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The Arte of Boudoir with Elizabeth Messina

by D'Arcy Benincosa

Elizabeth Messina’s story unfolds as a testament to the transformative power of capturing the essence of women through her lens. In this episode, we discuss the artistry, passion, and evolution that outline her photography journey and The Arte of Boudoir. Hit play!

Meet Elizabeth Messina:

Elizabeth is an award winning artist, high-profile editorial photographer, published author, loving wife and mother. Widely recognized for her luminous, natural light photographs, intimate portraiture of women and sublime fashion work, Elizabeth’s images have graced the covers and pages of countless magazines and books.

Elizabeth’s journey to The Arte of Boudoir

1. Photographing with abandon

Elizabeth’s early career was a private exploration, an uncharted territory where she shot with abandon. Experimenting with different cameras and embracing the uncertain, she discovered the beauty in the process, whether it worked or not. This period of unbridled creativity laid the foundation for what would become a distinctive photographic style, and her continued use of photographing with abandon, still to this day!

2. College and Art School

Enrolling in art school marked a pivotal chapter in Elizabeth’s creative endeavors. Surrounded by like-minded individuals driven by the desire to be creators, she found solace in a community that valued wandering, capturing moments, and creating for the sheer pleasure of making. Though she didn’t graduate with the intention of pursuing photography professionally, art school profoundly called to her soul.

3. From Hobbyist to Professional

For a decade, Elizabeth reveled in her role as a hobbyist, doubling as a photojournalist and waitress. It wasn’t until a significant turning point, amidst the joys of motherhood, that she embarked on her first wedding photography venture. Little did she know, her career would evolve organically over the years, shaped by the ebbs and flows of life.

4. The Arte of Boudoir

Through the lens of her camera, Elizabeth discovered that the most meaningful chapters of her career unfolded when photographing women. From the elegance of the wedding dress to the intimate artistry of boudoir, she was drawn to photographing women and capturing their essence.

5. Balancing Business and Atmosphere

For Elizabeth, boudoir photography is not just a business; it’s an intricate dance between professionalism and crafting an atmosphere where women feel empowered, beautiful, and truly seen. Her artistry lies in weaving a narrative that transcends the visual, capturing the soulful essence of each woman she photographs

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