The 8 Best Fashion Photographers in Orange County
Nestled right below Los Angeles, Orange County is full of talented artists, as well as an amazing selection of locations for photoshoots. From the beaches of Newport Beach to the historic aesthetic of downtown Santa Ana, there’s no shortage of photogenic destinations in OC. Whether you are a model looking to break into the industry, an influencer in the market for branding shots, or a commercial client aiming to hire professional Orange County fashion photographers, this list has you covered. These exceptional shutterbugs are listed in no particular order — enjoy!
Lauren Scott is a multi-talented photographer who collaborates with editorial clients, families, and even brides. She thoughtfully incorporates elements of fashion work into her bridal portraits, possessing an editor’s direction for storytelling. A large part of her work has a fine art minimalism — just gorgeous humans, chic clothing, and stark landscapes, both natural and urban. She is equally at ease working with models as well as everyday clients, so whatever your project or event, Lauren has you covered.
Tony has worked with celebrities, including George Lopez, Nicolas Cage, and Johnny Carson, among many others. He blends fashion photography and photojournalism to create a truly unique and dynamic body of work. A much sought-after photographer, he has garnered international acclaim for his refreshing signature style. Whatever and whoever you need photographed, you can trust Tony to bring his expertise and creativity to the shoot — this way, you can come away with stunning photographs completely tailored to you.
Kelsey Christine combines a warm, almost vintage vibe into her fashion work, giving it a sun-kissed feel that tempts you to step into the photo and inhabit the scenery and clothing. She is wildly creative — using props or settings to set off the subject and, of course, their garments in unique ways. Luckily for anyone who wants a fashion-forward branding shoot or gorgeous portraits of their fashionista selves, she works with all kinds of clients, not just models. Take a look at her portfolio and see if you love her vibe as much as we do.
Sid Rane produces world-class photos both in and out of his Mission Viejo studio, making him one of our favorite Orange Country fashion photographers. He began his photographic journey several years ago, being mentored by some of the best commercial fashion photographers in the area. A natural talent behind the camera, he quickly gained expertise and recognition for his work, winning an International Photography Award in 2019.
He places his focus equally on the fashion and the people he photographs, saying, “The idea is for people to fall in love with these characters being portrayed in the photographs. The images highlight the fashion but also develop a relationship between the viewer and the photo by having a strong character presence in the photographs. My forte is making anything look fashionable, be it portraits of artists or editorials for top fashion magazines.” We couldn’t agree more.
Bringing his expertise stateside after spending over a decade in the Seoul fashion industry, Jake continues his notable career in Southern California. His robust experience shows up in the polished professionalism of his work — high-definition portraits with his intrinsic understanding of light and shadow prominent throughout. His fashion photography is modern and minimalist throughout — keeping the limelight on the beautiful people he collabs with.
Kara Nixon boasts a lifestyle vibe to her fashion shots. According to her, “I don’t direct much because I love getting those candid shots and seeing you in your typical day to day element. I just want you to do you,” which is perfect for those who want commercial or branding shots with a fashion-forward focus. She is equally at home shooting sun-drenched surfers and edgy NYC dwellers due to her travel schedule, so whichever coast you’re on, check her out.
Internationally published and no stranger to magazine covers, Arezoo is one of the most talented Orange County fashion photographers for her flawless editorial style and the quality of her work. She describes her work as “simplistic with a style consisting of colorful imagery” but it’s more than that — she uses color to accentuate her subjects in a way that is almost playful.
It is her profound creativity and artistic sensibilities that land her on magazine covers time and time again. She works with people of all ages, which makes her an ideal choice for shooting whimsical children’s portraits or lookbooks. In her own words “from a fashion-forward shoot to a more reserved traditional style, I am here for you,” and so she is!
8. Michael Easley of Vital Excess
Michael Easley’s portfolio embodies what fashion editorial magazines are made of — beautiful people in interesting settings and enviable clothing. Vital Excess has been in business for more than 30 years, so he has more than enough experience to work with a diverse set of clients.
According to Michael, “At Vital Excess we strive to raise the bar for each of our clients to enable them to achieve their goals, whether it be a new direction in branding or maintaining consistency with their current brand.” With his hybrid fashion and portrait aesthetic, we’d trust him to take chic photos of anyone in front of his camera.