Creative Photographer

Capturing your next portrait with creative style.

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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!”

– Spencer C.

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Creative Portrait Photography

A portrait can be taken in a hundred different ways. Portrait photography is one of the most popular genres of photography. Portraits are taken so frequently with selfies through mobile cameras. That is the heart of portrait photography, capturing people’s faces.

Photography is also about art. When so many portraits are being taken, sometimes you may want a more creative artistic portrait. There is an aspect in photography where creativity lay hidden. Over my portrait photography career, my experience has allowed me to discover this creative aspect and capture creative portraits.

“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!”

– Cosette R.

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Creative Locations

When it comes to creative photography, the location plays a big role into the creativity/artistry of the photoshoot. Creative portraits often are themed around a specific mood or emotion. When a photoshoot has a theme, you will want to be in a location that compliments the theme of the shoot.

For example, if you are a blogger who needs creative portraits for their website, then we may consider shooting in a trendy coffee shop or going into the city and capturing some mid-walking shots. Determining the location of the photoshoot for a creative portrait photography session is discussed during the pre-shoot consultation.

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 knowledgeable 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!

– Alan C.

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Creative Portrait Lighting

There is no photography without light. The lighting in an image is a key factor of a successful photograph. This is even more true when it comes to creative portrait photography. The lighting during a creative portrait session can help determine the mood, atmosphere, and tone of the image. If the lighting does not compliment the theme of the photoshoot, then it will be hard to accurately capture the desired mood of the photoshoot.

As a natural light photographer, I have learned how to best utilize natural light to capture and evoke the correct mood in a photograph. Some of my favorite and the best times to shoot during a photo session is golden hour and blue hour. Golden hour occurs shortly after sunrise and before sunset and this creates beautiful “dreamy” images. Blue hour occurs just before sunrise and after sunset and this creates beautiful “moody” images.

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.”

– Markian B.

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Creative Photography Posing

The posing within a creative portrait photography session helps establish and compliment the mood of the photo shoot. I strive to make posing one of the most important elements in my portrait photography. I believe my subject’s pose can greatly alter the mood in an image and help tell the story within the image.

Posing in creative portrait photography can help convey a certain emotion within an image and can impart a sense of intention. I approach “posing” with a more guiding style. Instead of creating “structured” or “fake” poses that are uncomfortable, I will choose to guide you in posing rather than making you hold uncomfortable poses. This leads to better, more natural images, while capturing the story and emotion of the photo shoot.


Orange County

Orange County, California is one of those classic Oceanside towns you’ll only find in California.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the land of urban sprawl. The city acts as an almost limitless resource for photography of all varieties.

Huntington Beach

The weather is Huntington Beach, California is perfect for photography, no matter the variety.


Irvine California is a city situated within Orange County and has plenty of other sights to check out as well.

Fountain Valley

Wikipedia calls Fountain Valley a “classic commuter town”, but has offers a lot in the way of portrait photography.

Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa calls itself the “City of the Arts” due to its penchant to bring in entertainment thanks to its expansive theatre district.

Newport Beach

Newport Beach is one of those quickly-fading beach towns that still preserves much of its vintage charm.

Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach has a startling natural beauty, from its craggy beaches and tide pools to its cotton candy sunsets.


The area has long been known for its seemingly endless groves of Valencia oranges. Which I don’t mind at all!

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Creative Photo Retouching

Each portrait photography session includes post-production editing using state of the art photo editing software such as Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.

I offer high-end portrait retouching using professional techniques (dodge and burning, frequency separation, etc.) and other editing services to ensure your photos are of the highest quality.

The post-production retouching allows me to removes unwanted marks and blemishes on your face to ensure you receive the best portrait photos possible.


How Much is a Photoshoot?

Check my pricing page to find my photoshoot packages along with pricing!

How Will I Receive the Files?

I send you all of the photos from our session. You pick the photos that you like (the amount depends on the package you picked), then I edit the ones you picked then send it over to you via WeTransfer., which is an easy + free email service.

What am I Paying for Exactly?

Location scouting, posing tips, professional photo editing/retouching (color correction, tone adjustments, exposure adjustments, blemish/scar removal, teeth whitening, eye redness reduction, wrinkle/fine line removal), camera handling, my witty banter.

Can I Edit the Images?

I spend time ensuring the color balance and tones are correct in each image! If you want a particular edit style please let me know before the shoot and I can accommodate since I have experience editing many different styles. However, at the end of the day, they are your images!

What If I Need to Cancel?

I ask for a $100 electronic non-refundable deposit to secure your session date + time. If you need to cancel you can put your deposit toward a re-schedule or you can have it refunded.

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