For photographers, the process of capturing meaningful portraits requires more than first-rate equipment and technical know-how. As the team at Jack Randall Photography knows, photographers must also establish a comfortable environment for their subjects. Armed with high-resolution digital cameras, Jack Randall's photographers capture casual poses and candid moments during shoots conducted at their indoor studio—where subjects can model with props and different backgrounds—or at a variety of scenic, Orange County–area beaches and parks. The photography troupe covers special events including weddings and engagements, as well important milestones, such as high-school graduations or a toddler's graduation from fruit purée to fruit roll-ups.
After a fruitful modeling career, Lori Brystan moved to the other side of the camera lens, where she began to capture artful portraits of families, kids, and women that would look at home in the pages of a fashion magazine. In 1989, she opened Brystan Studios, which eventually expanded to include a team of professional makeup artists, hairstylists, set designers, and photographers. Inside the professional studio, a large dressing room brims with props, fan mail, and glamorous costumes. Using in-studio sets, Lori captures images ranging from burlesque-themed boudoir shoots to pared-down images, such as women posing in front of a white sheet or siblings lying in a hammock. The studio also specializes in love-note videos, professionally produced short films that capture the subject's inner starlet without the use of a net. The busy shutterbug also works as beauty editor for the lifestyle pub Greer's OC and penned High Impact Portrait Photography, a book on framing eye-catching portraits.
Elizabeth Toller Productions is a professional photography studio that combines traditional methods with digital image-enhancement techniques to accurately make reality better. With over 10 years of experience, Elizabeth Toller’s cameras click masterfully to capture the souls of families, political candidates, corporate-event attendees, and inanimate objects. First, clients will meet with the photographer to discuss session locations, themes, and clothing styles—options that are only limited by imagination and the client's wardrobe of stolen circus costumes. Clients will then spend a 30-minute photo shoot ($100) acting natural, interspersed with practicing their best vogues. Later, a special projection proofing process allows light reflectors to preview the results on a big screen to simplify image selection. Later, clients will receive a 5"x5" photo book ($95) that includes 10 two-dimensional clones of themselves for safe keeping at home.
iWink Studios' squad of professional shutterbugs collaborates with clientele in front of and behind the lens with shoots, studio rentals, and photography courses. Offering both in-studio and on-location shoots at destinations throughout Orange County, photographers frame acting headshots, weddings, newborns, and boudoir models, all of whose sessions yield quality prints and retouched digital images. Meanwhile, novice photographers can rent cameras, lenses, and lighting equipment for their own shoot in one of iWink Studios' private 25'x41' or 27'x34' spaces. Studio rentals additionally supply guests with models, makeup artists, hairstylists, and personal training for smile muscles. Elsewhere, photography classes enrich apprentices in picture-taking techniques, with courses on digital-photography fundamentals, shooting with studio lights, and weekly workshops that cover a rotating range of topics.
Belle Amie Studios’ travelling trio of shutterbugs, led by owner and photographer Melissa Olsen, journeys to beaches, piers, homes, and parks to snap shots of families and couples. The team believes that natural light and natural smiles make great pictures, and keeps sessions fun and relaxed to bring out the easy grins it seeks. In addition to outdoor portraiture, the photographers offer their skills to brides-to-be for engagement-party shoots, wedding days, wedding showers, and practice pretend weddings.
Yuen Lui Studio, a family-owned photography business specializing in individual and family portraits, has been creating photographic heirlooms since 1947. With your 20- to 30-minute photo session ($30), get your soul captured indoors at Yuen Lui's studio, boasting 16 background options, or let nature provide the backdrop at Aliso Beach's outdoor picture-taking spots. Up to eight people can appear in the shoot (additional subjects will incur an extra cost), making this deal an ideal opportunity to upgrade the framed family photos that have been hanging in your parents’ home for the past 600 years. Now that you aren’t riddled with acne or plagued with a six-year-old’s gummy smile, split the cost with your sibs and surprise your folks with a more up-to-date snapshot just in time for the holidays.