Belly Love!

pittsburgh-maternity-boudoir-photographer-001Gotta love them bumps. Nothing brings a ray of sunshine into my studio more than a mama bird with her babe on the way. Can you believe this mama is already at 35 weeks? She looks incredible! I don’t even look that good…and I’m not pregnant.

We had some fun, had some laughs, and captured some beautiful timeless photos of a bump that will soon be a giggling, pooping, puking, sleep-sucking mound of gorgeous love you never knew you had in you. Sighhhhh….good times…good times.

This was by far my favorite set because it had such a Vanity Fair appeal to it. A bit moody but still so lovely.

Stay tuned for more!

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Rockin’ That Fierce Faux-Hawk | Pittsburgh Fashion & Beauty Photographer

pittsburgh-fashion-photographer-004I can’t even stand how much I love how this whole look came together. This is what happens when 2 creative minds get together and purge their creative demons. I told Lee Ann the inspiration behind this shoot, she came up with this delicious hair and makeup styling to bring it all together. As I said before, finding this sheath pretty much made me pee myself. Finding the perfect bodysuit to go under it the day before the shoot just about made me faint. LOVE when things just come together. Can you pick out which photo were taken with the super cool Petzval lens and which were taken with the pinhole lens? Hint: the latter gives it a painting effect. Neither are crystal clear, which is what I love about them.

If you don’t love this set from this shoot as much as I do, please lie. I’m quite smitten with it.

Curious about the process? Make sure to watch the behind-the-scenes film by John.pittsburgh-fashion-photographer-005pittsburgh-fashion-photographer-006pittsburgh-fashion-photographer-002pittsburgh-fashion-photographer-008pittsburgh-fashion-photographer-003pittsburgh-fashion-photographer-001pittsburgh-fashion-photographer-007

And can I tell you something? After I posted a few of these photos I had a slew of women contact me about how they wish they could do this kind of shoot. And can I ask you a question? Why can’t you??

So here is my question to you (and more to come on this later): What is YOUR definition of “boudoir photography”. And another: if you could define it anyway you wanted, if you could be photographed in anyway YOU wanted…what would that look like?

Then THAT is what boudoir photography is, to you. And that’s all that matters.

Photographer, creative director & fashion styling:¬†Me, of courseūüėČ
Hair & makeup styling: At Home Beauty
Original artwork & Cinematography: John Craig Media
Everyday woman turned model for the day: Erica Jurkowski
Gray sheath: Yasmin Kianfar
Nude bodysuit: Forever 21

Fun in the Boudoir

elizabeth-craig-boudoir-photography-7This was just the session I needed! I absolutely adore every single one of my clients and I’m so happy to say that I’m lucky enough that about 90% stay in touch with me far after their sessions. This is my hope with this lovely lady. At every turn we were giggling, sharing stories and just downright having a damn good time.

Can you believe the legs on this gorgeous gal?? I swear I could have just photographed those long lovelies all day long. And also that smile. Every time I had Ms. A right on point with that sexy stare she’d bust out laughing. I, of course, couldn’t help it and split a side right along with her.

And that’s what it’s all about, yes? Girl time in the boudoir that just so happens to result in stunning, timeless photos for all of life. Not a bad day at all.

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Art+Couture | Pittsburgh Fashion Photographer

elizabeth-craig-fashion-photography-pittsburgh-003This is what happens when you combine art & fashion. As you know, I gravitate towards beauty & fashion in my photography, while John gravitates more towards abstract expressionism. Well, John had this really incredible idea to combine them into one shoot…and it was brilliant.

Those photographs you see in the background are John’s. I’m sure it won’t surprise you to hear that we have a few of our works throughout our home. But what may surprise you is that, other than photographs we’ve taken of our beautiful daughter, there really aren’t many photos, otherwise, from either one of us. As John likes to say, “My best photo is the next one I take”, meaning there will always be a desire to outdo ourselves. And that’s not a bad thing. But in the case of these 2 photos, I just had to have them. And I had to have them BIG.

Not so long later, two 30×40 canvas photographs were ordered. I call the gray one Breakfast at Tiffany’s because there is something quite graceful about it. In fact, to me it looks like a painting rather than a photograph. The blue and black photo I like to call Dark & Stormy. Can you guess which is my favorite and which is John’s? Probably not hard for you.

In any case I immediately contacted Lee Ann from At Home Beauty, since she has been my partner-in-crime lately with these outside-of-the-box shoots. And not a shocker–she was in. I like to give a little direction in terms of hair and makeup for sessions that are more fashion-based, but mostly I like handing the reigns over and letting the professional flex¬†her creative muscles when figuring out final looks. Lee Ann had this incredible idea to give our leading lady a gorgeous faux-hawk updo and wow…I’m still blown away. The ponytail was our way of making our 2nd look a bit less complicated but what I am still staring at with goggly eyes is the makeup. So perfect and dead on.

You know what else I credit Lee Ann with? Finding Erica, our lovely subject for the day. Both Lee Ann and I knew instantly we wanted a blonde for this project but we had a hard time nailing down a gal with striking eyes, which is what we both had an instinct we needed for these looks. Erica just so happens to follow Lee Ann on Instagram. Lee Ann texted her photos to me and, BAM! We knew it. We had to have her be a part of this shoot. Believe it or not, Erica is not a model; she is an accountant. I was so happy to hear this because I actually love working with everyday women on any shoot I do. It’s kind of an important message to me, so I was thrilled to be able to tell all of you that Erica is no model; she’s a brilliant, successful and yes, beautiful, everyday gal. Love that!!

The wardrobe was easy for me to come up with. I found¬†that¬†Yasmin Kianfar gray laser cut sheath at a 2nd hand shop in Philly. Original price: $962.00. My price: $30. No–you’re not reading that wrong. I’m still peeing myself a little over that. Originally I was going to pair it with a black bodysuit but the 2nd black lace dress already had a black bodysuit built in and I wanted something a little different. I found that nude bodysuit the day before the shoot while perusing through Forever 21 (not even kidding this is by far my most fave store for picking up cool finds for my studio wardrobe). That lace sheath is from Forever 21 as well. It’s been hanging unused in my studio for months. Loved breaking it out and it fit like it was made for our gal. And that final bodysuit…I’m still gaga over it. That came from the same 2nd hand shop as the Yasmin for about 1/2 that price. Not sure if you can tell in this photo but it has this uber cool wrap around the neck…it’s just so damn sexy.

And you absolutely have to watch John’s behind-the-scenes film below. These films just seem to bring everything together so beautifully.elizabeth-craig-fashion-photography-pittsburgh-001elizabeth-craig-fashion-photography-pittsburgh-002

Photographer, creative director & fashion styling:¬†Me, of courseūüėČ
Hair & makeup styling: At Home Beauty
Original artwork & Cinematography: John Craig Media
Everyday woman turned model for the day: Erica Jurkowski
Gray sheath: Yasmin Kianfar
Nude bodysuit: Forever 21
Black lace sheath: Forever 21
Black bodysuit: Rise of Dawn

Featured | Lace in Light | Boudoir Photography

screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-9-15-06-amEeeeeeeee!!!!!! What’s better than getting published in a gorgeous print magazine?? Following that up with a feature on a lovely boudoir photography blog! Have you ever visited Lace in Light? Well you should, especially today because you will see a bee-you-tiful feature of a shoot¬† that I did¬†not so long ago.

How could you possibly forget this¬†incredible woman? I know, you didn’t.¬†So if you get a chance, be sure to stop by and give a look-see at our fab session!

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Makeover by Hannah Conard Beauty.

You, Me, Us.

mother-daughter-photo-shoot-017I don’t think I can say I have one particular favorite type of shoot I get to do in my studio, but I will say, when I can get mamas, grandmas and daughters together to have a fun-filled day of makeovers, photo shoots, love and laughter…well…that’s a good day.

I’ve known Jasmine for about 5 years now and have had the pleasure of photographing her several times, including her engagement and wedding. It has been such a delight getting to know this kind, lovely, strong and super-smart gal. So when she contacted me for a Generations Sessions I was over the moon!

You see, Jasmine, her mom and her grandmother all share the same birthday. Can you believe that?? Even better, Jasmine and her grandmother, who goes by Sweetheart (seriously…can you get anymore awesome and adorable than that??), decided to completely surprise Jasmine’s mom with the shoot. And Jasmine put a lot of work into it!! She made sure Sweetheart had a new outfit and rented gorgeous dresses for both her and her mom from Rent the Runway (one my fave things to do). The night before the shoot Jasmine and Sweetheart spilled the beans and I cannot even begin to tell you how excited Kathryn was the next day in my studio. She was simply beaming the entire day! At one point she stopped and said “I just feel so sexy!”

What was also so lovely was the reaction each of them gave when I would pause and show each a photo of the other during their individual shoots. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house and seeing the reaction of that much happiness over each of them enjoying their day so much was truly so wonderful.

But you know what the best part of all of this is? They will forever have these photos to look back on and reminisce. They will be able to pass them down through generations to come and have such beautiful visual documentations of the day they shared together. That’s timeless.

That’s one heck of a lovely legacy, if you ask me.
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