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.
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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Orange County Portrait Photographer

Why Shoot Portrait Photography in Orange County, California?

Orange County, California is one of those classic Oceanside towns you’ll only find in California. If I were to describe the area in one word, it would be “sophisticated” and the portraits I shoot in and around the area will naturally show that.

Tall palm trees, blue water, and lush green cliff sides make up much of the landscape. And the city is rife with opportunities to partake in the wealth and glamor that permeates the town.

However, my photography can be as low-key or as high-end as you want it to be. Orange County, California may be a rich town, but it’s full of natural and rugged beauty that will give us plenty of options to work with.

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What You Can Wear for Portrait Photography in Orange County, California?

I always tell my clients, “come as you are.” That adage applies to most of my shoots. However, I’m always open to advise you if you need it. Depending on what you’re looking for in a portrait you may want to dress up or down for the occasion.

However, Orange County, California is a large, diverse area with many elements to pick and choose from. It’s best if we discuss where we’ll be shooting and then we can discuss your wardrobe.

Some of my clients even bring multiple sets! At the end of the day, it’s what you’re comfortable with but I’ll always be willing to offer my expertise.

Best Spots in Orange County, California for Portrait Photography

Orange County is one of those places where you can be almost anywhere and manage to capture a magic moment. However, there are some essential spots in Orange County for getting great photos that anyone planning a portrait session in Orange County should know about. I’ve been to each location and know each area well!

Irvine Spectrum Giant Wheel

Palm trees surround the Irvine Spectrum Giant Wheel, which is located within the lush courtyard of the Irvine Spectrum Center. During the day, striking blue skies give you plenty of vivid natural light. In the evening, the Center turns on its 52,000 LED lights to fill the space with neon hues that give off a party atmosphere.

Heisler Park

At Heisler Park, you have a bunch of different backdrops to choose from. The first thing you’ll see is the spectacular ocean views, complete with tide pools during low tide. Once your eyes are adjusted, you’ll notice the curious sculptures that dot the landscape. There’s something for everyone at Heisler Park.

Inspiration Point

This location is aptly named. I’ve found plenty of inspiration photographing my clients at this quaint observation point that overlooks the ocean. It’s a great spot during sunset, as the sun dips down, shadows become more aggressive and the light more subdued. It’s truly a magical time. Even during the day, I find the panoramic view of the ocean to be an inspiring source for my portraiture.

Mountain View Park

The view of the Santa Ana Mountains may be far away, but it’s sometimes the perfect way to capture an intimate portrait. The paradoxical nature of your foreground as it competes with a grand yet miniaturized background can bring an interesting quality to a shoot. Beyond the Santa Ana Mountains, Mountain View Park is full of lush landscaping and sweeping fields.

Why Choose Me as Your Orange County Portrait Photographer

I know Orange County like the back of my hand. I know what streets give that quintessential “Orange County” look and I know where to go to find the sophisticated, elegant, fun, and unorthodox. The truth is, I’m a great improvisational photographer.

With a little bit of old-fashioned intuition and maybe a little Googling or Instagramming, I’ll find that once-in-a-lifetime shot no matter where I am. But to me, Orange County is my home and it’s where my inventiveness shines because it’s fortified by intimate knowledge.

With portrait and headshot photography in Orange County, it’s not always about where you shoot but how you shoot. I have the tools, knowledge, and open-mindedness to make a place truly feel like it’s breathing through my photography. While portrait photography is often about the model, it’s often just as important to capture the energy of the location. I’ve found that skill through my determination as a photographer, and I continuously bolster it in my hometown of Orange County.

Facts About Orange County, California

Orange County is full of interesting trivia that can be a great talking point to accompany your photos. Believe it or not, it was once a place for both pirates and cowboys (though, not at the same time.) While I’m shooting, I like to list off my Orange County trivia to break the ice, so I thought I’d share it here, too.

Orange County was once a place for cowboys and robbers

Off of the 405, there is a spot called “Barton’s Mound”, which is meant to memorialize James Barton, the Sherriff of Orange County in 1857. He was gunned down by a notorious outlaw named Juan Flores on that exact spot.

There may be buried treasure somewhere in Orange County

In the early 1800s, the coastline of Orange County was a popular stopping point for pirates, in 1818, one such pirate by the name of Bouchard parked his vessel on the shore. Did they leave some treasure behind in their escape?

There is a rich German history in Orange County

You may not think of German ancestry when you think of OC, but a party of Germans indeed settled the area in 1856. In fact, Anaheim, is named “ana” for the nearby Santa Ana River juxtaposed with “heim”, which is German for “home”.