Coming Back to Me

Pittsburgh Bridal Boudoir Photographer-1Nothing makes me happier than to see a lovely, beautiful face in my studio that has been seen before. I met this lovely gal about 2 years ago when she came in for moral support with her friend. Her bestie was getting photos taken as a gift for her soon-to-be-husband and holy moly…what a day in the studio. I thought I couldn’t have anymore fun…

And then…they came back! This time the roles were reversed and let me just say, it was like I was in rewind mode from 2 years ago. Even after the session these lovely ladies stayed just to chat with me. You would not believe me when I tell you how supportive these 2 are of each other. They laughed all the way through, finished each other’s sentences and kept me on my toes for sure.

And guess what? I’m going to get to see their lovely faces again! They decided that each of them needed another session with me (yes, I do that. I offer Gal’s Day Sessions, whereupon you each have a separate session, but because you hold it on the same day you each get a lovely Gift Voucher worth the value of $125 to apply towards the sitting fee…friendships, it turns out, can be quite valuable! ;-)) But this time we agreed to travel to a destination to have some fun, all while being able to capture some more images of these absolutely stunning women (yes, I do that. Traveling for shoots is one of my mostest favorite things to do). Can you say “tinkle me pink, with pink sprinkles on top”?

This is her sneak peek today. I don’t always do a sneak peek but she’s going to be seeing all of her photos for the first time this evening and I just couldn’t help myself but to give her a bit of a teaser. I LOVE doing that!

PS–to all you groom’s out there (or husbands or boyfriends): Thinking you’d like to see your lovely woman do a session like this? Well, be the hero of the year and give her an Elizabeth Craig Photography Gift Certificate and make that happen. Yep–I do that. Pittsburgh Bridal Boudoir Photographer-2Pittsburgh Bridal Boudoir Photographer-3Pittsburgh Bridal Boudoir Photographer-5Pittsburgh Bridal Boudoir Photographer-6Pittsburgh Bridal Boudoir Photographer-7Pittsburgh Bridal Boudoir Photographer-8Makeover by At Home Beauty.

Did You Know…

Pittsburgh Personal Branding Photography-3…that Personal Branding sessions are a thing? Well they are. And they are really gaining tread, ladies. Gone are the days when you just held your iPhone up and snapped a photo of you sitting at your desk, juuuuuust trying to squeeze in the props that made it look professional enough.

Why hire a pro for a Personal Branding session? Because they’re a pro. I can’t speak for any other photographer, but I work with each of my clients to help them formulate what specific tone they’re going for and how to achieve that. So, the entire session is custom-designed for you, by you and me. Makeup and hair styling? Yep–got that too.

You’ve seen Melanie before on my blog. She decided it was time to hire a pro to work with consistently throughout the year so that she could not only utilize the photographs from different sessions to keep her social media and product rollouts updated, but also because she knew, from past experience with me, that I’m actually a multi-media house of BAM. I conceptualize and design. I assist with obtaining wardrobe if you need it. I photograph. John creates specialized films for whatever you need AND he writes and plays his own music to accompany your films. BAM…see?

So there you have it. You’ll be seeing a lot of Melanie as we have a whole year of fun to attend to. For this session we stayed inside for 2 outfits and went outside for 2 (outside coming soon). Who knows where we’ll be next, as we decided to do some traveling for some of the sessions (which I’m so pumped about).

If you’re interested in a Personal Branding session, contact me today for a phone call so we can chat about what you want.Pittsburgh Personal Branding Photography-1Pittsburgh Personal Branding Photography-4Pittsburgh Personal Branding Photography-2

That Girl on KDKA

Pittsburgh Portrait Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-001Remember that ‘lil film on KDKA where I got the chance to gush about why I do what I do? Remember that lovely gal that was brave enough to allow her Before photo to be shown LARGE SCREEN all over the tv set? Well I just realized I never showed any of those photos.

So today I’m tossing Christina up on my blog. Thanks again Christina for being my muse once again!!

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Liberated

Pittsburgh Couple's Boudoir Photography-001That’s the word she used to describe how she felt after her session with her husband. That is a word I like hearing from my clients after a shoot with me.

Of course it never starts out that way. It’s a wee bit nerve-wracking to get intimate with your loved one with a gal standing next to you with a big camera. But we planned. We talked. We prepared. And the day of, I made sure to talk with them about what to expect and how this crazy session works. They found a bit of comfort in each other and before I knew it, they were total rockstars.

Gosh these 2 were just gaga for each other. And I mean genuinely attracted to each other and hopelessly in love with each other. I can’t think of a better way to ring in 30 (her) and celebrate such a bond than through the legacy of photographs.

And why not make those photographs intimate? We’ve all been there in those moments when our breath was taken away. When you were so aligned with your partner that nothing, absolutely nothing, could take that away from you both in that moment. An acknowledgment of such tenderness for the other, such deep love, acceptance and partnership that could have no other ending than skin-to-skin contact.

Yesssss…..that’s what I want to capture. Pittsburgh Couple's Boudoir Photography-002Pittsburgh Couple's Boudoir Photography-003Pittsburgh Couple's Boudoir Photography-004Pittsburgh Couple's Boudoir Photography-005Makeover by At Home Beauty.

And just in case you’re wondering…an Elizabeth Craig Photography Gift Certificate for a Couple’s Session makes quite the memorable anniversary gift….hmmmmm…..

Yours, Mine & Ours | Kate & Erik

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers-30I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: small weddings are my jam. I love the biggie’s too, but the teenies have my heart for sure. And this was no different on a Thursday evening at Phipps Conservatory with Kate & Erik.

Ten people. That’s right: 10. We had the bride and groom, the officiant, 2 moms, a dad, 2 sons and 2 daughters. Both Kate & Erik had had previous very serious relationships prior to finding each other, and watching how close this blended family had become was incredibly heartening. So much love in such a small group of lovely people.

As you can see, emotions ran high for Kate and I loved that she just let herself feel this moment. All 10 people coming together in obvious delight to watch these 2 make official what was clearly a formality; they were already married in their hearts. But as a bystander, I was so privileged to be there and witness their union.

LOVE these kinds of days!

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WHIRL Magazine | Powerful Women of the World Networking Event 2017

Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 6.40.25 PMDid you go? Did I meet you there? Oh I hope so! I cannot begin to tell you how absolutely wonderful it is to get a chance to congregate in one place, at one time, with women that are of the same mind, same goals, and more importantly, that want to spread the message of Girl Power. I am so thrilled that I went to this event, which was held in the lovely ballroom at the Rivers Casino!

What was so wonderful about this event was the message; strength, feminism, unity and future-building. Listening to Christine McMahon Tumpsen, WHIRL’s Editorial Director and Boss Lady in charge, talk about the history of feminism, the present obstacles we face and the future of us gals coming together in spirit, love and support was just so refreshing. Such an important message!

There were so many of us there we had to break down into groups so we could get a chance to really get to know some of the other attendees. While talking to another kick-ass Boss Lady there, she mentioned that she knew my work, loved my work and had considered seeking me out for head shots for her business. Unfortunately she had decided to take the quicker, less expensive route (for which I do not blame her. I have done that more than once in different areas!) and it didn’t work out for her. So we talked about why my photos for her would be different. Without blinking I said: Well, you could call what I do for professional women head shots, but it’s a more than that (I hope). I like to call them Professional Beauty Photographs because they are gorgeous photos of you that you can hang on your wall at home, frame for your husband’s office, show off to your friends, pass down through your family, AND use them for your business. So…I kind of feel like “head shots” sell this experience a bit short. She agreed and said she’d be calling soon. I was thrilled!

I don’t know how many women I had the pleasure of meeting, and if you were there and I didn’t get a chance to give you a high-five, call me. I want to know you. We sisters gotta stick together and I’m over the moon that WHIRL Magazine saw an opportunity for this and jumped on it. A special thank you to WHIRL Magazine for the invitation. I am so grateful to have had the privilege to be a part of such a diverse, talented, brilliant group of women.

Hope to see you all again and SOON!

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What Would a Photography Session Look Like for You?

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If you could have any kind of photography session you wanted, what would that look like? And when you’re imagining this, you have to imagine it for you and no one else. Yes–that someone else can certainly benefit from this session, but my question is: what would that session look like for you?

I’m asking because that’s what I do, you see. Women come to me and ask me to photograph them. Most ask for boudoir, some ask for fashion/beauty, others ask for professional beauty sessions. Sometimes women think they know what they want but by the time they describe what they want they realize on their own that they actually want something else.

But what would that look like for you? A lot of women will say to me, “Oh my gosh, I love your photography but I could never do that. I could never put on that lingerie.” Then I ask, “But could you put on a dress? Or how about a pair of jeans and a t-shirt? Or what about a gown or your favorite sweater?” And then the light comes on. “I can do that??” Well of course you can! A session for you is a session for you.

We design a session for you together. And girl, I can’t begin to tell you how much fun it really is. First we start with your dreams, then we bring that down out of the clouds a bit. We then consider wardrobe to go along with that “You know what I always wanted to try??” question. And then you get really excited because you see that it’s all actually coming together.

I asked the question on Facebook a while ago: “If you could have your dream photography session, what would that look like?” And those answers were absolutely phenomenal. Everything from family in the woods, to a gown in front of the Eiffel Tower, to a photo session with their significant other, to the steps of a castle, to a grape field in France, to a beach in the Greek Islands, to a remake of Lady Godiva…

You see, everyone has an idea of what they would want, they just don’t realize they can have it. So think about it, just for a minute. If you could be photographed any way you want, what would that look like? Does that mean I can do it for you? Maybe not. As much as I’d love to fly to Paris with you and photograph you in a designer gown in front of the Eiffel Tower, that isn’t likely something I can do (or can I….??) But we might be able to brainstorm and come up with something equally as magical, but doable.

Does it have to be something otherworldly or totally complicated? No. Simplicity is magic, my friends. Sometimes an uncluttered background and one beautiful woman in whatever clothing makes her happiest is all you need. This gal? A comfy sweater, a beautiful lace nightie, a gorgeous Michael Kors leather jacket. If you saw her face when she saw her images you’d see that she got the session she wanted, all the way.

I asked a question and I’d love some answers. I mean it! Don’t wanna reply on this blog? Email me at elizabethcraig@me.com and tell me your dream shoot.

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