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 Guerra Twins: Headshots | Santa Clarita Headshot Photographer

Last week, you met the Guerra Family.  I honestly had so many images that I loved from their session that I decided to split the images into two blog posts.

So…how many of you noticed that the Guerra boys are twins? Oh yes…very dashingly handsome, charismatic twins who are ACTORS!  It was time to update their headshots, so we set some time aside from their family portrait session to focus on headshots.

We had SO much fun goofing around while taking their photos!  They cracked me up! Let’s hope that Hollywood snatches this talented twosome right up.

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.

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!

Meet Brittany | Santa Clarita Photographer

Technically, you have already met Brittany.  You can see her 2 Senior Sessions HERE and HERE.  Brittany is my sister.  So why, you ask, am I listing her under my immediate family?  Brittany is A LOT younger than me.  I was almost moved out of the house when she was born. She is really a lot more like my daughter than my sister. More importantly, she’s one of my best friends. That, in my book, makes her immediate family.

I will be blogging this in it’s entirety, but for now, here are a few shots of Brittany before her senior prom.

Meet Thomas | Santa Clarita Photographer

You have met Alex & Emily – now meet Thomas! Thomas is my other half, my best friend, and my toughest photography critic. I wouldn’t be able to run Cristen Farrell Photography if I didn’t have his support and encouragement every day. He has pushed me to make my dreams a reality and, for that, I am eternally grateful.

Here are a few shots of Thomas on our recent vacation from Southern California to Northern California and back.  Of course, because he is obsessed with baseball, when we found an old, abandoned baseball field near Mt. Whitney, we knew that we had to stop and get a few shots. And because he is obsessed with politics, we knew we had to snap a shot in front of our state capitol in Sacramento.

Meet Alex | Santa Clarita Child Photographer

I’d like to introduce you to Alex, my 6 year old son. I was pleasantly surprised when he was asked to audition for a movie! I was embarassed to say that, yes I am a photographer and, no my son doesn’t have headshots (oops!). The audition was the next day – yikes! These are the quickie headshots we did the night before.

Sandy’s Headshots | Santa Clarita Headshot Photographer

The week of Sandy’s headshot session, the weather had been less than ideal for photography, but somehow Mother Nature got it right just in time and it turned out to be a beautiful day. Sandy was looking for some all-purpose headshots, as she is a classically trained musician and needs to use them in many different mediums.

Winter Mini Sessions are Here! | Santa Clarita Photographer

Not ready to commit to a full session? No problem! Try out Cristen Farrell Photography with an easy-on-your-wallet mini session!

Mini sessions include 30 minutes of on-location shoot time for up to 4 people. Additional people may be added for an additional charge.  The location is your choice, but must be within 15 miles of zip code 91354. Need location suggestions? No problem!

Mini sessions also include 5 fully-edited digital images on a disk with print rights, 1 Flat At-a-Glance calendar, and 15% off any other print or product purchases.

All of this for only $99 plus tax!

Winter Mini Sessions will only be available until February 28, 2011, so contact me ASAP to reserve your session.  A 20% deposit is required to reserve your session. Should the need to cancel arise, 5 calendar days notice is required for a full refund.

Contact: | (661)312-1686


Who doesn’t like FREE? | Santa Clarita Photographer

Did you know that Cristen Farrell Photography has a Referral Program in place? What a great way to make someone else’s day, all while giving yourself a free gift! So how does it work?

For every referred NEW client that books and completes a regularly priced session with Cristen Farrell Photography, YOU will receive a $25 print credit for your next session.

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