Photography has been my passion my entire life. I studied in the Dún Laoighaire College of Art, Design and Technology receiving a distinction in my photography degree. I have travelled extensively and taken part in many photography exhibitions both at home in Ireland and abroad, including countries such as Spain, China and the USA.
The main area I specialise in is portrait photography which combines my love of photography with meeting and interacting with new people and hearing a bit of their story. As a photographer, I love seeing people's faces when they get a professional photograph which captures that moment of love, laughter, friendship and time. With this in mind I would also be very aware of how uncomfortable some people can be in front of a camera, having worked on portraits regularly. So, it is not only my job to take that 'once in a lifetime' shot but also to ensure I put people at their ease.
I want everyone to enjoy their portrait experience, have some fun and walk away with an amazing photograph.
As well as private work Shelley Corcoran has photographed extensively for the Longford Leader and for a range of magazines. Through her teaching work she has also developed two books and numerous exhibitions. Here are some samples that show the range of her work.
One of Shelley Corcoran's photographs entitled "A Cross to Bear" was exhibited at the prestigious Center for Fine Art Photography, 400 N College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524, USA.
Longford Remembers 1916 is a book that commemorates the fifteen Longford people who participated in the Easter Rising and the events that took place in the county to mark this important event in Ireland's history. Shelley Corcoran was one of the photographers for this book.
Bang! Bang! She Shot Me! is a photography book with a difference. It has an emphasis on fun and creativity. Initially it is aimed at second level students, but can be used by anyone looking to take photography up as a hobby.
The book emerged from the success of the Longford School of Photography Programme. Programme Director Shelley Corcoran devised a course to work with transition year students in the county, with support from the County Arts Office and VEC. 'The whole idea is to reach out and engage young people in the fun of photography in the hope that they will take it more seriously and acquire the technical skills in greater depth afterwards.'
Article in Midland Arts magazine for which Shelley Corcoran supplied the photographs. It is about the young musicians in the band 4 Degrees West who play a mix of country, folk and trad music.