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Meet Celeste Burns

Today we’d like to introduce you to Celeste Burns.

Hi Celeste, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I am a Jacksonville native and I have had a passion for photography since I discovered it at the age of 12. Since then, I have been determined to soak up all the knowledge I can while developing my personal flare. I attended Parsons School of Design and studied photography and illustration where my love of documentation grew even more. When I moved back to Jacksonville, I met my (now) wife and was encouraged to take my passion to the next level – start my own business. I started focusing on families and couples, then moved into the wedding space and just fell in love with it. My photography always focused on love and passion, emotion and sunlight. I love meeting people and making them feel beautiful. I love being present for that moment when it seems like everyone in the world is focused on love at the same exact time. I love capturing the harmony between two people and how every single connection is different and unique. Most of all, I love providing a glimpse into every way love exists because ALL love is beautiful. Which is what lead me to be where I am today, and I love every minute of it!

I also have a passion for LGBTQ+ rights which lead me to really focus on representing the LGBTQ+ community in my work and promoting inclusivity in the wedding industry. Recently I have started an LGBTQ+ wedding directory called Our Pride Guide to help couples in the community plan their wedding by showcasing LGBTQ+ owned vendors and allies.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has been challenging being self-employed. It was hard starting out and learning to balance when was work time and when I just needed to have “me time”.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My photography focuses on love and passion, emotion and sunlight. So why do I love my job SO MUCH? It’s simple. I love meeting people and making them feel beautiful. I love being present for that moment when it seems like everyone in the world is focused on love at the same exact time. I love capturing the harmony between two people and how every single connection is different and unique. Most of all, I love providing a glimpse into every way love exists because all love is beautiful. The camera is an extension of the heart when used to the fullest extent. I strive for this depth every time I pick up my camera.

What sets me apart is that I make sure that all couples are represented in my work. I work with couples of all sizes, races, sexuality and gender identity. Making sure that they are represented as their authentic self and love – not just an over-romanticized version of themselves. I am also very vocal about human rights in my work and social media pages. Equality is a passion of mine and I think my business reflects that.

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I was always easily distracted by sparkles and bright colors as a child. Which some in my family say was the clear sign I was going to be a creative. I was always interested in creating art – drawing, photography, bookmaking, stamp carving, painting and digital illustrations. My favorite time in high school was when I was able to use the darkroom in my photography class. I was able to just go in the darkroom and just play with different developing techniques.

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Image Credits
Jenny Boyer Photography -> Headshot of Celeste Burns Photography Celeste Burns Photography -> All other images

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