I'm a contemporary portrait and boutique wedding photographer with a full service studio located in the heart of Montclair, New Jersey. My work has been seen in The Huffington Post, Downtown Magazine NYC, Skyhorse Publishing and featured in various New Jersey publications. I've received Bronze merits in the boudoir and family categories at The Portrait Masters Awards. Last April, I exhibited my collection 'Empower' at the Trend Gallery in Montclair, New Jersey. My second collection will be revealed this April 14th, 2019 with proceeds again benefiting SAVE of Essex County, for tickets click here.
I specialize in magazine style portraits while offering 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 my job to take the pressure off of them 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 and 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.
I provide a high touch level of service using a photojournalistic style. My coverage is limited to a maximum of 4 hours.
"....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 ..."
"My sister and I gifted our mother a Portrait Session for her 50th birthday. It was an absolutely memorable experience for our mom. She not only felt glamorous 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 ..."
"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! ..."
"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! ..."
"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 ..."
"My husband and I made the decision to book Celestina and Juan for our wedding and it was the BEST decision that we made! Celestina is more than just a photographer, she is an artist and GREAT at what she does. We are very fortunate to have had her recommended to us. Celestina captured the most precious moments at our wedding, and we are so pleased with her work. Celestina and Juan were professional, patient, and kind to us through out the entire process. Their presence is warm and inviting, which made it easy for everyone to feel comfortable. This will not be the last time we work with Celestina because there is honestly no one better in this business. Celestina and Juan really delivered over and beyond what we expected, and they will FOREVER be appreciated."
"... We are very fortunate to have had her recommended to us ..."
"Words don't do Celestina justice. Not only was she extremely professional, kind, and knowledgeable, but she is incredibly talented. The pictures are wonderful. She was a total pleasure to deal with and the process was so easy start to finish. Many of my friends used other vendors and had trouble with their arrangements. She had great suggestions that we would have never thought of. You will not be sorry if you use Celestina, and you will wind up with incredible photos to last a lifetime!!"
"... the process was so easy start to finish ..."
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7 Park St Suite 202, Montclair, NJ
Your session fee of $175 includes professional makeup 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 don't have any photos of yourself that you love. You decide which portraits you want to purchase when you see them during your photo viewing and you only purchase what you love. Portraits are sold separately and start at $195.
Winter event is SOLD OUT. For Spring event click here.
Headshot Mini Session events are also offered throughout the year.
Portraits can be taken at a location of your choice. 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. In this 'before and after' family portrait, I show when possible, an example of composite editing which combines multiple photos to create one final legacy portrait.
Session fee of $125 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 $195. Please contact me for further details.
For wedding photography we are a husband and wife team! We book a very limited amount of weddings per year so that we can provide hi-touch, personalized service and spend the time needed to tell your beautiful wedding day story through our photojournalistic images. As I now manage a photography studio specializing in contemporary portraits I also use all my special posing tips to ensure we capture timeless and artistic portraits as well.
Our photography coverage is limited to a maximum of 4 hours. Please contact me for details.
Gift cards can be used towards Studio Portrait sessions that include a professional make-over or towards Location Portrait sessions. 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 beautiful portrait products that will outlive digital files for generations to come. I source from incredible photography labs like Graphi Studio in Italy who handcraft their products with archival prints that have an expected longevity of 100 years (to see one click here). Although I do not sell digital files, I do include a digital copy for the portraits 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 wall prints in various sizes, albums and three types of photography folio boxes that hold matted prints. During your consultation you will be able to see these LUXURIOUS products in person.
"What Is Your Turnaround Time?"
A 4-6 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 (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.