So after a long long time I decided it is time to develop a roll of film.
Was amazed that I could still remember everything, mix the chemicals and go through the whole process.
Honestly I think the toughest part was to get the undeveloped film on the spool in absolute darkness.
Guess it doesn’t help if your dog comes along scratching and nudging you because she thinks you are hiding a treat.

Anyways, here is one of the results...


Sergey Sergeev

This month we had the opportunity to work with Sergey Sergeev at Red Tree. Sergey is a professional photographer based in Greystones, Co. Wicklow.
Sergey spent some time with us and his camera from 1900, showing us how to take photos with it and develop them onto wet plate collodion.
It was just awesome to spend some time in the dark room, see the techniques and chemicals being used and applied as it was done well over hundred years ago. No megapixels, no digital trickery, no I fix this later in photoshop. What you see is what you get.

From Sergey:
"When I took the camera in my hands at 12 years of age - I knew that's what I wanted to do in my life. I always liked the hand approach techniques but as everyone else moved into digital technology I knew my first love was black & white photos and my time in the dark room where I felt like a magician. I love the feeling of control and excitement seeing an image emerging. I love mixing and experimenting with the chemicals for wet plate collodion plate black & white photos.
In my photography I use everything from 35 mm format to 10"x8" cameras, modern day equipment, to the one' s used in 1900. Lately. I started to use only large format cameras, currently I use 5"x4", 7"x5", 10"x8" cameras."

Sergey teaches workshops and one-to-one training on different topics including: 
  • Wet plate collodion 
  • Developing film and printing in caffenol
  • Traditional B&W film techniques for beginners, intermediate and advanced
  • How to use field cameras



More of his work and contact details can be found on or 

The Model Life

Red Tree Studio got published in an interview of Melissa-Maria Carton with Music Review Unsigned
The article features two images of Maik Sinkovec and Carl Farmer of Red Tree Studio with the models Melissa Carton and Nikkie W. and the makeup artists Sarah Tonin and Nina Whitt.

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Hi my name is Melissa-Maria Carton and this is what it’s like to be a SFX model.
There is nothing in the world like SFX make up artistry and I consider those who master it to be the most gifted in the profession. I’ve done some high fashion bizarre make up looks on models myself, including one for MRU during the summer, but nothing comes close to the sheer talent of those who can induce nightmares with just some gelatine...

The full article can be found here...


You have seen them online, now you have the option to have them on your wall.
Selective prints are now available online for purchase.
Click here to get to the print store.

Drive-In Magazine "The Lost Edition 2012"

The wonderful model ‘Black Swan Persona’, the makeup artist Gemma Horan of ‘Forget Me Not Make Up’ and myself got published in Drive-In Magazine “The Lost Edition

Black Swan Persona

Shot at Red Tree Studio

Gothic Noir Magazine - Issue 4

The lovely model ‘Black Swan Persona’, the makeup artist Marian Slevin and I got published in Issue 4 of Gothic Noir Magazine.

Black Swan Persona

Shot at Red Tree Studio.

Birds for Birds 2012 Chairty Calendar

“Birds for Birds” is a fundraising calendar in aid of Woodlands Falconry and Bird of Prey Centre in Co. Carlow, Ireland. This calendar aims to help them continue their good work. Birds for Birds organized for some of Irelands top fashion photographers to shoot some gorgeous models and magnificent birds of prey together to create some amazing photographs.
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Best Monochrom Portrait

At the 2011 International exhibition of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) the portrait ‘Cathy’ won best portrait in the Monochrome Section of the Color Projected Image Devision (CPID)
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The exhibition is open to anyone to enter, amateur and professional photographer alike and a great way to show your work to an international audience.

For more information and the exhibition check out the site here.

Red Tree Studio - Edition One

Red Tree Studio, an alternative photographic studio for creative minds, released the first edition of the Red Tree Studio online magazine.
The magazine has just a few words and loads of pictures from some of the folks that use the studio...

Go and have a look...

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Piyanuch Chanphet joined me for a fantastic shoot while literally falling out of the sky.
Piyanuch is a professional freelance model based in Dublin, full of energy and enthusiasm.

Piyanuch Chanphet

Puppy Love Pub Crawl

The Pub Crawl organized by Melissa Hayward and Adelheid Walsh for the Puppy Love Charity Calendar in aid of Ash Animal Rescue on Thursday the 30th December 2010 raised over 1000 euro by selling the calendar directly to folks around Dublin.
It was a very worthwhile effort, with a very positive reaction. People were amused and curios about the calendar and didn’t think twice to buy a copy to support Ash.
All proceeds made from the calendar go straight to Ash Animal Rescue. If you didn’t get your copy yet, visit


Puppy Love Calendar - Out Now!

Lovely dogs and pretty ladies.
The 2011 puppy love calendar is now available to order online from or purchased from selected stockists ... calendars are limited edition so don't delay, have your one(s) ordered today! a whole year of pretty ladies for a tenner!!!

Special thanks to Amy Kane, our Miss May, Charlie, Gemma Horan of Forget Me not Makeup and Melissa Hayward of Our Little Secret


Puppy Love

Puppy Love is a charity calendar, brain child of Melissa Hayward of Our Little Secret in aid of Ash Animal Rescue.

The 2011 Puppy Love calendar will feature beautiful models and adorable rescue dogs and would make the perfect Christmas present or stocking filler for all your friends and family. Oh, and don’t forget the postman :)

All profits of the calendar will go to Ash Animal Rescue and the calendar will be available nationwide from November.

Fa Fa Hardiman Design Shoot

I had the pleasure to conduct a photo shoot for Aoife Hardiman of Fa Fa Hardiman Design, with the help of the talented models Mag Gozdek and Paulina Kwasniak as well as the wonderful makeup artist Marian Slevin.
Aoife is a young , up and coming designer based in Dublin with a fresh and unique style.

Some of the images of the day can be seen here.


Photo Shoot of the DAFW Models

I had the pleasure to conduct a photo shoot with the talented models of the Dublin Africa Fashion Weekend. Some of the images can be viewed here.


African Fashion Weekend Dublin 2010

This Easter weekend was Africa Fashion Weekend in Dublin at the Thomas Prior Hall in Ballsbridge, where I had the privilege to photograph the event. Read More...

Wicklow Historical Gaol

With the local camera club Offshoot Photographic Society I am a member of, we had for one evening exclusive access to the Wicklow Historical Gaol. In addition to the stunning surroundings in one of Irelands historic prisons, we had Amy Kane, Matylda Bajer and Rachel Lally with us as our models for the night.

Matylda Bajer

Africa Fashion Weekend Dublin 2010

Now once again Africa inspires. Africa Fashion Weekend Dublin is the premium Fashion Weekend, showcasing top African designers in Europe. Read More...

Red Tree Studio

Red Tree Studio was formed to allow photographers, models and make up artists with similar interests explore their talents. Read More...

Gemma Horan of Forget me not Make Up

Forget Me Not Makeup
Gemma Horan is a fully qualified, professional & discreet make up artist Read More...

Jessica Rabbit

Rachel Lally joined me for shoot to become Jessica Rabbit.



Laura Lee Conboy joined me for a spellbinding shoot. Read More...