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Working With Me

Hello, if you are interested in working with me let me tell you a little more…

With all photography projects I want them to be the best they can be for both you and I. Therefore should it be required or beneficial I help guide you with it, offer you advice and make suggestions on how to elevate your project. Often with regular clients I become a friend and confidant to their business. I take a keen interest in all my clients and genuinely want to see them do well.

I have a commitment to good design and aim to champion the best. Many of the projects I work on are great as they are but there are also many that have potential. I aim to spot this potential and if you embrace my advice together we can aim to reach new heights and attract more attention for your business. My approach to my work and relationship with my clients typically results in a wonderful collaboration.

With all my photography projects I bring 15 years of art direction experience and should your business be in need of more than photography I can also work with you on your brand.

FAQs for Photography Projects
Who owns the copyright and what are my usage rights to the images?

The photographer always remains the copyright owner of the images. The images are licensed to you for the intended purpose. It is important to discuss this aspect of the project at the beginning so you are clear about your usage rights to the images.

Can I have the RAW files and all the photos taken?

RAW files are not supplied unless under special circumstances and it is part of the deal from the very beginning which will reflect in the fee. Typically it is not necessary for you to have them. I also do not supply all the images taken on the shoot. I select the best ones and provide you with the number of images discussed or requested. You receive the final edited product.

Can I further edit or add filters to the images?

Similar to an artist I create images based on my style and desired aesthetic, this is the reason you are working with me. Please do not alter the images in any way. Occasionally for advertising purposes this will be required which is discussed at the onset of the project. Images may need to be cropped for websites or design layouts which is ok.

Do I need to credit you when using the images or having the images published?

Yes please, unless it is not possible such as advertisements please credit ‘Ruth Maria Murphy’. Publishers have a duty to make sure they credit photographers, artists and designers for their work. I also appreciate that my clients credit me too. I will always champion my clients and those that publish my work.

Can I give my images to suppliers or other people involved in my project?

Images are my product and cannot be given to anyone else to use as their own without consent and associated fee. Please discuss this at the beginning of the project.

If you see your product/ work in an image of mine you can purchase it directly from me. Please understand if I am hired by one client but there are numerous other businesses involved in creating the work I am photographing I will not nor can my client supply all involved with my images for free. You should have been paid for the work you have done unless you agreed not to be. No one is entitled to the image for free.

Can I use the images of my project if a magazine is publishing it?

If a magazine commissions your project for their magazine then there will generally be an embargo on the images for a certain period of time. You will not be able to obtain usage rights to the images until this embargo is finished. If you commission your own photographs and then seek publication it can be slightly different, although the best potential for a feature is not to have published the images anywhere prior.  I can talk you through this if you have a project which has the potential to be of interest to a magazine.

Unauthorised use of my images is protected under international copyright law.

— Work with Ruth Maria


  • In today’s Sunday Independant I talk to Fran Power about tips for #styling, #photographing and #branding your place for Airbnb #success. @thesundayindo @airbnb Nice surprise for my little outing with my baby girl today. 😀💕#airbnb #interiors #interview #sundayindo #ruthmaria #interiorsphotographer #interiorsphotography #property #rent #rentalproperty #irishinteriors #sundaypaper #interiorstyling
  • Images from my shoot of The Fire Opal Collection by Rudolf Heltzel @rudolfheltzel modeled by Karen Fitzpatrick wearing the coolest blazer complimenting the pendant perfectly designed by 
I styled this shoot myself and painted the backdrop, loved this project and all the team involved. Model @fitzykk make up @eyrebrushedclinic hair @kieran_o_gorman_hair_beauty  #jewellery #design #irishdesign #jewellerydesigner #couture #couturejewellery #gemstones #gold #mastercraftsman #handmade #fashionphotography #irishphotographer #ruthmaria #kinoflolightingsystems #fashion #irishdesign #fashioneditorial #beauty #precious #model #irishcreatives #rudolfheltzel
  • More images from this couture jewellery shoot for @rudolfheltzel whose exhibition is currently on in the State Apartment Galleries at Dublin Castle, it closes soon so be sure to go see these #masterpieces! @dublincastle @dccoi 
Rudolf Heltzel is Ireland’s finest jewellery designer, there is no one at this level. Their studio sources rare gemstones which form the blank canvas from which the designs are imagined, they are then handmade using ancient tools and techniques. Pictured here two beauties both the models and the pendants from Rudolf’s Tourmaline Butterfly Collection. His most figurative collection to date. 
Models @fitzykk and @suziemcadam wearing gowns by make up by @eyrebrushedclinic hair by @kieran_o_gorman_hair_beauty 
I painted the backdrop myself for this shoot with the help of Maeve from the Heltzel studio and used #kinoflolightingsystems 
#jewellery #design #irishdesign #mastercraftsman #rudolfheltzel #couture #coururejewellery #gemstones #jewellerydesigner #gold #diamonds #fashioneditorial #fashionphotography #ruthmaria #irishphotographer #model #beauty #handmade
  • Lovely reminder of a beautiful shoot I did for @rudolfheltzel involving a magical team to showcase the #masterpieces created by the one and only #RudolfHeltzel. Go see his exhibition before it closes! In State Apartments @dublincastle @dccoi Pictured here is stunning @suziemcadam modeling Rudolf’s Tourmaline Butterfly Collection which made the cover story on the next image. Make up by @eyrebrushedclinic Hair by @kieran_o_gorman_hair_beauty  Dress from @lola_rose_boutique #jewellery #irishdesign #mastercraftsman #jewellerydesigner #livinglegend #irishjewellery #design #handmade #couture #couturejewellery #gold #gemstones #preciousmetals #fashionphotography #kinoflo #beauty #model #irishfashion #ruthmaria #irishphotographer #editorialphotography #fashioneditorial
  • Last image choice from my collection of women taken in Vietnam. I love this one, the movement in the image and her expression taken in busy Hanoi. Vietnam is such an interesting place to be. #aroundtheworld #internationalwomensday #vietnam #portraitphotography #travelphotography #lovetheworld #ruthmaria #neverstopexploring #portrait #people #culture #woman #face #hanoi #travel
  • This is Hà our local guide captured on a beach in Halong Bay. The light was really nice here at the time, atmospheric. Halong Bay tends to be quite foggy and misty. Hà didn’t know I was taking her photo here. #internationalwomensday #Vietnam #woman #portrait #travel #people #women #female #portraitphotography #travelphotography #lives #culture #lovetheworld #neverstopexploring #halongbay #light #photographer #ruthmaria

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