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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


  • Think I’m going to share nurseries and kids spaces I’ve photographed with you for a few posts. 
Reason being I’ve been really enjoying my mornings in Annabelles nursery these past few days since we moved in. I had been dreaming of this ever since we bought the house and it’s just lovely to finally be using it and watching her explore and learn in it, she’s loving it which means we are too. 😊 Big thanks to Nathalie from @bunnyandclyde who has been guiding the nursery journey and I look forward to photographing it when it’s fully finished. 
I love the art in this girls bedroom from a home I photographed for The Sunday Times. I have some great art for Annabelles room in with the framer. 
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  • Nice to be able to share an image of new work completed before this pandemic took over our lives. This was a great shoot so much creativity, lots more to be revealed for now this little sneak peek of the gorgeous duo from @roisinlaffertykld 
I had a good few more exciting shoots booked in before baby number two was due all had to be postponed. You really never know what’s around the corner! 
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  • It’s hard to know what to be posting these days. To simpler times putting some grasses in a vase to create a pretty moment on a shoot for @littledesignhouse 
Feeling quite anxious I must admit, scared for our country, our world, bringing a new baby into the world and having to leave my little girl when I go in to the hospital. Can’t believe this is our reality. 
I’m grateful to have the distraction of moving into our home, so much to do cleaning, sorting, unpacking. Then to creating nice little moments like this, simple pleasures. I recommend to all my interiors obsessed followers and friends to find a spot or two in your home where you can style it a little bit differently every few days. It will just switch your mind for a short while, getting proud and creative with that spot. If you can choose a spot near a window and watch the light change. When you are out for your walk keep an eye out for some greenery or interesting twigs to pick and use in this styling exercise. 
#stayhome #loveyourhome #itsinourhands #interiors #interiorstyling
  • Appropriate chair for these scary times. The hideout chair by @wiener_gtv_design as seen in the cover story shoot for @image_interiors of a magnificent Georgian home designed by @suziemcadam Chair available from @thedesign_seeker #interiors #irishinteriors #luxuryhomes #luxeathome #design #interiordesign #beautifulspaces #interiorsphotography #interiorsphotographer #ruthmaria #editorialphotography #designphotography #georgianarchitecture #window #chair
  • Now more than ever our homes are our sanctuary. Lovely Lisa from @dustdesignstudio with her boys at home. Lisa’s house tour was featured in print and can now be seen online @houseandhomemagazine #irishinteriors #home #living #family #homesweethome #interior #beautifulspaces #ruthmaria #interiorsphotography #interiorsphotographer #editorialphotography #irishhomes
  • Portrait of the architect Mr. @decodonnell principal at @odkmarchitects This portrait was taken on another project of Declan’s which has yet to be released but wanted to share as we just wrapped a two day shoot of Declan’s own home. What a house, what a shoot, we are all wrecked but invigorated by the creative team spirit and effort put into this one! Well done to all involved you know who you are and I look forward to sharing the lot with you in due course. 👊🏻👍🏻🙌🏻 #editingmode

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