That is what I think these photos of Christina are: Fine. Fine, as in graceful, exquisite and timeless. It’s always so lovely for me to get a gal in front of the camera that has no shyness at all. She just bares it all to my lens. No boundaries. No lines. No holds barred. Just raw. That’s Christina.
And when I pair that fine-ness with the fine-ness of an incredibly talented, confident stylist…well…you get what I see here in these photos. A photographer is only as good as the people she works with and Lee Ann, owner of At Home Beauty, just knows how to bring out the beauty of women that sit in her chair. I had an idea of the tone of the shoot, but what you see is all Lee Ann. Her concepts turned out breathtakingly. And a special thanks to One Enchanted Evening for allowing to borrow such beautiful gowns!
I think it’s the softness and the romance of the photos that drew me in. So this goes as a little side note to all you brides out there: you, me, your dress…magic. Bet your mom never had bridal portraits like these…
Location: Elizabeth Craig Photography Studio
Photography, Creative Director, Wardrobe Stylist: Elizabeth Craig
Hair & Makeup Styling: At Home Beauty
Model: Christina Skinner
Blush gown: Maggie Sottero
Beaded gown: Justin Alexander
That’s what this session makes me think of. It’s so raw and outside of the box of black eyeliner, false lashes and high-glamour or traditional lingerie. Yet, it’s so romantic and enchanting. What I love most about the photo above is that I made that dress and I made that backdrop. Loooooove when I get to see little ideas in my head come to life for real. Makes a gal feel good.
I can’t wait to show you more but for now I’m only going to give you one photograph (ok…2) and a behind-the-scenes film by John Craig Media to keep you baited.
Just had to include this photo below because I think it is one of my absolute faves from the day. Stay tuned for more!
Makeover by Hannah Conard of Hannah Conard Beauty.
Yeah….what?? Yup. I don’t photograph high school senior portraits, which may be a little confusing because these photos you see are from a high school senior portrait session. Let me explain….
OK. Here it is. All laid out for you: I don’t photograph high school senior portrait sessions because…wait for it….I’m no good at it.
Seriously. I’m just no good at it. The varsity jackets, the batons, the “sit on a rock with one foot up resting your elbow on your knee” and looking at me with that MAN-I-cannot-wait-to-get-this-over-with smile. I get totally lost in all of it and you will wind up with crappy, JC Penny-type portraits that only your grandmother will like. Because that’s what grandmother’s like.
So let me explain further. If I don’t photograph high school senior sessions, why is there a high school senior in this blog post that I clearly photographed? The thing is, you didn’t know this was a high school senior session until I told you. BAM. That’s right. I didn’t say I don’t photograph high school seniors; I said I don’t photograph high school senior sessions.
Want to know what I photograph? Women. Beautiful women in all stages of life, all ages, sizes and walking all sorts of journeys. That’s what I photograph.
This is just a sneak peek of Olivia’s beauty session with me. Holy moly canoli did I have a blast with this smart, beautiful young woman.
I’ll elaborate a bit more in a later post of Olivia, but for now, enjoy these non-senior photos from a non-high school senior portrait shoot.😉
Crazy stunning makeover by Lee Ann Boersma of At Home Beauty.
Holy moly do I love mixed Indian weddings. You know why?? Because it’s the best of both worlds to me. Firstly, it’s 2 people coming together from very different backgrounds with the intent of merging those different backgrounds into a future of continued sharing, learning and spice. You gotta respect that. Secondly, for me, it’s just so darn pretty. All the colors, history and indulgences of the Indian culture, with a sprinkling of the classic Christian traditions…it’s just so lovely to watch unfold. A special shout out to Erin Calvimontes, owner of Divine Celebrations Event Planning. Another absolutely perfectly run, beautifully pulled-off, gorgeous wedding!!
This is just a sneak peek of Amrita & Andrew’s fantastical wedding weekend. They were one of the most down-to-earth, happy, easy-going, honest-to-goodness kindhearted couple ever. It will be my pleasure to share more of their day with you.
Stay tuned for more!
So, you may wonder occasionally why I do side project shoots. Well, I do them for a lot of reasons, one big one being that I can bring my own ideas to fruition with little pressure. It’s a fun way to get things out of my head…it’s like a purge. Though this one came together last minute, it allowed me to kinda accidentally bring front and center an idea I’ve had for a while: bringing back the bridal portrait.
You remember those, right? The bride gets dressed in her gown before her wedding day and takes a day to have photographs taken of just her, just in her gown. Though the south still does this, on a much simpler level, the tradition has really faded.
Well. I want to bring it back. Why not spend some time in that dress that you’ve been dreaming about since you were a little girl? You know, the one that took you forever to find, then you did, your mom cried when they put the veil on and at night you had visions of your wedding dress circling your sweet little head as you slept?? Well, you put enough time and energy into finding it. I’m sure not just a little money went into getting it juuuuust right. Why not spend a little extra time in it AND have absolutely stunning, editorial-style beauty photographs taken of you in it??
I’ll be waiting…
Crazy stunning amazing makeover by Lee Ann Boersma of At Home Beauty. Special thanks to One Enchanted Evening for the dress!