Have a look at Steve Baxter’s Irish photography
Steve Baxter and his Gaelic Memories Photography business came to Ireland in 2008 and now offers a range of commissioned photography experiences for customers, all of which incorporate the beauty and passion of Ireland.
Baxter, who has been a photographer for around 40 years, first started snapping Ireland in the 1990s.
“I visited Ireland many times on fishing trips,” said Baxter, “and took this opportunity to capture some great images. My wife and I also took our honeymoon here in 2002 traveling the length and breadth of Ireland.”
In 2008, Baxter made the leap and moved to Ireland from his home in the UK, and brought along his then named ‘SMB Photography’ business with him. When he set up in Castlerea, Co Roscommon, he knew Ireland would be his new inspiration and renamed his business to reflect that.
“Gaelic Memories is a descriptive title derived from my photography,” says Baxter. “‘Gaelic’ is representative of the place where my photographs are taken and ‘Memories’ is the result of capturing the images. Photographs become part of history when the shutter closes, as that time has already past.”
The photographer, like many others, has a difficult time choosing just one favorite spot in Ireland.
“There are so many gorgeous locations in Ireland,” said Baxter. “If I had to choose a location locally it would be Urlaur Lough. Urlaur lies on the border between Mayo and Roscommon. There is a ruined abbey and small pier and the lough is surrounded by farmlands. The lough runs east to west and is ideal for both dramatic sunrises and sunsets. Looking westward you can see the top of the stunning Nephin Beg in Co. Mayo. I have taken many photographs in this location and no two are ever the same.”
“Kerry would be my favorite non-local place to photograph because of its diverse landscapes, seascapes, historic locations and its important role in not too distant Irish history.”
Baxter does commissions for both portraits and landscapes. He enjoys sharing information about the Aurora Borealis - also known as the Northern Lights - which are visible from certain points in Ireland.
“I have created a PDF, ‘Capturing The Aurora in Ireland,’ that I give away free of charge via my Facebook page,” said Baxter. “This has been requested many times from people around the world, hopefully encouraging more visitors to Ireland.”
Charity is also part of Baxter’s photography mission. Recently, Baxter raffled off two large photographs with proceeds benefiting both Barnardos Children in Ireland and a local charity for the elderly in the Ballinskelligs area in Kerry.
To learn more about Gaelic Memories Photography, head to gaelicmemoriesphotography.ie.
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