Hello, and welcome to my website. Let me introduce myself. I’m Paula, and I’m originally from Madden in Co. Armagh where I spent my childhood and teenage years, happily engaged in sporting and artistic activities – academia wasn’t my strong suit. I’m more outdoorsy and hands on.
In the early 1990s I followed one of my best friends out to the Big Apple to spend a summer there. However, that summer turned into 12 years. My experience there was so rich, forging friendships that will last a lifetime and discovering a new passion in photography.
Journey to becoming a wedding photographer
My first dabble in the world of photography was when my employer gave me his professional camera to photograph their children during our daily activities. He noticed that I had a flair for the art, so he convinced me to go to college to learn more about photography.
I got my first paying job as a photographer’s assistant with a well-established New York wedding photography company. Starting at the bottom of the ladder meant I could appreciate the work involved and strengthened my dream of becoming a wedding photographer myself one day. With lots of positivity and determination anything is possible, right?
Love and Family
In 2003 I married my husband, Charlie, who’s from Trillick, Co. Tyrone. We decided after we were married to return home from the States. That was 14 years ago now and since then we’ve been blessed with three beautiful children – Charlie Jr, Orlagh and Shea. And it’s through them I get to enjoy my other passion in life – sport. So, when I’m not photographing weddings, you’ll catch me on the side-lines watching my children enjoying their games with as much joy as I had playing sports and being part of a team.
Wedding Photography Style
My priority when I photograph weddings is for my couples to feel at ease in front of the camera. When people are relaxed, their natural personality shines through in the photos. So, you can expect lots of laughter, joking and fun when you work with me. I will capture those natural smiles, the laughter and the love on your special day, creating images that will instantly take you back.
While the majority of my work is capturing the candid moments you share with your loved ones, I will also cover formal groups quickly and efficiently at various stages throughout the day. When you team up with me as your wedding photographer we’ll work together in harmony to get all those winning shots to make a collection you will treasure forever.
Awarded MVP at Learning to Fly Photography Retreat & Workshop 2018 and Northwest Brides Finalist in 2016 and 2018
Paula Donnelly Photography has been featured on One Fab Day, Getting Married In NI Magazine and The Promise NI.
WHAT THEY SAY
“ Completely in love with our wedding pics! Paula done the most amazing job capturing our special day and we couldn't be happier.Although unfamiliar with the area, Paula went out of her way to ensure she provided us with the most incredible photographs by travelling to Donegal the day before our wedding to meet with local photographers and to locate the best spot for our pics ... and thank goodness she did!!!! We ended up at the beautiful Mamore Gap on one of the finest days of the year.....our pictures are spectacular � Paula is a true professional who has a great eye for capturing the detail. She made us feel extremely comfortable and relaxed throughout the whole day......We couldn't recommend her enough! Her photos are extremely natural and capture the true happiness of the occasion! Thank you so much Paula!"
" When we got engaged Paula was the first person we thought of as our photographer for our wedding day. I had seen her work as she had photographed a few of my friend’s weddings.From our very first meeting until the day of our wedding it was all so easy and she really made our day flow so smoothly. She relaxed not only my husband and I but everyone she came in contact with and her work was amazing. We are so happy with our wedding pictures and highly recommend Paula to any engaged couple. She gets all the natural shots without you even realising she is there and her promise to get us through the photos and back to our guests as quickly as possible was truly honoured. We can’t thank her enough "
" What can I say but Paula you are amazing would highly recommend Paula! She went above and beyond for me and Niall on our wedding day . So easy to work with, so adaptable and great craic on the go. Xx "
" Paula, just a quick note to thank you for Friday. you had us so at ease and helped make our day all the more enjoyable. The way you rounded up our people for pics.....it was nearly as good as the way we rounded up those sheep LOL...Cant wait to see finished product.