New Website

June has finally brought with it, days painted in glorious golds and skies in the deepest of blues and even the birds have begun to shout their morning song for us. Here’s to letting more sunshine into our lives.

And so, to welcome in the month of wonderful weather and beautiful changes, I have the greatest pleasure of launching my brand new website –

 

allisagkreicbergs.com 

 

 

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To say Thank You, for all the support, I will be running a Competition in the next couple of days. So stay tuned to my facebook page for updates. It’s going to be a good one.

First Wedding of 2016

To start off the New Year, I had the pleasure of photographing a wonderful wedding for a beautiful couple.

It was a few days after the floods and there was talk of more rain that Saturday. With that in mind, I apprehensively made my way to the Church, expecting the worst of all the bad weather we’d been experiencing. Surprisingly, I was greeted by the most glorious winter sun blossoming over West Cork, and my heart swelled for the Couple.

Rays of light poured in through every window, bathing the entire building in gold. But the air was still cold and my fingers protested with stiffness. *note to self – wear gloves!

The events of the day unfolded perfectly. The ceremony swirled passed and before long I found myself at the final destination, The Fernhill Hotel in Clonakilty.

What a spectacular venue, still adorned in its Christmas finery. Fairy lights twinkled around the Christmas tree as guests were greeted by a beautifully laid out drinks reception.

There was a wonderful atmosphere and I feel so grateful to have been asked to document such a beautiful celebration of the lovely couple, Ann & Teddy.

Here are a few photographs from the day…

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♣Our Christmas Market Adventure♣

 

A few weeks ago, we visited the annual Christmas Market in Galway. It was actually my first time there and Let me tell you, it was Great. The atmosphere was mesmerising.

 Where: The Spanish Arch, Galway City | When: 20th November – 22nd December

After almost three weeks away, my amazing husband ‘surprised me’ with ‘we’re going to Galway for the weekend’ (not because I have been pestering him constantly, of course). We decided to stay a few nights in Galway after Elvis’s gig in Limerick so that we could visit the Market and do a little exploring.

Being away for any length of time often makes you think of home. And, do you know what one of the best things about living in Ireland is – The People. A friendly smile or a kind ‘Hello’ from a stranger, is never uncommon. And I find that travelling abroad is always great but, and it must be that I’ve now lived here too long, coming home to the atmosphere here is just magic.

And so our story begins…

The air was laden with heady Christmas smells as we tramped our way through bustling crowds. The last remnants of crumpled soggy leaves clung to drains and footpaths. Throngs of people draped in woolly hats, gloves and scarves trailed from stalls. Queues of chatter and Christmas songs filled the air. It was cold with not a hint of rain in the clear sky, surprising for the the middle of November. Irish weather is so unpredictable, as the next day brought with it a damp, muggy drizzle that lasted a week.

Anyhow as the day went on, smoke rose in tendrils from chimney’s all along the square, puffing away contently to the sound of Christmas. I can close my eyes and be transported right back to that moment. There was magic in my air.

We ate freshly cooked hot dogs, ketchup dripping onto our cold fingers and drank steaming cups of mulled wine. We soaked in every ounce of the Christmas Spirit.

And that was the moment Christmas kicked in…

This is what my brain now looks like…

 

 

So, as the cold began to creep into our boots, gnawing slowly at our toes, we decided to go on a little adventure to find a tea house that I had read about on tripadvisor. It’s a quaint little place that is terribly difficult to find when your phone has died. But worth it in the end.

The Secret Garden is a pretty tea room with an expansive range of teacups and pots that even I was jealous of.

As the door opened in, a warm wave of aromatic smells washed over me. Bathed in an ambiance of fruity herbal teas and candle light, I had met my heaven (If you know me, you know how much I LOVE TEA). It was the perfect end our Market Adventure.

Ok, it wasn’t exactly the end, we still had to walk 20 minutes back to the Hotel, which really is the best way to get acquainted with a place, I think.

To end off the weekend we stopped for Lunch in Bunratty in Lily Mai’s Cafe.

We had an amazing panfried salmon dressed in a beautifully tangy basil pesto. Resting, oh so precariously, on a bed of baby potatoes, rocket leaves and garden peas. Ok, I’ll stop, I’m making myself hungry just writing about it…

 

And that, my friends, was that…

 

To find out more about a Market near you, visit my latest blog post on Ireland’s Christmas Markets

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Happy Christmas Market(ing)

Firsts all round (Part 2)

And then he was 31…
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we looked back at the year and thought,
‘holy crap – did a whole year just fly by?’
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This is my very handsome husband on the day of our Wedding. According to him, the grey hairs started to appear from this moment on. (what a drama-queen) ha
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A year later and he’s got a following… (I don’t see any grey hairs, do you?

Relationships and marriages aren’t easy and there are always compromises to make…

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as soon as it’s your birthday week you have the delightful knowledge that you have what we like to call,

a free pass…

which entitles you to things like;

breakfast in bed, not having to do dishes, cake, your FAVORITE dinner, your choice of movie in the cinema (pfft that’s a lie, it’s always his choice- i mean zombies?? why?!)

and

yes, you guessed it, endless amounts of xbox time (even though i’m sure he’ll dispute this)

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Heart shaped crumpets with fresh strawberries and a drizzling of golden syrup
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VANILLA SPONGE WITH A FRESH STRAWBERRY FILLING AND COCONUT CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

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Firsts all round (Part 1)

This past week we got to celebrate and photograph the First Birthday of a very pretty Little girl.
From big toothy grins to the Yummiest Birthday cake Ever (her very talented aunt made it)!
Happiness = kids parties!!

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Then to top it all off you have this…

Look at those eyes!!!!

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I mean seriously, How cute is she??? 

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A beautiful little family

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It’s all in the beard…..
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My husband – the human kiddie magnet 
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I’m just in LOVE with this photo. Two very pretty girls
Cake, glorious cake!!!!!

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PhotoShoot with The Other Side

The last couple of weeks have been manic. I have completely neglected the blog (*pat blog on the head).

But here’s a little preview of what I’ve been up to… drum roll……

Continue reading PhotoShoot with The Other Side

Studio Sessions

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“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.”— Paul Caponigro

About a month ago my jaw-droppingly beautiful friend, Leonie, agreed to let me take her photograph in studio. We ate chocolate buttons and laughed, a lot. We used to work together so we relived events while I photographed. Her Audrey Hepburn-esq beauty was so captivating and I do hope that I’ve been able to capture that.

I photograph in film and could live forever in the darkroom. But I’ve never really indulged in Portraiture. And so I remember waiting with bated breath for the next Wednesday when I’d be able to develop the film. I find the most spectacular thing about photographing in film is the sheer suspense – how the film will turn out. That, and watching the photograph develop right in front of your eyes. It really is like magic. I think this quote really does sum it up.

“Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.”— Diane Arbus

These are just a few of the photographs from the two rolls of film I developed. (Unedited and a little dusty)

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