5 of the Best Photographers in Galway
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5 of the Best Photographers in Galway

A photo can serve many purposes. It can be a gateway into a different time and it can also be a medium of expression, making its viewers feel different emotions.

In this article, we take a look at the best photographers in Galway, comparing and contrasting the different services they have to offer.

How much do photography services cost?

As photography services grow more unique and innovative, pricing is less consistent among them. 

Prices are dependent on a number of factors including the duration, format and dimensions of the photograph. The equipment used and labor of the photographer is also important to take note of. 

To help you gain a better understanding of your potential costs, we’ve listed the common average estimated prices in the table below.

Test or ProcedureAverage Estimated Price
Portrait Sittings€60
Location/Outdoor Shoots€95
Wedding Photographer€ 2000 to € 4000
Individual Prints€ 17 to € 55
Framed Pictures€ 60 to € 220
Package Photoshoots€ 125 to € 500
Wallet Prints *for 4 pictures€25

Top photographers in Galway

We assessed the photography services based on the following criteria:

Background
The photographer’s background and portfolio helps customers evaluate if their style is the right fit for them.
Photography Process
During sessions and photoshoots, the photographer’s procedure should be methodical yet bring out the creativity in the brief.
Efficiency– The photoshoot or session is carried out in an orderly and systematic manner.
Depth– This criteria seeks to answer, is the photographer’s process thorough and comprehensive.
Range of Services
Photographer’s can either focus on a singular specialty or a variety of categories. We took a look at the what they have to offer clients.
Customer Feedback
We looked at different customer experiences in order to get the full picture of the photographer’s services.
Approach- Customers are satisfied with the style and output that the photographers are able to produce.
Availability– It is easy and straightforward to get in touch with the photography as well as booking a schedule with them.

1. Nicholas Grundy Photography

Nicholas Grundy Photography Homepage
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SERVICESPhotographer, Drone Inspection, Commercial Photographer, Aerial Photographer, Video and Timelapse, Industrial and Construction, Real Estate Photographer, Travel Photography, Wedding Photography, Fine Art Prints, Portrait Photography, Galway Photo Walks
WEBSITEhttps://www.nicholasgrundy.com/
ADDRESSCarraig Palmer, 5 Quincentennial Dr, Salthill, Co. Galway
CONTACT DETAILS+353 83 178 0887
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Saturday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Background★★★★★(5/5)
Photography process★★★★★(5/5)
Efficiency★★★★★(5/5)
Depth★★★★★(5/5)
Range of services★★★★★(5/5)
Customer feedback★★★★★(5/5)
Approach★★★★★(5/5)
Availability★★★★☆(4/5)

For those looking for a clean yet dynamic photography style, Nicholas Grundy’s photography will certainly satisfy. He began his journey around ten years ago and since then his work has been featured in Forbes magazine and the cover of Tasmania 40 South magazine. 

His multidisciplinary perspective really shines through in his photos and we were especially impressed with his scenic work. If you are looking for someone who produces crisp travel and aerial photography, you may want to check him out.

Aside from this, he also has substantial experience working for different organizations and real estate companies. We like how he is able to blend both the environment and featured property, to come up with very cohesive output.

Truly, his vast experience makes him versatile for most projects out there, from more creative to more professional photography

We really appreciate that he also offers additional services that complement his photography. For example, he provides web development services such as SEO, translation, and copywriting.

Therefore, we think he’s a great option to check out if you’re looking for an all-in-one package.

Another service of his that is unique to other photographers, lies in Galway Photo Walks, where he is able to mentor students through workshops and one-on-one classes. We do advise that interested participants contact him first for more details.

Pros

  • High quality drone and aerial shots
  • Has worked with different organizations and real estate companies
  • Additional services are complementary to photography
  • Mentors students in photography

Cons

  • Not available on Sundays
  • Need to contact first for prices

Customer Reviews

Professional, Easy to Work with and Flexible

I can’t recommend Nick highly enough. My company has used Nick’s photography & videography services quite regularly over the past 3 years for both outdoor landscape and product photography/video. We are delighted with his work and find him very professional, easy to work with and very flexible. He always really understands our vision and does a great job of bringing it to life. Thanks Nick.-Aisling Fox

Highly Recommended Drone Photographer

Nicholas took a drone photo of my house in Galway and it turned out spectacular! He planned everything to perfection and visited at the best time to catch the light and clear skies. If you ever need a drone or commercial photographer in Galway I can highly recommend him and his team. -Andrea Ridge

2. Maya Noonan Photography

Maya Noonan Photography Homepage
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SERVICESNewborn Sessions, Kids Sessions, Maternity Session, Smash Cake Session, Fine Art Session, Prints, Wedding Photography, Family Photography
WEBSITEhttp://www.noonanphotography.com/
ADDRESSLiosban Industrial Estate, Unit 4 Tuam Rd, Galway
CONTACT DETAILS087 6830642

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURSWeekdays: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Saturday: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Background★★★★★(5/5)
Photography process★★★★★(5/5)
Efficiency★★★★★(5/5)
Depth★★★★★(5/5)
Range of services★★★★☆(4/5)
Customer feedback★★★★★(5/5)
Approach★★★★★(5/5)
Availability★★★★★(5/5)

Maya Noonan is a great option when it comes to photographing children, newborns and families. She is also known for work in weddings and has garnered some AFNS awards for her stunning works in toddler photos.

What we also like about her portfolio is that, no matter the subject’s age, she is able to bring out a comforting atmosphere and the individual’s personality. We were especially impressed by her use of colors – her photos stand out in bold yet cohesive statements.

Her newborn photography portfolio is probably one of the standouts to look forward to because she uses props in a way that looks cute, yet sophisticated. So, if you are searching for a studio that will bring out your baby’s “adorable” factor, we highly recommend this one.

Numerous customer feedback also compliments her handling of newborns so you can be assured that your baby is in good hands throughout the experience.

We also would like to note that you’ll have a great amount of options per photography type. She can offer different packages with various tier features, like longer session durations and rented outfits.

Take note however, that her style and strength focuses on more retouched photos so you may want to examine her excellent portfolio before heading in.

Pros

  • Excellent use of color in photos
  • Offers children, family, wedding and maternity photography
  • High quality newborn photos
  • Has different session packages with different features

Cons

  • Focuses on more retouched and filtered photos
  • Closes early on Saturdays

Customer Reviews

Made Us Feel at Ease

Maya was so welcoming to us from the moment we arrived and made us feel at ease.

I was very happy with my photos, excellent quality. Maya is so funny and bubbly and professional. You can tell she loves her job. I’d highly recommend her for photos. -Denise Mc Hugh

Excellent Newborn Photographer

Maya is a very special person as well as an excellent photographer. She will handle your newborn in a safe, caring, kind and gentle manner and will ensure that you have a wonderful family experience during the shoot. The photos you will be sent afterwards will be amazing and timeless! As for Christmas, it will be Maya’s Christmas photos on your mantlepiece marking your child’s development, smile and personality each year! I couldn’t recommend Maya enough! -Saoirse Murphy

3.  Sita O’Driscoll Photography

Sita O’Driscoll Photography Homepage
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SERVICESWeddings, Commercials, Events, Portraits and Lifestyle, Press and PR, Prints, Art
WEBSITEhttps://sitaodriscoll.com/
ADDRESSGalway, Ireland
CONTACT DETAILS+ 353 85 1485201

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURSOpen 24 Hours
Background★★★★★(5/5)
Photography process★★★★★(5/5)
Efficiency★★★★★(5/5)
Depth★★★★★(5/5)
Range of services★★★★★(5/5)
Customer feedback★★★★★(5/5)
Approach★★★★★(5/5)
Availability★★★★★(5/5)

Customers will certainly be impressed by Sita O’Driscoll’s broad range of services as well as the wide scope of organizations she has worked with. 

From a very young age, she said has always wanted to pick up a camera! This is evident in her current portfolio how this early passion grew steadily and expanded into more areas.

What we like about her photography is that her style takes a naturalistic and effortless approach, which can be seen mostly in her portraits and wedding shots. Her photos make excellent use of natural light and she is able to capture candid moments with ease.

For those looking to have their weddings or events outdoors with natural sunlight, we highly recommend Sita’s services.

She has also worked with a variety of organizations and events like Diabetes Ireland and the Galway International Arts Festival. On top of this, she provides commercial photography services, wherein she can provide food, product and scenic shots.

Additionally, she also has a shop on her website featuring her prints of events and landscapes. We find them to be great purchases especially for fans of her photography style.

Pros

  • Open 24 hours
  • Excellent use of natural light
  • Has worked with a variety of organizations and events
  • Unobtrusive and naturalistic photography style

Cons

  • Additional information requires further contact
  • Quotation needed for pricing

Customer Reviews

Our Photos are Exactly what we Wanted

Sita helped me with personal family portraits which were absolutely amazing. She is extremely professional and was very clear at giving us instructions. Our photos are exactly what we wanted and we were all astounded at how her lighting made us look so much better than we are! -Sinead Kennedy

Went Above and Beyond

We had the pleasure of having Sita as our wedding photographer. She is a wonderful person who went above and beyond to help capture all special moments of our day. She is extremely obliging and flexible and her pictures are top notch. Am Happy to recommend. -Van Cole

4. Lisa Hynes Photography

Lisa Hynes Photography Homepage
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SERVICESWedding Packages, Engagement Photography, Family Photography
WEBSITEhttps://www.lisahynesphotography.com/
ADDRESSHomefarm, Co. Galway
CONTACT DETAILS087 2903976

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURSWeekdays: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Background★★★★★(5/5)
Photography process★★★★★(5/5)
Efficiency★★★★★(5/5)
Depth★★★★☆(4/5)
Range of services★★★★☆(4/5)
Customer feedback★★★★★(5/5)
Approach★★★★★(5/5)
Availability★★★★★(5/5)

Lisa Hynes is a photographer based in Galway with particular focuses on wedding and portrait photography. In terms of her wedding photography, she makes sure that she is not interrupting any moment asking for calculated poses.

We like that she emphasizes natural moments in her work. We were also especially impressed with her wedding photography portfolio showcasing dynamic framing and uniquely quirky shots.

Additionally, most customer feedback praises her attitude during the wedding day. This assures us that she provides an efficient yet warm and friendly approach when taking photos.

We also like the relatively good pricing of her wedding packages, which range from € 1400 to € 2200. Customers can enjoy extended coverage with the all inclusive package and each one comes with different types of photo formats.

Aside from weddings, Lisa also offers engagement and family photos. We like that these three services are quite closely related so that customers can have an easier time finding all the photography services they need in one place.

We do however, wish that there was slightly more depth in variation between her wedding packages because they mostly differ in photo mediums.

Nevertheless, Lisa Hynes is a great choice if you’re looking for wedding photos that are both fun yet sentimental!

Pros

  • Takes a discreet approach in her wedding photography
  • Brings out an individual’s personality in her photos
  • Good pricing for her wedding packages
  • Offer engagement and family photography

Cons

  • There could be more features to her wedding packages
  • Closed on weekends

Customer Reviews

Organized, Professional, Relatable

There is so much we could say about Lisa as a person and photographer but in small description she is absolutely exceptional! Lisa got the most beautiful shots on our day inside and outside capturing candid and posed photos that we will cherish forever. Lisa is kind, organized, professional, relatable and just truly amazing at what she does! I could not recommend a photographer more for your special day!! -Shannon Hernon

We were Completely at Ease with Lisa

We would highly recommend Lisa for wedding photography. Our wedding took place in August 2021. The weather that day wasn’t great but Lisa made sure that all of the photos we wanted were taken when the weather allowed. We were completely at ease with Lisa and all of our family commented that was so nice to them and unobtrusive. We hardly knew she was there at times but yet she captured all the key moments. We were absolutely delighted with our photos. -Aisling Dillon

5. Kelvin Gillmor Photography

Kelvin Gillmor Photography Homepage
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SERVICESCommercial Photography, Landscape Photography, Architectural Photography, Property Photography, Portrait Photography
WEBSITEhttps://kelvingillmor.com/
ADDRESSNo 9, Fort-Eyre House, Maunsells Rd, Galway
CONTACT DETAILS00 353 87 2817 625

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURSWeekdays: 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Background★★★★★(5/5)
Photography process★★★★★(5/5)
Efficiency★★★★★(5/5)
Depth★★★★★(5/5)
Range of services★★★★★(5/5)
Customer feedback★★★★★(5/5)
Approach★★★★★(5/5)
Availability★★★★★(5/5)

Initially, what stood out to us about Kelvin Gillmor was the high quality and polished nature of his photos. Kelvin is decorated with different awards due to his work, including the BOI Commercial Photographer in 2016.

Other accolades include his works for landscape and architectural photography. This just goes to show how versatile and knowledgeable he is with different types of subjects.

We were also very impressed with his post production of the photos. In his commercial work, we like how he brings out different details and lines to create very dynamic and creative images.

We highly recommend checking out his commercial portfolio, because in our opinion, the quality of photos are fantastic!

Kelvin Gillmor also offers portrait photography and what we like about it is that they can range from dramatic to casual. Some of his photos showcase singers in a concert, artists posing for photoshoots, as well as simpler and more casual headshots.

So whether you are an artist looking for performance images or you’re considering your next close-up shot for a job, Kelvin Gillmor has you covered. We really like the range he shows in his portrait photography.

Pros

  • Earned awards for landscape, commercial and architectural photography
  • High quality post production
  • His portrait photography can range from dramatic to casual
  • Has a shop for his landscape photography prints

Cons

  • Closed on weekends
  • Need to contact for more details and pricing information

Customer Reviews

Incredibly Professional with Fantastic Results

Brilliant!  Kelvin is amazing.  First, he is a pleasure to work with.  I needed a head shot and he came to me with a truckload of equipment.  He took his time, was incredibly professional, and the results are fantastic.  Not only that, he had an all-around great energy.  I was impressed that he had been featured in National Geographic, now I’m impressed overall.  Fantastic. -Ron R. Browning

High Quality

Excellent professional highest quality. Very friendly in his approach and his work is superb -Aidan Coughlan

FAQs about Photographers


There are many options out there when choosing which photographer to go for, but we do hope our list helped narrow it down and provide some clarity. If you would like to read more, we also have an article on the best videographers in Dublin.