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Book a group workshop or private one 2 one lesson 

Upon receiving your booking, I normally reply within 1-2 hours with full directions to course locations, payment options & booking confirmation details. Private lessons & workshops are paid in full on the day the lesson/workshop takes place, there is no deposit required. Private lessons can be scheduled at a time/date that suits you, normally during weekends.

Feel free to call me on 0872295675 to discuss any booking or workshop questions you may have. 

Private lessons normally take place in my own home in Oughterard, Co. Galway but you do have an option to run the private lesson in your own home if required. 

Attendee feedback from a workshop

I attended the one-day beginners’ workshop with Ger in January 2019, I have to say it was excellent. What I liked was that he didn't overcomplicate it by going through every button and function and mode. He focused on the key elements you need to get a decent picture and how to change specific settings depending on the setting/light etc. Very practical and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommend this workshop.

Christina O'Connor - January 2019 Workshop

Upcoming 2020 Beginners Photography Workshops in Galway

Sat 15th Feb 2020 (Fully Booked) | Sat 7th March 2020 (Fully Booked) | Sat 4th April 2020 (Fully Booked) | Location for all: Oughterard, Co. Galway

Location: Oughterard, Co. Galway | Price: €120


If you have any issues with the contact form, please drop me an email to: [email protected] or call me on 0872295675, thanks. 

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A selection of attendee feedback from past workshops

I was lucky enough to attend a recent Workshop with Gerard. Prior to the course Gerard was extremely helpful on providing advice and options for purchasing my first DSLR. The camera arrived on the Thursday before the course so in advance of the course I had managed to get time to unpack and turn it on. That was my experience with my camera prior to arriving at Gerard’s house. On finishing the course, I can honestly say Gerard had covered every area in great detail that provided me with the confidence to get out and about with the camera and experiment with the various options. Everyone was shown all the necessary settings and how to change settings on their camera and given ample time to practice what had just been covered in topics. The presentation and advice given on the day were fantastic and I found Gerard’s teaching method and ability to demonstrate points helped me get a grip on my own camera during the day. As someone who had literally just taken their camera out of its box a day before attending, I would highly recommend booking a workshop with Gerard and I look forward to putting all the learning into practice.

William Murphy - July 2019 Workshop - review via google +

I recently attended one of Gerard's workshops. It was the best workshop (on any subject) that I ever attended. The group was small, thereby giving all attendees ample opportunity to ask questions and to practice the techniques covered in the workshop. Gerard delivered the subject material in a way that was easy to understand, even for novices like me! I cannot recommend the workshop highly enough.

Mary Feerick - April 2019 Workshop - review via google +

I attended the photography workshop with Gerard Conneely at the beginning of March 2019 and I would highly recommend it. The small group structure is great as you get involved straight away on a practical side and can ask lots of questions. Gerard was a great teacher and I learnt a lot more than I expected to. The day was packed with great tips and followed after with leaflets and online links to revise what we had been working on. Overall it was fantastic value for money.

Teresa Hanly - March 2019 Workshop - review via google +

Great 1-day workshop with Ger. We covered a lot of ground in a single day - Ger's an excellent teacher and he delivered a perfect combination of theory and practice. An ideal way to discover how to use the non-automatic settings and learn how to get much better images from my lovely new camera! Highly recommend these workshops for experienced and novice photographers alike…

Lesley Emin - September 2018 Workshop - review via Facebook

This course is run by someone who has spent time mastering photography but who also has set up a welcoming learning environment. Before the course started he checked what camera I was using and tailored aspects of the course. Overall he made photography easy and understandable and was able to accommodate people at different levels. Can’t wait to get out and use my camera.

Louise Hand - August 2018 Workshop - review via Facebook

I attended the one day beginners course in mid-August 2018. The course was fascinating and Ger's relaxed yet highly informative approach was a breath of fresh air. For anyone wanting to switch from "auto-mode" and get an insight into the world of photography, you cannot go wrong with this course.

Tim Esplan - August 2015 Workshop - review via google +

I attended Ger's workshop in Galway in March 2015 and was blown away by his generosity of spirit in sharing his experiences and expertise in an easily understood manner. No manuals or Youtube tutorials matched the simple down-to-earth advice he gave so freely. There was no sales promotion or pressure of any kind just honest presentation of ideas together with tips and tricks in improving my basic understanding of photography. I whole heartily recommend this workshop for the beginner or intermediate photographer without hesitation.

John Dowling - March 2015 Workshop - review via google +

I attended one day workshop with Gerard and thoroughly enjoyed each and every segment. In the morning before the workshop started i was an ambitious person with a desire to express my creativity through photography but without a clue how to achieve it... and now after the workshop I am an excited ambitious person who has a clear vision how to make my dream turn into reality... Gerard was excellent to inspire us, I highly recommend this workshop to anyone who wants to get a flavor of photography in such a way so they become addicted to it ! Thanks Gerard

Gerard Lawlor - March 2015 Workshop - review via google +

Had the pleasure of attending the day long workshop with Ger and found it really useful. The course was professionally delivered and I found Ger extremely knowledgeable and engaging. The materials and techniques thought were brilliant and have allowed me to make very informed decisions around upgrading my camera in addition to providing me with improved ability to utilise my camera for a variety of scenarios. I would highly recommend the workshop to anyone interested in improving their photographic skill set.

Saima Ali - June 2015 Workshop - review via google +

I did the photography course with Ger in January 2015 and I was very impressed with the amount of topics covered in the day. Ger covered aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and explained camera settings. He also taught us lighting, focusing, depth of field, composition, lenses and exposure. We covered everything in one day that some classes would take 10 weeks to teach. We all came away with a folder each of notes from the day as well. It was money well spent!

Ciara Peters - Jan 2015 Workshop - review via google +

Hi, I'm Gerard, an experienced wedding photographer & photography teacher. I photograph weddings throughout Ireland & I'm based in Co. Galway in the west of Ireland.

I'd consider myself to be a people person, I know how to bring out the best in my couples & I take what I do very seriously, but you would never think so when working with me.

I've been photographing weddings for 11 years; my style is very much documentary in nature & I’ve found over the years the best way to capture beautiful moments is to let them occur naturally. Many love stories have unfolded in front of my cameras and it truly is an honour when a couple places their trust in me to document their day.

While some of my couples live only a few miles away, others plan their wedding from abroad & I place great emphasis on taking care of my couples both pre & post wedding. If you like the idea of a photographer who will guide you through each step from the pre-wedding meeting, the day itself & right through to delivering your printed story in an Italian handmade album, I'd love to hear from you...

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