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 Rustic Runway, there I spied this amazing bird headpiece by the awesome Margaret O’Connor.  Sometimes all I need is one element to inspire a whole shoot!

I knew this shoot would be bright and colourful and upon seeing the clothes, the stylists, Orla and Karol, knew the direction things were heading and set their skills to work.

Karol arrived that morning with boxes full of accessories and clothing, even props and we had fun pulling the looks together.  She even brought along her little daughter, Willow, who I think had the most fun out of everyone that day as she proceeded to colour herself in face paints and glitter…..oh to be the daughter of a Make-up Artist….especially one who lets her be free to play🙂

Karol has trained under both Paddy McGurgan and Oonagh Bowman, she has a fantastic set of skills as a make up artist, but also provides ‘High Brows’ and even hosts fabulous Pamper parties for little girls which look like so much fun at The Face Angel.  Her latest venture ‘Foss‘ is also worth checking out, building self esteem for women in need.  A worthy cause indeed🙂

And Orla, she is an amazing hairstylist and the sweetest, most lovely girl to work with, I have worked with her before and she does such beautiful wedding hair, but on this shoot I pushed her into doing mad, crazy, messy hair, having no idea what a neatness lover she is ( Sorry Orla!!) But please check out her page ‘Orla’s Hair Salon‘ – you will see her gorgeous braids, colours and up-styles and we are putting together another shoot soon to show off her other side😉 So watch out for her name again.

Lastly a huge thank you to our  beautiful model Kathryn, you were an absolute pleasure to shoot and we loved your look.  Hope to work with you again in the future🙂

Enjoy the pics everyone x




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′

Loreal Colour Trophy 12

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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Hair Square 24.2.16


Another quirky little creative collaboration today featuring the work of the very talented and lovely Charlene McCartin from Hair Square . Charlene had got in touch with me a few weeks ago to book in for her chance to show off her skills.  She had sent me a few images to give me an idea of the route […]

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