Changing it Up

Pittsburgh Editorial Portrait Photographer-1-2So, yes, I know I’m almost exclusively known as a boudoir photographer, but every once in a while I like to mix it up a bit. Not only does it keep me sharp, push my creativity and rewire my brain for a day, but it’s just so much damn fun. And, yes, I know I’m almost exclusively known as a natural light photographer, but every once in a while I like to mix it up with different lighting just to see what I get.

I’m only giving you one sneak peek of each outfit that I chose. One of the BESTESTESTEST things about editorial photography in my studio is that I plan it all. I mean, I plan it all for boudoir shoots as well, but with editorial, typically my clients don’t even know what they’re wearing or what the theme is until they walk through the door. Creative directing is one of my favorite things to do because once I get an idea, the tunnel vision and obsession begins. Part of that is the hair and makeup and I have to say, Lee Ann NAILED it with these looks. And let me just pour buckets of kudos on Emily here. She’s an aspiring model and if you’re in the modeling biz in anyway–you want to hire this gal! As you can see, she’s got quite an exotic look that easily changes up pretty quickly.

More to come but I just have to point out…those Louboutin booties….I’m just dying…The only thing that beats that out is the Alexander McQueen pinstriped blazer and you guys, you haven’t even seen the best part of that jacket yet!Pittsburgh Editorial Portrait Photographer-5Pittsburgh Editorial Portrait Photographer-2Pittsburgh Editorial Portrait Photographer-4Pittsburgh Editorial Portrait Photographer-1Makeover by AtHome Beauty.

 

Badass Boudoir

Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-3-2Yowsa! I looooove when I get a gal in my studio that just gets it. She comes ready to go, showing up with her A Game and just knows what it’s all about. This is a gift for her groom and I’m just guessing here, but I think he’s going to be quite pleased…

Yes–we did 2 softer outfits and I’m going to be blogging those soon, but I just could not help myself to post these first. They are just so powerful and a gorgeous example of a woman that accepts herself, is confident in herself and is not afraid to just be all woman.

Taking life by the cha-chas and just having at it. Yeah girl…keep on trucking on!Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-2-2Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-5Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-1-2Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer | Elizabeth Craig Photography-4Makeover by At Home Beauty.

Me vs. You

Pittsburgh Beauty Portrait Photographer-3No, I’m not talking about a competition, or even a hierarchy, contest or who comes first in a life-saving, dramatic moment of crisis. I’m talking about something way more important than all of that….I’m talking about fashion.

You: play it safe, bring things that cover you and every inch of every part of your body that you’re uncomfortable with. You bring things that make you blend into the background, making damn sure no one pays attention to you. You play it safe. To you, “stepping outside of your comfort zone” means buying white jeans instead of blue jeans, or maybe getting really crazy and buying a tank top instead of a shirt with sleeves (but then you ask me to photoshop the hell out of those arms).

Me: does not play it safe. I push you in places you think you don’t want to go. I explain how it all works and you doubt, but realize you kinda have to try it because….I mean…I have more experience than you in this area. I tell you that you can be clothed from head to toe and still be soooooo sexy. I present clothing you never ever thought you’d even consider. And then you put it on and….magic. I see that twinkle in your eye, that glow in your smile and I know: game on.

And this is how it went for us. She sent the images below of what she bought to bring to her beauty session, which her husband bought for her. You see, he looks at her and sees the mother of his children, his life partner and best friend. He also happens to see the most beautiful and sexiest woman alive. She looks at herself and she sees something else. She didn’t want the session. She was terrified of it. But we got her there. I’m happy to say she put a lot of effort into trusting me just even to show up that day. And goodness you guys….she was a nervous wreck. I felt so bad and so excited for her all at the same time because I knew how she felt, but I also knew what was coming.

These were the items she purchased that she thought pushed her out of her comfort zone:Untitled-1

I showed her my choices for her wardrobe. Her eyebrows went way up and her mouth dropped. And then I could see the sweat. Hahahahahaha! But I knew she could do it. I’ve never had a more quiet client sit in Lee Ann’s chair. She watched every stroke of a brush and every curl of the iron. Barely saying one word. And then when it was all finished the first thing she said, eyes aglow: “I feel so pretty!!” Yessssss….game on.

We decided to include one outfit that she brought with her, and that’s what we started with. Just one photo that really looks like her everyday look. She didn’t like any of them, and trust me I did not take it personally. I knew she was so excited about the other items I had available that she was really just waiting to get into them. Pittsburgh Beauty Portrait Photographer-1

And just look at her. This is one badass, sexy, gorgeous, confident woman. And wow did she not want to get out of this dress. I don’t blame her…do you see what I’m seeing?? I won’t be showing you the uber sexy black patent trench coat I had her wear for a set after this, complete with high heels….and nothing else. That’s just for her and her husband, you see. But I think you get the idea of how she felt when she was leaving my studio.

I do not proclaim to be a fashionista one bit. But I do proclaim that I will do you right. I know what you’re self-conscious about. I know what drives you crazy about your body. And I also know what clothing will camouflage those parts while emphasizing what you love. Ladies: this is what you pay me for, and lucky you, I’m damn good at it.

Let’s do this.Pittsburgh Beauty Portrait Photographer-2Pittsburgh Beauty Portrait Photographer-4Makeover by At Home Beauty.

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.

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