The Photo Shoot

How do you come up with the concepts?

Group effort! My clients are creative, willing to play, & let their hair down.

Do you pose us I’m kind of awkward/unphotogenic.?

I get this question, ALOT.  I will set up the shot, let you naturally fall into place, (your comfort is key) No awkward cookie cutter pose, nice and relaxed – My business is referrals, clients have fun, tell their friends and come back for more! Easy and best of all- great experience.

Do you use lighting?

Of course! Whether it’s a small flash to a large strobe with a 60 inch parabolic umbrella. I love the combination of studio lighting and natural lighting- gives your photos the edge. ( that is why studio is my fave- also you can control the temperature, weather- raining? no prob, santa ana winds? who cares.)

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I want you to shoot my wedding Do I need an engagement session?

YES. The photos are secondary, the relationship and trust you develop is key (makes your wedding photos that much better) My best wedding photos are the ones where I have worked with the couple before the wedding, we both know what to expect.

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What’s the most important thing to you in a photograph, background or lighting?

The most important thing is the relationship of the photographer and subject- then lighting then background.

I LOVE film! I see you shoot film, can I add it to my shoot?

For sure! We can add on 35mm, or 8×10 polaroid baby! Let me know what you are thinking and can get you a quote. (I love film I am often printing in the darkroom)- It is pricey, be prepared.

How do you get the kids in your photos so natural?

Kids are natural born actors. Let them act. They are only that way for a very short time, capture it now. And get ready for fake fart noises, they love a gassy photographer.

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After the Shoot

When do we see our photos?

About a week after the shoot, you come to the studio ( or zoom) and select your favorites.

How do we get our digital files?

Via online gallery. There is also a store connected within your gallery to my professional lab for photo ordering.

Can we share our photos online?

Of course! We love to be tagged on social.


How do I book?

Call or email the studio and we will send over the proposal ( agreement and invoice) to book your date!

What are your rates?


Wedding Packages range from more intimate weddings, and elopements to larger events. We offer wedding consultations here at our Old Town Orange Studio. Please contact the studio with more info on your event and to receive our wedding brochure.


Portrait Sessions: Families, Boudoir, Maternity, Newborns

Our session fees range from $100 for studio and $150 for location, and our clients typically spend around $500-$2500 on their portraits and albums. We offer standard albums and handcrafted luxury albums, as well as canvas and framed portraits, and digital files. Session fee includes pre shoot consultation, the photo shoot, and the photo review. Please contact the studio with your ideas and to receive a studio brochure.

We like to meet ( or chat on the phone) with you before the session to talk about location choice or studio, wardrobe and what portraits you wish to capture most. After the session, we present your portraits here at the studio for you to view and we help you select what is is most important to you. All of our albums and wall portraits and collections are on display for you to see and feel.

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Commercial Rates- Call or email the studio with your project