i wanted to take a minute & give a little love to all of those who use my photograph for their profile image…check them out & give them a little love…xoxo

sweet kathryn of SNIPPET & INK …i was lucky to photograph kathryn’s beautiful wedding last year, but i just love this clean portrait she chose for her twitter profile page….love this beautiful cover of REVERIE MAGAZINE also used as their twitter profile image….the lovely & wicked smart founder of LOVER.LY uses my photo as her personal twitter profile image KELLEE ….i am also proud to say i am the official LOVER.LY photographer….sweet photographer & mother CAROLINE TRAN….the uber talented & equally kind TWIGS & HONEY…and if you follow the amazing  mr. JOSE VILLA of instagram you’ll see his profile image was taken by me…& congratulations to the simply stunning new mother HILARY DUFF who used my PHOTO of her & her husband as her twitter profile image…& you must check out MINDY WEISS’s beautiful blog, i love her sweet profile image

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messina cover_posthonored to have co-authored THE SILVER LINING, a heartfelt & inspiring book with my beautiful & talented friend HOLLYE JACOBS – a couple of years ago i began photographing HOLLYE as she was navigating the challenges of her breast cancer diagnosis & subsequent treatment – i wanted to do something for her, but i felt helpless- i offered to photograph her as a gesture of friendship – i hoped that i could somehow capture her memories, honor her experiences, and show her how truly beautiful she was in the most unlikely circumstances – i wanted to somehow ease the intensity of the challenges she faced, from chemotherapy to her double mastectomy, to a cup of tea & a good cry, i was there camera in hand – i approached our shoots with the same tenderness i’d bring to a newborn shoot, and with the same enthusiasm i would at a wedding or editorial shoot – the only images i’d ever seen of a mastectomy were clinical (& to add insult to inury,  with bad light) – i wanted to capture the reality of what her body was going through with an artful eye, beautiful light, film and friendship – all the while HOLLYE wrote on her personal blog to keep friends and family apprised of her experiences along the way – her blog THE SILVER PEN went viral – HOLLYE’s story is also a regular feature on THE HUFFINGTON POST – i shared some of these personal images 2 years ago at my WPPI platform presentation (which left many people in tears) – HOLLYE & i were both surprised by the impact our personal project had on those we did not know  - in addition to HOLLYE’s personal story & our photographs, this book is full of practical & relevant information – HOLLYE is a nurse and an educator with extensive knowledge (she is a Pediatric and Adult Palliative Care Nurse and Social Worker with graduate degrees in Bioethics and Child Development) - THE SILVER LINING is our book, part memoir, part practical information with a melange of beautiful photographs and inspiration - what began as a personal project between friends we are now sharing with the world – THE SILVER LINING is for anyone who has been touched by BREAST CANCER -

THE SILVER LINING is available for pre-order now &
will be out in hardback & paper back in march 2014

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the details & planning of a photography workshop takes many moons & minds to plan & come up with the creative concepts that are transformed into a series of (hopefully) breathtaking photo shoots, that are at once an artistic expression of the artists (myself included) who collaborate to create such beauty & also wonderful education oportunities – it was over a year ago that i began working with an incredible group of GEORGIA PEACHES to help me develop that concepts for A LOVELY WORKSHOP in SEA ISLAND, GEORGIA – fashion stylist GINNY BRANCH & floral stylist AMY OSABA & prop stylist BLUE EYED YONDER – working with these creative girls was wonderful -

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GINNY & I spent hours on the phone (girl talk really) about flowers & colors & overall ideas for the photos shoots – one of the first ones we agreed on was something GREEN inspired mixed with the concept of my KISSING TREE – love letters, botanics, leaves, tress, all grounded in a feeling of life & love – BOTANICS – seriously GINNY has the most incredible BOTANICAL PINTEREST BOARD -


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i am obsessed with backdrops – when BLUE EYED YONDER said she could make a BOTANICAL BACKDROP that we could place among the moss laden tress i almost fainted – & then with AMY’s real life florals to ice the already bountiful botanic cake – i was indeed smitten – even after our endless talks & mutual excitement there is no way to describe what it feel like to see a vision come to life – it was truly beautiful – a green field full of old growth trees, dripping in spanish moss & there in the middle of it our BEAUTIFUL BOTANIC BACKDROP – a piece of art born out of girl talk  -

elizabeth messina - botanic backdrop 3this beautiful BOTANIC backdrop will be featured in the next issue of FLUTTER MAGAZINE – so keep an eye out – this is such a sweet & beautiful way to have a backdrop literally anywhere – it would be the perfect photo booth at a wedding or ummmm photo shoot – many thanks to the amazing GINNY BRANCH & AMY OSABA & BLUE EYED YONDER for making my dreams come true – xoxo

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elizabeth-messina-cover-9it is always such an indescribable pleasue to photograph
CLAIRE PETTIBONE’s stunning gowns & this spring in SEA ISLAND
was truly magical – i am honored to to be gracing the cover of the newest
issue of UTTERLY ENGAGED – their is also a beautiful 30 page spread inside -

xoxoxoxo – elizabeth


styling by GINNY BRANCH 

florals by AMY OSABA

props by BLUE EYED YONDER

hair & makeup by
ERIN SKIPLEY & CLAUDIA MEJERLE

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