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.


You’ve got questions.

I’ve got answers.


How did you get into weddings and how many have you shot?

I got into the wedding industry straight out of college, seeing photography as a way to merge my creativity, entrepreneurship, passion for people, and love of tequila shots. After 6 years and over 100 weddings, I’ve never looked back! I freaking love what I do and genuinely feel #blessed that I attend parties for a living.

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You shoot in the Santa Barbara area but also do destination weddings, how exactly does that work?

I’ve traveled a ton (just in the past two years I’ve been to France, Italy, Scotland and Japan!) and I love incorporating travel into my business. I’m looking to book in Mexico and Hawaii, so if you’re getting married in one of those spots, hit me up and I’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse.

When will I receive my photos?

Engagement sessions are delivered in 2-3 weeks. With weddings, you receive a small gallery of sneak peeks within a week after your wedding and a full gallery 4-6 weeks after your wedding. Nobody wants to wait, so I get those photos in your inbox!



How do we book?

I’ll send you the contract and the package you book through my invoicing program. Everything is online and super straightforward! To get your date locked in, I require a 50% retainer and a contract signed by both of you. The remainder of your balance is due 30 days before your wedding.

Are you able to work with a low budget? 

Choosing the perfect photographer for your day is a big investment. I definitely want to help you out if I can! If you get married on a weekday, during December - February, or are getting married in under three months, I may be able to have some wiggle room with what I offer! It never hurts to reach out, so drop me a line and let’s talk about it.



My fiancé isn't super excited about photos, he thinks it’ll be a little awkward and kind of weird. (I feel a little nervous too, honestly!) Can you help us relax and feel comfortable?

ABSOLUTELY. This is such a huge part of what I do for you! It starts with our engagement session because it really helps you both to get comfortable in front of the camera (and with me!) before your wedding day. I help set you at ease while we shoot because I watch out for all the little things that tend to make photos look awkward, sloppy, and/or uncomfortable. I also show you guys exactly what looks good in photos! I watch out for double chins, slouching, etc. Most importantly, I capture you guys laughing, having fun, and getting all snuggly with each other so you get candid, natural images where you’ve never looked better.


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