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Santa Maria, CA, 93455
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Heather Hamer Photography Blog

Modern wedding photography in the Central Coast of California!

Ilisa - Righetti Senior Portraits

Phil Hamer

Ilisa is one of my Senior Representatives from Righetti High School. I loved her vision for her photos. I'm especially loving the silver and white gown she chose out of my studio wardrobe. She had such a cute Boho style and I'm loving what Vanessa did with her hair and makeup. A windy, cloudy day in Arroyo grande couldn't put a damper in this girl's bright smile. 

Marcos - OAHS Senior Portraits

Phil Hamer

Marcos is one of my Reps from Orcutt Academy. He is an amazing athlete and we had a ton of fun trekking around Shell Beach during his session. If you know Marcos, talk to him, or any of my Reps, about how to get an extra discount on your photoshoot and about his experience with Heather Hamer Photography. 

Savannah - RHS Senior Portaits

Phil Hamer

Savannah is one of my amazing Reps from Righetti this year. She was a absolute dream to work with. Our hair and makeup artist Vanessa Diaz did an amazing job on Savannah's gorgeous lock and natural but stunning makeup. We started her photos in the studio and ended up just down the road, here in Orcutt, for a beautiful sunset photoshoot with a natural earthy feel.

Adrienna- Orcutt Academy Senior Portraits

Phil Hamer

Adrienna is one of my Senior Reps From Orcutt Academy High School. She was an absolute dream to work with. Her big blue eyes are piercing and her auburn hair is stunning. She loved all the sparkly and lacy gowns from my studio wardrobe and we had a blast playing dress-up  followed by a quick sunset shoot at the Pismo Beach dunes. It was pretty stormy that day but it was worth putting up with the cold wind to get those amazing clouds. Enjoy these images from our Senior portrait session. 

Sarah - Santa Maria Senior Portraits

Phil Hamer

The first of my senior reps this year definitely started Senior Portrait season with a bang. Introducing the beautiful Sarah who is one of my reps from Righetti High School. I'm loving the dramatic urban feel to her photos. My hair and makeup artist Vanessa did an amazing job with a warm smokey eye and bold lips. I'm absolutely loving the vintage gown I just added to my studio collection. I mean, geometric sequins on top with a triple tier twirling skirt.... does it get any more glamorous? I now offer custom styling from my studio wardrobe included in every photo session from casual options to runway ready gowns. 

Are you in the class of 2018?

Phil Hamer

It's time for me to choose my Senior representatives for the class of 2018! These are always some of my favorite photo shoots of the year. I am looking for energetic, outgoing students who are interested in modeling for me in exchange for free senior portraits. All you have to do is share your photos and experience with your friends. I'm looking for one or two representatives from each of the Santa Maria/Orcutt area schools. The deadline to apply is May 10 but the sooner, the better so get your application in as soon as possible

Representatives do not need to have any experience with modeling, I'll talk to you about wardrobe and locations that suit you. All you have to do is talk to your friends about your experience. In exchange for your effort you will get the following provided to you:

  • Free hair and makeup by my amazing hair and makeup artist
  • Free sitting fee
  • Photos at a location of your choice plus photos in my studio
  • Rep cards with your photo to pass out to friends
  • Digital photos to share on social media
  • A blog post on HeatherHamer.com
  • Free prints for every referral! (My reps average over $400 in print credit and some get $600+)

If you are chosen as a potential representative I will contact you so we can talk more about the process and you can ask me any questions you have before you commit. To apply please go to: 

www.HeatherHamer.com/senior-form

Here are my beautiful and amazing Reps from the class of 2017. They all did an amazing job and were so much fun to work with. I can't wait to see what the class of 2018 has to bring!

Vidi and the beautiful vintage dresses

Phil Hamer

I took these photos of Vidi last year and I can't believe I never put them on the blog! Actually, I can believe it, so many of my shoots don't make it on the blog because life gets crazy! The thing I love most about Vidi's shoot is that she had them taken for her last year of college. That's right, college senior portraits!

I really wish that I could instill in people that the best time to get your portraits taken is NOW and for NO REASON other than you want to look gorgeous in photos. I love Senior Portraits (I'm booking right now by the way) and children and family portraits, but I would love to do more photos of 25 year olds, and 35 year olds, 85 year olds, etc. etc. because every stage of life is worth capturing! 

Back to Vidi. Can we talk about her dress? I think you know which one I'm talking about below! All of her vintage dresses were gorgeous but the green and yellow floral dress was to die for! 

Sarah - Santa Maria Senior Portraits

Phil Hamer

Sarah is our Senior Rep for Saint Joseph High School this year. For her session she wanted lots of greenery. Luckily, The city of Arroyo Grande is full of greenery and flowers. She also let me dress her up in some of our studio wardrobe options. Such a fun shoot.  

We are starting this Senior Portrait season off with the most awesome Seniors. I have a few spots left for the end of July and some in August so if you were hoping to get in on our "early bird" discount this year, now is the time to call! 

Zoi - Santa Maria Senior Portraits

Phil Hamer

Zoi is one of those people who are just full of positive energy. I know that the future is bright for this talented Senior. She is my Senior Portrait representative from Righetti High School. If you know Zoi, talk to her about her experience and how to get discounts on your session.

 

Andrew - Santa Maria Senior Portraits

Phil Hamer

Andrew is the first of my Senior Reps for the Class of 2017! Im always excited to get Senior Season started and Andrew definitely did not disappoint. He is my Representative for Pioneer Valley High School so if you are looking to get great senior portraits in the Santa Maria area, talk to Andrew about his session and about how to get some great discounts!

Book your senior portraits NOW! You can get up to $50 off just for booking early. Remember that photos for most schools are due at the beginning of October which means you should have your session completed by September. I'm typically booked 4-6 weeks in advance in the Fall so call and book your session now even if you want to wait until September for your session.

Little Lucia Mae

Phil Hamer

She's here! Well, technically she has been here for 6 weeks but I've been a bit busy. These photos are from Easter Sunday when she was just over a week old. We love our little Lucia Mae so very much. Her big sisters and brother are so smitten and often argue over who gets to hold her or have a turn trying to make her smile. With that being said, I'm back to work and have some great things planned for the rest of 2016 so stay tuned!!

Maternity Photos and Maternity Leave...

Phil Hamer

I'm now nine months pregnant with my fourth child and will be having her any day now! Can you believe it? It seems like yesterday I was running around Washington, DC, pregnant with my first child with big dreams of getting paid to take photos of people! Even though a lot has happened since then, it is still hard to believe that we will be having our last child. But I'm ready to move on with raising my beautiful children and definitely ready to not be pregnant anymore! 

For my last maternity photos I wanted to include all of my kids in them. Phil took the photos and did a great job as usual! I just love how natural and simple they are. 

I also wanted to officially announce (if you haven't already guessed) that I will be on maternity leave and won't be scheduling any photo shoots until May 1, 2016. But please don't be afraid to approach me to schedule something in May! I am happy to schedule wedding consultations or ordering meetings before then, but I won't be behind the camera until May.   

Thanks so much and wish me luck with my last baby girl! 


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from our family to yours!

Phil Hamer

It's so fun to see a vision come together. Phil and I came up with an idea to do a "White Christmas" themed card with feathers flying in the air a couple years ago and this year seemed like the perfect year to execute it. We made a makeshift bedroom in the studio and had some help from my parents who were behind the scenes snapping the shutter on the camera and throwing feathers from the side! Another really special thing about this photo is the font is actually my grandmother's handwriting. We've always loved her handwriting and wanted to immortalize it.  

Another successful Christmas Card in the books! 

Alyssa and Blake - Santa Maria Wedding Photography

Phil Hamer

Alyssa and Blake had a picture perfect wedding. The ceremony was at the stunning Presqu'ile winery which overlooks the entire Santa Maria Valley. The ceremony itself was so beautiful and romantic and the view was breathtaking. We then moved to Blake's family's farm where there was no shortage of loving family and friends, good food, laughter, love, and tears of joy. What an amazing way to begin a beautiful marriage!

Clarissa - Righetti Senior Portraits

Heather Hamer

Righetti Senior Portaits
Righetti Senior Portaits
Senior Portraits
Senior Portraits
Santa Maria Senior Portraits
Santa Maria Senior Portraits
Righetti High School
Righetti High School
Santa Maria Senior Portraits
Santa Maria Senior Portraits
Righetti Senior Portraits
Righetti Senior Portraits
Studio portraits
Studio portraits
Santa Maria Senior Portraits
Santa Maria Senior Portraits
Arroyo Grande Senior Portraits
Arroyo Grande Senior Portraits

Clarissa is one of my amazing Senior Ambassadors this year from Righetti High School in Santa Maria. I love doing Senior Portraits! I live for the four months a year when I get to fill my calendar with the amazing youth of today. These kids make me realize that we are in good hands as a society. Kids like Clarissa make this extra clear. She is responsible, intelligent, and tons of fun! We laughed through her whole session.