Pony Party!

I don’t advertise it much, but I absolutely love photographing kids’ birthday parties! So I thought I’d share a few from an especially fun one I shot recently. The mother of these two is very wise, and threw a joint birthday bash for her two and four year-olds, between their actual birthdays. She is also very wise because she rented ponies for all the kids to ride for a Boots & Bows themed party!

Now that this idea is out there… how did anyone ever throw a kids birthday party WITHOUT ponies?? It’s genius, and I would have been so stoked to have this every year until I was… well I would still love it!

Along with the pony guests of honor, wise mama provided lunch for the kids and grown-ups from the Santa Barbara Chicken Ranch, refreshments, and amazing custom cakes by Darla Castellanos.

What a fun day, and I think it was a hit!

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If you or your kids are in these photos and would like to order prints, please contact me at khehnke@gmail.com!

Venue: Stow House, Goleta
Ponies: http://www.poniesandpaints.com
Cakes: https://www.facebook.com/DarlasCreations/

Kate & Jack & Joy! A Garden Engagement

I first met Kate at the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens, where she works, while doing my  Dog Photo Booth at the Gardens’ annual Trails & Tails event. Apparently she liked my photos of her oh-so-adorable corgi Joy so much that she thought of me when she started thinking about wedding photography! I’m so honored to be involved in this way, and I think we’ve had a fun time of it so far.

They chose the Gardens for their engagement session, along with the place they met, Santa Barbara Roasting Co. And (happy dance!) they brought Joy to both locations. Having her involved in the whole thing brought out plenty of genuine smiles and laughter, and I’d hang with her any time.

I’m so pleased with the spring we’ve had this year, and am ecstatic that we got to take full advantage of its colors and the water in the creeks by shooting at the Gardens. I can’t wait to be part of Jack & Kate’s wedding day next year!

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Holiday Card Extravaganza!

It’s official whether you’re ready or not, the Holiday Season 2016 has begun! To kick it off, I’m happy to announce that I am officially offering to take care of your Holiday Card needs this year! Hooray!

In doing this, my goal is to help you make the most of your photos, show them off with as much pizazz as they deserve, and to make life EASY on you! Holiday cards can be such a pain, but with my help, I can take off some of the strain.

All you have to do is:

  1. Browse the designs below and choose one. Make note of the design code (1a for example), and how many photos you’ll need to choose for the card.
  2. Visit HERE and place your order.
  3. When I receive the order, I’ll put together a draft of your cards for your approval and email you a pic. Once you approve, you’re done!

At that point, they are on their way to my lab! Turnaround time for cards in the lab is about 48 hours, and shipping is super fast. Your box of cards + your set of return address stickers should arrive within a week!

Minimum order is 25 cards, and include any choice of paper, and complimentary envelopes with your choice of gold, silver or white lining  (4×8 designs include only white). Your set of 50 return address stickers can be added on for $25.



Standard cards are available in Linen, Felt, Pearl or Glossy papers. Linen has a little texture as shown, Pearl has an extra sparkle added, Felt is a soft and high quality material, and Glossy is the closest to a normal print, but with less glare, and coated to protect from finger prints and damage.
Foil-pressed cards are only available in Felt.


Standard Double-Sided Cards

5×7 or 7×5 Double-Sided Card – $2.00 per card

1a:                                         1b:                                        1c (seen above):                 1d:


1e:                                        1f:                                        1g:                                        1h:5x7-flat-2
1i:                                                      1j:                                                           1k:7x5-flat
1L:                                                      1m:                                                      1n:7x5-flat-2

You may also select a background pattern from section 10 (shown with foil pressed cards).

4×8 Double-Sided Landscape – $2.00 per card

2a:                                                                                      2b:8x4-flat

8×4 or 4×8 Double-Sided Ornate – $2.50 per card

3a:                                                                                    3b:4x8-ornate4a ^

7×5 or 7×5 Double-Sided Ornate – $2.50 per card


5a:                                                                                        5b:7x5-ornate-1

5d:                                                                                              5e:5x7-ornate5f:                                                                                              5g:5x7-ornate-2

5×7 or 7×5 Double Sided Scalloped – $2.50 per card5x7-scalloped-sample6a (above)
6b:                                                                                             6c:
scalloped-cards-x26d:                                                                                             6e:scalloped-cards-x2-2
6f:                                                                                                6g:5x7-scalloped

Ornate Folded Cards


5×5 Folded – $3 per card

7a:                                                                                            7b:5x5-folded-luxe

7×5 Top-Folding – $3 per card

8a: (outside/inside – also shown above)

Foil Pressed Cards

Foil Pressed Double-Sided 5×7 or 7×5 – $3 per card


[showing 9n and 10g ^]

The black area is where your image goes.
All designs are available in Red, Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, and Opal.
Choose one Front design and one Back design – back patterns can be either portrait or landscape. Alternatively, you can choose to fill the back with an image instead – note this in the order form.

  9a: Halls (gold)         9b: Merry (red)         9c: Blessings           9d: Fir                     9e: Branches

9f: Sweet                                9g:  Joy1  (opal)                 9h: Flakes                           (9a silver)foil-7x5-39i: Happiest       9j: Fir           9k: Twinkle      9L: Happy     9m: Snow    9n: Cursive   9O: Flakesfoil-5x7-19p: Holidays          9q: Holly             9r: Joy2                 (9k gold)                9s: Calm          9t: Joy3foil-5x7-210a: Blue Trees        10b: Rustic Holly      10c: Wood              10d: Green Trees      10e: Shine1foil-back-1
10f: Wood             10g: Holly1         10h: Stars1         10i: Stars2          10j: Fir                 10k: Holly2foil-back-210L: Stars3     10m: Trees    10n: Stripes   10O:Shine2   10p: Silver    10q: Flakes1   10r: Flakes2foil-back-3

Foil Pressed, 5×7 or 7×5 Folded Cards – $4 per card


11a: Merry (opal)                11b: Snow (silver)            11c: Wreath                       11d: Flake Borderfoil-7x5-folded-111e: Twinklest (red)          11f: Leaves (gold)           11g: Cursive Snow       11h: Sprout (rose gold)foil-7x5-folded-211i: Flakes           11j: Joyful           11k: Blessings    11L: Bright          11m: Peace        11n: Snowfoil-5x7-folded-111O: Happy         (11L rose gold)  11p: Branch       11q: Wishes          11r:  Dots           11s: Firfoil-5x7-folded-2

                            11t: Joy                   11u: Holiday             11v: Festive

Tawny & Nick Picon Wedding!

I’m excited to share some of my favorite shots from a beautiful wedding, the culmination of a storybook romance. I’ve known these two for years, and you might say their relationship began as “puppy love” – my favorite kind! – as puppy Reggie was the reason they met! So of course I was stoked to be able to photograph this wedding, pups in tow.

But in addition to the awesomeness of having their perfectly matched dogs around, this wedding – dress, flowers, chandeliers, and lots of Tawny-made details – was gorgeous! The day resonated with feelings of love and joy. Close friends and family gathered to share stories, tears, and dance the night away in the sophisticated yet homey ranch setting.

Congratulations, my friends!


Announcing Holiday Mini Sessions!

It’s that time of year (and my FAVORITE time of year!) And though I’m a little late getting the word out, I’m happy to announce, I am offering Mini Sessions once again! These are the perfect sessions for your holiday photo necessities!

Here are a few things to note if you’re considering booking one. All mini session locations and time slots are predetermined by myself. Each slot is 20 minutes at one location. Babies must be older than 3 months of age, and the family price includes up to 5 people and 2 dogs (more can be added for $25 per individual!) Each session comes with 5 complimentary digital downloads with print release, and the full set can be purchased for an additional $100. When booking a session, a $50 deposit is required to reserve your spot.

This year I’ll be using a couple of different outdoor locations, and I plan to do ONE day of twinkle light sessions for kids or dogs only!


Mini Session Dates, 2016:

Saturday, October 22 – Kids/Families Only
Friday, October 28 – Kids/Families Only
Friday, November 18
Saturday, November 26 (Thanksgiving weekend)
Saturday, December 3 – Twinkle Light Day! – Kids/Pets Only
Saturday, December 10

Mini Session Packages

Option 1:
Kids or Dogs Only
$150 Includes:

20-minute session for up to 3 children or pets only
At least 15-20 fully retouched images posted to an online gallery
5 high-res images with print release10% off prints and holiday cards

Option 2:
Family Mini Session
$200 Includes:

20-minute session for the whole family
At least 15-25 fully retouched images posted to an online gallery
5 high-res images with print release
10% off prints and holiday cards


Additional options:
Full Set of all digital images from the session: $100
Full Set on a Custom USB Drive: $175 (Includes a 4×6 print of each image!)
25 Custom Holiday Cards: From $50

For reference, my standard Family Session is 1 hour at any location of your choice in the Santa Barbara area, at a date/time that suits your schedule, and usually yields 50-75+ photos (enough for a beautiful book, a box full of prints, or a ton of options for wall art).

$275 includes:
1-hour session
Private online gallery
5 high-res images of your choice
The full set is an additional $150, or $230 for the Custom USB Drive
15% off prints, products and cards

If you’d like to book a session, email me at veilstailsphoto@gmail.com, let me know what type of session you’d like, who will be involved and if there will be any pets, and I can send you the available dates and times. Contact me ASAP to make sure you get your preferred day.

Happy fall! 🙂



Veils & Trails & Tails 2016!

Here you have it, a little bit of my booth display, and my favorite (color) image from each visitor I had at the Botanic Gardens Trails ‘n’ Tails 2016 event! So many adorable faces and new doggy friends.

This year I added a little bit of variety with some hand crafted props made by yours truly. I made a few bow-ties of various colors, some flower clips, and three floral crowns. Yay Pinterest and hot glue! I was very proud that none of them fell apart. 🙂 These were available, but not required. (Aside from that, I did a black and white of each visitor, and you can see a sampling of those in my previous post.) Happy scrolling!

_A3A7039 copyVeilsTrailsTails16_231 Maxi Mikie copyI could not contain my excitement in meeting this gorgeous giant and his smaller (not small next to most other dogs) friend!

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VeilsTrailsTails16_204 Anja. copyThe only dog who could pull off this fancy floral tiara that I made. It was a bit extravagant, but beautiful Anja carried it with poise!

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VeilsTrailsTails16_112 Marcus Aurelius copyThe face of an emperor!

VeilsTrailsTails16_006 Ginger copyGinger was the first to try a floral crown, and she surprised us all with how happily she wore it! 😛

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VeilsTrailsTails16_243 Buddy copyVeilsTrailsTails16_249 Zoe copyVeilsTrailsTails16_140 Lucy copyLucy was part of the costume parade!

VeilsTrailsTails16_259 Sailor Treasure Sami copyVeilsTrailsTails16_264 Roxi Ruth copyVeilsTrailsTails16_119 copyVeilsTrailsTails16_252 Buddy copyVeilsTrailsTails16_262 Snowflake copyVeilsTrailsTails16_050 Allie copyVeilsTrailsTails16_236 Sam copySam in color!

VeilsTrailsTails16_040.5 Clementine copyVeilsTrailsTails16_103 April copyVeilsTrailsTails16_100.5 Casey copyVeilsTrailsTails16_247.5 copyVeilsTrailsTails16_266 Gesha copyVeilsTrailsTails16_077 Sadie copyVeilsTrailsTails16_201 Mocha Candy copySo many smiles! Thank you for looking, and I hope to see you at my booth at next year’s Trails ‘n’ Tails event!

Trails & Tails – A Black and White Series

I recently had a photo booth in the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens’ Trails & Tails event, for the second time. And just like last year, it was a blast! I had a few more visitors than last year, and a few repeat visitors, which made me so happy! It was another gorgeous day in the Gardens, and I was a busy girl!

I will be posting all of my favorite color images and my table display soon. But first, one thing I did differently this year was to do a black and white image for each dog who visited. And I was very pleased with what I came up with! I’ve always been enamored with black and white photography, from landscapes to moody portraits, and it’s exciting to start playing with a bit more it in my pet portraiture.

So here are my favorites from that little project, the ones that the black-and-white brought the most out of.

VeilsTrailsTails16_234 Sam sharePerhaps one of my favorite dog portraits to date now.

VeilsTrailsTails16_029 Jake shareVeilsTrailsTails16_221 Gertie Biscuit shareI can’t lie, this one looks like a greeting card to me.<3

VeilsTrailsTails16_076 Zephyr shareThis little guy stole my heart immediately! I just couldn’t get enough of him! (Wait ’til you see the color photos and his bow-tie.)

VeilsTrailsTails16_059 Findlay sharePointers are just such classic looking dogs, I thought the black and white suited him very well. Plus, that head tilt, come on!

VeilsTrailsTails16_270 Tater shareVeilsTrailsTails16_078 Sadie shareVeilsTrailsTails16_011 Cadet shareVeilsTrailsTails16_042 Harley shareVeilsTrailsTails16_133 Harry William shareThese two little models are quite impressive at holding their commands as a team!

VeilsTrailsTails16_180 Sandy shareSandy visited me last year and provided me with possibly my favorite dog portrait of 2015. So happy to see him again!

VeilsTrailsTails16_018 Jasper shareVeilsTrailsTails16_163 Kate the Great shareVeilsTrailsTails16_172 Daisy shareLast but certainly not least, a photo that made me most giddy, Ms. Daisy in my home-made daisy crown, with a little tail wag for flair. My heart explodes!