I’m blown away by the positive energy, mindset and pure beauty of our clients. For over 25 years I’ve shot nearly 400 sessions a year and I’m still overwhelmed by how beautiful a woman can be at any age. Sure our beauty can be like the shifting sand as I see this happening in my own life. The attributes that I see and enjoy now aren’t exactly the same as 20 or 30 years ago. But when projected by the right state of mind and revealed from the right angle and point of view…there is still a wow factor. In the last several months in particular, I’ve had the pleasure of capturing some amazing moments with incredible women that are in their 60’s. Such is the case with our client Linda who is stunning here as the first in a new series I’m calling The Smokin’ Sixties. Linda is a marketing professional who exemplifies elegance, grace and just how fun and enjoyable this stage of life can be. I get to spend some very special moments with clients as I’m styling their hair and makeup. Often times, they’re relaxing with a little wine or champagne as we connect on so many different topics of life. Like so many of our clients, Linda did this shoot first and foremost for herself. And why not? While time is fleeting and passes quickly, sexy is timeless. And beauty is an attitude that exudes from the power within. And, of course, is also enjoyed by the beholder. I’m discovering that this is the time in life when a woman really can have it all. With many of life’s challenges behind, a beauty-filled woman can enjoy her world, rest in certain accomplishments and still master and conquer many new things. I get the feeling from Linda and others like her that all this will probably not end with […]
I have always loved Valentine’s Day Angel Wings. Even before they were being featured by Victoria’s Secret on their supermodels. I first shot angel wings on a baby girl 20 years ago. Over the years, I’ve shot angel wings for many occasions, not just Valentine’s Day. Anniversaries, bridal boudoir books, birthdays and other various holidays. This year, I had a special kind of Valentine’s day Angel Wings in mind. I just couldn’t find anything that came close to the mental visualization. So, I created my own. They a little softer, fuller and bigger than what you can find available on the market. And I love them! They are a perfect addition to my Signature White Sheet look that I first established 28 years ago. I’ll be featuring these Valentine’s Day Angel Wings throughout the month of January as a special White Sheet look. I’d love to capture your perfect inner angel!
Tap into your holiday boudoir fantasy… …with something beautiful, imaginative, sexy and new every day. We have selected 12 amazing shoots from the past year to help keep the holiday fires burning. These 12 fantasy shoots are all quite different from each other. Perhaps you just might find a little inspiration to come in for your own holiday boudoir fantasy! You’ll find even more in our Boudoir Gallery. So what are you giving the person who already has everything? How about suprising them with a little holiday imagination. Holiday boudoir…the best gift ever! DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4
Watch our Video A Rustic Retreat: Mother and Daughter Holiday Portraits here. Let’s take a rustic Mother and Daughter Holiday Portraits retreat together! This woodpile is a favorite location of mine and its close to the studio. It represents so much of what I love about the holiday season. It beckons togetherness and hugs. It reminds us of stories shared around a campfire. And snuggling close in a winter mountain chill. The woodpile was a perfect setting to capture the heart and essence of entrepreneurial business woman Tracy Darling and her daughter, Bellaa. Tracy is a dealer of luxury handbags. We combined this mother and daughter location shoot into a very unique commercial product session for her. We shot some amazing marketing images featuring a collection of her Louis Vuitton handbags. Even a quick glance at these portraits brings the smell of woodsy fragrances to mind. Wall portraiture is the art of personalizing space. It’s an easy way to add subtle touches that totally transform your home. You can design your own rustic room by infusing elements of nature. Think of a room in your home that might be ready for a little change. Bring the rustic outdoors right into your space with wall portraits like these. Surround your rustic portraits with a variety of natural and earthy textures. This includes shelves, bookcases and tabletop arrangements. Include vintage materials like tin or other worn or hammered metals, cement, wood and glass. Make your rustic room a relaxing, retreat hide-away with the perfect frangrance. Cedars and sandalwoods bring warmth to any room. This will make your rustic room cozy and inviting. Watch the flickering candle flames in the reflection of your timeless portraits. This is holiday portrait photography. Savor every moment. If you missed our video A Rustic Retreat above, you can also watch […]
Turn Your Holiday Images Into Something Memorable Orange County Holiday Photography is unforgettable at Brystan Studios. Orange County Holiday Photography The holiday season is coming quickly. This is the time of year when memories are made. Let’s make something of them. These memories stick with us for a lifetime. They remind us of special people and places. They take is to places and sights over and over again. They even bring smells to mind and feelings to the surface. It’s Orange County Holiday Photography time at Brystan Studios. I believe your family is special, one-of-a-kind. Your photography should be too. We are surrounded by images, all day, every day. Like you, I love being able to move fast and furious with hundreds of pictures in my hand. I share experiences as they happen. Some are meaningful and some are memorable. And many are forgettable, of course. Unfortunately, these images are very small and stuck inside phones. They are quickly swiped over by fast moving thumbs and soon lost into the cloudy digital abyss. A wall portrait not only captures a memory, it becomes a memory. It’s remembered each time you enter that special room or place where it lives. It becomes part of a family’s living history. You share it with guests and visitors, telling the story of that special moment in time. Life has its moments. This holiday season make them unforgettable. Orange County Holiday Photography is unforgettable at Brystan Studios.
Celebrate Marriage with Michael & Me …It’s our first anniversary already! I’ve got to tell you it’s been the best year of my life and I can’t imagine it any other way. Sure there’s been challenges. Just imagine what life with 2 artists (me, the photographer and Michael, the musician) under the same roof can be like. However, the adventures we’ve explored together and the totally amazing good times far outweigh the challenges. Besides that, we are fans of comedy and drama and both of us bring plenty of both to the table! Yes, We Do Weddings Many of you have asked about our wedding over these past months so we wanted to share our photos and highlight video from the ceremony and reception. I also want to thank my amazing photography team at Brystan Studios for the excellent coverage they provided, as you will notice in our highlight video and in the gallery below. Since we’re known by reputation as a portrait studio, I’m often asked if we do weddings. As you can see, the answer is yes! See more of our wedding and couples photography here. If you or someone you know is getting married, let Brystan Studios help you celebrate marriage. Watch our Wedding Highlight Video:
Boudoir Photography: The Time is Now. Every woman could use a little lift from time to time. It might be the emotional boost that comes from a self-proclamation like “hey, I’m never gonna be younger than today so I’m going for it”. Maybe it’s a reminder of just how beautiful we are and we embrace it. Sometimes it feels really good just to share something personal like an intimate moment with the one we love. And it all goes just a little bit further with a dash of sexy thrown in the mix! I love helping women uncover personal treasures like these. Boudoir Photography: Uncovering Treasured Beauty I believe every woman is treasured beauty. Sometimes we just need a little help to uncover that reality. Early in my life I discovered that I’ve been blessed with the ability to see this in people. It is my purpose and mission in life to share this blessing with others. Especially those who cannot see it in themselves. Boudoir Photography: Where “Sexy” Starts When I first meet someone, the revelation rushes in like a river of textures, shadows and color. It might be a certain angle that you just can’t see in the mirror. Maybe it the perfect lighting environment for you. Maybe its a mood or expression waiting to be captured. Whatever it is, once discovered a whole flood of positive feeling, confident emotion and true love is released. I believe this is where “sexy” starts. And this is when holding the camera becomes so fun and rewarding for me. Boudoir Photography: Lori Brystan’s Signature Creating beautiful, sexy art that captures an individual’s soul is my signature. That’s why we call my boudoir photography sessions Signature Shoots and that’s why the Brystan Studios Mantra is “Photography that Captures the Soul”.
Orange County Summer Family Photography is Good Vibes. Everyone should feel the good vibes of your portraits, wherever and whenever they see them. They should be anything but basic. Start with an amazing location, like our beautiful and exclusive garden. After a relaxing hair and makeup session, we will choose the perfect garden setting. It might be on my oversized hammock or maybe my one-of-a-kind hanging bed swing. Unique and customized garden location for your Orange County summer family photography session. Whatever the setting, I will reflect back in your portraits what makes you and your family special. My most favorite thing is to uncover the nuances that capture the human spirit. This is true in all my shoots, whether its a family portrait or an individual. I’ll catch you being your amazing self and your family living life in extraordinary ways. Do it now, while all the kids are home. Do it for that special person in your life. Or jut do it for you. Let’s create art that just happens to be you and your family. We call it Photography that Captures the Soul.
Amazing portraits of a father and his kids, even his entire family are the perfect ingredients for true Happy Fathers Day photography. Don’t just pull out your iPhone. Capture a true legacy moment. Give him heart and soul. As an artist I love the opportunity to discover that unique light inside each person just waiting to be shared with those they love. Every individual is a special composition and story waiting to be told. Let’s not overlook the story of the man in our life. Maybe it’s a fun family session, or a laughing child or casual gathering of kids and grandkids. It could even be an intimate portrait of you. Whether in studio or on location there’s a meaningful story just waiting to be told. There is nothing wrong with ties, tools, car parts, or sporting event tickets. But this year, do something unique and timeless. Give him Happy Fathers Day photography of those he loves, or a Gift Certificate for a session that includes the him and the kids or even the entire family. Maybe even just a shoot with him and the kids. Portraits keep our family legacies and the milestones of our lives in front of us everyday. I’m sure we all have visual memories of unforgettable wall portraits in the homes of our grandparents and other friends and family members etched in our minds. Take a moment and create a legacy moment. Give the father in your life Happy Fathers Day photography.
We are sharing our Bunny Miso this Spring for a special Orange County children’s portraits mini-session in our studio. Come give a little love to Miso, he just might give you some bunny love right back.