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screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-9-46-20-amEeeeeeee!!!! Still get SO geeked anytime we get featured for absolutely anything. I recently performed an overhaul of my Beauty & Boudoir website and had liveBooks create a design for me that is similar to our Wedding site. I’m in love with it!! And, it turns out, so was liveBooks. So much so that they featured my new site on their blog. Oh happy day!

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So, if you get some time feel free to hop on over to their blog and take a peek. And don’t forgot to pop by my site and see all the new photos!

And of course, feel free to follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. I’m always updating!

Putting the F into Fierce

Elizabeth Craig Beauty Boudoir Photography | Pittsburgh-002-2Wow. Wow wow wow. My girl C brought her A game to her session. She never doubted me, but what was more important was that she never doubted herself. She flowed through her session with power, grace and buckets of beauty and trust.

She said she was doing this session for him. My guess is she underestimated how much this was really for her too. That’s the kind of luxury experience I can get on board with.

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Sublime makeover by Justine Lynn of Beauty Justified.

What You Wear = How You Feel

Pittsburgh Vintage Boudoir Photography-6My goodness…how in love with these photos am I?? It’s been a while since I’ve had a woman in my studio that wanted to do something with a bit of a theme. But once I saw what J had in mind…well, there was just no turning back.

What was really interesting was that we started with a traditional boudoir outfit. It was a lovely black lace, deep cut body suit. It looked gorgeous on J and the photos are amazing (if she will let me show you ;-)) but I could tell that J just didn’t “feel” it. However, as soon as she put on the wardrobe that was very much more vintage, I realized how much it was very much her style, because instantly she was totally transformed. She was much more confident and much more relaxed. She really allowed herself to feel and act as she clearly looked: sexy and beautiful.

Goes to show you how much wardrobe plays a role in your own session. Always make sure to bring what you like and whatever is your style. J’s experience is interesting, but it’s not new. I get this a lot. Women think this type of shoot has a predetermined wardrobe checklist and it definitely does not.

The most important things to keep in mind when considering wardrobe is:
~Do I like it (so simple and yet so complicated all at the same time)?
~Is it my style and, if it’s not, is it a place I want to be pushed to go (how small is your comfort zone)? Or is it a place I will regret?
~If I look back in 10 or even 50 years, will I cringe when I look at myself in these photos in this outfit (one decade to remember here: 80’s…am I right??)?
~Am I choosing this outfit because I like it or because I think he will like it (let me let you in on a teensy secret: he’s looking at sexy, confident, kick-ass photos of you. Do you think he gives a rats a** if your outfit is black or red, or lace or satin, or….whatever?!?!)
~And the most important thing you should consider when choosing clothing for your boudoir session is……Does. It. Flatter. You. I think you might be super surprised at how many women bring clothing with them and upon pulling it out of their suitcase say “I really didn’t like this on me but….” Ladies: if you don’t like your wobbly bits, don’t bring clothing that shows off your wobbly bits. If you don’t like your breasts because you think they sag, make sure to bring clothing choices that support the sisters. If you tell me you are petrified of your belly seeing the light of day, do not bring a bra and panty outfit that’s made out of dental floss. If you don’t like your arms, don’t bring clothing that shows your arms…etc etc. And let me be clear: it’s not because I won’t like what you have brought with you. It is 100% because when you put it on, you will feel uncomfortable and un-sexy (is that a word??) and how do you suppose I’m going to take killer sexy photos of you when you have a look on your face like you could go run and hide in a dark, shadowy corner? When you put something on your reaction should be “Holy moly. Whoa! I look incredible!” Not, “Well, she can probably photoshop that.” No no no no no. No.

In J’s case, what she brought was lovely, it just wasn’t her style. Which was totally fine because we were able to coordinate to bring her style to life. However, follow that checklist above and we’ll make magic!

As you can see below…I am queen magic maker. 😉

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And when you’re ready…elizabethcraig@me.com.

The Real You | Boudoir & Beauty Photography | Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Portrait Photographer | Boudoir Photographer | Beauty Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography Intimates-0001“You captured the real me.” She said, smiling from ear to ear as we sat in my studio, sipping wine while we perused through her photographs for the first time. I love hearing that…it just never gets old.

It’s also one of the best compliments you can give a photographer that shoots beauty portraits. She was so excited to think about the look on his face when he sees these photos for Christmas, but mostly she was elated to have gone through this experience and have a piece of her beautiful self memorialized forever.

“You did a great job.” I told her. “Nope–I just did what you told me to do and Justine made me look gorgeous.” Ooooooh yes. And there is the #1 secret to any photo shoot, for all you ladies out there thinking about it. Listen, visualize, copy me, let your walls down, be vulnerable. You know what that means? You, sitting in my studio, smiling from ear to ear as we sip wine and peruse through your photographs for the first time…and you say….”You captured the real me.” 😉

Don’t be afraid to be the real you.

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It’s Always the Quiet Ones | Boudoir Photography | Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography Intimates-0006Uh-huh…it’s always the quiet ones. 🙂 K was sweet, talkative but quiet. She gave me slow smiles and shy nods. The conversation never stopped and the day picked up its own rhythm. I knew K had it in her, I just wasn’t positive that she knew that, so I wondered how much she would believe me when I told her we could nail this shoot. Turns out, she believed me instantly.

I showed K the difference between her first few shots, where I gave minimal direction (on purpose) and the shots where I explained fully how to do what I wanted her to do and, bam. She got it instantly. When you see that photo of yourself before I tell you what to do and the photo after I explain it’s so much easier to wrap your brain around what I’m going for. It’s the visual that brings it home.

And so K and I went about her session simply nailing every single shot. She listened to every direction, soaked it in and pulled her insides out for me.

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Beautiful makeover by Hannah Conard of Hannah Conard Beauty.