We seek to create imagery that makes people smile.

Established in 2013 and currently based in Derry, Magic Chair is the meeting of two minds who are passionate about street photography, cinema and music. We love the freedom weddings offer us for improvising and experimenting.

from Lisbon, Portugal
Editor & Designer

From Lisbon, Portugal
from Derry, N. Ireland
Editor & Colourist

From Derry, N. Ireland
asked questions
We sure can! If distance is an issue, we are also available for a Skype or an old-fashioned phone call.
Magic Chair is Catarina and Rory. We always shoot and edit together as a team, never outsourcing our work. We love having complete control over our creative process. Rory is usually the one behind emails and the bureaucratic stuff!

We always carry multiple camera bodies, lenses and more memory cards than we need. If either of us can’t make it for some reason, we will find a suitable replacement to fill in for shooting (we will still edit everything)

Our approach is very “hands off”. We rely on natural light (no flash) and use silent, handheld equipment in order to be as unobtrusive as possible. You can simply forget about us and immerse yourself in celebration!
For us, this means capturing unstaged moments of you and your guests, in an interesting way. Moments that stay true to the spirit of the day. To do that, we keep a very low profile and we don’t interfere. Our approach for photography and video is basically the same. You may also see documentary wedding photography described as “street”, “photojournalistic”, “natural” or “unposed”.
Our default style is documentary but we are more than happy to take any portraits you would like. We can usually wrap these up within 30 minutes so you can get back to the party! It helps if we have the list of any group shots in advance.
You can check your date or request our price guide here . To secure a booking, we require a £600 non-refundable booking fee and signed agreement. The remaining balance is then due 30 days before your wedding.

We are based in Derry~Londonderry, Northern Ireland and are lucky to call Lisbon, Portugal our second home. If you’re looking for documentary wedding photography in Portugal or Spain, we want to hear from you! From our base in Northern Ireland, we cover Belfast, Derry, Dublin and Cork (and even those places with awful roads and no phone signal). Over the past few years, we’ve also captured celebrations in France, Croatia, Italy, Spain and the US.

Travel is usually free within Ireland and Portugal but will apply further afield (we’ll keep it to a minimum!).

That’s up to you but we would love to surprise you with something you’ve never heard before.   We really enjoy finding that perfect soundtrack to complement the footage.  If you prefer to pick specific songs for your films – no problem!
We usually soundtrack our videos with music only.  This gives us the maximum creative freedom to convey the mood and feel of your day.  If you would like to hear the natural audio from your day – we also offer full speeches, full ceremony and raw footage as separate add-ons.
We are perfectionists and our craft takes time. Photographs are usually delivered within 3 weeks. Video is a lot more labour and edits can take up to 3 months.
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