Upgrading Equipment for Events!

Hello all, hopefully you are dealing with this heatwave better than I!

Just a quick post about some upgraded Event equipment that is going to make the quality of the images produced for my clients  go up exponentially! As if the new 40-150 telephoto from Olympus wasn’t enough..

Firstly I have invested in some gear from Rogue, namely the new FlashBender 2 with the softbox and reflector add-on. I have always thought these looked a bit silly being truthful, but after using them they really do get the job done like nothing else if you are stuck with a single on-camera flash.


The second piece of equipment I have decided to invest in thanks to the ongoing momentum from you wonderful clients, is a battery grip for my main camera, the Lumix G9.

No more changing batteries every hour and a half! It also has controls for easier portrait-oriented shooting. And it’s just as weather-proof as the G9 itself so this will certainly be accompanying me on my outdoor expeditions in future too.

All in all, a great addition to the mcardphoto Gear Vault! Thanks again to those who have chosen to work with me and help me to continue to grow the business.

Have a great day!

- John


*Anything I purchase new is purchased from Barker Photographic and I could not recommend them enough. Most helpful and knowledgeable staff out of any Camera Store I have been in here in Cork! 10/10


Changing Things Up!

Hope everyone is keeping well and looking forward to a great weekend!

I have decided to migrate the business to SquareUp and move away from SumUp’s services, which I have been using for a few months now to process payments and issue Quotes & Invoices.


The reason for this is due to an underlying issue with SumUp’s delivery model, but I am glad to let you know that I have been researching this for quite a few months, awaiting a resolution from SumUp, and the features & services available on SquareUp are far better anyway!

Paying deposits and accepting Quotes will be easier than ever, plus your Invoices will get a lot tidier and more informative. As well as this you are now able to save your payment information (returning clients will be extremely happy to hear this!) and apply a tip to your final payment if you would like to!  However the biggest benefit to this migration is that I am now able to offer Gift Cards which can be applied against any non-commercial shoot. These will be launched in the coming weeks and can can be spent either partly or in full, on as many shoots as the recipient desires - as they never expire. You can read more about them on SquareUp’s FAQ page here.

For those who have already booked a shoot with me and paid their Deposit, nothing will change and your final invoice will still be issued by SumUp. Any outstanding quotes issued via SumUp will no longer be valid as of Thursday 28/01/2022 unless re-issued and If you have a recurring invoice such as a monthly recurring licensing fee for one of your past shoots, these will be migrated to SquareUp once any outstanding invoices are paid. Your billing cycle will remain unaffected as well as any terms set out in the original invoice.

I think that this update will take some getting used to, but has a seemingly never-ending list of benefits for both the business and those I offer my services to!

So that’s the news this time around, I really appreciate those who have supported this business these past few months so your feedback is incredibly important too - if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions you can use the contact form on the Home page to reach out any time!


Thanks again,


- John




Most Photographed Country on Earth

Weekend blessings to you all,

I have been wondering lately whilst browsing Locationscout.net what the most photographed country was on the site. Luckily - they provide that information by showing how many spots are logged for each country.

Not necessarily the “most photographed” country, but certainly this statistic shows the most unique country I would say.

Germany currently leads with 6135 different spots for the whole country. Crazy that the US has just over half that given its relative size. Ireland however, only has 416 spots logged.

I say we absolutely have over 6135 interesting or unique-enough-to-be-considered spots in our wonderful little nation that could be logged on the site. It would take a hell of a lot of work, and some of the best photographic minds the country has to offer - But I think we are up to the challenge.

I am going to start uploading as many of my geo-taggable shots as I can to the site to help bolster our numbers and I invite you to do the same. Germany is cool and all, but we’re cooler.

War waits for no man, lets get out there and get the job done. See you on the battlefield.

- John