This week’s DBMH photographer crush is Celeste Nield! Celeste is a badass couples photographer based out of Utah. She has a real talent for showcasing the most epic and genuine of love stories while really emphasizing emotion through her images. Take a look at what Celeste has to say about how she dove into her business and really focused on her passion.
Where are you sitting as you are writing this right now? How’s your day going? How are you feeling?
Hey hey! Right now I am sitting on my couch with a 30 week pregnant belly by the Christmas tree. My son is sleeping and my beautiful golden retriever Mayzie is chewing her bone. My day is going so good. I sent off a gorgeous wedding I did in South Carolina which means any day that you’ve finished editing a wedding and delivered is a day worth celebrating. I’m feeling….pregnant? I know that’s not really a feeling, but I guess uncomfortable, blessed, thankful, etc. the feelings list could go on and on.
To those that might not know you just yet, please introduce yourself – Who are you? Cat or dog person? What’s your photography style?
What is up?! I am Celeste Nield and I am 26 years old. I am a photographer based out of good ole Utah (and there is SO much talent here). I have been married for four years to my high school sweetheart. We have one son who is basically two, our baby girl Mayzie (our dog), and our other baby boy who is coming in Feb! I LOVE what I do. I taught school last year while trying to balance photography. It simply wasn’t working out. I “burned my boats” this year. Meaning, I went into my principal’s office and quit my teaching job. I now do this full time while raising my family. BEST decision ever.
I would say my style a very “real” style. I feel like getting to know my clients a little bit (aka stalking them on Instagram and talking to them quite a bit before our shoot) helps me understand the kind of mood/tone I want to help enforce during our sessions. I have this saying on my website that says, “Keeping it real. Capturing love.” That to me is what my style is all about. Authentic, real, true blue moments are what I go for.
Can you show us 1 or 2 photographs that are particularly meaningful to you and share the story behind them?
This photo means the world. I love it because I recently just had my logo updated. There’s something so romantic and powerful about the moon that I had to incorporate it into my logo. During this session I captured this and oh my gosh I wanted to cry. I feel like the authentic mood this photo has really defines what I want my work/ business to be all about. I remember when I first started I would desaturate the night sky to make it look like day time. Now, I embrace all the sky has to offer because really without the colors in the sky, the sun, the over cast, the sunset, whatever it is it can really influence the tone of a picture. This couple couldn’t take one bad picture. I am thankful for this shot because to me this looks like a Celeste Nield image.
This image means so much to me because I learned to have the right “I can get a rockin photo in any situation” mind set. This photo was taken in some random field surrounded by housing. That mind set I did not have the first couple of min walking into the field. I saw all the houses around, it was windy (which I love wind now), and it basically wasn’t my perfect situation at the time. I decided after my mind was playing negative games with me to squash all of those thoughts and make this about the couple. Meaning we were going to make it look like we were in a field in some exotic place. I put my worries aside and focused on the couple. Then, this shot happened. I was blown away when I was editing. I then realized I can make any situation look amazing as long as I have the right mind set.
What role does Instagram play for you as a photographer? Is it important for your business?
Instagram is amazing. It’s great for marketing, meeting people, booking clients, working with other businesses, community support, and it’s a perfect quick showcase of my work. I feel like I am able to stay connected with my current brides and previous brides easily too. So Instagram plays a huge part for me as a photographer.
If you had to pick just one thing, what would you say you love the most about being a wedding photographer?
I actually think about this a lot! I get a lot of people that say, “Oh my gosh I could never be a wedding photographer. The pressure!” Which is true. Like, not to put too much pressure on us wedding photographers, but these photos we capture are one of our clients biggest days (if not the biggest day) of their lives. I look at it as an honor and I am so thankful whenever I get hired. The saying I ALWAYS think every time I am shooting a wedding is, “It’s not about you, it’s about them.” That saying is my favorite part. My job is a success when the photos are not about me. Being able to really see the couple for who they are and why they chose each other is what I love. Yes, I see the good, the bad, the ugly cries, the perfect cries, the loud laughs, the pee your pants laughs, and I even get to hear in on drama. But, again I am there for them. That feeling of I did a good job for them is my favorite part.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced that could be a helpful lesson for other photographers?
Comparison. Comparison is the devil’s way of telling you, “You are not good enough.” There are SO many photographers out there today. You’ve also got people telling you left and right how saturated the business is. To them I say get lost…people will ALWAYS need pictures. They might not always need your job…but they’ll always need pictures and someone to take them. This is where comparison comes in for me. Well, am I as good as that photographer? OH! I can appreciate their style! Should I edit how they edit? These demeaning questions are always popping into our minds and putting us down. Finding a love for yourself and your truth will allow you to be more creative, love your personal work more, and drive clients to your business. Playing the comparing game puts you down and hurts your business. Easier said than done! But, be happy for those you are comparing yourself to. Most of all be happy for yourself and your work too.
Who or what inspires you?
I follow a lot of people and if I see an image I love I’ll think of how I can make it my own. The people I have the opportunity to capture are those that inspire me. Granted my brain may need a little help when there is an awkward pause or whatever during the session. So I always have inspo from Pinterest or a photo I found on Instagram from a different photographer. I try to have at least one new idea to try and capture in every session.
What are your dreams for the future of your career?
I want to successfully make this a sustainable career for quite some time. In the future, I hope to turn this into a mentorship thing. Life coach stuff if you will. I want to write a book, have a business that is automated, employees, etc. I’ve got BIG dreams for my future. Learning the business aspect of photography has been my biggest challenge. I feel like when I am ready the business aspect will be a strength of mine. Then, I want to help people reach their money goals, dreams, aspirations, with this career or whatever they choose. I don’t think photography will ever be out of my life. But, I do feel big good changes coming to my business in the future.