Sarah Ellefson - Santa Barbara + New Mexico 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.


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Do you always bring a second shooter?

Nope! In fact, I shoot about 70% of my weddings solo and bring a non-shooting assistant to help wrangle people and assist me with my gear. Second shooters can be added on to any wedding day and it’s something we’ll discuss when we chat together after you inquire. If you book a second shooter as part of your wedding package, rest assured they are well-vetted and I trust them completely. I choose my second shooters from a small pool of talented, trustworthy, fun-to-be-around people that I know will be the best fit for your wedding day. 

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 New Mexico AND the Santa Barbara area, how exactly does that work?

Up until recently, I lived in New Mexico! Having moved to the Santa Barbara area, I’m booking in both places. I also want 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 $1,000 retainer and a contract signed by both of you. The remainder of your balance is due a month before your wedding.

Are you able to work with a low budget? 

I understand that weddings are a big investment and money can be a tough aspect of that for some couples but I believe that it should always be a transparent conversation. I definitely want to help you out if I can! I’m not always able to work with lower budgets because I have to turn a profit with my business. I have to pay my rent, buy healthcare, pay off student loans, and think about my retirement fund! That being said, 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 communicate 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 during our engagement session 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, and other little things that no one wants. 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.