Doug Ellis Photography
Doug Ellis Photography

Doug Ellis Photography

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Introduction: Because I will never let you look like a dork or make you stew in an awkward session! I'm Doug, a Santa Barbara-based headshot and family and business portrait photographer who helps people feel at ease no matter the occasion. In addition to ten years experience as a professional photographer, 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. My images have been published in national magazines and broadcast television programs, including Spirituality & Health, Travel + Leisure, Success, National Geographic, and Oprah's Super Soul Sunday and the Today Show. I am a 2015 and 2016 Best of Thumbtack Award winner as well as a Top Pro in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2921. I have been a professional photographer in Ojai, Santa Barbara, and Montecito for 15 years. My style is casually elegant, with a playful, light-hearted quality that is both relaxed and polished at the same time. This is true of my personal portraits, business portraits, and event photography, including wedding photography 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.

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16 years in business

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

Featured Projects

96 photos

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

Exceptional 5.0

59 reviews


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Bohdana K.

Nature Photography

Doug gave us an excellent memory for entire life with our pregnancy photoshoot. He captures perfect lifestyle moments, very easy to work with an positive. He also is very good in capturing pets, which is a gift not every photographer has!
Doug Ellis Photography's reply
Thanks Bohdana for your kind words! Had a great time with you and your hubby and sweet dog in Carpinteria. Hope the new baby is healthy and well and we get to capture some new family pix next time you come through Santa Barbara.
Apr 17, 2021
Tiffany P.

Nature Photography

We had the greatest experience with Doug! Not only did he get us an appointment quickly, he was prompt with his responses and so easy to connect and communicate with! He made our shoot so much fun and he was so patient with the 11 of us! Especially when the 3 year old decided she wasn’t having it. He had great ideas for poses and backgrounds. We are so happy with the gorgeous photos he shot of our family and can’t wait to connect with him again when we need new ones!
Sep 26, 2020
Priscila N.

Wedding and Event Photography

Doug was incredible! He made us feel super comfortable during the shoot. He accepted and managed our requests giving us great suggestions of locations and knew the Santa Barbara area well. We are extremely happy with our wedding pictures 😍
Sep 23, 2020
Matthew k.

Portrait Photography

He did a great job and was very responsive and easy to work with. He is not the cheapest on here, but you get what you pay for!
Jul 4, 2021
Nicole M.

Portrait Photography

I contacted Doug Ellis because I wanted some maternity photos taken with my family. I love Santa Barbara so I asked him if he could help us find the perfect beach location. He found the most amazing location with tons of spots where we were able to take the most beautiful maternity photos. On top of that, he was so sweet and patient with our almost 2 year old little girl who isn't the biggest fan of photo shoots. We were able to get so many beautiful photographs and wonderful memories. I couldn't be happier. Thank you again!
May 14, 2020
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    That there is nothing hidden! I make it super simple. Business portraits and family portraits both have a flat session fee that includes retouching and use of all the files. It is based on how many different "looks" you want to do and there are no surprises.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I typically call and coach my clients through a pre-session discovery form give them a fashion/style guide and posing tips and sometimes help coordinate hair and makeup through my favorite makeup team. We also set an intention and do some stretching/energy practices to get the good juju flowing before the session. There is also an assistant with us to focus on details and help you feel relaxed.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Yes, I do workshops all the time--including leading them-- and am continually practicing and refining my craft and widening my own consciousness/inner aperture.

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