Huntington Beach Portrait Photographer

Being born in Huntington Beach, California, I call Orange County my home. I became a freelance photographer in Orange County to further my passion for photography.

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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!

"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.

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.

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Huntington Beach Portrait Photography Services

Environmental Portraits

The goal with all my environmental portrait is to illuminate you, your life, and your surroundings.

Instagram Portraits

By standing out among the crowd, your photos can get more likes, better engagement, and ultimately more followers.

Headshot Portraits

A headshot portrait is a photograph of your face that usually includes shoulders. 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.

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Creative Portraits

Photography is also about art. When so many portraits are being taken, sometimes you may want a more creative artistic portrait.

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Nature Portraits

Shooting in nature has become my favorite type of portrait photography and is a favorite among clients as well.

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.

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!

Huntington Beach Pier

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

It rises from the ocean like a centipede, where it floats almost ephemerally 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.

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 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”.

Collection of Work

Portrait Portfolio & Gallery

My portrait portfolio showcases some of my favorite portraits throughout my career. The photos include headshots, lifestyle portraits, individual family portraits, fashion portraits, etc. The editing style in each photo differs and is based on what the client wants from the particular shoot.

Some edits range from a more social media (Instagram) perspective to headshots for personal and professional use or for other platforms such as Facebook or LinkedIn.

I have a wide range of editing styles based on working with numerous clients who had different needs. You can find my personal editing style within my Orange County portrait portfolio. If there is a particular editing style you are looking for let me know!

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FAQ

How will I receive the files?

You will receive the edited files within 2 weeks of your session. You will receive all of the files via WeTransfer, which is an easy + free email service. You can then send them to print, forward to your friends + family, and post online!

Download links expire after a few day so be sure to download your images as soon as possible!

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.

*small travel fee if outside Orange County

Do I get to select the images?

Part of my job is making the image selects and choosing the most flattering photos. I do not want to deliver images that are repeats, blurry, out of focus, shots of you blinking, or mid-sentence speaking.

I do not withhold any images, I only remove the “bad” ones based on the criteria listed above.

Can I edit the Images?

I ask that my clients do not add filters or crop any of the final edited 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.

What about time and location?

 I suggest blocking out 2 hours for your shoot the time. My timeframes are pretty generous. I usually wrap up earlier if I am able to shoot quickly.

I plan shoots based on one location and its surrounding area. There is a small additional fee for each additional “location.”

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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