Headshot Photographer in Orange County and Los Angeles

As a headshot photographer in Orange County I specialize in many different types of headshots for small to medium size business, as well as executives, entrepreneurs, business owners, real estate agents and real estate brokers, developers, actors, models and children.  We photograph people in our Orange County based studio as well as on location for traditional headshots or environmental portraits. 

What is headshot retouching? 

Retouching  is the process by which we make you look amazing.   We use computer software programs like Adobe Photoshop and Perfectly Clear to smooth out your skin tone, remove blemishes, make your eyes pop, and even reshape you if necessary.  All the fancy computer equipment, and digital techniques are fantastic, but I have to mention that 80% of retouching is art.  Mostly it is the art of knowing when to stop retouching.  Overly retouched photos look absolutely terrible.  Even clownlike, you know what I'm talking about!  Waxy skin and fake looking eyes.   A perfectly retouched headshot should look natural.  Great retouching should not be noticeable.  It should lurk under the radar of the viewer of the headshot.

Headshot retouching techniques. 






How Do I look? Hair and Makup Resources

Hair and Makeup is an important part of creating a great headshot. Take a peek at my resources to have you looking great for your photo session.

Types of Headshots photography

Business Headshots in Orange County

Business headshots can make or break your first impression on potential customers.  The best business portraits always have a bit of spontaneity. 

Your headshot is your flag that many people in Orange County will see first. People make very quick mostly subconscious decisions about who you are and what your business means to them.   Stand out from your competition with the best headshots in your industry.

You have 5 seconds on average to get your audience's attention.  Better Make it count!

The best  business headshot has impact while showing off your unique personality. Business portraits can be photographed in our Orange County studio or at your office. We often photograph employees in a conference room or outside their offices.  Group or team photos are also popular when we photograph small, medium or large sized business. 

Client Testimonial

"I engaged Chris to work with me on my professional headshots.  I had a mental picture of the style and look for my shots, but I wasn’t quite sure how to articulate the idea.  Chris met with me and shared his thoughts on how I might try to put words to the vision.  After sending him a couple sample images and having another chat, he not only “saw” my vision, he refined it. 
Quickly thereafter, Chris scheduled time for us in the studio.  I can’t say enough about comfortable Chris made me feel throughout the shoot.  Initially, I was nervous as I’m not used to being in front of the camera; however, it wasn’t long before I found myself relaxed, we were having fun and a few laughs.   Chris was open to my ideas and feedback throughout and also displayed his creative edge by “going off script” and trying a few backgrounds, angles, etc.  I appreciate that. I was delighted with the finished product; my headshot are absolutely fantastic.  I would highly recommend Chris. Thank you again"


Christine D. Gagnon | Global Banking & Capital Markets

CEO Executive Headshots in Orange County

Executive headshots are a little different than business portraits.  Most executives want to show leadership with their headshot.  The intelligent, wise and friendly triad usually does the trick. The best executive portraits always have a bit of spontaneity and a twinkle in the eyes. 

An executives headshot can set the tone for an entire company. Stand out from your competitors with the best professional portraits in your industry.

Content with relevant images gets 94% more views than content without relevant images. 

The best CEO or executive headshot will have three qualities.  Intelligence, wisdom, and approachability. This triple punch is always a winning combo.  Executive portraits can be photographed in our Orange County studio, at your office, or any location that makes sense with the corporation's mission.  We often photograph executives and employees together in a conference room or outside their offices.  Group or team photos are also popular when we photograph small, medium or large sized corporations .

Client Testimonial

"Working with Christopher for our corporate head shots was a delight. He didn't just capture images of my team's faces, he captured the fire in our eyes that fuels the passion we put behind our services and products and the confidence in our smiles that tells our clients we know what we are doing. Such distinction is critical in a world where relationships matter and the average head shot can be reproduced with a basic camera phone and a selfie stick. There is no question why he has earned so many awards and features in prestigious industry publications. His enthusiasm and charisma is rivaled only by his skill as a photographer to get that shot where you say to yourself, 'wow! if only I looked this good all the time."

Elan Mikel Sudberg | CEO Alkemist Labs Costa Mesa, CA

Attorney Headshots in Orange County

Attorney or lawyer headshots can make or break your potential client's first impression on your law firm.  If your goal is to attract clients shopping for an attorney. You should have a headshot that makes you look approachable. The best attorney portraits should always make you seem approachable rather than angry.

An attorney headshot should also make you look like an expert in your field of law. Expert attorney status is traditionally done with a background of law books or the Orange County courthouse in the background.  We recommend a modern approach to avoid being confused with all your competitors creating similar headshots.

Most attorney websites are visually crowded and aesthetically unappealing.  Your headshot is your opportunity to stand out from your other law firms in Orange County and Los Angeles. 

46% of marketers say photography is critical to their current marketing and storytelling strategies.

Every legal dispute is a potential marketing story that will not be read unless you pair it with incredible photography.  The most captivating attorney headshot is absolutely necessary to have potential clients remember you in the crowded Orange County marketplace.  Get your law firm noticed when you have lawyer portraits that stand out.

Realtor Headshots in Orange County

Likeability is everything for realtor headshots, and there are ways to ensure you have a photo that reflects that.

It is also important to create a memorable headshot. This can be done many ways. But our favorite is the use of bold colors.  Many realtor's opt for headshots on location. A beautiful property will give context to the photo. Either strategy can yield a great picture that is memorable.  

Your headshot is your flag in the sand many people in Orange County will see first. Make a better image and reap the business rewards. 

Visual content is more than 40X more likely to get shared on social media than other types of content

80% of all home buyers are searching online, and most people will consider a realtor referred or known by a friend.  

Enter social media. You NEED to have a profile photo that says friendly confident professional.   

What do you when every Realtor in Orange County is already doing this?  Dare I say hire a "real  photographer" instead of a friend with a nice camera.  Great Lighting, professional hair and makeup artist, and well conceived photography will make the difference.

Be memorable in the crowded Orange County marketplace.  Get your phone ringing when you have Real Estate portraits that stand out.

Actors Headshots in Orange County

An actor's headshot is the key that opens the door to work.  Your first impression is everything.  The best actors portraits have lots of personality. 

The eyes also need to be alive and engaging, with an expression that almost speaks.

Most actors or actresses headshots require a little more time to plan and photograph so we can get every detail just right.

Casting Directors look at hundreds of images every day.  DON'T BE A NUMBER

Modeling Headshots in Orange County & LA

A models headshots need to have impact.  Posing lighting composition and most of all your personality are key ingredients of a headshot that gets attention.  

The best model headshots always have a bit of spontaneity. Your headshot should look like you just glanced at the camera for a split second and the photography session was over.  Cue mic drop.

Understanding that the best modeling agencies are super busy only raises your stakes and begs the question 


Great photography is your answer.

The best modeling headshot has impact while showing off your unique personality.  Model portraits can be photographed in our Orange County studio or on location.  We often photograph models in parks or at the beach.  Multiple looks or outfits are also popular options when we photograph models in Orange County

Professional Portraits For Dating Websites in Orange County

Dating site headshots are your online front door.  To get people knocking you will need a great photo.  

The best dating profile photos have a feeling of youthful excitement and optimism despite your gender, age, or ethnicity.

Whether your goal is meeting people, playing the field, or getting hitched your online dating headshot should feel light and happy while showing your personality.   

Get in touch today to schedule your session in our studio.


How else can I say it?  Say goodbye to driver seat selfies. When that date is all about one headshot, make it count!

My OC studio is ready to create an image that swipes right.  Your performance i.e. dating opportunities on Tinder eHarmony.com, Match.com or Bumble directly correlates to a fantastic profile photo.

We think excitement is best communicated with your eyes.  Dating profiles can be photographed in our Orange County studio or on location.  We encourage a hair and makeup session before photography for the best results.

Most clients seeking headshots for online dating websites like eHarmony.com, Tinder, or Match.com  have been online dating for a few months with varying degrees of success.  With a little thought and our experience our Orange County studio can help you create a set of images that show you in your best light. 

Headshot Styles

Studio Headshots

Studio headshots give us total control over lighting and background yielding striking images that make you stand out.  We can make images tat are glamorous, edgy, or simple and clean.

Location Headshots

Headshots on location can have a natural feel and include the environment when appropriate to your business.  Great for people in the service industries

Modern headshots

Contemporary or modern styled headshots can break the rules a bit.  We love modern headshots with bold and colorful backgrounds to make your images memorable

Traditional headshots

Traditional headshots are popular with Attorneys and some executives in Orange County.  They should always be flattering while portraying you as very accomplished in your field.

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