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Stephen Corkery

Monasterevin Co. Kildare
Reviews (15) 5/5
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Hi there. I'm Stephen, a wedding photographer living in Kildare with my wife Polly and our three children. 

I love to shoot in an unposed documentary style - my aim is to capture the unique, joyful atmosphere of a great wedding day without intrusion. I think the shots that will stand the test of time are the ones that show people having an absolute blast and enjoying a great wedding. That, or feeling completely overcome by other emotions! I prefer to let the day flow but I make sure I don’t miss anything. 

Group shots are an important part of the wedding day for most people and of course these are covered too. I generally aim to get these done quickly without faffing around so you can get back to enjoying your day and being yourselves. 

Before I was a wedding photographer I worked on live sports tv for years and there was no better training for high pressure, think-on-your-feet moment-capturing!

The edited images (usually 450-600) will be delivered to you via a private online gallery. I can also provide you with extremely high-quality prints and/or wedding albums.

Please have a look at my website ( for more. Sample wedding galleries are available to view on my blog and further galleries can be viewed by request.


15 reviews
Quality of service5.0/5
Amy Woods
Added 14th Oct 2022
Wedding 14th Sep 2022
Stephen was just fantastic, I honestly can’t recommend him enough. From the first email, we just clicked and I knew he’d be such a great part of our day. He also responded to most emails within minutes, let alone days. We were adamant we wanted all natural photos and Stephen delivered in spades. We had such a fun day but even I didn’t realize we laughed as much as we did until I saw they photos. He’s such a nice guy - the sort of guy you want around you on such a stressful day. But also such a talented photographer - he captured so many things I don’t even remember and I didn’t even notice he was there during the ceremony. Just such beautiful shots. If you want documentary style photography and a calm presence on your big day - Stephen is your man.
Andrea and Frank
Added 22nd Jan 2022
Wedding 18th Dec 2021
From the first contact Stephen responded without delay. He was enthusiastic and excited about the wedding without being intrusive. On the wedding day Stephen was a lovely relaxed presence, discreet and a very genuine person. Stephen integrated easily with our guests, his documentary style photos were taken with minimal formality, which is exactly what we wanted. Stephen was happy to accommodate any photo requests, keeping the fuss to minimum which suited my husband who doesn’t really like photo of himself. We were both very happy with the quality of Stephen’s photos, to such an extent that we are having a lot of difficultly choosing which photos we want for our wedding photo album. Stephen got really nice photos of the guests but also of the venue, the food and captured all the effort everyone went to for our wedding day. We would have no hesitation about recommending Stephen for any event!
Laura O'Rourke
Added 2nd Dec 2021
Wedding 22nd Oct 2021
We booked Stephen for our Wedding at the Beginning of 2018 for our wedding date in 2020 . As you all know the year 2020 was a disaster . We had a total of 3 dates in the end and Each time i called Stephen with postponements he was reassuring and friendly . He continually kept in contact with us which made us feel secure . I cannot speak highly enough about Stephen. His photography is amazing and he captured Our Day perfectly! The Photos and Memories we have to keep we will treasure . We would highly recommend Stephen Corkery Photography. Thank you for the Memories Stephen . Laura and Roy
Sinéad and Wes
Added 15th Jan 2020
Wedding 6th Dec 2019
We are so glad that we chose Stephen as our wedding photographer. From our first communication with him, Stephen has been attentive, helpful and so easy to work with. He is a superb photographer and we were blown away by his photos which we received less than a month after our wedding. We couldn't believe how promptly he had them ready for us considering the crazy busy Christmas period had happened between our wedding and receiving the photos. Everyone who has seen the photos has been amazed by how beautiful, funny, unique and special they are. On the day, Stephen was a lovely calming presence (especially before the ceremony). He seemed to be everywhere while at the same time being unobtrusive-this was important to us as we wanted to enjoy our day without the pressure of constantly posing for photos! Stephen has a brilliant talent for catching those special, personal and funny moments and he has a great eye for detail, particularly those unique or unusual moments on a wedding day. He is very committed to his role (he stayed way later than we expected!) and clearly understands just how important wedding photos are for a couple- I think he somehow managed to capture nearly every guest at our wedding in candid, unposed photos. This means that when we send our Thank You cards we can include a professional photo of nearly every guest. This was something that we hadn't asked Stephen to do but he just intuitively knows the type of photos that a couple will treasure forever. I cannot recommend Stephen highly enough. He has been an a pleasure to deal with, he is a gentleman with a great sense of humour and we're so happy that he was part of our day. He brought the story of our wedding and our personalities to life through his photos and we will cherish them forever. Stephen really is worth his weight in gold!
Ruth & Michael
Added 2nd Oct 2019
Wedding 21st Aug 2019
We cannot recommend this guy enough! Hiring Stephen was honestly one of the best decisions we made for your wedding day. From first contact right through to receiving our photos communication was impeccable. We hired Stephen as we didn't want a whole load of posed photos but instead the little moments captured and he did just that. Stephen blended in like a member of the family and managed to capture so much emotion in the photos. We were truly blown away.
Added 20th Aug 2019
Wedding 27th Jul 2019
We wanted our wedding to be a relaxed day for both us and our guests to enjoy without having to spend hours posing for photos. We had booked our engagement shoot with Stephen last year and knew straight away he was the right fit for us. His communication leading up to the wedding was flawless - i don't think we waited more than a few hours for replies. Stephen has a happy, approachable and calm demeanour that just puts your mind to rest on such a stressful day! On the day of the wedding Stephen did exactly what he had promised and blended in with all the guests to ensure we got the outdoor relaxed feel we wanted. He is an absolute pleasure to deal with. Less than 3 weeks out from our wedding and we had received our photos. What we love most about them is that Stephen managed to capture the moments of the day instead of just taking photographs. We couldn't recommend him enough!
Arthur Mcd
Added 6th Aug 2019
Wedding 29th Jun 2019
Hiring Stephen was the best decision we made for our wedding!! He was calm, professional and a great person to work with! He created a relaxed atmosphere but ensured that the important photos got taken. He was tremendously friendly, timely and professional in all his communication before, during and after our wedding and his hardwork, commitment and professionalism shows in his photos.
Response from Stephen Corkery
Thanks a million Arthur, appreciate that review so much. Yourself and Deirdre were a joy to be around and I felt so welcomed into the fold - a great experience from beginning to end.
Deirdre Q
Added 3rd Aug 2019
Wedding 29th Jun 2019
My husband and I are not the kind of couple who are comfortable posing, So for us it was important to have a photographer who not only took natural pictures but would also not control the day with artificial poses, Stephen made us feel so relaxed and at ease that we forgot all about our awkwardness and just enjoyed it! We had so much fun creating our wedding photos and laughed the whole way through. The most wonderful gift he gave us on the wedding day was that we didn't have to stress. We had complete confidence that he would have things under control and be doing the most amazing job. I can't think of a single special moment he missed, everyone who met him commented on how lovely he was. I have met so many photographers at weddings that are over controlling and make the photography more important than the experience of getting married, dictating positions even repeating shots, you will not get an ounce of this from Stephen, he naturally blends in, he doesn’t miss a moment and has a relaxing nature which definitely chilled me out the morning of the wedding :) The photographs themselves are more perfect than we could have ever hoped for. Stephen has such a beautifully natural and romantic style. Our wedding was such a special day and he has somehow managed to keep it for us, captured in those photos, for years to come. A word of advice to future couples... book him now!
Sinéad Duffy
Added 22nd Jun 2019
Wedding 23rd May 2019
We first chose Stephen as our photographer because of his excitement and enthusiasm about the style of wedding we were going for, his genuine interest was exciting and my husband (who's picky) loved his portfolio. I came away from every interaction woth Stephen smiling and more excited about our wedding day and on the day? He was EVERYWHERE but also in the wind. He distracted me when i eas a little stressed, our guests adored him and he worked so hard. The pictures arrived quickly and we fell in love. Stephen missed nothing, with barely a whisper he took pictures I didn't even know he was present for and captured my fairytale forest vision better than I could have imagined. Stephen went above and beyond and not a songle person has yet to see our photos and say 'oh my goodness eho was your photographer'. We both recommend Stephen with the highest esteem.
Response from Stephen Corkery
I'm just after reading this Sinead - woo hoo, thanks a mill! Reviews are everything in this business and those words of yours are priceless. I'm glad I did yourself and Richard's big day justice..
Deb and Joe
Added 19th Feb 2020
Wedding 28th Jan 2019
Stephen was just fantastic! He was discrete, professional and made us feel totally relaxed! I hate being photographed but I barely noticed Stephen! The photos capture the day brilliantly! We would definitely recommend him.
Louise Herbert
Added 10th Dec 2018
Wedding 2nd Nov 2018
Stephen was so professional and friendly from our first correspondence with him in the spring. His response times with any questions we had were excellent and he took the time to meet with us so we could tell him what exactly we would like for photographs on the big day. On the wedding day itself he worked tirelessly and put in so much hard work and effort as well as his time and our guests have since commented that our photos are incredible and in our opinion Stephen captured every aspect of what is a whirlwind day! We couldn’t recommend him highly enough to any future couple.
Luisa & Des
Added 16th Nov 2018
Wedding 21st Oct 2018
Stephen photographed at our wedding in Kinnitty Castle. He was a pleasure to deal with, even before the wedding. He was very efficient and courteous (he answered all my niggly questions so professionally!) and also gave us a great price. During the wedding, he was unobtrusive, yet very friendly and calm. We have now just received the photos and could not be happier. Stephen edited them in great time and we can't wait to share them with our friends and family now! Thank you so much from both of us!!!"
C Mahony
Added 20th Oct 2018
Wedding 8th Jul 2018
Stephen is fairly new to weddings but when I looked at his portfolio I really loved his style. We really wanted a casual laid back photographer to capture us and our guests more naturally while still doing the obligatory wedding group shots. He understood this perfectly, and now, looking at our photos we absolutely love that we and our guests are relaxed, chatting, smiling and laughing in most of the pictures. He is a father himself, so was absolutely brilliant with our son Finn and caught beautiful shots of him during the day. He went above and beyond what was expected of him and stayed until late into the night so we have fantastic guest dancing shots.
Suzanne & Paul
Added 14th Nov 2018
Wedding 21st Jun 2018
Excellent, very professional wedding photographer, who leaves you at ease on your big day
Mr. & Mrs. Walsh
Added 25th Sep 2018
Wedding 3rd May 2018
On the 3rd May 2018 we said “I Do” in an intimate ceremony in front of our close family. It was really important to us to have photos to remember our special day and after researching a number of local companies we came across Stephen Corkery. We met with Stephen a few months before our big day to discuss what we hoped to have captured and we were absolutely overwhelmed with the end results! Stephen snapped away for hours during the day in a very non-intrusive way and captured so many lovely moments. We are delighted with the beautiful photos that have been admired and complemented on by our family and friends. For anyone looking for a professional service for their Wedding Day we would highly recommend Stephen and want to thank him so much for photos that we will cherish forever. Mr & Mrs Walsh.
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