Kristen Ruth and Shaun Thomas, the shutterbugs behind Fringe Photography, are never at a loss for the perfect backdrop. Their downtown San Clemente studio is only a short walk from the beach and pier, where an abundance of sand, boardwalk, and natural light all but beg for the lens’ attention. Nature has to compete fiercely, though, against Fringe Photography’s diverse models, who include toddling children, engaged couples, and vintage-style bathing beauties. The company's indoor studio provides more shade and privacy for intimate boudoir shoots, taken in classic pinup poses or from flattering high angles. No matter what kind of shoot, Kristen and Shaun love to collaborate and experiment—with themes, poses, and finishing color contrasts; their portfolio runs the gamut of full color, black and white, and vintage shading.
While on-set, Kristen and Shaun encourage their clients to get comfortable by getting dolled up by the lighted mirrors of the private hair and makeup station, nibbling on complementary snacks, and striking poses as their favorite songs play in the background. Afterward, clients peruse online viewing galleries and preserve their favorite pictures in hardback albums, on CDs, or with jack-o'-lantern carvings.