Christen & Rajeeve | Married |Sneak Peek!

Holy moly. Where to begin with this wedding! I should rephrase that…it wasn’t just a wedding; it was a wedding weekend. I love love love when couples hire us to be a part of the whole kit and caboodle when it comes to their wedding bash. It really completes the whole story. It was a whirlwind but we loved every single moment. From the Jain Temple, to the Hyatt House…from the First Presbyterian Church to the Omni William Penn, it was simply magical!

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So meet Christen & Rajeeve. We had been waiting a long time with ants in our pants for these wedding festivities. Not just because we knew what a stunningly gorgeous weekend it would be as we went from Indian ceremony, to rehearsal dinner to the christian wedding ceremony throughout the weekend, but also because we had the opportunity to fall in love with this couple. Christen, so genuinely kind, patient and poised. Absolutely nothing could rattle this beautiful woman. What I love about Christen is that when you are speaking with her, she makes you feel as if you are the only person in the room and there is absolutely nothing else in the whole world she wants to hear at that very moment than what you are saying. Not many people can accomplish that, but Christen has a grace about her that is so lovely. And oh my gosh…Rajeeve. I never, not once throughout the 2 days we spent with this amazing couple, found Rajeeve without a smile on his face. He was so genuinely happy to be standing right next to Christen and was not shy in the least when it came to showing the whole world how unabashedly elated he was to be getting married to her. He was so gone for her, folks. You could see it all over him. And Rajeeve’s kindness was a match for Christen’s every single step of the way. His gentle and gracious manner was beautiful to see in action. This dynamic duo is nothing short of a pile of sugar. :)

And I’m throwing this one below in as well. How could I not give you a teensy sneak peek of that Berta??

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Who’s Got the Boudoir Bug? | Photography Meet Ups & Connecting in the ‘Burgh

Well, well, well….I just came up with a fabulous idea dahling (she says in her best British accent).

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I have been attending an online workshop these last few weeks (can you “attend” and online anything?? I have no idea…anyway…) and last night I sat straight up out of bed because the light beaming from the bulb above my head woke me up out of a dead sleep. In this workshop, there is a fabulous community of women doing their best to rock their awesome boudoir photography asses and it’s been a super-fun experience hangin’ out with these swell gals and I thought….what if, just whaaaaaat if, I opened up my studio for a boudoir photographer get-together?

Here me out. What if all us rockstar boudoir and beauty photographers planned a night of cocktails, music and shop talk?? Just a night to relax, hang out and share our battle scars? ;-)

What this IS: a fun evening for aspiring and seasoned boudoir and/or beauty photographers to relax, unwind and be with other kick-ass, like-minded women. Even if this is still just a bitty dream in your head, feel free to join us.

What this is NOT: a forum to complain, cry or otherwise bring bad juju or general party-pooping up in our pad. ;-)

Bring it sisters. Let’s do this.

Maggie & Sean | Carnegie Museum Weddings | Sneak Peek!

Eeeee!!! You know how I love a fabulous sneak peek! Crazy amounts more to come for you but just take a gander at this loveliness….a gorgeous, decadent, classic wedding coming your way!!

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Venue: Carnegie Museum of Art
Day of Planner: Natalie Berger
Band: Elite Show Band
Hair & Makeup: Beauty Justified
Florist: Mocha Rose
Celebrant: Weddings Without Worries
Ceremony & Bar Decor: Event Source
Ceremony Music: Steven Vance Violinists
Caterer: Parkhurst Catering
Linens: All Occasions

Meet Lisa | The Beauty Within Foundation

The Beauty Within Foundation Pittsburgh Self-Harm Help-0007I’m truly excited to share Lisa’s story with you, which you can read more about on our Beauty Within Foundation site today. Not only will you hopefully be moved by Lisa’s story, but I am also hoping you will be able to see in the accompanying blog post what a truly beautiful woman she is, inside and out, through her bold, raw and vulnerable photos.

Lisa actually contacted me to ask about reserving a paid session for herself. In her email she wrote briefly about herself, conveying to me how she believed this session was an important part of a lifelong healing process that was at its peak. Her email touched me deeply and I can’t think of a better way to help you understand Lisa’s message than including her very first email to me.

“I came across your site when searching for photographers, fell in love with your work and fell even more in love with your “About Me” video…especially the part when you discuss helping woman find strength and a total transformation, which is exactly what I need.

Here is my story and what I am looking for. I have recently started the process of EMDR to work on taking care of myself, my past traumas and my PTSD, which has ultimately wreaked havoc on my world…but has also started the process of healing. At the same time I have started a blog in hopes of sharing my story and one day writing a book to help as many people as I can. In doing so, I came up with an idea that I feel would not only be healing to myself and others, but also gain awareness to one of my biggest life struggles (and coping mechanisms)…cutting.

This would be the most raw and vulnerable that I have ever been and most likely will ever be (which is beyond terrifying to me), so it is extremely important for me to find the right person who has the ability to beautifully convey and evoke profound emotion through simplistic elegance. Basically, I want to create an elegant, simple, beautiful boudoir style photo shoot focusing on my scars that I can post with my story. Most are self inflicted and some have been inflicted by others and for all of my life I have been made to feel ashamed and embarrassed by them…I have felt the need to hide them.

Now, I want to give myself and others strength in showing the true beauty that lies within the reality of having survived them. I truly hope this is making some sort of sense…I sometimes have difficulty conveying the craziness in my mind.

The other main issue is that I am extremely shy and have no confidence whatsoever when it comes to having my picture taking…so I suppose I would be a bit of a challenge.

If this is something you have any interest in I was hoping we could set something up to meet and talk? I am also including the link to my blog in hopes that it helps give you insight into who I am and what we could possibly create together.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to consider this and I truly hope to hear from you as I believe we could be a perfect fit.

Lisa”

I was hooked immediately. How could I not be?? However, I knew instantly that I did not want Lisa to purchase a session from Elizabeth Craig Photography. Instead, I wanted her to be a recipient of The Beauty Within Foundation. We set up a meeting and everything just fell into place.

Lisa told me snippets of her life story and at some moments I didn’t know whether to cry or hug her tightly for the pain this woman has gone through in her life since the age of 2 and a half. Two and a half. Just a baby. What the men and women in her life did to her over her lifetime is something you read about in books; something you pay money to see on a big screen. It is not something you want to hear about in real life. Severe sexual abuse. Severe physical abuse. Severe emotional abuse. It’s enough to make you lose faith in this world to know that people can be so cruel.

But as I sat and listened to Lisa, and as I got to know her, it was very apparent that Lisa is an extraordinary woman. The strength, vulnerability, awareness and intuitive nature that flowed from her was nothing less than miraculous. She is powerful. She is dynamic. She is so smart and she is a fighter, folks….make no mistake. She amazes me in her keen ability to understand that what happened to her does not define her and that she, and she alone, has the power to not only make her world what she wants it to be, but to share her story and herself with others in hopes of bringing light, forgiveness and understanding to those that either practice self-harm, or are family or friends of those that practice self-harm.

I cannot think of a better way for you to spend the next 20 or 30 minutes than reading Lisa’s story. It will touch you deeply while giving you so much hope at the same time. Wrapping your brain around it can be hard, but it’s worth it.  And I cannot think of a better way to follow that up with the 2 films we put together that really show you Lisa’s courage.

When you do read Lisa’s story, make sure to watch both films. The first is so powerful, so deep, so raw, so bewitching. You can feel Lisa’s courage pouring right out of her. This was a poem she wrote about her EMDR experiences. It’s so stunning and so beautiful. I also encourage you to read Lisa’sblog. Her words are her art form and she’s an incredible artist. Her pain is so apparent, yet her message of healing is so profound.

I am a better person for knowing Lisa and I consider myself a lucky woman to have her in my life. If you are person in this big world struggling with cutting, or any form of self-harm, or if you are a person that knows of someone struggling with this, there is hope.  You are not alone.

Thank you, Lisa, for being so brave.

For more information on cutting and self-harm, or for help you can go here.

Beautiful makeover by Justine Lynn of Beauty Justified. Special thanks to Soncerae Yeager for editing.

Don’t Forget About the Upcoming Photo Walk!

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FREE Photo Walk
When: Sunday, August 30, 2015
Where: Our studio on the North Side at 502. W. North Ave. Pgh 15212
Time: 10am
What to bring: Your fancy shmancy DSLR with a fully charged battery. A notebook with a pen and all your questions.

Bring a friend or make a friend!

Please RSVP so we can keep up with the count.

For additional workshop and photo walk dates go here.

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Heather & Eric | Wyndham Grand Weddings | Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers-0052Has to be (has. to. be.) one of the funnest weddings we’ve had the pleasure of photographing this year! Geez-o-man it was a whirlwind day and attempting to capture every smile, laugh or funny moment was definitely a difficult task (although if you look through the photos below you’ll see we did quite the bang-up job).

Now, you should know that Eric & Heather are personal friends of ours and Eric is also a work colleague as he has one of the most successful DJ businesses in the ‘Burgh. We’re lucky enough to get to work with him throughout the wedding seasons…always a good time. ;-) So when Eric & Heather asked us to photograph their wedding there was no way we weren’t going to be there. We had already been with them through a bit of their journey when we covered Eric’s romantic proposal to Heather as well as their engagement session. We certainly weren’t going to miss the wedding!

It was a beautiful day with a huge circle of wonderful people. And what was crystal clear to us was something we already knew about these 2: so kind, so generous and amazing friends to all of the folks that showed up to celebrate such an incredible day. All day I kept overhearing people talk about what incredible people these 2 are, both as a couple and individually. What good friends they are, what a dynamic duo they are and what a lovely, fun, supportive couple they are to others, as well as to each other. It was very endearing to hear all of the well-wishes and moments of friendship and love. Truly beautiful.

OK–enough out of me. Enjoy. ;-)

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