 WeddingsRead More
2016 was a year of milestones for us. Five full years in business, passing the 200 weddings mark, and by Neal's not very scientific calculation, taking our millionth photo together as The Campbells.
That is a lot of glimpses into the human condition and it's what makes us value our jobs. You'll be glad to know that there aren't a million photos in this post, but this small selection does represent the reasons why we still love telling these stories. Moments of stillness, moments of hilarity, moments of raw emotion, and many moments of love.
Five years in and we're just getting started. Bring on the next five.
Oh 2015 you were a sly minx! From Connemara to Kenmare to Cork and back again (more than once) it was an incredible year. We are more than 5 years into this game and growing ever more thankful every year that these beautiful souls invite us to put our mark on their memories. It is nothing short of a privilege and we still feel like we are just getting started.
Kristi still crys at every wedding and Neal still revels in the shot of adrenaline before each ceremony. To all suppliers who worked behind the scenes to make our jobs easier, thank you. To all the families who welcomed us in their homes (and countless cups of tea offered), thank you. To all the bridesmaids and groomsmen (and even the bridesmen) who offered helping hands and guidance, thank you. To our community of photographers who support us in countless ways, thank you. Most importantly, to our brides and grooms who were nothing short of beautiful people doing things exactly the way they wanted to do them, thank you!
*a little Father Ted(ism)
Throw in 47 weddings across five countries and a couple of continents, a trip of a lifetime through the American West, some first rate live music and the ever reliable company of some great friends, family and dogs. What have you got? 2014, one hell of a year.
The highlights are almost too many to mention, but here are a few. Neal’s best friend Alan’s marriage to Carly in the astonishing Zion National Park in Utah (Neal was on best man duty so got the day off from behind the camera, mostly). Kristi’s parent’s first visit to Ireland – culture shock and hilarity galore. Driving through the Mojave Desert at dusk. Neal getting to photograph Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and John Grant, two of his musical heroes. And so on and so on.
But, it’s not been a year without sadness either. We couldn’t write this without mentioning the passing of our dear old friend and business mascot, Jack the boxer. The last ever photo of Jack is here of course.
Compiling these yearly posts of our favourite photos, we’re always conscious to not be too wedding-centric and to include plenty of our personal work. For this stuff we mostly shoot film, and there’s so much great stuff this year that we’ve decided to keep this post digital only. Keep your eyes peeled over the next few days for the film highlights of 2014, it’s going to be good!
So, there’s nothing left to say but thank you. Thank you to all the couples who chose to go Campbell this year. Thank you to Jack for the memories. Thank you to Thatch for all the barking. Many thanks to Kieran from Open House Festival for all the gig photography opportunities. Thanks to our fellow photographers for the endless craic and support. And thank you to all the others who deserve to be thanked. You know who you are.
Kristi & Neal
On the banks of the River Bann at Lough Beg there is a small island (accessible only by your cousin's tractor) called Church Island and it's a little piece of magic.
Deirdre had contacted us about doing their engagement shoot there and having never been (and knowing our clients tend to have great ideas) we went for it. Neal was flying solo for the evening and was blown away by the eerie stillness and majesty of this place. The spooky beauty of the island was complemented perfectly by the cool blue dusk light on this early September evening.
Would be visitors please be aware that the wetlands surrounding the island are treacherous in all but the driest weather, and we are very grateful to Deirdre's cousin Connor who packed Deirdre, Jarlath and Neal into the cab of his tractor and took them across. We'll be buying him a pint on their wedding day for sure.