Freelance photographer, artist, and business owner

About me

Nate Torres

Hey! My name is Nate and I’m a Southern California-based photographer primarily servicing the Orange County and Los Angeles areas.

I specialize in portrait, lifestyle, and brand photography. I’ve worked with clients from various backgrounds ranging from amateur to professional models, actors, students, DJs, business owners, families, office workers, social media influencers, and more.

I’ve photographed various types of images for social media, profile pictures, graduation, LinkedIn, dating profiles, and general lifestyle photos. The photography style I aim for is minimal and cinematic and that is the look I strive for in all my photos. If a client has a specific request then I can also accommodate it as I have experience editing many types of styles. If you have any questions or requests feel free to ask me on my contact page!

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Photography Journey

I became interested in photography at University (USC) and I started photographing friends and family, concerts, nightclubs, and events. I photographed anything and everything testing out different editing styles and niches to see what I liked.

Eventually, I narrowed my niche down to portraits and their various types as I enjoyed capturing people and their stories.

In terms of my editing style, it has changed slightly over the years, but now I strive for minimalist, cinematic, and natural-looking images. Images that look nice, but are not overly edited where they end up looking cartoonish and oversaturated.

From Social Media to Local Photographer

While I am not active much on social media these days, I got my start photographing social media influencers, some of who have amassed millions of followers. The images I took of these influencers brought in thousands of likes and views to my images and my following grew like crazy, here are just a few:

While I wasn’t “chasing the likes,” the likes and engagement of these images I took brought me motivation and a sense of encouragement to keep going and to continuously strive to improve each photography session. To be able to see how images I took of these individuals were able to bring more engagement to their own profiles and brands brought me joy. They would tell me “the photo you took got so many likes, so many people are commenting on the photo and I gained a bunch of new followers!”

Some of my images spread quickly and you can even find some of my images when you Google “What is portrait photography.” You’ll find both an article I wrote as well as my images:

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It was during these moments that photography became both a source of joy and self-fulfillment for me knowing that a “simple” photo can help improve someone’s life whether it’s having a nice lifestyle photo on your Instagram page to help you secure more brand deals or business, or a new portrait you add to LinkedIn that helps you connect with more people. Or maybe you won’t even post it publicly, and it’s just to have private and enjoy looking at every now and then.

Whichever reason you need a portrait, I enjoy learning about what the photos will be used for and planning/researching the best location to best capture the story, the poses we will use, the time of day we will shoot in, and the editing style I should employ in order to make sure the whole image comes together. I’m looking forward to working together and capturing great images. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.