Sarah Ellefson - Traveling Photographer

Wedding, family, and editorial photographer based in the Southwest. Available for travel worldwide!

Malibu Engagement Session: Briana + Alex

As a child, I thought (and still do) that red hair was the most beautiful thing in the world. I went so far as to desperately pray to God that he would transform my hair á la the Little Mermaid/Anne of Green Gables. Well, I'm still blonde (ish) so we all know how that turned out. I have to say though, when a red headed bride books me that inner kid wakes up and gets reallllll excited. Briana + Alex were SO much fun to hang with, and they even brought their aussiedoodle puppies Bonnie & Clyde!! (Links to official puppy instagramz here & here.) And now, let the cuteness overload begin.

Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
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Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
 
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography
Malibu Engagement Session - Briana + Alex - Sarah Ellefson Photography

Princeton University Engagement Session: Carra + Luke

I absolutely love it when my clients take me somewhere special for their engagement session! When Carra + Luke asked if I'd be willing to fly to Princeton University to shoot them where they first met and fell in love, it took me about .5 seconds to give them an embarrassingly enthusiastic YES. When the weekend of their session arrived and brought an insane rainstorm with it, we just decided to grab some umbrellas and go make some photo magic happen anyways, and boy, I am SO glad we did! Everything just came together with soft, yet glowing light, perfectly splashable puddles, and the prettiest, dewy rose garden you ever did see. I'm so excited for their upcoming Taos, New Mexico wedding!

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Princeton University Engagement Session
Princeton University Engagement Session
Princeton University Engagement Session
Princeton University Engagement Session
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Princeton University Engagement Session
Princeton University Engagement Session

Malibu Engagement Session: Taylor + Jeff

First of all, gotta love a gal who buys her wedding dress, then finds another one she loves more so she wears her original dress to her engagement session. Um AMAZING! To any brides who are having trouble picking one dress, buy them both. YOLO. You heard it here first. Taylor + Jeff were so much fun to hang out with and shoot! They were down to tromp through fields and play in the freezing ocean, and that's my kind of couple. We got some pretty amazing images from their session in Malibu Creek + El Matador Beach. Take a peek!

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Can we also talk about how Taylor's ring?! Jeff mined the stones from the town where Taylor's grandparents live and had the ring custom made. Heart eyed emojis forever. Gentlemen, take note. That's how you do a ring.

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Dress: BHLDN

Hair: Fleur de Rye

Malibu Lifestyle Photography: Wil + Frida

Shooting for the Los Angeles based children's clothing line Wil + Frida was a dream come true! They JUST launched their Spring 2017 line and I had to share a few of my favorite images. Six-year-old girls may just be my new favorite type of client, can you tell how much fun we had together?! To shop Will + Frida's new line, click here

P.S. A big thanks to Mini Style Blog for featuring my images as well!

 
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Wil + Frida Spring 2017
Wil + Frida Spring 2017
Wil + Frida Spring 2017
Wil + Frida Spring 2017

Los Feliz Maternity Lifestyle Session: Marta + John

When Marta and John graciously invited me into their Los Feliz home to capture their life before their little one arrives, I was thrilled! With gorgeous morning light, a beautiful home, and a sweet belly full of baby, it's the perfect recipe for photos, don't you agree? The topping on the cake was their sweet little dog, Zozo. Take a peek below and you'll see how she cuddled right up to the camera!

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Los Feliz Lifestyle Maternity Session
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Los Feliz Lifestyle Maternity Session

White Sands Couples Session: Becca + Bryan

I'm so genuinely excited to throw a bit of this session up on the internet! (So stoked that after a 6 hour road trip for this shoot, I started working on the photos right away and haven't even taken off my sandy boots yet. There's also probably typos in this post, sorry Mom.)  Let's just say that shooting in White Sands, New Mexico was a dream come true. Not only was the scenery jaw droppingly beautiful, but Becca and Bryan are just about two of the nicest people on the planet! (Reserving first place for a tie between Mother Teresa and Danielle M. from The Bachelor, of course.) Becca's stunner of a dress from Free People was bees knees and POPPED against the creamy desert tones. Mmmhmmm. With 6 months of marriage under their belt, we sure celebrated in style with this sweet session! 

P.S. Becca has her own sweet corner on the internet here. Check out her blog!

White Sands, New Mexico Couples Shoot
White Sands, New Mexico Couples Shoot
White Sands, New Mexico Couples Shoot
White Sands, New Mexico Couples Shoot
White Sands, New Mexico Couples Shoot
White Sands, New Mexico Couples Shoot
White Sands, New Mexico Couples Shoot
White Sands, New Mexico Couples Shoot

Backyard Ojai Wedding: Regina + Luke

I've got a big crush on rainy wedding days. Not only did it rain on MY wedding day, but rainy days just have a magical feel to them and they provide  some of the prettiest light for photos! Regina + Luke definitely didn't let the rain get them down on their wedding day, and their backyard Ojai wedding was a party and a half! They started out tying the knot at their alma mater, Thomas Aquinas College, and then went on to celebrate with their friends and family in the backyard of Regina's childhood home. All the heart eyed emojis for these two amazing people!

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VENDORS:

Coordinator: Hillary Sullivan

DJ: Richard Loughman 

Bride's Dress: BHDLN

Catering: Jacob Coke

Florals: Yamaguchi's Flowers

Hair/Makeup: Hey Beautiful

Los Angeles Family Lifestyle Session: The Porters

You might know Melanie and Charlie from their boutique Pasadena coffee bar, Lavender & Honey. (If you've never been, go ASAP and experience the life changing magic of their honeybee latte!) They recently welcomed baby Eloise, who's not only sweeter than a honeybee latte, but also the epitome of cuddly newborn squishiness and perfection. Spending time capturing the Porters in their new life as a family of three was such a joyful experience, and shooting in home family lifestyle sessions is one of my favorite things to do!

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