I usually post this kind of thing in December, but then things got busy. Every year, I post images and reflections of the year that has passed because it puts a lot of things into perspective for me. Sometimes when you are starting a business or trying to find your voice in your art you feel like you haven’t accomplished a lot, but I have to say that when I put everything together and look back at the things that I have accomplished that there’s a sense of pride that comes with that. Even putting my video and collage together I realized that just one year ago people barely knew who I was, yet this year I wrote my first online workshop all by myself! I didn’t think I could do it, but I did and I’m proud of it. I also gained new clients, and that’s always good, right?! But you know what else happened in the process? I realized that I had friends and family who believed, and still do believe in me, and I have to be honest that really touched my heart. I had so many people sharing and saying you have to check this girl out and they didn’t have to do that, but they did. So thank you to my clients, my family, friends, and my constant supporters. I appreciate you all. I can’t say see y’all next year, because we are already in 2014 with my late self! So, yeah, thank you from the bottom of my heart. <3
I love how she’s always willing to let me photograph her. Okay, you caught me in little fib, okay a big one! LOL The way the story actually went was I gave her an option. Clean her room or sit for me for a couple of images. So…she sat for a few images. I only took like 10 minutes of her time.
I love shooting personal work because I take more chances with it. I get tired of trying to do things right all of the time. I’m not going to lie, but sometimes I’m afraid to show my work because I have weird expectations of myself. Everything has to be just right, and what if no one likes it, right? Then I have to give myself a big girl talk. It’s okay, just post it girl! So, then I post it and sometimes I get a good reception, and sometimes not much of anything. I don’t know, but I blame social media for this constant need for validation. Hey, did y’all like my fan page? I’m just kidding, sort of.I just want to photograph from the heart. Just shoot what makes me feel something I don’t care if it’s happy, sad, or composed properly, or anything else that we photographers worry about. When people say that they want to create more compelling images I tell them to shoot for themselves, and shoot in a way that you don’t care about showing it to others. Stop worrying about what others think because I can guarantee you that some will like it and there will be others that won’t, and that’s okay. You know how when you do things when no one is looking because that’s who you really are and it’s what you like to do? I think of it like when I like to dance in the dressing room when my pants fit. I do the you see me looking good dance.That’s the kind of shooting that you should do. Shoots, that’s the kind of shooting that I need to do more of too, know what I mean?
Okay, I’m stepping down from my soapbox, plus my husband is tired of hearing me sing. He asked me if I was okay, yeah I’m okay…I’m singing!
I closed out my 2013 mini session with this family. I photographed their eldest daughter the year before, so it was nice to see them all again and they had a new addition too!
This was such a easy going session. That dog is super cute, right??? It was like he was saying “hey, Celeste, take my pictures, you’re awesome!” Okay, okay, maybe he isn’t really saying that but in my mind he was.
Yeah, so I was off, she was off, and we went up Philly for cheesesteaks, and walking. Oh, and an impromptu photoshoot. LOL
When mom contacted me and said “It’s time for pictures again.” I thought great, they want to come back. LOL It’s always nice when people come to you year after year to capture their family’s memories. Last year was my first time meeting them so when we met up again it was like seeing friends that I hadn’t seen in a while. You know what else is nice about seeing families year after year? Well, it’s seeing the kids grow up. Me and the girls were like shoulder to shoulder this year.
It’s always a nice compliment when you have a photographer contact you for a session, and it also makes me a bit nervous. They came from New Jersey, so that was extra pressure too!
They were such a fun family, and that little girl of theirs had the most beautiful eyes, and…she kept me on my toes. She was so fun! Check out mom’s work!
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed photographing this young woman. When her mom contacted me she told me that her daughter didn’t want to go to anyone else. She wanted me to do her senior pictures. Talk about pressure! So, last month they came up from Virginia, and we did a 5 hour shoot. She wanted to incorporate everything that symbolized who she is right now, and that was a lot. She’s a dancer/fashionista/fun girl all in one.
Don’t forget to check out her slideshow. Oh, and one more thing…Regan, can I have that dress? Okay, thanks, bye! <3
I’m always photographing kids, so it’s a nice little change when I get to photograph couples. Most couples haven’t had a formal portrait session since their wedding day, so it’s nice when I get a couple who wants to have updated pictures.
These two were one of my first paying clients, and guess what…they came back! It was nice to see them together again. The fun thing about photographing couples is that I get to sit back and watch and document how they interact with one another. You can really see how much they love one another. <3
So, when this family stepped out of the car I think my heart skipped a beat. Seriously, I should name this post what to wear for a family photo session, because mom did a great job putting their wardrobe together. It was nice hanging out with this family and being able to capture them. I just adored the girls. They were so sweet, and of course fashionable.
Here are just a few. <3