Gilmore Studios • Newport Beach, CA 92660 • Session by appointment only

Huntington Beach Family Photographer – Sunset Session

Huntington Beach Family Portrait Photography – Surf City USA

Gilmore Studios has been a Huntington Beach Family Photographer since 2003. This is one of our favorite family portrait locations in Orange County! The HB pier is made of concrete and looks amazing during the sunset. It almost blends in with the sand as the warm sunset tones soak into it. Huntington Beach pier is huge- (1,850 feet) it’s one of the longest on the west coast! Since it is almost always crowded there so the long pier gives us plenty of room to dodge crowds who may not want to be in your family portrait! Sunset is the most ideal time to have your portraits taken but we have taken early morning sessions. Mornings aren’t as crowded but be careful, it can get foggy at times.

Huntington Beach Family Photographer

This family was on vacation in Orange County and found us on Yelp. We met up with them in front of a restaurant on Main Street and walked down to the beach together. If you are coming to Downtown HB for the first time, parking can be a challenge. We always recommend parking in the structure on 3rd street. There are always open parking spots there! Be sure to leave bags and sunglasses in the car- unless you want them in your photo, of course! If you are looking for a Huntington Beach Family Photographer, Contact us for availability.

History of the Huntington Beach Pier

This part of Huntington Beach has an interesting history that goes back to the early 1900’s. The first wooden pier was built before HB was an official city in 1903. It lasted for awhile until a storm damaged it. The city decided to rebuild it, but this time it would be made out of concrete. In 1914, it set the record for the longest concrete pier in the USA! After Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941, the US military took over the pier and turned it into a submarine lookout post. It even had a machine gun mounted at the end! It would remain that way until the end of WW2!

The pier remained open for 4 decades before a large storm destroyed the cafe at the end of the pier. The pier would be repaired in 1988 and then closed again in 1990. This time the pier would be completely rebuilt and it took over 2 years to open. On the opening day, over 500,000 people came to the dedication. It was added to the US national register of historic places list in 1989.


Gilmore Studios is a husband and wife team maternitynewbornchildren and family photography studio in Orange County, CA. Contact us for more info about booking your studio or on location session in the Southern California area. Brian and Jennifer Gilmore specialize in natural light photography in Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, and surrounding areas in OC and Los Angeles, CA. Call 949-698-3968 or email us to book your summer 2017  family photography session.

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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Gilmore Studios • Newport Beach, CA 92660 • Session by appointment only