Rogan is 3! 29.11.16


rc-4So the little blonde one turned 3 today! And, as you probably know by now, I continued my tradition of making sure I have a little mini shoot with them on their birthdays, in the hope that by the time they both turn 18, mummy will have most awesome artwork to give them as a gift🙂 Mostly we shoot in the studio with balloons for about 5 minutes, but Rogan wanted a few outside…I love his expressions, especially his cute ‘cross face’ LOL.

I hope too, that since I have been so terrible at printing and filing my own family photographs, and totally rubbish at filling in those baby books, that someday they will read through my old blog posts and know that I remembered to do something!!

So.  Rogan aged 3.  Well he is class!! We completely adore him.  He has us all laughing every day at either his antics or the things he comes out with. I cannot hold him in my arms without smothering him in kisses.  He is very loving and cuddly, but heaven help you if you try to take away something he is playing with ( as Brody well knows, tread lightly and offer a swap….never snatch from Rogan or you’re likely to get a clout or a high pitched scream!).

Luckily, he just loves his big brother and they seem to enjoy a lot of the same things, like Lightening McQueen, Ninjago, Lego and Star wars, Paw Patrol and Blaze and the Monster machines.  But Rogan is very much his own person and what a wee character.  He loves music and dancing.  We have a LOT of dance parties in our kitchen….

His imaginative play is also hilarious to listen to – I often stand in the doorway listening to him gabble with his toys. He loves books too, just like Brody, for which I am very glad🙂

We celebrated this birthday over the weekend with a special ‘ Mater’ cake made by my friend Helen from The Cakery NI.  Today I brought them for a little play after school in Johnny Rockos, sadly the wee man must have caught a bug somewhere along the way and has spent the whole evening being very ill😦😦 Not the greatest finish to his wee birthday, but he is such a wee trooper. Very lucky that both my boys are great little patients.

SO here are a few wee pics to mark the occasion.  Hard to believe my baby is 3 already. Time flies and I have learnt to cherish every second of their childhoods, even the tougher moments, because, I know I will blink someday, and they will be 18 and away out into the world.  I just hope they both know how incredibly loved they are …….I think they do.

Happy birthday little Rogibear. xxxxx


Carino May 16′


OK.  SO, today, I share with you a little taster of what is available in store at the fabulous Carino Boutique, Omagh.  Olga and Avanda are two of the loveliest girls you will ever meet. If a conversation with either of them doesn’t leave you with a smile on your face, then I don’t know what will.  They have such enviable style and have built such an impressive business up in Omagh, they should be very proud.  What began as an exclusive shoe boutique, has, over the years, developed into the ‘go to’ place for all your accessory needs.  And now….the fantastic news…..they are also stocking the most beautiful dresses and outfits too. HOORAY!!!  Little quirky crop tops and full skirts, stylish shift dresses and sweet little outfits….Carino is now becoming a one stop shop if you have an occasion to go to.

With Michelle Gracey, Lynn Cochrane and Aisleen Conway on Hair and Makeup, Marie-Louise Rainey and Olga McCarney Styling, a team of girls I now know so well, you can imagine the laughter and crack we had in the studio that day.   We were almost left without a model, but at the last moment we were very lucky (and grateful) to have the beautiful Tori step in and rock every look we gave her🙂

I feel so lucky this year, I have had so many gorgeous boutiques to work with and see all the beautiful styles coming into the stores…..only wish I had an occasion to wear them…..ooh actually I do🙂 a gorgeous invite to the Wedding Journal Reader Awards has just popped up on my email…..WOW guys – THANK YOU! THANK YOU! for all your votes….lets hope for a win, but I will be happy I have an excuse to buy a new frock and go on a date with my handsome hubby🙂🙂 Thank you for that🙂

So, as I mentioned, this is just a peep at what is available in store, get yourself into Carino to see the rest. Enjoy. x


Model Tori McAleer

Styling Marie-Louise Rainey, Olga McCarney from Carino

Hair Michelle Gracey, assisted by Lynn Cochrane

MUA Aisleen Conway

Photography Erica Irvine Photography

Pretty Floral Chair available from Fox’s Home Furniture, Omagh.

Striped flooring ( used as backdrop) and laterns available from Henry’s Furniture, Fintona


Creative Collaborations May 16′


Sharing with you today some colourful and quirky imagery with Make Up by The Face Angel and hair by Orla Rafferty, Clothes from Rustic Runway and pulling it all together, our beautiful model, Kathryn McMahon. Since there was no set theme in mind, I went and choose some cool pieces with the help of lovely Ann-Louise from […]

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CRS NI Ltd. 14.4 16


This job for CRS ( Complete Recycling solutions, Carrickmore) was something I completely loved. To get inside a business for a day, observe and learn, shoot all the little details that make it work, to see beauty in what others may see as mundane. This is what I do. This is not a typically ‘glamorous’ […]

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Noelle & John 19.3.16


So it feels like forever since I blogged a wedding. But now that I am heading into my busy wedding season again I had to start the ball rolling. Today I am sharing some of my favourite images from Noelle and John’s beautiful day. I hadn’t actually met Noelle and John in person until the […]

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Queen Bee Spring/ Summer 16′


The gorgeous new Spring / Summer collection is now available at Queen Bee.  Here is a little glimpse of what is available in this beautiful store. Linda has fast become one of my most favourite clients. She will call or email me “Erica, I need a shoot….here’s what I would like…..” ….and I do the […]

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Loreal Colour Trophy April 16′

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Delighted to say that two of my  ‘Creative Collaborations’ clients  ( Hair Therapy and Hair Square ) made it through to the prestigious Loreal Colour Trophy Awards held at the Europa Hotel, Belfast and Maria from Hair Therapy very kindly asked me if I would like to come along to see the show.  I thought what […]

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The Hair Lounge & Pure Perfection March 16′


Todays little showcase is one I am especially proud of since everyone involved is local talent🙂 The very lovely Catherine from ‘The Hair Lounge‘, Dromore was the one to initiate this creative collaboration, and its working out that the first member of a team to book me gets to choose the theme of the shoot. […]

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Elizabeth Anne Design Feb 16


Today I am showcasing this amazing dress from the insanely talented Anne Kyle from Elizabeth Anne Design. She sent me a picture of this dress a little while ago and left the rest up to me.  I booked the very gorgeous Rachel Love to model for us.  Enlisted the amazing Majella Connelly MUA for make up and Michelle […]

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Hair Therapy and Heavenly Beauty


Finally able to share with you this funky shoot for the very lovely and Maria Patton from Hair Therapy. We shot these at the studio a few weeks ago and it was so much fun. Our gorgeous wee model Wiktoria was a complete professional and up for any ideas we threw at her  (and I had […]

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