Alain + Alyssa Lifstyle | Vista, Ca

Home-styled sessions are by far one of my all-time favorite types of sessions. The sweet, comfortable intimacy couples feel when in their own home can't really be captured any other way. Alain and Alyssa's fun in-home session in Vista, San Diego was no exception!

With tunes of Taylor Swift playing in the background, the air was filled with Alain and Alyssa's laughter as they cuddled and kissed. By the way these two smashed their session, you'd think they were actual models. But no, just two ordinary people genuinely in love with one another and who enjoy being in each other's presence.

I understand how awkward it can be starting out when in front of the camera. That's why, as a couple's photographer, it is my goal to make my clients feel as comfortable as possible so that their true personalities shine through in their photos. Part of the way I do that is to get them involved with each other! That way they're more focused on the person they love right in front of them, than me actually being there with my camera.

Alain and Alyssa are such beautiful people inside and out, and I truly loved getting to meet them and photograph them in their home - even when I asked them to lay on the floor and put their feet in the air! Doing silly things together is what makes for those most cherished moments, and I live for being able to create those for every one of my couples.

Ariana + Nicholas Engagement | Bishop, Ca

One of the things I'm absolutely in love with about photography is the people I meet and getting to see the different ways they interact with the ones they love. Nick and Ariana were no exception!

We adventured out into the beautiful canyons of Bishop, Ca one afternoon and none of us could keep from saying how incredibly gorgeous it was the entire time. We climbed rocks, hiked hills and sought out the most dreamy light. I got the biggest thrill out of was seeing the way Nick looks at Ariana. He's a kind, soft spoken guy, totally in love with the vibrant, and adventurous, Ariana. Seeing the two of them interact the way they did - so effortlessly and sweet - made my day - and made my job insanely easy as I'm sure you will see from their gorgeous engagement session!

Zack + Lindsey | Mission San Juan Capistrano

Photographer: Sara Ellen Photography @Saraellenphotography

Day of Coordinator: Klink Events @Klinkevents

Venue: Franciscan Gardens @Franciscangardens

Florals: Fleurish @fleur.ish

Catering: 24 Carrots Catering @24carrotscatering

DJ: DJ Will Chitwood @djwillchitwood

Cake: Confectious @confectious

Videography: Say I Do Media @sayidomedia

Vendor Credits

Photographer: Sara Ellen Photography @Saraellenphotography

Day of Coordinator: Klink Events @Klinkevents

Venue: Franciscan Gardens @Franciscangardens

Florals: Fleurish @fleur.ish

Catering: 24 Carrots Catering @24carrotscatering

DJ: DJ Will Chitwood @djwillchitwood

Cake: Confectious @confectious

Videography: Say I Do Media @sayidomedia

Jaline & Bjorne ~ Married at Mission San Juan Capistrano

Being a Southern California photographer is amazing for so many reasons.  We are lucky to have amazing light, wonderful easy going clients, and beautiful locations to shoot.  Including the gorgeous Mission San Juan Capistrano.

Jaline and Bjorne tied the knot recently at one of the most historic and beautiful locations in Southern California, and I am so happy they chose me to capture their amazing wedding day and the love they have for each other.  The day was a testament to the love shared between the couple and the support of their family and friends.  

Jaline prepped at the "historic, warm, inviting, timeless, exclusive" Villa San Juan Capistrano before heading over to the Mission to say "I do."  

They wed in front of loved ones in the amazingly detailed Serra Chapel at Mission San Juan Capistrano.  Following their ceremony, we explored the grounds for their romantic photos. Some of my favorite images captured were in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church.

After capturing the bridal party and romantic photos, we whisked back to the Villa San Juan Capistrano for the party! They danced the night away, with just a short break for some delicious naked cake.

Congratulations, Jaline and Bjorne!  Your wedding day was the perfect start to a lifetime of happiness and love!  I had a blast capturing your love story!

 

Vendor Credits

Photography: Sara Ellen Photography

Venue: Mission San Juan Capistrano, Villa San Juan Capistrano

Wedding Planner: Rachel Salas, Joy'n'Company

DJ: Keith Divel

Bakery: Penny Graham

Mariachi: El Mariachis Zacatecas

Audrey <3

I love kids. To me, they represent the most pure, untouched by the world, magical way that things should be. Their sense of awe and wonder about everything around them gets me every time. The smallest rock, the ickiest bug - gets them squealing and laughing in a way that is indescribable to me. 

This is what I wanted to portray when my sister-in-law and I took my little niece, Audrey out to the field by their house. I had purchased the little yellow vest, and my sister-in-law crocheted the adorable pom pom hat at my request as well. I wanted a mix-matched look because, again, kids are random. They're wild and crazy and they get things dirty. But they're fun, and that's what I wanted to show through her outfit as well.

So we took her out bright and early and I let her play. I didn't pose her. I didn't tell her what to do. I literally let her loose and ran after her with my camera. I wanted to document real life. This was real life. Every stick she picked up, every hand-full of dirt that she threw. I wanted to capture these moments of what being an almost 2yr old is really like. Because you don't ever get that time back.

I had a blast taking these photos, and I hope you enjoy viewing them! They describe exactly the type of photography I'm into. I love light. I love kids. I love capturing true moments and emotion. If you get to see that through my images, then I've accomplished my task!

Eric & Lauren | Irvine Regional Park

This shoot with Lauren and Eric is proof that you never know when or where you're going to find new friends! I met up with these two adorable people in Irvine and had a blast taking turns shooting! (Lauren and Eric are also fellow photographers). Their fun, easy-going personalities made shooting easy-peesy! Since then we've been able to meet for coffee and chat about our passions and discuss ideas. Yet another example of why I love doing what I do so much! Photography is such a wonderful way of bringing people together :)

Sandro & Irene | San Juan Capistrano, Ca

It's been a while since I've blogged, but this sweet session with Irene and her husband just begged me to! It's seriously one of the cutest, most loving sessions I've done to date.

I got to meet this adorable couple because I was in search of something different. I posted on social media asking for creative ideas to photograph. I friend of mine commented and suggested I photograph an elderly couple! She in fact, had her mother and her husband in mind. So I said, "Sure!"

And that, is how I met Irene and Sandro. I called Irene up on the phone to see if she'd be interested in a session. Her response was, "Sure! I think that would be fun!"

So I met up with them in San Juan Capistrano by the train station (one of my favorite little places to shoot) and fell in love with these two immediately. Irene spoke to Sandro in Spanish, so while I didn't understand fully what she said every time, there was no mistaking the loving, sometimes comical things she was commenting that would make him chuckle and laugh. Every time I asked for a certain pose, she would sweetly tell Sandro what to do...which usually ended up with him wanting to smooch her, even if that wasn't the instructed pose. But that, in turn, just made us all laugh even more and there is nothing better to capture in photos than laughter!

All together, my time spent with Irene and Sandro had me driving home with a warm feeling in my heart and a smile on my face. I sincerely hope that in 50 years, my husband and I can have and display the same deep and tender love to each other that this endearing couple possess. It is truly a light to all who see it.

Little Amber Smash Cake | Thomas F Riley Wilderness Park, Mission Viejo, Ca

I had so much fun meeting precious little Amber and her parents! It was a last minute session before I had to leave town, but I'm so glad I was able to squeeze it in! She was such a sweet little girl who behaved so well - riiiight up until we began smearing cake on her face ;p

She was so prim and proper she wasn't really into the whole, "smash the cake with your face", thing. She started out gingerly putting her finger in the cake and sloooowly tasting it. But that's about as far as it went...we tried getting her a little more excited about it, but it only resulted in the last photo!

The lighting was stunning and the location picked by Amber's mother, Cat, the Thomas F Riley Wilderness Park, was gorgeous! Cat put so much into the shoot with every special little detail, from the pink garland, to the pink and gold balloons, it was a pure delight to capture, and I sincerely hope I get to see little Amber grow over the years and be a part of documenting her and her families journey along the way!