A.S.W.P.P. Portrait Photographer
"A Family Portrait is the story of your Family to-day , creating a visual history of tomorrow and for generations to come "
O’Doule (Leo Doyle) was born & raised in Rathdrum in Co.Wicklow. His first exposure to Photography came at the early age of 13, when he was coached in the technical and aesthetics of Photography by Mr Sean Kennedy. Sean went on to receive International acclaim for his photography of the world’s oldest book - The Book of Kells at Trinity College - Dublin.
After College, O’Doule moved to London where he eventually secured a job as a press photographer with a well known London regional newspaper group, all the time taking numerous photography and visual Art courses. Soon after, he joined Kodak Ltd. at their Harrow manufacturing & research facility.
For the next 8 years O’Doule was exposed to and schooled in the many aspects of Photography at the highest level, winning numerous International awards and exhibition hangings around the world. He opened Leo Doyle Studios & Gallery on Church Street in Wicklow, after winning the coveted International Salon Silver medal in Stuttgart, Germany in 1974, the only Salon medal ever awarded to an Irish Photographer. He went on to become an Associate of the Irish Professional Photographers Association, for whom he delivered numerous lectures on Fine Art Portraiture by Photography. A founding member of the elite ‘Irish Portrait Group’, he has more recently received the Associate award of worldwide Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers in the UK.
Although O’Doule has photographed many famous faces including Pope John Paul 11 and Poet Patrick Kavanagh’s Brother - Professor Peter Kavanagh in NY, his driving passion still remains in photographing local Irish characters & faces. O’Doule believes that a portrait is not made by the camera, but by the mind, and is created both sides of the camera.
“The relevance & importance of Portraiture has always been present in every culture across the world - illustrating the power - the endurance & the character of people - making the human connection “ O Doule