My style is to be there for you as a friend and as a photographer during your session and chase the golden hour light for relaxed, gorgeous portraits. Every couple has a special story to tell. One that's unique to them. I'd love to capture your photos and your session as you envision it. Let's pencil in a date to chat about what you two need -- I'd love to hear your story.
If you're a stylish, artistic, and in-love couple looking for an experienced, down-to-earth wedding and anniversary photographer who is inspired by film-like colors, classic black-and-white images, and has an elegant touch to natural light photography -- but you also love candid moments -- then you're in the right place.
"Oh Celia, and Charles- where do I begin?! Before starting my review, I want everyone to know my fiance and I met with three photographers before meeting Celia. We were having difficulty finding the right person who wasn't there to sell us on the latest and greatest. We wanted a photographer who we could trust to be our right hand and have our day at their best interest- ENTER Celia. I found Celia while scrolling through Instagram and reached out. From day one, she was incredible. Celia is the perfect amount of "type A" and "just go with it." She is down to earth, personable, kind, focused and honest -- a true gem. Her husband, Charles, shoots with her. Their relationship is encouraging to all getting married. They are supportive of one another and make the perfect team. I booked Celia after our first conversation and she began planning with me the next day. She coordinated the best engagement shoot in our favorite beach town, and incorporated events close to our hearts. Celia kept me in line and crossed all her t's and doted her i's BEFORE the wedding day began. The entire day went without a hiccup. **She even drove up two hours away to the town our wedding would be held in, two days before the wedding to scope out the best blooms for our pictures** I cannot say enough good about these two. One of the reasons I am sad that our wedding is over is because I miss planning with Celia! - I hope she knows that regardless of her being a "wedding photographer," she is on-call for all future major family events. We have such respect for these two!"
"Look no further for your wedding photographer! Celia went above and beyond my expectations of a photographer, and I am so so happy I chose her to help capture our big day. First and foremost, she is very on top of communication. She is also so organized.. and as a bride I really appreciated that. She goes to great lengths to make sure she gets to know you and your fiance, understand your overall theme, help with establishing a timeline, and just set your mind at ease for the big day. The weeks leading up to the wedding we spent a great deal of time making sure the timeline worked for everyone, and when the day arrived, I wasn't as worried about rushing from place to place. Her and her second photographer, Charles, are also just genuine and warm people. They both set everyone in my wedding party at ease and had us laughing the entire day. Celia was easily able to manage a large group of people and all of my friends and family couldn't stop singing their praises about how well she handled the whole day. Honestly, I could go on and on about her and her husband, but I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. Thank you again Celia!!!"
"Celia and her husband played such a pivotal role in making our wedding day the best day ever. From the moment we connected with her, I knew she and her husband Charles, were the perfect photographers for us. Celia is genuine, kind, patient, and focused; her husband perfectly compliments her as well. Taking advice from her own wedding, she immediately gave us a sense of calmness among the hectic planning that weddings go through. Without hesitation, Celia worked with us to fit everything we needed into our budget, and was so involved in making sure our timeline was perfectly laid out to capture everything we desired. When our big day arrived, we felt so prepared knowing we had Celia to help us stay on track. She and Charles accommodated every unexpected detail we ran into with true grace, and helped keep us calm through the entire day. Celia has the perfect airy feel in her photography style that gave us a fairytale view into our wedding day, and we cannot stop looking at our pictures! They are timeless and we will forever cherish Celia and Charles for capturing the exact feeling our wedding day exuded. Everyone at our wedding couldn’t help but praise how amazing our photographers were the day of. We are extremely grateful we were able to work with Celia, and would high recommend anyone looking for a perfect photographer to immediately book Celia. Anyone able to work with her and Charles are so lucky and it will be one of the easiest and best decisions they have to make!
From the moment I saw Celia's pictures online, I knew she was the photographer for us! Hiring Celia as our wedding photographer was the easiest decision we made during the wedding planning process. Celia was genuine, engaging and truly interested in learning about my husband and me, and which moments of the day were important to both of us to have her capture. This thoughtfulness and caring carried on throughout the whole process and truly shone through in her pictures. We were lucky enough to have an engagement session with Celia prior to the big day, which was invaluable. I have never felt so relaxed getting my picture taken! Celia provided a comprehensive photo timeline which we were able to use as a guide to plan out our entire day, ensuring that everything ran on time, and allowed for us to hit those golden hour moments for unforgettable couple shots after the ceremony. I have never seen my family looking as relaxed, smiling and all with their eyes open, as they did in the shots Celia and Charles took. What an achievement! They were incredible, making their way around and capturing everything without us even realizing! And the pictures themselves. Oh, the pictures! They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and Celia is a true storyteller. Words don't even begin to describe the feeling of reliving your most special day through a fresh perspective and the most beautiful of pictures. Seeing your favorite people captured in memorable moments forever is just breathtaking. My husband and I, in that moment where we made the most meaningful of commitments to each other, with everyone we love looking on. The feelings of pure love and friendship that resonated from our guests during our first dance that could be felt though the pictures. We laughed, cried and smiled our way though them all. What a truly incredible gift Celia gave to us with her pictures. We are extremely thankful and honored to have had the opportunity to work with Celia. Any couple that has the chance to work with Celia would be very lucky indeed!"
“From the moment I met Celia to talk about the possibility of her shooting my wedding I felt like she really listened to what I wanted and picked up on my vision right away. Celia gives perfect instructions and has an amazing eye for details. Her style and ability to capture candid and natural moments provide effortless and beautiful photos for every important moment, planned and unplanned. I can’t say enough great things about them and the job they did for our wedding and engagement shoot. The wedding timeline Celia and I worked on together provided me with a plan for my entire wedding. Her work is flawless, natural, stunning, fun and a perfect combination of edited and candid.”
"We could not have been happier with Celia Ragonese Wedding Photography! At every step of the way, Celia did an amazing job communicating with us to make sure we were on the same page with regards to what we wanted as well as her own ideas. The final result was photos more gorgeous than we'd dreamed of, as well as a process that was both fun and meaningful. On the day of the wedding, Celia and Charles really helped make things run smoothly. When we finally saw the photos they took, it was a revelation to see the day again from a new perspective: they captured the spirit of the event, the aesthetics of the place, and the personalities of our guests. Our families felt the same way, and Celia has been great subsequently about answering their questions about ordering photos (which have been in high demand!). Thanks to both Celia and Charles for an amazing experience, and for documenting our wedding day. Celia is a consummate professional, but also generous in spirit, and along the way there were many moments she went above and beyond with small touches that ended up making all the difference. We'd recommend her to anyone!"
"My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Celia for a one year anniversary shoot at our home and around Old City, Philadelphia. From the second we started working with Celia, she made sure we were extremely comfortable with every step of the process. She gave us fun ideas about how to incorporate memories from our wedding day to make the shoot really special. Celia made us feel really comfortable in front of the camera. She even brought us an anniversary gift! Celia is an extremely talented photographer and kind person! I'm so glad we worked with her on these anniversary photos that we'll cherish forever."
“Celia captured our special moments through her creative lens throughout our day and created the most beautiful photos of our wedding. It didn’t matter who it was - our wedding planner, hair/makeup team, drunk friends on the dance floor, and most importantly, our moms, Celia connected and engaged well with everyone. She made everyone feel at ease, and found the most beautiful opportunities for shots. She made the entire experience truly enjoyable for us, as well as our friends and family. While always in the background, Celia was ever present with catching our loving moments and engaging friends and family to capture theirs. She’s an amazing woman, photographer, and now, a friend.”
"Celia (and her second shooter/husband Charles) shot our engagement pictures, and we loved the photos/experience so much we immediately asked to book her for our wedding. They are some of the kindest people I have known, and make you feel like friends immediately. Throughout the entire planning process, Celia made us feel like she was as excited about our big day as we were, with her constant communication, or a kind note and thoughtful gift. She provided us with (so many) bright, light-filled photos that we are so happy with, and that captured the beauty of our wedding day perfectly. She is organized, professional, proactive, polite, and fun. We truly enjoyed the quality of the photos we received, as well as going through this experience together - I highly recommend Celia (and Charles)!"
"Celia reminds us that wedding photography is about documenting a day that will be in your family archives - and she does it beautifully. The first thing you notice about her photos are the artistic color and light, and then after planning and working with Celia, you are so thankful for her project management / communication skills to keep timelines rolling and photo lists checked. She (and Charles!) are everything you need in a wedding photographer / visionary, professional, and fun to hang out with! Pary and I are so thankful to have gotten to know Celia and Charles in this way and look forward to finding another reason to hangout - with or without cameras."
"Photography was one of the first vendors we booked and after speaking with Celia it was a no-brainer that we wanted her for our special day. From our engagement shoot, to creating our timeline, to the big day everything was such a breeze! Celia was always professional, organized, timely, and most importantly fun! The timeline Celia made for us was amazing and such a huge help for both other vendors and ourselves. The day of, Celia and Charles made everything so perfect- we never felt rushed and we were able to get all the amazing shots we wanted! Our families, friends, and other vendors all commented how wonderful Celia and Charles were- both their kindness and professionalism shines through! Our pictures turned out even better than we could have imagined! Every single picture is beautiful and it was so hard to pick our favorites to hang up around our house. Celia was SO FAST getting our photos back to us which we were so thankful for! You can't beat getting sneak peeks in under 24 hours and your full album in two weeks! We are forever grateful for getting to share our special day with Celia and Charles. If you are looking for a photo team that is fun, down-to-earth, and create beautiful light and bright photos... then look no further!"
pure joy when couples have their photos taken (without the wedding day stress), that I'm strongly convinced every couple should have at least one anniversary session to remember. Whether you're just married or in a long-term partnership, there's never a bad time to get images taken to celebrate your journey together.
If it's been a hot minute since the two of you had photos taken, I'd love to chat with you about an anniversary session. We'll plan an easy and fun session that highlights the story of how you two came together and celebrate you as a couple.
As an Philadelphia anniversary photographer since 2017, I've seen so much joy when couples have their photos taken (without the wedding day stress), that I'm strongly convinced every couple should have at least one anniversary session to remember. Whether you're married or in a long-term partnership, there's never a bad time to get images taken -- it's always a good idea...
If it's been a hot minute since the two of you had photos taken, I'd love to chat with you about an anniversary session. We'll plan an easy and fun session that highlights your love story and celebrate you as a couple. As a Philadelphia anniversary photographer since 2017, I've seen so much happiness, serenity, love, and, well,
As a Philadelphia wedding photographer since 2015 who specializes in intimate ceremonies, vow renewals, and elopements, these moments are special to capture and deserve only the very best. Whether you love tradition or forging your own path, your love story will be told authentically.
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 I'm here for the two of you. I would love to learn more about your artistic vision for your intimate wedding and make it come to life with images you love forever