On a beautiful Friday morning last June, my assistant second shooter extraordinaire Rebekah and I made our way early to Hilary's parents' house. From bridal preparations to the first dances at night, we were to photograph Hilary and Conor's amazing wedding day.
Back in May, the day before I was photographing this first wedding actually, I received an email from a lovely couple from Cork looking for a last minute photographer as they were getting married in Dublin three weeks later. I was in between two wedding shoot contracts but thought it is a small wedding and yes,why not capturing beautiful memories for another couple!
Because of time pressure, I ended up meeting Una and Stephen on their big day (we did have a few email and phone conversations of course first) at City hall in Dublin. They are such a sweet couple with lovely children and were surrounded by their happy family members and a lot of their friends. It was a small wedding party but let me tell you that the enjoyment floating around was very contagious!
After a lovely ceremony in Dublin City Hall (wow, this building is phenomenal!) and cocktails, Una and Stephen, along with their families and friends, jumped on a private bus waiting for them outside the building.
Having enjoyed a few drinks in the pub next door, they all headed afterwards to Forest Avenue Restaurant for the reception. Amazing cocktails and canapés (if you are familiar with the food at Forest Avenue, you will know what I mean when I say it looked incredibly delicious!) were served, smiles were on everybody's faces, beautiful and emotional speeches were given and it was a pleasure for me to be able to capture all those moments for Una and Stephen.
I wish them once again all the best of happiness, what a great day it was!
Last May, I made my way to West Cork, a part of Ireland I had not yet visited, to photograph a lovely intimate wedding at Inchidoney Island Lodge and Spa. The day was beautiful with a bright blue sky and the Irish sun shining on a perfect white sand beach.
The bride was stunning wearing a beautiful long vintage lace wedding dress and the groom really dapper wearing a dark blue suit (for privacy reasons I am not sharing those images here but believe me, the couple looked fantastic together).
The wedding had a lovely soft vintage feel to it with a gorgeous choice of flowers and details. The couple was surrounded by a small party consisting of their close family and friends. A small group of people but a whole lot of happiness. Note that the wedding cake was made by the groom's goddaughter, what a wonderful present!
This was the first official wedding I photographed and I am delighted I was able to capture some beautiful memories for the bride and groom. I also feel so lucky my first wedding was in such a stunning location.
I wish the lovely couple a lot of happiness for the years to come!
Brussels, Belgium, August 2015 - Photos taken with a Canon SLR 7D, 50mm lens.
Images Copyright © Yolene Dabreteau
A month ago, I was in London and got to photograph this lovely Australian couple. They recently got engaged and it was an absolute pleasure to create memories of their love for each other.
So, may I introduce you to Kellie and Luke. They are really good friends of mine and I met them during my time spent in Melbourne, Australia. They are actors and over there I got to photograph them for theatre productions a few times. They live in Hackney so we headed to a park one cold misty evening to capture a few images. I managed to shoot a few lovely moments before the light completely disappeared and, eventually, we had to push the rest of the session to another day that week, one early cold morning.
These two are so in love and such naturals that I barely had to give them directions. They seemed to forget how cold it was and were having a great time together.
I also organised a little indoor session to capture fast and fun actions and create a photo booth strip image for them.
It is really great getting to edit photos where people have a constant huge smile stuck on their faces.
Wishing you many more years of happiness together Kellie and Luke. And looking forward to the Down Under wedding!
When I travel, I love to observe the details of my surroundings. Back in October, as we were visiting Nara and its many many temples and shrines (and climbing many many steps in the process!), we found ourselves in huge crowds of tourists and school children. Add to this all the deer that are free roaming in the park (you can feed them with deer-crackers but beware, they will most probably head-butt you when you run out of it) and trying to avoid being stung by Japanese giant hornets (they were huge!), it felt a bit overwhelming at first.
As we passed the huge gate leading to the Todai-ji Buddhist temple, I stepped aside for a few minutes to let all the biggest groups of people pass by and breathe for a moment. This is when I noticed someone hidden in the corner of the gate, sitting with pens and paper and ignoring the passing crowds to focus on drawing the giant wood statue standing across. These kinds of moments are why I love to take pauses when I travel and observe the world that surrounds me.
Goodbye 2014! You went a bit fast and I feel I could not fit all I wanted to do and achieve in those 12 months but there is 2015 for this and all the new changes I look forward to.
Wishing you all the best for 2015 with its fill of happiness, good health, fun times and new adventures.
Photo taken at Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan - © Yolène Dabreteau
When I was in Japan last month, I do not remember relying on a guide book or online reviews to find a place to eat. It did mean a few weird surprises (yes, I did taste medium rare chicken and liked it!) but also mostly finding wonderful hidden gems.
For our first evening in Kyoto, we were given a few recommendations but found ourselves completely lost in some part of Kyoto, relying on recognising the kanji characters of the restaurants' names we had been given. We had been traveling from very early, having left Takayama early in the morning, taken a bus, two trains, found our machiya (traditional Japanese wooden house) in Kyoto and then visited the Arashiyama bamboo grove. We were tired and starving.
As we were thinking about finding the next subway station and eating near the machiya, we saw a tiny place open in a dark alleyway with a word we could recognise: izakaya (Japanese bar where you can also eat). We walked in, sat at the small counter, and after that we had an incredible evening!
We got to chat with the owner and chef, Tamura, and one of his customers in as much Japanese and English we could all manage. We discovered E. was his first ever Irish customer but that he had seen many French people in his bar (yes, sounds like many of us are visiting Japan these days!).
We ate delicious yakitori (chicken skewers), drank sake poured from a carved piece of bamboo, chatted and laughed all evening. We met Tamura's young family as they would come down from their apartment every now and then to bring some ingredients needed to prepare such or such dish. As we were about to leave, Tamura asked us to wait a moment and his little girl arrived with two beautiful hand painted uchiwa (flat fan) for us as a gift. We were so honored and thankful for such an incredible evening and memories of a trip that we will cherish for a long time.
I am sharing here a photo of Tamura who was proudly showing us a photo of him when he was a rock star many years ago. I was observing him slicing and cooking food with such precision and silence, and next thing I discover the chef is a man of many talents. Isn't it just amazing!
Image Copyright © Yolène Dabreteau
I am Yolène, a French food, lifestyle & travel photographer based in Ireland.