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.

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  • Each wedding is different, with different photography needs! All clients receive a customized quote tailored to their day.

  • Every client receives high resolution images delivered via an online gallery with printing rights.

  • One week after your wedding, you'll receive a gallery of sneak peeks.

  • 4-6 weeks after your wedding you'll receive your full gallery! (Rush gallery delivery is available upon request.)

  • Wedding coverage starts at $3,700

  • Full weekend wedding coverage (rehearsal dinner through your day after brunch) starts at $8,000

  • Engagement sessions are $600


Here’s What You Get:

  • Time + Energy: Emails + phone calls from the moment you reach out, friendly + quick communication throughout your wedding planning process, as last but not least, shooting and editing time.

  • Expertise: When you hire me for your day, you’re hiring a pro who knows how to give you a relaxed and beautiful wedding photography experience. I have an artist’s eye for light, know my camera gear backwards and forwards, and can wrangle your family into photos before you can blink. You’re getting a photographer who can capture candid imagery and direct you to make you feel your absolute best in front of my camera. I know how to be a fly on the wall and also how to get in a crowd and direct a large group of people.

  • Experience: I’ve photographed over 100 weddings and intimately know what makes a wedding day flow well. I give each client guidance with a personalized photography timeline ensuring your photo priorities are in good hands.

  • Dedication: Each client’s wedding photography experience is super important to me. Everyone’s day is unique and I take the time to learn about my clients, their families, and the traditions they hold dear. Throughout each step in the planning process, I’m here when you need me!

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happy clients//reviews

Not only is Sarah the sweetest, kindest, most prompt, reliable, organized person you will ever meet, but her photos are AMAZING! My husband and I were lucky enough to have Sarah photograph our engagement shoot and our wedding! She made the whole process incredibly easy and smooth for us and she was always incredibly prepared and professional. She really guided us through the whole process from start to finish and we felt taken care of the entire day!
— Afton + Jesse
Los Angeles Wedding at Retreat Malibu
We had an absolutely wonderful experience using Sarah as our photographer. She went above and beyond in all aspects of the process and was always there to lend a helping hand. Leading up to the wedding she answered all emails promptly and gave advice in regards to all wedding details. Sarah made us feel extremely comfortable at the engagement shoot, which made us so confident in having her photograph our wedding. All the pictures turned out beautiful and we are so lucky to have them as memories to cherish our special day. We can’t wait to use her again for other special life events!
— Kayla + Aaron


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