Knowing Your Strength. Understanding Your Power. Feeling Your Beauty.

Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer-128These are all the things I wish for each and every woman in this world. And one session at a time…I feel pretty good about my contribution to nudging women in that right direction.

This stunning woman may have come to me for her 1 year anniversary gift, but she left with a lot more, as you can read below. She was very quiet throughout her session but I could feel the energy in the room shift as we went on with each phase. The smile that took over her face as I showed her the back of my camera let me know I was navigating pretty well. Below is what she posted on Instagram and I was over the moon to read it. I think you will be too…

“When I was a kid there was a neighborhood boy who called me fat. A boy in junior high said I needed to lose weight. My grandmother commented on my weight when I was younger. Relatively recently someone said (not to my face) that I shouldn’t post photos of myself wearing a swimsuit. These are just a few examples of body-shaming I have experienced, the majority of which were during childhood and through my teenage years. There is this collective of assholes who seemingly garner joy from judging the appearance of others, filling an obvious void within themselves. After the initial sting of comments such as these wore off, I continued living my life. For the most part, I didn’t let these experiences alter my opinion of myself. I think I’m a pretty rad person. 😎 For my one year anniversary gift to my husband I had boudoir photos taken (paper is the traditional gift). Ultimately the photos are a gift for my husband, but I also did this for myself. I had so much fun working with @elizabethcraigphotography and @athomebeautypgh! They are amazing at what they do! I felt like a super model. I highly recommend booking a shoot with them! Ladies (and gentlemen), do not allow anyone to make you feel inferior because you do not look a certain way. You are strong. You are powerful. You are beautiful. You are you. No one else can be you. Cherish that.
PS – this is only a few of more than 60 photos…some are just for my husband’s eyes. 😇

Thank you, my dear, for not only coming to spend some time with me, but for also reiterating a message and mantra that every woman needs to repeat in their minds every day. You are strong. You are powerful. You are beautiful. You are you. No one else can be you. Cherish that. And you are simply awesome. Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer-130Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer-127Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer-126Makeover by At Home Beauty.

Little Black Dress | Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer

Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-13Have you ever seen a Little Black Dress like this one?? Nope…probably not. As soon as that frilly skirt was pulled out I just knew it was going to become my best friend.

There really is something about a little black dress. Yes, this one is not what you would call traditional, but my goodness…it’s just so girly, so pretty and so so sexy.

Oh yeah….and can we talk about them legs?? Holy smokes…I’m sure you’ll believe me when I say they went straight up to her neck.

These sweet little photos will be gifted to the giftee over Christmas in Australia…wish I could be there to see THAT!Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-10Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-15-3Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-11Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-12Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-14Makeover by At Home Beauty.

And She Danced | High School Senior Photography | Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh High School Senior Photography | Elizabeth Craig Photography-2Julia showed this skirt to me and I instantly saw her twirling in it. Her mom made it specifically for her senior session with me and I wanted to do something super soft and artful with it. Julia isn’t a dancer but truly you’d never know it; she has such a graceful way about her. She does work out and it was important to her to do something in her session that had something to do with athleticism. This outfit seemed the perfect way to fit in something feminine, yet strong.

The light on this day was so milky and smooth, but at one point it really came out in full force and I couldn’t help myself but to have Julia twirl in the full light so I could try and get some cool effects and lens flare. Mission accomplished, I’d say.

And as always with my senior sessions, mama got a makeover too and we finished out the day with some legacy photos of these lovely ladies. Such a spectacular way to end such a spectacular shoot.

More to come…
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Pink Champagne Gala Wrap Up!

 

Oh my goodness…you guys…I don’t even know where to begin. If you were one of the luckies that got to get Pink with me this weekend, THANK YOU! If you were one of the not-so-luckies that couldn’t make it: have no fear…ROUND 2 WILL BE NEXT YEAR!

But for now, let me just say that last night was absolutely everything I wanted it to be: so much fun, made new friends, so intimate and such good energy and to top it all off we were raising money to give to the local Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh. The night was simply magical. Period.

As you can see from the photos, a great (incredible, fantastical, amazing) time was had by all. There was so much laughter, so many smiles and a pink room filled with the most generous and wonderful people you’d ever want to know. And the FASHION! Oh my goodness!! It was like I died and went to heaven: pink designer everything everywhere I looked!

Big, huge, GINORMOUS thank you to every single person that came out Saturday to make mine and Raemie‘s very first (but not even close to last) gala a huge success! We could not have done it without each and every one of you. Thank you thank you thank you!!!

I’d also love to thank the list of folks below that came through to donate so many wonderful services and products. I’d also love to give a HUGE shout out to Annie O’Neill and Nancy Andrews for helping us get everything ready, and to Nancy: THANK YOU for these incredible photographs. I can’t thank you enough for taking my camera off of me to make sure the night was documented!! You’re the BEST!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU (repeat to infinity…)

Thank you for all the help!
Wenning Entertainment: swanky uplighting
Sweet B Sweet Shop: seriously delectable sweet treats
Mosaic Linens for the special rate, allowing us to beautify my ‘lil studio!

Thank you for donating items and services for our raffle!
Wyndham Grand/Tony Lee: One night’s stay at the Wyndham Grand
Everlasting Lips by Jenny: Gift basket containing a makeup bag, starter kit of LipSense (color, gloss and remover), additional lip color, additional lip gloss, BlushSense, ShadowSense, gift certificate
Truly Eventful with Cherie: Swarovski crystal Hope necklace, rose ice earrings, rose ice bracelet, bliss earrings, chanelle necklace
Laurie Nelson/Holland Mortgage Advisors: Kate Spade purse and Kate Spade earrings
Aesthetic Skin & Laser Center: $1,000 towards ThermiVA treatment, mini facial with $150 skin care products, Breast Thermography
Soncerae Yeager: $100 Il Pizzaiolo gift certificate
Ashley Cecil: Original artwork Birdsafe Pittsburgh-inspired infinity scarf and set of 4 blank notecards, original artwork
Annie O’Neill: “Ladies in the Garden” 8×10 original fine art print
John Craig: 20×30 “Pittsburgh at Night” metallic foam core print
John Craig: 16×24 “Copenhagen” abstract on canvas
In the Kitchen with Raemie: Group cooking class for up to 6 people in Raemie’s home or yours, including 3 course hands-on instruction, wine, leftovers, recipes
Ecclectic Remedies: Dermaplaning facial gift certificate, 30-minute massage gift certificate, Stimulastine Nuit and Jour (night and day creams) Eau Micellaire face was and serum vital
Victoria Bradley Studio: 11×14 stretched canvas original painting (exclusively for the gala!)
Studio Booth: Moroccan Oil brand shampoo, conditioner, styling products, oil, 2 gift certificates for haircuts, breast cancer awareness nail kit, Sebastian hair product (as an aside, this is where I go to get my hair done. Ask for Lyndsay…she’s a magician and she’s so talented!!!!!)
Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh: 1/4 zip black fleece, 25th anniversary edition t-shirt, ball cap, Swarovski crystal heart bracelet, Ford warrior scarf, breast cancer pin, drink huggie
Lacy Messinger: Balayage Specialist: $200 Gift Certificate for hair services

Thank you for getting in on our Goody Bags!!
7 Charming Sisters: sparkling pink ribbon earrings or necklace
Everlasting Lips by Jenny: scratch off cards
At Home Beauty: $25 gift certificate off of hair and makeup services
Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh: Pink breast cancer awareness bracelet
Sweet B Sweet Shop: Pink rice crispy treat
Elizabeth Craig Photography: $50 gift certificate towards a photo session

I’d also like to say congratulations to Ashley Giffin and Shana Lohr for being our GRAND PRIZE winners! Both Ashley and Shana came to win with their incredible pink outfits!! Ashley won the 7-night hotel stay and Shana won a photo shoot with me including complimentary hair and makeup by the ever-so-talented Lee Ann, owner of At Home Beauty! WOOT! Can you guess which of the beautiful ladies they are in the photo below?? Hint: to win you had to be wearing the most pink and all in one shade of pink….Pittsburgh Pink Champagne Gala | Susan G Komen Pittsburgh-73

Boudoir Photographer: Will Travel for Shoes

On-Location Boudoir Fashion Photographer Post Card-11OK–that’s not exactly correct: I travel for money. BUT! I can be tempted for a sweet pair of shoes.

As I’ve said before, I’m traveling now for photography sessions. If you can get at least 4 women together, including you, I will come to you or meet you where you want a session (ahem….*ring ring*…psst…Italy is calling). Also, I will be throwing out destination shoots every once in a while and if I get interest, I’ll meet you there.

If you’re friends with me on Facebook, follow me on Instagram or are a regular to this blog then you know that my trip to Palm Springs was absolutely incredible. Six sessions in 5 days. It was pure heaven, ladies, and not just for me. These ladies had the time of their lives.

A sweet vacation with friends, a glamorous photo shoot with me. Yep–that seems like a perfect addition to anyone’s bucket list. Who’s with me?On-Location Boudoir Fashion Photographer-10On-Location Boudoir Fashion Photographer-13On-Location Boudoir Fashion Photographer-12Hair & makeup: At Home Beauty
Scarf: Kate Spade
Sunglasses: Tom Ford
Earrings Kate Spade
Necklace: Kate Spade
Bathing suit: Zaful
Umbrella: WindPro
Ring: Kate Spade