Sarah Ellefson - Santa Barbara Wedding Photographer

Love Isn't Boring, why should your photos be?

Sarah Ellefson is a film inspired wedding, family, and editorial photographer based out of Southern California + New Mexico but travels worldwide. She lives for sunny days, intimate details, and candid images.

Mini Sessions

Sunday, November 4th

I'm SO excited to announce that you can order customizable holiday cards directly from your gallery this year! If you have a card company you love, don't worry, you can still download your photos and print them anywhere you'd like!

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- Half an hour of shooting time

- Approximately 15 - 25 high resolution images with printing rights

- Online gallery with download link delivered one week after our shoot (so you can order Christmas cards!)

- I'm excited to announce that this year you can order holiday cards right from your photo gallery!


Q. How is this different from the normal  sessions you offer?
A. Mini sessions are  abridged versions of my family and portrait sessions! They're shorter and you'll receive less images than a regular 1.5 hour session. This is a time to grab a few photos of the whole family, and depending on how many little ones you have, individuals portraits of each kiddo. 

Q. How do I book my spot?
A. To secure your session time, I require a signed contract and a non-refundable 50% retainer. The remaining balance is due one week before our shoot! 

Q. What will our session feel like?
A. It's perfectly okay and normal to feel a little nervous (excited or otherwise) about being in front of my camera. Most people don't get their photo taken regularly so the thought can be a little daunting! As it draws closer, I'm sure looking good in the photos will be on the forefront of your mind. Put your worries at ease, I have great news! The pressure is totally off you to worry about how you will look and smile in photos. I'll help you feel relaxed and comfortable during our session and I'm a pro at working to draw out the most genuine smiles and emotions to create authentic images. To make the best images, your job will be to focus on one another and make it fun and exciting for the kids. Let me handle the rest! I'll work to make you all look and feel your best in front of the camera, and I'll also be keeping an eye out for all the little details to make sure everything looks just right.

Q. What if My Kids Behave like Wild Banshees?
A. TOTALLY NORMAL. (I bet you weren't expecting me to say that!) Seriously though, this is just what kids do when you ask them to sit still and smile at a camera and not "accidentally" stomp in a mud puddle. But guess what? The pressure's off you to try and make them behave and pay attention! Let me handle all of that. The best photos come from going with the flow and letting everyone's natural personalities and moods happen. Plus, I've got a few tricks up my sleeve for even the most reluctant of kids, and if you let me direct the mood and feel, our session will feel like a fun adventure to your kiddos, which is way better and less stressful for everyone. 

To get your kids psyched up for our session, it can help to tell them how much fun it's going to be and how you'll be bringing *insert special non-messy snack here*! (#bribery) Food and fun, what's not to get excited about, right?

Q. What should we wear?
A. Once you've booked your spot, I'll send over a helpful 'lil guide on how to get everyone to look awesome together while avoiding being too match-matchy. 



Our Location

Ojai Meadows Preserve

Ojai, CA



| Based in Santa Barbara, serving the west coast and the world |

Fun + Romantic Wedding Photography