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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Irvine Photographer

Why Shoot Portrait Photography in Irvine, California?

Irvine California is a city situated within Orange County, California and while the city has much of the oceanfront charm that the rest of the county is known for, it has plenty of other sights to check out as well. To me, Irvine is one of the most polished locations in Orange County thanks to its heavy retail presence—that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Irvine is full of culture and with that, plenty of things to capture on film. Whether you’re looking for a portrait that takes you up into the clouds (we’ll get to that later) or would rather stay grounded Irvine will have something to offer you.

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What You Can Wear for Portraits in Irvine, California?

Irvine, California is what I would consider to be a classy part of Orange County. It’s full of luxury shopping, be it boutique or chain and most of its residents are living in multi-million dollar homes. Does that mean, as a model, you need to “dress to impress?” Not really—while an expensive wardrobe would certainly fit it, there’s plenty of room to dress down.

In fact, sometimes contrasting with the local color can really give your headshotsome personality. However you want to dress, feel free to contact me first and we can discuss a wardrobe plan. I think it’s most important that you feel comfortable in front of the camera.

Best Spots Near Irvine, California for Portrait Photography

Irvine is one of those quintessential Californian towns around Orange County that holds plenty of upscale charm. However, there are ways to turn that charm up or down depending on what exactly you’re looking for. If you want lavish luxury there’s a place for that, if you want the ocean there’s a place for that, too, if you want anything else then, well, there’s probably also a place for that.

Great Park Balloon

Hover 400 feet above the ground on the Great Park Balloon, which is a hot air balloon permanently anchored to the floor. Enjoy a 360 panoramic view of the world around you while also taking some rather lofty portraits at the same time. Most of all, take the pre-planning and much of the expense out of hiring a private hot air balloon ride.

The Balboa Island Ferry Sign

The Balboa Island Ferry is a longtime staple near Irvine, California. The harbor it docks on is full of vintage maritime charm. The striking red, white, and blue can cast a vivid backdrop for your portrait and the old-school signage can transport you to the past.

Crystal Cove Tunnel

The Crystal Cove Tunnel is a startling run-off pipe situated in Crystal Cove State Park. The tunnel is relatively short but elegantly arched. Best of all, it’s far end leads directly to the ocean. I like to bring clients to the tunnel for a creative portrait that features a unique juxtaposition of space, shape, and contrast from the tunnel. Depending on the exposure, we can change the dynamic of the tunnel completely. It’s a fun experience that always gives me great results.

The Wedge

Locally known as “the wedge”, this spot is the go-to location for surfing due to the spectacular and huge waves that crash right on the shore. The area is full of “beach cottages” that cost upwards of 3 million dollars! I love heading to the wedge for beach shoots because I know that we can capture some killer waves in the background.

Why Choose Me as Your Irvine Photographer

I know Irvine well and I understand how to get the results you want out of your headshot. If you’re looking for something beachy yet elegant, then the wedge is a great spot. If you’re going for something more epic in nature, then let’s hop onto that balloon!

Whatever you want, I have the equipment and experience needed to make it happen. Irvine is just a backdrop. And while it has a life and color unique to itself, I’ve yet to be on a shoot that failed to produce something interesting, no matter the location. Irvine is no different—I like to let it work for me and, when we’re on location, we’ll allow that local color to inform our portrait photography.

Facts About Irvine, California

Irvine is full of history and trivia. Here are just a few things I find interesting about it.

Getting high on life

The Big Balloon in Irvine soars above the Earth at 400 feet and can carry up to 30 people per trip. On a clear day, the view spans up to 40 miles.

Murder She Noped

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.

Will Ferrell calls it home

The comedian Will Ferrell, most known for his cowbell skills and enduring presence on Saturday Night Live called Irvine, California his home as a child.