Capturing your next photograph in beautiful Irvine, 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.

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Why Shoot Portrait Photography In Irvine, California

Irvine California is a city situated within Orange County, California and while the city has much of the oceanfront charm that the rest of the county is known for, it has plenty of other sights to check out as well. To me, Irvine is one of the most polished locations in Orange County thanks to its heavy retail presence—that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Irvine is full of culture and with that, plenty of things to capture on film. Whether you’re looking for a portrait that takes you up into the clouds (we’ll get to that later) or would rather stay grounded Irvine will have something to offer you.

“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 Irvine, California

Irvine, California is what I would consider to be a classy part of Orange County. It’s full of luxury shopping, be it boutique or chain and most of its residents are living in multi-million dollar homes. Does that mean, as a model, you need to “dress to impress?” Not really—while an expensive wardrobe would certainly fit it, there’s plenty of room to dress down.

In fact, sometimes contrasting with the local color can really give your portrait some personality. However you want to dress, feel free to contact me first and we can discuss a wardrobe plan. I think it’s most important that you feel comfortable in front of the camera.

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 Irvine, California

For one, I’m not afraid of heights, so I’ll gladly meet you at the Big Balloon in Irvine! Kidding aside, I know Irvine well and I understand how to get the results you want out of your portrait. If you’re looking for something beachy yet elegant, then the wedge is a great spot. If you’re going for something more epic in nature, then let’s hop onto that balloon!

Whatever you want, I have the equipment and experience needed to make it happen. Irvine is just a backdrop. And while it has a life and color unique to itself, I’ve yet to be on a shoot that failed to produce something interesting, no matter the location. Irvine is no different—I like to let it work for me and, when we’re on location, we’ll allow that local color to inform our portrait photography.

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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Irvine 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 Irvine

Locations Around Irvine, California For Portrait Photography

Irvine is one of those quintessential Californian towns around Los Angeles that holds plenty of upscale charm. However, there are ways to turn that charm up or down depending on what exactly you’re looking for.
If you want lavish luxury there’s a place for that, if you want the ocean there’s a place for that, too, if you want anything else then, well, there’s probably also a place for that.

Great Park Balloon

Hover 400 feet above the ground on the Great Park Balloon, which is a hot air balloon permanently anchored to the floor.

Enjoy a 360 panoramic view of the world around you while also taking some rather lofty portraits at the same time.

The Balboa Island Ferry Sign

The Balboa Island Ferry is a longtime staple in Irvine, California. The harbor it docks on is full of vintage maritime charm.

The striking red, white, and blue can cast a vivid backdrop for your portrait and the old-school signage can transport you to the past.

Crystal Cove Tunnel

The Crystal Cove Tunnel is a startling run-off pipe situated in Crystal Cove State Park. The tunnel is relatively short but elegantly arched. Best of all, it’s far end leads directly to the ocean.

I like to bring clients to the tunnel for a creative portrait that features a unique juxtaposition of space, shape, and contrast from the tunnel.

The Wedge

Locally known as “the wedge”, this spot is the go-to location for surfing due to the spectacular and huge waves that crash right on the shore.

The area is full of “beach cottages” that cost upwards of 3 million dollars! I love heading to the wedge for beach shoots because I know that we can capture some killer waves in the background.

Irvine Trivia

Facts About Irvine, California

Getting High On Life

The Big Balloon in Irvine soars above the Earth at 400 feet and can carry up to 30 people per trip. On a clear day, the view spans up to 40 miles.

Murder She Noped

Since 2005, Irvine has been consistently regarded by the FBI as the safest big city in the United States. Most years, Irvine is credited with having the lowest crime rate of any city with a population of over 100,000.

Will Ferrell Calls It Home

The comedian Will Ferrell, most known for his cowbell skills and enduring presence on Saturday Night Live called Irvine, California his home as a child.


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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