Best of 2017 - Irish Wedding Photographer - JAM SHOOTS

      Irish Wedding Photographer – Best of 2017

      What a [expletive deleted] deadly year!  Warning: this is going to be an insanely long blog post. Contact your broadband provider and increase your cap. Get some ice ready for your scrolling finger. Before we get into the below, have you watched the video above? If not, please do so with immediate effect. It took me ages and I love it. It encapsulates everything I’m proud of this year. If you hate wedding photography, skip to the end. If you hate baby pictures, stop watching at the 2 minute mark 🙂

      I knew when I started making the video I wanted it to be fast and short so I knew loads and loads of weddings would have to be ommited so I also wanted to showcase EVERY wedding I shot this year and so below you will find a few shots from each wedding followed by a huge pile of lovely messages pulled from emails, Instagram messages and carrier pigeons.  It’s been so exhilarating reflecting on everything I’ve shot this year and it’s been incredible to go through everything and pull out a few images that have stayed with me. These aren’t necessarily the “best” images from each wedding and I’m nearly positive in many case they won’t be the couples favourites but these are the ones that give me the happy feels and the type of images I want to keep taking in 2018 and beyond. I have excluded weddings where the couples have asked for all images to remain private and also engagement shoot images (as they’re getting their own blog very soon!)  Looking back it’s made me realise how much I’ve neglected the blog too so I’ll be scheduling lots of the below for the blog in early 2018. Most of these haven’t even reached Instagram so I’ll be making up for lost time in Jan and Feb there too. Instagram rules by the way and had so much fun on the stories this year –  follow the fun here

      As my finger hovers over the *publish blog* button and I get ready to write up my Xmas Out of Office message I want to take this opportunity to sent out a MASSIVE, heartfelt THANK YOU to all the incredible couples who have asked me to document such incredible, personal and special moments for them this year. I’d also like to give a virtual fist bump to all my photographer friends for being so brilliant and supportive. Big shout out to the “Clicklikef**kateers” in particular!

      Aside from all this photography lark it’s been an incredible year for myself  and Anne Marie as we were able to bring home baby Flynn – born on the 7th June – slap bang in the middle of High Wedding Season! He’s brought unimaginable joy to our lives and we love him more each day. Except last night, he was a pain in the arse last night.

      We hope you all have a very special Christmas and an incredible 2018. I’m now taking bookings for 2019 and have a feeling the next few years are going to be very special indeed.

      John, Anne Marie, Flynn and remembering Max





      Lana & Brian

      Emma & James

      Ibiza & Nash

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      Alexandra & Pierre-Luc

      Laura & Andy

      Dan & Eva

      Lisa & James

      Louise & Tomas


      Hannah & Adam

      Sile & Aled

      Emily & Niall


      Review: John is a true professional and such a great guy to have around on your wedding day – we had the absolute craic with him and he summed our day up perfectly through his photos! His style of photography is absolutely stunning – we never once felt that we were posing for the day!! I would highly recommend him to everyone…. thanks so much John! Emily & Niall


      Storm & Kelvin

      Aoife & Nick


      Gemma & Conor

      Sinead & Gary

      Lorraine & Ruairí

      Laura & Conor

      Louise & Phil

      Nicola & Brian

      Aoife & Steven


      Karen & Cormac

      Shauna & Lee

      Roisin & Owen

      Claire & Stephen




      Leah & Simon

      Jessica & Anthony

      Sinead & Conor

      Laura & Stephen

      Review: We couldn’t have been happier with our wedding photos from John. The photos surpassed all our expectations and captured the day exactly as we remember it, filled with love, fun and lots of colour 🎉 John was a true professional and such a lovely guy. We couldn’t recommend JAM SHOOTS enough

      Audrey & Dave

      Sheenagh & Chris

      Review: We couldn’t be happier with our wedding photographs – they’ve gone above and beyond all our expectations! The photos bring you right back to the moment and you feel all the emotions you had on the big day! John captured our day so perfectly – I haven’t stopped looking at our pictures since we got them back last week! I couldn’t recommend Jam Shoots enough – Amazing photographer and an all around sound guy to have around you on your wedding day! Thanks so much! Shee and Chris x

      Ellen & Niall 

      Review: John did an amazing job with our wedding photography and has given us such a beautiful set of photographs. They have captured so many wonderful moments and really tell the story of the day – we just love looking at them. They are artistic and beautiful and make great use of light and space. As well as all that (if I still haven’t convinced you!), he’s lots of fun to have around. Many of my friends and family commented on how great he was – in the midst of chaos, he was discreetly snapping away, not a bother, with fantastic results! I’m so glad we booked JAMshoots and have no hesitation at all in recommending him.

      Ciara & Ken

      Anne & Cathal

      Review: Finally getting around to leaving a review and it’s a very easy one to write – honestly cannot recommendation John highly enough. Not only is he absolutely amazing at what he does but he is also an absolute gent. Went above and beyond on the day and made everyone feel so comfortable, people are still commenting on how nice he was. Have also had so many lovely comments on our photos which we just love and will treasure for years to come. John, thank you so much for capturing our special day so perfectly. Anne & Cathal x

      Erica & Liam

      Denise & John

      Review: Thank you so so much John for capturing our wedding day so perfectly, from start to finish it’s amazing and exactly what we wanted. Our biggest thing was we didn’t want to spend hours getting pics and miss our reception drinks so it was perfect, quickest photo shoot ever. Every time I look through my gallery I relive the day, people that weren’t even at my wedding have said after looking at the gallery they felt like they were at the wedding. We are over the moon but don’t know how we’re gonna choose our favourites. I’m sure you’ll have lots of enquiries coming your way because I’ve already had to give your details to friends & family. Would highly recommended Jamshoots. Thanks again John from Denise & John Flavin

      Ciara & Aidan

      Jen & Damien

      Review: John is a legend and a pure gent.
      He put us at ease the first time we met him.
      He photographed our wedding on 15/9/17 in Kildare.
      I love photographs but wouldn’t be too keen being the other side of the camera but I honestly have so many gorgeous pictures I will be happy to hang on the wall for a very long time to come.
      Nothing was too much hassle from day one. He answered every silly question without delay.
      He is very laid back and his work is amazing what else can you ask for.
      I would have no hesitation is recommending him- you will not be disappointed.
      Thank you so so much John.
      Jen and Damien Xx

      Roseanna & Fergus

      Mary-Jo & Kevin

      Helly & Chris

      Anne-Marie & Conor

      Emma & Cathal



      Bernadette & Edward


      Saja & Dirk

      Rebecca & Adrian

      Lauren & David


      Grace & Paul

      Sarah & Steve


      Amy & Sam

      Kate & Shane


      Jennifer & Scott

      annnd here comes the testimonial train for 2017:

      They look really fantastic. Really love them. You have done an amazing job. It really brings to life memories of the day.”

      … there is just a huge smile on my face as I look at the slideshow. It is fantastic.  Thanks a million

      Those photos!! Oh my god!! UNREAL!!  We showed our close family & friends the slide show and everyone was blown away!! We just love them!!

       John, these are amazing! …They look SO amazing! Thanks so much again for doing a wonderful job! I’ve watched the slideshow maybe a million times and showed all my family!

       Thanks again for the pictures. I’m in love with them and my mom cried when she saw them! I’m amazed with the quality of your work and the time it took you to do it!

       Wow wow wow! John every time you send something through we go nuts!! They are just beautiful!! God, so emotional looking at them!

      From the Thank You card: Thank you will never be enough but it’s all we have! We LOVE all our photos. You captured the day beautifully and we will treasure these shots for many years to come. You were a pleasure to deal with from the get go and made us very comfortable getting our photo taken – no easy feat!”

      Lisa: We are absolutely blown away by the photos, I have watched the slideshow over and over (and over) again over the past couple of weeks. And I’ve shown it to anyone willing to stop near me for a few mins, everyone Ive shown it to were equally as impressed.

      Such beautiful memories to have of our wedding, we really couldn’t be more pleased. It is exactly how I would like to remember the day. Honestly delighted to have heard about you and to have gotten you to capture our day.

      The photos are amazing – they really captured the spirit of the day! I have watched it over and over already!! They day was such fun and filled with laughter and that really shines through in the pictures.

      They are AMAZING

      Thank you So much for everything on the day, It was All absolutely perfect so much of which was down to you personally,

      “Thank you so much we absolutely love it. … so many amazing moments captured.”

      OMG John!!!! They are just unbelievable, wow wow wow …. myself and Niall both enjoyed your company so much it was just the best craic having you part of the day – the laugh we had when you were running around the tree with the spray can is something I won’t forget too soon!!!

      … Ah amazing amazing amazing!!! These just keep getting better John wow!!!!

      Laughing out loud looking at the pics with the girls and my sisters (what were we talking about!!!!😂)
      wow I knew you were bloody good but wowwww we are ABSOLUTELY OVER THE MOON with the photos, you have the day summed up so perfectly I haven’t stopped watching the slideshow all weekend!

       We are in love with them all.

      I am just so happy we chose you as our photographer. They are really unique, beautiful and tell a lovely version of our day. Thank you so so much I will be recommending you to all our friends.

      Thank you SO much we really love it!!! It brings the day back to life and really captures it in a lovely relaxed beautiful way which is what we were after!

      Thank you so much. We are both absolutely over the moon with the how the photos turned out. it’s been so lovely reliving the day through your pictures

      It was such a pleasure to have you part of our wedding day. Thank you for capturing it’s perfectly

      Thank you again John, you’re a star.

      Stop those are amazing ahhhh can’t wait to see the finished result!!! You are a legend thank you so much

      John…oh my god these are so amazing! Must have looked at them 50 times already, I can’t believe you have them to us so quickly what a fab surprise you are deadly!! We love them thank you so much. … fair play you were a total dream team on the day and it was such a pleasure to have you there capturing our special day. I think you can tell in the pics how happy we were… Thank you so much for being our photographer. Our engagement pics were so perfect and really put us at ease, and you were so lovely on the morning at my place and just great on the day of course.

      We were delighted with the slideshow as it’s a great collection of pics and overview of the day…On the day we found you to be a pleasure to deal with and felt that you really listened to our needs.

      Hi John we just want to say thank you so much, we got to look through the photos the other day and they’re awesome, thank you so much for capturing the day for us…

      … we will be recommending you to anyone we know.

      These are fab. … We Love Them

      We are blown away by the photos John. Thanks for the sneak preview! They are amazing! Even from those pictures we can see you’ve really captured the day for us!

      Wow. We love them! Thank you. So nice to have the sneak peek. John the whole weekend was amazing and you were wonderful….

      The slideshow is amazing, we absolutely love it! I think we’ve watched it ten times already. … You completely captured the day. It’s perfect.

      John!!! We absolutely LOVE it!! Oh my god there so so so good …You’re a very talented man, thank you so so much

      John thanks so much for everything, you were class.You gave friendly direction when needed and were totally inconspicuous at the same time! We had such an amazing weekend, it was incredible. Absolutely love that photo u sent and look forward to seeing the sneak peak pics!
      We actually can’t thank you enough – We absolutely love it! Thanks a MILLION!!

      Thank you so so so so SOOOOOOOOOO much!!! We absolutely love the pics – they’re genuinely amazing and we’re so so happy with them – Thank you so so much!

      We absolutely love them 😀 We are so happy with how the pictures turned out … WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM…

      Oh wow, it is absolutely fantastic. The shots are just stunning!!!!! Everyone we have showed it to love it as much as we do. Thank you so much.

      We’ve watched it about 20 times already. Absolutely love it. It really captures our day.So happy with your work. We’ve just spent the evening looking at the photos and we love, love, love them. You captured our day so well. Thanks so much for everything. Everyone who had seen our photos has commented on the quality of the photography and said they look like photos from magazines! So many of our guests also commented on how good you were (I think you’ll have more bookings in the future from guests at our wedding).  We really couldn’t be happier and can’t say thank you enough. You were such a pleasure to have there on the day and such a professional, and most importantly great fun on the day.

      Slide show is amazing!! Thank you so much for the work you put in on your wedding day … you were so easy to work with on the day and you were like some sort of ninja photographer appearing in the background and taking snaps!

      Delighted we had you as part of our wedding day!!!

      Wow 😍 just wow! I’m so in love with all of the pics, I just want to keep watching it over and over! You managed to capture the feeling of the whole day so absolutely perfectly – the pics are all that we could have hoped for and more and I didn’t have to pose for hours!! 😂 You’re amazing at what you do! We’re just over the moon!

      Cannot thank you enough!!!!

      Thank you SO much for the photographs – I’m so happy with them, every time I look through them I find new favourites!! Thank you for everything – I’ll surely be recommending you on to all my bride&groom friends

      We had so much fun and lots of our guests commented on how great you were – easy-going and unobtrusive.

      (slideshow) Ahhhh! Thanks so much John! We LOVE it, adore it, can’t get enough of it! (overuse of exclamation marks but I can’t help myself)!!! We just sat down and watched it twice through and relived our wedding all over again… No doubt we’ll watch it many more times before the evening is out!

      Thank YOU for Sunday! You were amazing and made us all feel so comfortable
      We’ve just gone through the gallery and couldn’t be happier, they are truly amazing and capture the day perfectly.

      You are super talented, we’ve had so many comments about how amazing the slideshow is and one or two looking for your details which I gladly passed on!

      Oh my god john,
      It is amazing… I can’t believe how much you caught of the day!!! I’m thrilled with it

      We are absolutely thrilled with all the images. Couldn’t have asked for any more, we love how yourself and Paula (second shooter) really captured every aspect of our day!
      Thank you so much for making the process so easy and prompt.
      Thank you again for being fantastic.

      OMG John we LOVE LOVE LOVE every single one of these pics, so excited for the rest of them. Thanks so so much, we were so happy to have you, was great not to miss half of our day but still capture amazing pics.

      Thank you so much… the pictures are fantastic, we’ve shared them with basically everyone!

      THANK YOU so much for the fabulous photos. We and all our family love them!!
      We will def purchase a few prints to frame for Christmas.

      Thank you once again for everything on the day. You were so chilled out and made it enjoyable.

      Will be highly recommending you to any friends due to get hitched!

      We’ve opened this link I don’t know how many times, thank you so much for the highlights…. we love it! There’s so many special moments captured so beautifully.

      (sneak peeks) Oh John they’re amazing!!
      Thank you so much for sending these on. All of the family are very excited to see them. We had  so many compliments on how you worked on Friday, thank you so much for helping us on the day and managing everyone!

      (slideshow) Jooooohhhnnnnnnnn!!!! They’re amazing! Thank you so much! Sitting on a beach in the Bahamas, delighted  we found wifi to get that email. Our battery is about to die we’ve watched it that many times. We’re so excited to share them with the family.
      You’re truly amazing

      You really are amazing. We can’t wait to share these with the rest of the family. You’ve no idea how happy we are with them.

      Honestly, having you as our photographer was one of the best decisions we made in our whole wedding.

      John I LOVE the pictures!!!
      You are a star!! They are so so gorgeous and we cannot wait to share them!!! ….

      just had a chance to look at the gallery, OH MY GOD!! we are in LOVE!!!! Thanks again so so much for everything!!

      We cannot thank you enough for our absolutely beautiful slideshow. Reliving our day has majorly dulled the horrific post wedding/honeymoon blues!

      You just captured the most precious moments and your absolutely beautiful work has caused such laughter and tears. We just cannot thank you enough for this amazing memento of our day.

      We’re really looking forward to seeing the gallery and working on an album. It’s nice to know we have that to look forward to

      WOW…… is all I can say!!!Thank you so so much the shots are fantastic!!

      We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer on the day it felt like it was a friend taken them

      Whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa John! <3 …I LOVE those portraits! The mood all over is awesome!…The moments you got are crazy. Thank you so much!\

      Hey John these are just FAB!!! We absolutely love them – thank you so much!! These are and will be so precious to us in years to come. You captured the day so well – those group shots at the ceremony are just amazing, the one with everyone laughing (and I spy my friend with a tissue wiping her eyes, haha!)

      I cannot wait to see the rest of them. You did so good!

      (on the slideshow) It is amazing. Is it normal to watch it over and over again and cry at your desk?

      A massive thank you again to both you and Gareth (second shooter) for everything – we had the most amazing day.

      We’re just back from honeymoon and delighted to see the preview shots – they look amazing! Really looking forward to seeing the others

      AMAZING! They’re absolutely unreal! Thank you so much

      Oh my god they are amazing!!

      Thank you so much!! Can’t wait for the rest of them!! Wow, we both absolutely love the whole album!!! You did an amazing job!!


      We literally can’t thank you enough! Scott and I started scrolling through these pics and I started balling my eyes out in our cab ride in Toronto lol (the cab driver was probably like wtf? Lol). You absolutely NAILED our day and we had such an absolute blast spending it with you!!! We wouldn’t change a single thing! I wish you knew how much we appreciate you and everything you’ve done…it definitely cannot be expressed in words. These pictures are INSANE, I can’t wait to see the rest, I’m going to have to stock up on Kleenex I have no doubt lol. We love ya buddy! Talk soon!


      Brilliant year for you. Great work!

      boom! awesome year dude!

      Well done John, great year for you and some really smashin shots here. Keep it up!



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