Did you know that City Lights Studio also offers glamorous boudoir sessions? Celebrate sexy this Valentine’s Day with a last-minute special from City Lights Studio! Surprise your partner, or do it just for you! Teaser Sessions will be held on Sunday 01.29.17, from 1-3PM inside the newly designed Salon Elizabeth.


$325 Teaser Session Special Includes :

      • Spread of champagne & chocolates
      • Express Primping & Pampering session with Salon Elizabeth owner, Lizzy Dugan, including glam hair styling, seductive eyes and lips!
      • 25 minute portrait session inside a private suite at the Salon featuring gorgeous furnishings, with photographer Erica Eichelkraut, including two outfits and multiple poses
      • $50 credit towards prints, books, or digital files, available before Valentine’s Day
      • And this session only, a special bonus from Salon Elizabeth! 20% off luxury retail products at the salon, and a $20 gift certificate towards $100 of future pampering!

Limited spots available; email today to reserve yours!

Want even more from your session? Click here to see information on our regular Sassy in the Suites Boudoir sessions!

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My husband & I will be celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary in two short months! I wanted to make sure we took time to enjoy that this year, because between my businesses, his full time job, and very demanding little loves, we often put ourselves, and sometimes even each other, last. We don’t mean to, but now that we have two very young babes, life is crazier than ever. Some days, we don’t even get to talk to each other until our nightly heads-on-the-pillows-how-was-your-day-catch-up at 11pm. So a few months back, I started planning a trip as a surprise, so we could celebrate properly, take a break from being Mama & Dada, and enjoy an adventure, just he & I!

Jetblue had a flash sale one day, with 20% off all flights, including their new direct route to L.A., so I jumped on it. I snagged tickets for about $85/each way, booked us a cozy little cottage in Venice, made arrangements for the kids to enjoy some time with the grandmas, and didn’t tell him where we were going until the day before we left!

From the minute we got to the airport, it was a nonstop adventure. We thought we would use the time to sleep since we *never* get to do that anymore haha, but there was too much to see & do. We entered the weekend with no plans, and spent our time doing whatever sounded fun at the moment (something you just cannot do with a toddler and infant!) We ended up biking, beachin’ it, art-gallery hopping, wandering weird and wonderful Venice, enjoying our artsy little rental, and pretty much, eating our way through L.A. We racked up over 20 miles walking and 10 miles biking in three days, and probably didn’t even make a dent in the calories we consumed from all those delicious fish tacos and bahn mi’s. It was a whirlwind getaway, sandwiched between two red-eye flights (not sure I’d recommend that…), but we’re used to chaos, so we loved every minute!

Here’s some highlights of the trip :

Day 1 : Walking the insanely magical Venice Canals around the corner from our cottage | Breakfast at The French Market | Cruising Wilshire and hitting up Sidecar Donuts for THE BEST donuts we’ve ever had | Ceviche and shrimp tacos at La Isla Bonita Food Truck | Date night for sunset and dinner at The Getty Center

Day 2 : Breakfast at Mercedes’ Cuban Grill | Biking the LA bike path from Venice to Marina Del Ray | Thai massages at Marico Massage | Fish tacos and margaritas at Clutch | Biking & shopping on Abbott Kinney BLVD | Coffee at Toms Roasting Company

Day 3 : Croissants & coffees from Espresso Yo Self | Breakfast on the beach, watching the surfers | Wandering the galleries of LACMA | Boba, Greek-Thai fries, and sushi burrito from the food trucks out front | Aimless driving and mansion gawking in Beverly Hills | Caramel-infused cold-brew with sea salt foam at Dogtown Coffee | People and seal watching at Santa Monica Pier | Beach walking & sunset over the ocean | Caribbean dinner at Cha Cha Chicken before heading to the airport to catch our late night flight!

We would LOVE to go back sometime; what are some of your favorite L.A. stops for our next escape?!

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(PS. I no longer travel with my pro camera; it’s just too much. I purchased a Panosonic Lumix last year, and take it everywhere now. It sometimes leaves me missing my Canon 5dMiii, but mostly, does a fabulous job of capturing our personal adventures! )

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Meet the ladies of Salon Elizabeth, one of Buffalo’s newest (and most lovely) salons! I loved spending time with Laurie and Jodi, and have been lucky enough to have known and worked with Lizzy, the owner, for years now. She’s one of the most sought-after stylists in WNY, and we have crossed paths on many weddings, styled shoots, and more. She’s always got a smile on her face, and is such a joy to spend time with! This past year, she designed and built her own salon from the ground-up. Talk about inspiring!! I was thrilled when she asked me to come capture her story, showcase the salon, and document beautiful portraits of her team, inside the salon and out in the snow! Scroll down to enjoy a tour of the space (including a dreamy bridal suite and gorgeous murals), and meet the Salon Elizabeth squad!

If you’re interested in telling the story of your business, I’d love to help capture it!


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Meet Christine, Tom & sweet little Bentley! We ventured out for their engagement session on an especially chilly afternoon, and they were such troopers (especially down by the waterfront!) We started with a stroll around Hoyt Lake before heading to the Marina, right back to the bench where Tom proposed. They loved that spot because of the views back into the city, and it was a perfect backdrop for their session 🙂 We ended with a warm-up inside one of their favorite date spots, Mezza on Elmwood. I love that they incorporated such special places into their shoot! Much gratitude to them for bearing the windy cold with me, and smiling the entire time; I can’t wait for the wedding day!



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The new year will bring some exciting new offerings for City Lights Studio! I can’t wait to share all of the details 🙂 For now, I’m thrilled to announce that I will be offering photography mentorships and small business coaching, starting in 2017!

I have been asked many times over the years if I would consider doing this, and have always been excited by the idea. Now’s the time, so let’s talk shop! Whether you’re a budding wedding or portrait photographer looking to expand your skill set or a wedding vendor looking for ways to reach your dream clients and turn your passions a full-time career, I’d love to hear from you and learn more about your business goals! This is your year, let’s go get it!

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