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."

click here to view the preset pack! use hashtag #paytonhartsellpresets when you post on social media so that i can see some of your stunning work! 


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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senior season has began! | march 11, 2018

happy to be kicking off senior season with this cute girl, maycie! such a colorful and fulfilled shoot! i'm currently booking april + may sessions, click here to contact me. packages start at $350! 


senior year is a BIG deal! don't miss the opportunity to remember it with beautiful images :-)

my therapy | november 15, 2017

i was flipping through my art journals today, reminiscing on some old memories, and found this page.. i’m so happy that i have a habit of journaling!! it’s such a cool feeling to be reminded of important times you forgot about.. whether they were happy or sad. i like to see what i learned from that event and how i’ve grown as a person since then. i encourage each of you to start journaling!!! you can write, use mixed media, tape down receipts or tags, ANYTHING! it is sooo worth the time don't forget to date each entry! should i share more pages on here?

[i use a moleskin journal. i use clippings from magazines, newspapers, old books, and pretty things i find online. i use any and every pen and marker i can find in my house. after i finish a page, i make sure to write the date and then i seal it with clear packing tape. i may do a full "how-to" post soon.. hmmmm...]