Southern California Wedding and Portrait Photographers

3001 Red Hill Avenue #4-104 Costa Mesa, CA 92626 (949) 698-3968

FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

I started my first band with my friends when I was 14. My Superhero kept playing until 2003, then we took a break. We toured around the country with some great bands and also did warped tour 2 years in a row. I sing and play guitar, and currently play bass in a couple other bands.

In 2007, Jennifer and I went to our first hockey game in person, and I've been hooked ever since. We've continued to go every season and when we can't make it to a game, I watch it at home. I started a small company called RefYouSuck.com since becoming a fan.

I've been an electrician for a long time.  I was going to jobs with my dad when I was 7 years old. I actually started working (and getting paid) as an electrician when I was 15. I still do odd jobs here and there - just because I like it.

My favorite cars are from the 50's and 60's. Jennifer's favorite was my 64' T-Bird. I ended up selling it to help put a ring on her finger. Now we have a 1956 Olds 88!

Some of my best memories from childhood were camping with my dad. Now that I am a dad, I want to pass that onto my boys. I try to take them out fishing and camping as much as I can.

I'm surrounded by boys and wouldn't have it any other way. Some people ask if we are going to "try" for a girl. When I think about it, I'm not sure I would know what to do with a girl, after being around boys for so long. :)

I love hot chocolate! I used to have this every morning as I started my day. Once I had kids - there was no time to relax. :) My favorite hot chocolate was in Switzerland. Too bad I've never been back. If you know any good places locally to get hot chocolate, definitely let me know.

Brian had major issues with my music collection when we first started dating. One CD we BOTH had was Ben Folds Five. We have gone to see him (and the band) more times than I can count. 
 "The Luckiest" was the song we danced to at our wedding.

Ever since I was little I have LOVED astronaut ice cream! I search high and low when we are in different states trying to find it. I've been known to buy it by the case online and savor every bite! Neopolitan is my favorite.

I'm the 6th of 7 children. Yes - you read right. My parents (who are still married) have 7 kids. Six girls and one boy stuck right smack dab in the middle. Crazy, right? Now that Brian & I have kids - I don't know HOW they did it - but I'm glad they did (especially since I'm almost the caboose). :)

We met on tour. Brian was on tour with his band, My Superhero, and Jennifer was going to college in Idaho. She heard a band from Orange County was coming through and went to the show. It's a long story - but an interesting one. We can tell you more in person if you want.

We dated for 5 years. Jennifer was in college and Brian was touring with his band. This lead to long distance dating for 3 1/2 of the 5 years. There were lots of ups and downs, but it made us stronger as a couple.

Brian is not so much a "romantic" as he is a "creative." For our proposal - he put together a scavenger hunt of personal things we'd done over the 5 years and the last thing was finding the "ice" in the freezer (the ring that is).

We got married in 2003. One of the best days of our lives. We were so excited to FINALLY be getting married to each other. There was a year of planning and the end result was well worth it. The only regret is we wish the wedding day could have lasted longer! :)

We have three amazing boys and love raising them. They definitely keep us on our toes and help us keep the inner child in ourselves ramped up. We just wonder how we are going to keep up with three boys and their appetites in high school!

Our studio is located in Costa Mesa, CA right off the 73 freeway.  

Our shooting area is on the 2nd floor and much bigger than our old place. :)  Sit back, grab a drink and relax while we photograph your newborn.  If a toddler needs to stretch their legs and run around - no problem.  It's a great space for any type of studio session.

There are so many options of what you can do with your portraits!  Make sure you come into the studio for your "reveal" to place your order. We can help you decide what medium your portraits will look best on or in. :)

Jennifer has always had a passion for photography. From the time she received her first camera at the age of eight, she has been in love with photographing people. She went on to shoot for the school newspaper, yearbook, and continued taking photography classes while in college. After graduating from college in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in behavioral science, she had an opportunity to work for a professional wedding photographer. What started out as a part time job changing film and carrying somebody else's camera bag, turned into something much bigger in a very short time. After a few months on the job, they let her photograph details with her digital camera. The owner of the company was so impressed with her work, that he surprised her one Saturday morning (4 hours before a wedding) with her first big break- to be the lead photographer! Evidently, the lead photographer had called in sick and Jennifer was his only option. :)

That was when Brian (her boyfriend at the time) received a frantic phone call - saying, "wear something nice, you are coming to a wedding with me!" This is how Brian was introduced to photography. She slapped a camera in his hands, adjusted the settings, and told him to listen for his cue to photograph the couple. Brian would be her insurance shot, just in case her digital camera failed. Digital camera's weren't as reliable as they are today. You constantly had to change batteries and compact flash cards. Your camera would freeze if you took too many shots in a row- they just weren't trustworthy! 

Brian was up for the task and actually enjoyed the hustle-bustle of a wedding. Over the next year, they would go on to shoot weddings every weekend together. The owner of the studio told them that they were good enough to start their own business. In 2003, Brian and Jennifer got married, started Jennifer Gilmore Photography and worked hard every day to grow their business 

Fast-forward to 2012, the company got a new look and a new name! They decided it was time to expand and hire a few employees to help out with the load. They changed the name to Gilmore Studios!  

They love having a career in something they have a huge passion for ~ all while being a part of such life changing moments for their clients. In many cases, these clients have become life long friends!

For many couples, Brian and Jennifer continue to photograph them as their families grow! Gilmore Studios is one of the top photography studios in Southern California. When they are not photographing weddings, they are working with families, children, maternity sessions, and newborn babies!

In 2014, Gilmore Studios opened a brand new 2000 square foot studio in Costa Mesa right of the 73, 405, and 55 freeways!

They have been the NCL Debutante Ball (National Charity League) Newport Beach chapter photographers since 2004 and recently started working with other NCL and Assistance League chapters in Orange County. Brian & Jennifer believe strongly in giving back to the community. She donates her photography skills to the March of Dimes "March for Babies" event every year and also volunteers for N.I.L.M.D.T.S (Now I lay me down to sleep) A photography charity helping families who lose their babies at birth.

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BRIAN & JENNIFER GILMORE ARE A HUSBAND AND WIFE PHOTOGRAPHER TEAM AND HAVE BEEN SHOOTING WEDDINGS AND PORTRAITS PROFESSIONALLY SINCE 2003 IN ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA. THEIR STYLE HAS BEEN DESCRIBED, "WHEN TIMELESS CLASSIC IMAGERY MEETS MODERN PHOTOJOURNALISM. THEY LOVE NATURAL LIGHT BUT WILL ADAPT TO ANY LIGHTING SITUATION WITH A MIX OF CANDID REAL MOMENTS AND DIRECTED SHOTS. 

AFTER THE ENGAGEMENT AND WEDDING, BRIAN AND JENNIFER CONTINUE TO PHOTOGRAPH MANY OF THEIR CLIENTS AS THEIR FAMILIES GROW! BRIAN AND JENNIFER HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BUILD A THRIVING PORTRAIT STUDIO IN COSTA MESA, CA. THE STUDIO IS STOCKED WITH HUNDREDS OF NEWBORN BABY PROPS, AMAZING BACKGROUNDS, AND FLOORS. 

FOR FAMILIES TRAVELING TO SO-CAL ON VACATION, LET'S MEET UP FOR A FAMILY PORTRAIT! WE HAVE MET HUNDREDS OF TRAVELING FAMILIES AT HOTELS, PARKS, BEACHES, AND EVEN DISNEYLAND! WE KNOW THE COASTAL AREA VERY WELL AND ARE HAPPY TO HELP YOU FIND THE PERFECT LOCATION FOR YOUR SESSION. GIVE US A CALL AND TELL US WHAT TYPE OF LOOK AND FEEL YOU ARE HOPING FOR. AFTER WE HELP YOU PLAN YOUR PERFECT SESSION, YOU WILL RESERVE YOUR DATE BY PAYING YOUR SESSION FEE ($195). TWO WEEKS AFTER YOUR SESSION, WE WILL POST YOUR PHOTOS ON OUR PASSWORD PROTECTED IMAGE PROOFING SITE. HERE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE ALL OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS CHOOSE THEIR FAVORITE SHOTS FROM THE SESSION. NEXT YOU WILL PLACE YOUR ORDER. CHOOSE A CUSTOM MADE PHOTOGRAPHY PRODUCT, PICK IMAGES FOR A BEAUTIFUL ALBUM TO REMEMBER YOUR TRIP, OR EVEN DOWNLOAD HIGH RESOLUTION FILES! 

ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR SESSIONS AT THE STUDIO IS THE CAKE SMASH SESSION! WE WILL WORK WITH YOU TO CREATE A CUSTOM SET WITH A MATCHING CAKE CREATED BY FRENCH'S CUPCAKE BAKERY. THIS IS VERY POPULAR WITH 1 YEAR OLDS BUT WILL WORK WITH ANY TODDLER! 

NEED A NEW HEADSHOT? CALL GILMORE STUDIOS TO SCHEDULE YOUR IN-STUDIO OR ON LOCATION BUSINESS HEADSHOT. IF YOUR ENTIRE OFFICE OR STAFF NEEDS ONE, ASK ABOUT A GROUP RATE! WE CAN BRING OUR STUDIO TO YOUR OFFICE. WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH RETOUCHED FULL RESOLUTION DIGITAL FILES AND ALSO SIZES FOR ONLINE USE. 

GILMORE STUDIOS IS A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WEDDING AND PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO LOCATED IN COSTA MESA. ALISO VIEJO, LAKE FOREST, YORBA LINDA, ORANGE, TUSTIN, TUSTIN RANCH, BREA, COSTA MESA, ANAHEIM, DANA POINT, NEWPORT BEACH, RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, LAGUNA BEACH, CORONA DEL MAR, LAGUNA NIGUEL, LAGUNA HILLS, FOUNTAIN VALLEY, SAN CLEMENTE, MISSION VIEJO, COTO DE CAZA, ANAHEIM HILLS, SEAL BEACH, FULLERTON, LADERA RANCH, TEMECULA, CARLSBAD, LONG BEACH, NEWPORT BEACH, CORONA DEL MAR, HUNTINGTON BEACH, LOS ANGELES, SAN DIEGO, LAGUNA BEACH, DANA POINT, SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, BALBOA ISLAND, LIDO ISLAND, NEWPORT COAST, BALBOA BEACH, MALIBU, SANTA MONICA, AND WILL TRAVEL ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY FOR YOUR WEDDING.

WE ARE ALSO DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS AND HAVE TRAVELED ALL OVER THE USA FOR OUR CLIENTS. WE LOVE TO PHOTOGRAPH UNIQUE AND LUXURIOUS CEREMONIES AND RECEPTIONS. CHECK OUT THE BLOG FOR RECENT WEDDING LOCATIONS. 

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