Little Boat Photography by Safeena Padder Little Boat Photography by Safeena Padder


My name is Safeena.

Safeena translates in Urdu, Hebrew, Arabic, and Swahili to mean a small refuge ship, boat, or specifically Noah’s Ark. It’s a name that’s grown to embody many qualities that I strive to be, as a photographer, business owner, and human. Hence the name, Little Boat Photography! I am currently anchored in Malibu, California.

I am an adventure-driven photojournalistic wedding and portrait photographer serving Los Angeles, California and beyond. To me, photographs are memories unobstructed by the constant hum of our thoughts. You can look back on photographs and see how your story began writing itself before you even knew it was happening.

"The three grand essentials of happiness are: Something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."

daughter || sister || friend // traveler // photographer || brand developer || designer

God // camping || hiking || climbing || children || eyes that smile || mountains || lakehouses || lyrics

inspire positive perspectives || see the world and meet its people || keep seeing beauty || do good creative work for good

I like to think of my creative soul as existing in harmonious dual-parts. As a cross between editorial (the pretty) and
documentary (the gritty) I strive to portray what is honest in the loveliest way. My storytelling background comes heavily from working as a humanitarian photojournalist. Since then, fostering moments of emotion, story, and meaning are what I focus on. Outside of being your photographer, you should know the following about who i am in real life:
+ I rock-climb, camp, take unreasonable daytrips, and get lost a lot. Come with me sometime!
+ I graduated with a degree in advertising and non-profit management from Pepperdine University.
+ I once had to be rescued from Table Mountain. I have a poor sense of direction...but really come with me sometime!
+ In 2015 I co-produced a mini-doc that was featured in multiple international festivals. It’s my favorite accomplishment.
My Disney and National Parks passes are of equal value to me.
I prefer lemonade over coffee.
Nobody believes I’m from New Jersey.

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