Confessions of a Wedding Photographer: Cannon and Pacific Beach Oregon Wedding Session

When we hug before I whisper to you to “go slow” as I go to shoot your exit, I breathe in your day. The lights, the music- but more than anything- you. I’ve captured your engagements, your bridals, your wedding day- I’ve experienced those emotions and highs and lows and joys right along side you. I get emotionally invested when I see your husband tear up when he sees you for the first time, and I love every minute of it. So as we part ways for a final time, I’ll miss you. And I’m so grateful for the journey I’ve been able to capture. And alsooooo let’s get lunch sometime and catch up K? haha.

If you want to see what it’s like to have a wild photographer, let’s book a session and shoot an adventure! Send me an email and we’ll have a blast.

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Celine Reese
Bride's Guide: Advice I Wish I Had For My Wedding Day

Here’s another article I wish I had before I got married- how to not be stressed on your wedding day. I felt like before I got married, I was swarmed with advice, and it was a little bit overwhelming. So this is me, breaking down the simple and crazy things that stressed me out in hopes that your wedding day is as incredible as it’s meant to be.

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In Home Session: The Hathaway Family

I have felt so, so blessed to be able to capture the simple moments in a family’s life.
That’s the secret magic of in-home-sessions: They show the beautiful side of the everyday. From snuggles to reading books to going for walks, these moments are emphasized. For me, this trumps the photos where families are in a field of flowers or in front of a forest in their sunday best- instead they’re focusing on showcasing the moments that pass by so quickly, the moments that matter most.

I was so honored to spend time with these guys. I feel like there was so much genuine love for each other and for their son. He’s a couple weeks older than my own daughter, so this was so special to me.

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Celine Reese
Idaho Falls + Teton Wedding: Andee + Colin

Andee + Colin were meant to be.
When I first shot their engagements, their chemistry was so energetic. They had such easy smiles and laughs, it was so easy to work with them.
They were married in the Idaho Falls Temple, and then had an intimate, cosy reception nestled in a wooden cabin located right on a pond. Surrounded by their closest friends and family, they celebrated their marriage in the most perfect weather imaginable. The food was INCREDIBLE- hand smoked tri-tip, homemade jam + texas roadhouse rolls. Lots and lots of flower girls, and a wedding exit with lavender being pelted at their faces.

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Celine Reese
Wild + Intimate Jackson Hole Destination Wedding: Lauren + Makysm

Picture what a fun, crazy adventure that would be. Tie in some hand painted invitations, stunning Teton views, a gorgeous catholic ceremony, and a hundred of your best friends and family flying in to celebrate. Imagine renting out a bunch of cabins at your venue, wood stained and surrounded by rolling hills of green. Bring in the best catering, a live band playing during cocktail hour, and an open bar. Que your father’s barbershop quartet, serenading the two of you TWICE and singing to you for all to hear. Imagine a choreographed first dance, with you laughing and embracing each other throughout the night. Think midnight snacks and sweet kisses and blue bridesmaid dresses.

Now bring it to life. Because that’s what they did when they planned this wedding.

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Advice to Photographers: Why I Started Photography When I Thought I Was Going To Fail

A lot of people share their WHYS. Why they get started in their business. I thought I would share my WHY NOTS. I had so many reasons why I shouldn't do this.

I started pursuing video in college back when it was just a broadcast degree. I was one of the only females in my class, and when I told my teachers lifestyle stories and wedding videos and get paid for it they would politely knod their heads and move on.

After I graduated from college, my parents told me that it would be a smart idea if I got my master's degree and began teaching, because that was a much more reliable job than something that I was looking for.

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Boho + Whimsical Wedding Details in this Rexburg, Idaho Winter Wedding

Heidi and Tyler are incredible souls. I’ve never met a couple just so giddy to be around each other. I am so, so happy they celebrated their wedding at The Atrium. I've always wanted to shoot there, and seeing Heidi's incredible vision come to life was amazing.

Highlights of the day included the bride's sweet father HAND MAKING all of the bread, hot chocolate galore, lots and lots of adorable flower girls and sweet little boys in bow ties, soup on soup on soup, and Heidi and Tyler never leaving each other's side. They were giddy, so full of joy, and I had seriously so much fun. It was such a perfect day. 

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The Buys Family: A Family Session in Rexburg Idaho

So, let me state that Anna’s family is actually perfect in real life, so this is a great example of perfect family photos.

Anna is not only a great friend of mine, but a talented photographer who shot my birth and maternity photos as well. I was honored to capture her family’s session!

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Celine Reese
Mom's Guide: Planning Extended Family Photos in Winter

I know why you’re here. And I know it’s overwhelming.

With the holidays come some tender moments- all the family is in the house. Loved ones come from all over to gather for Christmas and Winter holidays.

With all the traditions, come some special moments. A lot of people call me with tons of questions about having extended family photos.

I’m specifically tailoring this to winter photos, because they tend to be the most stressful- with weather, the cold, and the light getting dark, it can be tricky! Summer sessions are a little different, a little more relaxed.

Here are some of the things they want to know about:

  1. How do you coordinate outfits for 20 people?

  2. How do we get our 80 year old grandparents into photos without them getting too cold or tired?

  3. How do we take pictures with little ones?

  4. Where are the best spots to take pictures?

  5. Should we do indoor sessions or outdoor sessions?

  6. How does pricing work for extended families?

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