How Engaging

Editorial Engagement Photography | Elizabeth Craig Photography-1When Nicole & Hemen chose an in-studio engagement session, I got a little giddy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of colorful outdoor, romantic sessions bathed in golden-hour light, but I rarely get to photograph couples in my studio. I had to plan a bit and that was a little hard since I had no idea what either one of them looked like. For all I knew, Hemen was 6 feet tall and Nicole was 4’8″….or, for goodness sakes…the other way around. Also–sometimes couples *think* they want a more editorial-style engagement session, but getting just that right smolder or sexy vibe is so much harder than playfully romping in a park.

As you can see, Nicole & Hemen were pros. I had planned to spend about an hour with them…two hours later we were still trying some new things and having a good time.

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Pink Champagne Gala to Benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation

champagnegalaOK ladies (and even gentlemen)! Get out your most sparkliest, most gorgeous or most outrageous pink everything and come get pink with me for a good cause!

Myself and my gal pal, Raemie Bachman, are throwing the PINKEST fashion event in Pittsburgh this year! Yes, I said it. PINK FASHION EVENT!

Ladies: you’re welcome.

As you can see in the flyer above, pink is our thing for this event, which makes sense because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Talk about a great way to fit in a magnificent party right before all the holidays start!

Yes, you must be wearing pink to gain entrance, in addition to paying the donation. And here’s a tip: the more pink you wear in one shade of pink the more of a chance you have to win one of our 2 grand prizes: a 7-night hotel stay from Raemie Bachman Realtor, or a glamorous photo shoot with moi. So we are talking about a monochromatic pink party! Selfishly, I can’t WAIT to get a photo of this crowd!

Can’t get on board with dying your hair pink? That’s ok–wear as much pink as you can and we’ll let you in anyway.

You in? Awesome, but there are only 50 tickets on sale because of space limitations and, due to an email blast for the ladies on my email list, quite a few have already been purchased.

OK, OK, OK already…go HERE to get your tickets.

So come get pink with me! I’ll be easy to spot: I’ll be the one in pink.

See you there!

She Said Yes

Pittsburgh Proposal Photography-20He asked. She said yes. The end beginning.

I LOVE when we get phone calls to photograph surprise proposals. EEEEE!!!! No joke, I can barely sleep the night before. She doesn’t have a clue! He’s probably sweating through his sheets thinking about what’s going down the next day. Will everything go as planned…..will she say….YES??

I like it. I like that more and more guys are understanding the value of photographing such incredible memories like asking the girl you love more than anything else in this world to spend the rest of your life with you. Can you imagine being able to show those photos to your kids? Your grandkids, for goodness sakes??? Talk about valuable. Talk about legacy.

It’s only a moment, really. You ask, she says yes. The moment is over. Or is it? What if you could relive it anytime you wanted to? Hire a photographer and you can. BAM.Pittsburgh Proposal Photography-2Pittsburgh Proposal Photography-3Pittsburgh Proposal Photography-4Pittsburgh Proposal Photography-6Pittsburgh Proposal Photography-7Pittsburgh Proposal Photography-8Pittsburgh Proposal Photography-9Pittsburgh Proposal Photography-10Pittsburgh Proposal Photography-11Pittsburgh Proposal Photography-12Pittsburgh Proposal Photography-13Pittsburgh Proposal Photography-15Pittsburgh Proposal Photography-16Pittsburgh Proposal Photography-17Pittsburgh Proposal Photography-18Pittsburgh Proposal Photography-21Pittsburgh Proposal Photography-19Pittsburgh Proposal Photography-22Pittsburgh Proposal Photography-23Pittsburgh Proposal Photography-24Pittsburgh Proposal Photography-25Pittsburgh Proposal Photography-26

Autumnal Love | Marissa & Michael | Engaged

fall-engagement-photos-pittsburgh-elizabeth-craig-photography-010Just when I thought Autumn was giving up her fight, she came through for us with all her color and glory. This was a bit of a last minute engagement session with a fabulously laid back, totally chill couple and boy did it turn out not only to be a beautiful day, but a fun one too.

Although Marissa & Michael booked us for their upcoming 2017 wedding, this was the first we had a chance to meet them in person. So we were excited to get to know them a little bit, and I’m thrilled to report we think these two are one dynamic duo. Easy-going, quick to laugh and positively smitten with one another. Kinda makes our job super easy.

So, who says you can’t get a good Fall photo shoot in November? Not me.fall-engagement-photos-pittsburgh-elizabeth-craig-photography-001fall-engagement-photos-pittsburgh-elizabeth-craig-photography-007fall-engagement-photos-pittsburgh-elizabeth-craig-photography-006fall-engagement-photos-pittsburgh-elizabeth-craig-photography-013fall-engagement-photos-pittsburgh-elizabeth-craig-photography-003fall-engagement-photos-pittsburgh-elizabeth-craig-photography-002fall-engagement-photos-pittsburgh-elizabeth-craig-photography-004fall-engagement-photos-pittsburgh-elizabeth-craig-photography-008fall-engagement-photos-pittsburgh-elizabeth-craig-photography-009fall-engagement-photos-pittsburgh-elizabeth-craig-photography-012fall-engagement-photos-pittsburgh-elizabeth-craig-photography-011fall-engagement-photos-pittsburgh-elizabeth-craig-photography-005

Many the Miles(tones) – Pittsburgh Portrait Photographer

I got stopped in my tracks the other day. Sat back, crossed my arms, rubbed my hand on my chin with that “Seriously?!?” look on my face. That’s what happened when I realized the many many many milestones I have had the sincerest of all pleasures of being a part of in my 12 years of photography, thus far.

Dead in my tracks, I swear it. Let me list a few for you….proposals, engagements, weddings, babies, anniversaries, marriage celebrations, divorce celebrations, I found out I survived, I found out I won’t survive, I want to find who I am, I want to get lost in myself, I couldn’t be more proud of me, I couldn’t be more proud of my friend…mom…grandma…and the list goes on.

Legacies. That’s what I’ve been a part of. Can you imagine what that’s like? I not only got to watch these legacies being born and taking hold of a woman, a group of women, or a few generations of women…I actually got to capture that legacy for all of time. These legacies that I am so proud and humbled to be a part of will forever live, because the shutter got snapped just right there, at the right time.

I just got goosebumps.

What is so exciting about looking back over these legacies is that I get to take in how much women are realizing how important it is to leave a legacy. Listen, getting photos taken to wow him on your wedding night is no small matter, so if that’s what you’re here for I am your girl! That’s exactly what I built this part of my business on and it has been a beautiful foundation. But I won’t lie; I am simply euphoric when I think about how that has evolved over the years to now include just as many women that are here simply to celebrate themselves, or their friends, or their mothers or grandmothers. They have come to me to put the icing on the cake of what was a personal journey. They have come to me as a kick-off to start a new chapter in their life that was titled “Me. A Love Story.” I have had women that have kicked ass, needed a kick in the ass, laughed till they cried and/or cried till they laughed. I have heard tails that would break your heart in one swoop, and on the tail end of that I have been told stories that will breathe life and love back into you as if you never knew it before.


We are all storytellers. That is the gift we all have; each of us has our own unique story to tell and that story is our legacy. You can tell it, write it down, film it….and you can photograph it. I think you know my preference.

So, to all of you women out there that bared your souls to me and told me things I know you never told anyone else, for all the laughs we have shared, the tears we both then laughed over…for trusting me with your innards, for getting real with me…I thank you.

And I am now raising my cyber glass and clinking to the many many more miles(tones) I cannot wait to share with each and every one of you.