When I think of a killer set of wedding photos, I sometimes don't even want to see “WEDDING” all over it. I want to see amazing candids of old friends, tiny moments of ring bearers going rogue, tears in the groom's eyes as he waits at the ceremony, and above all, an AMAZING story told in images. When I think of getting that amazing story? I think of Celia at The Lovely Lens. Here's why Celia is ALL about the moments and not the stuffiness…
Here's what Celia says about her process in capturing the story of the day:
“I tend to think of myself as an anti-wedding-photographer wedding photographer. Confusing, yes. This means when I pick up a camera, I don't see ‘a wedding.' I see color and humor and irony and wackiness. I see people who are unabashedly happy and imperfect, beautiful and goofy, and going through a gushy mess of emotions. I may see awkward dance moves and runny mascara and I believe that stuff is awesome. Because it's touching and it's human and it's real.”
Sure, you'll want some posed shots and you want all your details and hard work captured in photos, and Celia's got it. But the ones that will make you tear up, the ones that you'll frame, the ones you'll capture forever as your social media profile photo? THOSE are the ones that Celia will rock so hard. The memories you never saw coming are the ones that you'll get when you work with Mexico and New York-based The Lovely Lens.
Let's just hear a tiny bit from Celia on why she's absolutely perfect for offbeat weddings and why she'll embrace all your ideas and mutual weirdness:
“I’m a documentary photographer who floats between the journalism and art worlds, wandering country and globe chasing my craft. I love equally telling stories and listening to the stories of others. I’m the type of person who makes up nonsensical musicals for my own amusement. I nurse a soft spot for sci-fi and space, music and dance, strong coffee and vegetable gardens. One of the few things I may love even more than photography is being outside. And food. Always food.”
Moving to MEXICO?!
Wait, did I just say MEXICO and New York-based? Heck yes I did. Celia is moving to Mexico to shoot all of the gorgeous destination and local weddings in the land of sun. Don't worry, though, she'll totally still be capturing weddings in her native New York, but her new primary base will be Mexico City with lots of time spent on the colorful Caribbean coast, too.
But the best part of her move? Since she'll spend a lot of time globetrotting between her homebases, the cost of travel to wherever you are is INCLUDED in her package price! Love her work and want her to come to you? Hit Celia up and make it happen. You totally can have the photographer of your dreams no matter where you are. Or, you know, plan that Caribbean destination wedding and hire her there!
Who loves ya, baby?
I keep extolling the virtue of Celia and The Lovely Lens, but I'm not the only one super into her work. Here are a couple of ultra happy clients-turned-friends…
You were such amazing ninjas, which we appreciated. I barely noticed you all sneaking and slipping around the reception. And yet, in all of our friends' photos you guys are there getting every second! I love it!
You made our day look great, we love the photos, and we loved having fun with you that day and evening. – Erik and Cait
We got our photos and I'm drooling over all of them. They're magical, and bring me right back to the all the amazing moments. Not to mention the party pictures are freaking awesome. We cannot begin to thank you enough for your work and your vision. – Nicole and Terence
I'm in, but is there a promotion?
(Does the Mr. Burns fingers) You know it!
Offbeat Bride reader promo:
Simply mention seeing this post on Offbeat Bride when you reach out to The Lovely Lens and receive 25% off 2019 weddings, and an additional 5% (30% total!) for Offbeat couples already in or headed to Mexico.
Give a holler and let's do this!
So now that you know how amazing Celia is, AND that she'll be wanderlusting all over the country and beyond, AND AND AND you can totally hire here anywhere and get amazing results? What are you waiting for. Go say hello and start planning to love your wedding photos.