I Have a Confession to Make…

I’m a Portrait Photographer. There, I said it!! That’s right…I’m a PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER! OK, let me explain.

I recently had a discussion with an acquaintance-friend about what it is, exactly, that I do.

Her: “So what is it that you do, exactly?”
Me: “I’m a photographer.”
Her: “Yes, but what kind?”
Me: “The kind that takes photographs.”
Her: “Hahahaha…no, I mean, what is it exactly that you specialize in?”
Me: “Women.”
Her: “Yes, but I mean…boudoir? Fashion? Beauty….?”
Me: “Yes. And a bunch more titles if you want them…”

And she did. So I thought, well if she needs titles to be able to wrap her head around what I do, then maybe other women do too. So here we go.

I’m a boudoir photographer. Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-004Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-003Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-002Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-001

I’m a fashion photographer.Pittsburgh Fashion Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-011Pittsburgh Fashion Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-012Pittsburgh Fashion Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-003Pittsburgh Fashion Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-001Pittsburgh Fashion Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-004

I’m a maternity photographer.Pittsburgh Maternity Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-001Pittsburgh Maternity Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-002Pittsburgh Maternity Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-003Pittsburgh Maternity Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-004

I’m a beauty photographer.Pittsburgh Beauty Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-001Pittsburgh Beauty Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-002Pittsburgh Beauty Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-003Pittsburgh Beauty Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-004Pittsburgh Beauty Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-005Pittsburgh Beauty Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-011

I’m a bridal boudoir photographer.Pittsburgh Bridal Boudoir Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-005Pittsburgh Bridal Boudoir Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-004Pittsburgh Bridal Boudoir Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-003Pittsburgh Bridal Boudoir Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-002Pittsburgh Bridal Boudoir Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-001

I’m a bridal portrait photographer.Pittsburgh Bridal Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-001Pittsburgh Bridal Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-003Pittsburgh Bridal Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-002

I’m a mama/daughter/grandma/sister photographer.Pittsburgh Mother Daughter Sister Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-003Pittsburgh Mother Daughter Sister Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-002

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I’m a best friends photographer.Pittsburgh Best Friends Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-001Pittsburgh Best Friends Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-003Pittsburgh Best Friends Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-002

I’m a senior/teen photographer.Pittsburgh High School Senior Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-001Pittsburgh High School Senior Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-002Pittsburgh High School Senior Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-003Pittsburgh High School Senior Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-004Pittsburgh High School Senior Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-005Pittsburgh High School Senior Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-006

I’m a professional/branding portrait photographer.Pittsburgh Professional Branding Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-001Pittsburgh Professional Branding Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-003Pittsburgh Professional Branding Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-002Pittsburgh Professional Branding Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-004Pittsburgh Professional Branding Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-005Pittsburgh Professional Branding Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-006Pittsburgh Professional Branding Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-007Pittsburgh Professional Branding Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-008

PHEW! And you know what else? I mix, muddle and mush all those genres above at any give time at any given session, cuz that’s how I roll.

Oh wait…then there’s the personal creative projects I like to work on just so I can purge my head.Pittsburgh Portrait Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-011Pittsburgh Portrait Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-012Pittsburgh Portrait Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-013Pittsburgh Portrait Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-014Pittsburgh Portrait Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-015Pittsburgh Beauty Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-012Pittsburgh Portrait Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-017

But, let me say that when someone asks me what I do for a living I say that I am a “portrait photographer specializing in women.” That is typically met with curiosity and so, if asked, I will explain further. But why do I keep it that general? Because it’s true; I am a portrait photographer and I do specialize in women for that portrait photography. All of the titles I just listed above fall under that umbrella, do they not?

The most recognizable term I can use is “boudoir photographer” (which is so funny to me because when I started this business 7 years ago only about 1 out of every 10 people knew what I was talking about. Now it’s such a huge trend!) but if I only use that term then I’m really shortchanging myself, aren’t I? I’m also only appealing to one very specific population of women, which then cuts me off from growing my business because it cuts me off from all the other populations. And listen, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being super-duper-uber specialized in only boudoir. I know quite a few photographers that do and they are beautifully successful. I just feel like if you look through my blog you’ll see I just don’t only fit into that genre and that’s a good thing for me because I like throwing myself out of my comfort zone anytime I can.

Wanna know what else I do? Multi-media professional branding as well. That’s a buzzword right now, I know. But over time, somehow we’ve developed a track record for it and people keep asking for it so, here we are! You may not have known this, but we are a one-stop-shop in terms of professional branding. Based on information we gather from our clientele, we create a professional personality/public image (if necessary), I provide beautiful professional beauty portraiture based on that personality/public image, to be used in all manner of social media, we create awesome cinematic films for your business based on whatever it is you need: about me, products, my work, what I do…etc., and we also provide original music to go along with those films. Not only do we work with you, if need to be, to release all of the multi-media we have captured for you, but we can also help you to execute your business plan through professional consulting as well.

So basically, we’re like a triple an infnite-threat. Put everything together and whoa…I believe the word is unstoppable?

Now, any questions?

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