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Death of an Irish Town?

A few weeks ago, I had to do some work in Knock. For those that don’t know, Knock is a small village in county Mayo. It is also a catholic pilgrimage …

The Truth about your Face…

Ah yes, I remember the good old days of Facebook. You could set up your business page and pretty soon the followers and fans started racking up. Peopl…

5 habits every photograph…

Ok, here's my two cents on some habits that all photographers should develop. Beginner shooters may find it easier to assimilate these as more experie…

An Evolving Style #1

Many of you will know that I'm not interested in capturing a technically perfect image in my personal work. For any clients, I can guarantee that my c…

Ballina Heritage Day 2016

I have learned something about blogging in the last week or two. And it's this. If you're going to write about a particular event, do it when that eve…

Shooting the West of Irel…

  On the landscape workshops, we are not always blessed with perfect photography weather. Sometimes, it's a mix of rain, wind and sunshine. So…

Return to Afflecks Palace…

It's quite a few years since I visited Afflecks Palace - more than I care to remember. It's an alternative clothing/lifestyle shopping emporium in Man…

Photoshoot at the Ulster …

Although I regularly hold landscape workshops myself, I also attend some as well. These are mostly off-camera flash workshops. I had previously been t…

Creative Shoot at the Coa…

Myself, Stephanie and Nick had organised to go for a photoshoot at the coast. As usual, the initial plan was to pick a theme, gather a few props, pray…

Pilgrim on the Summit of …

Many times, you'll find that photographs don't just happen. They don't suddenly appear. Sometimes you can plan shoots, get a theme, prepare the props,…

ICM - An alternative phot…

What the heck is ICM? ICM stands for intentional camera movement. It's been around for quite some time and is a way for people to express themselves c…

Introduction to Digital P…

I hold regular "Introduction to Digital Photography" evening classes. They are aimed at beginners and those just starting out with digital photography…

From 19 stone to 10K

I put a callout for someone to do a guest post on my blog and John from Galway responded. Three years ago he weighed over 19 stone and smoked …

The Big Yoke in Enniscron…

Continuing the great Irish tradition, we set off for a "Sunday spin" today. We decided to drive to Enniscrone in county Sligo to see "The Big Yoke". B…

Shooting in Bright Sunlig…

An old railway sleeper used as a fencepost with the main station building in the backgrou…

Facebook for Photographer…

Hi guys. In this article I'm going to share my thoughts on social media, specifically Facebook and how it relates to promoting your business online. I…

Ireland Calling Interview

Below is a repost of a short interview I had some time ago with the Ireland Calling website - a superb collection of all things Irish. Be sure to pop …

Before We Forgot How To D…

I made this image, called Before We Forgot How To Dream this week. The original photo of Samantha was shot early in 2015 down at Rosserk Abbey outside…

New Years Resolutions

So, here we are. 2016. Another new year and more new year resolutions. Like you, I always have one or two and they usually last until about the second…

Calling Some Models

Hi all. As you know I shoot commercially and also give landscape workshops and tuition. However, my first love lies in the more creative side of photo…

Hot Yoga Photoshoot

I had a very enjoyable photoshoot recently. Barry from Dynamic Hot Yoga has opened a new studio in Castlebar and wanted some images for online use and…

The Holga 120N Diaries #2

Earlier this year, I posted about my first experience with the Holga 120N- an iconic "toy" camera, characterised by its unique image quality and minim…

Photo Cropping in Lightro…

For me, photo cropping in Lightroom is one of the most important edits you can do to improve your images. I've wrote before about my editing process i…

Creativity - Feeding It

You often hear photographers claiming to be a landscape photographer, a portrait photographer or whatever. At times, I have called myself both. Howeve…

A Break in County Kerry

We had a few days break recently and traveled to county Kerry. I'd never been to this side of the country before so was looking forward to seeing what…

Chloe Boucher MUA Masterc…

I had the pleasure to take some photos of well known Dublin make-up artist Chloe Boucher at work a few weeks ago. She was giving a masterclass for You…

What's In My Camera Bag?

It's been a quiet day here at HQ, so I thought I'd do one of those "What's in my bag" posts favoured by many photographers. When I first started shoot…

The Holga 120N Diaries #1

The Holga 120N, 2 rolls of film and some masking tape. I've always liked old…

The Garden of Bones

Some of you know that I like to undertake personal mini projects every now and again. Sometimes, I'll plan and research it - other times, they just ha…

The Castlebar Men's Shed

As part of this module, we were required to split up into teams and document a particular aspect of the Castlebar Mens Shed. Our team consisted of Luk…

Clare Island Adventure Sh…

I've been lucky enough to visit one of the islands off the west coast recently and work with some great people. The second week in April was one of th…

The Signature Shot

You may or may not have heard of a signature shot. It's the shot that some photographers may become known for. A unique look or style. Of course, not …

The Argument for Blur

I was asked by Mayo Photographic Club, of which I am a member, to give a presentation about my black and white photography. I gave a little thought to…

One to One Workshops

Join me for a hands-on One to One Landscape Workshop around the beautiful county of Mayo. We may also stray into parts of county Galway. Some peopl…

MacDonnell Book Launch

On Wed 4th March, The Castle Bookshop in Castlebar played host to a special event. A large crowd turned out to join author Colum MacDonnell at the lau…

Group Workshops

Join me for a hands-on Landscape Photography Workshop around the beautiful county of Mayo. This workshop is aimed at people who have a basic working k…

Westport Sea to Summit Ad…

The Westport Sea2Summit adventure race is a unique event based in the adventure capital of Ireland, Westport. On a fabulous sunny November morning, ov…

Workshop Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers are a great present for someone special, or even for yourself. Give one for Christmas, birthdays or all year round for any other occasio…

View from the West

I was down in Westport last year to shoot this house for Self Build and Improve your Home magazine. "When you find the perfect place to relax, it’s te…

A House in the Country

It was a bright sunny day when I went to shoot this house in the landscape of west county Mayo. I stopped the car down the road from the house to get …

Galway Cubist House

This was one of my favourite houses to shoot last year. With it's simple clean lines and cubist look, I thought I was somewhere in the mediterranean. …

Out and about in Galway

Like many of you, we often head away for a night or two. A staycation sort of thing. Although Galway is only 90 minutes away and we've been there many…

Mindful Productivity

I first met Be about 3 years ago on Twitter and later on, at a craft fair. Be is a craft-worker that works and lives mindfully and anytime I meet her,…

Light ... Making It and F…

Like many other photographers, I have a flashgun. In fact, I have three of them ... like many other photographers! They were bought when I believed th…

There Are No Shadows

As photographers, we can sometimes be lazy. Unless the light is "right", we don't venture out. By right, we often mean beautiful or perfect, and somet…

2014: A Quick Glance Back

For the last few years, I have posted a review of my photographic year on Facebook. I pick a favourite image from each month. This year, it takes the …

Three Days in Liverpool

As the summer drew to a close, we decided to have a short break before the "onslaught" of school/work/college. We decided on Liverpool. It's a short f…

My Lightroom Workflow

If you're going to be taking photographs on a regular basis, it's very important to have a workflow. After a few weeks or months of shooting, it will …

It's Hip to be Square

You may have noticed that I've posted a few "square" photographs recently. The square format has been hovering around the photographic periphery for g…

Anatomy of a Picture I

Sometimes, I am asked whether I "doctor" my images or use Photoshop. There is a general misconception among the public that all photography nowadays i…

Escape from Gaia #l

Just before dawn, alone in a tiny boat I sail upon the silvery veil 'neath the morning skies. The spirit sleeps and drifts into slumber deep. …

Solitude Standing #1

Darkness rests a soothing shroud upon the troubled shore. A gentle caress brings slumber sound and angels hover over. Entranced on wings of flight…

Return visit to Derry

We visited Derry city last year and I wrote about it. At that time I said we would go back. And we did! We spent a few days in the town last month (Ju…

Photographers Itch

All photographers will recognise this: that itch you get to go out and capture a photograph. The feeling you get when you haven't taken a shot in a wh…

Derry City - I'll be Back

I was in the city of Derry during the year. It's a beautiful place full of history, with great things to do and see. The locals are awesome. I'll defi…

Landscape Workshops

This year, I intend to give a series of workshops. This is an area that I've being hoping to get into for quite a while now. For more details, see her…

One Day with the Nifty Fi…

I attended a day long music festival in 2013. It was in nearby Westport and the lineup was pretty interesting. It included Elvis Costello, ABC, Damien…

Welcome to John Mee Photo…

You'll have noticed that my website has changed somewhat since your last visit here- you did visit before - didn't you? :-) I've been working on …

Road to the Lighthouse

My brother James, visited from Australia a few weeks ago and we spend some time together. One day we decided to take the ferry over to Clare Island. I…

Black and White Photograp…

Photography has moved on considerably since the "early days". Nowadays, we can shoot in full HDR colour whereas once upon a time, the only option open…

Death on the Shore

I led my lover to the sea Down to the waters edge The sun shone in the darkening sky I held her hand She looked at me, the way she always does …

Photographic Journey II

Some of you are familiar with my website - John Mee Photography and the type of photographs that I feature there. It's mostly landscape and seascape b…

Revisiting the Past

Urban exploration (often shortened to urbex or UE) is the examination of the normally unseen or off-limits parts of urban areas or industrial/derelict…

The Microsoft Phone Scam

Raced downstairs early this morning to answer the phone. Interestingly the incoming number was 0123456789. Watch out for that! It turned out, it wa…

My Fine Art Thoughts

I undertook a Fine Art module as part of a photography course I attended in 2012/2013. At the end of the year, I had to submit a body of work as well …

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