Santa Barbara Photographer | La Cumbre Country Club Wedding

Being a Santa Barbara photographer has given me the unique opportunity to not only watch the love and relationships of my brides and grooms blossom even after their engagement, but also capture that beauty and love as a Santa Barbara photographer with irreplaceable photographs.

Santa Barbara Photographer | La Cumbre Country Club Wedding

Having met Kasey a few years ago when as a Santa Barbara photographer I was shooting a wedding with a fellow photographer in Ventura but a few months before her and John were engaged to be married we met again at their cousin’s wedding which I was photographing.  As we were also neighbors at the time, we hadn’t gotten to know each other well but the Santa Barbara wedding of Suzanne and Keefe, of which I was the Santa Barbara photographer opened the door for communication.  John is a pro-golfer and the La Cumbre Country Club was the ideal wedding location for Kasey and John, and for this Santa Barbara photographer, a location whose open spaces of the greens coupled with the warmth of the bougianvilleas, which doubled over from their engagement session at my favorite Montecito beach, Hammonds Beach.  Side note: Hammonds Beach in Montecito is one of my favorite places to be as well as photograph.  The neighborhood streets surrounding Hammonds Beach are quiet, romantic and the pathway to the beach with the blooming bougianvilleas is nothing short of magical, even for this Santa Barbara photographer with many beautiful options in Santa Barbara County for photography.

Santa Barbara Photographer | La Cumbre Country Club Wedding

 

Santa Barbara Photographer | La Cumbre Country Club Wedding
Santa Barbara Photographer | La Cumbre Country Club Wedding
Santa Barbara Photographer | La Cumbre Country Club Wedding
Santa Barbara Photographer | La Cumbre Country Club Wedding
Santa Barbara Photographer | La Cumbre Country Club Wedding

Congratulations Kasey & John… what a privilege and joy to know you both.

Santa Barbara Photographer, Katee Grace, is currently booking for 2012 and 2013 Santa Barbara weddings.  Call or email Katee Grace at 805-637-7412 or katee@kateegrace.com to discuss your photography collection and capturing this irreplaceable and special part of your journey together.

xoxo | katee grace | http://kateegrace.com  |  capturing + loving life | your moments + my camera = your unforgettable memories | santa barbara photographer

 

Santa Barbara Family Portraits | Santa Barbara Photographer

As a photographer who not only loves people, but cherishes the opportunity to capture the various season of life throughout childhood with Santa Barbara Family Portraits.  Engaging with my clients and their personal tastes in the planning of their Santa Barbara family portraits is something that I at Katee Grace Photography value in the consulting of each Santa Barbara photography session.  Since relationships and personal style vary as each family varies, these consultations, whether in person, on the telephone or through email, are absolutely critical for each of my wonderful families that choose Katee Grace Photography to capture their Santa Barbara family portraits.

Santa Barbara Family Portraits | Katee Grace Photography
Santa Barbara Family Portraits | Katee Grace Photography
Santa Barbara Family Portraits | Katee Grace Photography

Whether it’s in your home, warm with the daily life and memories that you share, or in a special place that your family feels especially comfortable, a particular Santa Barbara beach or park, the personalization for each of the Santa Barbara family portraits that I am privileged to capture encapsulate not only the relationships but also the location that you to specifically capture this special and irreplaceable time in your life.

Please contact Katee Grace at katee@kateegrace.com or by telephone at 805-637-7412 to discuss your photography collection and seasonal options available for the month of love… Katee Grace’s Santa Barbara family portraits celebrate Valentine’s Day too!

Your Santa Barbara Photographer,

katee grace | capturing + loving life | your moments + my camera = your unforgettable memories | http://kateegrace.com

Now booking for Winter and Spring Santa Barbara Family Portraits + Santa Barbara Senior Portraits

Santa Barbara Family Portraits | Katee Grace Photography

 

Santa Barbara Senior Portraits: Option to merge Senior portrait sessions with family session available, contact katee@kateegrace.com or katee grace at 805-637-7412 for more details.

Santa Barbara Photographer | Fashion + Santa Barbara Photography

As a Santa Barbara photographer working in Southern California, I get the wonderful opportunity to photograph many environmental portraits and photography sessions due to our mild weather.

Being in love with fashion and being a Santa Barbara photographer who loves working with local families and businesses gives me the unique opportunity to work with High School seniors as well as local businesses and designers.

Keeping up with trends in the fashion world, creating my own trends, living my own unique fashion forward style, photographing people who have hott style and are fashion forward is one of my most favorite things.

I have not really gotten on the Pinterest bandwagon but I wanted to post a little fashion and fun inspirational post from your Santa Barbara photographer who not only loves to capture your style but loves to create her own style.

Some of my favorite links right now:

Planet Blue

Priscilla and Aquilla (available at Wendy Foster and Tropical Affair)

beeeeeee inspired. be hott. be you.

 love, your santa barbara photographer, katee grace  of katee grace photography 🙂

santa barbara photographer | fashion and being you
santa barbara photographer | fashion and being you | indi garcia
santa barbara photographer | fashion and being you | danica yamamura

 love, your santa barbara photographerkatee grace  of katee grace photography 🙂

Senior Pics | Santa Barbara Photography by Katee Grace

As a Santa Barbara Photographer, a lover of all things youthful and a girl constantly getting lost in the beauty of the light, I am excited to present Katee Grace Photography showcasing a new line of High School Senior pics for Santa Barbara area High Schools.

I remember all too well being in high school and getting my senior pics by the school’s chosen photographer (talk about awkward and embarrassing!), and then getting the photographs that I actually wanted to hand out to my friends and family from another photographer of my choosing, who made me look GOOD, fun, beautiful, natural, trendy… how I really felt I looked then. My mom still has these senior pics up in her home and I’m totally not embarrassed about them, while the yearbook picture, I’d rather forget!

Getting senior pics done should be casual yet intentional, comfortable yet stylized.  Being on both sides of the camera and thinking back to my senior pics, I strive to create an experience for each of my high schoolers for their senior pics that is comfortable, fun, and produces both the traditional and classic photographs that mom wants as well as the trendy, fashion/editorial style photographs that the senior wants.

Click HERE to view Katee Grace Seniors New Website and email katee@kateegrace.com to get your senior pics. (iPad and iPhone versions of the website are on their way!!!)

http://seniors.kateegrace.com

Katee Grace Photography is currently booking for your custom senior photography session.  Get the Senior Pics you want, the ones that you will have fun getting ready for, enjoy workin’ the camera for and looking at afterwards.

Senior Pics | Santa Barbara Photography

 

 

short story | marie + landon

Instead of being a source of truth and refuge, Marie’s mom was continually sowing seeds of broken trust as she lied about Marie’s father being dead, and forced her to hide money just so they could eat.  With continued lies, manipulation, and neglect, Marie learned to seek her identity and worth in a world of brokenness.  As Marie turned each corner of her life, she found further heartbreak and a harsh delusion of happiness.

Marie met Landon, and though their relationship was intoxicated by the delusions of addiction, their journey began to take a radical turn as Landon entered a local drug rehabilitation program.  Tragically, while Marie was pregnant with their second child and living out of her car, she was attacked and raped by four gang members.  The wounding of that unimaginable experience left Marie in such despair that she saw death as her only hope.  Deep down, she questioned whether or not this is what she was created for, yet she truly wanted to believe that her past could be healed!

short story | santa barbara photographer

When Landon returned from the recovery program, having left behind a lifestyle of destruction, pain and addiction, he began to lead Marie in active steps towards wholeness.  She too entered a recovery program and began the healing process.  As they began to embrace a faith in God and to seek help, things slow began to change.  Marie was pregnant with their third child, the first two children were adopted by a family member, and determined to do this differently now that they were sober.  In an attempt to gain information about having a healthy pregnancy and to learn the parenting tools they were never afforded and didn’t have to parent their first kids, Marie & Landon searched the internet and found WPC.  This was one of their first steps in rebuilding their family and for Marie a step to rededicating her life to God.  They began to understand restoration and hope through the loving arms of the staff of WPC.  Their counselor not only counseled and encouraged the couple, she also opened her home as a place to stay when they had nowhere to turn one weekend.  Another WPC volunteer hosted an incredible baby shower to celebrate the upcoming birth of Marie & Landon’s son.  Marie knew that her family needed more than just diapers and baby clothes, but was blown away by the welcoming response received – the counseling, phone calls, gifts, prayers and support.  Marie and Landon expressed, “It doesn’t matter how strong our faith is, we still need people, we still need help.”  That’s exactly what they found and continue to experience at WPC.

stories of hope | santa barbara photographer

It is an honor to have met and spend a considerable amount of time with Marie and get to share with you her short story.  Having personally experienced heartbreaking and extremely disturbing situations in my own life, I have a glimpse into the pain and healing that Marie described to me and I pray as you’ve read her short story your heart is moved to pray for this precious woman that she be completely knit into the body of Christ and continue to receive the healing of God’s healing oil into the deep places of her heart, as well as that of Landon.    Though this was a short story peaking into a lifetime of a beautiful woman and family, I hope the snapshot into her life reminds us how much pain their is right around us, in ourselves, our neighbors and our communities and how important love and hope for one another is for God’s dreams for our lives to come true.

much love | katee grace

| short story + photography by katee grace |

short story | taurian + baby meridian | writing + photography by: katee grace

found a calling | taurian | story + photography
found a calling | taurian | story + photography

Taurian smiles as she recalls her first memories of her father– his arms wide open asking her to come to him. Sadly, however, those same hands did not tuck her in each night, nor did they hold her hand as she walked home from school. Her parents were unable to care for her because they were teens themselves, so she was raised by her grandparents in South Central Los Angeles. When Taurian talks about her life she repeatedly and enthusiastically states: “I’m so blessed.”

found a calling | taurian | story + photography
found a calling | taurian | story + photography

Graduating from NYU with a bachelor’s degree, she knew that she wanted to spend her life helping people. Her dedication to serving and fighting for refugees took her to Ghana, Africa. Unfortunately, while she was there, she found herself in desperate need of help. She was 23 years old, pregnant and the baby’s dad was nowhere to be found. She eventually was able to return to the States just in time to give birth to her beautiful daughter, Meridian. Taurian gave birth at home, completely unassisted, and absolutely convinced that the Lord saw her through.

Just two weeks after Meridian was born, Taurian began to search for help within her community. That search led her to WPC, where she not only received the parenting tools and support that she had been desperate for, but also incredible relationships that would see her through this new experience. Her WPC counselor began mentoring her through “mommy-hood”, something she had never truly been on the receiving end of. Her counselor continually expressed a sincere love and care for Taurian and her family and shared her own personal experience, which not only created a space of trust in the relationship but challenged Taurian’s will and ability.

As she continues in the Westside Pregnancy Clinic’s Parenting Support Program, Taurian is learning skills specific to her life and the needs of her baby. In her own words, “My deepest desire is to change the tide of absent parents in the lives of their children. With the help of WPC I have a shoulder to lean on, and believe I can overcome my past circumstances and truly make a difference.” With this new found hope, Taurian is ready for a fresh start and she and her baby girl moved to Paris, France this past fall to start her singing career.

found a calling | taurian | story + photography

It is truly an honor to have spent a day with Taurian and her precious buddle of joy Meridian and gotten to write this short story.  Not only did she warmly invite me into her life, her day, her world, but her heart shone through so beautifully as she so naturally invited me in.  As I walked in the door of her home I immediately felt at home, relaxed and welcome.  The day we spent together was lovely and memorable as I recall being introduced around town as her friend.  Not only did she cook a delish curry dinner for me before I hit the road, but she packed snacks for both of us.  Her actions of inviting me in through food and kind introductions were truly just the outward display of her genuine and honest desire to truly connect.  As I read writings she had written over the years I wished my time with her was going to be longer than one day.   It is one thing to have a great display of hospitality but to genuinely open open to each other is so how we were created and so the desire of God, and this genuine and true type of relating with people is what I experienced during my time with Taurian.

Writing this short story you see just a glimpse into the remarkable woman that Taurian is and the challenges that she has overcome.  I almost feel this cannot be called a short story because to me a short story implies many more words, but for the purposes and needs of the Westside Pregnancy Clinic in LA I was privileged to write this short story as part of a series I did for them for their annual gala.

much love | katee grace | santa barbara writer and santa barbara photographer

santa barbara wedding | john + kasey

Santa Barbara Wedding | John + Kasey
Santa Barbara Wedding | John + Kasey

When paths cross in multiple avenues it makes being part of people’s lives even more special.  I have known this special couple through various events over the last couple years and am honored and excited to be their wedding photographer today on this very special and beautiful day of their lives.  Heading over to Santa Barbara’s La Cumbre Country Club this afternoon for the celebration of two lives becoming one.  Happy Wedding Day John + Kasey.

Santa Barbara Wedding | John + Kasey
Santa Barbara Wedding | John + Kasey
Santa Barbara Wedding | John + Kasey
Santa Barbara Wedding | John + Kasey
Santa Barbara Wedding | John + Kasey

happy happy day | xoxo | katee grace | http://kateegrace.com