Capturing your next photograph in beautiful Laguna 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.

Natural Beauty

Why Shoot Portrait Photography In Laguna Beach, California

As a portrait photographer, I can make any location work when I’m photographing my models. However, Laguna Beach has a startling natural beauty, from its craggy beaches and tide pools to its cotton candy sunsets silhouetted by palms.

Laguna Beach, California is an easy choice for portraiture and it’s one I often suggest to my clients. It has a sophisticated yet raw feel to it while offering a sense of tranquility among the sand. Not to mention, professional photographers must seek a permit to shoot anywhere in Laguna Beach, so my shooting permit is an investment I’ve made which means I can offer you more exclusive backdrops.

“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 Laguna Beach, California

Your wardrobe is up to you but I’d be happy to make some suggestions. Since Laguna Beach is primarily on the beach, you can expect a backdrop filled with white, beige, blue, green, and if you’re shooting during sunset, orange, purple, and even pink.

I’d recommend you try and complement those colors, in whichever way you see fit. Of course, at the end of the day, dress the way you want to. If you need some advice or are trying to capture a certain look or mood, then just let me know—I have plenty of experience in portrait photography and will have a suggestion.

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.

Experience And Intuition

Why Choose Me For Portrait Photography In Laguna Beach, California

While I may be fully stocked, I’ve been in the portraiture industry long enough to understand that it’s not your equipment that makes the photograph (although, it certainly helps) but it’s having an eye for composition and the courage for improvisation.

Laguna Beach is one of those shooting locations you can spend an entire day at. With my expertise, I can catch the first rays of the sun as it rises and illuminates the azure water, catch the warm glow and low mist of the morning, catch the brilliant noon-time sun as it hangs over our heads and brings every surface into perfect clarity, take advantage of the golden hour as the sun dips downward and gives everything a profound and peaceful quality, and even bask under a brilliant, silver moon as it makes the delicate sand glow all around you.

Beyond its vast array of locales and geography, Laguna Beach is a bustling area that gives plenty of opportunity for improvisational photography. Sometimes the best portraits are the unplanned ones. I’ve found that often, I fall in love with the photographs I forgot I even shot due to some fleeting detail. Laguna Beach is full of those fleeting details.

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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Laguna Beach Portrait Photo Retouching

Each Laguna Beach 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 Around Laguna Beach

Spots Around Laguna Beach, California For Portrait Photography

Rugged beauty, sophisticated charm, minimalist modernism, and everything in-between is easy to find when you’re shooting in Laguna Beach, but I’ve found a few shooting locations that stand out after receiving great results for my clients.

Creek Beach Park

Highway 101 is known for its unencumbered beauty, but Creek Beach Park is one of those once-in-a-lifetime spots.

The park provides an interesting backdrop with plenty of spontaneity that we can take advantage of.

Shaw’s Cove

One look at Laguna Beach’s Shaw’s cove and you’d think you were on another planet.

Craggy tide pools reveal themselves at low tide, stunning purple and pink sunsets span the skies at sundown and there’s plenty of places for my models at all times of the day.

Crescent Bay

Sometimes you want a sense of lonely elegance to your portrait and Crescent Bay is the perfect spot. It’s an expansive beach made of fine white sand that is nestled among rugged cliffs.

Victoria Beach

This beach is rocky in the winter and sandy in the summer thanks to its unique tidal system. It’s the perfect place for a unique portrait session because it’s not as easy to get to (you can’t just park your car on the 101.)

What makes Victoria Beach stands out is its mysterious landmark, known locally as “The Castle” but officially named “La Tour” (which is French for, the tower.)

The castle, almost invisible until you stumble upon it, is nestled discretely against the stunning green and beige of a cliffside. It looks almost as if it’s from a storybook; you’d almost expect Rapunzel to dangle her hair from its highest window.

Laguna Beach Trivia

Facts About Laguna Beach, California


Laguna Beach was first a part of Mexico but was later settled in the 1800s and incorporated in 1927. It has a mild climate, which is perfect for photography.

It Has A Long Coastline

At 1.21 miles long, the coastline of Laguna Beach is considered a state conservation area.

Some Of The Best Artists In The U.S. Call It Home

Today, Laguna Beach is still widely considered an artist’s community, where it’s home to photographers, painters, filmmakers, and writers.


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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