‘Fearless’ Jay on top of the world after photography accolade

Jay Doherty, pictured in action at a recent wedding in Balllyliffin. Picture: Chris Huston.
Jay Doherty, pictured in action at a recent wedding in Balllyliffin. Picture: Chris Huston.

An Inishowen photographer has joined a select group of others from “across the planet” to accomplish a ‘Fearless Award.’

Jay Doherty lives with his “beautiful family” in Muff and has been a photographer for “as long” as he can remember, following in the footsteps of his father.

Originally from Derry, Jay,, through some “twists and twists and turns in fate I ended up making a living and a career” with his camera.

He now shoots wedding and family portraits, particularly in Donegal but also, on occasion, nationally.

In recent times, Jay has won acclaim for his creative and unique style and this led him to join the society of Fearless Photographers.

“Some might argue that it’s a community of the best of the best - I’m not sure how I ended up there but I’ll not argue,” Jay quipped to the Journal.

This week, two of Jay’s wedding photographs won a Fearless Award, a merit granted to a select group of photographers hailing from all parts of the world.

Jay said: “Photographers from all over the planet send their best images, anything from marriages on mountain tops in Brazil, deserted Australian beaches, the most gorgeous location weddings and wedded couples on the planet. I ended up winning two awards the first time I entered, with two local photographs I shot last year.”

He added: “I’m pretty shocked, and feel really overwhelmed. For me, a Fearless award was always something I’d cherish, other awards are grand and it’s nice to have a few, but in my eyes, Fearless was always the fountain of inspiration and motivation. It’s crazy to see my small efforts, one shot in a housing estate in Derry in November, the other on a stormy day at Five Finger Strand, listed amongst some epic locations and moments globally.”

Jay said the work of a photographer is substantial.

“True it is a dream to do what you love for a living, but it’s also a job and being the business owner I do find myself working around the clock, six days a week,” he said.

He added that he “loves” to shoot weddings.

“It’s one of the most powerful and important days of people’s lives, the emotions are high, the joy and elation are intense, and here I am ringside, part of the craic and the fair,” said Jay.

“I get to unleash my creativity daily, meet wonderful people and make so many new friends and help create so many stories. Paying my mortgage with my camera is grand, but the feeling I get when I see my photos on the walls of a family home is the greatest thing.”