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You’re here because your love is extraordinary, and you need someone who will capture the real you. A Santa Barbara elopement photographer who will nurture your creative and adventurous person within.

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hey Wild Heart.

Photographing authentic couples and elopements in California; SERVING Yosemite, Big Sur, The bay Area, Santa Barbara, and Los angeles.

Whether you're wildly in love and ready to tie the knot or if you're just passing through California on your latest adventure — all are welcome here. 

Are Living Wild and Free.

My Kind of Humans

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I'm more than just  a Mexico and California  elopement photographer— I love to photograph my couples living their best lives!

Planning an international (or domestic) adventure?

I'm a conscious Santa Barbara elopement photographer who truly cares to connect with each couple. You can simply be present with your partner (who, let's be real, is your best friend) and enjoy your gorgeous California elopement  to the absolute fullest! Adventurous, NOT boring, and editorial — honest to who you are. 

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Looking for an elopement guide and photographer for Santa  Barbara?  I'm here offering elopement  planning tips,  what to expect, and how to plan the adventure of a lifetime. All while keeping kindness, sustainability, and experience in mind. Because you're dynamic, and I get that.


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Easy Ways to Make Your Wedding More Sustainable

As a Santa Barbara wedding photographer, I've had the joy to be a part of so many weddings. I've also met hundreds of wonderful couples who want to do more to give back and make a difference, but aren't sure how. So, let's discuss how your celebration of love can also become a force for good in the world! 

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What to do if You're Nervous in Front of the Camera

Let me help you get in the right mindset for feeling confident in front of the camera. Plus, I've been a photographer for more than 10 years— so I can share a few tricks for looking natural and at ease too. Nervous to get in front of the camera? Pshh. Not any more!  Let's plan your California photo adventure today.

Why Have an Engagement Session? 

Let's talk about the importance of having an engagement session & how to plan something unforgettable and unique to your own story. We'll also talk about some unique ideas to surprise your partner at the session, outfit planning, location scouting, and more. Brought to you with fresh tips on secret Santa Barbara elopement locations from destination couple photographer, Janelle!

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I'm here to take us beyond "boudoir" and into radical self love and empowerment.  Let's kick fear to the curb together and show you how stunning you are, inside and out!  
When you work with me, know that I absolutely have your best interests at heart, and I will guide you through the entire healing and celebrating experience of self empowerment.

Self-Love is in. Empower Yourself.

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“We really couldn't have asked for a better wedding photographer. My husband and I are introverted and not super comfortable in front of a camera, but Janelle was able to help us relax and offered some great prompts. I can't recommend her enough!

Lesley and Divyesh:

I completely understand how you feel when you're in front of the camera, I'm "not a model" either. However, I've discovered how far some self love and acceptance can go! The best thing you can do is show up authentically— laugh, cry,  scream (so therapeutic), and let go of your comfort zone. 
I'll do all the work to help you live in the moment, and realize that you truly are beautiful. 

(p.s. Afterwards, we'll have the photos to prove it!)

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I'm Janelle.

your Santa Barbara elopement photographer and empowering BFF.

Tell me about you, beautiful soul

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My humans always say

You Are Here

I am here

I bring out their authenticity. They feel stunning while being wholly themselves. We have a heck of a lot of fun along the way. 

Because you want authentic and timeless Santa Barbara elopement photography to preserve the story behind your most cherished relationship.

Because I want to empower and love on other humans. I truly want to make our planet a kinder and more peaceful place for life to grow. 

Your booking Gives Back.

Every year, I donate 15% of my profits to great causes. In 2019 and 2020, my couples and I helped to help build an orphanage, senior citizens home, and helped rebuild two schools located in the mountains near Cuzco, Peru. 

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I can't wait to be your Santa Barbara elopement photographer!

PS, do you prefer the phone? Just shoot me a text or Whatsapp me! 404-889-0031.

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— Janelle Rivera

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