Name: Nate Torres

Location: Fountain Valley

Services: Portraits & Headshots

Settings: On-Location or In-Studio

Find Me Online: YouTube Channel

Christopher Dargan
Christopher Dargan
Nate was so easy to work with. I am usually nervous having my picture taken. Not the case working with Nate. He engaged me in light small talk so I could calm down. Pics he took I think are the best ever of me. Highly recommend his srvices.
CC Mitchell
CC Mitchell
Nate was a pleasure to work with. He made me feel comfortable and allowed me to have fun with modeling. He was excellent at guiding me and helping with poses. He was professional from beginning to end. I’d love to work with him again in the future. And my photos? They are gorgeous.
Adrian Andrade
Adrian Andrade
Nate really makes it a point to understand what types of photos you're looking to create so that he can make them a reality. During the shoot he's extremely professional, and also just has good vibes and feels like he's one of your friends. This last part was super important for me because it allowed me to loosen up and get out of my head more. He's always happy to help support with pose ideas and even do some coaching to get the best results. Would highly recommend Nate!
Spencer Chuang
Spencer Chuang
I called up Nate for a photoshoot and he was a complete professional and very courteous. We went over what I was looking for and what type of outfits ill be wearing. His photography skills are top notch and he is real easy to work with. I would defiantly do another photoshoot some time in the future. Highly recommended!
Markian Benhamou
Markian Benhamou
Super happy with Nate’s high quality photos! He has very creative concepts, is a pleasure to shoot with, and I highly recommend to anyone.
Cosette
Cosette
working with Nate has been and is always an absolute pleasure! Professional, very talented and has an amazing vision. Always makes sure a client is happy and has very quick turnaround with editing. Highly recommend!
Yoshio Kawamura
Yoshio Kawamura
A hard-working individual who’s trying to make an imprint on the game. I personally shot with him and felt nothing but good vibes from this dude. He’s always willing to put extra work in, and the quality is 100% guaranteed. I cannot stress enough how important it is to shoot with a photographer who is not only great, but also he/she knows what you want to create because it makes a whole world of difference.
Alan C
Alan C
Nate is a class act. I did a lifestyle photoshoot with Nate and was extremely pleased with how the photos came out. He was very flexible and knowledgable during the shoot. I personally rely on a few specific poses for my shoots, so I was particularly impressed at the numerous additional poses he knew would read well on camera. Highly recommend!
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Fountain Valley Photographer

Why Shoot Portrait Photography in Fountain Valley, California?

Wikipedia calls Fountain Valley, California a “classic commuter town”, which seems to downplay what the area has to offer in the way of portrait photography. While many people may live here as a more cost-effective means to commute into the greater Los Angeles and Orange County areas, there’s still plenty of perspectives to discover that will aid in your quest for a great portrait location.

What Fountain Valley, California might lack can be quickly found nearby thanks to its central location to the rest of Orange County. For one, Huntington Beach is a mere hop, skip, and jump away. Yet, there’s plenty of serenity to be found in what is essentially a quiet and quaint upper-middle-class town in Orange County.

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What You Can Wear for Portraits in Fountain Valley, California?

We can certainly discuss any wardrobe ideas or concerns you have before we execute a portrait session. I typically recommend something clean and not too attention-grabbing—I like to focus on my subject and their surroundings the most.

However, rules are meant to be broken, so let me know what your ideas are and we’ll discuss a plan of action.
What you wear can be an afterthought or the main focus. If you’re struggling with how much attention to give your clothing, then just let me know and I’ll offer my guidance!

Best Spots Near Fountain Valley, California for Portrait Photography

Fountain Valley is full of nondescript spots that hide within them something distinct or beautiful. While it may not be a shining jewel, like some of the coastal towns found in Orange County, there’s a quiet charm to Fountain Valley if you know where to find it.

The Secret Garden

Don’t get this garden confused with the popular novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett—Fountain Valley’s secret garden isn’t nearly as grand but it makes up for it in its proximity to Huntington Beach and its relative seclusion due to its hard-to-find entrance. Thanks to Fountain Valley’s fair weather, plants are in bloom pretty much all year. The secret garden serves as a secluded backdrop for all types of photography and is a favorite of mine for portraiture.

Huntington Central Park

Even Fountain Valley has its own Central Park, even if it’s not as breathtaking as the one found in New York City. However, the park is full of immaculate landscaping and it’s easy to traverse. Huntington Central Park is a great place for me and my clients to roam with my camera—you’ll always find something new or have a few old staples that make a great backdrop or add to the atmosphere of a portrait.

Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

While much of Fountain Valley, California has a distinct suburban look to it, Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve provides an altogether different backdrop for your photos. The preserve surrounds an ecological reserve, which protects a large swath of coastal wetland. The reserve’s sweeping, marshy landscapes can act as a great backdrop.

Huntington Beach

While Huntington Beach isn’t exactly in Fountain Valley, it’s close enough that it doesn’t take much effort to get there. I like to give my Fountain Valley clients some outside options just in case they’re not too invested in the region. Fountain Valley is a great place but much of the area blends together. Huntington Beach can be a great creative shock to the system when shooting on location in Fountain Valley—it’s something unique and unlike anything you’d find in the valley.

Why Choose Me as Your Fountain Valley Photographer

Fountain Valley, California may be your average suburban town but I’ve had plenty of opportunities to photograph my clients in Orange County area. I know where to go and what to do to bring out the area’s unique qualities to give your portraits an interesting look.

Sometimes it can be a struggle to photograph suburbia—it’s often plain and very cookie cutter. However, a great photographer can make something interesting out of anything—that’s what sets us apart from the rest.

Facts About Fountain Valley, California

Every bit of suburbia holds secrets—it’s just a matter of getting to the bottom of them. Does Fountain Valley, California have a sordid past or is it really as average as it wants you to believe?

It’s a swamp thing

Before Fountain Valley was founded in the 1880s it was nothing but swampland. The area was originally referred to as the “gospel swamps”.

All in a name

Since 2005, Irvine has been consistently regarded by the FBI as the safest big city in the United States. Most years, Irvine is credited with having the lowest crime rate of any city with a population of over 100,000.

There’s something in the water

Fountain Valley was the first city to begin adding fluoride to their water.