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Debutante Portrait Session in the garden | Orange County Photographer

Debutante portrait session in the garden

If you’ve followed along with any of our photography history, you’ll know we’ve been the official photographers of the NCL Newport Beach Debutante Ball for fourteen years now. It was one of our first major returning accounts and, as a former debutante myself, it’s close to my heart. I think it’s a wonderful tradition, and something the girls remember for the rest of their lives. In addition to photographing the debutantes, their parents, and escorts as a group at the ball, we also do their individual portraits in their customary white dress, including these pictures of beautiful Kate.

We chose to photograph Kate (and most of the other individual debutantes) in our private garden studio in Newport Beach. It’s fully fenced with a private dressing room and bathroom for changing and getting ready, so no concerns about unwanted spectators. The garden studio features a rock wall, stairs, bridge, gazebo, and tons of impeccably cared for greenery and flowers, so there are a lot of options for poses and backgrounds. The open areas are covered in natural-looking artificial grass, so no concerns for mud or grass stains on the white material. Plus, we think this outdoor location and natural light looks absolutely gorgeous with the white of the debutantes dresses!

We had a lot of fun with Kate, making sure to get plenty of poses with the length of her dress, and some more close ups. We even got a good goofy one that really represents her personality.

If any of you want to know more about the Assistance League of Orange County, the wonderful work they do in the community, or the charity debutante ball, please see Also, feel free to look through our portfolio of past and present debutantes and balls. They’re a centerpiece of Gilmore Studios and we are proud to be a part of it!

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    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.

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    Newport Beach

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