Heart of a Servant. Strength of a Fighter.

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500,000: how many cases of NMO that have been documented worldwide.

Unknown: how many people have died as a result of NMO.

3 to 90: the age range of those that NMO can strike.

9: how many years John has lived with NMO.

7: how many months pregnant I was when we found out John had NMO.

20+: how many times I have written his eulogy in my head.

5: how many years it was touch and go.

4: how many years it’s been since John decided to fight back.

Weekly: the times John gets emails from people around the world telling him their story of living with NMO and what an inspiration he is to them.

Daily: the times John exercises in an effort to stay alive for Ella and me.

10: how many races John has run for those who cannot.

9.28.14: the date John ran the Great Race this year.

16,000: how many people ran the Great Race alongside John.

1: how many people with NMO ran the 2014 Great Race.

6: the number of weeks John has been going thru an NMO attack, and ran the race anyway.

56: the minutes it took John to cross the finish line in the 10k for the 2014 Great Race.

Infinity and beyond: how proud I am of my fighter.

Fight. Fight Hard. Never Give Up.

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What a Pleasant Surprise!

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I have the incredible opportunity every time I step in my studio to meet amazing women that trust me with their deepest vulnerabilities. I do not treat that lightly…in fact I consider it an honor and as such I thank my lucky stars everyday that so many beautiful women have come into my life and taught me some valuable lessons in love and self-acceptance.

I never ever expect anything more than that. That is a gift for me from every woman I have ever had the pleasure of photographing. So imagine my surprise when I got a gift in the mail from Amy, one of the 9 women that came in as part of the Sisterhood session I photographed about a month ago. I was so surprised and so delighted with her gift I had to share it with all of you! First, I see on the package that it’s addressed to Elizabeth Craig Photo-awesomeness” Wha?? I was instantly in love with whomever sent this package. Then I unwrap it to find a very sweet note inside and then a lovely little gift. Amy spent the day at this session documenting everything on her iPhone and one photo she took was of John and me. She framed it in a bi-fold frame and on the other side was another photograph of a saying that is on the side of a house in Shadyside, which Amy said “…agrees with me.” I cannot tell you how much this made my year!

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imageimageimageAmy–thank you for such a kind gesture. The fact that you took time to give this gift, along with such a sweet handwritten card, meant so much to me. I can’t thank you enough.  xoxo

 

Bohemian Styled Session | Sneak Peek!

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Yowza do I have a doozie for you! But just a peek today folks…sorry…you’ll have to hold onto some patience for this one. Many talents came together to make this happen. Why? Because we wanted to, that’s why. This is what happens when one fabulously talented professional asks a few others in the industry to just show up and do what we do. LOVE when that happens. April, of Mocha Rose, you are brilliant! Thank for the opportunity to photograph your beauty, to have so much fun and for meeting and hanging out with the best of the best in the ‘Burgh!

Along with Awesome April for her flower power and her killer design skills, I’d like to thank Choderwood for allowing us to take over their awesome space, All Occasions for the gorgeous dinnerware, Spool for their amazing fabrics and insight, Justine of Beauty Justified for allowing us to photograph her gorgeousness, Glitter & Grit for that lovely gown and Ms. Jeannie for your talent, your beauty, your kindness and your all around marvelousness! Well done gang!

 

Izzy | High School Senior Sessions | Pittsburgh

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You know what is so fun about Senior Sessions? How utterly excited the gals are to be there, getting their photos taken and having a good time. That’s what. Seniors are old enough to have their hair and makeup done, to understand how to deliver, yet young enough to let their walls fall down and just…be. Part child, part woman…the mix makes for a fun day in the studio, for sure.

So meet Izzy. A bit timid, scared her “real  smile” wasn’t going to make an appearance for a day, yet over-the-top excited to give her best effort. Turns out Izzy’s “real smile” was just a click away. She had absolutely no problem bringing her “real self” all day long.

Here was the email I received from Izzy’s fabulous mom, Jeannie:

“Hi Elizabeth, I have been such an admirer of your work with Justine for such a long time. I was introduced to the two of you through my niece, April Mason of Mocha Rose Floral Designs. She holds you in such high regard, as do I. I also worked with Justine for a very short and adore her sense of classic style with an edge. The reason for my inquiry is that I have a daughter who is in need of a high school senior portrait. She is such a sweet, beautiful young woman with a bright, clear smile, but for some reason, does not know how to “smile for the camera”. She has built up this photo phobia kind of thing….perhaps lack of confidence, or shyness. I just know you would be the one to pull it out of her, and I know you love a slight challenge. (Although, she truly is so pretty, it won’t be too hard, once you figure out how to get her to smile naturally for the camera!). Would you consider doing her portrait during the month of September? We can make ourselves completely available to you. Her yearbook portrait is due October 1st. We have put it off because of this psychological block. Would you be willing to do this?”

Would I be wiling to do this? Psht….challenge accepted. Mission accomplished.

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Hair & makeup by the awesome Justine Lynn of Beauty Justified.

Whirling the World

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We are not in just one Whirl Magazine this month, but in TWO. And we are not just in one them once, but TWICE! What a fun way to celebrate this month!

So let’s start off this this handsome young man! You may remember Michael from that totally over-the-top-gorgeous wedding we had the pleasure of photographing at Nemacolin. Just look at this guy…what a cutie!

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And I’m not sure if you remember this one, but special thanks to Soiree by Souleret for submitting Shannon & Cole’s gorgeous Children’s Museum wedding!

photo 3And here we have the grand opening of Pitcher Park Memorial State Park!  John and I had the opportunity to photograph a family and friends gathering, thru Whirl Magazine, prior to the opening. This family and the neighborhood of Carnegie pulled together to open this amazing skate park, and if you’re unfamiliar with the background on this park you should have a look. It’s a beautiful story (and Tony Hawk came to the grand opening and nailed that skate wall!)

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Alaina & Jason | Mariott Renaissance Weddings | Pittsburgh

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So we’ve never had the opportunity to photograph a wedding at the Renaissance. We’ve photographed lots and lots of receptions, but never a wedding ceremony and I have to say…it was lovely! Of course you know the architecture is truly a site to see so what a treat for your guests! Because of the different levels we were able to get all kinds of views, which was fun.

Alaina & Jason were probably one of the most relaxed couples we’ve ever worked with. Nothing could get to these two….all smiles, all happiness and all kinds of good times were had on this day. In fact, these 2 were so chill I was actually surprised to see them all over that dance floor as much as they were! Which of course makes our job that much easier. ;-)

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Venue: Marriott Renaissance
Florist: Hens & Chicks
Cake: Bethel Bakery
Makeup Stylist: All Dolled Up
Hair Stylist: Pretty Hair Salon
DJ: Pittsburgh DJ Company
Day of Coordination: Flawless Execution Events
Linens: Lendable Linens
Ceremony Strings: Innocenti Strings
Stationary: Boxcar Press

Andrea & J.W. | Love on a Rooftop Sneak Peek

Ohhhhh this is going to be fun. So. Much. Fun. I know you know how absolutely fabulous Shayla Hawkins Events, Mt. Lebanon Floral, the Marriott Renaissance, Beauty Justified, All Occasions, Bella Christies, Lendable Linens, E.F. Lighting and Diva Gone Domestic is…but do you have any idea how much the fabulosity factor skyrockets when you put them all together?? Well, you’re in luck, because you are about to take in one dandy of an eye-explosion. Well…at least a bit of a peek of an explosion. ;-)

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