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I just love working with this family of five – they always coordinate their outfits so well to go perfectly with the locations we choose. We shot this session for their holiday card, but you wouldn’t know it from the gorgeous, sunny afternoon on the beach.

Shooting on location presents challenges, like getting soaked in the waves as the tide comes up, but we all had so much fun frolicking in the waves. It was perfect for their rambunctious kids and the perfect way to tire them out for the sandy and salty car ride home!

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family-photography-santa-barbara_00Wow, the end of 2015 went out with a bang!  I would like to thank all my amazing clients for such an awesome year… I look forward to what 2016 has in-store!  Although the end of the year can get a bit hectic with holiday photo sessions, card designs, and an endless amount of editing, I am always reminded what dedicated and loyal clients I have.  I am thrilled to see so many faces year after year!  When all the beautiful holiday cards start to show up in my mailbox, I am reminded how lucky I am to have captured these sweet memories for so many families!

With the holiday rush behind me, I can now finally share some of my favorite photo sessions of the season… Stay tuned for more!

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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.

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.outdoor family photographer_30outdoor family photographer_31outdoor family photographer_32outdoor family photographer_33

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I’ve documented this family for the past 6 years, from their toddler photos to a recent over-the-top Halloween party and every time the process is unique and a true collaboration.

They wanted to do something different for their holiday card so between me and mom hunting down the perfect props, we loaded up a wagon for plenty of options, including live trees donned in cranberry garlands. These boys are always a lively delight and played right along to create a unique beachside story that shows there’s no lack of love in this ever gracious family.

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I always love it when I hear from old friends needing maternity and newborn photos. Our special connection always makes for a meaningful shoot, especially seeing how everyone grows into their new families.

This sweet baby girl slept through her entire newborn photo session making my job a total breeze. We were able to gently position her for each shot while she snoozed comfortably. That soft baby skin, crimson lips and precious pink accents – swoon!santa barbara newborn photographer_25santa barbara newborn photographer_26santa barbara newborn photographer_27santa barbara newborn photographer_28