Doug Ellis Photography
Doug Ellis Photography

Doug Ellis Photography

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Introduction: Enjoy magazine-quality photos by an experienced portrait photographer and have fun in our beautiful fair city with glorious golden California light. I keep things light and moving and will never let you look like a dork or make you stew in an awkward pose. I truly believe that play is at the heart of good work. A great photo is an all over body experience. We get to have a lot of fun and feel more alive by showing the real you, the authentic you and those you care about. I'm Doug Ellis, a Santa Barbara branding, headshot, and family portrait photographer who helps people feel at ease no matter the occasion. I have a career and Masters degree in branding/marketing and use somatic coaching and positive psychology and other energetic/body based tools to help you embody and express your best. I have been a full time professional photographer in Ojai, Santa Barbara, and Montecito for 15 years and you can read more about me at dougellis dot com. My images have been published in national magazines and broadcast television programs, including People, Spirituality & Health, Travel + Leisure, Success, National Geographic, and Oprah's Super Soul Sunday and the Today Show. "You see..its neither pride, nor gravity but love that pulls us back down to the world. The soul makes a thousand crossings, the heart just one." John Glenday
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Hired 167 times

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3 employees

19 years in business

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This pro accepts payments via Apple Pay, Cash, Check, Credit card, Google Pay, PayPal, Square cash app, Stripe, Venmo, and Zelle.

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165 photos

  • Santa Barbara Courthouse Wedding Photography

    Engagement Photography

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.

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George A.
Jan 28, 2024
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Doug is a great photographer! He was able to get us booked somewhat last minute for our courthouse Wedding photos in Santa Barbara. The photos came out fantastic. Doug is professional has a good creative eye for posing and making the best out of the environment.

Details: Posed engagement photoshoot • Traditional posed • Natural or environmental • Outdoors • One location • Online or digital proofs and prints • My home, venue, etc.

Doug Ellis Photography's reply
Thanks George, really enjoyed celebrating and showcasing your microwedding at our courthouse. I enjoyed the chemistry between the two of you and how you had the right combination of class and sass...a potent combination indeed and one we showcased visually.
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C- C.
Nov 7, 2023
I am definitely not the most photogenic person so I thought I would have to grit my teeth through the day of professional headshots . However, my recent experience at Doug Ellis photography was nothing short of fantastic. From the moment I stepped into their warm and welcoming studio, I felt at ease. I had an odd request for Doug. The request was to take headshots with my hamster Quarantina. Essentially, I wanted to take family portraits in Santa Barbara and Quarantina is my species-diverse family member. Doug was not only a joy to work with but he had a knack for putting me and Quarantina at ease. His assistant was superb and together their expertise was evident in every shot. They took the time to understand my needs and preferences, and they guided me through the entire process with patience and enthusiasm. Overall, I would highly recommend Doug Ellis photography to anyone looking for high-quality headshots. Their professionalism, expertise, and commitment to customer satisfaction are truly unmatched.
Doug Ellis Photography's reply
Thanks so much Courtney, I found you to be very photogenic myself and we had a great time exploring the posing possibilities with Quarantina, who, once out of the box was quite the little Diva, even before we put the black turtleneck on her. Non standard, unusual, and downright odd requests are a staple in my photo shop here in Santa Barbara and it is requests and people like you that keep things interesting even after 15 years as a full time professional photographer. So thanks for that!
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Natasha C.
Jun 29, 2023
Doug is amazing! He captured beautiful moments at our Santa Barbara wedding and reception. Great direction for family portraits and great ideas for husband and wife shots. His creativity is truly boundless; it transformed our wedding. We are so very happy we chose him to be a part of our big day. By the end of the day, he was a part of the family.
Doug Ellis Photography's reply
Thanks Natasha, had a great time at that Alice Keck Park wedding with you and your amazing families and handsome groom. What's not to love about bubbles and vows written on drum heads and of course Father Jerry..
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Tom S.
Apr 2, 2024
I started out working with Doug as a coach, and after a few months felt inspired enough to come all the way to Santa Barbara from the UK for a brand photoshoot! I seriously can't recommend him enough. He's extremely skilled at putting you at ease and freeing you to be completely authentic, which translates into powerful visuals. Super happy with with pics and overall experience, I'm sure I'll be back. Thank you Doug! :)
Doug Ellis Photography's reply
Thanks Tom, I have enjoyed getting to know you and watching your new vocational aspirations begin to blossom and emerge. May those visuals give you wings!
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Chloe Y.
Apr 25, 2022
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Doug's photos for portraits and action shots were amazing! He understood the brief to a T and captured our model beautifully.

Details: Professional / business • Home • 1 person • 1 outfit change • Digital or online download • My home, venue, etc.

Doug Ellis Photography's reply
Thank you Chloe for providing a brief and a clear intention and making the whole photography pre-planning process so collaborative and co-creative. I always aspire to that and it feels great when it all comes together in the end. Doug E
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