It’s Been a Fab 2011!

WordPress put together a super-cool presentation about the Cristen Farrell Photography Blog in 2011.  So much fun!  I’m looking forward to a spectacular 2012 with all of my friends, family, and clients!  Happy New Year!

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,800 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the full presentation!

Let’s Go to the Beach! | Los Angeles Photographer

What better images to blog than a beach session on Christmas Eve Day? It makes me think of warm sand between my toes and the sun on my hair…warm breezes and the murmur of the waves.  Feeling warm now?

The Guerra Family was back! They are all working actors and frequently need to update their headshots. They also wanted to get some family shots for their holiday cards. When L requested to shoot at the beach, I loved the idea – what a great representation of Southern California and the whole “Hollywood” persona!

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

WINNER of the 500 Fan Celebration Giveaway! | Los Angeles Photographer

And the winner of the 500 Fan Celebration Giveaway is…

-Comment #4-






Congratulations to TRACEE FLORES!  Tracee, I will be contacting you via email.

Thanks again to everyone who participated.  I will be doing another giveaway at 1,000 Facebook fans, so stay tuned!

The H Twins: Boys on the Move! | Santa Clarita Family Photographer

I must admit that I knew exactly what I was walking into when I arrived to photograph the 2 1/2 year old H twins. After all, my own daughter is the exact same age and she has more energy than I often know what to do with.  The H twins were no different and I was certainly grateful that I had grabbed that energy drink, but I loved every minute.  The greatest thing about toddler energy is how happy and carefree and just generally cute and lovable they are. I had such a great time playing with these two sweeties – and there’s one more H sibling on the way who I can’t wait to meet!

500 Fan Celebration Giveaway | Santa Clarita Photographer


It is such an honor to have 500+ fans on Facebook.  I have so many clients and other photographers to talk to – it’s just so much fun!  To thank you for all of your support and all of the fun we’ve had, I will be awarding one lucky fan with a FREE PHOTO SESSION!  Here are the specifics:

– 1-2 hour natural light, on-location photo session
– Up to 5 people
– 5 images with print rights on a disk
– Session will take place between 1/1/12 – 3/31/12
– Session will take place at a location in the Santa
Clarita Valley
– Additional a la carte prints and products may be
purchased separately and will include a 15%




{ Entry #1 -Steps 1-3 Required for Entry- }
Step 1: Like Cristen Farrell Photography on Facebook
Step 2: Share the giveaway on Facebook.  Remember to tag @Cristen Farrell Photography in your post.  Feel free to use the Facebook share button at the bottom of this post.
Step 3: Leave a comment on this blog post stating that you completed all steps for entry #1.

{ Entry #2 -Optional for 1 extra chance to win }
Step 1: Follow @CFarrell_Photog on Twitter
Step 2: Tweet about the giveaway. Remember to mention @CFarrell_Photog in your tweet.
Step 3: Leave another, separate comment on this blog post stating that you completed all steps for entry #2 and add the URL of your tweet.  The URL can be found by clicking on the timestamp of your tweet:

Entries will be accepted until the giveaway closes at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 18, 2011.  Each comment will be assigned a number and a number will be randomly drawn using

Good luck!

Session date and time subject to availability.  This promotion is is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You will not be notified through Facebook if you are a winner. By entering this giveaway, you are providing information to Cristen Farrell Photography and not to Facebook.  Prizes do not have cash value. There will be no returns/exchanges on any of the giveaway items. Nominees must be 18 to participate. Giveaway void where prohibited by law.

Summertime | Santa Clarita Family Photographer

Yes, you read that title right.  I purposely scheduled this blog post for December, even though the session took place in early September.  The thing is, as I write this, it is crazy hot here in Santa Clarita and I wanted to be able to look at these warm, fun images when I am shivering and have my heat blaring to warm me and remind me that summer will soon be here again.  Just a little touch of summertime in the winter.  Meet the L Family…

The Magic of the Season | Los Angeles Photographer

My holiday decorations are up and my kids are in a festive mood.  Their excitement got me thinking… What makes these holiday decorations so special and we look forward to decorating each year?  The more I thought, the more I realized that each one had a special meaning for me and these are things I want to pass on to my kids.  Here are some holiday items special to me…

This was the first holiday decoration that I ever bought for myself!

This was the first holiday decoration I bought for the first home we owned.

These figurines belonged to my late mother-in-law; she was obsessed with Boyds Bears and Cherished Teddies!

I reindeer that was my husband’s when he was a little boy.

Our monogrammed stockings and stocking holders. My husband gave these to me as a Christmas gift in 2006.

The first decorations I bought when we bought our 2nd (and current) home.  I was thrilled to finally have a staircase to decorate!

The advent calendar that my husband grew up using.  This is my kids’ favorite of all of the Christmas decorations!  They get a huge kick out of moving the mouse each day.
















When I was a kid finding out just how much I loved art, this was one of the first few crafts I made for fun.
















The first holiday gift I ever received from a client just because.
















Our very first “Christmas Tree”.
















The frame that holds all of my kids’ pictures with Santa over the past 8 years.
















My mom gave me this snowman the first year we lived in our current house.  She was so thrilled that she had found this handmade item! Makes me laugh when I think about how excited she really was!
















We don’t have our Christmas tree yet, but I’ll be sure to add photos of that also!  We have so many special ornaments too…


Puppy Playtime | Santa Clarita Family Photographer

I met the L Family, a young couple and their dog, at Hart Park prepared to explore. We actually did quite a bit of light hiking because this puppy was ready to run and have a great time.

I just realized that I haven’t posted black and white images for a while and I just love pets in black and white, so…