Capturing your next photograph in beautiful Los Angeles, 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.

City Of Angels

Why Shoot Portrait Photography In Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles is the land of urban sprawl. With that said, because the city is so large and spread out, it acts as an almost limitless resource for photography of all varieties. I grew up in the Los Angeles region, so I’ve come to know the city well.

It has its rough patches, it’s off-the-beaten trail patches, its patches of untamed beauty, and of course its patches of sophistication and elegance. You can’t go wrong with any of them—they all inject personality into your portrait photographs, no matter what exactly you’re looking for.

Known as the “city of angels”, Los Angeles is equal parts extreme wealth, entertainment and artistry, and relaxation. You can do it all in LA. Most of all, you can be anyone you want to be; my photography can even help you fit that persona or mood while Los Angeles does the rest of the work by just being.

“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 Los Angeles, California​

Los Angeles is a big city with plenty of different people living in it. The streets are full of all kinds of different styles. I love to shoot models in streetwear—it fits the predominant LA landscape well. However, my portrait photography is versatile and I am open to whatever aesthetic you’re looking for.

If you’re not sure what to wear, or have any questions, I’m here to answer them. I can tell you what’ll look best through the lens and even give suggestions based on location or mood. Just ask me!

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.


Why Choose Me For Portrait Photography In Los Angeles, California

I don’t just know every spot in Los Angeles to shoot photography. I know the best time to explore these spots. Sometimes Venice Beach is best during the golden hour, where my clients are lit by fading warm sunlight.

And when it’s been raining all day (admittedly, a rare thing in LA) the Wayfarers Chapel is full of lush, green foliage which pops against the subdued light of a gloomy day. It contrasts well with the glass and wood of the chapel. To put it simply—shooting great portrait photography isn’t just about what you know, where you know to go, or the kind of camera you have. You have to bring with you an intuition that is perfectly combined with experience—I’ve found that formula in Los Angeles.

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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Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles

Locations In Los Angeles, California For Portrait Photography

You can find a place to shoot a portrait literally everywhere in Los Angeles. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek out the best places to inform your mood or character on a shoot.

Lake Hollywood Park​

You may not be the only person to think of it, but if you’re trying to inject a certain “LA-ness” into your portrait then there is no better place than Lake Hollywood Park.

The “Hollywood” sign looms overheat making it easy to fit into a portrait. Whether you’re going for a serious moment or a tongue-in-cheek one, the sign is the perfect prop for the job.

Wayfarers Chapel

While the Hollywood sign might be an oft-trodden spot for photography, the Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes is a great way to cut through derivative Los Angeles and get to a more unique place.

Also known as “the Glass Church” and designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the chapel serves as a unique and strikingly beautiful backdrop.

Venice Beach

Venice Beach is home to a unique mixture of the local color and sightseers, which is a recipe that creates many impromptu moments for the camera.

Venice Beach acts as a unique backdrop, whether you’re interested in the ocean, the sand, the boardwalk, or the eccentricity.

Abandoned Zoo In Griffith Park

If you’re searching for a more mysterious, almost dystopian look than the Old Los Angeles Zoo situated in Griffith Park is your place.

Abandoned exhibits, colorful vandalism, and spooky nooks and crannies all come together to provide a sometimes dark. Sometimes fun, and wholly unique location to shoot a portrait.

Los Angeles Trivia

Facts About Los Angeles, California

What Could Have Bean

The oft-envied, rich neighborhood of Beverly Hills had humble beginnings as a lima bean ranch. Who could have thought it’d become one of the richest neighborhoods in the world?

Rain, Rain, Go Away

While Los Angeles isn’t exactly known for having a prolific rainy season, almost a foot (!) of rain fell across the city in February 1978. Legend says there’s still traffic on the 405 from that storm to this day.

Hollywood; An Excuse To Get Away From Thomas Edison

There is a reason most of our film industry is concentrated in Los Angeles (Hollywood, to be exact) but it’s probably not why you think. Before filmmakers migrated to the West, much of the industry operated in New Jersey, where Thomas Edison greedily held most of the country’s film rights. Filmmakers, having had enough, fled to the Wild West to escape his wrath and find creative and intellectual freedom.


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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