Sometimes I Forget Im NOT 21 Anymore ……

So I had a busy weekend,

I was on duty for Rock ‘N’ Load and with two gigs in successive nights, it has left me feeling a little jaded. Sometimes I forget I’m NOT 21 anymore. Friday night saw me at Voodoo Belfast for the arrival of The Soap Girls, two French Born, South African beauties who brought their Party In Hell Tour to Belfast. The girls done a whistle stop tour around Ireland and fair play to them they gave it their all. It was a fun night for all involved and two nicer girls you could not meet. Anyone who was lucky enough to be there will remember that night for sure.

Saturday was a different affair, Blackwater Conspiracy who have really established themselves as a force to be reckoned with on both the local scene and beyond. With the launch of their Shootin’ The Breeze album which is still riding high in the UK Blues charts. The guys were back in Belfast for the first time since the album release and after successful dates at both Download & Ramblin’ Man festival, they were home. The Pavillion Bar was the venue for their return and it was bouncing. A great band, a great gig, a great night.

Blackwater Conspiracy - Pavillion Bar Belfast

Blackwater Conspiracy – Pavillion Bar Belfast

I can’t complain, I do what I love and when you do that, it doesn’t feel like work. If I could sleep in the mornings it would be so much easier, but alas with two dogs you rarely get an uninterrupted lie in. Izzi just loves a good bark around 7am. If only it was the shoots to do, but alas shoots mean editing, shoots mean reviews, and reviews bring interviews too. So its all go, and as with any of the above you can just loose hours in-front of a computer screen in any one day.

Sunday means playing catch up, writing up the review, editing images and trying to sort the video interview too. Pop down to visit mum (you gotta do it) then home to finish off what I started earlier. So now it’s 11:30 on a Sunday night and I’ve remembered I haven’t posted anything on my Photography site – Doh!

Roll on Monday, lets start it all over again.



About Mark


I am a Wedding and Portrait Photographer based in the sleepy village of Donaghcloney, Co.Armagh.

I studied Photography at college in Belfast. My early days were spent in darkrooms processing 35mm film, developing and printing Black & White photographs. Those days are long gone now & have since been replaced with Apple Mac’s & Photoshop, but my passion for creating a lasting image from scratch still excites me.

I specialise in both Wedding Photography & Studio Portraiture & have a studio at home (Casa Flash Art) for all year round weather proof photography , I love the quality that studio light creates giving you that flawless look. Beyond the studio I adore shooting weddings, meeting excited families and sharing in their big days, Producing images to cherish for years to come.

I am fortunate to combine my passion for photography along with my passion for music, I own and run Rock ‘N’ Load.  A well established online music magazine doing reviews, interviews & capturing the bands in the raw. I guess it full fills a childhood ambition after staring at so many live album covers over the years & all those iconic images on the sleeves.

Beyond photography, I live with my partner Pauline in the sleepy rural town land of Donaghcloney, Co.Armagh ,with my two dogs Izzi & Kobi,Two Cats Stevie & Ray & a fish I inherited from my dad Mr Fishy.

 For all of the above I am eternally grateful,

Peace, Love & Good Happiness Stuff.









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