Wedding and Portrait Reviews

This collection of 5 star reviews for Gilmore Studios can be found on Yelp, The Knot, WeddingWire, Google, and Facebook.

Wedding photography

Alyssa & Ryan – Ocean Institute Dana Point

We LOVED our photographers! The Gilmores are a husband and wife duo with photography as their full-time job. My aunt referred them to us and we were so grateful! From the moment we met them they were so organized which made everything very helpful. Months before the wedding Gilmore Studios sent me a checklist of what they needed from me and what I should expect the day of the wedding. It was so helpful and I never once had to stress about anything with them. Day of the wedding they took charge of any problems with ease and managed all age groups/large groups of people easily. It was so easy having them and they were prompt with everything they did. On top of taking spectacular photos they are very flexible with anything, which I believe is so important on a busy wedding day. These photographers stand out because not only are they excellent photographers but they bring so much to the table with their readiness, organization, and ability to have fun! ūüôā

Destination wedding photography

NYC Botanical Gardens wedding photographer review

Lauren and Tim – New York City Botanical Garden

From mom: Gilmore Studios photographed my daughters wedding in NYC. Jennifer and Brian were so wonderful and accommodating in every situation, even on the streets of NY hailing a cab. We couldn’t have asked for a better photography/couple to commemorate this beautiful day for our children. The photographs are all wonderful it is very hard to choose, from the Botanical Gardens to the Promenade in Central Park. We couldn’t have asked for anything more, they captured the love, joy and fun of the entire wedding.

From bride: Jennifer and Brian were amazing! We could not have been happier with their level of perfection. They captured every moment and emotion through the day and weekend. They even had snippets of video taken that we didn’t know they were taking, which was such an amazing surprise since we didn’t have a videographer. Their professionalism made us feel comfortable from the beginning. We loved how they got pictures quickly and moved on so we weren’t burnt out from all of the photos. You also couldn’t tell they were there most of the night, not getting in the way, etc. which was really important to us.

Family portrait photography

family portrait at the airport, John Wayne, SNA, airplane

Harris family – John Wayne Airport

We just had a birthday portrait sitting with Jennifer Wednesday! ¬†Wow – does she know how to make kids look amazing for pictures. ¬†My family has been using Jennifer and Brian to capture our family for over 5 years now. ¬†My kids love them. ¬†Working with them is a dream! ¬†The only problem we have ever encountered is too many AMAZING pictures to choose from! Thank you Brain and Jennifer for helping Tim and I to have memories to last a lifetime. ¬†You truly help us hold onto our kids while they are little and we will be forever grateful for that! ¬†5 stars isn’t enough!

Wedding photography

Bride and groom kissing in front of the Glendale Fire Department

Wendy and Carlos – Newport Beach LDS Temple

When my husband, fiancé at the time, and I were looking for photographers for our wedding we knew we wanted great quality, someone with experience with LDS weddings and a husband and wife team of photographers. I knew I was asking for a lot but I found the perfect match!
My husband and I just got married 3 weeks ago and Jennifer already gave us our pictures. We cannot be any happier with the photos they shot. We are so happy to have found them, they are amazing. Jennifer and her husband Brian are the perfect team we were looking for. Jennifer is a sweetheart! She thinks of every detail possible and she is so caring. During our reception she quickly got on her knees and started to do the bustle on my dress!!! I just love her! She even found a fire station near our venue where her and Brian captured some gorgeous photos! If it wasn’t because the fireman started to stare she would have had them open the station and turn on the siren for her!! Lol
I totally recommend Gilmore studios!! Honestly, there’s nothing more I can say but the simple fact that they are AMAZING!

Event photography

National Charity League debutante ball at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles

Karen R. – National Charity League – Burbank Chapter

Gilmore Studios recently provided services for our Daughter’s National Charity League (NCL) – Burbank Chapter Senior Class Recognition Ball at the Biltmore Hotel in Downtown LA. We are so pleased by their work. We have lifetime memories that were captured of our Daughter and her NCL Sisters. Their work is amazing!! We will be enjoying these pictures for many years! If you are looking for an event photographer search no more.. They are who you want!

Wedding photography

Laguna Beach wedding photographer review for Gilmore Studios

Christina and Shaun – Tivoli Terrace

My husband (so weird saying that) and I used Jennifer and Brian as our photographers for our wedding on Nov 1st in Laguna beach and couldn’t have been more thrilled with the results. As soon as we finished our first meeting I knew this was going to be the one vendor I wouldn’t need to stress about (and we were right). We had an engagement session in our wedding package and it was a perfect chance for us to get comfortable in front of the camera. It is awesome having a husband/wife duo or even just a female/male duo because Brian hung out with my hubby and I hung out with Jennifer and we were both totally comfortable being in the spotlight. Fast forward to our wedding day… Brian and Jennifer were super organized and took all the dress/rings/random photos while I was getting ready without me even knowing it. We were able to fit in all the photos of just us 2 and our entire wedding party before our 5pm ceremony, giving us more time to spend with guests. I would also highly recommend opting for the photo booth, this is not your traditional booth that fits 3 people, but a full backdrop that can accommodate 10+ people. The results were epic. We will be using the Gilmore’s time and time again when we expand our family of 2 ūüôā

 Family Portrait Photography

outdoor family portrait in Newport Beach, CA

Streiff Family – Residence

We used Gilmore Studios for our family photo shoot.  They took such great care of us!  They took their time to capture the right photos that depicted our little family perfectly.
After the great photo shoot, when the pictures were ready for viewing we scheduled a fun consultation to go over the photos. ¬†It was SO FUN and made us feel so special! ¬†We were able to narrow down to our favorites and create a book with Jennifer’s help and expertise.
We love the prints on our walls and our book, which is looked at frequently.  We were also able to create beautiful Christmas card.  Love them- We will always use them for our photography!

Wedding photography

Sara and Anthony – Marbella Country Club

Jennifer and Brian were great for both our engagement pictures and our wedding pictures. They kept us at ease and laughing the entire time and were such a fun couple to work with. They were true professionals throughout the entire process. I knew I didn’t want overly edited pictures, and I found them through our preferred vendor list. Their pictures look so natural and are a great mix of candid and staged pictures, as well as a great mix of colored and black-and-white pictures! They also listened to our requests for pictures, as well as more pictures that we didn’t know that we would want to see later. We will look back at our wedding pictures for the rest of our lives and we are so glad we found such great photographers to capture the best day of our lives so perfectly!

Wedding photography

Tivoli too wedding in Laguna Beach, CA

 Ashley and Donny РTivoli, too

Jennifer and her Husband Brian are a dynamic duo! If you read my other reviews, you know I heavily research before committing to a vendor. Jennifer is amazing. After working with her, she feels more like a friend than a vendor. She and Brian were always on time, ready to go and had a plan. She met with us to figure out a custom package for our budget and REALLY worked with us. Engagement sessions are considered part of the deal and a “rehearsal” before the big day. It helped us to warm up to them and it didn’t take long. Both the engagement and wedding “shoots” (if you will) were so effortless. They instructed us on what to do and while Jennifer was up front and directing us, Brian would be off in the distance getting really great cinematic shots and other interesting angles. She really talks with you to figure out what style you’re after. If you like the edgy and artistic she can capture it, simple and rustic, that too. Contemporary, modern, traditional…yep all those things! Aside from the AMAZING footage, we were able to keep ALL of our photographs as she provides them on a disc in high resolution (I mean you could make a wall mural with these puppies). Also, and I have to really compliment her on this, her presentation is wonderful. Every item we’ve recieved has been lovingly wrapped and addressed with a lot of care. You don’t feel like a client and a price tag, she makes you feel like family. Her work is beautiful and you won’t be disappointed!

Wedding photography

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach wedding

Scott & Lachelle – Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

Jen & Brian are absolutely amazing!! They both are so wonderful and amazing to work with. They captured every little detail that were and still are so significant of the first day of our lives together as MR. and MRS. Smith. We were able to re-live every moment of our wedding day by looking at all of photos taken by Jen and Brian. We also had an amazing engagement session with them. They made it so easy and natural to take the pictures. They truly are an amazing couple and we will be referring any one that needs any type of professional photos taken to Gilmore Studios! Not only do their pictures speak for themselves, once you meet them you will not want to have anyone else share the special times with you.

Wedding photography

Newport Beach private residence wedding review

Pam and Ken – Private Residence

Most amazing photographers. ¬†They took pictures of details that would have otherwise been missed. ¬†The cake company dropped our wedding cake and Brian called his contact and secured a small two level cake so we would have a cake to cut. ¬†Great ideas, stunning photos, nicest people to work with, totally professional. ¬†Can’t say enough positive, glowing things about Gilmore Studios. ¬†I would not hesitate to use again and will refer to everyone I know.

Custom invitations

Eagle Scout Court of Honor custom invitation

Candice P. – Eagle Scout mother

I reached out to Jennifer to create invitations for my son’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor. She could not have been more communicative or efficient. The invitations are adorable! They were designed, printed, delivered and in my possession within days of my original email. I’d give Gilmore Studios 10 stars if I could.

Family and Newborn photography

Newport Beach family portrait photographer review

Kathy C – Garden session

We used Gilmore Studios for our newborn’s pictures and received rave reviews about the announcement. Jennifer’s studio is well maintained and she was a pro at capturing our baby…..she even caught her smiling which was amazing considering she was barely 1 week old! The only challenge we encountered was deciding which pictures to purchase as we loved them all. We came back to Brian and Jennifer for our Christmas card….they aim to please and make the session so easy. We found ourselves in the dilemma again about which photos to order as there were so many that we couldn’t resist purchasing! Jennifer is incredibly responsive and I always appreciate her going the extra mile for me. It was such a fun surprise that she turned our baby’s newborn picture into a Christmas ornament! It was front and center on our tree and will be for years to come. Thank you to Gilmore Studios for capturing our memories – you guys are the BEST!

Family portrait photography

Corona del Mar family portrait photographer review

Heather D. – Corona Del Mar, CA

Gilmore Studios is wonderful!! ¬†They have been shooting my family for 11 years. ¬†They shot my 11 year old daughter’s newborn pictures!! ¬†All of my children’s pictures have turned out fabulous and when we send our Christmas cards out, everyone always asks us who took them!! ¬†Their attention to detail is amazing. ¬†Their studio shots are amazing and they are experts with outside lighting. ¬†Gilmore studios also capture life long memory shots. ¬†They are personable and now have become our great friends!!

Wedding photography

Tivoli, too wedding photography review in Laguna Beach, CA

Tracey and Kevin – Tivoli, too

I don’t think I can say enough good things about Gilmore Studios! They were beyond professional and fun, they are so good with children and putting everyone at ease. They make you feel like you are the only wedding they are working and like it is their first time too (in a good way, not like “eh we do this all the time”). It was such a great experience to work with them, they are so energetic and it is infectious! They are so flexible and are open to whatever you want to do. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

Not being from Orange County originally, Jennifer was so helpful when I asked for some recommendations for other vendors, her recommendations were amazing and helped to make our day absolutely perfect!

We used their photo booth at our wedding, it was easy to use and took great photos. They had several backgrounds and props to choose from and I couldn’t have been happier with the experience!

We have received SO MANY compliments on our amazing engagement photos (a few people actually asking for Gilmore Studios contact information for their wedding photos based off of our engagement photos) and now on our wedding photos. They are absolutely perfect, everything we asked for, our pictures were full of heart, love, laughter and they really captured the candid moments.

Newborn photography

Family portrait session at Balboa Island in Newport Beach, CA

Emory Family – Balboa Island

Gilmore Studios took my daughter’s newborn pictures and we were beyond impressed with Jennifer’s work. She has a gorgeous studio that was heated and all set up to capture the perfect images of our 8 day old baby. She is a true professional and a natural with infants and children. She spent so much time with us and our baby and was patient with feedings, diaper changes, etc… Her work is beautiful and the images were priceless. She is a true professional photographer (not just someone who bought a camera and calls themselves a photographer)! We were also very impressed with the beautiful packaging that our print order arrived in, customized with her brand. If you’re looking for an infant photo session, look no further, Jennifer is the best!

Wedding photography

wedding portrait of a bride and groom on the train tracks in San Diego

Jesse and Morgan – San Diego Temple

From mom: Jennifer and Brian are not only amazing photographers, they are also a very fun couple. As such, they bring a very good spirit to any event they photograph. They recently photographed my daughter’s and son-in-law’s wedding, starting early morning in San Diego and ending late at night at a beach club in Rancho Palos Verdes, with awe-inspiring photo stops along the way. They kept an amazing eye and a fun, patient, tireless duo of inspiration and photos going all day and night! At the beach club, we had their photo booth, as well, which was such a bright, lively and fun highlight…..and was L-O-V-E-D by all of our guests. They captured truly incredible picture after incredible picture of our bride and her groom in oft times trying lighting and a sea of obstacles. Jennifer set-up and captured a once-in-a-lifetime photo of our bride in her long, flowing wedding dress and her groom in his suit, walking out a cemented, ocean-critter encrusted seawall into the sunset with the dark, ominous sea crashing about them that is an artisan great that exudes romance, mystery, and breathtaking beauty all at once. She has a gifted eye for placement, lighting, and imagination ….. all invaluable and mandatory talents your photographer should possess. If you want your once-in-a-lifetime event, or special memory to be captured in all of the splendor it deserves, Gilmore Studios is not only your best choice; it is your only real choice. Jennifer and Brian “capture” a 5-star PLUS from us.

Wedding photography

Sparkler wedding photo at the Newport Beach Hyatt Regency

Jenny and David – Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

My husband David and I were extremely satisfied with our experience having Jen and Brian as our wedding photographers in July of 2015. They are thoughtful, professional, fun, flexible, efficient, patient, and creative. Our day was perfect and we cannot thank them enough for capturing amazing photos and memories we will cherish for a life time. We would HIGHLY RECOMMEND their work and look forward to have them take our family photos in the future.