Lucia took the best shots we've ever seen of my daughter and our mom/daughter shots. Not only GORGEOUS we didn't know we were, but captured our personality.  And it was the most fun experience.  Don't wait to do this!Lucia has the unique ability to see you as YOU think (or wish) you are. She captures your personality, not just a photo - and that's why I think everyone looks photogenic when Lucia's lens is turned on them. If you think you look bad or ok in some photos, you'll look AMAZING in all her photos. The thing is, she knows your best shot and then she gets you to turn on your charm. Truly, you can't go wrong.

Jeanine M
Mother + Daughter and Personal Branding

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Lucia and her team are amazing and magical!  My daughter did a session with her and from start to finish the experience was perfect.  Lucia's artistic vision is exceptional.  She is also great at making the person being photographed comfortable.  She was able to "read" my daughter and know when she needed a short break or to do something different.  By doing these things she was able to quickly get my daughter re-engaged and enjoying the shoot.  I highly recommend Lucia!

Tammy
Children's Portraits

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Working with Lucia was such a treat! I'm so glad I made the decision to have my maternity portraits done, it was the only time I have ever had a professional shoot and Lucia made me feel relaxed and special at the same time. The hair & makeup experience was great too,  I felt transformed but still me, if that makes sens- wish I had that on my wedding day! Lucia and I came up with lots of fun ideas for the shoot and i felt like she listened to what I wanted and helped create it. She also suggested some different kinds of poses and looks that turned out amazing. Would highly recommend- and have already to friends and family in Santa Barbara. My sister came for her maternity shoot just a few months after mine!

Sally A
Maternity Portraits

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I was looking for a photographer for my daughter's senior portraits and happened upon Lucia's website. I was immediately awed by her photos. From the moment I contacted her, throughout the whole process, it was a fabulous experience. Lucia really cares about taking time to make sure everything is perfect. We were stunned at how beautiful the portraits turned out. I would not hesitate to recommend Lucia!!

Shari S
Senior Portraits

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Lucia is so talented, works efficiently but takes the time to make you feel comfortable. She poses beautifully and the quality of her images speak for themselves. I would recommend her a thousand times - everyone should have professional artistic portraits done at least once in their life. I will cherish the images of and with my mother forever!

Brit M. Mother + Daughter

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I've always felt really awkward in front of a camera, but Lucia has this incredible gift of making portraits and photo shoots a very calm and happy time. She is unbelievably talented, and has the knack for capturing a person as the best version of themselves. When I saw my portraits for the first time, I was blown away by how beautiful they were, but I was still able to see myself in them — something I don't think every photographer can capture. She is so so so so kind and thoughtful. Everyone who has seen my senior portraits has literally freaked out and have said that it is the best portrait they've ever seen. I totally agree :)

Kathryn N.
Senior Portraits

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I needed a portrait for my website and a magazine article, and being new to Santa Barbara, searched though the many photographers. I came upon Lucia's site and was immediately drawn in by the natural and beautiful feel of the images and the completeness of the packages. And, truly, all that I did was show up and the fun and magic began. The hair and makeup artist took great care in making me up according to the look I wanted, and she used really high quality products. I brought my own clothes and jewelry and Lucia and I together selected my 3 'looks.' She guided me through the process, helping me to pose in ways to bring out my best. The shoot was a lot of fun, from inside shots against artful backdrops to some outside in an olive grove. She was able to meet my needs for a quick turn-around for the magazine article, and we met later on to review the rest of the shots. I could not be more thrilled with the photos! Truly beautiful, memorable images of me to last a lifetime. Lucia is a very talented portrait photographer who loves what she does and it shows!

Diane D. Person Branding

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Lucia is absolutely amazing and creates really gorgeous images. I loved working with her and will definitely do more shoots with her. I wasn't feeling well during the shoot but she was extremely patient and kind and made me feel really comfortable. The images that she shot of my husband and I looked like pieces of art and we had a hard time believing that they were our images. Adore Lucia and her work!

Amy
Maternity and Couples

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Lucia Kiel is a true artist and extremely talented in her craft.  I wanted some maternity photos taken to capture my third (and final) pregnancy.  I saw all of the stunning photos on Lucia's website and quickly told myself that mine would never turn out that beautifully.  As much as I wanted this special time documented, I was feeling less-than-beautiful, with my splotchy skin, grown-out-roots, and a flaky, red, hormone-driven rash that was slowly taking over my face.  Plus, at 34 weeks pregnant, I doubted that I had anything flattering to wear.  And I am really awkward when it comes to taking serious, non-smiling  photos.    I almost backed out.  But Lucia reassured me that she would work with me to make my insecure, pregnant self shine.  And she did.  I arrived at her studio, where she had several maternity outfits of her own for me to choose from to wear.  Her hair and makeup artist worked wonders, making me feel confident and beautiful and pretty darn glamorous, and soon we were snapping away.  I still felt totally awkward doing the serious photos, but powered through.  And wouldn't you know?  When we met together a couple of weeks later to view the photos, the serious ones were some of my favorites!  She worked her magic (which is really a LOT of hard work and pure talent!) and produced some jaw-dropping pictures that I will treasure for a lifetime.

Lauren B

Maternity Portraits

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Lucia is everything you could want in a photographer. She is so kind and caring and really wants you to feel beautiful and confident. Lucia expertly poses you to look natural, finds beautiful locations to take your photo, and is so encouraging throughout the whole process. She really is the best!!!

Sophia B.
Senior Portraits

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I recently did a portrait session with Lucia and I cannot describe how incredible it was. From start to finish she made me feel gorgeous and at ease.Once this I particularly appreciated about her was her involved posing - she really knew how to place each part of my body to make the shot as flattering as possible, which was great.I love how airy and ethereal her images are and I'm so pleased that I took some "me" time and did this shoot. Lucia is truly GREAT photographer!

Alelia P.

Portraits

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There are tons of photographers here in Santa Barbara that could shoot maternity photos, but I was looking for a photographer with a unique style of maternity photos and had a niche for this type of photography.  I came across Lucia Kiel Photography website and she was exactly what I was looking for and although I had some of my own outfits she is well-equipped with a variety of wardrobe styles.  I thought this was awesome because many photographers in town do not offer a maternity wardrobe.  When I reached out to her to get more information she was very kind, answered all of my questions, and asked if I had any concerns or questions to contact her again.  I went forward with Lucia based on what she presented on her website, her professionalism, and just my gut feeling that she would be perfect.  I’m so happy I did!!!  She really captured this special moment in my life and created an experience that was top notch!!  The photo shoot starts off with hair and makeup and while you are being pampered, Lucia is recording a video of the little moments of your shoot.  She uses those video takes to create a video with music that makes it so much more personal.  Once we began shooting, Lucia made me feel extremely comfortable and guided me with the poses, but it was very natural looking.  I’m not naturally photogenic nor did I rehearse poses in the mirror before the shoot so to have someone guide you to capture the perfect picture is awesome!  The shoot lasted about 3 hours and she not only had her own great ideas, but was very open to mine as well.  The shoot was generally of me, but I also wanted photos with my husband so we could have memories of this journey. I also did some implied nude photos and WOW she really captured how beautiful a woman’s body is when she is pregnant. She was very professional and made me feel comfortable in my skin.  I’m a pretty reserved person so doing an implied nude photo was definitely out of my comfort zone.  A few weeks later when we met to view our pictures, my husband and I were in awe of how beautiful the pictures turned out.If you are looking for an amazing maternity photographer or a photographer with an incredible eye for uniqueness, I would definitely recommend Lucia as your photographer.  She will capture whatever special moment in your life.

Diana L
Maternity Portraits

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We could not be happier with our daughter's Senior Photos! Lucia is very supportive and brought out the natural beauty in our daughter, Summer, in both black-and-white as well as color photos. As one of Lucia's first participants in Lucia's "Senior Model Program," Summer had SO much fun with getting her hair and make-up done for a local boutique shoot. In addition, Summer opted for a studio shoot for her Senior photos and had an amazing time! Lucia really captured Summer's character and beauty. As parents, Lucia helped us choose a package that really suited our needs. We can't wait to see the Graduation Announcements... Thanks for everything Lucia!!!

Holly B
Senior Portraits

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What an incredible experience! Every photo turned out beautifully and every picture actually looked like me!!! All my profile pictures from now until forever are from our photoshoot. Cannot recommend Lucia highly enough.

Josephine M
Modern Portraits

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Before arriving at the photo shoot I felt like I was going to be extremely awkward to photograph. At the beginning of the shoot this was the case.... however, Lucia's fun yet relaxed demeanor along with how she expertly guided me through various poses made me feel like a natural by the end of the day. I usually am so critical of myself in photos but these are stunning. I catch myself looking at the photos months after seeing them for the first time and I am proud that I will have them for the rest of my life. I am so pleased with the outcome and I attribute it all to Lucia's skill and artistic eye. I cannot say enough about her talent in all aspects of her photography not to mention her incredible personality!!!! I look forward to her posts on facebook with new shots and new people. I am pleased to say that these photographs will be with me forever and I will be reminded by how great my overall experience was with Lucia. A million times thank you Lucia for turning the awkward to elegant.

Addie J Modern Portraits

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I had maternity photos done with Lucia and it was amazing!  I had never heard of the whole package idea where you can get your hair and makeup done AND she provides the wardrobe!!   Since I had limited maternity clothing, this was an awesome option.   It totally made everything stress free to not have to decide what to wear or go buy something.  It was nice to feel pampered and not have to do my own hair and makeup.   Overall it was a great experience and so fun to dress up!  This definitely made the pics great(er).  The pictures turned out amazing!   I loved them all.  She also provides a print with every digital file which is awesome because I never end up actually printing all the digital files, so this is really key.  I also bought two beautiful frames and keepsake boxes from her which are displayed so beautifully in our home.  I would 100% use Lucia's services again!   Also the setting where the pictures are taken is amazing too!   Thank you!!!

Jenny V
Maternity Portraits

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Lucia is such a sweet soul. I have struggled for years and still do til this day to accept myself. Lucia made it easier for me to do so with some of the photos she got of me. She makes you feel like the most beautiful human in the world. Always has a great attitude and captures the best moments. I highly recommend this incredible, talented ray of light!!!

Brandi L
Senior Portraits

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Lucia was very wonderful in creating quality photos that captured my daughters inner and outer beauty. The quality of the portraits were perfect but mostly they had fun on the shoot and we have these amazing photos as memories! This was indeed a great graduation investment! Thank you Lucia!

Diane L
Senior Portraits

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My daughter just turned 30, and as a gift I decided to give her a session with Lucia so she could capture the various aspects of her personality that make her who she is at this moment.  WOW!  Nothing could have surprised us more than that she completely and perfectly captured the vitality and spirit of my girl.  We know (and have worked with) a lot of photographers.  But Lucia is the best we've ever seen for capturing personality  beautifully, compellingly and with the extra pizzazz that makes us who we are.  And here's the kicker:  we had the BEST time at the shoot.  I think it was the fun, Lucia's talent and spirit, and her artistry that made the photos so amazing.  And yes, we did a mother/daughter shoot and there are so many ways we're going to use that.  BTW, the Internets went CRAZY for them.  I'm totally convinced that we who don't think we take good photos need only visit Lucia's studio to see how wrong we've been, and how wonderfully Lucia can reflect who we really are.  My friends are all booking sessions.

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Although I felt huge and ungainly during my pregnancy, I trusted my judgment and got photographs taken--I am so grateful. Lucia did a beautiful job making me look beautiful!!  These portraits are now hanging in my husbands music studio, along with pictures of the Beatles and Mick Jagger.  Star status! But sincerely, money well-spent.  Thank you for your dedication, time, energy and craft Lucia. I'm so happy I booked a photoshoot with you.

Tiff T
Maternity Portraits

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I had my senior portraits done with Lucia and everything was absolutely perfect. She was so kind and professional and made me feel really comfortable in front of the camera. The pictures turned out just beautifully and you could tell that she really took her time with each photo. Most importantly, I looked like myself in the photos. With so many other photographers I feel as if they over-edit, so when you receive your photos you don't even recognize yourself! That is not the case with Lucia. I am so happy with this experience and would recommend her to everyone.

Haily S
Senior Portraits

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Lucia is an incredibly talented photographer who brings out the best version of yourself all while making you feel comfortable! She took beautiful senior portraits of my daughter in addition to a memorable mommy/daughter shoot! Highly recommend her!

Darrien P
Senior Portraits

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Lucia is an extraordinary photographer, she was able to capture the essence of my daughter in not only her photographs but the choices in locations for the photographs and the clothing. The photographs are truly pieces of art and we will treasure them forever.

Barbara M
Senior Portraits

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Lucia is absolutely amazing and creates really gorgeous images. I loved working with her and will definitely do more shoots with her. I wasn't feeling well during the shoot but she was extremely patient and kind and made me feel really comfortable. The images that she shot of my husband and I looked like pieces of art and we had a hard time believing that they were our images. Adore Lucia and her work!

Amrita B

Senior Portraits

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Lucia is absolutely amazing! I have done multiple shoots with her and have throughly enjoyed every one! She made me feel totally comfortable and the shoots were super creative! She's the best of the best! I would recommend her 100%! She makes every shoot fun, and light hearted. I can't wait to have her photograph the next chapters of my life. I'm so in awe of her talent, and she's such a wonderful person and photographer. If I could give her 10 stars I absolutely would. Thank you for such an amazing experience with my photoshoots!

Izzy L
Senior Portraits

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Lucia is a very professional, artistic and accomplished photographer. She creates photos that reflect who you are, not just want you look like. She is extremely patient and creative, and has exceptional listening skills. As a result of her many skills the photos that resulted from my session were just what I needed for both my professional and personal life. She takes great care to make you feel comfortable through the process, and gives you that special attention so the image created communicates beyond just the visual. She is a gem.

Robin O
Personal Branding

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Lucia took photos of my daughter and I. Her studio is an extension of her beautiful Mission Canyon hideaway. We knew we were somewhere special. It is an artists abode.Lucia's photographs captured our love and our lives. We will be forever grateful for her work.

Franny
Mother + Daughter Portraits

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When my daughter had to take her senior portrait, I reviewed the photographer her school was contracted with and decided that was not the look I was going for.  My daughter is a senior in high school and I wanted her to look her age.  Some of the poses, I felt, made the teens look like they were in their 20's.  I found Lucia's website, reviewed her pictures and knew she was the photographer for us.  Her pictures have this glow about them.  At the shoot, she made my daughter feel at ease and her make up artist made her feel glamorous while still looking natural.  She let her have several "costume changes" and even had this black tulle that she wrapped around her, creating this beautiful "dress".   My husband and I were only planning on buying a few poses until we saw the slide show.  I think we bought almost every single picture Lucia took!  We absolutely loved them!!  We also appreciated the package we purchased which made buying prints for family and friends super affordable.  I can't say enough good things about my daughter's shoot, they way surpassed our expectations.  I highly recommend using Lucia for high school senior portraits.  You will not be disappointed!

Michelle R
Senior Portraits

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I loved having portraits shot by Lucia.  She was able to suggest different poses that looked amazing!  Lucia provided a hair and makeup artist (Paige) that listened to what I was looking for (I wish I could have her to do my hair and makeup every day)!.  The photographs were beautiful and natural which was exactly what I was looking for.  I feel that it is something every women should experience at least once.  I would definitely work with Lucia again.

Stacy K

Personal Branding

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Our photo shoot with Lucia was such a treat! My mom, sister and I had our portraits taken together and individually, and it couldn't have been a more exhilarating experience. The relaxed beauty of the setting and Lucia's engaging manner made the experience so memorable, and it was wonderful to have the chance to feel so glamorous - and to see it reflected in Lucia's beautiful photos. We loved the whole experience from start to finish, and I would absolutely recommend Lucia for portraits and weddings. I look forward to referring her to friends and family, and hopefully to having her be a part of my special events in the future!

Sara B Mother + Daughter Portraits

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I'm so thankful to have these photos as a remembrance of a day when my baldness was celebrated. I will never forget this shoot or it's importance to my recovery and confidence.

Megan B Survivor Portrait Series

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Lucia really made me feel strong and confident. I’ve worked with other photographers and it’s nothing like this. Lucia makes you feel good in your own skin and I just love that about her. I jut love her and this whole experience and I would recommend it to anyone.

Claire W Senior Portraits

 

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I have had a  fantastic experience working with Lucia. Lucia is so  warm and welcoming and she makes you feel so loved and so appreciated. Coming into this I was a little insecure and was not sure how I would like being in front of the camera but Lucia makes you feel so comfortable and relaxed and it’s such a fun casual environment that you almost forget what you are doing and you are just having fun and making new friends. And the results she get are just AMAZING and the comradery between the models is just amazing, we all just feel like one big, happy welcoming family. The shoots are such a blast! The whole experience is fantastic and I can not recommend it enough.

Emma Senior Portraits

 

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