Christmas In July: It’s Never Too Early For Holiday Shopping

By the time we hit July, most people are over the sun-kissed, watermelon-sorbet, beach-vibes. We’re racing indoors for the sweet relief of air conditioning and taking shopping sprees to find clothing that won’t immediately absorb every drop of sweat (or, at least won’t show it). We’re fighting to still feel self-confident while drenched in sweat and realizing our shorts might not fit as well as they did last summer.

The illusion of a “hot girl summer” has seemed to fade and left us trying to just make it through the hottest months of the year.

But fear not, Gorgeous! Brystan Studios’ Christmas in July Boudoir or Classic Beauty Portrait experience has returned to help you revel in your beauty and redeem your confidence. This year, become the perfect gift wrapped up in lingerie, a sheet, or nothing at all while feeling more empowered, sexy, and fearless than you’ve felt in years! This is YOUR day to embrace your beauty (in an air-conditioned studio) and feel completely empowered.

As if renewing your sense of self-love wasn’t enough of a gift, you’ll also be treated to an entire day of pampering. For some reason, summer seems to be when everyone else needs something from you – whether it’s kids, the spouse, parents or friends: everyone is in need of your attention. Well not on the day of your boudoir shoot. Remember when I said this is YOUR day? Well, I meant it! You’ll be spoiled with a luxurious experience of getting your hair and makeup done, enjoying a nice glass of wine, and relaxing; Letting everyone else focus on you for a change.

Even though we both know your boudoir shoot is the ultimate gift to yourself, it has a double purpose… Christmas gifts! What significant other wouldn’t want to see their gorgeous queen in sexy pieces of lingerie and posed to highlight her best assets? By participating in the Christmas in July experience, you’re guaranteed to get your photos back in time for the Holidays.

Let someone else take care of you for a change. Let go of the grueling heat and your impossible schedule, and take some time to love yourself in a safe and welcoming environment. You deserve a day of love and rejuvenation. You deserve a day of boudoir. So what are you waiting for? Click the button below to reserve your 50% off boudoir or classic beauty session!

Business & Branding: An Opportunity for Reinvention

The last several years has been an opportunity for reflection and reinvention. Many small business owners are creating their own path and many are rethinking how they want to show up for their audiences. Part of being a business owner is constantly reflecting on what’s happening in the world and finding ways to continue to provide value to your customers, while not losing the core of who you are and what your brand offers. This can be a hard challenge to balance.

As business owners, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to have branding that is perfect because we know it’s not only what makes a memorable impression on customers, but also is what allows customers and clients to know what they can expect from us. Our branding is our identity and is our unique way of being able to distinguish ourselves from competitors and communicate what we offer and why we’re the ideal choice. This pressure is a great motivator for pushing us to do our due diligence and be thoughtful in the branding we’re building, but it can also be stressful to navigate if you don’t know where to start or what you want to communicate.

And that’s why I love working with business owners in Business & Branding sessions. It’s an opportunity for us to walk through the discovery of your personality and how this is reflected in the brand you’ve built and where you want to take it. You see, each brand and business owner has its own personality and with so many influences out there, it’s increasingly difficult to know what’s you vs. what’s others saying you should be. When I work with clients, we take the time to unpack what drives you, your vision for your brand, your personality, and essence, and we collaborate on how to bring this to life in ways that are going to grab your audience’s attention.

If you are interested in booking a personal branding session, click here and fill out the form to receive all the details about your session with Brystan Studios.

Valentine’s Boudoir: A Celebration Of Love

Valentine’s Day this year is going to be extra special for many. For some, it’s a
celebration of a new phase of love. For others, it’s a celebration of love reignited
after the pandemic. And for many, it’s a time when they’ll reflect on how much
love they’re surrounded by. Regardless of what you’re celebrating this year…
what I appreciate about Valentine’s Day is that you don’t have to have a partner
in order to celebrate it.


Love can mean a variety of things to different people. The love of a mother, for
example, is a deep unconditional love that can be celebrated all year around.
The love of a best friend who knows all the parts of you and still loves you is
another. I personally love to use Valentine’s Day each year to show love to my
beautiful daughter. Love has many forms, but one of the most important forms of
love you can embrace is the love you have for yourself. We are our toughest
critic and often forget that Valentine’s Day can also be about falling a little more
in love with who we’ve become.

When I do Valentine’s Day Boudoir Photoshoots, oftentimes it’s for women who are wanting to surprise their partners with a gift that helps to freeze time – a moment when they feel the most passion in their love story that they’ll want to remember forever. But the truly special and unique Valentine’s Day sessions I get to do are the ones that simply celebrate who the woman is. I love that these sessions are focused on creatively showcasing her personality and unique beauty. More importantly, it’s about embracing the experiences that have made her who she is.


You see, Valentine’s Day shoots are works of art. Yes, they’re literal pieces of art… but YOU are the work of art. You are beautiful because of your experiences and the strength you’ve had to work through the toughest moments. So when I think of Valentine’s Day and what it means, I think of a moment in time that we can pause and see the beautiful masterpieces we’ve become. Boudoir shoots are an excellent way to capture that moment so that even on your toughest days, you’re reminded how truly beautiful and strong you are.

So cheers to you this Valentine’s Day, and all the love that you share. And speaking of sharing, here are some of my favorite Valentine’s Day boudoir moments over the years:

Are you ready to indulge in ultimate self-care? Click here to schedule your complimentary 15-minute phone consultation. During our call, we’ll go over your shoot vision and begin the planning process.

Holiday Family Portraits: Memories That Last

As Fall approaches, we’re celebrating the importance of family togetherness with Holiday Family Portraits. We always knew that life can pass by us in just the blink of an eye. Since the pandemic however, I think it takes slowing down to truly treasure the time we have together. So, this year’s holiday is a little extra special for us as we reunite with our families and spend the holidays together.

“Memories made together last for a lifetime.”

Each family has its own unique traditions and ways of celebrating. But no matter how differently we celebrate, one thing remains consistent. Spending holidays with family is a special and important memory to create. To celebrate that memory, we’re including a beautiful ornament for Holiday Family Portraits sessions this season. We know this holiday deserves a special celebration. Preserving those memories together has never been more important.
 
As we head into September, take advantage of this special to create a memory that lasts a lifetime. Book your family photo session at $75 off and receive a beautiful complimentary ornament. 
We know how busy everyone’s schedules can be as we get closer to the new year. We’re preoccupied with shopping, traveling, gift-wrapping, cooking, events… traffic. In those weeks it’s hard to focus on much more than what’s in front of you.
 
Thankfully, time is on our side right NOW! Getting ahead of the game with family portraits will not only get you excited about the memories to come but cross one more thing off your to-do list. Let’s make the most of these calmer months by scheduling a stress-free photo session that the whole family will love. 
 
While you determine the perfect date to book with us, browse some of the Holiday Family Portraits below or you can visit our Family Photography gallery here.

Ready to book now?

Give us a call at (949) 831-3774 or click here to book your consultation and let’s make your family portraits shine. The best is yet to come!

Melissa’s Why: The Beauty of Boudoir

If boudoir has been on your mind, listen to Melissa’s why. I know that to many, a boudoir session can seem so intimidating but I’m here to remind you that boudoir is for every age and body-type.

Like many, my sweet client Melissa came into the studio looking for a confidence revamp. After years of choosing everyone but her, she finally decided to take the leap and indulge in the undeniable beauty and power of boudoir. Click the video below to hear more of what inspired her to treat herself to a boudoir shoot.

Are you interested in your very own boudoir session?

Click here to fill out a quick form and we’ll forward you more details. Or if you’d rather, you can call us directly at (949) 831-3774.

A Message For Moms Everywhere

“The Woman who is my best friend, my teacher, my everything: Mom”

Mother’s Day is a special holiday. It’s a day when we get to honor the sacrifice and love of mothers everywhere, taking the time to remember the significance of motherhood and its impact in our lives. The women who shape our lives, whether a mom, grandma or favorite aunt, are the women who have stood by us from the very first day. They offer comfort, encouragement and care, and provide for us in more ways than we could name.

That’s why we like to pay special tribute to the moms in our lives on Mother’s Day, by showcasing their amazing bond and selfless love. 

For mothers everywhere, a child will always be her baby no matter how old they get or wherever life may take them. The beautiful joy of motherhood and what makes moms so special for every child is the part where they love us unconditionally from our first steps.

As we continue to grow, a special bond is formed between mothers and their kiddos. As personality starts to form, so too does a special friendship.

This is called the “Laugh Factor” stage. It is the best of times, but also the most challenging of times. Mom’s give us extra patience during our younger years and guidance into who we are to become.

As we keep growing into who we are as young adults, we encounter new life experiences, and this is when our mothers become a shoulder to cry on, teach us right and wrong, and sacrifice everything to be at our recitals, ball games and plays to show us how much they love and support us. 

One of the hardest phases in life is to watch your baby grow up. Although filled with much joy, for moms, when their children grow into adults and build their own families, it’s time to let go. But there is a new kind of friendship formed when this happens and we begin to see all that our moms have done for us over the years.

So to every mom out there, we want to take the opportunity to say:

 For all the sacrifices you have made, for all the unconditional support and love you have shown, for all of the lessons you have taught, for all the friendship you have given…

 …we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you have done.

Looking to book your very own portrait session or wanting to gift mom something special?

Click here to schedule a time to speak about a custom Mother’s Day session.

Jump Into Spring With a Garden Goddess Session

Jump Into Spring With a Garden Goddess Session

Spring is a beautiful time of the year. It’s a season full of changes to the world around us, as well as within us. It’s a time of the year when we’re shedding the old and stepping into the new – a new wardrobe, life, goals, physique, and style. Boudoir photography is a wonderful opportunity year-round to celebrate who you are, but Spring is particularly special because it’s full of vibrant colors and renewed energy, creating a new aesthetic for outdoor photography.

Choosing an outdoor springtime location for a boudoir photo shoot can be a difficult task. Although there are diverse plants and flowers on display, cultural events and activities happening such as music festivals, walks, outdoor yoga, and celebratory events. These can make it difficult to find the perfect aesthetic undisrupted and private.

A garden, however, is one of the most perfect locations for an outdoor spring-themed boudoir session- it’s private and provides a tranquil backdrop, and is usually full of beautiful colors and aesthetics, making it a great space for portraits. But, not everyone has a green thumb or has access to a garden that provides the right look for a boudoir shoot. If you’re not up for wandering, you’ll be happy to know that we are launching our spring promo that features an outdoor boudoir session in my own home and garden. 

The Garden Goddess session is an opportunity to get beautiful boudoir portraits taken with a colorful backdrop and beautiful natural lighting that will bring out your inner goddess. Imagine sipping a Mimosa with the wind in your hair and the sun on your back with your favorite music playing – that’s the tranquil experience our Garden Goddess promo event offers.

 Many clients have absolutely loved their outdoor boudoir photoshoots in my home garden studio for that very reason, as well as the beautifully vibrant flowers and ivy, day bedding, fountains, and swings that it has to offer in a private setting.

We’re so excited to launch this year’s Garden Goddess spring promotion that we’ve put together a video to give you a glimpse of this beautiful setting that will transport you, relax you, and bring out your inner goddess.

If you’re interested in booking a Garden Goddess session, click the button below to schedule your 15-minute complimentary phone consultation where we will go over all of the session details!

New Year, New Start: Branding Photography 101

Kicking off a new year brings so many possibilities. It’s one of our favorite times of the year when we see so many entrepreneurs and businesses with such momentum and energy for the growth to come. Among the many steps, you’ll be taking to set your business up for success this year is considering how your customers will perceive you in what promises to be a year of comebacks.

Each brand has its own story to tell – one of overcoming obstacles and providing value for the clients and customers it serves. As a business, it’s important that your customers and clients see you beyond just a product they buy and instead see you as a brand or person they want as part of their daily life. Customers want to see who your brand is and what it values, and the best way to convey that is through connecting with them as a person.

That’s where we can help!

Brystan Studios Orange County Personal Branding Photoshoot

When considering how you’ll use photography and branding to tell your story for your business, you should consider what’s important in a photographer. Imperative to your success is the ability of your branding photographer to help you use props, angles, tone, and style to tell the story of your brand and connect with your customers quickly. Choosing your aesthetic appropriately can make all the difference in what your photos convey, so it’s important to get this right. Wardrobe choice, location choice, and more should all be consistent across your marketing channels, as well as consistent with what your audience expects to see from you.

Branding photography is truly one of the best ways to establish your brand and story and is one of the most important assets that contribute to your success and brand growth. As you begin setting the stage for your success this year, we invite you to book with us and take advantage of a limited-time special.

If you are interested in booking a personal branding session, click here and fill out the form to receive all the details about your session with Brystan Studios.

3 Reasons Every Woman Deserves a Boudoir Shoot for Valentine’s Day

Tired of the same old Valentine’s Day? Looking for something fun and different? Try stepping out of your comfort zone.

You may think it’s a bit early to begin thinking about Valentine’s Day, but if you’ve been thinking about doing a boudoir photo shoot, then now is the perfect time to reserve your booking. Whether you’re going solo this Valentine’s Day or planning to spend it with someone special, a photoshoot is the perfect way to express the love you have. Boudoir sessions not only make wonderful gifts for someone you love, but they also are an amazing experience that gives the gift of self-expression and confidence.

A boudoir session is a powerful experience that every woman deserves to have and here, we offer three reasons why:

1. You’ll Fall in Love with Your Own Beauty

Contrary to what society tells us to believe, your body is beautiful the way it is. When you do a boudoir photo shoot, you get to own and define every curve of your body, and when you look at the beautiful outcome of the photos you will love the way it looks. It’s truly self-rewarding and you will fall in deeper love with the skin you’re in, gain confidence, and feel utterly gorgeous.

2. You Get Pampered

You do everything for everyone else all year long. Whether you’re a mother, significant other, or a female entrepreneur growing her career, you spend a lot of time putting yourself aside. A boudoir photoshoot is more than taking beautiful photos – it’s a luxurious experience that you’ll never forget. From getting your hair and makeup done to enjoying a glass of wine and relaxing, its hours you get all to yourself to simply enjoy.

3. A Gift of Sexy, Powerful Confidence

Valentine’s Day boudoir shoots are an opportunity to capture your body and spirit in a way that will stay with you for a lifetime well beyond the holiday. You can choose a boudoir shoot as a gift for yourself that will allow you to always look back on a moment when you felt empowered. You can also choose to give it as a gift to someone special who will enjoy seeing your confidence shine through. Remember, confidence is sexy and powerful and boudoir shoots are where you can uplift, reclaim, and celebrate your body.

Ready to set up your very own Valentine’s Day boudoir session and feel empowered? Click here to schedule a complimentary call to get started! 💞

Boudoir For Breast Cancer Awareness 🎗

As women, we are constantly faced with feeling the need to compare ourselves to what is considered beautiful on the outside by society. We’re conditioned to believe we have to be a certain [bra]size, hair length, height and so forth to be considered desirable. But I believe what makes a woman beautiful is the spirit she possesses. Regardless of what each of us has been through, it’s inspirational and empowering to feel in control of our own destiny. That’s what makes a woman beautiful.
And…this is why I love working with Breast Cancer survivors. These women are an inspiration to us all, not only facing the hard challenges of cancer itself, but also having survived the unique challenge of being a woman in society in overcoming the emotional and physical changes to their bodies. As our beautiful client, Tracy, stated: “After two double Mastectomies, as well as reconstructive surgery, feeling pretty wasn’t really my thoughts about myself.”
I truly believe in the power of boudoir sessions for women who have overcome breast cancer because there is something so magical and beautiful that happens in these sessions.

After a few hours with Lori and her amazing eye for what is truly beautiful, I was feeling good about my appearance again, thus, feeling more self-confidence than in the previous 5 months. Lori makes you feel beautiful and magical… What I learned is that I am beautiful, I am worthy, I am cancer free.” ━ Tracy

I feel moved and honored to be able to share these types of moments with other women, understanding the warmth, love and connection that needs to be felt to make it an unforgettable experience for them to remember. I personally have been fortunate to not have had breast cancer (although I have experienced the fear of waiting for test results with my own scares), but I remember my grandmother going through the experience of a double Mastectomy when I was a little girl.
During a time before reconstructive surgery as we know it today was an option for women, I remember my grandmother using bean bags to stuff her bra and the playful and positive attitude she had when I would play with them. I’m grateful my grandmother survived her battle, but I’m reminded of how important the little moments matter in a big way.
Over the last few decades, I have photographed many breast cancer survivors before and after their surgery and I’m always honored to be part of the healing journey on the inside and outside. I’ve learned so much about women being a photographer and this is what I know for sure: they are strong and resilient and the most loving creatures on earth.

I believe you have to be comfortable in your own skin because no one is perfect. Everyone has flaws and no one is exempt from this. When I would look in the mirror my grandmother would say pretty is as pretty does and it always stuck with me.

Surviving Breast Cancer is an experience that makes these women the beautiful masterpieces they are, and if you’re one of these amazing women I invite you to inquire about your own boudoir session and how we can create an unforgettable, empowering and beautiful experience together.
In the meantime, take a moment to watch this beautiful behind the scenes video of Tracy’s session and how we captured her beautiful, strong spirit.

Ready to plan your own special shoot? Let’s get in touch! Let us know how to reach you here

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