Gilmore Studios is located in Costa Mesa, California in the heart of Orange County – just minutes from the 73, 55, and 405 freeways. Our portrait studio was designed for babies and children but it’s also great for family or business headshot photography. We built a home theater sized viewing and sales room with comfortable seating and an assortment of high quality photography products on display in our gallery. Our space is over 2000 square feet and located in the Esplanade business park off of Red Hill Avenue and Kalmus in Costa Mesa.



Gilmore Studios has been photographing weddings and portraits around southern CA since 2003. When we started our company, we were strictly wedding photographers but when our couples started growing into families we knew it was time to grow with them! Every year, we photograph hundreds of newborn babies, children, and families in the studio and on location.


Sail boat maternity session, outfit, dress, sailboat, Newport Beach, CA

“When classic portrait photography meets modern photojournalism” says owner/photographer Jennifer Gilmore.  “We love outdoor natural light- but we can adapt to any lighting situation. We love to capture real moments and expressions with a little direction- but never overly posed.” Be sure to check out our Pinterest page, new blog, and old blog (for last 8 years of our work)


Balboa Yacht Club view of the sunset, Newport Beach, CA


For families traveling to So-Cal on vacation, let’s meet up for a family portrait! We have met hundreds of traveling families at hotels, parks, beaches, and even Disneyland! We know the coastal area very well and are happy to help you find the perfect location for your session. Give us a call (949) 698-3968 and tell us what type of look you are hoping for. After we help you plan your perfect session, you will reserve your date by paying your session fee ($195). Two weeks after your session, we will post your photos on our password protected image proofing site. Here you will be able to have all of your family members choose their favorite shots from the session. Next you will place your order. Choose a custom made photography product, pick images for a beautiful album to remember your trip, or even download high resolution files.


Balboa Island beach house, family reunion photographer, Newport Beach

Jennifer is the 6th of 7 children in her family! We are used to loads of crazy kids and large families- and are up for any challenge! Since we are near the beach, it’s very common to find us there photographing families. Let us know if you need help with locations or colors for everyone’s outfits.


Lumber jack themed cake smash, 1st birthday, theme cakes, outdoors, trees, flannel, one year old photo

One of the most popular sessions at the studio is the cake smash session! We will work with you to create a custom set with a matching cake created by an amazing local bakery. This is very popular with 1st year birthdays but will work with any toddler!


Commercial headshot photographer, Orange County, CA


Need a new headshot? Call Gilmore Studios to schedule your in-studio or on location business portrait. If your staff also needs headshots, ask about a group rate! We can bring our studio to your office. We will provide you with retouched full resolution digital files and complete with sizes for online use.


Marine groom and his bride at their farm wedding

We are also destination wedding photographers and have traveled as far as Hawaii, Washington DC, andNew York. We love to photograph unique and luxurious ceremonies and receptions. Check out the blog for recent wedding locations.


Los Angeles LDS Temple wedding, bride and groom, photo

Our studio is only a few minutes away from the Newport Beach LDS Temple.  We offer complete wedding coverage or “temple only” coverage. Be sure to mention how many hours of photography coverage you will need when you send your inquiry. We have photographed Mormon weddings at the Newport Beach Temple, the San Diego Temple, the Los Angeles Temple, You can view some of our favorite LDS weddings here.


Indian wedding ceremony at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

We love Indian weddings! We always tell our Indian clients that we want to get married again and have an Indian wedding 🙂 There are so many amazing details to capture and so many historic traditions to document. We have had the pleasure of photographing traditional Indian weddings in Long Beach, Newport Beach and San Diego.


Gilmore Studios is a southern California wedding and portrait photography studio located near John Wayne Airport. We service all of the following cities, click on a city to view a wedding or portrait session in that city! Huntington Beach, Aliso Viejo, Irvine, Balboa Island, Yorba Linda, Orange, Costa Mesa, Anaheim,Dana Point, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Corona del Mar, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, San Clemente,Coto de Caza, Fullerton, Temecula, Carlsbad, Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Juan Capistrano,Lido Island, Newport Coast, Palos Verdes, Malibu, Santa Monica, Palm Springs, and will travel almost anywhere for our clients.