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Friday, April 14, 2017

Romantic and Fun Philadelphia Couple Portrait Session - Ben Franklin Bridge + Race Street Pier


"All she ever wanted was unpredictable kisses and unforgettable laughter." 

- B. Villasenor

A chance meeting one night turned into a love story through laughter and romance -- and so began Jen and Bill's story. Her effervescent nature and his quiet strength create an inimitable match that shined brighter than the early morning sun during their Philadelphia mini couple portrait session to celebrate the beginning of spring! Capturing these two wonderful people as they explored their favorite part of the city was such an honor. (When Jen asked if I wanted to shoot from their rooftop, I said, yes please and thank you!) The Ben Franklin Bridge in the golden hour of the morning was my favorite back-drop -- now only if I can bottle this sunshine up! Below you'll see that we had Race Street Pier all to ourselves! If you're from Philly, you know that this is a rare sight on a sunny day as the Pier is usually filled with people.

AND... surprise! There is a puppy at the end of this blog post! Because that's what it's really all about: puppies, right? I kid but, yes, Jen and Bill's fur-baby got a little mini-mini portrait session because we just cannot resist four-legged cuteness.

Thank you, Jen and Bill, for sharing your home and your favorite part of Philadelphia with us! 


Now it's time for the puppy bonus! We did a mini-mini portrait session and because puppies are awesome, energetic, and super wiggly, we were so grateful to have Jen and Bill's help to keep this little guy's pose just so.  Isn't he the cutest? Thank you Jen + Bill!

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hello from Celia! / Rodin Museum @ Philadelphia, PA


Hello, friends! I'm Celia! 

There are some new faces around here and it's been a minute since I introduced myself, so I thought I'd share some fun facts about me. But I'd really love to meet YOU -- please tell me a fun little fact, too!

(1) I was named after my great-grandmother who I never met but was told often she was an excellent gardener of peonies! So it's a goal to have a big ol' peony garden someday. 

(2) I'm a photographer based in Philly -- love is my favorite color to capture and I also love to support fellow entrepreneurs, too, with branding and portrait snaps. 

(3) Nerd alert: I'm into sci-fi movies and shows like Interstellar and Stranger Things (cannot wait for season 2!). 

(4) I'm married to an awesome guy who is an architect and photographer, too (hi Charles!). 

(5) We were invited to join friends in... Scotland! Going in May -- Edinburgh here we come! Any recommendations? 

Peace out, my friends! -Celia

(Pic credit: Charles Ragonese)
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Friday, March 31, 2017

Behind the Scenes with Engagement Rings / L Priori Jewelry @ Rittenhouse - Philadelphia PA



Wowee zowee!  I mean, look at these lovely beauties! You're getting a behind-the-scenes peek into some styling fun that I had with two beautiful rings from L Prior Jewelry and a whole lotta options for styling. In this shoot, I used silk ribbon from Nettle Textiles, stationary, a gold-dipped BHLDN ring holder, The Mrs Box, a vintage brass cup, and a lace dress. Oh, and Canon's infamous macro lens. -- bought refurbished, of course -- which is an amazing lens. Soaking these rings in sunlight provided amazing depth to the photos, too. 

Which ones do you like the most, my lovely readers?



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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Engagement Ring - L Priori Jewelry Estate Collection @ Philadelphia PA

Shine bright, shine on | Sunlight + L Priori Jewelry beautiful ring from her Estate Collection + some lace = swoon worthy images. Taking a little time out during the wedding day to capture sparkly details is a big must -- and this lace? It's actually a dress! ;-) And if you're hunting for a ring (engagement or otherwise), go check out L Priori Jewelry in Rittenhouse ASAP.

PS Mucho props to photographers who do macro photos day in and day out! Y'all are superheros.
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Monday, March 6, 2017

Philly Home Girls / Lifestyle Home Photography @ Morton + Springfield, PA

For me, buying a house is different than buying a home. It's not just about the four walls and a roof but where the sunlight comes into the house in the late afternoon; where the marks in the wood tell a story of craftsmanship and life well lived; it's where you feel the weight of the world off your shoulders when you arrive; and it's where you create memories with your family of two or five.

So thankful to work with Philly Home Girls to take part in their lifestyle photo projects that document how their client/friends have turned their new houses into lovely homes. There are so many photos to share but I'll keep you here all day so here are a few vignettes from the day. First up, this amazing home with the coolest wallpaper/lighting/everything...


Onto the next house! Adored this family!


Cute baby bump alert! Love their baby's room!



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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Greetings from Spring! - Petit Jardin en Ville in Old City @ Philadelphia, PA

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” - Pablo Neruda

Greetings from a sunny and warm Philadelphia! It's been a minute, right?

The past two days have given us Philadelphians a respite from winter days and temps with glorious sunny and 70-plus-degree weather. While work has kept me busy these past few weeks (didn't I say something about finding balance this year? HA.), I enjoyed a minute of time in front of Petit Jardin en Ville in Old City while talking on the phone with an old friend, Johanna of The Nomad Collection (seriously, her work is GORGE. Check it.). I'm sure I wasn't annoying at all -- a girl taking pictures in the middle of a busy sidewalk AND on her phone but it was okay because S P R I N G.

So stay tuned for some more work coming up and, in the meantime, enjoy this amazing storefront display straight outta Paris, mes amies!
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Holiday 2016 / 2017 Final Episode - Sarasota Hotels + Oxford Exchange @ Tampa, Florida

Ahhh… It's here. The final episode of all these darn colorful photos that I can't stop myself from sharing. Living in the northeast U.S. has its perks but I admit that Florida and California's sunshine and colors are super addicting. And checking out all the architecture and interior design of all the motels and hotels was like traveling back in time to the '50s and '60s. Above is a teaser image of what's to come further down this post: Oxford Exchange!

First up is the Gulf Beach Resort Motel -- Americana exemplified.
The perks of shooting through bougainvillea also became addicting. 
Next up, another resort with a little charm and character: The Lido Dorset.
Near the hotel, I found these icy blue palm trees and couldn't resist making a few black-and-white photos:


Moving on to a different color palette...

Oxford Exchange in Tampa, which is a 15-minute ride to/from the Tampa airport, was on my hit list after I saw my friend Carly's Instagram  -- check out her awesome wedding services via Carly Is Inspired. There was so much more to photograph than what I did in these photos (and incredible blue chairs that you may have seen in my personal Instagram). But all good things must come to an end and Charles and I had to hit the road to get back to Philadelphia… but not before I snapped a few shots:
I need this light in my life.

Peace out, Florida! 



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