We’re not a husband and wife team because we’re not actually married, but in all other respects, we are just like a husband and wife team. I have been a professional photographer since 2011 and shooting weddings since 2015. Tracy and I met in 2018 and we started shooting weddings together soon afterwards. So when you book Lionel Mitchell Photography to photograph your Wedding in Northern Ireland, you get Tracy as well as Lionel. That’s two photographers, two angles, twice the moments, expressions and all the little bits that matter. Four eyes on the detail instead of two!
Tracy’s interests lie in art history and classical music. She likes all that old Renaissance stuff, you know, the da Vinci, and Caravaggio brigade, and the Mozart’s and Beethoven’s of the world of classical composers. Myself, I would be more Roll Over Beethoven! That’s Chuck Berry 1956 originally. Though it’s actually the ELO version of the ’80s that I remember.
Obviously we both love our photography and when we are not working on anything else, we enjoy getting out for long walks together. You can always spot us. We are the ones hauling loads of photo gear around with us! No, I’m sorry, taking photos on our iPhones is not an option! Well, actually sometimes we do, but we also like to experiment and play with our cameras, the light, the movement and so on.
We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but I don’t agree with that. Probably because I’m as passionate about words as I am about photography. For me, a photograph is all about time.
Time is the one thing we can never hold onto, but a photograph captures a moment that we can hold onto for all time. That’s what I love about a photograph and why I love taking photographs. Photography, for me, is about creating timeless images and capturing memories of faces and places that time will never change.
I’m very proud to have recently achieved my Licentiate with the Royal Photographic Society.
Photography has genuinely been a lifelong hobby for me and now it’s my second career. It was in 2011 that I started working for Johnston Press as a freelance photographer in the Lurgan and Portadown areas. The experience I gained was invaluable in many respects; working under pressure, working in difficult conditions, and in getting the best from my subjects as well as my camera. My work was published in the Northern Ireland and Irish press as well as weekly at a local level.
I wanted to learn more about the art of photography. So back to college and for two years work took a back seat to learning. It was worthwhile. I achieved a Higher National Diploma in photography with Distinction, and apart from filling that art gap, it opened my mind to many influences that I was able to draw upon to develop my own photographic style. Along the way I achieved a couple of Northern Ireland Photographic Association (NIPA) awards, as well as a Licentiateship and an Associateship from the Royal Photographic Society, (RPS).
I was a general photographer having photographed a number of weddings and various other family photography jobs, etc. In 2019 however that I decided to focus on my strengths and specialise in Wedding Photography and Portraiture.