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Orange County Pet Photography

Orange County Pet Photography

One of my favorites is Orange County Pet Photography.  When it’s time to remember our furry friends I like to capture the moment out in the open! Whether its a lavender field, a gorgeous sandy beach, in your own bathtub, or on my private garden patio… all are places that set you free -and capture stunning images of yourself, your family and the pets you love. What do these locations have in common?  They can be outrageous, serene, beautiful or thought-provoking… Recently, one of our clients lost their beloved family dog.  They ordered a special wall portrait from a previous shoot to remember him by. This is just a sample of what’s possible out in the wide open spaces of Orange County Pet Photography!  Featured in this shoot is Rita who absolutely loves her golden retrievers.  These two energetic dogs had such personality and were a joy to shoot!  These images are totally one-of-a-kind and for Rita, unforgettable.  

Timeless Orange County Glamour Photography for the Elegant Woman

Timeless Orange County Glamour Photography for the Elegant Woman

IS IT HOT IN HERE OR IS IT JUST ME!!! Timeless Orange County Glamour Photography for the Elegant Woman.  Something every woman can celebrate! I can’t tell you how many woman over 40 call me on the phone to book boudoir appointments.  Almost always with a list of concerns.  They have hopes that I will be able to wave my magic wand and make all of their so called flaws disappear (and I do). I can totally relate since I just turned 50.  My own list of complaints is growing as is my waistline.  I do all the right things: yoga, Retin-A, I try to eat right most of the time.  But, I know that deep down self-acceptance and giving attention to those we love is what really matters in life.  This is what ultimately makes us beautiful.  So I bought some bigger clothes and revamped my personal lingerie collection.  I’m focusing on the things I do like about myself.  When I finally meet my clients for their shoot they almost always blow me away with how they describe themselves.  Their critical description is not the way they look at all.  They are gorgeous, classic beauties!  Then we play dress up, turn the music on, pour some wine or pop some champagne and start shooting.  When they say it’s getting hot in here I now say yes it is.  You’re hot!  That burst of heat is a flood of woman power.  Olga is one of the many women who have recently inspired me.  Her tears of joy after seeing her amazing boudoir book reminded me of why I do what I do.  And I love it.

Orange County Maternity Photography

Orange County Maternity Photography

Orange County Maternity Photography DON’T BE SHY, MOMS TO BE…. IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL BABY BUMP The exciting day is just around the corner, your gorgeous maternity curves are blossoming, and the excitement is building as you are absolutely ready to welcome new life! It’s time to capture this beautiful moment in photos! We have compiled a list of helpful insider tips to ensure you make the most of your baby bump photos and create a family heirloom that you will treasure forever! When is the best time to take a photo of my baby bump? We think the best time to show off your baby bump is just about two months before your baby is due. Women develop a great shape that is so beautiful to photograph just between 6 to 10 weeks before the due date. How should I plan my photo shoot? Consider some of the gorgeous Orange County maternity photography here in our gallery. Our gallery may inspire you with some ideas about the image and attitude you would like to portray in your photos too. Understand that Lori Brystan has a very special and unique gift of photographic composition that will bring out the most beautiful qualities in you and highlight your maternity in the most individualized and special way. What to wear, what to bring? We want you to feel comfortable and beautiful! Lori has a very easy and calming way of working with each client in front of the camera. We want you to feel like you are in your comfort zone! Feel free to bring wardrobe you love, feel amazing in and that reflects your personality. We also have many stunning wardrobe pieces in our collection at the studio such as feminine skirts and pretty drapes. Consult with Lori […]

Orange County family beach photography

Orange County family beach photography

The time for Orange County family beach photography is here.  That glorious season of the year when we don’t have to rush the kid’s to school and time seems to go a little slower. Some of my best memories are playing in the ocean with my family, making sand castles and just watching other people in their moments of joy. I love shooting family portraits in Laguna Beach or any picturesque Orange County beach at this time of year. The best lighting is right before sunset, its golden soft light is so flattering and has a magical quality that seems to add even more love to the photography.

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

When a beautiful strawberry red head comes into the studio with a trunk of clothes and a big beautiful prom dress, you’ know it’s going to be amazing. Boy was it. Seriously this shoot was amazing. This was such a beautiful Senior Portraits shoot that Lori did. Not only was this girl stunning to photograph, she was super sweet and nice. Her and Lori had such a fun time doing this shoot. The beautiful blanket that she has was given to her when she was born. Her mom wanted Lori to use it in the shoot. It looks so beautiful wrapped around her, don’t you think? I also love that she brought in her prom dress. I think it looks so beautiful with the sunlight shinning through it. Looks a little angelic to me. I also love the way the sun picks up different colors in the dress. So beautiful. This sweet girl has big plans after graduation. She’s heading off to college in Massachusetts. I’m sure that her parents and younger siblings are going to miss her so much. If it helps just a little, they’ll have beautiful photos of their daughter to keep her close to them. We wish her all the luck on the next chapter in her life.  

Angel Baby

Angel Baby

How does Lori keep her photography fresh after doing it for over 25 years? Because each shoot is so unique. This excited mom actually called Lori from the hospital after giving birth to her new baby girl. She saw Lori’s newborn portraits inside of the OCWMG and knew that Lori would create a beautiful shoot for her new bundle of joy. After doing a phone consultation with Lori, the two of them came up with this sweet, angelic shoot. Lori actually went out and bought teenie tiny angel wings just for this shoot. The result was just so beautiful. Look at the way the sunlight floods into the studio and shines so beautifully on baby. You know that I’ve talked several times about our beautiful keepsake albums and wall portraits. This is one of those shoots that demands both of those. Wall portraits in baby’s room are a must for this family. There were so many photos to choose from that choosing just a couple for wall portraits will be impossible. That’s why a keepsake album would be perfect. How adorable is big brother by the way? So dang cute! I think when the family sees this beautiful, unique photos of their newborn, they’re going to have to do a cool shoot with big brother. Hmmm….I wonder what kind of fun , cool things he’s into? I can only imagine what Lori could come up with. Too fun! If you have a special eveng coming up that you want to capture through Lori’s photography, call us. Lori will come up with something magical for each client. If you can dream it, she can create it ~Michelle

Forever Young

Forever Young

It’s that bitter sweet time of year again, graduation time. What an exciting time for your kids. So many of them will be graduating High School or College in the coming months. Where did the time go? Trust me, I’ve been there. My son graduated the same year that Andy from Toy Story graduated. Wow….that was so hard to watch that movie. It’s like their childhood flashes before you. I literally was the last one left in the theatre because I was a sobbing wreck! As hard as it was to watch our son close that chapter in his life, it was SO exciting to watch him start the next chapter in his life. We could not be more proud of him and all that he’s done. It’s such a different time for kids in High School and College these days. There’s so many opportunities for them. Kids have their colleges in mind long before they even get to high school. I go back to what I always say about milestones or special moments in your life, capture them with photography. Put those important moments into beautiful little time capsules. I wish I had known about Brystan Studios when my son graduated. The only decent photo that I have of him is the one of him standing there saying “cheese”, shaking the hand of the Principal when he accepted his diploma. I would have loved to have honored him and his huge accomplishment with a photo shoot with Lori Brystan. A Graduation Photo Shoot with Lori is not a “say cheese” photo shoot in any way! She talks with you and your kids and finds out what their interested are. Do they play guitar? Do they dance? Do they like the beach? Do they like horses? Whatever they love, that’s […]

How to prepare for a photo shoot

How to prepare for a photo shoot

  How do I prepare for a photo shoot? I get this question daily. Here’s what I tell our clients. The most important thing is to keep it simple, relax and have fun. This applies to everyone for any type of shoot. How do I prepare for a boudoir shoot? Do I bring my own wardrobe? Do I do my own hair & make-up? Do I spray tan? Can I bring a friend for support? All of these are great questions. You’ll want to bring a beautiful black bra & panties with you and thigh high’s if you want to wear them. If you’re doing a bridal or a softer look, bring a beautiful white (or light colored) bra and panties and thigh highs. Feel free to bring a sexy bustier for your shoot. Over the years, we’ve invested in several beautiful items that you are  welcome to use. We’ve got beautiful wraps, jewelry, hats, gloves and gorgeous feather boas. We have a large wardrobe, hair and make-up room. You can upgrade your shoot to include hair & make-up if you would like. We ask that all clients come with their hair styled as they normally wear it and we will add soft curls & spray to their hair. If we are doing your  make-up, we like to do the full make-up for you. We’ve got every colors for every skin tone. Our photographers are also highly trained make-up artists. Then there’s the spray tan question. No, no, no, please don’t spray tan. Spray tans on occasion can be nice but never before a shoot. You just don’t know how the color will turn out or how even the coverage will be.  You also wouldn’t want any of the color to rub off on your clothes or the sheets during […]

Marry Me today and every day

Marry Me today and every day

If there’s one thing all women know, it’s NEVER dare a woman to do something. We all know that as soon as someone throws out a challenge, we’re gonna take that challenge and run with it. This gorgeous girls boyfriend did just that. He dared his girlfriend to ask him to marry him. Ladies, is it just me or did we all know that he totally wanted her to ask him? One look at this beauty tells me that’s a yes. I love the perfect way she chose to pop the big question. She called Brystan Studios and asked us to get in on the act. She set up a beautiful boudoir shoot Amy and together they came up with a fun, sexy, playful shoot. Our beautiful bride to be created her own  sign and brought it with her for the shoot. It turned out so cute, don’t you think? A few days after the shoot, our client set up a viewing appointment in our intimate theatre room. She brought her boyfriend with her to watch the slideshow of her photos. The slideshow was set to romantic music, there were chocolates, champaigne and candles. Just thinking about it makes me so nervous but so happy. He had NO idea what was about to happen. In a few minutes, both of their lives were about to change. The slideshow started out with a few elegent boudoir photos. I’m sure he was thrilled at how stunning his girlfriend looked. Then, last but certainly not least, came the most important photo of their lives. Up on the big screen tv comes the photo of his girlfriend holding up the handmade sign that says the most important words he’s ever heard so far, “Marry Me”. How romantic is that? Goosebumps! Of course, her boyfriend […]

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

All of us at Brystan Studios would like to wish all of our clients, friends and families a very Happy Thanksgiving. We are so thankful that so many of you have chose us to be a part of your life. Together we have taken your special moments and captured them forever. Enjoy your family this holiday season and take lots of pictures! Sincerely, Lori Brystan and the entire staff at Brystan Studios