A Real World Experience

One of my favorite weddings from over 12-years ago was that of a dear friend. Watching her gracefully walk down the aisle in her designer dress with her proud father escorting her and then seeing the smile on Peter’s face as she was presented to him was priceless.

Not only was she the most radiant bride in Ireland - she is also one of it’s top wedding photographers. As you can imagine everything about Claire's wedding was meticulously planned and coordinated with only the best in the industry. My face hurt from all of the smiling I did from all of the joy that I had captured. The love that these two shared with their family & friends was indescribable.

As a colleague, friend and confident - I was proud to have been chosen to be her wedding photographer. Her wedding was featured both online and in print - it was just too beautiful not to showcase.

Over the years we would talk about life, business, raising a family and her wedding. Though she had some of her favorite images printed she never had a book made. She had all of her files and was waiting for the right time to create it herself.

Almost 10 - years to the day she married she contacted me and asked if I still had the backups. She has misplaced the original drive and her studio hard drives from that era were no longer readable.

As I have a closet of hard drives I started plugging them in. Nearly 1 out of every 3 hard drives from that time period would either not boot - or the data was no longer accessible. After trying two different sets of data recovery software and installing them in an old mac - I realized something horrible: I simply could not access those files. They were gone.

Several years have passed since that realization. Though she thankfully has a collection of cherished prints the heartbreak from losing her entire wedding collection is still there. If this can happen to two professional wedding photographers it can happen to anyone. Though the advances in technology are wonderful - it has proven once again that the only thing that is tangible - is what you hold in your hands: a print, a book or even a magazine. This is the worst kind of lesson one that I am just now able to open up about.

For the year 2021 - I have decided to offer albums in all of my collections. I simply don't want anyone to go through the pain that my dear friend has gone through. Though the hurt, shock and embarrassment has subsided, the reality is - nothing can bring back those memories that are now lost forever.

There is an old saying, 'a photograph is not a photograph until it has been printed'.

As a story teller, I believe you should relive all of those wonderful moments from your wedding day.

To preserve your emotions in a way that will live on forever. This is why capturing, creating, designing and preserving those memories that can be seen, touched, and felt every day as you relive them on your walls or in your hands and especially in your heart - is so important.

Your Moments should be relived over and over again. The bonus: passing them down to the next generation so that they can share in the love of two people who came before them.

Your artwork and your Albums are the best investment you can make for not only yourselves but for the next generation.

Handcrafted Albums from Europe


Our albums feature thick, lay flat pages, high quality images, various unique covers and more importantly are hand-created by skilled craftsmen. They are designed to craft an emotional response from each viewer. Each of our albums are a collaborative process between our clients and us. This ensures that you will receive a unique album that suits your style & taste.


During your photo session we capture and create images in both landscape and vertical format which gives us flexibility when it comes to your design. In some cases we may crop the images to give it a more classical square format.


We work closely with all clients from the initial image selection to the selection of colors and materials in order to customize your album in the most personal way. With endless possibilities, we will guide you through the process to ensure the best possible combination for you. After you select your favorite images we will then create a design that tells a narration of your story. For some couples this means a smaller number of images while other couples wish to have many images. Either way, your book created entirely with your input.


After the 1st initial design, you can add or remove images as well as change the narration of the layout to ensure that your book is 100% as you wish it to be. We realize that sometimes you need a visualization of the layouts and that is why we offer up to 3 free complete revisions.


After our approval of the layout, additional retouching of the images will be executed to ensure a consistency in the style and feel of your book. It is also at this stage that additional artistic enhancement can be made.


Once your album design is approved, we will send you a digital copy of the actual spreads. Once you are 100% satisfied these spreads are sent to our printer in Europe. All albums are hand crafted, packaged and shipped to us. We will then do a QC inspection and contact you to arrange a delivery option.

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