As you may know, there are supposedly guidelines for anniversary gifts.  Hallmark has the full list, if you’re interested.  Traditionally, the first anniversary is the “Paper Anniversary.”  The idea is, your gift has to have something to do with paper.

My sister Katie and her husband Chris just celebrated their Paper Anniversary.  Katie got Chris tickets to something awesome.  Tickets made of paper.  Well done.

Chris… well, Chris had me make Katie a photo album.  Sure, that’s a perfect and amazing gift anyway.  But this album was special.

You see, due to unforeseen circumstances, half of Katie’s wedding pictures were lost by her photographer’s assistant.  Luckily the photographer covered the entire event herself so 99% of the day was still there, just not as much of it.  Except one part:  the guys getting ready.  While the main photographer was capturing us ladies getting ready, the assistant captured the fellas.  Where the main photographer was with us the entire time, that meant all of those photos were lost.  Katie and Chris were obviously bummed.  Katie was really bummed.  She wanted to see that part of the day so badly.

Immediately upon hearing this news, Chris sent me a message and said, “I want to recreate it.  You on board?”  And I of course said yes!

With the exception of one of Chris’ brothers who lives waaay up north in Maine and couldn’t make it down, ALL of the guys showed up for Chris.  This unquestioning support within their group is astounding.  It’s truly a beautiful thing and I am so in awe of it!  While their suits didn’t match (as they did on that day), and the location was different (we used my parent’s basement/backyard which was where we ladies got ready but all the other spots the fellas went to weren’t available), the images from our setup are as close to the real thing as you can possibly get.  And even if every detail was somehow wrong, the LOVE was certainly there.  This was such an amazing thing to be a part of!

Here are some of my favorites:IrishEyesPhotographyMcGrathRedo2016-169



If you know Katie, you know about her love for dinosaurs.

So this happened…



And here is the entire gallery for your viewing pleasure.





Fellas, if you’re reading this, THANK YOU for doing such an incredible thing for my sister (and brother in law too!).  I am so honored to have been a part of this!  And if you’re not yet married, yes, you should hire me for YOUR wedding.  Hahaha





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Recently my… hmmm… second cousin twice removed?… got married down South.  They had a beautiful fancy wedding and have been enjoying wedded bliss since.  Her mother, my…. second cousin???… decided they needed a party up here for all the people who weren’t able to travel to celebrate on the big day.  So they threw an intimate, more casual affair right in their hometown.  Close family and friends came and danced and laughed and it was an incredibly joyful night.  Now, second cousins twice removed would not have been able to get on the small guest list… but when certain second cousins twice removed are professional photographers, they’re able to be hired to photograph the event for an incredible family.  I’m so lucky I got to be there!


Aren’t they the most lovely family?!?!!?  At their wedding they had a local professional photographer so they didn’t need intimate portraits of the couple or families.  But I had to zip the immediate family outside for a couple shots.  The grounds of Anthony’s on the Green at the Pinecrest Golf Club were too lovely to ignore!


P.s. I love that the bride snabbed a more casual white dress for this shindig.  She’s wearing her original veil and came in on the same scooter (yes, you read that right, they entered their receptions on scooters), but the adorable shorter dress on this hot July day was the perfect switch.

So here’s the family connection: This beautiful lady below is my Mum (dancing with my Dad).  She is first cousin of the Mother of the Bride.  Making the Mother of the Bride my second cousin (I think) which I assume makes the bride my second cousin twice removed.  If you know whether my summations are right or wrong, I’d love for you to comment either on this post or the Facebook page because I would love to know!  Hahaha.IrishEyesPhotographyBurkeReception2016-476-Edit

Thanks for asking me to be a part of your special day, my lovely cousins! I had the best time!

To see more from this gallery, click here.  You’ll need to get the password from one of my cousins.  Removed or not.  Hahaha.



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A couple of weeks after your sitting with me is over, you’ll come to my home studio to view your pictures and place your order.  I have a large number of options for prints, canvases, frames, personalized designs, etc.  Ever since I added these albums to my offerings a few years ago, they have become my #1 seller.  It makes perfect sense; what a wonderful way to get all of your favorite images in one beautifully made, handcrafted, built-to-last place.  I am IN LOVE with these albums – every single one comes back so insanely gorgeous.  I am thrilled that my clients have these to show off in their homes, in addition to their wall art.


Every single album is designed for you, by me.  Gone are the days of picking images to suit the album; I build the album around your favorite images.


The full, layflat pages are my favorite feature.  While the image below shows the book slightly closed, the book lies completely flat so that image covers the entire spread, uninterrupted by a spine.


The albums are especially perfect for lifestyle sessions.  This session here was a twin newborn lifestyle session.  It tells the story of life at home with TWO new babies.  Including the all important task of making more coffee – sometimes interrupted by a spontaneous kiss.


There are several options for the album available.  Ironically, this is a 12×8 Lilac album; the only other time I featured images of a clients album online it was also a 12×8 Lilac album!  The Lilac turned out to be my most popular color option which I initially found surprising but I LOVE that people go for a color!


The rattle you see photographed is the gift that all my newborns (and teething infants) receive just for working with me.  It’s handmade locally, 100% natural and safe, and the amazing woman who makes them for me hand paints my logo on each and every one.  Incredible!



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