Environmental Portrait Photographer

Capturing your character and true personality in a natural setting.

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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.

Capture the Essence

Environmental Portrait Photography

Environmental portrait photography is best executed when we are in your usual environment such as an art studio, a kitchen, your workplace, or even your home. The goal with all my environmental portrait is to illuminate you, your life, and your surroundings.

I strive to capture the essence of your personality. I succeed through posing techniques to make you feel comfortable and at ease. It can be awkward getting your photo taken sometimes, I get it. That is why I like to have genuine conversations with my clients to understand them, their vision, and to make you feel more comfortable which results in great environmental portraits.

I am different than other environmental portrait photographers because I am not just a camera, I strive to be someone you know and are comfortable with who is using a camera.

“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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Get Comfortable

Environmental Portrait Posing

Unless you are a professional model or are already very comfortable in front of a camera, most people tend to stiffen up if front of a camera. This is not great for the environmental portrait and it does not allow your true personality to shine through. It helps that we will be in your natural environment. This setting should naturally result in a more relaxed body language and facial expression, however, posing also plays a big factor.

The pose you choose should be natural and convey your personality based on the environment you choose. For those who do not know how to pose or get uncomfortable in front of the camera, that is where I help out.

By asking you questions about your environment and uncovering how you interact with your environment on a regular basis, we can capture the best environmental portraits and it will not feel “staged” or “posed.” It will be all natural which often produces the best environmental portraits.

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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Tell A Story

Environmental Portrait Locations

The beauty about environmental portraits is that the location can take on many forms. Great environmental portraits are able to tell a story about their subject. The location that is chosen is supposed to give insight into who you are as a person and what you like to do.

Popular locations for environmental portraits include your home, place of work, where you play sports, or anywhere else that is meaningful for you. The location is an extension of you and your characters and will help give the viewer insight into your background and story.

Environmental portraits put you in context with your surroundings. I ensure to include the best visual elements around you to help tell the story of who you are.

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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Importance Of Environmental Portraits

Many people ask what is the difference between a standard portrait and an environment portrait? Well, it’s the same as a standard portrait, except in an environmental portrait we would want to go to the place where you spend most of your time. These portraits are essential if you need professional photos of you “in action.”

For example, if you are an artist, we would photograph you in your studio and I would photograph you while you create your art. If you are a chef, I would photograph you in your kitchen while you cook, etc.


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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Environmental Portrait 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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