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Newport Beach Family portrait | Back Bay

Newport Beach Family portrait – Back Bay

This may be our favorite Newport Beach family portrait. In fact, the picture with the dad throwing his little guy in the air is displayed in our studio! It’s also a perfect example of how gorgeous shooting in the Back Bay (Newport Beach) can be. The Back Bay is a sprawling nature conservatory that makes you feel miles away from the big city, even though it’s only a three minute walk from convenient parking.

There are miles of trails to walk and explore, all looped around the center bay and Newport Aquatic Center. That means we have nature, water, bridges, and boats that we can use as the perfect backdrop for your portraits. It’s best (actually, almost imperative) that you get the timing right, however. During the day, the lighting at the Back Bay can be too harsh for good pictures, but if you wait for “the magic hour” which is that hour before and leaning into sunset, then the plants and water just warm and sparkle. It’s super flattering light for everything and everyone!

When is the best time for family portraits?

Because timing is of the essence, be sure to book your session as early as possible. Another option would be to take early morning photos at the Back Bay when the lighting conditions are similar, but most people with kids prefer evening sessions. This family also chose to have their pictures done in January, so the weather was just cool enough to be comfortable, and between 4 and 5 pm was the perfect picture time. The Back Bay provides plenty of nature trails and things to discover, so little ones are captured in their natural curious state and stay distracted enough for us to take some great candid shots.


Gilmore Studios is a husband and wife wedding photography team and also photograph hundreds of maternity, newborn, children and family sessions 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 wedding and engagement photography in Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, and surrounding areas in OC and Los Angeles, CA. 

Call 949-698-3968 or email us to book your summer and fall 2017-18 engagement photography & weddings.

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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.

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    Newport Beach

    Number of kids:

    3 boys

    Years in business:

    Since 2002

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