The question I get asked most often, "why Celeste McKinley?" No, my first name is not Celeste and my last name is not McKinley.
Celeste McKinley is actually a combination of mine and my husband's middle names. Maegan Celeste and Garrett McKinley.
We made up this business name when were 16 years old, so when I decided to rebrand, I knew Celeste McKinley had to be it!
WHY I LOVE WHAT I DO
If you ask me, I will always say I never saw myself being a wedding photographer. I was thrown into the industry with not a clue on what being a wedding photographer actually meant, but I am extremely thankful for what it brought me.
For as long as I can remember, photography has always been a creative outlet for me. I love creating and I love being a creator. Making the jump from part-time photographer to full time in October of 2019, was probably the scariest thing I have ever done.
I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and me finally making that tough decision was the best one I have ever made. By the end of 2022 I will have shot over 120 weddings.
I have been abundantly blessed and am so thankful for all of the couples that prayed for me and were always cheering me on from the sidelines.
Now that you know my why, I wanted to share a little bit about myself! Knowing your photographer and making sure your personalities mesh are probably one of the most important things when you start the booking process.
If you couldn't tell from the pictures above, I am a huge Star Wars fan. I love all things Disney and love watching Anime while I edit. I am an avid fantasy reader and hope one day to write my own fantasy novel.
I graduated from Spring Hill College in 2018 (Go Badgers!) with a Bachelor's in Communications and a concentration in Public Relations and Advertising. Before I went full time photographer, I actually worked for two years at a local credit union as their Marketing Director.
If I ever decide to retire from wedding photography, I definitely want to open my own PR Firm to help small business like mine grow.
If you have made it this far, THANK YOU! I am so excited that you are considering Celeste McKinley to shoot your day, and I hope this gives you a better idea of what I am all about.