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
business man on the beach with arms outstretched for 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 contributes 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.

When you book through January, you’ll receive five additional complementary images (value $625) with your shoot. (This offer does not apply to business headshots or previously booked sessions.)

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

Straight From the Heart ❤️

2020 has been full of unexpected life events, and if there is one thing we’re reminded of it’s how absolutely important the love and support of family is. When the busyness of life is removed and we’re in the still moments of our day, we’re reminded that what is most valuable in our lives is the quality time spent and bonds strengthened with those we love.

For more than 30 years, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to see families of all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life grow in their love through the memories they build. Watching families grow gives me such joy: from Boudoir sessions with young brides in love to engagement sessions with couples and from maternity and newborn sessions to growing family portraits, each session reminds me of the beauty of the love of a family.

There is one thing I always try to keep in mind when I photograph families and it is that no two families are alike in the way they express this love. Each has its own style, inside jokes, traditions, and dreams, and capturing this unique story and bond is my goal. Through a process of discovery and planning, I customize each session based on your one-of-a-kind connection, considering things like hobbies, locations, and favorite memories. I also consider the importance of tying in your photographs with your home decor – after all, displaying these moments of joy as daily reminders of love become an important focal point in your home.

Here’s a snippet from one of my favorite family sessions and how we captured the true essence of their spirit:

I’ve been photographing this family since their children were young and this year they wanted to do something really different. They told me they’re all computer nerds, but they all love rock ‘n’ roll and have always secretly wanted to be in a band and now want family portraits that reflected that. We had so much fun blasting the music and adding the smoke for a dramatic effect!”

Are you interested in capturing stunning and unique holiday portraits with your loved ones?

Give us a call today at (949) 831-3774 or click here to book your consultation and let’s make your family portraits shine just in time for the most beautiful time of the year. The best is yet to come!

Jewels – Luxury Fifty & Fearless Session

Often we reach an age where we look back in awe of how quickly life has passed us by, reflecting on all the experiences – wonderful and otherwise – that helped form us into who we are today. Our journey in this life is one worth celebrating and our Fifty & Fearless women will be the first to tell you that their photoshoot was a life-changing celebratory experience they will never forget.

Many women come to us unsure if they’ll feel comfortable and confident in front of my camera, but they quickly discover that their beauty and confidence has been inside of them the entire time.

Fifty & Fearless boudoir photoshoots are not just about being sexy. They’re about feeling empowered in your own skin and celebrating who you are. My recent photoshoot with Jewels was no exception to this.

“From the moment I spoke to Lori on the initial call, to walking out of her studio feeling like a Beautiful Magical Goddess, I put my insecurities aside and allowed myself to be captured fully self-expressed.” – Jewels

When I first met with Jewels, I immediately noticed how beautiful her hair was. Its various shades of gray, blonde, and brown complimented her personality and essence so perfectly. Seeing her self- confidence inspired me to consider letting my own hair grow out naturally. Still, in preparing for our session, Jewels confessed she had some insecurities, and together, we designed a session that she felt comfortable with and captured her full self-expression.

When I meet with clients for the first time during our consultation, I always ask about their life’s journey because I love seeing and hearing them talk about their adventures with such emotion and passion. I am always so honored at how comfortable my clients feel in opening up and expressing themselves. Women are truly remarkable, and as we manage through this pandemic, I am reminded now, more than ever, how strong, indestructible, and brave women are. We are mothers, best friends, and teachers of life. We feel deeply for one another and give so much of ourselves for others. There is so much wisdom in the hearts of women that deserves to be shared and celebrated.

“I am so proud of the photos and honored by the heart that can see the beauty in others from a lens behind her camera.” – Jewels

That’s why I absolutely love doing what I do. I lift women up and celebrate who they are. Every one of my clients has a “why” they’re doing a photoshoot. Sometimes it’s because it’s on their bucket list, but more often, women have a story they want – and deserve – to share.

Having photographed thousands of women over the years, I have truly seen how a boudoir session is more than just a photoshoot. It isn’t just about how pretty you are on the outside. It’s about everything you’ve lived through and all the places you’re going.

“This experience was well worth the wait for me to have the ability to capture who I am, but also allow me to see the masterpiece of my life, finally, fully self-expressed for all to see.” – Jewels

Want to learn more? Click here and fill out the form to receive all the details about your luxury Fifty & Fearless session with Brystan Studios.

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