Grace Kathryn - Santa Barbara, California and Destination Wedding Photographer

Client Experience Read below to hear what couples have said about their experience working with me!

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony at Rancho San Antonio in Buellton California

Andrew + Lexy

I cannot overstate how incredible Grace is and how happy we are with our photos! She is a true talent, a professional, and a delight to work with. There are too many things I want to say about her but I will pick just a few:

1) Skill. Grace is an extremely talented photographer. Her eye for creative shots is truly incredible. She was able to capture both the emotions of the day and the beauty of it through her lens!

2) Professionalism. Grace is a professional. She showed up to everything on time, ran her team (second shooter and assistant) efficiently, was extremely responsive via email, and stuck to all of her deadlines. We were absolutely confident in her and never had to think twice about whether she would pull through.

3) Personality. Grace was there for some of the most intimate and private parts of our wedding, which meant could have been incredible awkward but wasn’t! She is kind, warm, and extremely pleasant to be around. She was a fly on the wall during our first look and while we were getting ready. You have to like your photographer more than any other vendor in my opinion, and Grace is truly delightful.

Bride and Groom Portrait from Wedding at Walnut Grove in Moorpark, California

Allie + Sean

Grace's work is beautiful, artistic, and romantic. The photos speak for themselves! I spent a lot of time searching for and speaking with different photographers, as this was one of the most important decisions for me when planning my wedding. From the first time I spoke with Grace on the phone, I knew she was going to be perfect. She's sweet, thoughtful, and a great listener. Grace specializes in outdoor photography and when I told her my concerns about shadows from the bright afternoon sun during my outdoor ceremony, she totally put me at ease. On the big day, she did a great job wrangling my husband's and my large families for family portraits. We chose not to do a "first-look", so it was really important for me that she caught my husband's and my reaction when we first saw each other during the ceremony - and boy did she deliver! The photos she took of that moment are priceless. Simply put, Grace is amazing.

View from Kimpton Canary Hotel Rooftop Wedding in Santa Barbara California

Jeb + Mindy

Grace is amazing!! My husband and I found Grace when looking through photos of Santa Barbara weddings and I loved her natural style. She is seriously talented with lighting, which was really important to me as our wedding was outdoors. After our initial phone call, I was sold. She's very down-to-earth, professional, and a breeze to work with. She was also awesome about working in a little bonus session a few days before our wedding to fit some gorgeous sunset beach photos since we didn't have time to fit them in the day of the wedding. Working with her the day of the wedding was also fantastic - she has the type of personality that is very relaxed and does not add to the stress of the day at all. Her style was also really nonintrusive, I hardly noticed she was taking photos for a big portion of the day, but she was there taking so many amazing, natural candids. ALL of our photos have turned out amazing - I can't stop looking at them!

Bride and Flower Girl at Four Seasons Biltmore Wedding in Montecito, California

Jennifer + Peter

We had a wonderful experience working with Grace. We had a small elopement (just my husband and 18 month old daughter) in Santa Barbara - so I was a bit nervous having strangers join in on our celebrations that day. Grace was so relaxed throughout - she was a pleasure to hang out with. So happy to have her as our official witness!

We could not be happier with our photos. Grace was so patient and sweet with our daughter - as we had to be a bit "go with the flow" with a toddler on board. Grace took such beautiful pictures of our family. I was so impressed with her ability to frame her photos and capture these special moments. She was able to suggest poses without making things feel forced or artificial. She also took some amazing pictures of the Four Seasons and Santa Barbara courthouse - which really helped us to remember the feel of the whole day. Our friends and family have been equally impressed with our photos, and consistently comment on how "stunning" they are. Communication with Grace was amazing throughout the process.

I just can't thank her enough for what she does - her photos created lifelong special memories for our family.

Spring Engagement Session with Wildflowers in Grass Valley near Auburn, California

Brad + Laura

Grace is simply the best! I have nothing but amazing things to say about her and her photography. My friend hired Grace for her wedding in Southern California, and I was blown away by her talent behind her camera lens. I just felt pure happiness when looking at her photos, and having the opportunity to work with her previously and seeing first hand how relaxed she made us all feel at my friend's wedding, I knew it would be silly not to hire her! My husband and I are so grateful we did! We hired Grace for our engagement photos as well, and I had heard stories from other friends about how awkward they felt during their engagement photo sessions, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Grace made us feel completely comfortable and her lighthearted personality with the occasional joke during our session made everything perfect and so enjoyable. The result of this totally shines through in both our engagement and wedding photos. She worked closely with us over the phone and by email to make sure she was capturing everything we wanted her to. If you are looking for an amazing photographer who will capture all the happiness and special moments of your big day, look no further. You will not be disappointed by Grace's amazing talent!

Red flower petals cover the aisle of a beautiful and colorful wedding ceremony at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Kristina + Brian

"Grace was our photographer for our wedding this August in Santa Barbara at the Historical Museum. Long before we were engaged, I had found Grace's work online after searching around for inspiration. I always kept coming back to Grace's website because her work is truly so beautiful! Not only is Grace extremely talented, but she's so friendly, down to earth, easy going and makes it a point to understand you as a couple and the overall themes we wanted to show on our big day. We talked to a handful of other photographers that were far too expensive and were nowhere near as friendly and open as Grace was. It's been 4 months since our wedding now, and I still pull up our photos in amazement. They are beautifully captured, lighting is gorgeous and they are so many details I will cherish forever. Sounds cheesy, but Grace is the best kept secret in Santa Barbara when it comes to talent!"

Bride and groom with wedding bouquet at sunset on the beach in Santa Barbara, California

Alex + Louis

"I don't even know where to start describing my experience with Grace... From the minute my husband and I met her, we knew we made the right choice! She is incredibly sweet, friendly, and personable -- yet extremely professional and responsive! When my husband and I were looking for a photographer to hire, we wanted a specific style: something very soft, romantic, and contemporary. There is nothing we dislike more than the old fashioned and cheesy poses. After browsing through Grace's portfolio online and chatting with her in person, we knew that her style is exactly what we wanted! She is very open-minded, she knows how to "read" a couple and she WILL capture the sweetest, most precious moments! Thank you so much Grace for all the wonderful work you did and most importantly, for the amazing experience you've created!"

Bride and groom at sunset with a classic car after their Santa Ynez wedding at Firestone Vineyards

Mindy + John

"After months of researching and speaking with different photographers, I chose Grace based on how responsive and incredibly professional and talented she is. She took time and care to ask all the right questions to assure she'll capture exactly what what's important to us. She's so nice and easy to work with, my then fiancé (now husband) and I are very camera shy and Grace made us feel very at ease when she shot our engagement shoot. I'm so obsessed with my wedding pictures, as are our friends and family. Everyone says they look like they are straight out of a magazine! Planning a wedding is very difficult, but rest assured Grace will make you feel loved and treat you like the special bride you are."

Engaged travel couple adventure to Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, California for photos at sunset next to the famous rock archway

Camille + Niels

"Grace was the photographer for our engagement photos in Big Sur, California, and was also the photographer at our destination wedding in Costa Rica. As an actress, I have had the opportunity to work with many professional photographers, but none as charming and genuine as Grace. She has a unique ability to set her subjects at ease, reminding them to get lost in one another and truly enjoy the moment. At first, I didn't think an engagement shoot was necessary, but I'm so glad we did one because it was one of those moments of pure enjoyment during our engagement! I look back with joy at the good times with my family and friends at our engagement party, bridal shower, Big Sur engagement shoot, and destination wedding. Thank you Grace, for making our shoot so special."

Engagement Session Photography in Santa Barbara, California

Michael + Shaina

The most important detail of our wedding to my, now, husband and I were the photos. Therefore we researched quite extensively and we are beyond grateful for the art Grace created in our engagement and wedding photos. She is knowledgeable, makes you feel very comfortable, and is extremely talented. Honestly I am short on words because her photos speak for themselves. I would say they have a romantic and artistic feel to them. Many of our loved ones have commented that she catches personal moments well and that her art is something you might see in a magazine!

Bride and groom embrace on the beach in front of the Fess Parker after their wedding in Santa Barbara, California

Jess + Marco

"Grace has a true passion and talent for what she does and it's immediately apparent from the moment you meet her. She was incredibly easy to work with and on the day of, and made us feel so comfortable that it almost felt like a close friend was shooting our wedding. I wanted pictures with my dog and she was more than happy to deal with an excited pup. Just two weeks after the wedding, she provided us with a wedding preview and we LOVE THEM. She and her second shooter did an amazing job capturing the emotions and excitement of the day. From the ceremony shots to the dance floor, Grace memorialized it all."