New Year, new challenges and new successes.

First things, first. Happy new year. I hope 2019 is both happy and healthy for you and your families. If you are reading this post, you are probably getting married so I wish you well in your planning and hope your wedding day is amazing.

One of my MANY new year’s resolutions is to begin a blog on my website. A blog that I intend to keep up to date, hopefully.

I loved 2018, it rocked. It was amazing but I have a feeling 2019 is going to be even better. Let’s hope there is plenty to talk about.

January 2019 is only a few days old but already it has been crazy busy with enquiries, consultations and bookings.

In case you missed it, my diary for 2020 weddings is now officially open. Selected dates for 2019 weddings are available. Please check your availability on my booking page.

I began 2019 spending the day with my nieces and a visit to Ikea in Belfast. It’s great for little things and my new studio has plenty of Ikea charm. For my youngest niece, Ikea proved to be an adventure park for her and I hope Santa can fit some lay flat boxes into his sack for Christmas next year!

Ikea selfie. :-)

Back to work and already I’ve met some of the nicest couples in this lovely country and I’m happy to help them plan their wedding day beginning with their photography. (Shout outs to: Anne Marie, Charles, Kimberly, Neil, Audrey, Steven, Kelly & Peter.)

All this has been happening in my new studio at the Diamond Centre in Claudy. It’s a brilliant space and everyone who has visited have commented how great it is and how easy it was for them to visit.

A professional studio premises is a must have for any professional photographer and something every proper photographer should have.

In a couple of weeks, I’m off to merry old London. (Cue thoughts of Joey from Friends stepping into a map to find his way.) Before I began my journey in photography, I’d never been to the big smoke. In recent years, I’ve visited on quite a few times for various photography events.

Joey & Chandler from Friends – “The One with Ross’s Wedding”

The next visit is the start of a new adventure for me. I’m nominated for Wedding Photographer of the Year. How crazy is that? I found out in December that I was nominated and I still can’t believe it.

In a world where it seems everyone is an award winning photographer and there is almost an award for everything it’s almost natural to assume that this one is as artificial as the others you see floating around on social media.

It’s not. It’s as authentic as I am.

Along with the WPPI, the SWPP is one of the most respected photography organisations in the world. If you are fortunate enough to get nominated or win anything with either of these organisations, you are doing very well.

To be in the position I am in took a lot of hard work, a lot of luck and I am so unbelievably happy to be in the mix for winning the top prize in wedding photography.

The biggest reason for my success is of course my past, current and future brides & grooms. Without each and everyone of you, I would not be in such a position and I thank you all.

It doesn’t get much better than this and even though I am so happy to be involved, a little bit of me is sad as this might be the only time in my career that I reach such a height.

When I get to London, win or lose, I hope to make the most of it.

One of my other new year’s resolutions is calling me so that’s all for now.

Enjoy your weekend.

Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers

Wedding & Portrait Photographers International

4 Responses to “New Year, new challenges and new successes.”

  1. Maura McElhone

    Congratulations on starting 2019 with a bang, Shea! Discovering you was a very real highlight of our wedding-planning journey, and we enjoyed every minute we spent with you! Best of luck in London: with talent and passion for what you do, your career won’t peak with one award or another…the sky’s the limit, so keep dreaming big 🤗 x

    • Shea Deighan

      Thanks so much, Maura.

      You and Sean’s wedding was one of my highlights of last year. You are both such lovely people, as well as your family and guests.

      See you soon when you come to collect your album.

  2. Edel


    I’m so happy for you. My husband is a photographer too and I know how hard it is to get anything through in these types of competitions, especially in the wedding category. You are doing great! Really hope you win!

  3. Lisa Stewart

    Hi Shea!

    Best of luck in London at the awards.

    Your photography is so cool and I’m still gutted I didn’t choose you as my photographer for my wedding a couple of years ago.

    I went for someone cheaper and surprise, surprise the results were not good! Hard lesson to learn for me but at least I can laugh about it now. :-)

    If I ever get married again, I’ll make sure I don’t go for the cheaper option. (Joking! Obviously I hope I don’t get married again. Unless my husband reads this!)



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