Time In Focus is an Event Photography company run by Directors Deirdre Dowling and Michael Maguire. After years of traveling with Riverdance, Deirdre and Michael have made their hobby a profession specialising in Irish Dance Photography.
Deirdre Dowling - Director
Deirdre began dancing at the age of 5 and at the age of sixteen, she spent 6 weeks performing in Dollywood Tennessee as part of an Irish music and dance show; she also got to meet and perform for one of her idols, Dolly Parton herself. Deirdre auditioned for Riverdance in Dublin and performed in Vienna on her first gig with the show at the age of sixteen and also performed in corporate gigs throughout Ireland including weddings and other special events. She performed in Disney Land Paris on a few occasions for the St Patrick’s Day Festival. After finishing school in 2005 she performed with Riverdance in the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin for the summer. After that she went on tour with the show at the age of 18 and toured around France, Switzerland and Holland. Deirdre has performed on many TV shows including the Paul O'Grady show with Celtic Masters and Comic Relief and Blue Peter with Riverdance. Her dancing
has taken her all over the world performing in prestigious venues. Some of her personal highlights include performing on front of 1.3 billion people for the Chinese New Year, dancing on front of the Pyramids in Giza Egypt and performing on a stage build outdoors on the sea front in Lebanon Beirut. Deirdre is delighted to be featured in the new Riverdance DVD, Live from Beijing.
In 2009, Deirdre graduated from the University of East London with a BA Hons Degree in Graphic Design. She is excited and determined to bring something new to Irish Dance Photography.
Photography by J Meenan Photography
Michael Maguire - Director
Michael started Irish dancing at the age three and was taught by his parents, Michael and Kathleen Maguire. As an amateur he was champion of London for five consecutive years, and received multiple awards in the World Championships in solo and group competitions. He began his professional career in 1999 with the international show Gaelforce Dance and quickly progressed to performing one of the lead roles. Over the years he has performed in many shows including Hammerstep, Ragus, Magic of the Dance, Dancing Feet, Celtic Masters and Celtic Feet. He joined Riverdance in late 1999 and toured the world for over eight years, performing in prestigious venues including The Kremlin, Moscow and The Great Hall of the People, Beijing. He progressed musically as an on stage drummer and singer, and was also trained as understudy for the main lead. Michael was a cast member for Riverdance Live from Geneva and has been featured in at least five Riverdance documentaries made for television. Michael is also featured in the new Riverdance DVD, Live from Beijing.
In the summer of 2005, he made his debut in the west end in ‘The Shaughraun’, an Irish melodrama set in the nineteenth century was written by Dion Boucicault. This show enabled Michael to incorporate acting and singing with his dancing abilities. Michael has been working with children with Special Educational Needs in primary schools over the past four years, his dedication to the work led to his completion of his BA Hons Degree in education in 2010.
Photography by J Meenan Photography
Time In Focus are honoured to be the Official Photographers for the European Oireachtas. They have set up at many Irish Dancing competitions including Class Feis', capturing those special moments and bringing something new and fresh to Irish Dance Photography. Whilst on tour with Riverdance, they had an Official photo shoot and provided the cast with professional head shots. Keep an eye out for their travelling photos!
Time In Focus are currently taking bookings for Feis' 2010/11. With the most up to date technology, we are able to set up on site and print on demand at any event while offering a wide range of photo products and Official Riverdance merchandise.