Just a small selection of the kind reviews we have received here at Photos From Ireland
Elena Shumilova: I was so happy that Brendan invited me to teach workshop in this incredible land!! He is the most sensitive and responsible organiser from all over the world!! He thinks everything to the smallest details! And the most important- he is always so warm and sincere! It were unforgettable days together!!
Ballyliffin in Ireland is a "place in the middle of nowhere" (something very similar with my village where I live in Russia) .. and it holds a special place in my memories. Once in the middle of 2015, Brendan Diver sent me the letter with crazy suggestion (as I thought) :) ... But already thousands times I was grateful that it happened!!! Incredibly soulful and heartwarming people live there in this place with freedom smell! Sean Derry is definitely a real magician! Nothing would be possible without him! Coming back again and again every time I've got new friends and new adventures! And thank you Brendan for being the soul and the engine of these workshops every time!! Can't wait to see you again!! And thank you, my friends, who is coming for the second or even third time to my workshops!! I treasure it!!
John Patton: WORKSHOP 2 - #ElenaSumilovaIrishworkshops with #BrendanDiver of #PhotosFromIrelandI
Retrospection is all around at the moment. Uachtáran na h-Éireann visited Derry on Saturday to commemorate Oct 5 , 1968. By that time, I had gotten to know Ballyliffen and its surroundings very well. It has changed but is still hauntingly beautiful.
My expectations from the #ElenaShumilovaIrishWorkshops were high , since the presenter arrived with a well-minted reputation from the experiences of previous attendees. She looked a slight, rather shy figure at the registration event on Sunday; particularly so beside the commanding presence of the garrulous, man-child figure of #Brendan Diver, #photosfromireland in person. The latter is a consummate host and steward, always attentive with a firm grasp of detail and anxious to meet all needs, both photographic and social. At her first presentation, it was soon evident that Elena combines high level photographic skills with the ability to communicate and teach effectively.
Together , these two made a commanding team and soon each of us recognised that this was going to be a very special course as it certainly proved.
Each location was perceptively selected and full use was made of dramatic scenery and models , ranging in age from very young children to a senior figure with all the signs of age in his white hair and remarkable beard. Inishowen in autumn produces a very soft light which was welcomed by the photographers. There was great variety in the choice of locations too from the deeply affecting atmosphere of Doagh Famine Village to the haughty grandeur of 4000 year old Grianan Aileach. Some of the models, like Jessica and Sean, had some previous experience of photo-shoots but others brought the innocent appeal and freshness of newbies. No hackneyed gestures from them and we took full advantage to adapt them to our needs. Well done models, their parents and #photosfromireland , especially for the detailed attention to costume choice.
The multi-national group bonded well; we had expertise, support, advice, hospitality, entertainment and often hilarity. The tone was set from the start by the two principals - the chemistry and good humour of whose working relationship provided a nuanced start and induced confidence. Frequently courses are bilateral exercises where the suffering are 'talked at'. Not so on these workshops where there was a high degree of mutuality and common interest. An excellent model for others in the field.
Well done all and I thoroughly recommend participation both to working professionals but to amateurs such as I am.
This past sunday we were treated to a taste of what Brendan Diver's Photos From Ireland photo tours offers, and what a delight it was! After car pooling at 09:30 in town, we met Brendan at the picturesque Lisnagra Woods, accompanied by the talented models Sinead McGonagle, Johnny French and bird handler Martin Moloney. Brendan walked us through various cinematic scenes with lots of helpful guidance, a good dose of fun and plenty of scope for model interaction. Everybody had a very enjoyable time and many great photos were taken. We'd all like to extend our thanks to Brendan, Sinead, Johnny and Martin for such an entertaining morning, and indeed Yvonne for organising it.
I for one can't wait to join one of Photo Tours from Ireland’s 2 day tours.. with this much packed into 2 hours, I'll need to bring a few spare sd cards!
Johnny French: Class of 2018 photography workshop tour organised by Brendan Diver.
Picture the scene a cold overcast day early October walking into the hotel as part of the many model crew Brendan Diver organised for the two day workshop, about 15+ eagerly photographers waiting patiently in the foyer for chief organiser Brendan to take them on a magical journey throughout Inishowen peninsula in Co Donegal. The breathtaking scenery, the mind-blowing landscape with a twist of different models in each location throughout the journey of Inishowen peninsula. Discover the Wild Atlantic breeze blowing in your face, the culture, the history, all through the eye of the lens.
Brendan's professionalism with warm love and attention to detail gives him the scope for backstage planning, model organising, lunches, transport, transfers to deliver a hassle free experience for each and everyone. With the calibre of this magnitude it is truly magnificent to witnesses with your own eyes.
Brendan will provide information and communicate throughout the journey with any questions you may have. He loves to talk ha ha ha.. This was my 3th year doing the two day workshop and it was the best experience to date. I've made some very good life long aspiring friends from the workshops. The Craic between Brendan and the models will create a atmospheric mood and style that will have you laughing your socks off. Brendan once being described as "a big kid" ha ha ha ha sorry Brendan.. Irish slang, Irish humour, and the Irish Craic guaranteed 5*
Glauco Belligni: Going back home after a stop-over in Dublin for a couple more Guinnesses. Going back home though I am presently having some confusion on where home is... Perhaps just any place where I can open my suitcase. And the one I am carrying now has been filled with new knowledge, new emotions, new learnings, new consciousness, new purposes and intentions, many memories of happy moments, some soft sadness, the usual tiny sweet regrets for possible opportunities missed, gratitude. It will take some more time to elaborate and digest this all, and at the end of the processing I will probably be a little different self, hopefully a better one. Just keep changing with the tide. I expected the workshop to be very good, but actually it was faboulous and by far exceeded all my expectations. A very pleasant surprise was the 2-days phototour, really amazing. Breathtaking locations, astonishing models and choreography, wonderful group and above all an impeccable organization. It rarely happens that everything goes so smoothly and problem-less and that you cannot find not even the tiniest flaw. Thank you to you all folks and in particular to Brendan - cheers for and to him - and to Elena. It was wonderful to share these days and these emotions with you all. I hope everybody got home safely and hope to meet you again along the road.
Tina Lantink: In september I attended the Elena Shumilova workshop organized by Brendan. It were two amazing days. Got home with a backpack full of inspiration, motivation, plans and warm feelings for Ireland and it’s people.
Annette Sweeney: Thanks so much to Brendan Diver for our fab pics....we braved the dark forest and the hail storms, Brendan was an absolute gentleman, with the patience of a saint, really appreciate all your efforts....loved our shoot...check him out ...photos from Ireland facebook page.
Sinead Mc Gonagle: I would really recommend doing Brendans photography tour around Inishowen! I attended it as a model for the first time this year & I didn’t know what to except as I had no experience doing anything like it before but it was such an amazing day! Everyone was so relaxed, helpful and it was really good craic! It was lovely meeting the fantastic photographers from all over and all the other models too that made it a great day! The photos that Brendan and all the other photographers took turned out so amazing & would highly recommend the tour to anyone interested in photography!!
Claudia Weterings: In oktober i followed a workshop from Elena Shumilova organized by Brendan. He is really a real talent in organizing. Everything was complete, the accomodation, the models, the lunches, the transport. He gives you really a lot of information and reacts very quickly if you have questions.
And as a photographer he is very good as well!!
Lisa Doherty: I recently attended a weekend workshop by Elena Shumilova, hosted by Brendan from Photos from Ireland. It was an amazing experience! I learnt so much from Elena. Brendan went above and beyond in hosting this event. He made sure everyone was made welcome to Ballyliffin and catered to everyone’s needs. Brendan is very proud of Ballyliffin & rightly so - it boasts the most spectacular scenery! Overall it was a delightful experience, thank you Brendan 👏
Ashling Hayes: I recently had the pleasure of doing the 2 day Elena shumilova workshop in Donegal organised by Brendan. I absolutely loved it! I learned so much in those 2 days and made some friends I hope to meet again.
Jenny Giles: Well what can I say...... I came back from an amazing 5 days in Co Donegal, Ballyliffin two weeks ago and I am still missing the place and the people. I attended a workshop with world famous Elena Shumilova and also a fantastic two day photography tour hosted and organised by the wonderful Brendan. It was just so well put together and planned I was amazed. Fantastic locations, lots of laughs and many new friends made. Can’t wait to go back next year :) :)
Jessica Doherty: Brendan has booked me as a model for a part of his photography tour last week and needless to stay I had a ball! From the get go I could tell just how passionate Brendan was about bringing his group of international photographers here to explore the wild terrain of Donegal. As a model I find it so important to relax and feel comfortable as it enables me to perform at my best, it wasn't long till I had made friends for life. It was a pleasure and honour to work alongside Brendan, the photographers and fellow models alike. I am still recovering from all the fun we had! It was a crazy day but I wouldn't have changed one part of it. If you as a model or photographer has the chance to work with this man DO IT!!! Unforgettable experience!
Isabel Erkemeij - In September 2018 I followed a workshop from Elena Shumilova, organized by Brendan. What a phantastic choice that had been. Brendan is the most professional organizer I can imagine. His amount of providing service is far above average. He communicates fast, provides more information than you ever could imagine and delivers so much more than you can even wish for. The workshop itself was truly inspiring, but it was Brendan's warm, joyful and enthusiastic character that made this experience more than a 100 % worth it!
Niamh Claire Mc Eleney - Brendan Diver is a true gentleman! I have worked with him for a year now & he never fails to impress me with his creativity and his passion. He absolutely deserves the biggest applause for his dedication and commitment! Brilliant photographer and an amazing person also!
Sean Derry - Donegal is no longer a remote county on the far west of Europe thanks to Brendan Diver who , by bringing Elena Shumilova, the world famous photographer here, has exposed our beautiful people and scenery to the eyes of the world !
Elena’s photography and Brendan’s organisational skills have combined to give the participants in their training workshops( mostly professional photographers) experiences they will never forget . They come from all over the world now to our little piece of heaven on earth !
Sarah Burke - I recently attended a beginners photography course with Brendan. The course was great, learned loads and Brendan was a great teacher with loads of experience under his belt.. came away with so much knowledge, tips and tricks just after 6 weeks. Thanks so much Brendan, looking forward to joining another one again soon.
Josephine Hassan - Just completed the beginner's DSLR photography course with Brendan. What can I say, starting with an extremely limited knowledge of my fairly new camera I have gone to shooting completely in manual and having a good understanding of what the various buttons and settings are. Brendan was the most supportive, informative and helpful Tutor. He uses plain language which doesn't scare the beginner to photography. The craic was good and the group visited some of the most beautiful places in Inishowen for the practice shoots.. One regret - the 6 weeks went by far too quickly!! If you have a DSLR camera and are a beginner or even if you have been using your camera for a while but never undertaken a course I COULDN'T RECOMMEND THIS COURSE HIGHLY ENOUGH!! You are thinking about it if you are reading this - don't think anymore - lift the phone or message Brendan and put your name on the list for the next course. I promise you won't regret it!!! Thanks again Brendan 100 star's from me!!
Patricia Cavanagh - A most enjoyable, informative and entertaining course from Brendan Diver. All the photography tips and tricks he willingly shared with us. It was lovely being out amidst the stunning Donegal landscape where we received every opportunity to practice shutter speeds,ISO’s, and apertures under his expert guidance. Highly recommend this course. Thank you Brendan
Mary T. Mc Connellogue -I recently did a photography course with Brendan as my tutor. I cant say enough about it on here as it would take too long but i found Brendan to be a very good tutor. He was informative, fun, whilst retaining a professional attitude and we were always learning.....we also went out and about to some of the most hidden beauty spots of inishowen to practice techniques. Very good service, i would highly recommend!! Thanks for everything Brendan
Caroline Crumlish - I have two girls aged 8 and 3. They had such a fun time doing this shoot. Brendan captured all the pictures while the girls played away, with no fuss or stress involved. I’m completely blown away with how they turned out. The quality and lighting of each shot was picture perfect. Can’t speak highly enough with dealing with Brendan, he kept in regular contact to ensure the best results. I’ll definitely be spreading the word!
Kathleen Doherty - Very good at his job, got lovely pic thanks Brendan
Marie Mc Closkey: Delighted with the photos off Michaela's first communion. Fantastic. Thank u.
Anne Bradley: Thank you Brendan for photographing my son for his first Holy Communion, it was so relaxed and the children loved it & the photographs were just beautiful, we are delighted with them.
Christine Mc Groarty: We had a great photo shoot with Brendan,he made us all relaxed and he captured brilliantly our son's Holy Communion! Thanks so much!
Caroline H Doherty : Had Brendan take photo for my sons communion.
Brendan was fantastic from start to finish we had some laughs and the best of craic during the photo shoot.Not one thing was a bother for him,The photo are absolutely fantastic love every single one of them highly recommend Brendan will definitely be getting him back again..
Noeleen Mc Eleney Grant :I want to thank Brendan so much for my photos that we had done for my girls confirmation. Brendan was fabulous from start to finish. Made us all at ease and the fun photos was a laugh He made Chloè and her godparents feel so special. Having my photos done at the house was brilliant as you are more comfortable with the surroundings .
Will definitely be using Brendan again
Theresa Jackson: thank you for my amazing photos we love them would highly recommend Brendan Diver he is very good at his job’ second time getting him for our sons communions pictures are fantastic
Alison Hegarty: Brendan Diver was absolutely fantastic. Amazing photos so delighted with them. Highly recommend Brendan.
Samantha Mccolgan: Absolute gentleman, we had the pleasure of having brendan do photos for my sons holy communion. He was first class, n had everyone relaxed. My son is very shy n i was blown away by the pictures that were able to be captured that day �no shyness at all. Couldn't recommend brendan enough, top class service n top class pictures I'll cherish forever.
Shauna Hennigan :) The 6 week beginner's course was brilliant. Learned loads about photography and had a lot of fun too! Would definitely recommend to others!
Jordon O Connor :6 week course flew in loved every moment :) crk was 90 and met new people brilliant course & brilliant guy :) was a fun 6 weeks thanks Brendan :)
Paddy Doherty: Did a 6 week course with Brendan, Genuine Sound Man that Knows his stuff & had a good laugh along the way. Thanks B
Leona Barron: I learnt so much on Brendans 6 week DSLR photography course. The course was set at a manageable pace and we were shooting in full manual mode within 2 classes. Lots of fun and some great tips for going forward! Highly recommended. Thank you Brendan!
Marie Douglas :Did a photography course with Brendan and had an absolute ball. He is so informative and I learned so much from it. Every night was so much fun. Thank you Brendan!!
Mary Grant: An absolute gentleman, Brendan did my son Patrick’s Confirmation photos. We laughed from the minute he arrived. Nobody is camera shy with Brendan he made everyone feel so special from toddlers to Grandparents... It was like having your best friend doing your photos. His Photos are amazing, More that I hoped for....If anyone is having photos taken, give Brendan a call you will not regret it...
I would highly recommend Brendan for your special day.
Breege Doherty: Delighted with photography done for my son’s confirmation. Fabulous pictures,with amazing editing....so much more than I ever expected...excellent service especially with time keeping,communication and patience with toddlers!!! :) :) Also fantastic value for money... so well worth a phone call before u book anyone else. I would highly recommend this business. :) :) :)
By Gergana Tzoncheva: I attended Elena Shumilova's workshop in the summer of 2017. Brendan was amazing host. I also stayed for the extra day where I was amazed by the number and diversity of models and locations he has arranged. I would definatly do it again if I have the opportunity.
By Rachel Kelly: Brendan is fantastic at his work. I have been to a workshop with him recently and I really loved it ! Brendan is brilliant at what he does and makes you feel comfortable ! He's great crack and brilliant to be around Photos From Ireland.
By Chantal Brossard: My best trip to life! Brendan made us discover Ireland with so much passion. It was unforgettable... we loved to be back next summer. Thank you for everything!
By Betty Laurent Bellomy: I loved our photo tour so much and Brendan was amazing at bringing us to so many gorgeous places and gathering models for us to photograph!! He also did such an amazing job at organizing Elena Shumilova's workshop. Most of all , thank you for your kindness, warm welcome and sense of humor Brendan!!!
By Johnny French: Brendan is a photographer with attention to detail, his professionalism and humour is flawless. This was my second year being part of the Elena Shumilova workshop/tour day organised by Brendan Diver. Cheers buddy for yet another fantastic opportunity and experience.
By Karen Wiltshire: Fantastic host , great photography tour around Donegal . Brendan has a huge amount of knowledge and enthusiasm for both the area and photography. I loved my time in Donegal can't wait to do it again .
By Jacky Turner: Brendan you were an amazing host, your enthusiasm and attention to detail were second to none. The passion you have for what you do shone through! you made it such fun for everyone. It was well organised and I will definitely be back, I can't wait to meet up for a northern lights tour!
By Romeo Vasileniuc: Awesome landscapes, awesome people. One of the best place in the world. Thank you Photos From Ireland for making this possible on our lives !
By Danielle Hagens: Absolutely the best workshop I ever attended thanks to the amazing organization by Brendan from Photos from Ireland. Brendan is the kindest and most enthusiastic person I have ever met. Without him these days in Ireland wouldn't have been so successful. Thanks for everything Brendan and I will return to Donegal for sure!!!
By Maureen Gill: Had a fabulous family shoot done with brendan. He is really good fun and so patient will do anything you want. The photos are fab really pleased with all. I would highly recommend him to all my friends. Thanks again Brendan
By Ellie Borman: Brendan hosted a workshop and photo tour that was top notch. Well organized, beautiful spots a great variety of models. Saw parts of Ireland that without Brendan I would have never seen. He was great about telling you the history of each place. I hope to attend another workshop/photo tour soon. Thanks it was awesome!
By Madeline Doherty: Thanks a million Brendan your work ethic and enthusiasm were second to none on the photography tour and the preparation you put into this and to Elena Shumilova's work shop. I think I was the only local person other than yourself on this tour and you took us to places that I've never seen before. I had the most amazing time and met some beautiful people from all over the world. So if you have one of these tours next year you can definitely count me in, thanks so much again the craic was ninety😂😂👌😜😜
By Victoria Vykhodtseva: Elena Shumilova's workshop in Ireland was an exceptional experience. Elena was generous to share not just the photography skills but her art with us. I am lucky to have had the opportunity to be a witness of how her masterpieces were being created. Very inspirational! All this was made possible due to the efforts and enthusiasm of Brendan Diver. Everything was organized perfectly well! I can't imagine what a huge amount of work Brendan put into this to make it happen. We were just enjoying friendly and creative atmosphere during these days, not to mention the 1-day photography tour that followed - fantastic models, spectacular locations and awesome photographers from all around the world! I would be happy to return to Donegal again.
By Carol Beggs: I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop with Elena and Brendan. It was one of the highlights of my month long vacation in Ireland. Elena is so marvellously proficient in photoshop and I really enjoyed watching her do the post processing. Brendan, thank you for organizing and for going out of your way to help my husband with respect to his fishing. He caught 12 big sea trout so he was a happy camper. I am now home and can't wait to start processing.(after getting over the jetlag). Thank you again Elena and Brendan and to Sean Derry and the beautiful little models. They were fantastic! .....and I am really missing the "full Irish breakfast" I had every day at the Strand!
By Mari Ward: I recently spent 3 days in Ballyliffin at the Elena Shumilova Workshop and the photo tour of Inishowen, all organised by Brendan Diver, Photos from Ireland. Brendan is a dedicated and passionate photographer who also has great organisational skills. His enthusiasm and good humour are totally infectious and nothing is too much trouble for him - he will move mountains to ensure everybody has a memorable experience, both photographically and socially!! The craic continued well into the night with Brendan and family providing us with award-winning Irish music sessions. If you want a great photographic experience in Donegal, with the opportunity to make new friends with a shared passion for your art, under the guidance of somebody who knows the best locations then look no further. I highly recommend Photos from Ireland. Thank you Brendan.
By Ramona Hambrick: Finally life has slowed down enough for me to sit down and begin in ernst sorting through and editing my photographs from my trip to Ireland. It's been wonderful reliving that amazing time. I feel so very fortunate to have been able to participate in the Elena Shumilova 2017 workshop and the photo shoot tour on wednesday organized by Brendan and Photos From Ireland. Thanks to his hard work and his love and knowledge of all things Donegal, everything was well organized and fun. We were afforded beautiful sites that most people wouldn't know about. There are so many people to thank, from The Strand Hotel, the models, the tour company that drove us to different locations and of course Brendan. I treasured meeting new friends and learned amazing new photographic techniques.
By Eli MGx: we are happy with how our family photoshoot pics turned out! Brendan's so much fun to work with , lots of emotions and laughs :D Brendan is not only a fabulous photographer but also a wonderful person..thank you so much, we absolutely love them!
By Susan O Donnell: Brendan is a brilliant photographer he done our daughter Ellie's confirmation pictures we got some fab family pics, he made us all feel so relaxed and the girls just loved him such a gentleman and a pro and nothing was any bother would highly recommend Brendan Diver 👍
By Siobhan McLaughlin: Bursting with pride at the fantastic pictures you took of all the family for our Son's Confirmation. We had a wonderful day, very relaxed and not rushed. Thank you again Brendan, will be booking you again for sure and may even use that great set up in your studio.
By Josephine Gill: We had an absolute ball with Brendan getting our photos done. True gentleman, and the kids enjoyed themselves. We were all so relaxed and laughed the whole way through. Would highly recommend Brendan to anyone.
By Louise Kelly: My family had the greatest Christmas photoshoot with Brendan. His pictures were amazing. He went above and beyond to create the perfect Christmas Album. He was an absolute pleasure to deal with and made our photoshoot lots of fun. You are a brilliant & passionate Photographer, and your work and studio is outstanding. Thank you Brendan!
By Siobhan Lowen: Thank you so much Brendan for a very informative 6 week course in Drumfries. Great Photographer, Great tutor.
By Joy: Just completed a 6 week digital photography course ran by Brendan. From start to finish it was a very relaxed course yet we fitted so much into the course. Brendan was very approachable and friendly yet had a very professional manner. Brendan is obviously very passionate about all aspects of photography and it was a pleasure to be shown how to use my camera correctly by him with all his expertise.
By James AA Mc Ginley: There is more to this photography than just pointing a camera.My appetite has been whetted and propelled along by the enthusiasm of Brendan. Can recommend his course.
By Carolann Farren: Had a great time at your work shop had fun also now time to get the camera out 👍
By John McLaughlin: Just completed my photography course with Brendan, such an amazing six weeks I had. This coarse exceeded my expectations as we covered a wide range of photography, leaving myself feeling very competant by the end of this coarse. Would highly recommend his coarse to everyone, thanks again Brendan.
By Jacqui: Hi Brendan, I really enjoyed the course, and learned so much. I could just about turn the camera on when I started and now I feel far more aware of my surrounds and confident when taking photographs. I hope you will run further courses in Malin Head in the future.
By Pat Eisenberger: So thankful to have an amazing photographer like Brendan to help me capture the beautiful sights of Donegal. It was a weekend I'll never forget.
By Tamuna: I had unforgettable time in beautiful Ireland, Breathtaking views, beautiful models, the best child photographer in the world and fantastic, very warm, and caring organizer on the top, Thank you Brendan, cant wait till I am back.
By Indra: I had lovely time taking picture of those amazing kids with the beautiful surrounding of Ballyliffin. Thank you very much Elena and Brendon.
By Anne Dowling: had so much fun and enjoyment and learned so much in a very easy manner thank you to Elena Shumilova for her inspirational teaching and for Brendan brilliant organisation skills nothing was to much trouble to him and the brilliant models who were so good to work with . i would recommend the experience to anyone it was awesome.
By Anja Sønsteby: I have had a very nice and good workshop here in Ireland, and want to thank you for good arrangement, always Brendan, you do a good job :-) Anja
By Ely and Eddy: Thanks to our photographer Brendan Diver for capturing the beauty of our family 💖 😊 We are happy with everything. You did an awesome job, really, the photos are just stunning! 📷 Would highly recommend. 😊 😊 😊
By Tiina Weckman: I had a wonderful time in beautiful Ireland. Brendan had things well organized and it was a pleasure to learn from Elena Shumilova. Saw some amazing locations and met wonderful people!
By Heidi Woods: Can't wait to see the photos!!
By Jonathan french: For 30 seconds walk outside and stand there in silence, look up at the sky and contemplate how amazing life is! Brendan you truly are one of a kind. well done on all your hard work leading up to the Elena Shumilova workshop. unbelievable organisation was needed and you delivered. I had an absolute fantastic time modelling for the Elena Shumilova workshop. Brendan massive thank you. very much appreciated.
By Eileen Hyland: Great fun, stunning locations, amazing models, wonderful workshop with Elena Shumilova and Brendan Diver.
By Ann cuffe: Brendan had a great time meeting all the lovely people and kids had a ball and the work u put into it was brilliant well done u
By Lauren McDonagh: Yet again Brendan pulled out all the stops! What a fun filled day modelling for the Elena Shumilova workshop. Looking forward to seeing all the images!
By Laurie: Wow! Wow! Wow! Think that about sums up everything about the amazin Elena Shumilova workshop organised by the wonderful Brendan Diver. Who says men can't multi-task!!! Meeting Elena and seeing her work up close is one of those once in a lifetime experiences that will stay long in the memory. Such a lovely lady and such an inspiration. And a lovely bunch of people I was lucky to meet on the workshop. We had lots of learning & lots of laughs, all wrapped up in the stunning Donegal landscape. And a special mention to all the locals -the welcome could not have been friendlier. And the music has superb If you want to know what magic looks like, it looks like this!
By Brenda Rogers: What a brilliant workshop. Thank you for all of your hard work in organising everything.
By Anja Wiehl: Brendan goes into my book a s the "organisation wizard"! Such a well put on Elena Shumilova workshop, where the full potential of the area and it's people was showcased with added sightseeing and entertainment elements. The passion for his home shone through! Thank you for a magical time.
By Nicki O'Donovan: Absolutely fabulous workshop!! Brendan you are an outstanding organizer. The Elena Photography workshop has been a dream come true. Thank you for everything. I will cherish this memory forever and the nuggets of gold that I have gained will weave their way into my own photography.
By Richie Hatch: Brilliant couple of days on the workshop. Brilliant organisation and set up. Loved it all!
By Gerard Gormley: Very enjoyable couple of days - would recommend to anyone - very relaxed and informative.
By Rosemary Doherty: The best teacher anyone could ask for. Learned a lot of things and it was great crack with everyone. We were all on the same boat there to learn and have a laugh.
By Irene Mc Dermott: Many thanks for the pictures they are amazing Brendan.I just love them. You were brilliant with the kids they had a wonderful time. I would highly recommend as a photographer, the shoot was so relaxed and enjoyable and very professional.
By Holly Ruddock: Love my photos! Such a great photographer to work with , they turned out amazing love them :)
By Ann Cuffe: Hi Brendan I love all the pic u done off my two children and dog loving them all 😄😄
By Inese Mjalenkova: Many thanks for all your hard work organizing this stunning event!It was much more than a mere photography workshop. Coming home, it is hard to disengage - inspired as we are, our magic journey will continue in our photography. Thank you again!
By Joy O Driscoll: Hi all, drove a round trip of 1100km to partake of this fantastic weekend, have learnt so much and look forward to putting the experience i gained to making my photographs exceptions, and many thanks to Brendan and Elena plus all the new friends i have gained from this weekend.
By Sorana Bordas: I am such a rich person with this past weekend added to my memories... I would not change anything, the whole experience was just incredible. I found such beautiful persons under the skin of the brilliant artists I knew from the internet. I was there, with you, trying to keep your every word in a special place in my mind. I was as happy as I could be, I still am, just thinking about you. Brendan Diver. Elena Shumilova, all the other photographers that joined the master of all experiences, I wish you all the best! Long live Ireland and good photography! Thank you!
By Clare Moon: Attended the Elena Shumilova workshop and all I can say is WOW. ..from the accommodation organisation to the cold night spent on the beach chasing light, Brendan you didn't miss a trick and it was not only an honor to meet Elena and her amazing skills but also yourself and yours too....you have climbed up my favorite person list and I will for sure be following your photography and I WILL be back again....Thank you for the dedication and determination in making the weekend the success it was.
By Una Williams: special thanks to you Brendan Diver for organising such a magical weekend for us all and Elena Shumilova for her incredible dedication and inspiration in teaching us, it will stay in my heart forever, Una Williams
By Theresa Jackson: Hi Brendan thank you so much for taking pictures for my sons first communion you did a great job love the pictures,and my boy was comfortable with you will get you again in the future for sure thanks again.
By Carolyn: Thanks for the photography classes Brendan, really enjoyable, I now know so much more about my camera and its capabilities, its evident your very passionate about photography and your work is excellent. Thanks again :)
By Tina Gillespie: Brendan is an absolutely brilliant photographer, a visit to his studio is a must !!! His work is so captivating...... " Brendan you just don't take a photograph - you make it " :)
By Alison bonner: Brilliant photographer who had us laughing the whole way through the shoot! Went the extra mile to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience and we all loved the photographs at the end! Would highly recommend for any occasion!
By Chantelle McGrath: Brilliant photographer,would highly recommend his work its outstanding!
By Fiona Cullen: Your pictures are amazing. Thank you for photographing my daughter's 1st Communion. I am over the moon with therm. Also, the photographs you have in your studio of the northern lights & castle bridge are fantastic!!! Thanks again.
By Peggy Bonner: Thanks for an amazing experience at our family photo-shoot at the beach Brendan. Made us all feel so comfortable and relaxed and we all had great craic! Would definitely recommend you to anyone! You have the patience of a saint, so anyone looking for a portrait/family photo, this man is great at his job!! :)
By Jonathan French: Brendan is an outstanding photographer, with a warm and stunning personality! I would highly recommend Brendan, such a top guy in many ways!! Kind Regards, J French Actor.
By Gemma Doherty: Brendan your photographs/prints of the Aurora are so amazing...thanks so much for sharing them and am looking forward to doing your photography course... be FAB...
By Pauline Crossan: I have just come back from viewing the pictures of the northern lights I was totally amazed by these and have to say guys I would really recommend for anyone who can visit this guys shop should , as seeing them on here is nothing compared to seeing those pics for real ,and of course his other work absolutely fantastic..I can't wait to get these northern lights on my wall....Thanks Brendan I'm so pleased can't thank you enough keep up the good work ..Pauline
By Donna Davy: Had photos of my children done with this splendid photographer, highly recommend him....he will not disappoint, thank you again! :)
By Christine: Hi Brendan, just want to wish you all the best on your new venture...now many more people will have the opportunity to see your work!! You do a fantastic job and have the perfect personality for helping put everyone at ease, so that every photo reflects and joy and spontaneity of the occasion. We have first hand experience of this from last summer when, on the occasion of our parent's 40th Wedding Anniversary, you suggested beach photos....I'm so glad you did...they were stunning and the lighting was indescribable. I'm looking forward to May 2014 when you will be capturing my little daughter's special day - her First Holy Communion...I know the pictures will be beautiful and original works. Best wishes for your every success.
By Aine Mc Laughlin: Thank you for the beautiful family photos you took. They captured the essence of my family and it was a truly fun experience. Would have no hesitation in recommending your work for a natural take on a professional approach delivered with an easy going manner. You made us all feel at ease and worked great with my 6 month old baby.....not an easy job!! The quality of both the photos you took in your studio and those outdoors really showed your adaptability and skill. Looking forward to capturing the next milestones & memories in the future thank you Brendan
By Lauren Mc Donagh: Brendan's work is outstanding and he is really easy to work with! I would highly recommend his work.
By Caroline Barber: Would highly recommend Brendan his work is outstanding :)
By Sophie Hegarty: Brilliant photographer with a lovely personality. I Highly recommend Brendan's work! good luck with your website!!
By Lisa Gallagher: Brendan Diver thank you so much for our family photo shoot for my sons formal..we had an amazing day with you it was so much fun...the photos are amazing you are such a talented photographer and you have given us some beautiful memories for life...we were under no pressure as you made us all relaxed...I highly recommend you to any family that wants an enjoyable photo shoot to come to you...thanks Brendan so much for our amazing memories :-)
By Tully's Bar Donegal: Delighted to have this photo of "The Northern Lights,Ballyliffen on St. Patrick's Night" for the Bar...will certainly be a talking point for customers..Photos are amazing in reality and very keenly priced...Good luck and thanks again.
By Michele Sullivan: Love them all, especially the landscapes and the seascapes. You captured Lough Swilly in all its glory and the sunrise/sunset photos make us pause and reflect on God's hand in it all.
By JP Hegarty: Fantastic work Brendan.....many congrats on a wonderful website and stunning pix....keep up the good work!
By Elaine mc daid: Hi brendan love your photos especially the one of Mindoran Lough.
By Larry Kemp: Your photography is tremendous, it seems to bring the viewer right into the place where you stood when you captured the image.
By Susan Diver: Best of luck Brendan from all the family, we know its going to be a success :)
By Jacinta: Hi Brendan, heard about your new venture as always your work is amazing. Loved the framed photo from home you did for me. Would have no hesitation in recommending your work. Have it here in Perth, reminds me of home every day. Good luck and thanks again :)
By Declan Kelly: Just seen your site friend passed it onto me,absolutely love your work. A true artist in digital format. Several years now since I visited my ancestral home in Killybegs, after seeing your work homesick now. Declan - Minesota
By Kathleen: Well done Brendan and long overdue! Your works never cease to amaze me and I look forward to one to the next as they bring my heart here in Boston back to Ireland. Wishing you every well deserved success with the website - as it is a masterpiece in its on right!