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!

The M Family | Santa Clarita Family Photographer

The M Family was looking to book a session on short notice and boy, were they lucky! My calendar is booked about 2 months out, but I had JUST happened to have a client call to reschedule. The M Family scooted into that timeslot and off we went to Hart Park in Newhall.

The M Family has 3 boys, all very close in age. You can tell that, although I’m sure they give each other a hard time, these boys are a clan.  One thing they have in common? Perry the Platypus! The amazing thing is that I can totally talk Phineas & Ferb and enjoy it (chalk that up to having a 7 year old son myself!).  We laughed and had a great time and I even discovered that the youngest brother has a secret wish to start acting. Headshots anyone?

The Scott Family | Santa Clarita Family Photographer

It was another SoCal scorcher on the morning I met the Scott Family.  We were so very thankful that we scheduled their session in the morning because it was 95 degrees when we finished up at 10:30 a.m.  And yet, don’t they look gorgeous?

Also, I’ve decided that I need to hire an assistant to spritz me with a water bottle and fan me while I’m working in the summertime. OK – not really, but it’s a nice thought!

Thanks for distracting me from the heat, Scott Family!

Feelin’ Hot, Hot, HOT! | Santa Clarita Family Photographer

Here in Southern California, we are so very fortunate to have gorgeous weather 90% of the time, but every now and then, a summer day will turn into a total scorcher.  A total scorcher is what perfectly describes the weather the day of the P Family’s photo session.  And yet, they still managed to make this look good!

The Martin Family | Santa Clarita Family Photographer

The morning of the Martin Family’s photo session, I woke up with [what I now know was] strep throat.  After chatting with L, we decided that the session must go on.  I’d be lying if I said that it was easy. It wasn’t. But it WAS fun.  These three cuties were full of energy and giggles, although I did try to keep my distance to keep the germies away! 🙂

The Garel Family’s Mini Session | Santa Clarita Family Photographer

For this session, the idea was to capture the whole family, including the new little bundle on the way. Can you believe that R looks this fantastic at 30 weeks pregnant?!!!  Not only that, but she was really feeling the pregnancy the day of the session and she still made it look good!  Love this family and their cutie-patootie two kiddos too!  Can’t wait to meet little Baby C!

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.

Home is Where the Heart Is | Santa Clarita Family Photographer

The M sisters came to me with one goal in mind – images of them together. As it turns out, one of them is in the military and is only able to be home for a very short time. The sisters truly cherish their time together and wanted to capture the memories while they had the chance.

The Johnston Kids | Santa Clarita Family Photographer

The Johnston’s mini session was a super-fun one. The weather and light were perfect for a lush park setting. The kids were so happy and excited to just be someplace new with new spots to explore. We wandered the park a bit and here are the shots we got. Oh and, ahem, I did NOT doctor these kids’ eyes – they were truly gorgeous shades of blue!

The Sandak Family | Santa Clarita Headshot Photographer

When the Sandak’s called me, they knew exactly what they wanted. Both of their boys are actors and needed new headshots. They also wanted to get a few family shots by the lake where they live. The moment I set eyes on this gorgeous family and their to-die-for red hair, I knew that this was going to be fun. The boys didn’t disappoint – they had energy abounding!