love (and rain) in the air | pittsburgh engagement, elopement, & boudoir photographer | ciara elyse photography

couple at frick park pittsburgh

OK - it took me forever to get this blog post out. SRY. It was my 30th birthday - then my first art showcase - my dad was in town - and then I went back to work. I’ve been so busy! But finally life is calming down a little before it ramps back up again so I wanted to get this beautiful session out.

What can I say about Amanda & John? First off — they’re gorgeous together. I put out a model call & Amanda reached out to me — “does it matter if i’m pregnant?!” UMM, NO. will only increase the love factor <3

It rained this entire session. we were stuck taking photos only under this archway. they ventured outside for a quick made-up-on-the-spot handshake & that was it! but I’m still so in love with the way these turned out.

John, Amanda - I wish you both the absolute best. that baby girl of yours will be so beautiful!

Makeup by Antonette Medved Makeup

Family Weekend | Pittsburgh Engagement, Elopement, & Boudoir Photographer | Ciara Elyse Photography


So I don’t normally shoot families, but this past weekend I made an exception. This family is extra special to me in all sense of the word.


Alyssa & I have been best friends since we were 5 years old. We had chicken pox together in 1st grade, she made fun of my red hair & I made fun of her last name. We rode the bus home together all the time & we always talked about crossing the busy highway to visit each other. When my mom met my now step-dad in 5th grade, I moved away. Even though we spent our seemingly “most important” years apart, we never lost touch.

Now that we’re older? I think THESE are the most important years & I’m so glad we get to do life together this way. She met her husband Mike in college who is perfect for her & she has two beautiful children who I just adore with my whole being.

So when Alyssa asked me if I’d take family pictures of them - I had to say yes. I’m so obsessed with the way they turned out, I had to share them in a blog post! Hope you all enjoy :)