Sarah Ellefson - Traveling Photographer

NEW MEXICO// Photographer//LOS ANGELES

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

CSU Channel Islands Wedding: Taylor + Jeff

Taylor + Jeff's wedding was a boho fiesta dream come true and pretty dang perfect from start to finish! Each detail during their day represented what mattered the most to them. From the taco truck and fresh guacamole made from a family avocado orchard, to a bouncy castle and dedicated kid's area, T + J thought of everything! Taylor's biggest dream was to have an alpaca to pet during cocktail hour. After countless hours of searching, they finally found one! (Her name was Vanna White, HOW AMAZING IS THAT?) When I asked Taylor if she had any tips for future brides, she said, "Stay focused on what matters. I got to marry Jeff, and at the end of the day that's what is really important. He's absolutely the greatest human I've ever known." If that's not #GOALZ guys, I don't know what is. I absolutely loved capturing every moment of this day! Take a peek below!


VENDORS

Venue//California State University, Channel Islands Dress// Rue De Seine from Moondance Bridal Hair// Sarah Gilmer Florals// Fleur de Rye Hand Lettering// Coté Collective Rentals//  Otis and Pearl Makeup// Noelle Baddeley Food Truck// Tacos El Caporal Churros// Fernando's Churros Cake// Becca Stankis 

CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
 
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
 
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
 
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
 
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
 
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
 
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
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CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
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CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography
CSU Channel Islands Wedding - Sarah Ellefson Photography

El Matador Beach Family Lifestyle Session: The Roth Family

Oh my goodness, I just LOVED every single moment I spent with the Roth family! Melinda is an incredible family photographer herself, take a peek at her stunning work here! We first connected over Instagram, and I'll be forever grateful to social media for bringing us together. The Roths loveeee hanging out in Malibu, so it was a no brainer for us to shoot at El Matador Beach! Give me all the sun soaked, sand filled sessions, they are such a joy to capture!

Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Lifestyle Family Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Lifestyle Family Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Lifestyle Family Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Lifestyle Family Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session
Sarah Ellefson Photography: Malibu Family Lifestyle Session

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
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
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!

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

Malibu Engagement Session
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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.

Malibu Engagement Session
Malibu Engagement Session
Malibu Engagement Session
 
Malibu Engagement Session
Malibu Engagement Session
 
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Malibu Engagement Session
Malibu Engagement Session
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Malibu Engagement Session
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Malibu Engagement Session

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!

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

Los Feliz Lifestyle Maternity Session
Los Feliz Lifestyle Maternity Session
 
Los Feliz Lifestyle Maternity Session
 
 
Los Feliz Lifestyle Maternity Session
 
Los Feliz Lifestyle Maternity Session
Los Feliz Lifestyle Maternity Session
 
Los Feliz Lifestyle Maternity Session
 
 
Los Feliz Lifestyle Maternity Session
 
Los Feliz Lifestyle Maternity Session
 
Los Feliz Lifestyle Maternity Session
 
 
Los Feliz Lifestyle Maternity Session
Los Feliz Lifestyle Maternity Session
Los Feliz Lifestyle Maternity Session
Los Feliz Lifestyle Maternity Session
Los Feliz Lifestyle Maternity Session
Los Feliz Lifestyle Maternity Session
Los Feliz Lifestyle Maternity Session
Los Feliz Lifestyle Maternity Session
Los Feliz Lifestyle Maternity Session
Los Feliz Lifestyle Maternity Session
 
Los Feliz Lifestyle Maternity Session
 
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