Saturday, December 31, 2011

My Year in Music 2011: The Bands

This doesn't even begin to cover a fraction of the amazing live shows I've seen this year, but these are some of my favorite photos from My Year in Music: the bands.

On this last day of 2011, I'd like to thank all of you who read my blog for actually reading it. I wish you health, happiness, love, art, and music in 2012.

Rufus Wainwright with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra 


Paul McCartney at Wrigley Field 

I completely forgot who this dude is. 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

My Year in Music 2011: The Fans

I go to concerts. Lots of them. You wouldn't know though because I've failed miserably at keeping an up-to-date blog this year. My last post about music was back in June. Good thing 2012 is right around the corner and one of my new year's resolutions is to blog more, especially about music.

Since it would be pretty pointless to give you all reviews of shows I saw five months ago (I'm so topical), I've decided to post some of my favorite photos from my year in music. Today it's all about the fans; tomorrow it's all about the bands.

Musically, 2011, you've been too kind. THANK YOU.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Don't Forget! This could be you.

Don't be jealous - be photographed! By me! As I've mentioned here, I'm running a special on family portraits for the holidays. However, there are a few things that I forgot to mention in my initial post:

-If you want family portraits taken but don't have time before the holidays to do it, I am happy to schedule a shoot with you after the New Year. However, in order to get the special rate, you must book the shoot before Christmas.

-If you would like to talk to me about other pricing packages, I'm happy to accomodate your wishes. For example, perhaps you only want a 30-minute shoot with a limited amount of photos taken. No problem!  Or perhaps you want a 2-hour shoot in multiple locations with wardrobe changes. Again - no problem! Contact me and we'll discuss all that your heart desires.

-This offer is not limited to humans. I love animals as well - and I love photographing them! Just ask my dog, Linus. 

Book your family photo shoot today by emailing me at or calling me at 773.308.5194.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

This Could Be You: Family Portrait Special Offer

Don't be jealous: this could be you.

In need of some family portraits? Don't have a photo yet for your holiday card? Want an updated photo of your kids or pets to put in a frame on the mantle? You're in luck! From now until Christmas, Brigid Gallagher Photography is running a holiday special offer on family portraits. Here are the details:

All family portraits are HALF the price of the normal rate - $400 $200!!! Moreover, $25 of your payment will be donated to Open Books, a fantastic Chicago nonprofit that collects books and sells them in-store and online to support literacy programs throughout the city.

Additional Information:
Photo shoot is a one hour maximum and will be shot at a location of your choice.
Number of photographs taken within the time period is unlimited.
Total pricing includes Materials and Equipment, Travel Expenses, and Processing and Customizing costs.
All families will be able to download their photos electronically and will be given a copyright-released disc of their images upon request.
To schedule a shoot, please email 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Travel Log 2011: Tahoe

Last month, I attended the beautiful wedding of one of my best friends in Lake Tahoe. After a few days there, I have to admit that it was hard to leave. It quickly and easily became one of my favorite spots in California. Hopefully I'll get back there soon!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Travel Log 2011: San Francisco, Part II

Post II about my adventures in San Francisco. We spent a good amount of time hanging out in The Mission and North Beach, where I chased the ghosts of Beatniks past through the alleys. Safe to say, I officially heart San Francisco.

Dolores Park : where all the cool cats hang  

Chillin' at Dolores Park

The Mission is filled with amazing street art.

View from Coit Tower

 Neal and Carolyn Cassady's old home - 29 Russell Street. Jack Kerouac (one of my all-time favorite authors) lived with them for several months and began writing sections of what later became his most famous work, On the Road, and his most experimental work, Visions of Cody.

 This cracked me up. I found it in The Beat Museum.

City Lights Bookstore. It's an independent bookstore and publisher that was founded by Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. It's major claim to fame is that it published Allen Ginsberg's controversial poem, Howl.

Inside of City Lights 

Vesuvio is right across the alley from City Lights and it was a popular hangout for writers including Kerouac and Dylan Thomas. (If you didn't already pick up on it, I have a slight obsession with Beatnik writers and I made a point to see these places while I was in California.) Aside from being a historical space, it's also just a really cool bar.

Modern girl dressed like Bettie Page in Beatnik bar. You'd think she was posing for me or something.

Inside of Vesuvio

The Buena Vista - the best Irish Coffee I've ever had outside of Ireland.

The beautiful Palace of Fine Arts

View of the city from Lombard Street