Celebrating 50

Celebrating Your 50th | Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer-1-2Can you believe this?? She’s celebrating turning 50 years old. I didn’t look this at 25. Teensy note: she’s a personal trainer so she absolutely should be so very proud of not only her body, but also every other big and small thing that has made her the beautiful woman she is today.

She said nudes were a definite and she wanted them to be artful, dark, moody and to show the curves and lines her body. I think we nailed it.

Happy Birthday, Gorgeous. May your next 50 years be full of love, peace, joy, buckets of laughter and the wisdom to sit back and enjoy it all.Celebrating Your 50th | Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer-6Celebrating Your 50th | Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer-3Celebrating Your 50th | Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer-1Celebrating Your 50th | Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer-2Celebrating Your 50th | Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer-4Celebrating Your 50th | Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer-5Makeover by At Home Beauty.

Sometimes I forget…

Elizabeth Craig Photography Boudoir Photography-8-2…who I serve in this career and why I do what I do. Sometimes I have to remind myself that it’s not about money or stuff; it really is about providing a safe space for self-discovery.

I love what I do and don’t get me wrong, I realize how incredibly blessed I am that I am one of the few that gets to do what I love for a living and be able to support my family with it. But even if I couldn’t make money off of it….it’s just SO fulfilling!

“Oh my gosh! I’ve never even thought of myself like that! I can’t believe that’s me!”

“That doesn’t look like me! I mean, it does but….I’ve just never imagined I could look like that!”

“I needed this. I’ve had such an awful year and this is exactly what I needed. Thank you.”

“I just feel so….sexy!”

“I had no idea I had this in me. I mean, I wanted to believe I did, but I just had no idea!”

“At a time when my heart has been broken and belief in myself has been so tested, you brought me right back.”

“I can’t thank you enough for making me feel so powerful. I read your reviews and your posts and I read what other women said. I’m just so thankful to now be one of those women thanking you for making me see a side of myself I didn’t know I had.”

THIS is why. And my cup runneth over….Elizabeth Craig Photography Boudoir Photography-8Elizabeth Craig Photography Boudoir Photography-11Elizabeth Craig Photography Boudoir Photography-12Elizabeth Craig Photography Boudoir Photography-13Elizabeth Craig Photography Boudoir Photography-9Elizabeth Craig Photography Boudoir Photography-10Makeover by At Home Beauty.

Ohhhh To Be 21 Again…

21st Birthday | Elizabeth Craig Photography-4I’m not sure I would want to go back, but I do love watching young women come into their own when they hit their 20’s. Searching for independence, still not sure what to do with their lives, falling in and out of love…a lot. I do miss that take-no-prisoners, I-can-do-anything, grab-life-by-the-tata’s attitude (though I still have quite a lot of that in me).

For Sam’s 21st, her mom bought her a session with me. Mom was a previous client of mine, so she knew what a fun day this would be. We glammed, we primped, we pampered, we kicked hips out, we ooooooooozed attitude. All as it should be.

What I’m most thrilled with is that Sam will have these photos forever, to always look back on and remember her 21st. Now all she needs to do is follow this up with a trip to Vegas…21st complete. Hahahaha…call me, Sam…Vegas is calling me too.

This is just a little sneak peek. I’ll be back with lots more…21st Birthday | Elizabeth Craig Photography-121st Birthday | Elizabeth Craig Photography-221st Birthday | Elizabeth Craig Photography-3Makeover by At Home Beauty.

 

Not Your Typical 21st Birthday…

Pittsburgh Beauty Photographer-6I don’t know if you remember your 21st birthday, but can I tell you that it looked absolutely nothing like Moriah’s? I’m sure you have certain ideas in your head about what mine looked like, and I bet those images look pretty similar to yours.

Can I also tell you that I think Moriah is one smart cookie?

She decided to ring in her 21st birthday with a legacy photo session with me to commemorate such a big milestone in her life. I mean….wow…I just…what an incredibly mature, fun and super duper brilliant decision to make!

These photos are just from one set. I’ll be blogging the rest in time but isn’t she just simply beautiful?? Thanks, Moriah, for spending such an important day with me, and for recognizing that creating something beautiful for yourself is far more fun and important than…you know…the way most spend that birthday. Well done.Pittsburgh Beauty Photographer-2Pittsburgh Beauty Photographer-4Pittsburgh Beauty Photographer-5Pittsburgh Beauty Photographer-1Pittsburgh Beauty Photographer-3Makeover by At Home Beauty.

 

Two Things You Should Know About Her

Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer-1-3Number one: she didn’t want to look too young in her photos. Number two: she wanted to feel sexy.

Mission. Accomplished. And let me be clear: this was the sweetest of the 4 sets we did. You should see the rest….WOOOOO! She really killed it! But for now, you get the girl next door.

That outfit you see was from my studio (shirt from a thrift store, undies from an Etsy store) and I wasn’t sure if she was going to go for it. When she sent photos of herself to me (yes, I ask my clients to do this for the very reason I’m about to explain…) I instantly picked up a 70’s/Free People vibe. Being a visual person (obviously) I like to see photos of my clients ahead of time because most of the time I can immediately get a feel for what direction I want to go. When I showed her the outfit, to my delight, she loved it as much as I did. Game on.

When she came into my studio she was a serious bundle of nerves, you guys. I mean…I thought at one point I could even see her shaking, no joke. I told her: “It’s ok to be nervous. You’re only nervous because you don’t know what to expect and you’re unsure if you’ve got what it takes to get the photos you want. About 10 minutes into your session you will know exactly what to expect AND you will see that you’ve definitely got what it takes. The rest of your session will not only be a breeze, but you will actually LOVE it. And you’re unsure if what I’m saying right now is really the truth. Every woman wants to believe me when I say this, but they’re just not convinced…until they are. I’ve been doing this long enough to know what you don’t know yet. You got this.”

Guess what…yep. She loved it. No wait….she looooooooooooooved it! This gal went from hunching her back and raising her shoulders into her chin, to flat out, take no prisoners, full on goddess, and yes, within 10 minutes of photographing.

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