engagement session on main st | B+R

i shot beth and ryan's engagement photos and let me just say i am in LOVE! they were a dream to work with and had so many fun ideas. we went in and out of their favorite cafes and bars on main st to make sure their session represented their style and who they are! my favorite picture from this shoot has to be the classic kiss + dip in front of the bright blue doors! or the one where they're playing arcade games in the back of the restaurant. or the one where they're surrounded by the all the bright lights. okay, never mind, i can't choose a favorite. i mean, could you?

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california with mom | day three

we spent our third day on abbot kinney. mom and i bought some handmade, turkish shoes, had ice cream at salt + straw, and enjoyed all venice had to offer! earlier in the day, i met up with my good friend, rachel, for lunch at mendocino farms! yummm! i'll never get over how nice the weather is here..

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california with mom | day two

day two: santa monica! we shopped around third street promenade, grabbed lunch at my all-time fav, lemonade, and watched the sunset from the pier! 

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california with mom | day one

i'm so happy to be back in los angeles! this place feels like home to me and i can't help but always be in a good mood when i'm here. day one was full of the classic, touristy things! i showed mom hollywood blvd, the walk of fame, the chinese theater, and a super cute, popular tea room (which was actually gross to be honest, i'll stick with my starbucks.) we also ran into edward scissorhands and willy wonka while headed towards the disney ghirardelli shop, we had to take a photo! 

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CHILL+CHEER | lightroom presets

so excited to announce that my lightroom preset pack "CHILL+CHEER" is now available for download! i've been working extra hard on these to be sure they are nothing but perfect for YOU! this pack consists of 5 color presets that are each unique, but when used together, make for a very cohesive style. CHILL+CHEER will bring life to your images and create a bold appearance that you and your clients will adore! grow, grow, grow and let this be an investment to your business!

"an all-around, versatile lightroom preset collection! payton hartsell’s “CHILL+CHEER” presets reflect the ups and downs we experience in life; from warm and sunny days to cool and gloomy nights. like they say, “april showers bring may flowers..” so, let your garden bloom and see what the universe, and yourself, will create."

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class of 2018 | march 12, 2018

pictures like these are ones that will, someday, fill you with nostalgia and butterflies.. i'm beyond blessed to be able to photograph so many unique people during such an important and exciting time in their lives! there will always be a special place in my heart for seniors <3

thank you to this wonderful senior, carlie, for being such a sweet model! i hope you accomplish all your goals and have a great time while doing it! 

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