Makers Spotlight: Laura McIlveen Photography

Makers Spotlight: Laura McIlveen Photography

Laura McIlveen is not just a photographer; she's a storyteller with a camera. With an exceptional eye for detail, a passion for the north coast and a deep understanding of the art of photography, Laura has the remarkable ability to turn ordinary moments and landscapes into captured memories.
In this Makers Spotlight we spoke to Resident Makers House Photographer, Laura about her business, her passions, and her favourite little insights to the North Coast of Northern Ireland 

"My interest in photography was first sparked whilst on a trip to The Whiterocks Beach; my happy place. It was a beautiful day in Northern Ireland, and I just wanted to capture all that beauty. For my next birthday, I asked for a camera and my photographic journey began. 

I’m passionate about capturing high-quality visuals, unique moments in time, amazing light, and the beautiful landscape we have right on our doorstep here on the Causeway Coast. 

I love to capture colour and the movement of water in my work, creating a bold piece of art that brightens up a space and becomes a real feature in someone’s home or workspace. I like my work to evoke an emotion – to make someone smile or to bring them back to their own happy place.

Recently I have been taking a number of bookings for product photography, and building portfolios of work for other businesses, which has been a joy as I get to help other businesses build as I grow my own."



Laura's love for photography grew as she delved deeper into the world of visual storytelling. She dedicated herself to learning the technical aspects of photography and developing her unique style. Her determination and talent led her to pursue a degree in photography, solidifying her commitment to turning her passion into a career.

Upon completing her formal education, Laura launched her own photography business, aptly named "Laura McIlveen Photography." Her business quickly gained recognition for its ability to capture the essence of any moment, from the candid smiles at a wedding to the serene landscapes of nature.

However she does note that there are a lot of challenges in photography, it’s not just point and shoot.

"Each of my images are carefully planned, it can take months or even years to achieve some of my imagery."

"To capture one great photo there can be many trips back to the same location, waiting on the perfect light, the perfect composition. For some of my aurora prints, they were a very long time in the making. It was multiple trips chasing auroras around the north coast to finally capture my finished piece. Patience is incredibly important as a photographer."




Q: What inspires your photography?

"Photography is my bit of well-being. Sitting out on the north coast watching and capturing beautiful sunsets is special. I love capturing a unique moment in time, documenting the landscape. I love when I click my camera shutter, that I capture a completely unique moment in time. No one else in the world has captured that moment like I have; that’s special."

Q: How would you describe your style to someone who didn't know you?

Bold, dynamic, modern, unique imagery.

Q: What equipment do you use, and how important is it in achieving your desired results?

A: I use top-of-the-line cameras and lenses to ensure the highest quality images. While equipment is essential, it's only a tool. The true magic happens when you combine technical expertise with creativity and a deep understanding of light, composition, and storytelling.

Q: Can you share a memorable photography experience from your career?

A: For me, part of the joy of capturing an amazing landscape is sharing that work with others. I love to show the unique images I’ve captured and tell the individual story behind a new piece of work. Each photograph has a story to tell.

One of my favourite things in-store is when someone picks up a print of mine and tells me their story behind that location. Maybe it’s that they got engaged at Mussenden Temple or used to dance in The Arcadia when it was a ballroom – I love to hear other people’s memories of the beautiful locations I photograph. It’s always special when someone purchases a print that has an important meaning for them or a loved one.




While Laura McIlveen's talent extends to various genres of photography, her passion for landscape photography shines particularly bright when she sets her lens on the rugged beauty of the Causeway Coast. This part of the world, located in Northern Ireland, is renowned for its iconic landmarks and breathtaking landscapes. Laura's ability to capture the unique essence of this region through her photographs is a testament to her deep connection with the natural world.

One of her favourite subjects along the Causeway Coast is the world-famous Giant's Causeway. This natural wonder is a series of hexagonal basalt columns formed by ancient volcanic activity. Laura's photographs of the Giant's Causeway capture not only its geological significance but also the ethereal and otherworldly atmosphere that surrounds it. Her keen eye for composition and her ability to work with changing light conditions result in images that transport viewers to this mystical place.

 "Sitting out on the north coast watching and capturing beautiful sunsets is special. I love capturing a unique moment in time, documenting the landscape. I love when I click my camera shutter, that I capture a completely unique moment in time. No one else in the world has captured that moment like I have; that’s special."



Photography, especially landscape photography, is all about chasing the perfect light. Laura McIlveen knows this better than anyone. She often wakes up before dawn, braving the elements, to capture the soft, golden hues of sunrise over iconic locations like Dunluce Castle or the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

In her pursuit of the ideal shot, Laura immerses herself in the environment, waiting patiently for the moment when the natural elements align with her vision. Her dedication and perseverance have led to the creation of images that not only showcase the beauty of the Causeway Coast but also evoke a sense of wonder and reverence for nature.




My products can be purchased in-store and the first floor of The Designerie, and online on my website. I can also do bespoke orders, including large framed made-to-order pieces.

Additionally I offer product photography, and building portfoilio work.

You can find Laura’s photography on her website or you can follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter