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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


  • Tired after an early start to our adventure day in Donegal. Had to post a few highlights it was so beautiful today!#iPhonesnaps Haven’t been to Donegal since childhood. We headed for St Johns Point for sunrise which was a breathtaking way to start the day, so lucky with the weather then drove onto Slieve League where we took a walk amongst the roaming sheep to get to the incredible view of the cliffs. These are the second highest cliffs in Europe, well worth a visit. Actually nice to do these things in Winter when you have them all to yourself more or less. After this we went off the beaten track through the mountains to get to a waterfall a local told us about. Ireland you are a beauty! #discoverireland #donegal #landscape #scenery #ireland #beautifulplaces #explore #neverstopexploring #travel #adventures
  • A view of the kitchen dining area in @dermotbannon’s house. When you walk into this space you are met with a beautiful stone wall from @millerbrothersstone which acts as the backdrop to the kitchen. It is subtle yet utterly decadent at the same time, the perfect way to finish this wall off. Over the years I have photographed many projects with Miller Brothers stone and it is always so beautiful! #wishlist #stone #irishdesign #irishinteriors #irisharchitecture #dermotbannon #roomtoimprove #rte #millerbrothers #kitchen #dining #kitchendesign #luxurydesign #luxuryhomes #luxuryinteriors #beautifulspaces #ruthmaria #interiorsphotography #interiorsphotographer #designphotography #architecturephotography #home #living
  • Delighted to share my shoot of @dun_aluinn made another cover story, Dutch magazine @residencenl What a room this is, really wish it was mine! 😝 #coverstory #interiorsmagazine #interiors #published #interiorsphotography #interiorsphotographer #ruthmaria #irishphotographer #designphotography #editorialphotography #queenannehouse #periodliving #scotland #highlands #luxuryhomes #luxuryinteriors #luxeathome #luxurylifestyle
  • The lovely Dermot photographed in his brand new home which I think most of the nation watched on #roomtoimprove The images of our shoot have gone viral all over insta so I must post a few more myself, lots more lovely ones to see. #dermotbannon #irishinteriors #irisharchitecture #irishhomes #interiorsphotographer #interiorsphotography #ruthmaria #architecturephotography #designphotography #editorialphotography #irishphotographer #portrait #beautifulhomes #architect #portraitphotography
  • I interrupt my scheduled Instagram posts to share with you a sneak peek of the big reveal of @dermotbannon’s home on #roomtoimprove @rteone tonight! It’s a must watch. I had the pleasure of photographing the finished design and from the moment I walked in it had the feel, as in the right feel. A warm, inviting well designed home which is comfortable for a growing family with texture, combination of materials and design details a plenty as well as that all important architectural space combined with the charm of a period property not to mention the big gorgeously planted garden! 🙌🏻😍👏🏻👏🏻 #interiors #architecture #irishinteriors #irisharchitecture #dermotbannon #rte #home #living #beautifulspaces #interiorsphotography #interiorsphotographer #ruthmaria #architecturephotography #designphotography #irishphotographer Thanks to my brother @shanedara83 who assisted me on this shoot, he has a great eye as a trained designer like myself 👊🏻
  • Some Sunday living room inspiration from another @optimisedesign shoot in 2019 Joinery is another key part of home renovation unless you are using all free standing furniture. It is great for well designed functional storage as well as a design feature. Also note the ceiling a nice feature if you can do it with some soft recessed lighting. #interiors #living #livingroominspo #livingroomdecor #design #joinery #beautifulspaces #ruthmaria #irishinteriors #interiorsphotography #interiorsphotographer #designphotography

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