rowena crest family session in the gorge

dege peak family session at mt. rainer

sullivan's Island Family session

Hey! I'm Alexandra Celia - a family photographer based in Portland, Oregon. I'm here to make your session easy and fun. I photograph genuine moments, in a timeless way, with an artistic flare + provide support in all areas leading up to your session.

Worried about feeling awkward in front of the camera? I ease nerves by talking you and your family through movements and am not scared to speak up and give direction. I photograph my clients in the same way I would want to be photographed; intentionally with my full heart, keeping your best angles in mind. 

Feeling overwhelmed with picking out an outfit or spot for your session? I'm here to be a resource for you. My location recs are endless and you are always welcome to shoot me a text with questions. I'm the gal carrying around snacks for your kid and rolling around in the grass with your youngest. I'm here to make your session relaxing and carefree.

I'm here for you.

I can meet you at a park and shoot for just an hour. That's definitely an option if you are uninterested in shooting for an extended period of time. But to be 100 percent transparent, most of the family sessions you see here are a result of families giving me a good chunk of their time. You can find me eating dinner with families, spending the first 30 minutes of our sessions just getting to know one another, rolling on the ground with the kids, feeding their chickens, making art with them. 

Family dynamics are so unique and so sacred that sometimes I have to be invited in on a deeper level for a chance to really capture the true essence of a family. Family photos can be an actual experience, or maybe an actual day in the life of and I'm just there, partaking in their day, camera by my side, waiting for moments to unfold naturally. 

The reason these sessions work so well is because it takes the pressure off the kids to perform. No matter the age, I never really experience temper tantrums. Kids enjoy having a new guest there to play, and once they've had a chance to relax and get into their element, they forget why I am really there. 

With that said, I am open for mini sessions, adventurous family hikes, park and in home sessions. I am also happy to create custom packages for you and your family. Just email me and we can chat details!

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