graduation Photographer

Capturing this special moment so you can remember it forever.

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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.

Cause For Celebration

Graduation Photography

Graduations are a very important life event for you and your family, and a cause for celebration. It is important to capture this moment on camera so you can relive this special moment throughout your lifetime.

Graduation portrait photos are about capturing the story. Graduation is not one or two stand alone photos, but rather a whole story about your graduation life. This is the goal I strive for when capturing your graduation photos. This could be a dozen photos or more that can include individual portraits, portraits with friends and family, abstracts, etc.

“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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Graduation Photography Posing

When it comes to graduation photography posing, there are a lot of options, and some poses are timeless. It is important that we have the gown, cap, and sash during the graduation photography session. The cap, gown, and sash will display your school, school colors, and possible accolades that you have achieved during your time in school.

Some timeless graduation photo poses are the formal portrait, a jumping portrait either with friends or by yourself, a portrait with friends, and a portrait of you tossing your cap. There are many other poses and variation to these poses, however, these are essential poses that should be captured during a graduation portrait photography session.

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.

Familiar Setting

Graduation Photography Location

The location for a graduation photography session should mainly be at your school/university, however, we could also photograph at another location at your request. Some common locations on campus include in front of any major landmarks within your school, your specific major college building, and any favorite spots you used to visit or hang out at.

The best time to shoot graduation photos is up to you. From a photography standpoint, it is best to shoot when the sun is not directly overhead around noon as this will cause harsh shadows on your face. If we have no option, we can utilize open shade to capture great graduation photographs even in harsh conditions.

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.

Look Back

Memories For Life

My goal is to have you look back at your graduation photos years down the road and be able to remember the great times you had at school and the joy or excitement you felt during graduation. In order to have a great graduation photography session, I love to discuss how to best capture the memories you want to capture during your graduation photography session.

During the pre-session consultation, we will discuss locations, posing, and everything else you want to let me know to ensure that you have memorable graduation photos that you and your family can smile and look back upon.


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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Graduation 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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