5 Reasons to Plan Your Anniversary Trip in Santa Barbara, CA

The entire California coastline is absolutely gorgeous, so why should you and bae choose Santa Barbara over any other city for your Anniversary trip?! In this blog post, I will give you 5 reasons to choose Santa Barbara for your anniversary trip!

1. When the kids go back to school, Summer begins in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Coastline.jpg

Unlike what you may have heard, May and June aren’t the best time to hit the coast because it tends to get hit by the Marine Layer, which leads to the beautiful coast being completely covered in Fog. With that being said, it usually burns off by mid- July to August which is the perfect time to head to Santa Barbara while the kids head back to class!

2. The Beach is great, but what about gorgeous Mountain views?!

Photo by Kyle Cottrell Photography

Photo by Kyle Cottrell Photography

In less than an hour, you can travel from the coastline to the top of the mountain for gorgeous views of Santa Barbara with the Catalina Islands out in the distance. There are a lot of different spots that are easily accessible for those that want to pull off quickly and enjoy the views, as well as many trails for the outdoorsy couples that want to enjoy a hike!

3. Amazing Food in a Great Atmosphere

After a day of exploration on the coast and in the mountains, it’s time to head to downtown Santa Barbara to get some dinner in the Funk Zone! If you’re in the mood for some fancy cuisine and some cocktails, look no further than The Lark. Just look at the food in the photo above, what more convincing do you need?!

Looking for something a little more casual? Head over to Benchmark Eatery, you can never go wrong with the classic Burger and Fries!

COFFEE TIME! If you’re a coffee drinker, look no further than Handlebar Coffee Roasters. They offer an amazing menu of different drinks, as well as some tasty light meals. Take a seat inside this beautiful shop, or outside on the patio, and relax for a bit before you take on the rest of the day!

4. Beautiful Sunsets!

Photo taken by Kyle Cottrell Photography

Photo taken by Kyle Cottrell Photography

Whether you’re at the beach, or in the mountains, Santa Barbara is notorious for it’s gorgeous sunsets! Stay in Santa Barbara, or even take a little drive north to El Capitan Beach or Refugio Beach where you can enjoy a romantic sunset with a little more seclusion!

5. Take Anniversary Photos in Gorgeous Weather

As a Photographer, it would be crazy of me not to suggest taking some beautiful Anniversary photos while you’re visiting Santa Barbara! Once August hits, and the temperature averages in the mid 70’s!

Since you’re already all dressed up for the Photoshoot, you’ll be ready to head downtown for dinner and a night out in the Funk Zone afterwards! For pricing and availability, shoot me an email before your Anniversary trip, and lets capture some beautiful photos that will last with the two of you for the rest of your lives!

Mariah and Dane Wedding- Dos Pueblos Ranch

I recently shot this lovely wedding at Dos Pueblos Ranch in Santa Barbara! It was a gorgeous wedding with an amazing group people, here are some of my favorite images of the day!

Enjoy, and Congratulations to Mariah and Dane!

Concert Photography: Yungblud at the Roxy Theatre

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to shoot one of my favorite artists YUNGBLUD at the legendary Roxy Theatre. It was an incredible show, and a very interesting experience having to shoot from the crowd because there wasn’t a photo pit. Here are some of my favorite photos from the night.


Concert Photography: Blackbear and Elohim at the House of Blues Anaheim

On Monday night, I had the opportunity to photograph Blackbear and Elohim at the House of Blues in Anaheim. It was a fantastic show, and I’m really happy with the photos I got. I’ve really been enjoying the shooting more music photography, and I’m hoping to do much more of it soon!

Here’s a gallery of some of my favorite images from the night.


Mikaela and Andrew Wedding- Villa & Vine- Santa Barbara, CA

A couple weekends ago, I shot this lovely wedding at Villa & Vine in Santa Barbara!

Enjoy, and Congratulations to Mikaela and Andrew!

Wedding Venue: Villa & Vine
Wedding Coordinator: Ann Johnson Events

Concert Photography: Gryffin at The Fox Theater Pomona

Last week, I had the opportunity to photograph my first concert. It was one of my favorite artists Gryffin on his last show of his Gravity Tour at The Fox Theater in Pomona. It was a fantastic show, and I hope to shoot more concerts in the future.


Michael and Erika- Butterfly Beach

This last weekend I had a beautiful couples shoot with Michael and Erika for their one-year anniversary. They were a lot of fun to shoot with, and the sunset was amazing!


Cody and Kailey Elopement at Diablo Lake in Washington

A couple weekends ago, I flew up to Seattle to capture my good friends Cody and Kailey’s Elopement in the North Cascades! It was a small, intimate ceremony at an absolutely gorgeous viewpoint above Diablo Lake.

Here are some of my favorite images from the day.


Marie and Chip Wedding Ceremony in Cambria, CA

A couple weekends ago, I shot a wedding ceremony for Marie and Chip on the beautiful coast of Cambria, CA. Here are some of my favorite images from the day!