Orange county newborn & family photographer 

sara ellen


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Hi friend! I'm a maternity, newborn, and family photographer based in Orange County, California serving Irvine, San Clemente, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, and all of Southern California's surrounding areas.  I'd love to be a part of your family's memory-keeping! Thanks for stopping by!

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Danielle and Alex’s California wedding day was so much fun! We spent most of the day dancing around with the bridal party and having the best time! This bridal party was so ready to make Danielle and Alex’s day the absolute best day ever. As a photographer, there is nothing better at a wedding day […]

California Wedding Day | Danielle + Alex

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There is just something so special about maternity photos. The anticipation the soon-to-be mamas are feeling and the excitement in their eyes is so beautiful. Knowing their little bundle of joy will be joining soon is so joyous! Maternity sessions at the beach offer so much peace and elegance. The crashing waves and the golden […]

Beach Maternity Photos | Vansusteren

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As a bride there are likely so many questions running through your mind, “Will my dress alterations be done in time?” “Why haven’t people RSVPd yet?” etc. So I’m here to answer one of the many questions you may be asking, “Do I really need a physical wedding album?” My short answer: yes! Keep scrolling […]

Why You Need a Wedding Album

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5 Winter Date Night Ideas to get you and your partner out there having fun during the cold and snowy weather!

5 Winter Date Night Ideas

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I am so in love with Olivia and Nick’s sunset beach engagement! We planned for the session to happen during golden hour and I am so happy we did! I mean come on, you can’t beat the beach at sunset. For those of you who do not know what golden hour is, it’s the hour […]

Sunset Beach Engagement | Olivia + Nick

Sunset beach engagement photos

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Family photos can be really stressful, especially with little ones. But don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to make sure your family photos look the best they can! That’s why I’m here today to share my best tips on how to get stress-free photos with kids. Scroll down for all the tips! 01. Set […]

How to Get Stress Free Photos with Kids

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This California engagement session with Danielle and Alex was a dream. It’s always fun to hang out with couples and just learn about their love story. These two were so natural in front of the camera, it just felt like I was hanging out with some friends. We walked around while stopping at the most […]

California Engagement Session | Danielle and Alex

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These California beach maternity photos with Michael and Lauren were so much fun! They are such a sweet couple and I had a great time getting to know them. There’s something so special about maternity photos. Getting to see the excitement and anticipation the couples have is the best thing ever! The joy they share […]

California Beach Maternity Photos | Michael + Lauren

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Learn all about the tips and tricks on How To Pick a Wedding Venue thats perfect for your aesthetic and budget!

How To Pick The Perfect Wedding Venue

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