When I first started photography, beauty portraits (modern glamour and boudoir), was the area of photography that I least understood.  Now, it has become one of my favorites not just for the portraits that I get to create, but, for the empowering experiences that I get to share with my beautiful clients.  It's beyond rewarding and I am just truly blessed to meet these amazing women.  Below is one of the most beautiful testimonials that I have ever received that deserves it's own blog...

 

"I was gifted the experience of having a couture shoot with Celestina, and at first I was SCARED! I am a very self-conscious person, and I’ve always been that way, always meeting new experiences with apprehension. Little did I know the couture session would be a blessing in disguise for me! I must have looked at Celestina’s galleries online about 100 times before I sent her an email telling her about myself. I thought, “If this woman is going to take my pictures, I really need to share my insecurities with her because I criticize every single picture that I’m in!” We met in person to talk about the experience that I was about to have, and Celestina was so kind, reassuring, and encouraging. She reiterated to me over and over again that it was normal to feel anxious, but that it was her job to make me look and feel beautiful. On the day of my pictures I still felt so incredibly nervous, but as I got my hair and makeup done, the anticipation began to build and I started to get excited. By this time I felt like Celestina was a friend of mine because we just talked about anything and everything while I was getting pampered. From the first picture to the last she guided me through every step of the way telling me how beautiful I was, and I could tell that she was being genuine and sincere. I left that day feeling a little different, perhaps a little more confident in myself, and I couldn’t wait to see the pictures. The day finally arrived for me to view my pictures... I just stood there with tears streaming down my face because I couldn’t believe that was ME! I learned through this experience that it’s not about what I look like, but how I feel, and my attitude toward myself. Looking back at me in all the pictures was the most confident, carefree version of myself that I had ever seen, and I realized that that is the person I should aspire to be everyday. The couture session with Celestina was so much more than having my picture taken - it was a once in a lifetime experience!"

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