BIG Changes for 2012 | Los Angeles Photographer

By now, some of you may have noticed that I have not been around as much as I usually am on Facebook, Twitter, and here on the blog.  The truth is, I’ve been working on something in the background.  I have recently accepted a full time career opportunity with a leading company in the photography industry.  I am thrilled and so very excited for the future, however this will mean that there will be some necessary changes here at Cristen Farrell Photography.

Beginning February 1, 2012, I will only be accepting a limited number of photo sessions and only on weekends.  I’m not sure how many I will accept exactly, but it will be based on the demands of my new position and could very well be as few as one per month.  As a result, if you are planning to book a session with me, I would suggest booking it far in advance.

In line with the scheduling changes, session fees will be increasing for sessions taking place from February 1st forward.  Detailed pricing can be found on the Investment page of our website:

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  I’m looking forward to a bright future!

2011 Holiday Hours | Los Angeles Photographer

The holidays are finally upon us.  I don’t think my kids could possibly wait another week for Christmas – they are just bursting with excitement and my 7 year old son is anxiously awaiting his 3 1/2 week winter break.  I will be adjusting my business hours to enjoy this time with my family.  Please note the following:

Wednesday, December 22, 2011 – Sunday, January 1, 2012
I will likely be checking in only once per day on emails and voicemails.

Monday, January 2, 2012 – Monday, January 16, 2012
I will be posting to Facebook and accepting a limited number of photo sessions.  I will have limited access to email and voicemail.

Happiest of holidays from my family to yours.  See you in 2012!

~ Cristen & Family

2011 Holiday Deadlines | Santa Clarita Photographer

The holidays are quickly approaching! TO HAVE YOUR ORDER DELIVERED BY CHRISTMAS, please note the following guidelines when scheduling photo sessions and placing orders.

Sessions must take place no later than:
Sunday, November 27th

Orders must be received and paid in full no later than:
Friday, December 9th

Questions? Contact us!
(661)312-1686 |

NEW SERVICE: Custom Photo Editing

Cristen Farrell Photography is proud to announce an addition to our service lineup: Custom Photo Editing services for photographers and clients!  We have added a brand new set of tabs on our blog menu for easy navigating.

What is the Custom Photo Editing Service?

Samples of Custom Photo Editing:

Request a Quote:

So what’s the scoop?  Here’s a quick overview:

Do you ever feel that you spend more time in front of your computer than in front of your clients? That’s all about to change!  All you have to do is put your time and talent into interacting with your clients and snapping the pictures and we’ll do the photo editing!  From family photo shoots to headshots to fashion shoots, we’ve got you covered.

If you are like me, you run around after your kids madly snapping photos trying to capture their personality. So what happens when you get that perfect photo, the one that captures your child as they truly are, but your camera just didn’t hold up it’s end as far as picture quality?  Let us fix your pictures!  Have vacation photos that didn’t come out quite right because you were spending more time enjoying yourself than perfecting your picture-taking? We can fix those too!

Color / White-Balance / Contrast / Tonal Corrections
Exposure Corrections
Object Removal
Object Color Changes
Head Swaps (when possible)
Stray Hair Removal
Skin / Blemish Retouching
Natural Eye Enhancement
Black & White and Sepia Conversion
Creative Cropping
Resizing and Optimizing for Print or Web

NEW PRODUCT: iPad Wraps | Los Angeles Photographer

Our Mobile Device Wraps, especially those for iPhone, Blackberry, and Android, have been so popular that we’ve decided to add iPad Wraps – and just in time to make great holiday gifts. But these wraps aren’t just for iPads!


These wraps can be customized for the following devices:
iPad 2
iPad (1st Generation)
Blackberry Playbook
Motorola Xoom
Samsung Galaxy Tab
Amazon Kindle
HP Touchpad
Barnes and Noble Nook
enTourage eDGe

* iPad Wraps are fully compatible with Apple Smart Covers.

* Wraps cover the front and back of the iPad 2 (back only of the iPad 1st generation).

*3M technology for easy application and clean removal.

*Super-thin (less than 1mm) tough scratch protection.

NEW PRODUCT: Hard Cover Books | Los Angeles Photographer

Hard Cover Press Books are made with magazine style press papers and are perfect bound at the spine. Wrap with many colorful cover options, and you have a custom-made coffee table book for your home, office, or anywhere!

Hard Cover Press Books are available with the following options:


Paper Type:

Cover Type:
Eurohyde Leather
Art Cloth
Metallic Dust Jacket
Custom Image (choose from Canvas, Glossy, Metallic, or Satin)

For a full product description, please visit our website:
Cristen Farrell Photography {Standalone Products}

The images in this post were not taken by Cristen Farrell Photography and are for product sample purposes only. Used by permission.













Holiday Cards & Holiday Studio Mini Sessions | Santa Clarita Photographer

It’s hard to believe that it is already mid-September and time to start thinking about the holidays again…my absolute favorite time of the year!  This blog post is a double-whammy of holiday goodness just because I love the holidays so much!

Holiday Studio Mini Sessions:

And with that, I proudly announce this year’s holiday cards, the wonderfully creative work of graphic designer Lori Ann Achzet!


Lori Ann Achzet is the graphic designer at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens by day, but her true passion for all things creative shows in her designs for invitations and and other greetings. She loves party planning, baking, cooking and getting her hands on anything she can design. From weddings, to interiors, she is sure to leave a designer touch on ever project.

Have a graphic design need? Conact Lori Ann and you will not be disappointed!


FLAT Photographic Holiday Cards personalize a message like nothing else can. Simply choose your favorite image from your session and let us do the rest. Printed on Kodak e-Surface photographic paper.

P.S. You can order these cards even if you are NOT a Cristen Farrell Photography client.  Please email us for details!

Holiday Card Designs (the grey areas are not part of the designs):

Announcing: 2011 FALL MINI SESSIONS | Santa Clarita Photographer

Fall Mini Sessions are here!  Don’t miss your chance to take advantage of these incredible savings and get a head start on your holiday cards and holiday gifts.

What is included in a 2011 Fall Mini Session?

– 30 minute on-location, natural light session for up to 5 family members (addl. family members for a nominal fee)
–  5 fully-edited, full size digital images with print rights
–  25 flat personalized photo greeting cards with envelopes
–  15% off of a la carte prints & products

When and where will 2011 Fall Mini Sessions take place?

2011 Spring Mini Sessions will take place on Saturday, October 8th beginning at 3:00 p.m.

The specific location is to be determined, but it will be at an easily accessible park location in the Santa Clarita Valley.

To reserve your 2011 Fall Mini Session:

Call or email Cristen Farrell Photography
(661)312-1686 |


Announcing: STUDIO SESSIONS | Santa Clarita Photographer


I am and always have been a natural light photographer and that’s not going to change any time soon. I love playing with light and I love exploring new nooks and crannies at different locations…the possibilities are endless!  But what happens if it rains? What happens if it’s REALLY windy (hello, Santa Ana winds!).  Until now, the only option was to reschedule, but that’s all about to change.

When I posed the option of studio sessions to my current clients, I was shocked at how excited and on-board with it they were!  I knew right then and there that, to properly serve my market here in the Santa Clarita Valley,  I needed to add studio work to my services, not only as a backup plan, but also as a service option.

You know what?  The truth is, I love studio work just as much as natural light work, ESPECIALLY PHOTOGRAPHING NEWBORNS!  Studio work truly holds a completely new set of possibilities and a clean, uniform style.


Studio sessions will be priced the same as natural light sessions ($195 session fee) and will also run 1 – 2 hours in length.  Newborn sessions may run up to 3 hours to allow for feedings, diaper changes, clothing changes, etc.

Many more props are available for studio sessions than natural light sessions (I wish I could lug all of this with me on natural light sessions!).  For newborn sessions, I have baskets, bowls, blankets, hats, headbands, and more! For family / child sessions, I have chairs, stools, toy props, dress up clothing, and more!  A variety of backdrops are available for different and unique looks.


Starting today, I will be accepting reservations for studio sessions on a first-come, first-serve basis, including newborn**, family (up to 4 family members), and headshot sessions.  For the time being, reservations will be limited, as they will take place at my home studio so I can properly judge the level of interest in this service.  If the level of interest is sufficient, there is a plan in place to rent an official studio space, at which time, availability will be expanded.

Call      (661)312-1686

Please note that Cristen Farrell Photography is closed from July 30 – August 7th (for a last bout of family fun with my kids before school resumes!).  I will however be returning calls and emails periodically.

*Although initial sessions will take place in my home studio, all studio equipment is of the highest, professional grade quality.  This is the same equipment that would eventually be transferred to a permanent studio.  

**If booking a newborn studio session, please remember that it is highly recommended to book your session in your newborn’s first 1 – 2 weeks of life.