I am Alexandra Celia. Wedding photographer living in Portland Oregon. Lover of candid-human connection. I've been photographing love and weddings for over five years now and occasionally still photograph families and editorial work. In my free time you can find me making a mess in the kitchen, testing out a newest recipe for my cookbook or hiking anywhere in the PNW with my boyfriend or friends. I live for dinner parties, long summer nights, avocados, citrus IPAs, dogs, people with a sense of humor, and creating relationships with couples in love. I'm so happy you've stopped by, I can't wait to meet you!
It's more than just showing up and clicking a button. The most important memories of your life shouldn't be photographed by a complete stranger. I believe that by creating a relationship with my clients I am able to better tell their story. Allowing me to be more of a friend, rather than just a vendor, will put you two at ease and lead to imagery that helps you relive your day exactly how it happened.
From the first moment we meet to the moment I deliver your images (and hopefully even after that) you will be hearing from me. I'm about communication and the personal touches that make a business admirable and unique. I pour my whole heart and soul into helping create the best experience for you, so becoming more than just acquaintances is key!
I'm looking to work with a specific client. This has nothing to do with what you look like or how you dress. This is about attitude, trust and spirit. I love couples who aren't afraid to let loose and just have a good time. If you aren't phased by getting a bit dirty, windblown hair or exploring somewhere new, than we are a good fit.
I try to steer clear of traditional imagery, your love is unique to you and your partner, so let's focus on what sets you apart from the rest. My hope is to create images that reflect your one of a kind relationship. No Pinterest boards, no shot lists. Just you and me, orchestrating something genuine and beautiful together. I shoot through the moments, never putting my camera down, so I can capture every detail of your story. Rather than pose you, I document the moments through the movement and conversation that you and your lover share. If you feel something in my work, if you can see yourself in the type of imagery I have captured, then we are probably a perfect match. I'd love to create with you.
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If you see me at a wedding I'm most likely carrying the brides lipstick in my pocket or moving furniture around to make the perfect portrait opportunity. I'm not just a photographer but a coordinator, a friend, a shoulder to cry on, I like it that way. Some people might say, I'm not getting paid to play those roles but I say life's too short to half ass a job, or a relationship. I want your wedding day, your session to be flawless. Whatever it takes, I'm here for you.
"I cannot say enough good things about Alex. After looking through her website and Facebook page, I knew she had an eye for capturing intimate candid moments. However, my fiancee and I usually look goofy in most of the photos we take. We are not natural posers. But at our engagement shoot with Alex, we were so comfortable and carefree that we forgot we were in front of the camera. We had such a blast with that girl. Then, when we saw the final prints, we were blown away. My god, she is talented. Every single picture perfectly captured us as a couple. We truly looked like the best version of us, which is all we could hope for. Cannot recommend Alex enough!!"
"It was an absolute dream working with Alexandra from start to finish. She's both personable and professional from the minute you meet her. The best part of all though were the pictures of our wedding... they so perfectly transport us back to that amazing day every time we look at them & they are freaking beautiful. If you are considering booking Alex, DO IT! Her knack for capturing raw moments and her attention to detail is unreal."
"Alexandra is so passionate about what she does and she just exudes her positivity and warmth and enthusiasm unto her subjects. She is genuinely complimentary; observing little things that she likes about what you're doing, or when you're feeling uncomfortable, or when you're feeling equally inspired; she just makes you feel good and at ease. She's a perfectionist which means she will always do the job right, from feeling passion in her heart for her work to artful scenery to capturing natural behaviors of her subject to meticulous editing. She's a gem and so silly and fun!! She just wants to make people happy and help them cherish that moment in their lives. That's pretty neat to me!"
I get this concern often but honestly, there is nothing to be worried about. Most couples I work with haven't been in front of a camera since high school senior photos, so nerves are totally normal. Just be yourself! I am constantly giving you direction and encouragement. You will have so much fun you'll forget the camera is even there.
I require a 35% deposit and a signed contract to book but I would love the chance to meet you and chat in person too!
Each one of my couples receives a detailed wedding guide, vendor guide and the chance to meet up with me whenever is needed. I love to help create a custom timeline and give advice about getting ready locations, ceremony set up, and more. Hand edited images, an online password protected gallery with access to high resolution images and ability to purchase prints is also included.
I've had the amazing chance to photograph couples in Oregon, California, Utah, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Mexico and India. I am always ecstatic when a couples decides to bring me along for their elopement, wedding or session.
Portrait sessions start at $650. Elopement packages start at $1,500 (nuptials with less than 16 guests). Wedding packages start at $3,900. Packages, bundle deals and a la carte items are available. Please inquire for specific details and for a more extensive pricing guide.
4-8 weeks for portrait sessions (engagement, family etc.) and 6-10 weeks for weddings. I carefully hand edit each image and tackle each session or wedding in chronological order so I really appreciate your patience!