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A Debutante and her horse | San Juan Capistrano Photographer

White ball gowns and horses!

We were so excited for Kabele’s portrait session with her horse! We always love when the debs change it up and include something different for their photos. We met her at a beautiful ranch in San Juan Capistrano and ended up getting some great stuff! The sunset was absolutely perfect and her horse was on his best behavior.

National Charity League Ball

Every year, for the last 14 years, we photograph 30+ National Charity League girls for their debutante portraits in Newport Beach. These portrait sessions are like a dress rehearsal for the ball. It gives the girls a chance to get their hair and makeup done and wear the dress they will be wearing the night of the Debutante ball. We normally use our garden for these photos but it’s always a treat for us when they choose a new location. These portraits are used in the programs, their personal Debutante Ball photo album, and each girl will choose their favorite to be displayed in a frame at the ball.

About NCL

The National Charity League Newport Beach chapter was founded in 1957. NCL is a non-profit organization made up of mother and daughter members in Chapters across the USA. These young ladies join when they are in 7th grade and stay in all the way until they graduate high school. The girls volunteer hundreds of hours of their time to help local charities and work in their Thrift Shop.

Our connection to National Charity League

Jennifer was actually a debutante in this chapter, so it means so much for her to remain a part of it! It has opened so many doors to other chapters and similar charity organizations in Los Angeles and Orange County. We also photograph debutante ball events for NCL – Burbank, Assistance League (Newport & Irvine) and Las Madrecitas – Las Ninas in Palos Verdes.

Debutante with her horse portrait

Meet the Gilmores:

Gilmore Studios is a husband and wife team that serves Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego areas. We specialize in fine wedding photography, family portraits, and newborn photography. Our studio has been in business since 2002.

Fun Facts:

PLace we call home:

Newport Beach

Number of kids:

3 boys

Years in business:

Since 2002

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Family photography

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Newport Beach, CA & Gilbert, AZ

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