I was once an accountant with a creative soul who hobbied and studied photography for years. Now, I'm a contemporary portrait photographer with a studio located in Montclair, New Jersey. My work has been seen in The Huffington Post, Downtown Magazine NYC etc. and featured in various local publications. 2019 - 2021, my studio won Gold for Best Photographer in the Suburban Essex, Best of Essex Readers' Choice Awards contest. 2021, I received a Silver merit, 6th place, for a portrait in the International Portrait Masters Awards. In 2018 & 2019, I exhibited my collections 'Empower' (to see one of the exhibits click here). My last exhibit 40 Over 40 - "I Am" was on display during Women's History month at Hillside Square Gallery (go to blog).
I specialize in magazine style portraits while focusing on an authentic and empowering experience. My clients often claim they are not photogenic and are generally nervous or shy when they first start. However, it is completely my responsibility to take the pressure off by guiding, posing and artistically lighting them so that they can just focus on having fun. By the end of the shoot they are owning it! I get to capture this beautiful transformation and create legacy portraits with luxurious portrait products that my clients and their families can treasure for generations to come.
I invite you to a photo shoot with me to see yourself in a whole new light and to have portraits of yourself that you love. Thank you for visiting, I look forward to hearing from you!
not just in my work, but, also in my space ensuring that it is a warm, clean and intimate environment for all my clients.
pampering and professional make-overs which can be enjoyed on your own or with your loved ones.
was taken over 50 years ago in Japan. This portrait traveled across the pacific ocean to me and is one of the reasons why I specialize in what I do...
in my skills. In May 2018, I traveled to Castle Ceconi in Pielungo, Italy and with 24 other photographers from around the world participated in a workshop with Sue Bryce.
"Celestina is a beautiful person and amazing photographer. I absolutely hate getting my picture taken and was nervous to say the least. From the minute I walked in to her studio she made me at home and so comfortable, I felt like I was with an old friend. She is so knowledgeable and confident in what she does that you can't help but feel confident too. By the end of the photo shoot I not only felt confident but revived! It was such a beautiful and fun experience and I would highly recommend Celestina to anyone wanting not only gorgeous pictures but an amazing experience. She will definitely be my go to photographer from now on."
"... I not only felt confident but revived! ..."
"It was an absolutely memorable experience for our mom. She not only felt glamorous dressed in gorgeous outfits and make-up but she felt so much at ease getting photographed by Celestina. She has this aura about her that makes you feel comfortable from the beginning to the very end of the process. She knows how to enhance ones features and guide them throughout so the client gets the most out of the experience and has fun doing so as well. The photographs brought tears to our mothers' eyes because she felt beautiful during the shoot and that reflected in the images. Thank you Celestina for an amazing experience, our mother couldn't have been happier.."
"... The photographs brought tears to our mother's eyes ..."
"....I just stood there looking at my portraits 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 portrait session with Celestina was so much more than having my picture taken - it was a once in a lifetime experience!"
"... it was a once in a lifetime experience ..."
"Celestina made my Boudoir day PERFECT from our first meeting! Make up, hair-what girl doesn't like to be pampered! Celestina made my photo shoot session so comfortable, her use of nature lighting is outstanding, my photos are stunning! The BEST moment was after my husband saw the photos! After we left Celestina's studio he said "As soon as she calls to say the photos are ready-get there!" That's a happy husband! Happy surprise for our 30th anniversary! Thank you Celestina!"
"... The best moment was after my husband saw the photos! ..."
" ... A photo shoot with Celestina was by far the most exciting and empowering experience of my life ... I had the absolute time of my life. Celestina’s professionalism, talent, direction, and attention to detail ... resulted in a product that had me speechless, crying with joy, elated, and in utter disbelief that it was me. Celestina's kindness, warmth, and incredibly fun energy is infectious; I left her studio with my adrenaline pumping and the most aggressive smile tattooed on my face ... She captured something that I did not know existed, and when I put my trust in her, she took care of me through and through. I have been shouting from the rooftops about Celestina because of the true impact she had on my life ..."
"... had me speechless, crying with joy, elated and in utter disbelief ..."
"We recently used Celestina for our engagement photos, and it was a great experience from start to finish. Once our date was booked, she FaceTimed with us to get a sense of what we were wanting to accomplish, which was a nice touch... We scouted the neighborhood we wanted ahead of time, but Celestina found great spur-of-the moment locations & backdrops that we loved, and she had an impeccable eye for using natural light in the shots. We were hoping for some great proofs, but everything we got far exceeded our expectations. We ordered more photos than our initial package had allotted, since there were too many photos we could not live without. We’d highly recommend her for any couples looking for engagement/wedding photos!"
"... everything we got far exceeded our expectations ..."
"Celestina, our portraits came out amazing! We are thrilled to say the least. Brianna is redesigning her beauty room and Donna and I are still deciding on a perfect place for ours. The whole experience was more than one could imagine, your studio, your talent, your photos and most of all "DARLING YOU". You made our three generations photo shoot a special day for all!"
"... The whole experience was more than one could imagine ..."
"My recent boudoir photo shoot with Celestina was a wonderful and exhilarating experience. Her cozy and intimate studio environment made the experience very comfortable and fabulous. She was very patient and had creative and unique ideas, great props, and beautiful fabrics to incorporate into the shoot. I was blown away when I received my boudoir photographs. Each image is beautiful, sensual and intriguing and exude a very tasteful and refined style!"
"... I was blown away when I received my boudoir photographs ..."
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Your session fee of $225 includes a professional makeup application and hair styling as well as the photoshoot time. You get to wear multiple outfits so that you can create different looks whether for social media, photos for your partner, gifts for your family or just because YOU want to enjoy an experience you will never forget and have photos of yourself that you will love. You decide which portraits you want to purchase when you see them during your portrait reveal and you only purchase what you love. Portraits are sold separately and start at $475. To see one of my beautiful portrait products click here.
To view a behind the scenes video of one of my portrait sessions click below.
If you are looking for artistically crafted headshots to use for your website, social media etc. I offer a Mini Business Portrait Package. This can take place in my studio or on location of your choice (e.g. outdoors, your office or place of business etc.).
Portraits at your place of business - 'environmental' portraits are recommended if you would like to share images of your space so that potential clients can better imagine what their experience may be like if/when they meet with you. For further details, please contact me.
UPDATE: Check out the Event section for the next Headshot Event!
Portraits can be taken at a location of your choice (e.g. outdoors, your home etc). I creatively edit and retouch the photographs as I want to produce legacy portraits that you can proudly display and treasure for years to come.
Session fee of $225 includes a personalized photo shoot with travel and transportation of equipment to a location < 15 miles. Additional fees apply for locations greater than 15 miles. Portraits are sold separately and start at $475. Please contact me for further details.
Due to popular demand, this regularly SOLD OUT Makeup & Headshot event is taking place a few times throughout this year! Refresh your website or social media headshot with an artistically crafted and edited image. These one hour event sessions include a professional make-up touch up and takes place on a Sunday. There are only SIX sessions available per event! For details and to register see event links below. For a behind the scenes video click here.
2022 Sunday Headshot Events:
May 22nd: This event is SOLD OUT
June 12th: Click here for more details and to book!
Gift cards are available for those who wish to gift not only luxurious portrait products but a memorable and empowering experience! Gift cards are for a dollar amount only. For a custom amount, please contact me to place your order.
Gift cards will be shipped within one business day. Gift card value will appear on gift card. Gift card will not be replaced for lost or stolen cards.
"i'm not photogenic"
Photogenic is just COMFORTABILITY in front of the camera which is completely MY responsibility. I will guide you and take the pressure off of you so that you can just focus on having fun!
"i need to lose a few pounds"
So many of my clients feel this way. Not only do I guide you, but, I will pose you, artistically light you and capture you at the most flattering angles. Those few pounds will not make a difference, TRUST me.
"i'm too old"
Whether you're having a portrait session with your loved ones or empowering yourself with a session for you, EVERYBODY deserves an experience like this at least once in their life. One day, your loved ones will look for photos of you, what will they find?
"i only need digital files"
I create LEGACY portraits to enjoy and treasure with luxurious, archival portrait products that will outlive digital files for generations to come. I source from incredible photography labs with products that have an expected longevity of 100 years (to see one click here). However, if my clients prefer to purchase digital files I do offer a 4 image minimum package. Please note, I do include a digital copy for all portrait products that you purchase.
"i can't afford it"
I work with clients of all different budgets. I accept credit cards and offer simple payment plans. In addition, there is no minimum purchase or hard sell. I only want you to purchase portraits that you deem PRICELESS that you can not live without.
"What Products Do You Offer"
I offer archival canvases and framed wall prints in various sizes, beautiful albums and a folio box that frames and hold matted prints. During your in studio consultation (or portrait session) you will be able to see these LUXURIOUS products in person.
"What Is Your Turnaround Time?"
A six week turnaround time from point of contact to delivery of portrait products would be ideal as we start with a consultation. However, I have also worked with clients with shorter time frames. If you are on a deadline please get in touch and we will see what we can do!
"Do I Have To Have A Makeover?"
The makeover is a great start to calm the nerves and enjoy some PAMPERING. Whether your goal is to just enhance or to bring on the glam, you're in excellent care with my carefully selected stylists. However, I also love to photograph women naturally with no makeup as well. It's completely up to you!
"Who Can I Bring With Me?"
You're welcome to bring anyone with you to get photographed including furry loved ones (rates etc. are all detailed in an info PDF that you'll receive). Whether you enjoy a portrait session for yourself or maximize and have loved ones join for a portion of your portrait session, we CUSTOMIZE your experience for you.
We are OPEN and have protocols in place consistent with NJ Department of Health and CDC directives and still continue to follow mask protocals. The professional makeup and hair artists 'double' masks and wears disposable gloves when applying makeup. The studio has high 15'+ ceilings and only 1 client is in the studio at a time.