Our favorite photos are always the ones that show the subject's personality; therefore my ultimate goal is to capture and convey who you really are (and your family, pets, significant other, etc.), hopefully in an environment where you would be found in real life.

That's why a session with me takes place at a location of your choice - maybe your home, favorite park, or a fun part of town. Wherever you feel comfortable is best, because it will show. We'll spend lots of time talking and I'll probably tell a few (okay, a lot of) bad jokes. I apologize in advance.

I am a natural-light and I shoot a variety of posed and photojournalistic styles. Which means if you want to get all Kim K on me, or just hang out playing with your puppy, it's aaaallll good.

I am incredibly grateful for each client who chooses me, so I work very hard to make this a seamless, rewarding, easy and FUN process. Getting portraits done should never be painful!

A typical portrait session with me is $200, of which $50 will be credited towards prints/products of your choice (unless you want to bring a dozen of your closest friends, then we'll talk). I live in Reno, Nevada and will also be in Southern California several times a year. All portrait sessions include the following:

  • Planning / getting-to-know-you meeting prior to the session (coffee is on me!)
  • 1-2 hours of shooting -  longer if necessary, but that's typically all we'll need
  • My expertise, experience and high fives
  • Toys and all natural treats for your pet(s), or lollipops for the kiddos
  • Professional processing & retouching
  • An in-person viewing and ordering session, where we can laugh and cry together over the results!

Did you rescue your pet from a shelter? You're awesome! Take 20% off your session fee!

Photos are meant for more than just your computer, so a variety of professional prints, custom designed albums, gallery-wrapped canvases and digital negatives are available a la carte. And that's only the beginning! I also offer accordion albums (perfect grandma gifts), holiday cards and more. No cheesy Sears designs, promise.

A portion of all sales is donated to the Seal Beach Animal Care Center.

I also occasionally shoot smallish weddings! Basic wedding coverage starts at $1,300, which includes a $200 print/product credit.

A deposit of 50% and signed contract are required to secure your session date. Balance is due on the day.

The Fugate Family

I’m in literal tears. I’ve never loved the way pictures come out and you are just a miracle worker! I can’t thank you enough. I wish I could hug you.
— Malina

The Rencehausens

R Family Whittier College Family & Pet Photography by Ellingsen Photography
They are absolutely, positively stunning. :) Thank you so, so much. I just keep going back and looking at them again and again.
— Melissa

Nancy & Kris

Ellingsen Photography Nancy and Kris Santa Barbara Wedding
Being captured by you was so beautiful, I felt nothing short of it. I want to tie a pretty bow around it and treasure it forever.
— Nancy

Lindsey & Josh

Los Angeles Arboretum Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Thank you so much for the gift of sharing the stunning photos you took at our wedding! You surpassed our expectations times a billion...seriously! Thank you again, it means so much to us to have these memories so beautifully preserved for us to enjoy forever.
— Lindsey

The Dishons

Ellingsen Photography Sarah Jim San Diego Courthouse Wedding
I was the happiest bride ever! Thank you Trude! The pictures are amazing and you were the best Photographer / Maid of Honor / Best (Wo)Man / Wedding Coordinator / Friend that Jim and I could have ever hoped for.
— Sarah