Wardrobe Inspiration | Family Photography Session | Katee Grace Photography

Wardrobe Inspiration | Family Photography Session | Katee Grace Photography

Wardrobe Suggestions | Family Portraits | Katee Grace Photography | Fabulous multi-color combination on this Santa Barbara Family Portrait

Photo Session Wardrobe Inspiration | Family Portraits | Katee Grace Photography

Photo Session Wardrobe Inspiration | Family Portraits | Katee Grace Photography

Wardrobe Suggestions | Family Portraits | Katee Grace Photography | Fabulous multi-color combination on this Santa Barbara Family Portrait

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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 | 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 Photography | Bacara Resort Wedding | Santa Barbara Photographer

I was honored to be part of Michelle and Dave’s wedding day at the Bacara Resort here in Santa Barbara this past summer.  Being a Santa Barbara Photographer, I am continually inspired by the natural beauty of Santa Barbara and the couple’s and families that are drawn to enjoy various seasons of their lives along the coast of California in Santa Barbara.  Meeting Michelle and Dave last Spring at the studio who orchestrated this relationship, the studio of Fotoceilo in downtown Santa Barbara, I almost couldn’t contain my excitement as they shared their special and unique love story and their loves and enjoyments as a couple and then their plans for their Santa Barbara wedding at the Bacara Resort.  Meeting for their engagement session at one of my favorite Santa Barbara beaches, I got to know this sweet couple even more and my excitement just grew and grew for their coming wedding day.  The wedding day was flawless and absolutely gorgeous.  Starting with the details of Michelle’s exquisite Monique Lhuillier dress to the beautiful flowers designed by Juniper Presence, the depth of love from both Dave and Michelle’s closest friends and family was felt and expressed in every way imaginable.  Watching this interaction of this couple my heart melted, Dave’s tenderness and attentiveness to his wife in the midst of the excitement and business of the wedding is one of the defining memories I have of this couple, as well as Michelle’s trust and love for her husband seen so clearly in her eyes and through her tears as she watched the mother and groom dance.

I’m continually blown away at the amazing couples and families I get to photograph and work with.  Being a Santa Barbara photographer in a community that facilitates beautiful celebrations of love and life, I am thankful for the personal relationships I get to develop with my amazing clients, whether it’s Wedding Photography or Family Photography, life is a journey and these seasons should be remembered and cherished.

Santa Barbara Photographer | Bacara Resort Wedding
Santa Barbara Photographer | Bacara Resort Wedding
Santa Barbara Photographer | Bacara Resort Wedding
Santa Barbara Photographer | Bacara Resort Wedding
Santa Barbara Photographer | Bacara Resort Wedding
Santa Barbara Photographer | Bacara Resort Wedding
Santa Barbara Photographer | Bacara Resort Wedding
Santa Barbara Photographer | Bacara Resort Wedding
Santa Barbara Photographer | Bacara Resort Wedding
Santa Barbara Photographer | Bacara Resort Wedding
Santa Barbara Photographer | Bacara Resort Wedding

many many congratulations + much love + peace to your hearts | xoxo | katee grace | http://kateegrace.com |

freedom + family july special | santa barbara photography

In CELEBRATION of Freedom and Family here in Santa Barbara, California, Katee Grace Photography is hosting an amazing special for your family reunions, summer fun and all-around memories of your family love and relationships. I love summertime, even with this June Gloom here in Santa Barbara, the sweetness of no school and sleeping in is a sweet time to capture those memories, and I thank you for the opportunity to be your photographer.

Santa Barbara Photography | xoxo, katee grace

Call Katee Grace at 805•637•7412 or email at katee@kateegrace.com to book your custom session today.

in the beginning

Having determined their fixed boundaries,” this is one instance where God through the scriptures plainly tells us that He is intimately involved in our lives, in a very real and practical way, right down to where we call home.

We all have a desire to be understood and have a place in the world, and from a young age we begin searching for our place in the world through “pretend,” “dress up” and “house.”  These “make-believe” games are meant not only to be entertainment and just for play time but also stir in us as children, a very real sense of belonging and our need for that. Whether it’s being picked over for the ball game at school, not getting the role in the school play that is our most fantasy-like character, struggling with education and the system that surrounds it, we have begun our search for belonging and subsequent rejection at a very young age, even in the most sheltered of environments.

According to God, He has created each of us on purpose, He made your hair the texture that He thought most beautiful for your eyes, and the tinting of your complexion, the shape of your nose and the position of your teeth and He has also given gifts of abilities and passions to each of us that differ from one another and if we continue to look at life like the unattained role in the school play, looking at our role as something lesser, then I fear we may miss the extravagant and loving purposes of God for our lives.

I would like to welcome you to this series of insights, stories, photographs… this is a glimpse into one girl’s journey through life that intersects with many others and the beautiful way that God designed our journey through life to be, in community. Thank you for coming by and I look forward to getting to know you more over the course of time.
much love + peace,
katee grace | xoxo

Katee Grace | Santa Barbara Photographer | Writer