Newport Beach, CA & Gilbert, AZ • Sessions by appointment only

Drive By Family Portrait Photography Sessions in Orange County


We couldn’t just sit and watch our 18 year old business burn to the ground. Our studio has been closed since the stay at home order mid March. We sent our employees home and started trying to come up with a plan to save our business. We were devastated and knew others were in the same boat. We wanted to give our clients a moment of happiness with a sweet and simple drive by photo shoot.

We expected the drive by photo shoot concept to last for one weekend but boy, we were wrong! The demand for our drive by photo sessions went off the charts. Our socials blew up with people asking how they could get one! We have now been shooting these sessions (at a distance from our SUV) for 2 weeks and have booked solid.  People’s mental health is a huge part of this.  We have heard time and time again that it was the one thing they were looking forward to, or how it was nice to get dressed and put makeup on after sitting around for weeks.  One client mentioned that she had been so sad about missing out on her newborn session, but this little 5 minute session from her front door was just what she needed to feel like she didn’t miss a moment she could not go back to.

How it works…

The 5-10 minute session is $40 and includes an online gallery with one digital file download. When you get your gallery, you can download the one image, or you can purchase additional images. You stay on your porch and we stay in our car. Let us know what time your front porch has the most shade. This will help us determine if you need an AM or afternoon session.

From mild to wild – Have fun!

You can document this crazy time by showing what you are doing each day, or bringing out your family’s prized stash of toilet paper.  You could also put on your favorite outfit, wear some makeup, grab your dog, and step onto your porch for a portrait in front of your home.  With seniors not being able to have a graduation, it’s also an opportunity to do your senior session for 5 minutes from your front porch.

We will come to your neighborhood- anywhere in Orange County!

This started out with just trying to do a weekend in our neighborhood in Costa Mesa / Newport beach to be able to pay our lease, but quickly spread all over Orange County, CA. If you want us to come to your city, ask a handful of friends (5-10) around your area to commit to a drive by session and we will be there.

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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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