Family & Brand Photographer || Santa Barbara

Natural, authentic family photography & lifestyle photography for creative, women-run brands



By nature, you’re down-to-earth, relaxed and unassuming. You’re also keenly observant and aware of every last detail. As much as you love being out with your people, home is your sanctuary. You keep it clean, organized and thoughtfully arranged (at least most of the time). Your home is an extension of you and your family photos are a treasured part of that well-intentioned space. They’re not the department store portraits you remember as a kid. They’re authentic, natural and compositionally beautiful; loose, candid and a bit unique. Your family photos are works of art, and you display them proudly for all to see.

A family photo shoot with me is an intimate and fun experience focused on capturing the true heart and soul of your family. I’ll never pose you awkwardly or ask you to say cheese. Set against a comfortable, nature backdrop of your choice or in your own home, your shoot will reveal your unique family bond, each person’s distinct self and connection to one another. It will produce a collection of beautiful, heirloom photographs you’ll pass down to your children someday.



You’re a creative entrepreneur. A mother, an income earner, a leader in your community and an expert in your field. You’re passionate about the content of your work, seeing it grow and succeed. You value the freedom and flexibility that come with self-employment, knowing you can do what you love while also providing for yourself and your family.

I offer custom, lifestyle photography packages to women like you, wherever you land along the creative spectrum and whether you’ve been in business for years, months or are still in the dreaming phase. For retail shops and clothing lines to stylists and bloggers to interior designers and yoga instructors and all other passionate creatives in between, my photos are meant to enhance your visual storytelling and online presence.

You have to wait for things to happen rather than overdetermine it. More often than not, the subject will do something you never would have dreamed of.
— Mary Ellen Mark
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Hi. I’m Kelly.

I’m drawn to the beauty of authentic, human interaction and connection. I strive to make strong, emotive images that are interesting and rich with natural light. When I’m not behind the camera, you’ll most likely find me at the beach with my best group of girlfriends, a gaggle of little kids and ice cold rose’. I love being outdoors, hiking, traveling, reading, healthy eating, my morning coffee, a clean home and homemade soup. I’m a wife and mom to these two pictured here with me: Isaac (18) and Francesca (8). My consummate inspiration!


What’s going on.

Check out my blog to see personal work and stay connected with what’s going on at Kelly Sweda Photography.


Client love.

“I wish there were more than five stars. As a young father of a young family, we’ve done lots of photo shoots with professional photographers. Wedding, engagement, newborn pictures, the list goes on. Out of all those experiences, Kelly is by far the most professional, most talented, creative, artistic and overall amazing photographer we’ve ever worked with. Her ability to make my wife and I feel comfortable and happy was incredible, but her ability to engage our two-year-old was profoundly special, something I’ve never seen before. She brings out the best in her subjects and her work is masterful.” - Seth

Serving Santa Barbara, Montecito, Carpinteria and Goleta. Available for travel anywhere.