The Lovely Lens
You're gettin' hitched (YaaY!), but you’re not super into the idea of the overly-manicured wedding. A+ for you, because this is not your grandma’s wedding photography.
I'm Celia, and I tend to think of myself as an anti-wedding-photographer wedding photographer. Confusing, but hear me out. I’ve never been crazy about the wedding photography industry (which is quite a beast). But I DO love love. And pretty things. And making art. When I peer through the lens, I don't just see a wedding. I see humor and irony and quirks and texture and color. I see people who are geeking out, goofy, nervous, unabashedly happy, imperfect and going through a gushy mess of emotions. Which doesn’t mean that I don’t love a good portrait (they’re actually my favorite). It just means I approach them differently. And it means I don’t shy away from shooting awkwardly embarrassing dance moves and runny mascara because I believe that sh*t is human and real and are the actual details that matter.
I float between the journalism and art worlds, and split my time between Mexico and New York. I love telling stories as much as I love listening to the stories of others. I’m the type of person who makes up musicals for my own amusement and nurses a soft spot for sci-fi and a fantasy. If I’m not shooting, I’m usually dancing. Or cooking. It’s possible I may have a baking problem and try to mitigate the damage by forcing the goods on friends.
There’s a long list of why I love to shoot weddings and continue to work in this world. But more than anything, I think it’s because I believe weddings are some of the last remaining spaces that are truly free of cynicism and fear. They offer a refuge for the hope that may be difficult to summon otherwise, and all the aspirations we hold so dear. They are a brave statement in the world, and that’s worth a lot these days.
How I cater to offbeat weddings
Everyone is offbeat. I truly believe we all have our quirks, and if we’re bold enough to listen to them, weddings can be the ultimate reflection of our personalities (and also a hell of a good party). I was attracted to a career of storytelling because I’m eternally fascinated by people and understanding the things that make them who they are. Marriage is one of the few rites of passage that we socially construct, and as such can be an amazing window into our individual and collective selves.
I want to hear about your hopes and schemes, your fears of your crazy aunt getting a bit too sloshed, your wacky design ideas or themed party obsessions or how you’re going to incorporate your pet iguana into the ceremony. I love it all.
"We got our photos and I'm drooling over all of them. They're magical, and bring me right back to the all the amazing moments. Not to mention the party pictures are freaking awesome. We cannot begin to thank you enough for your work and your vision." ~ Nicole and Terence
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