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Santa Barbara Sunrise Beach Bridal Session

Just wanted to share another fun shoot from my travels to California.  Though Santa Barbara was certainly a lovely place to have a photography conference,  and  I was able to find a few peaceful moments (like seeing dolphins from the beach after breakfast-breath-taking), my week in Santa Barbara was for the most part so jam-packed that I barely felt I could catch my breath.  From parties that went late into the night, to sunrise photo shoots on the beach (you know us photographers weren’t going to miss a moment of beautiful light on our trip even if it meant getting up at 4:30 AM) we barely ever stopped.   But it was worth it all for these amazing images.  Thank you to the Photography Smiths for leading this beautiful sunrise beach bridal session!

It began with some soft light from the sky before the sun had risen-

The pre-sunset light felt so dreamy and whimsical on the beach – if she had red hair I’d think of Ariel!

Soon the sun peeked out its pretty little head over the end of the beach.  Love her sweet smile!

Though I love back-lit photos, the light and airy feel they give, soft morning or evening light also allows for flattering direct sunlight shots since the light is not yet too high and too harsh-

Love this playful image-

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