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Peter Rowen Photography

Dublin/Nationwide
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Peter Rowen is regarded as one of Ireland's leading Photographers.


He has won numerous national and international awards including a Gold Award by the New York based Graphis Journal of Communication ( possibly the only Irish Photographer to ever do so ) and was announced as Weddingsonline Wedding Photographer of the Year in 2009. He was also a finalist in 2014.

With a background in Commercial Photography and a client list that includes Lexus, Sky TV, RTE, Eir, The Gate Theatre, Element Pictures & U2 Peter has also shot for all of Ireland's best known publications including The Irish Times, Image Magazine & The Gloss Magazine.

In 2002 Peter set up 'Peter Rowen Weddings' Steering firmly away from traditional Wedding Photography he shoots in a documentary style, literally capturing the details and moments of the day as they unfold before him.

'I was never a fan of traditional Wedding Photography where many of the shots taken are setup and staged so when I started shooting Weddings I decided I was going to do something totally different..

Rather than line people up and ask them to smile I decided to capture the real smiles, the real emotions and true atmosphere of the day. It's a really nice way to shoot a Wedding... no one feels pressured to perform and the couple are free to enjoy their day. The results, I hope, speak for themselves.

Peter is based in Dublin, Ireland but is available to shoot worldwide.

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Peter was absolutely spot on. On every level Peter was exactly what we wanted. His technical skills are fantastic- the portraits, composition, lighting, atmosphere were all top notch. And all this while remaining unobtrusive and executing the prefect "fly-on-the wall" style. He captured the very essence of our wedding and we will treasure the photos. Super nice guy too. If you are looking for a skilled, discreet photography to provide those magical memories, we couldn't recommend him more highly.
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Got our photos back and we absolutely LOVE them. Pete you are so talented! Thanks for letting our wedding day memories live on.
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Peter is a true gent. Great fun, easy to work with but got the shots we wanted all at the same time. I would highly recommend him for your wedding day! Book him, you won't be disappointed.
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Peter just gets it. He was able to capture the full spectrum of emotions at the wedding. From heartfelt toasts to the funny dance moves, Peter caught it all. We are so thankful that we had someone so accomodating, conscientious, and most of all, talented to document the most important day of our lives.
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'Louise and I wanted a ‘birds eye view’ of our wedding day. The staged photography we had seen previously wasn’t for us so it was a perfect match when we saw Pete’s portfolio. A photographic documentary of our wedding day is the best way to describe what we ended up with and we couldn’t be happier with the end result. Pete was friendly, unobtrusive and captured our day far more beautifully than we could have ever hoped. We would have no problem in recommending him to anyone looking for something a little bit different from their wedding photographs.'
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Not only is Peter a really talented and creative photographer but he's also a pleasure to work with and a real gent! He made us feel so relaxed on our wedding day. We love our photos, they are amazing! Peter captured all the special, happy and emotional moments in such a beautiful way! We all got so emotional looking at the images again. Peter's journalistic and natural style is quite unique - he focuses on real emotions and people which is exactly what we were looking for. A huge thank you from both of us - we highly recommend Peter!
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Oh my God Peter, They are amazing!!!!! I searched high and low for a photographer and loved your profile, and you did it! You caught the memories of the most magical day of our lives. I'll be honest in saying I was a little worried as I hadn't a clue of what pictures you took - I didn't even notice you taking those shots, besides the technical ones - amazing! A true talent!!!! Thank you so much Kindest Regards,
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"If you are looking for something very special and memorable from your big day, we cannot recommend Peter enough. On the day he captured so many beautiful, emotional and funny moments that we now have forever. It is just a gorgeous illustration of our day. We would also like to add that Peter was such a pleasure to have around, from the moment he arrived to the very last shot of the day, it was all very relaxed and felt so natural. And for much of the day, we didn't even notice he was there! We really are so happy we chose Peter for our wedding."
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We booked Pete for our wedding based on his journalistic style approach to photography. We didn't want typical "posed for" pictures and really liked the images we saw in Pete's portfolio. We're so happy we chose Pete, our photos are amazing, he managed to capture so many great moments throughout the day, which otherwise we would never have seen. We wanted some family photos as well and everybody commented about how professional Pete was and how he put them at ease when taking the photos. I love our wedding photos, we're so thankful to Pete and we highly recommend him, he?s a true professional and a very talented photographer.
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"We found Peter to be the complete professional, unobtrusive, extremely courteous and fun! And the final product was Excellent. We have no hesitation with recommending his services to anyone else!"
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'On the day of our wedding, Peter's photographic style brought a sense of calm and relaxation to our family, and to all of our guests. His natural, unobtrusive style allowed him to capture all of us when we were at our best. The sense of fun that felt on the day was clearly captured in his pictures, and every time we look at them we feel like we are reliving it all over again. There were so many shots that we loved but the most impressive was how the individual personalities of our families and guests were captured at moments when they weren't even aware of it. We wanted a photographer who would capture amazing shots of the people we love most, and who would capture the spirit and feel of the day. Peter exceeded our highest expectations, and we are very grateful to him for it.'
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Peter is quite obviously a very talented photographer, however for our wedding, he played a much more important role than that. Through his photos he managed to capture our feelings throughout the day, the special moments and details, and even describe our personalities and those of our family's and our guest's. Quite honestly, he captured the magic of the wedding and told it in a perfect visual story. Aside from that, himself and Natalia were an absolute pleasure to work with. Thank you Pete, we will enjoy these for the rest of our lives!
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Peter is exactly the kind of photographer you want for your wedding - cool, calm and above all excellent at what he does. What attracted me to his work was his style and his eye for detail. I am amazed at how he caught those quiet moments when we didn't even know he was there - that is true talent. Our guests have seen the photos and thought they were outstanding - even one picture taken of our champagne bottles made people thirsty! That is the reaction you want when people see your photos - an instant impact. With your wedding photos, you cannot compromise because they are memories you will hold forever. It really is a big decision to make. With Peter you get more than fantastic photos, you get a guarantee before he takes a picture that they are going to be fabulous - and they were. Peter is that good I asked him if he could take photos for other occasions now that my wedding is over! Its for those reasons and many more that Peter definitely deserves to be Wedding Photographer of the Year! October 2010
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"We are delighted with both our pictures and our wedding album from Pete. From our first meeting it was clear that his easy going yet professional nature and natural unstaged photographs were exactly what we were looking for in order to capture our wedding day. On the day Pete was unobtrusive and put everyone at ease. All of the group photographs were taken in a short space of time which ensured we did not miss out on time mingling with all of our guests and soaking up the atmosphere. This was very important to us having been at other weddings where the bridal party are not seen from the end of the service until the dinner therefore missing out on an important part of their day! The photographs are all beautiful, so much so that the task of choosing those for the album was very difficult! We are delighted with the finished album, it is understated, elegant and timeless; most of all it is a perfect record of the best day of our lives! We would definitely recommend Pete to anyone who is looking for unstaged and natural photographs of their wedding day."
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"Peter was extremely helpful & accomodating from the very start. He was very open to tailoring his service around what we wanted and his informal photographic style was exactly what we were looking for. On the day of our wedding the temperature outside was -12 with 2 feet of snow, but Pete still managed to make us feel relaxed and captured all the special moments from our day. We absolutely love our photos & we have no hesitation in strongly recommending Peter!"
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We found Pete’s work advertised in a magazine & after looking at his website, decided he was definitely worth meeting. On meeting we had no doubts whatsoever, his easy-going warm & friendly personality, coupled with his fantastic photographic talent was enough for us to book immediately. (Being reasonably priced helped too!) Pete has an uncanny ability to take more than a photograph, he captures the emotion, the quirky details, the feelings, the sounds, the chat, the laughter but most importantly he captures the memory, the very essence of the moment. He manages to do this with what appears to be no effort, his unobtrusive documentary style means those moments are captured without anyone barely noticing. With Pete’s portfolio & testimonials we were expecting great photos, but we were completely blown away with how wonderful they are, we cannot stop looking at them. If you’re considering him for your wedding, do it, you will not be disappointed!
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We absolutely LOVE the photos!!! They are just beautiful and thank you so so much for your extra shots!!!! Blown away!!!!!!
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The professionalism and service we have received from Pete for our wedding has been nothing short of exceptional. The wedding photos are amazing and we are so happy with them. Your photography style had everyone relaxed on the day and our photos look so natural and real. We'd like to express our gratitude and appreciation.
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Peter was our first choice and, if we are honest, our only choice. Looking through Peter's portfolio we realized his relaxed style of photography was exactly what we wanted. Not just pictures, but a memory of our day from start to finish. Peter was an absolute pleasure to deal with throughout the process; held our hands when we required it and was always around to give his professional advice when we needed it. On the BIG day you wouldn't even know he was there. In the house he was a calming influence on all and captured the mood brilliantly. During and after the ceremony Peter would duck and dive between the crowd catching those candid shots of people laughing and enjoying the day, and every so often setting up a little group photo with minimal fuss and interference. Everybody who came in contact with Peter on the day remarked how polite and professional both Peter and his assistant were. We did leave a huge amount in Peters hands. We discussed the style of photo we liked and left the rest of it all to Peter. Lets not forget though, this is all about results. As they say "a picture speaks a thousand words", in this case Peter's photos speak at least 10 times that - we received a good 2,000,000 words (I'll let you do the math) and all of them were spectacular. I think it's safe to say Peter delivered.
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Well what can I say? I cannot recommend Pete highly enough. He has an air of calm about him. He is a person who has great warmth to him and is both professional and fun and I have to say we were all blown away by the photos. For me, I'm not one who likes to get her photos taken but he put us both at such ease and did the job without us realising he was snapping away. His pictures capture the story of the day and for us, we genuinely could not of been happier with the photos, which we will treasure forever or Pete himself. Thanks Pete for the beautiful job and for helping us to enjoy our day.
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Not only is Pete an incredible photographer, but he was an absolute pleasure to work with on our wedding day. Even though we're from California and never met Pete until the day of, it only took a couple of clicks through his portfolio to know that he was the perfect photographer for us. He was prompt, fun to be around, worked well with our videographer, and did and amazing job of quietly documenting our special day from the sideline. Our pictures are so fabulous that more than one person has suggested submitting them to a wedding magazine!
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Peter not only are you a very talented and creative photographer (your portfolio speaks for itself), you also have an abundance of personable qualities matched with a wonderful friendly, relaxed and amicable nature. Your unobtrusive and professional manner superbly captured the relaxed atmosphere of our wedding day. Our photos are a wonderful collection of candid shots, moments of fun and laughter mixed with tender and gentle moments which tells the story of our day from start to finish. A warm thank you Peter from both of us….
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Having modeled for the past twenty years, both in Ireland and abroad, I have worked with my fair share of photographers but with my hand on my heart I can say that I couldn't have chosen a better photographer to capture all those special moments on our wedding day.. Peter has such a beautiful style to his work, nothing is contrived or staged. It is exactly what every bride wants to look back. With his documentary style, Peter manages to capture rare moments effortlessly, without, at times you even noticing he is there. Peter has such an easy way about his manner. We have two small children but Peters sweet and gentle way of working made it very easy for everyone to relax. From the first meeting with Peter to the final collection of the timeless, stylish album we knew we had made the right choice. Every shot is a piece of art, every shot is worth every penny, every shot is a moment to cherish... From the bottom of our hearts, Thank you ......
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We booked Peter Rowens Photography services based upon a recommendation from another photographer. We also checked Peters website and discovered that we actually knew one of his clients. Without hesitation we made contact and the recommendation we received further endorsed Peter's skills as a photographer. Wedding photographs are the only tangible reminder of a great occasion, not just for the bride and groom but for family and friends also. Its only now that we realize and appreciate the true importance of having the right photographer. From the booking process to receiving the end product, Peter Rowen Photography was a stress free experience on the long list of wedding arrangements. We live in the USA, and got married in Ireland and so it was on our wedding day that we actually met Peter for the first time. Straight away we felt like that we had known him for years and that he genuinely had our interests at heart. He calmly and patiently worked with us and our guests in an unobtrusive but effective manner and managed to work to our brief, despite our large group numbers, missing family members and time limitations. His creativity is evident in the relaxed shots taken of our guests and the more formal Family shots. His easy friendly personality, co-operative attitude and dedication to his trade are evident and we certainly would have no hesitation in using his services again or indeed recommending him. We wish Peter continued success and for anyone who takes the leap of faith to use his services, its the best move that you can make!
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When we met Peter we were immediately struck by Peter's affability and professionalism. Absolutely nothing was a problem for him. We wanted our photos to have a naturalistic, spontaneous feel and we objected to a photographer corralling guests into photos they wanted no part of. Peter presented his work to us and about 30 seconds after the meeting ended, we decided he was the photographer for us. It is a testament to his abilities, that Peter was the first and only photographer we met with. On our wedding day, Peter was first at the church. He greeted me like an old friend. He gave a run down on what he was going to do and off he went! As guests arrived, Peter mingled around the group snapping almost unnoticed. He happily accommodated the occasional auntie request for a staged photo. He worked exceptionally well with our videographer, who later told us that he loved working with Peter! At the wedding reception venue, the bridal party gathered for some photos. We were impressed that Peter had scouted several locations of interest and if a location wasn't working for him, he very politely moved us along. The whole process took very little time because of Peter's organization. Peter sent us a DVD of our photos very quickly after the wedding. This was an added bonus for us. We were able to e-mail photos etc. to our friends and family and we were absolutely thrilled with the standard of the photos. When we received our photo album, we also got all of our negatives. This is yet another example of how Peter works. He is a brilliant photographer and a professional, but more importantly he is a nice guy and in an industry that has more than its fair share of cowboys and egos, that puts him in a league of his own!
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Pete, thank you so much for all your hard work and calming influence at our wedding. You were discreetness personified. On receiving the proofs we were delighted to see you had caught us, our friends and our families off guard and unaware of your presence - exactly what we had asked for. Our only real problem now is trying to choose which photos we want for the album!
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We choose Peter as the photographer for our wedding last May on the recommendation of a friend. As we decided not to have a wedding video, it was especially important to us to get the photos right. From our first meeting with Peter we knew he was the right man for the job. His informal photographic style was exactly what we were after, rather than stiff posed shots. I am reluctant to have my photo taken at the best of times but he put me at ease immediately and the photos reflected that. By being unobtrusive he captured our personalities and those of our guests perfectly. There are a few real gems there that we will treasure forever. His attention to detail is excellent, right down to the album itself, which has a truly unique style. We would recommend him to anybody and already have recommended him to anyone who’ll listen.
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The wedding photography had been extremely important to us from the very start and after seeing Peter¹s work I felt confident he would capture the day beautifully. I was not one bit disappointed; his photo¹s are amazing and are the most fantastic record of the day. He style is natural and unobtrusive while being exceptionally stylish and beautiful. It was a pleasure to have Peter and his assistant around us on the day; he interacted so well with everyone and was so discreet while taking the photographs. While Peter took some wonderful photo¹s of the family groups and of us alone as a couple, we were never away from the festivities for very long. The photography in no way interfered with the day ­ it was a very enjoyable part. We would totally recommend Peter as a photographer ­ he is truly talented and professional and we treasure our photographs ­ his work is stunning. Thank you so much Peter!
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Pete, thank you so much for all your hard work and calming influence at our wedding. You were discreetness personified. On receiving the proofs we were delighted to see you had caught us, our friends and our families off guard and unaware of your presence - exactly what we had asked for. Our only real problem now is trying to choose which photos we want for the album!
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Pete was recommended to us through a friend and as soon as we saw a few of his photos we knew he was going to be perfect. Our wedding was in Italy and Pete flew over with his assistant two days before the wedding to get a look at the area and where he'd be working. He was such a calming influence on the preparations, he was so relaxed and nothing was a problem. On the day he was absolutely magnificent. He was like no other photographer we have ever seen; we didn't even know he was taking photos most of the time (exactly what we'd hoped for). The family photos only took 10 minutes and we were free to entertain our guests for the rest of the evening. Within a week of returning to Ireland we received a DVD with the best 200 shots from our wedding. The quality of his work was amazing...anyone who has seen the photos cannot believe how good they are! Our Wedding photos are timeless and fantastic and this is all down to Peter. Thank you so much
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When we met Peter we were immediately struck by Peter's affability and professionalism. Absolutely nothing was a problem for him. We wanted our photos to have a naturalistic, spontaneous feel and we objected to a photographer corralling guests into photos they wanted no part of. Peter presented his work to us and about 30 seconds after the meeting ended, we decided he was the photographer for us. It is a testament to his abilities, that Peter was the first and only photographer we met with. On our wedding day, Peter was first at the church. He greeted me like an old friend. He gave a run down on what he was going to do and off he went! As guests arrived, Peter mingled around the group snapping almost unnoticed. He happily accommodated the occasional auntie request for a staged photo. He worked exceptionally well with our videographer, who later told us that he loved working with Peter! At the wedding reception venue, the bridal party gathered for some photos. We were impressed that Peter had scouted several locations of interest and if a location wasn't working for him, he very politely moved us along. The whole process took very little time because of Peter's organization. Peter sent us a DVD of our photos very quickly after the wedding. This was an added bonus for us. We were able to e-mail photos etc. to our friends and family and we were absolutely thrilled with the standard of the photos. When we received our photo album, we also got all of our negatives. This is yet another example of how Peter works. He is a brilliant photographer and a professional, but more importantly he is a nice guy and in an industry that has more than its fair share of cowboys and egos, that puts him in a league of his own!
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The quality of Peter's reportage-style wedding and commercial photography initially caught our eye. We instantly felt at ease with Peter from the moment we spoke to him and subsequently met him to discuss our wedding photography requirements. We really liked Peter's friendly, polite, gentle and warm manner. Peter was completely non-intrusive and professional on the day, especially important for a bride and groom who hate their photos been taken! After the first click, ourselves & our guests genuinely never noticed Peter working in the background. We were thrilled with our wedding album which captured countless special & funny moments and continues to enable us to re-live our fantastic day. We couldn't recommend Peter strongly enough.
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We loved the look and feel of Pete’s portfolio when we met him originally. We had high hopes and we were not disappointed, Pete’s photography is like a mixed bag of creative styles, which perfectly captured all the excitement, fun and emotion of our big day. He switches from black & white to colour with an excellent eye for creativity, really capturing the personalities within our friends and family. Pete is a professional and friendly guy, who photographs everything subtly behind the scenes but also well able to ’muster up the troops’ for the large group shots! Not only was the photography excellent but the album was presented innovatively and stylishly, something that we will treasure forever.
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Thank you Pete for the wonderful photographs you took of our wedding. It was really important to us that posing for photos did not become a significant portion of the day as our priority was sharing time with our family, friends and each other, but we still didn't want to compromise on quality or quantity. With your inobtrusive manner you managed to take a huge number of shots, formal and reportage, while making us and our guests feel so relaxed it was as though we had known you for ages. Some of the candid shots are hilarious and we love the mix of colour and black-and-white. We couldn't be happier with them, or with our choice of photographer.
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Pete was such a pleasure to work with. He is efficient and professional from start to finish, very opened minded to all suggestions, fun, creative, and a very talented photographer. He has a great eye for photography and did an excellent job at capturing the story and mood of our wedding. The candid shots he took are priceless and are great reminders of our wonderful day. Pete made us feel completely relaxed throughout the day and the results can be seen on the smiles on our faces. Thank you Pete!

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