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The Team

Meet Irina

Photographer and owner of
irina island images

Irina is a German-born New York City-based photographer who specializes in portrait photography. She loves to capture those spontaneous but fleeting moments we all wish we could hold on to forever: a small boy’s mischievous grin; the pure, sweet innocence of a baby;  a young girl’s shy glance;  and the loving hugs that bind families together. The beauty she sees in every person.


A pharmacy assistant turned photographer, Irina has always had a strong creative side. From an early age, she exhibited a natural talent for art, crafting, and photography. Irina inherited her love of cameras from her father, an amateur photographer, and a nature lover.  One of her fondest childhood memories is traveling to the Alps with her parents at the age of 5 and watching her dad get down on his hands and knees to take pictures of a beautiful butterfly for her! 


Some years ago, Irina’s husband’s was offered a new job in New York and Irina immediately fell in the love with the city — the diversity of people, the mixture of old architecture and new, and the sun rising over the East River and casting shadows on the skyscrapers before the city has awakened. Starting over in a brand-new country, Irina took the opportunity to make her creative dreams come true and began taking pictures
of the city, she now calls home and the wonderful people who live and work there.


Irina knows that photography is both an art and a craft. It’s about telling stories and preserving precious memories.  A good photographer possesses the heart of an artist, the technical and practical skills of a scientist, along with the mindset of a beloved teacher who knows how to bring out the best in others. Irina loves her work — and it shows. She comes prepared for each session and likes to get to know a little about her clients beforehand. This helps her to personalize each photoshoot and bring out the uniqueness of each individual she photographs.


A friendly, down-to-earth person, Irina makes sure that everyone feels relaxed and confident on the day of the shoot. Working with Irina is a low-key, fun, and surprisingly stress-free experience. Time passes so quickly!


Let Irina capture your family’s story in beautiful photographs that can be cherished for years to come.



Meet Volker

Assistant, bookkeeper and office manager 
of irina island images
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