In 2023 I had the absolute privilege of, again, being asked document the Learning to Fly Wedding Photographers retreat in Culdaff, Donegal.
Originally a local gathering, the now annual event has organically evolved into one that has attracted amazing photographers from Ireland, the UK, Europe, and Canada to Culdaff - all under the curation of the events founder Jay Doherty.
It was a massive confidence boost when Jay first asked me to be the official photographer at the 2021 event - being the designated photographer in a room absolutely brimming with wedding photography talent was an interesting dynamic and definitely a challenge!
Being invited back to cover the 2023 event give me reassurance that it was a challenge I was able to rise to. The icing on the cake was seeing some of the comments on my photographs from photographers I admired - seriously it'd be the photographic equilavent of a Paul Hollywood handshake.
Here are a few of my images from October 2023's Learning to Fly, and to be somewhat self indulgent I've included some of the compliments I've received - I'd like to think photographing while listening to Two Mann Studio, Annie Keffache, Peter Carvill and Rich Gilligan share their wisdom has inspired my to 'raise my game' once again.
Photos are first class sir,, start to finish, they do you and Learning to fly very proud
Jay Doherty Photography
Savage work Patrick. Really captured the craic
What a epic album of photos.
Liam Kidney Photography
Absolutely unreal images Patrick!
Lisa McConalogue Photography
These are unbelievable Patrick... you are an absolute master of capturing moments & emotions
Caroline Smyth Photography & Wedding Celebrant
Ridiculously good work Patrick
Kevin Keffache Photography
Peter Carvill Photography
Ah love these they are unreal!
Stephanie Joyce Photography
Amazing Patrick. These are so class.
Corrine Crennan Photography
Just brilliant - what incredible memories you have captured for so many people.
Fantastic photos I can hear these photos Patrick pure class
Catherine Comer Photography
John Gillooley Photography