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As a mother myself, I photograph families with an understanding of what a blessing having children truly is.

about sarah

having children truly is. My job is not to simply take photos of your family. It’s to help tell the story of your family with images and albums that your children and grandchildren will look through for years to come. That is why I believe in capturing real moments. Those perfectly imperfect moments that make your family truly unique. The ones that create a heritage and a legacy every time you look at them.

I am a photographer who specializes in authentic family portraits, whether you are expecting your first child, chasing around a handful of kids, or expanding your family through the gift of adoption. I believe that love makes a family and photographing the beauty of family, and the story of your growing family is an honor. As a mother myself, I photograph families with an understanding of what a blessing 

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1// family

2// adoption

3// dance

4// shoes

My husband and I met on a blind date at Disneyland. Over a decade later we have three beautiful kids and are loving life in Pasadena, CA.

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I've been passionate about adoption for most of my life and in 2010 we traveled to the DR of Congo to pick up our youngest daughter.

Impromptu dance parties are a regular thing in our home. If there's a dance show on tv, we're watching. And when I get the chance to photograph a dancer, I'm in heaven!

Shoes are my favorite accessory. I'm the girl who will plan my outfit around the pair of shoes I want to wear. 

Adoption sessions are very near to my heart. In 2010 my lifelong dream of adopting came true and we brought home our beautiful daughter from the Democratic Republic of Congo. When we first brought her home, I was so anxious to replace the photos of our family of four on our wall with our new family of five. I know many adoptive families feel the same way, and that is why Adoption Story portraits are some of my favorites. I also love capturing that first moment a family meets whether it's in a hospital, an airport, an office, or another country. Contact me for more info on my adoption photography services.

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having children truly is. My job is not to simply take photos of your family. It’s to help tell the story of your family with images and albums that your children and grandchildren will look through for years to come. That is why I believe in capturing real moments. Those perfectly imperfect moments that make your family truly unique. The ones that create a heritage and a legacy every time you look at them.

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growing

I love helping to tell a family's story from Maternity to newborn to walking and talking

authentic

People who are unapologetically themselves Because that is who they were made to be

they are

young & fun

smiles, laughter and snuggles are my favorites to capture

they are

perfectly imperfect

THERE IS BEAUTY & JOY IN THE RUNNING, JUMPING & CRAZINESS

they are

Who are Sarah Mariel photography families?

about sessions

I specialize in portraits that capture who you are. Heritage Sessions tell the story of your family and the love you share. Whether you are just starting your family or you have a handful of children running around, I want to capture all of your perfectly imperfect moments. Adoption Story sessions capture that moment when your family grows through the beautiful gift of adoption. All sessions include digital images and an album credit. And new this year, I am offering Mini Sessions for a faster, more affordable option. I also shoot a limited number of weddings, head shots, and senior sessions. Contact me for more information.

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