Capturing your next photograph in beautiful Huntington Beach, 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.

Beautiful Weather

Why Shoot Portrait Photography In Huntington Beach, California

The weather is Huntington Beach, California is perfect for photography, no matter the variety. While imperfect weather (like rain or even snow) can lend a quality to portraits, nothing beats the simple and fair weather of Huntington Beach. You can shoot all day without worrying about a drop of rain. And more than likely, plan a shoot well ahead knowing perfectly well that it’ll be a dry and sunny day.

Most of all, Huntington Beach is well known for its surfing—with that comes beautifully photogenic beaches and piers that serve as the perfect backdrop or location for a shoot. Sunsets fade to the pastel colors of cotton candy as the evening cools down. And even noon, with its intense sun, can do magical things to a person’s highlights and shadows. Huntington Beach is probably my favorite place for outside portrait shoots!

“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 Huntington Beach, California

Wear whatever you want—I’m not one to judge your wardrobe and clothing is very much contingent on your look and what you are trying to achieve. With that said, Huntington Beach, California is very much a surf town. If you want a look that will fit in, choose something fashionable but relaxing. Huntington Beach locals are well with the term “athleisure”. Whether or not you want to embody that look is up to you.

I’ll help you choose a wardrobe or give you some advice if you need it. Sometimes you want to fit in and sometimes you don’t. We’ll discuss your wardrobe and come up with a plan that makes you happy. At the end of the day, you want to be comfortable in your own skin.

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.

Born And Raised

Why Choose Me For Portrait Photography In Huntington Beach, California

I am a longtime Los Angeles resident and no stranger to Huntington Beach and what it has to offer. I understand the nuance of the Los Angeles sunset—the purples, pinks, oranges, and blues that’ll peak out for those previous 20 minutes before evening falls. Capturing a portrait in so little time takes experience and intuitive, which I’ve cultivated over the years.

Because I’m from the area, I’ve also developed an understanding of street and beach culture. I tell my clients to come as they are—we’ll figure out a look on-the-spot and search for those spontaneous moments or we can plan ahead and be deliberate and strategic. My photography fits both methodologies and I’m not afraid to mix the two.

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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Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach

Locations In Huntington Beach, California For Portrait Photography

If you’re a surfer, swimmer, or beach lounger then you can find a beautiful spot for your Hunting Beach portrait shoot while blindfolded. But there’s plenty else to find in and around the city.

Huntington Beach Pier

You can’t shoot photography in Huntington Beach, California without visiting the pier at least once.

It rises from the ocean against the flat horizon. On the beach, the water glazes the sand like glass, reflecting the sky in its mirror-like finish.

Pacific City Mural

Murals are always a great backdrop for streetwear photos or clients that are looking for something artistic and/or colorful.

Considered by many as one of the best murals in town, the “Pacific City” mural shows a scene of crashing blue waves and beach flora.

The “Flip-Flop Wall”

I don’t normally consider businesses as “locations” for photoshoots, but you can’t beat the creativity and color of the “flip-flop wall” found at the Paséa Hotel & Spa.

The artistic creation looks like it was painted by Van Gogh—colorful flip-flops come together to make a colorful abstract rendering of the water at sunset. It’s a great place for a fun shoot that brings with it a bit of elegance as well.

Palm Avenue

Much like Abbey Road, sometimes a street becomes something more than a street thanks to its cultural significance. Palm Avenue is no exception—lined with spindly, looming palm trees, the street comes right out of a Hollywood movie.

At sunset, the palm trees become silhouetted against an orange-and-blue sky—the pallet is almost magical and works well with portraiture.

Huntington Beach Trivia

Facts About Huntington Beach, California

Who Let The Dogs Out?

Huntington Beach, California is the only beach in Orange County that allows our canine pals to roam the shores

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, leading his men to the nearby Mission San Juan Capistrano whereby they drank all of the Mission’s alcohol, consumed all of their food, and henceforth fled from the scene by way of their anchored ship. Did they leave some treasure behind in their escape? It’s possible.

There Is A Rich German History In Orange County

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


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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