Author Archives: Les Kelly

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My Journey ‘Into The Woods’

Lark….. It was that time of year again. I was back for a second spell with Lark Musical Society in Kildare town this year following on from last year’s production of Oliver!

The success of Oliver had left me very excited to be back and to see all the ‘Lark Family’ and indeed the new friends I’ve made along the way, both young and old.

July, and it was time to announce the creative team that would be tasked with delivering one of the most difficult musicals to the stage that is ‘Into The Woods’ and also the date for auditions. Or in other words… any excuse at all to put together another project 😊😊😊.

It was on to Tiger Lily nightclub at The Silken Thomas, which was getting ready to be refurbished to what is now the fabulous StudioOne, to shoot a music video to go with the cast of Lark’s recording of the hit song from the movie LaLa Land, ‘Someone in the crowd’ which you can watch here. Alan Rogers shot the video and I got to shoot the behind the scenes stills. BTS stills are one of my favourite things to shoot, having had the opportunity to do so on a number of occasions with the guys from Frame It Productions on both shorts and feature length movies.

In late October, early November I was then commissioned with creating promotional content in the lead up to the announcement of this year’s production which was Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Into The Woods’. And so, the planning began!

Then, in late November we took the cast over to Lumville House in the Curragh, Co. Kildare. Lumville had been stripped back to bare walls at the time as it was being renovated by it’s new owner, Tara Weston who was very accommodating and open to our ideas and vision. We went for a Hollywood glam feel with a little twist. We gathered leaf’s from outside and spread them on the floor to give that into the woods feel. This is my favourite shoot to date….. by a country mile!

The great thing about working with Lark, and in particular Director Pádraig J Dunne is the creative freedom to put my own twist on top of their initial ideas…. in fact, they very much welcome it Pádraig’s style, in using video production to tell some of the story in his musical direction seems to compliment my own favourite style of shooting, adding a cinematic style and feel to things.

February quickly came around and with it the beginning of the business end of things! I was asked to design the tickets and posters for publicising the show and the upcoming official launch. I sat down with Niamh Conlan and we designed a new Lark logo and I also took on the task of commissioning Lark’s first ecommerce website which gave the public the opportunity to buy show tickets online, which turned out to be a massive hit. The website also gave Lark the base to showcase previous and future shows and will be a building block for them going forward with much more to come from the website in the coming months. We also had the weekend of filming in mid-February (it was bloody cold!!) which I also shot BTS stills for. Part of this filming was used during the live shows to tell some of the story. In the meantime, the cast of Lark had been back to the studio to record what is now becoming their customary ‘secret mission’. This time they recorded ‘This is me’ from the smash hit movie ‘The Greatest Showman’. This was aired each night during show week. A video for this was also shot during the filming weekend and will be available to see online in the coming days.

March…. And now came the madness. It was almost showtime! The extra rehearsals, the worry of knowing all the lines, the timing, the delivery, it was time to nail it all down! From this side of things, I guess I had a unique perspective giving that my wife and daughter were both in the show. My wife Kym played the Baker’s wife and daughter Quin played one of the narrators. I got to see first-hand the level of commitment that goes into a show like this. Our house lived and breathed Into The Woods for six months.

March 20th came around thick and fast. It was opening night… it was a sell out and the cast were ready and they most definitely did not disappoint. The show continued to sell out on the remaining dates and each night the cast put on what can only be described as an amazing show with brilliant performances from everyone! And I don’t say that with any biased view.

In summary, I got to witness a cast grow together and bond through the good times and the difficult times. From the fun of photo, video shoots and recording studios to the three times a week rehearsals, which didn’t always go to plan, to the cold winters nights out doing film scenes. .In my humble opinion, this show, from the set (which was amazing I might add) to the acting is worthy of a bigger stage. With the vision and direction of Pádraig J Dunne to the incredible cast, Lark pulled off a Broadway worthy performance. One and all should be extremely proud with what you’ve achieved!

Although it became an extremely busy project for me, I’ve loved every minute of sharing in this journey with you guys. Much love to you all, Les


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Preparing for your Family Portrait Session

Planning your family portrait session

Your portrait photography session is all about you and your photographer working as a team! After your long search for the right photographer, there are still things you, as the client, can do to get the best possible images in your collection.

The following simple tips will help you get the very best from your photographer.

What time should I book my session in for

 One of the most crucial things to ensure your portrait session runs as smoothly as possible is choosing the right time to suit you and your children. It’s always best to choose a time when children are well rested and have full tummies. For small children mornings tend to work best….. for the most part! If your portrait session is outdoors, mornings and late afternoons give the best light, the sun in the middle of the day is too high and creates harsh shadows.

For outdoor sessions, we always confirm the details a few days beforehand and, if the weather is against us, we usually try to reschedule your session as soon as possible, (usually within two weeks). For studio sessions we can shoot at any time of day, remembering the points laid out above about choosing the right time for your children.

What should we wear

 There are no hard and fast rules as to what you should and shouldn’t wear for your portrait session however, the following are some guidelines for you to consider!

Solid colours are always best and having everyone co-ordinated without being too much the same but, at the same time try not to over think it too much. Remember, if four people are wearing white tops, and one person is wearing a green, yellow top etc, that one person is going to stick out like a sore thumb!

Always try to avoid patterns and strips where possible. These can create an effect called ‘Moire’ which looks strange on screen and especially in larger prints.

Also try to avoid logo’s as these tend to date your images very quickly. Always feel free to bring a change of clothing with you!

If you are buying a new outfit for your children, please ensure it fits correctly before the day of your shoot. This is especially important when it comes to shoes. If shoes are ill fitting, small children will struggle to power through the shoot and will be unhappy. And when they are unhappy, they will be sure to let everyone know about it! 😊😊

Make-up and grooming

 If you are going to get a haircut, it is generally best to do so a week before your session. The same also applies for any beauty treatments that may be likely to leave you blotchy. Natural make-up is also always best. Photography enhances colours and contrast so heavy make-up is best avoided.

Spray tans and/or self-applied tans should be applied with sufficient time to fade. Do not panic about small blemishes such as cuts, bruises and spots as these can be easily removed in the edit.

Treats and drinks

 It’s a good idea to bring along some of your child/children’s favourite drinks and snacks. These will keep them happy and can also be used as bribes if needs be 😉. But be smart… don’t bring chocolate etc that can get messy and stain clothes.

Enjoy the experience

If you have small children involved make sure to tell them all about the shoot in the days leading up to it and tell them how much fun it’s going to be. Don’t put too much pressure on them by telling them they have to be good or that they better smile etc. Children can pick up on things very quickly and if they are given a list of orders beforehand they will close up and not enjoy the day.

Emphasise the fun part if the shoot and that they can play a run around and not pressure them into posing and standing still.

We personally don’t put a time limit on a shoot where children are involved as they may need time to get used to their surroundings before being comfortable in front of the camera.

It’s important that children don’t feel pressured into performing as this also can make them close up and become uncomfortable. It’s best to try and stay patient, the great shots will come when they are ready.


With these simple tips you will get images you truly love and the whole family will enjoy your portrait session experience!

If you have any questions or would like to book your family portrait session today please feel free to drop us a mail to or give us a call on 0851198633. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you create your lifetime memories.

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Orlagh Deegan – Choice Training And Consultancy

I had the pleasure of having Orlagh Deegan from Choice Training and Consultancy in the studio recently to capture a selection of headshots for her new website which was being designed by Graphedia , superlative digital design and marketing agency.

Orlagh chose to use a variety of costume changes and props to get her message across and visually show off her different range of services. We spoke with Orlagh over the phone before her visit to the studio and she gave us a brief of what she wanted. From there, we were able to put a plan in place to capture the images she wanted. One thing we love at Les Kelly Studios is taking a clients vision and bringing it to life.

Orlagh was able to use these head shot images not only on her website but also to use to promote herself on social media and through her various marketing campaigns.

Best of luck with the business Orlagh and congrats on the new website….it looks fab!

You can view the images from the session below and at . Thanks again Orlagh for choosing Les Kelly Studios. “tell your story”…..without saying a word!

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Orlagh Deegan – Choice Training

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Slicker Family Portraits – Les Kelly Studios Kildare Co. Kildare

So, today we take a look at the images from our recent shoot with the Slicker family, Edel, Gavin, Gwen and Joe.

When Edel first contacted me about capturing her family portraits she mentioned that she would like to do something different rather than a white or black background.

After we had a good chat and learning about what they like as a family we soon found the answer, that something different was an outdoor on location shoot.
As they are an outdoorsy family and enjoy long walks and fresh air, this was a perfect plan.

Edel and Gavin live in the countryside and on their doorstep was the ideal location, a long, winding Boreen road.

I called to their beautiful home where we sat for a while over a coffee and chatted away with their two adorable children.

Gwen was very excited about getting her picture taken and couldn’t wait to get started. Joe, at only ten months old didn’t show quite as much enthusiasm but soon got into the swing of things 🙂

As we took the short walk, a few hundred meters away Gwen told me all about her pink wig and asked if I could take her picture with it when we got back. I told her that yes of course we could and she was skipping for joy. When we got back to the house we did get the pictures for her in her wig and it turned out to be absolutely brilliant, I had no idea what was about to happen…..a little model in the making stood before me and the pictures turned out fantastic.

Thank you again Edel and Gavin for your wonderful hospitality and for choosing Les Kelly Studios to capture these beautiful precious moments for your family!

Please take a look below at what we captured from the day. Click an image if you wish to enlarge.

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Slicker Family Portraits

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Our new studio is nearly there!!

And so a new adventure and exciting times are ahead as we reveal our latest project…..We’ve built our own studio!!!!

Following on from the success we’ve had with our Frame It Weddings and Frame it Productions brands, we are delighted to bring to you Les Kelly Studios.

After we spent a considerable amount of time deliberating about our next move….should we look for a new, bigger space? Should we just continue as we are? Should we take the leap and expand? We had a lot of questions and so much to think about!

Sitting down at home one evening thinking everything over, I was looking outside. And there it was, right in front of me….could this be the solution we were looking for? Could we do this? What would it take? Again, we had so many questions. Instead of moving out of our Sallins office, why don’t we just build something of our own right there, on the land behind my house! This way we can keep our Sallins office which we have worked so hard over the years to establish, and also have a studio space of our own to expand our ideas and offer our clients so much more!….including green screen production, cinemagraphic headshots etc.

We talked it over, put some plans in place and we went for it! We could feel the excitement growing and we put everything in motion.

As soon as we got the green light, the t’s crossed and the I’s dotted, we wasted no time. Just three days later the first machines rolled onto site and the ground works began.

From there, things started to move very quickly. Within five weeks the block work is done, the roof is on, the windows and doors fitted and outside plastered. Inside, the layout has been constructed and the first fix of electrics and plumbing is completed also.

It’s amazing how fast it has all come together since the initial idea and we are very excited about it. If we keep making progress as we have done to date, we hope to be completed and ready to move in in 6-8 weeks.

We have attached some images of the progress so far and will keep you all up to date on the further progress. We are looking forward to seeing you all in our new studio in the very near future!


“Bravery and adventure! That’s the ticket! Don’t sit and gather moss. Get up, get out, do what you dream of doing, and if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work, and you don’t need to made that particular mistake again, but at least you won’t get old wondering what if you had.” — Garrison Keillo


From us all here at Les Kelly Studios and the Frame It Team.