Capturing your next photograph in beautiful Fountain Valley, California.

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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.

“A Wonderful Place To Live”

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.

“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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“Come As You Are”

What You Can Wear For Photoshoots 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!

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.

Flexible And Adaptable

Why Choose Me For Portrait Photography In Fountain Valley, California

Fountain Valley, California may be your average suburban town but I’ve had plenty of opportunities to photograph my clients in the 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.

Environmental Portraits

The goal with my environmental portraits is to illuminate you, your life, and your surroundings to capture a special moment.

Instagram Portraits

By standing out among the crowd, your photos can get more likes, better engagement, and ultimately more followers.

Headshot Portraits

You can use the photo as a profile picture, a professional LinkedIn photo, a headshot to submit to agencies, etc.

Graduation Portraits

Graduation is not one or two stand alone photos, but rather a whole story about your memories in school.

Creative Portraits

Photography is also about art. Sometimes you may want a more creative artistic portrait to express your individuality.

Nature Portraits

Shooting in nature has become my favorite type of portrait photography and is a favorite among clients as well.

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Fountain Valley 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.

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.


Guidance on Posing

I understand that posing for a portrait photo can be awkward. I often come across the question “What do I do with my hands?” or “How should I stand?” Well these worries are no more, I will help guide you on how to pose.

After years of experience and reading up on best portrait posing practices, I will guide you on “what to do with your hands and feet,” so you can have a comfortable and memorable portrait experience!

Spots In Fountain Valley

Locations Around Fountain Valley, 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 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!

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.

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

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.

Huntington Beach can be a great creative shock when shooting on location in Fountain Valley.

Fountain Valley Trivia

Facts About Fountain Valley, California

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

When the “gospel swamps” didn’t quite stick, Fountain Valley was finally given the name that it still goes by today. Residents named the area after the myriad of artesian wells that can still be found all over the land.

They Elected The First Japanese-American Mayor

Fountain Valley’s first-ever Mayor was Jim Kanno, a Japanese-American citizen, and the first-ever Japanese-American to be elected to Mayor in the Continental United States.


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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