Mini Session Magic, Santa Barbara Children's Photography

I’ve worked with this family for years and mom always brings along the best props! We did this mini session shoot for their holiday card and got some fun shots running around the grounds of the gorgeous Stowe House estate.

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Just 20 minutes long, my mini sessions should be called mini miracles – knowing that we have to work fast can really add to the energy and fun of the shoot. The white chocolate Santa beard on a stick kept us all in stitches! And the rainbow pom-pom necklace added just the right pop for a series with serious personality.

On Location in Park City, Santa Barbara Family Photographer

Have family, will travel! I was delighted to accept my good friend’s request to join her growing family at their Park City, Utah home to capture the beautiful Fall colors for their holiday card. (It’s no secret that I jump at the chance to travel for work!)

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As a Southern California native, the turning of the seasons just blew me away – it was my first time witnessing the vibrant yellows, oranges and reds. We worked with a handful of stunning locations, from their backyard to a babbling brook nearby. I couldn’t put my camera down and the results were just gorgeous!

Puppy Time! Santa Barbara Portraits

As a lifestyle photographer I normally work with children, so when this dear couple asked me to take pictures of them with their little pup, it was the little kid in me that said yes.

In the 10 years I’ve been doing portraiture I rarely work with animals, but I’ve found that puppies and children share one major trait in front of the lens: they run the show! If they are bored, you will know it. If they are grumpy, you will know it. If they are having a blast, watch out for cuteness overload!

I made my silly noises, ran all over the place and rolled on the ground with this sweet rascal - anything to get that priceless, authentic expression that lets you see inside his personality. I had a blast with this furry friend and his humans!

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Summer Fun, Santa Barbara Baby Photographer

It has been one busy summer!!  A big thank you to all my wonderful clients!  Summer has flown by and September is around the corner.  As summer is coming to a close, I am finally getting around to posting all my favorite session from the last few months...  Stay tuned!

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Santa Barbara Outdoor Family Photographer

What a beautiful shoot with this cute family of four!   We had a fun and interesting time at The Grassini Family Vineyard in the gorgeous Santa Ynez Valley back in April of the year.  Yes, I know I am a little behind on posting updates on the blog... It's already July!  Where has the time gone!  The first 20 minutes of this shoot were just stunning!  The light was peeking through a giant oak tree in a large open grassy field...  Just Beautiful!  However, the weather quickly took a turn for the worse.  As dark clouds decided to roll in on us and the rain came sprinkling down, we found some shelter hoping the weather might pass.  Once we realized our shoot came to an end, we decided that we would reconvene in Santa Barbara a few days later to finish our photo shoot.  I just love all these images and the fun crazy story of how these photos came to be!  

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Love is in the Air, Santa Barbara Portrait Photography

What a fun engagement photo session with a dear friend of mine!  When we sat down to talk about concepts for this photo shoot, she had this idea of a tree swing backlit by the sun...  Of course, I loved it right off the bat and we went in search of the perfect tree to capture this photo.  I don't think we could have found a more idealistic setting for these shots!  I just love everything about this shoot including the handmade tree swing that was made by the gentleman in the photographs. Looking forward to photographing their wedding this October! XOXO

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Outdoor Family Mini Sessions, Santa Barbara CA

I had the best time photographing so many familiar faces during my February Mini Session held last month, especially this adorable bunch!  It was a gorgeous afternoon in Santa Barbara with the sun peeking in and out of the clouds.  It was picture perfect!  This cute family was so fun to work with and their little guy was so easy going... I am loving his monster truck shirt which just happens to be his favorite piece of clothing!  What a cutie pie!

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Outdoor Family Photography, Santa Barbara

With the hustle and bustle of this past holiday season, I am still coming across some beautiful family photo sessions I never got around to posting at the time.  This was a great outdoor family photo session take at the Bacara Beach Resort in Goleta.  It was a chilly overcast afternoon, but the light was spectacular!  I just love overcast weather for beach shoots...  It really makes for some gorgeous light!  Despite the cool breeze, this adorable family didn't let their frozen toes get in the way of making some memories.  I just love these shots... So playful and fun!

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Holiday Mini Session- Santa Barbara Children's Photography

Happy New Year!  Wow, now that the Holidays have come to a close I can finally take a breath and blog some of my favorite photo sessions of the season!  This was by far the busiest season that I have had to date!  Although it was pure craziness trying to get everything done in time, it was well worth my efforts.  I loved seeing all the Holiday cards arriving in my mailbox... So sweet!  Thank you to all my wonderful clients and friends for having me document the spirit of the season with your families! I just love this photo above taken of my dear friends and their adorable little family.  What a happy boy!!  Love you guys!

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Holiday Session on the Bluffs- Outdoor Family Photographer, Santa Barbara CA

Love this family photo session out on the bluffs in Santa Barbara.  The light was fading quickly and we didn't have much time, but we managed to get some great shots just as the sun was setting on the horizon.  It was breezy and cold out, but I just adore these photos and so happy we made this shoot happen.  A big thank you to these kiddos for being such good sports even though they really had hoped to catch the end of the 49er game on this late Sunday afternoon. Happy Holidays!

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Holiday Mini Sessions | Santa Barbara Children and Family Photography

It's that time of year!!  The holidays are around the corner and I have kicked off the season with my annual Holiday Mini Sessions.  It was a beautiful October afternoon in Santa Barbara... The weather was a perfect 72 degrees, the sun was shining, and the light was spectacular.  Here are some adorable photos that I captured during one of my sessions...  Could this little girl be any cuter!!!

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Outdoor Family Portraits- Santa Barbara, CA

Here was a portrait session I photographed this past summer that I just loved, but realized I never posted the photos!  It was a gorgeous evening out at the Bacara Beach with the sun hidden behind a light layer of clouds.  A perfect setting for some beautiful outdoor family photos!  I never really know how it will go when including animals into a photo session.  Sometimes it can go great and other times, not so much.  However, I am always willing to give it a try!  These two pups were amazing and I was so lucky to capture the special bond between this family and their furry friends.  

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