I'm Padraig, 31 years old, just a regular guy born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. Engaged to a woman who pushes me further than I have ever gone, and have three wonderful kids to keep us on our toes. I work within the travel and tourism industry, for a tour operator based in the city.
Little side note before we continue...
Padraig is actually Gaelic for Patrick.
Patrick is my proper name but my great great grandmother, who was from the northwest of Ireland used the Gaelic version when addressing me, and I have recently started using it as my branding.
I found photography like everyone else, through my phone and found myself taking photos while travelling around the country with work, mainly Scotland, but never ever doing anything with them. There they would remain until I had no more memory left on my phone. So the decision was made that I would be getting an upgrade. I was almost pushed into it after a digital camera was given to me as a gift not so long ago. And I am grateful as it has opened up a whole new world for me and also my family.
So as it went I had found a new love and an excuse to get out of the house and the office when ever I could to see what was out there, from before the sun has even come up until well after the sun has gone down and I have never looked back.
I started off using all of my free time trying to get great images but as the time went on this turned out not to be the case. I soon realised that I was trying to force an image and a setting that were not there. I figured out that I had to plan according to the weather, this also went against me. It sent me into a huge depressed mess, and I was not getting my own way. We decided as a family to go away on a random trip up north towards Inverness, The weather was going to be awful but we went anyway. It turned out to be one of the best trips I have had. Watching my son playing in the rain, splashing in puddles with his welly boots on and smiling the entire time. I could not have thought about anything better. Then it hit me. It made me realise that planning my trips and outings was not helping my creativity and that just going with the flow works wonders and you can be in the moment. I joined in with him and got a few family photos that. have now become my inspiration. I came home with around two thousand images, we were away for one night and two days. If you have looked at my work then you will see there is nothing pre-planned and I fell in love with going out on random moments. This is still the mindset that I am in today and getting those in the moment shots tend to be the most rewarding. I am still learning and improving as I go. I don't have a defined style but I do like darker tones within an image, and lets be honest, living in Scotland doesn't fall short of dark and moody settings.
A wise man once told me that
"every day is a school day" and he is not wrong. I still enjoy sitting in the rain, waiting for those ideal conditions, but then again the beach in the sun is not always a bad option.
I always look forward to meeting new people and finding out their story and adding to it if I can. If I can help capture that one special moment then its all been worth it.
Choose Your Own Adventure... I did!