From my Pentax K1000 film camera that I had as a high school student to being in the dark room to scanning prints in a computer lab late at night in college, storytelling was my constant.
Based in Philadelphia with roots in New England (and a love for the desert in California), I specialize in lifestyle photography (think photojournalism meets editorial) for creative entrepreneurs, businesses, and brands. It's such an honor to work with people to set the scene, create a moment, and capture some good ol' fashioned visual magic. With a background in art (dork alert: I was voted Class Artist senior year of high school) and psychology, I also have my master's in communication management from Temple University. Although I worked in nonprofits for several years after college...
"A business has to be fun, it has to be involving, and it has to exercise your creative instincts."
You're here because photography is important to you. Maybe you're working on your new business or in need of a new portrait or revising your current offerings. While being organized is key, I love a candid photo and capturing the unexpected. And, yes, it's not always easy to be in front of the camera -- I totally get it -- but when we work together, your confidence and comfort will be top priority. With more than four years of experience in branding and lifestyle photography, my experience will help you stand out amongst your competitors and attract your key audience. Send me a note, and we'll get started!
P.S. Trying to find a Philadelphia wedding and anniversary photographer? Check out my wedding blog and website at Celia Ragonese Photography.
"You don't take a photograph;
you make it."
- Ansel Adams
For a headshot session, expect 25 or so photos. For a lifestyle session, the amount of photos could be anywhere from 35 to 50 edited photos per hour. The amount is varied due to the following: travel, outfit changes, amount of guidance on posing needed, additional styling, promptness and preparedness of client and vendors, etc.
Clients receive the right to use images with credit, which is easy to do for social media and websites. To keep pricing accessible for small businesses and creative entrepreneurs, a win-win solution is a flat hourly rate lower than the standard commercial photography hourly rate with credited images. To purchase full and complete copyright of an image for print marketing purposes to use without credit, I'm happy to create a special proposal for clients based on the standard pricing release.
Headshots are booked easily after determining availability and locations. Special pricing can be developed if you are part of a larger team and want more than one headshot during a session. Lifestyle sessions require more planning if you are doing a re-brand or creating a completely new brand as we determine a rough outline of what we'd like to do, then set up a contract and retainer to develop the consultation to create a detailed photoshoot shot list, timeline, prep, and more. The consult and prep for a completely new brand can take a few weeks as most clients need to work through what they'd like to do and any other vendors they want to bring on for the photoshoot.
With a master's of science in communication management, several years working for a university, wealth management company, hospital, and nonprofits, and four years of experience with branding photography, I bring all of this experience and education with me to help clients determine their unique brand message to be more than "just a photographer." If you love to be positive, organized, and responsive for your clients, then I definitely want to chat with you to help you achieve your goals and your vision for your business!
All photos are captured in RAW format to be edited as high resolution jpegs using a 2x3 or 4x5 crop. I use Adobe Lightroom instead of Photoshop to edit photos with my own preset, and I will use a modified film-based preset depending on each situation. Heavy modifications to a client's appearance and clothing are not offered at this time.