I'm inclined to say that I specialize in wedding photography. I mean it makes sense. Shooting couples is my favorite. But photography is this fascinating form of art that presents itself in many different ways and I will never turn down work because it isn't couples. I am constantly feeling uplifted, grateful and fulfilled by all sorts of photo work. I dabble in families, enjoy working with brands, and occasionally shoot more lifestyle imagery of individuals. I even dream of dipping my toes into food photography someday. I'm a believer that as I grow and evolve in this business my work might evolve too, and that's ok by me! So if you aren't getting married but rather have a vision for your shoot that you think that I could bring to life, don't hesitate to reach out.
I live in Portland Oregon with my man and our dog. Just kidding we have no dogs but just you wait, we will. We are new to the area, originally from Seattle, and I am so eager to explore the ins and outs of this city. In my free time you can find me making a mess in the kitchen, testing out a new recipe for my cookbook or hiking anywhere in the PNW with friends. I live for dinner parties and long summer nights. I'm a beer drinker. Especially citrus IPA's. Anyone else? I have a dog problem. Well I don't think it's a problem. But others might. I will cross a bustling street to meet your pooch. Then have a full blown conversation with him/her until my boyfriend friendly reminds me that the owner has a name too and has to get on with their day.
I'm the ultimate empath. I feel all the feels and cry at almost every wedding I shoot. You can also find me crying while editing because reliving significant moments of people's lives just gets me good. I am the kinda person that will go to three different grocery stores to curate my meals for the week. I oddly enjoy grocery stores (tj's, met market, whole foods wasup!) and meal prep. I am the ultimate minimalist and am 100 percent happy having only a few shirts and minimal clutter as it seems to give me more mental space to live life to the fullest. I enjoy traveling but miss my man when I'm gone and hope to book more local weddings in Portland for 2019! If you've read this far, you're a rockstar. I'm so excited you're taking the time to learn about me and can't wait to connect!
I get choked up listening to Macklemore songs or watching YouTube videos of military homecomings. I'm someone who truly cares about the people that surround me and live to create new relationships and strengthen existing ones. I'm the kinda person that makes friends with an 80 year old woman at Trader Joes after talking about which hummus to buy for 20 minutes. And if you check back in weeks later, I've most likely joined her book club or knitting group. I let people in when I'm driving and smile at strangers passing by on the street. I am Alexandra Celia. A gal with a big heart and I'd like to think that shows in the work that I do with both couples, families and individuals.
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.
Most importantly, 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 and spirit. I love to work with couples who trust me and the work I do. I always have your best interest in mind and photos are always better when we can all kick back and enjoy ourselves.
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.
1. i've studied spanish in both cuernavaca, mexico and granada, spain. also spent a summer in tanzania, africa teaching secondary school.
2. i don't like cake.
3. i graduated with a degree in communications from the university of washington.
4. i'm a morning person.
5. i'm extroverted in the sense that i can hold a conversation in a social situation but introverted in the sense that i like my alone time/ don't like to overbook my calendar with social events.
6. my boyfriend and i dream of living in a spanish speaking country when we retire and becoming fluent.
7. i enjoy traveling but in healthy doses. i need my time at home and airports give me anxiety.
8. i've never broken a bone.
9. i'm not very good at makeup. i don't even own eye-shadow or eyeliner. which is honestly ok with me. i feel happier with a more natural vibe.
10. i love to dance. it's pretty much the only reason i'll stay out past 10pm.