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.

This is about so much more than a few clicks and a couple poses on one day.

This is the rarest of days where you’re surrounded by everyone you hold significant in a wild celebration of the start of something – something big.

It’s romantic and chaotic and tender and loud and you want every emotional word, bubbling cheers, favorite tune and truest crack of laughter to stay completely alive in your photos so you can come back to this one day and feel all of it all over again.

That’s what I’m here to capture and to give to you.

So, take a deep breath. Feel at ease.

This is going to be so great.

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Someone on the ride with you. Not standing off to the side, not awkwardly getting people to pose, not waiting for moments to happen, but someone that gets right in there and snaps every candid, outrageous, tear-soaked shot while putting everyone at ease to simply live those moments and be themselves.

A fun, luxury wedding photography experience we’re in together from our first email to the final photo delivery. Through thoughtful, custom guidance that aligns with your specific needs, I take care of you way past producing oh-my-gosh images.

A creative expert you can trust to deliver, but is also someone you actually want to hang out with all day! I’m a relaxed, positive, flexible collaborator that knows how to not only make you look happy and relaxed in your photos, but look like complete rock stars.

An experienced professional who gets that modern weddings have evolved into niche food truck, confetti cannon, fancy firework guest experiences! Not only do you want photos of classic elements, but photos that freeze the fresh pop of personalities ripping up the dance floor and unleashing that perfect party vibe you’ll never forget.

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    1. Southern California starts at $4,000

      1. Engagement Session +$500

    2. Destinations start at $5,000

      1. This flat-rate covers my travel without any extra fees or random receipts. You can rest easy as I’m completely in charge of my own way to, through and from the day.

      2. Comes with a complimentary engagement session.


    1. Southern California starts at $8,000

    2. Destinations start at $10,000

      1. Comes with a complimentary engagement session (travel costs not included)

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Say hello!

Fill out the quick contact form in the BOOK ME section and I’ll get back to you straight away with a note to set up a time to talk and ask questions.

Show me your vision.

With a 30-minute call, we’ll go over everything that’s absolutely important to you. This is a chance for you to get super excited and bring me into the beautiful vision you have of your big day. With more details, I’ll walk you through how I’d navigate the photography of your wedding. If at this stage we have a scheduling conflict or budget concerns, I’ll introduce you to my associate photographer, Haley, who is a talented, experienced wizard of the lens that’s booking her own dates for the 2019/2020 season. Read more about her here!

What’s it gonna cost?

I’ll email you a few package options tailored to your needs and priorities. With that in hand, you’ll have 48 hours to book before your proposal expires.

We’re official.

Before you’re booked, we’ll finalize our contract and get the non-refundable 30% retainer out of the way. Then, you’re in my calendar and, yes, it’s official!

Your engagement session.

If it’s part of your package, we’ll start planning for it as soon as we’re locked in. Picking the perfect location, giving outfit advice, tips on how to have the best time, let’s get started!

Photo delivery. Yes, already!

You’ll have perfectly edited photos in your inbox 2-3 weeks after your engagement session. You can use them for save-the-dates, for your wedding website, for invites, for anything and everything. And you’ll want to. You’ll look really cute.

All eyes on the wedding.

Unless your planner has already been in touch, I’ll zip you a detailed questionnaire two months before your wedding date to cover all the details we need: your photography timeline, locations, who’s in what family photos (these can be tricky, but don’t worry!), your photo priorities and any other pieces we need to pull together so everything is captured.

Annnnnd it’s finally here!

I’ll arrive early with fresh eyes and ready equipment to scope the best photo spots. You’ll be at ease as the day begins to unfold knowing we’ve covered every last detail. Your one and only job is to have the time of your life!

Sneak peeks.

Within a week, you’ll have a small, select gallery of winners to gush over, let’s be real, share on social media so everyone can gush too.

 Final deliver.

Within 4-6 weeks, you’ll have your full collection delivered through a personal online gallery with the option to download high res images. If you just can’t wait to see them, I offer an expedited editing service for $500 so you can have your full gallery a week after your wedding.

  Print away!

Once you have your full gallery of high res images, I’ll walk you through how to easily order prints and design an heirloom album that doesn’t take any graphic design skills to make, so don’t worry. Bonus: your family and friends can order prints through your gallery, too.

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You’re already in good hands, so let’s meet!


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

Fun + Romantic Wedding Photography