Little Mama | Maternity Boudoir & Beauty Photography | Pittsburgh

pittsburgh-maternity-boudoir-elizabeth-craig-photography-001-2This little mama was beyond fun to photograph. Rae Ann actually reserved a boudoir session with me over a year ago and some life got in the way so she put it on hold. I got an email from her recently asking if we could finally get a date on the calendar, to which I said of course. Then she told me about a little prop she’d be bringing…

In walked her belly, with Rae Ann following not so far behind. At 32 weeks, Rae Ann was beaming, and not even waddling (yet)!

I looked through her wardrobe and was pretty excited when I saw this little printed number. It was so lovely and had a gorgeous flow to it. I’ll have more to show you but I thought this was a good place to start showing the bump.

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Alexis & Justin | Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers

pittsburgh-wedding-photographers-elizabeth-craig-photography-003Ohhhh my….I love when a couple gets all brave on me and has an outdoor wedding. If you’re not from this area, then you might not know how risky that is, but we actually rival Seattle every year for rainfall. I know! Hard to believe but it’s true.

Alexis and Justin were just the brave couple to put up their dukes and tell Mother Nature to back off for a day. And my my my…She came through. Not only was there not an ounce of rain, but the clouds were big, puffy and stark white. The sky was a gorgeous deep blue and ever blade of grass and every leaf put on their best shade of green for the day. Even the lilypads showed off their very best.

And what a lovely day it was. Congratulations Alexis & Justin! You did it and you did it with flair!

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Featured | liveBooks

screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-9-46-20-amEeeeeeee!!!! Still get SO geeked anytime we get featured for absolutely anything. I recently performed an overhaul of my Beauty & Boudoir website and had liveBooks create a design for me that is similar to our Wedding site. I’m in love with it!! And, it turns out, so was liveBooks. So much so that they featured my new site on their blog. Oh happy day!

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So, if you get some time feel free to hop on over to their blog and take a peek. And don’t forgot to pop by my site and see all the new photos!

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In the Boudoir | Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer

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Oh my what a lovely day in the boudoir this was. I know you saw M’s lovely photos from my little sneak peek, but I love that I can post a whole separate blog post that shows a completely different tone to this part of her shoot. That’s how it goes in my studio: we go from comfy and natural, to a bit more seductive, to a dash of baddass-ery, and then top it all off with a more editorial/couture look. I want to say the reason I switch things up is because I want each woman to get in touch with those specific parts of her femininity, but honestly I think it’s because I see each of those sides in my own self. I’m comfortable with those versions of myself. So, I suppose I want to pass that along to my clients.

And each of them comes alive like you have no idea with each and every set. It’s amazing to watch each woman walk in timid and unsure, and then by the end they simply own my studio. It’s a process I love to witness.

At the end of every. single. session each and every woman says to me “Every woman should do this!”

I wholeheartedly agree.

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Pittsburgh Boudoir & Beauty Photographer

pittsburgh-boudoir-photographer-003I wanted to give you an itty bitty more from Erica’s shoot. Holy moly did we have a good time figuring out what we wanted to do for this shoot and this outfit you see was a last minute throw together. We initially had Erica in a Michael Kors wife beater to match her Michael Kors tighty-whities (which I’m so diggin’ on) but for some reason it just wasn’t working for me. But adding that blue furry sweater and that awesome necklace from 7 Charming Sisters just kicked it right over the edge.

And yes, let’s take a moment to discuss the hair and makeup. Have you noticed that crimping has come back into style? Ahhhh yes…I don’t think we will ever be able to get rid of 80’s fashion entirely. Lee Ann had a great idea to add texture and volume to Erica’s hair by crimping it with a mini crimper and then gave her that awesome braid. That with a dash of badass makeup pulled it all together.

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Stay tuned for more!! And in case you missed it the first time around, be sure to click on John’s behind the scenes for more fun.

Photography, wardrobe styling and creative directing: Moi, of course
Hair & Makeup: At Home Beauty
Jewelry: 7 Charming Sisters
Cinematography: John Craig Media
Tighty whities: Michael Kors

Second Chances

elizabeth-craig-photography-pinhole-lens-003Seven years ago she got married. It was a beautiful day, she said, full of love, laughter and nuptials to her best friend. Then the photos were returned from her photographer and…well…let’s just say those tears weren’t for joy.

So, seven years later, she came to me to (hopefully) get what she didn’t get that day: beautiful photos of herself in her beautiful gown. I believe we achieved success. In fact, when I took the first few photos and showed her on the back of my camera, she began to cry. Those tears were for joy.

And I am so in love with these photos. One of the many things I love about them is that they look like a painting. That’s because I used a pinhole lens, which is the oldest form of photography in history. Seriously…no joke. The first time the effect (camera obscure) of a pinhole lens was recorded was in the ninth century AD. Um. That’s pretty old.

World’s oldest technology used on world’s newest technology. Innnneresting to say the least.

So these photos are the result of these 2 technologies colliding. I like it. In fact, I love it!

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elizabeth-craig-photography-pinhole-lens-002Gorgeous makeover by Hannah Conard of Hannah Conard Beauty.