The Memories We Choose | Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers

pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-1I’m always curious when it’s time for clients to choose their images for their album. Which ones will they choose? Will they choose to tell a story or do they want a hodgepodge of whatever it is they find visually appealing?

I don’t know if you remember Stephanie & Dante, but their wedding was absolutely fantastic. It was at the Mansions on Fifth, which is one of my favorite venues. It was a smaller wedding; just big enough really. Those are my favorite kinds of weddings, truth be told.

We worked with some phenomenal vendors that day but the star of the day was Mocha Rose. Those florals….oh my gosh….I’ve never seen anything like it. Simply exquisite.

So anyway, these were the photos that Stephanie and Dante chose for their album and I love their choices! Great balance of details, family and friends, the couple and it tells the story of the day. Loving it!pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-2pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-3pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-4pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-5pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-6pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-7pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-8pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-9pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-10pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-11pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-12pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-13pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-14pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-15pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-16pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-17pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-18pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-19pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-20pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-21pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-22pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-23pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-24pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-25pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-26pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-27pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-28pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-29pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-30pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-31pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-32pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-33pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-34pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-35pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-36pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-37pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-38pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-39pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-40pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-41pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-42pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-43pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-44pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-45pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-46pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-47pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-48pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-49

The Boudoir Bungalow

pittsburgh-boudoir-photographer-elizabeth-craig-photography-1That’s what this place was: a bungalow. It oozed with charm, comfort, a casual homey feeling that just invited you in. There were bohemian accents all over this apartment and the light….oh my. The light.

But what I was most excited about was what the texture of this home was going to give me. I was giddy with sheer delight with what I had already conjured in my mind when I found this place on airbnb. Yes, I constantly search for places on airbnb and indulgently compile wish lists of homes I want to shoot inside. I rarely get out of the studio and sometimes I simply need a new and fresh place so I can create with fresh eyes.

And then there was Sarah. Ohhhhh Sarah. She contacted me a bit ago and talked with me about how she had pondered and dreamed about a shoot for herself, but just never felt like she was ready. Until now. And how we planned, conspired and excitedly put together in our heads what we wanted to come out of this shoot!

Sarah told me how thrilled she was to do this for herself and how equally thrilled she is to show her friends and family just how strong she feels right now in her life and how important it was for her to capture herself right now, at this moment. I loved hearing that from her. She’s feeling good. She’s feeling strong. She wants to bottle it, save it and celebrate it.

Yep–hear that? That’s the sound of me dancing a jig. If you know me at all, you know how ecstatic I get when a woman realizes that yes, she is in fact worth celebrating all by herself-sies.

Who’s ready? Because this gal (ahem….me…just in case you weren’t sure) just loves a good celebration.

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Black faux wrap skirt: Eliza J
Green sundress: Free People
Black and white dress: Anthropologie
Crochet bodysuit: Free People
Black high-waisted panties: Bella Bella Boutique

Her Newest Addition | Maternity Sessions

elizabeth-craig-maternity-boudoir-photography-1I was able to photograph the first bump Nicole had a few years ago (and another shoot with her mom and sister). You may remember the shoot I did with 9 women. Just so happened at the the time that Nicole was pregnant with her first child. Can’t tell you how thrilled I am that I had the privilege to photograph this 2nd milestone and addition to her family.

You know what? I have the best job in the world.elizabeth-craig-maternity-boudoir-photography-2elizabeth-craig-maternity-boudoir-photography-3elizabeth-craig-maternity-boudoir-photography-4Makeover by Hannah Conard Beauty.

Glamour Girl

elizabeth-craig-beauty-photography-1I Love when a girl knows she’s a girlie girl. That’s a girl after my own heart. Meet Melanie. She’s just about the loveliest woman you’ll ever meet! She also just so happens to be a huge rockstar in the Beach Body world. If you’re in that world, you know her.

But on this day, Melanie was a rockstar in my studio. She was looking for a sweet gift to give her awesome husband for Christmas. I may be a bit biased, but I think she chose the right gift.

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She Just Had to Know…

pittsburgh-boudoir-photographer-elizabeth-craig-photography-15…if she looked as badass in this outfit as she hoped. Um. Yeah. She did.

She glided through the other outfits. One sweet and comfy. That came with giggles and smiles. Two lacey. Both demure and elegant. But this one….ohhhhh this one. This one brought out a side of her that she connected with very very easily. There was no digging around to find her; she was jus waiting to be heard.

And boy…I don’t know about you, but I hear this gal loud and clear. I hear sirens, low hums, loud laughs that take over a room and breaths that catch you off guard. Mostly, I hear her power.

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A Message of Love

male-feminine-model-elizabeth-craig-photography-11That’s what all of us got and gave with this shoot. I had no idea the social media frenzy this would create. I’m sure a lot of you generate buckets of attention on social media sites. I do not. I know I’m supposed to play that game; I’m just so bad at it. But on the day we threw out that sneak peek of Ryan’s session…well…holy moly. Let’s just say it got some attention.

But what I love most about that attention was that every single comment was 200% positive. The love that everyone showed this beautiful young man was breathtaking. It gave me hope that during this time of unrest, everything will be ok.

Togetherness. That’s what this shoot embodied for me. Togetherness in love, support, likenesses, differences, acceptance and most of all goodness. I could not have been happier and prouder to be a part of this shoot. Thank you to John, Hannah and especially Ryan. We make a damn fine team.male-feminine-model-elizabeth-craig-photography-15male-feminine-model-elizabeth-craig-photography-12male-feminine-model-elizabeth-craig-photography-10male-feminine-model-elizabeth-craig-photography-13male-feminine-model-elizabeth-craig-photography-16male-feminine-model-elizabeth-craig-photography-14This New Year is one of hope, love, challenging yourself and busting out of your comfort zone. That’s what this shoot represents.

Who’s ready to make that New Year’s Resolution come to life?? I’m waiting for you…

Celebrating YOU in 2017

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“Thank you so much for an amazing experience. For me this really was life changing. It confirmed the end of two years of change. Two years of hard decisions and personal growth. It reminded me that I have my own path and those two years are done. It also made me confront my self image issues. I knew I would not be able to do the shoot if I wasn’t relaxed and I had to feel good about who I am and how I look. I feel like I accomplished that. And it’s on my bucket list. Lol. So thank you both again. Worth the trip out. So worth it. And so good to see you. You are doing some amazing things.”

“Thank YOU so much!! I had such a blast! You two made me feel so gorgeous and sexy. It was so much fun! I felt like you two were my best friends by the end of it, haha. The studio is so comfortable too–what a fun day! I can’t wait to share them with Andy. I really can’t wait to see his reaction! I sure felt like superwoman!! Especially when you two busted the fan out LOL–I don’t know how models do it. I was tired after all that!”

“I loved my session! Like, loved it! I wish I could do it every day!! I’m so excited to see my images and would like to set up my reveal date for asap!” 

“I received my book today and I just wanted to thank you again.  It was truly a wonderful experience! I needed that. I needed to SEE how far I have come since I got sick.  Really needed it more than I thought and adding you to my bucket list was one of the best things I have ever done. I cannot wait to do it again! Thank you, thank you, thank you. You made me look and feel beautiful! (I secretly cannot quit looking at myself in those photos).”

“I just wanted to say a huge special THANK YOU to both of you for my making my shoot the other day absolutely amazing. I had a lot of reservations about the whole thing but I am so glad I did it. You both made me feel so comfortable and beautiful and I seriously can’t thank you enough.I am super anxious/excited/nervous to see how all of pictures came our! Thank you again so much and I am SO happy that you two will be with me on my wedding day! :)”

“Thank you again for such a wonderful day! I had a blast with you! I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!”

“Thanks again for making yesterday SO AWESOME!!!!”

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So…who’s ready to celebrate with me??