The Body Positivity Shoot

Body Positivity Photo Shoot | Elizabeth Craig Photography-14So….holy moly. Let’s grab a cup of coffee for this one, ladies. Where shall I begin? I was approached by a fabulous and talented Pittsburgh business owner, Amanda Cowan, owner and operator of AFaye PR and chief señorita at GRLPWRPGH, a female-centric networking and collaborative group that meets monthly.  Amanda had this amazing idea to get a group of amazing women together for a fun, empowering and crazy day in my studio, which was alllllll centered around body positivity.

And The Body Positivity Shoot was born.

So, each woman thought about what body part they most struggle with and why. And then….bravely stood in front my camera so that I could specifically hone in on that specific body part and show it off to the world. Can we say c.o.u.r.a.g.e.o.u.s??? I mean, really think about this ladies….could you do it? I don’t know that I could, truthfully.

And can I say to you, I had the TIME of my life! Each of these ladies were so incredibly powerful in their own way. Each were their own stories in this life and were filled to the brim with so much support and love for one another. And no, they did not even all know each other. There were a few that did, but otherwise, we were a studio of 10 women, most of which met each other on that day, and made a collective decision to fill that space with so much support, acceptance, absolutely no judgment and a shit ton of love and laughs.

I could not have been more excited and honored to have been the photographer that got to be there with each and every one of these ladies. I am so THRILLED to have been a part of this project. And I would like to throw out some giant special THANK YOU’s to At Home Beauty, Ciel Cosmetics and Caviar and Curls for all the glamorous hair and makeup styling. You ladies are SO TALENTED!

So, without further ado…

Autumn. Breasts. “I am a body activist. Growing up I was the girl that got made fun of for having big boobs but now embrace my boobs and my curves.” Hair: Caviar and Curls. Makeup: Ciel Cosmetics.Body Positivity Photo Shoot | Elizabeth Craig Photography-12Body Positivity Photo Shoot | Elizabeth Craig Photography-11


Kelsey: Legs. “Growing up I was teased and called thunder thighs and it really stuck with me. I’ve come to have a friendship with my legs. They may be big and have cellulite but they are strong and take me where I need to go.” HMUA: At Home Beauty.Body Positivity Photo Shoot | Elizabeth Craig Photography-8Body Positivity Photo Shoot | Elizabeth Craig Photography-7


Julianna. Breasts. “I always felt self-conscious about having big breasts but I have really come to love them and accept them and I’m so much more confident of them now.” HMUA: At Home Beauty.Body Positivity Photo Shoot | Elizabeth Craig Photography-2Body Positivity Photo Shoot | Elizabeth Craig Photography-1


Chelsey: Hips and Legs. “I have always been self conscious about my legs and hips. I think they are disproportionate and bow but I have come to terms with the fact that they have gotten me from place to place and have supported me and I try to remember to think of the good things about them.” Hair: Caviar and Curls. Makeup: Ciel Cosmetics.Body Positivity Photo Shoot | Elizabeth Craig Photography-3Body Positivity Photo Shoot-1


Mallory: Stomach. “I used to be very large and have lost weight and now my stomach is a bit deflated. I love my body, it gets me strong and gets me through my workouts. My belly is what it is but I still love it.” Hair: Caviar and Curls. Makeup: Ciel Cosmetics.Body Positivity Photo Shoot | Elizabeth Craig Photography-10Body Positivity Photo Shoot | Elizabeth Craig Photography-9


Amanda: Stretch marks on stomach and thighs. “When I got pregnant and through my pregnancy, my body stretched in places and ways I didn’t even know were possible. After having my daughter, Willow (now almost 3), I was left with incredibly visible and intense stretchmarks, particularly on my stomach, hips and thighs. My times of sporting 2 piece string bikinis were long gone, and though I’m happy with the shape I’ve been able to get back in, the scars and stretchmarks still remain. I’ve been self-conscious of these marks ever since. I’ve had to re-center and remind myself how I got these, and why I still have them. They show the beautiful transition my body went through, and I now have my little Willow to show for these marks. For that, I am learning day-to-day to accept that these are apart of me, and I am learning to love my tiger stripes. They make me who I am today.”  Hair: Caviar and Curls. Makeup: Ciel Cosmetics.Body Positivity Photo Shoot | Elizabeth Craig Photography-6Body Positivity Photo Shoot | Elizabeth Craig Photography-5

You ladies are my new heroes! Here’s to fat thighs, droopy boobs, more stretch marks than we can count and saggy tummies. May they continue to encourage self-love, empowerment and, of course, one hell of a #giveszerofucks attitude! Body Positivity Photo Shoot | Elizabeth Craig Photography-13


Kicking BRCA1’s Ass

Kicking BRCA1 Ass-6You’re right: I don’t normally show this much nudity in my posts, but this post is important so all family-friendly posting is off.

R came to me specifically because she found out she has the BRCA1 gene, which means she has a very high percentage rate of potentially developing breast and ovarian cancer. Because of this, she made the very difficult decision to have a hysterectomy and a double mastectomy. As you can imagine, this was her moment to celebrate her body as it is right now.

Talk about pressure. I so badly wanted to honor Robyn’s journey in my studio, making sure to get it right. I’m thrilled to say she loved her photos and I’m also THRILLED to say that once her surgeries are done and she is healed and fully recovered, we will be setting a date for another session so that we can bring her journey full circle.

I felt very honored and grateful that this amazing woman chose me for this. There are a lot of great photographers in Pittsburgh and it always amazes me when I get to be the person that brings a story to life in such an artistic and visual way. But what I’m most thankful for is getting the chance to add another incredibly brave, courageous and beautiful woman to my list of women that I admire, adore and am such a better person for having them in my life.

Here’s to you, R. Today we celebrate your body, your journey, your strength and your decision to kick BRCA1’s ass without even blinking an eye. xoxoxo to infinity.
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Come Play with Me in New Orleans!

NOLAHey! Psst…have you heard?? I just opened a weekend in March for some shoots in NOLA! Interested? Shoot me an email and let me know. Not interested but know a pal that might be? Don’t keep this a secret (please). Make sure to pass it on.

If you’re game, grab your gal pals and head to the Big Easy for some fun, photos and fabulousness!!

Makeover by At Home Beauty.

There’s Power in Them Rollin’ Hills | Boudoir Photographer | Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-3That’s a song by Jill Scott, one of my absolute most favorite musicians ever. I felt the title was appropriate for this post because…you know…just look at these curves.

There’s a beautiful story that goes with this session, but that will come a bit later. For now, I wanted to shine a bit of a spotlight on the magical curves that women have. Big, small, short, tall, belly, no belly…gosh our bodies are simply the most awe-inspiring and miracle-contemplating works of art. I think the mystery that a woman’s body holds will forever be the most mystical creations of all time. Before you say I’m being a bit fluffy here, imagine what men have done throughout history to celebrate those bodies, touch those bodies and even turn them into works on canvas, buildings, sculptures….

My favorite part of shooting nudes is the power that a women can feel infusing into her body as she watches what she tears down in the mirror become living, breathing art right in front of her Self. You can see her fears and self-doubt just fly away as it sets in that, yes, this body is hers and what a gift that truly is.

See those little rolls on her side? That is my most favorite part of a woman. Yes, a lot of women ask me to remove those and it kills me every time because I feel like I’m removing what makes us real. Body’s are supposed to do that and to me it’s the most significant sign of beauty. It’s genuine and authentic, as it should be because no matter anything else, we should allow our bodies to be genuine and authentic. Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-1Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-2Makeover (you’ll soon see) by At Home Beauty.

Guess What?

Elizabeth Craig Photography Pricing-1-2Did you read what’s on that photograph?? I’m super-dee-duper excited to share with you that I have decided to go back to offering collections (packages), instead of an a la carte system. And right now you’re saying to yourself, “Who gives a biggie hoot.” But oh my gosh….you do. Why? Because I just created a collection system that allows for allllll women of alllll wallet sizes to enjoy a session with me. Don’t worry! For those of you that have experienced a luxury session with me, you still can. That’s not going away. I have just neatly package-priced that experienced, along with a few other collections, that make my services more widely available.

Listen, I love when women tell me I’m on their bucket list and as sooooooon as they save up enough money, I’m numero uno on that list.  And I get it that what I do is a luxury, no matter at what price point. So it was pretty sensational when I had an epiphany that allows me to make this luxury available to more women. I also know that the reason I stand out is because of the experience I offer and the style of photography I specialize in. So have no fear: none of that changes. Honestly, it never could because that’s what allows me to enjoy what I do and I’m not changing anything that mixes that up.

So, I now offer collections starting at $500 (FIVE HUNDRED!!). If you knew my previous pricing then you know that’s pretty big news. So share this with your friends, shout it from the rooftops, take out an ad in the newspaper or send out some smoke signals because this is biggie big, for me AND you!

I’ll see you in my studio soon!