iHeartFaces Weekly Photo Challenge: Motherhood | Santa Clarita Photographer

I am really starting to get into these weekly photo challenges over at iHeartFaces! This week’s theme is MOTHERHOOD. I had such a hard time choosing which photo to feature – I have so many wonderful, emotional images from previous sessions.

©Cristen Farrell 2010 | Cristen Farrell Photography

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.

Anything But a Face – I Heart Faces Weekly Photo Challenge


This is the first time I have entered one of the iheartfaces photo challenges, but I couldn’t pass this one up! This week’s theme is “Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes…Anything But A Face!”  I photographed the Hills Family in 2010 and these silver boots were the the cutest, especially because this little girl was so super proud of them!

The Nelsons’ Faux Engagement Session | Santa Clarita Lifestyle Photographer

When I first talked to J, she explained to me that she had never had the chance to have an engagement session with her husband. I was surprised when she told me that they have been married for 3 years! How exciting! The best thing about being a photographer is capturing special moments that my clients treasure forever and I just knew that I couldn’t let this cute couple down. Check out how adorable and in love they are!

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.

cristen@cristenfarrellphotography.com | (661)312-1686


NEW PRODUCT: Photo Collages | Santa Clarita Photographer

It’s a whole new year, which means a whole new batch of products here at Cristen Farrell Photography.  By popular demand, the first set of many new products will be a variety of PHOTO COLLAGES; 12 in all!

Collages can be printed on either Kodak e-Surface paper or Endura Metallic paper and are fully customizable. Choose:

Colors and patterns
Text and fonts
Swap color blocks for photos
Swap photos for color blocks

Collages have all been added to the shopping cart and the product listing on our website:


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.

It’s that easy! So what are you waiting for?  Share this blog post via the Facebook, Twitter, and/or e-mail buttons at the bottom of the post.

On a Personal Note | Santa Clarita Photographer

Since it’s almost Christmas and I’m going to be launching a few new products after the first of the year, I thought I’d skip Featured Product Wednesday in favor of a few quick personal thoughts.

As a photographer, I do my best to capture special moments and precious memories for all of my clients.  I’m so fortunate to have clients willing to share these with me. As a wife and a mom, I do my best to capture these for my own family and I’d like to take a moment to share them with YOU. At a time of the year when so many families are far apart and so many families barely have food on the table or gifts under the tree, it’s not hard to realize how lucky I really am. Above all, I am humbled by the gift of my family; I’m so very thankful for them.  Happy holidays from my family to yours. Here are a few memories close to my heart.

Thomas: My other half; my partner. We met 13 years ago and got married almost 10 years ago. We’ve seen our fair share of good times and gray skies. I still love him like the day we met and the day we got married.

Alex: Our miracle baby. We tried for a very long time to get pregnant – months and months of heartbreak. Then came Alex and our world was bright again – and has never stopped being bright. Almost 7 years ago, tears of joy streamed down my face when I heard my baby boy cry for the first time.

Emily: The firecracker. I wasn’t quite prepared for the wonderful chaos that my spirited daughter would create. Little Miss Personality has been keeping me on my toes for almost 2 years now and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The Gonyea Family | Santa Clarita Family Photographer

I met the Gonyea Family at their home and both boys were super-friendly and eager to show me their Halloween decorations. I soon found out that the family built the house I was standing in, which made shooting there even more special. We staked out a few spots in the backyard and got to work. We even sneaked their dogs into a few shots!

The Zegarra Family | Santa Clarita Family Photographer

Erin and I have been friends since we were practically in diapers (note that I’m not going to tell you how many years, for fear of aging myself – LOL). I was so happy when she booked with me – how wonderful to be able to capture such special memories for her. I had a ton of fun with her, her hubby, and her energetic little guy.