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Orange County Photographer

Gilmore Studios is located in Costa Mesa, California in the heart of Orange County – just minutes from the 73, 55, and 405 freeways. Our portrait studio was designed for baby and children but it’s also used for family and headshot photography. We built a home theater size viewing and sales room with comfortable seating and tons of photography products on display. Our space is over 2000 square feet and located in the Esplanade business park.

Husband and wife team

Brian and Jennifer have been photographing weddings and portraits around southern CA since 2003. When we started our business, we only photographed weddings. When our brides and grooms started growing into families we knew it was time to expand! Every year, we photograph hundreds of newborn babies, children, and families in studio and on location.

Photography style

“When classic portrait photography meets modern photojournalism” says owner/photographer Jennifer Gilmore.  “We love outdoor natural light- but we can adapt to any lighting situation. We love to capture real moments and expressions with a little direction- but never overly posed.” Be sure to check out our Pinterest page, our new blog, and our old blog (for last 8 years of our work)

Vacationing in Orange County

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 (949) 698-3968 and tell us what type of look 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.

Family reunion specialist

Jennifer is the 6th of 7 children in her family! We are used to loads of crazy kids and large families- and are up for any challenge! Since we are near the beach, it’s very common to find us there photographing families. Let us know if you need help with locations or colors for everyone’s outfits.

Cake Smash birthday sessions

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 an amazing local bakery. This is very popular with 1st year birthdays but will work with any toddler!

Business portraits and headshots

Need a new headshot? Call Gilmore Studios to schedule your in-studio or on location business portrait. If your staff also needs headshots, ask about a group rate! We can bring our studio to your office. We will provide you with retouched full resolution digital files and complete with sizes for online use.

Destination Weddings

We are also destination wedding photographers and have traveled as far as Hawaii, Washington DC, and New York. We love to photograph unique and luxurious ceremonies and receptions. Check out the blog for recent wedding locations.

California LDS Weddings

Our studio is only a few minutes away from the Newport Beach LDS Temple.  We offer complete wedding coverage or “temple only” coverage. Be sure to mention how many hours of photography coverage you will need when you send your inquiry. We have photographed Mormon weddings at the Newport Beach Temple, the San Diego Temple, the Los Angeles Temple, You can view some of our favorite LDS weddings here.

Indian Weddings

We love Indian weddings! We always tell our Indian clients that we want to get married again and have an Indian wedding 🙂 There are so many amazing details to capture and so many historic traditions to document. We have had the pleasure of photographing traditional Indian weddings in Long Beach, Newport Beach and San Diego.

Serving all of Southern CA

Gilmore Studios is a southern California wedding and portrait photography studio located near John Wayne Airport. We service all of the following cities, click on a city to view a wedding or portrait session in that city! Huntington Beach, Aliso Viejo, Irvine, Balboa Island, Yorba Linda, Orange, Costa Mesa, Anaheim, Dana Point, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Corona del Mar, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, San Clemente, Coto de Caza, Fullerton, Temecula, Carlsbad, Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Juan Capistrano, Lido Island, Newport Coast, Palos Verdes, Malibu, Santa Monica, Palm Springs, and will travel almost anywhere for our clients.

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