Speakers of Snap : Paula O´Hara

“I truly believe that the decisions you make in life, the experiences you have, the places you’ve been, the skills you acquire, all collide to make you the photographer that you are today”

— Paula O´Hara

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Image by Paula O´Hara – www.paulaohara.com

I took the long way round into wedding photography after a career as a designer for 12 years. My interest in weddings began whilst working as a designer on bridal magazines. Around that time my children were born and everything changed.

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Image by Paula O´Hara – www.paulaohara.com

I picked up the camera again, purely to document as a mother and realised the impact photographs could have on the heart when loved ones were in the frame. 

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Some of the staff on the magazine noticed my photos and I started to get commissions. Since then I’ve never looked back.

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With photography I felt something more than I ever felt as a designer, a fulfillment, a bliss, a heart-racing need. The fire was sparked, and it was deep within my soul. I have always struggled with words. It’s a discovery of pure joy when you realise you can communicate a feeling or a story with images alone, and others feel it too.

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That universal connection leaves me in awe everytime. That’s not to say there aren’t vulnerable days when photography breaks my heart, and I’m walled up in frustration. It’s that ever-elusive perfection, always just beyond your grasp. And I can’t imagine a life without it.

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Image by Paula O´Hara – www.paulaohara.com

I truly believe that the decisions you make in life, the experiences you have, the places you’ve been, the skills you acquire, all collide to make you the photographer that you are today.

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Image by Paula O´Hara – www.paulaohara.com

I’m forever grateful for my life as a wedding photographer and being part of an ever- growing community who feel the same. I’m looking forward to sharing those passions and lighting some new fires in the forest.

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Image by Paula O´Hara – www.paulaohara.com

Selected by Rangefinder Magazine as one of the top Rising Stars of Wedding Photography 2013, Paula has been commissioned to shoot weddings and bridal editorial all over Ireland and internationally. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and online publications. She loves tea from the pot, Nutella, good books, big hugs, old photographs, fresh blooms, and long rambles in wild places. 


The SNAP Photography Festival is getting closer every day. The final schedule is ready and we will bring you informations about all the speakers !

Paula will be teaching at SNAP on April the 14th. For more Information about SNAP and the schedule, please visit www.snapphotofestival.com/looks-like-film

Comments (1)

  1. Wojtek Chrapek

    beautiful work, can’t wait for SNAP!

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