There are no shortcuts to a success but when the work is rewarding, shortcuts are not needed.
And you love what you do but you're here because you don't quite love all your images... The process of creating images should be just as rewarding as the work that you do.
Maybe this is your first time planning a photography session or perhaps you’re coming back for a rebrand -- but you definitely need images that
reflect your brand and your story.
If you work with me, you'll stand out because your images will reflect you -- not anyone else. Maybe the process seems intimidating or maybe you're worried about being photogenic (you are!) or maybe you're afraid it'll cost t0o much. Whatever the worries are, I'm here to help you plan your session and create honest and uplifting images. After five years of doing this, I know just how to help you.
have you curated a mood board for the photo session? how will your photos be unique to you?
what are the images for? social media, a website, or a launch? is there a due date in mind? and do you know your ideal client?
what is your budget? are you working with a team and do they know your specific visual brand and goals?
have you defined the goal of the photo session? and have you thought about the story you'd like to tell with your images?
Every photo session has a goal. This list of questions is meant to help you think about the outline of your photo session so you are fully prepared for your next -- or first -- photoshoot. Photo sessions can be like making a cocktail or a mocktail. You need your base, your complimentary flavors, your garnish, and the appropriate glass.* Here's a quick question list to make sure you have all the ingredients in place for a successful photoshoot. Saddle up and take notes:
*Yep, I used to bartend. I can still make a drink... just don't ask me to make those 15 ingredient cocktails! ;)
"As soon as I found Celia's blog and IG, I knew I wanted to work with her. Celia's style is approachable, detail-oriented, and committed to excellence. We prepared for the session through a prep call and mood boards, so we could make the most of our time together. On the day of the session, Celia helped me feel comfortable, even though I am not always relaxed in formal photography. She was reassuring and patient, offering strategies to help me share my authentic self. She has the unique ability to laugh with you, and take her business and work seriously. Celia listened thoughtfully to what I wanted to accomplish and helped make more beautiful images than I dreamed of. Her photos show my true energy and tell my story. Already looking forward to our next session."
"I worked with Celia on fitness photo shoot and it was such a pleasure from beginning to end. She was very clear of not only her offerings but also how she was able to bring my vision to life. Although it was our first time shooting together (and will not be our last) she made me feel like we had been friends for years. Celia truly has a passion for her craft, and it shows in her meticulous attention to detail and fun loving spirit."
"Celia is absolutely fantastic! My first shoot with her was a solo lifestyle shoot and I was a mess (I am so awful at "candid" shots!) Celia was so reassuring, friendly and patient. She was such a pleasure to work with I have continue to shoot with Celia - engagement photos (twice!) and next up, wedding! She is so caring and invested and really goes above and beyond. Her attention to detail is unparalleled and she always seems to be 10 steps ahead and prepared for anything. Type A's take note, if you work with Celia you can relax...she's already thought of it. She maintains professionalism at all times while still managing to make the shoot fun. Ultimately we opted to have Celia shoot our wedding because working with her feels like spending time with an old friend who just happens to take gorgeous photos."
"Celia was an absolute joy to work with! I needed branding photos taken for my new online business and after one look at her work, I knew I had to work with her. She made the process so seamless, especially since it was my first time getting photos taken, and I didn't have to think about a thing. She coached me on posing and even gave me a few tips on taking my own photos. The photos turned out amazing and I can't wait to use them on my website and social media! HIGHLY recommend Celia...you won't be disappointed!"
Celia is absolutely wonderful to work with. Celia obviously has an innate talent and eye for photography. But what's even more amazing is her ability to put you at ease during the shoot. Celia made me feel relaxed and comfortable, even when we were standing in the middle of Rittenhouse Square in front of lots of people! Celia also gave me lots of great tips about what to wear (or not wear), how to prepare for the day, and what to bring. It was SO helpful! I've worked with other photographers before, and they didn't give that level of detail. Last, but perhaps most important to me, Celia produced the most STUNNING photographs for me. I use them on my website, in my social media posts, and for all of my branding. Somehow, she perfectly captured me in the most authentic way and she presented my brand exactly as I wanted it to appear. I couldn't recommend Celia more no matter what type of business you have.
"I'm pretty photo shy (convinced that I never look in pictures like I look in real life), but Celia made me feel totally comfortable and got some amazing pictures that I will use for years to come! I would recommend her for any occasion."
"Celia is an AMAZING photographer! She does the headshots for all of the therapists in our practice and they all come out looking unbelievable! We are so grateful that we found her!"
"Celia is one of the sweetest photographers I've ever had the pleasure of meeting and working alongside, and I cannot recommend her highly enough!"
"Working with her is an inspiring creative experience that will make you want to collaborate again....and maybe just hang out as well."
“Celia is easy to work with and produces excellent work. I especially love the quality of light in her work. She's my go-to for portraits now, no question!"
"I worked with Celia, and it couldn't have been easier. She has a great work space, and the photos that she took and edited were fantastic. I highly recommend working with her."
"I adored my experience with working with Celia! She is so sweet, has a high attention to detail and is all around awesome. I highly recommend!"
Your goals to communicate and brand effectively are my goals, and I'd love to help you knock the socks off of your target audience. Receiving my master's of science in communication management refined field skills, and all of this expertise will be an advantage for you to help develop your brand story in one photo session.
When you and I work together to capture your day, your life, or your story, we'll feel like old friends who have known each other for awhile. We'll collaborate creatively and we'll honor each other's process. I'm here for you and would like to learn more about your artistic vision and make it come to life with images you love.
and dances on the floor and walls, special touches that let people know exactly why the space is for them -- all of that comes to life through photography. Whether you are telling the story of a residential home or a workspace or something in between like a studio, I'd love to capture your space.
Interior spaces have their own story to tell in the details of the woodwork, the way rooms are connected, where the visual point-of-focus resides, how people inhabit the areas, and so many more ways. Telling the story of a space involves a micro and macro perspective. Looking at the vignettes, the way the light comes into a room...
Interior spaces have their own story to tell in the details of the woodwork, the way rooms are connected, where the visual point-of-focus resides, how people inhabit the areas, and so many more ways. Telling the story of a space involves a micro and macro perspective. Looking at the vignettes, the way the light comes into a room and dances on the floor and walls, special touches that let people know exactly why the space is for them -- all of that comes to life through photography. Whether you are telling the story of a residential home or a workspace or something in between like a studio, I'd love to capture your space.
with both natural light and studio lighting. This lighting combo allows keeps the style similar but lets you choose which images you like the most. For non-traditional portraits, I like to create a mood and look that offers a more artistic moment that shows your magic the most.
Making sure your online persona matches your IRL (in real life) vibe is a goal with my headshots and portraits. Being practical yet creative is always a combination that stands the test of time while keeping your image fresh. For standard headshots, I focus on the upper torso and camera-aware and camera-unaware portraits
Making sure your online persona matches your IRL (in real life) vibe is a goal with my headshots and portraits. Being practical yet creative is always a combination that stands the test of time while keeping your image fresh. For standard headshots, I focus on the upper torso and camera-aware and camera-unaware portraits with both natural light and studio lighting. This lighting combo allows keeps the style similar but lets you choose which images you like the most. For non-traditional portraits, I like to create a mood and look that offers a more artistic moment that shows your magic the most.