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.

Family is Everything

We’ve always loved our families but going through this challenging time together has given “family” a whole new meaning. ️After all, they are the people we grow and experience life with on an everyday basis. They are the people we turn to when life gets rough. They are our constant physical reminder that happiness can be found in the warmth of your family’s presence, whether it be a Face time session or an outing to catch up.

Wouldn’t it be special to celebrate this year by doing a photo session with your loved ones? Maybe you want to spoil Mom with an empowering portrait with professional hair and makeup!

Or perhaps a shot of the kids for Dad’s office desk.

Don’t forget a legacy portrait of Grandma and Grandpa!

Your family means everything to you and life gets busy. Your children seem to grow up in no time and the years fly by. 

The time to preserve those precious memories with photographs that will take your breath away is now!

Maybe in the past, you have put off booking a session – life gets busy or you think it might be too expensive at the time. But this is your life, and if not now, then when? 

At Brystan Studios, we have over 30 years of experience in photographing families and these types of sessions are so priceless and will be treasured for a lifetime

You can choose to do your session in our beautiful 2000 square-foot studio filled with beautiful backgrounds to complement your home decor or we can venture out to your home or your favorite location that is meaningful to you and your family! 

Each session includes:

• A pre-session consultation to map out your vision

• Full access to our wardrobe

• Hair and makeup services for Mom or Grandma

So what are you waiting for?

Let us tell your family’s story through stunning imagery that will live on forever. It’s a gift that keeps giving. 

Give us a call today 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!

Portrait of a Woman: Capturing the Beauty & Wisdom of Women

Portrait of a Woman: Capturing the Beauty & Wisdom of Women

Join us in celebrating and photographing the beauty, strength, and wisdom of women over fifty with a luxury Portrait of a Woman session at Brystan Studios. Through these stunning photo sessions, we seek to recognize every woman’s unique beauty and the incredible journeys they have lived.


The ultimate goal of Portrait of a Woman? 

Portrait of a Woman was created as a way to show women who they are in a light they’ve never been in. It is about celebrating every woman’s compassionate heart, talents, creativity, strength, and innate wisdom.

We all know women do remarkable things in the world. Let us help you capture your story and your beautiful journey with timeless photography at Brystan Studios. All you have to do is show up! And let us take care of the rest of the experience for you.

Read first hand what women had to say about their Portrait of a Woman photo session with Brystan Studios:   

Brystan Studios: Portrait of a Woman
Brystan Studios: Portrait of a Woman

Truly imagine: Heads turn. Eyes are on you. Your character, wisdom, and spirit are highlighted. You’re glowing and happy. You feel like the absolute best version of YOU.

This is exactly what a session with Brystan Studios feels like. 

It’s an invitation for all women to experience their beauty without reason. It’s the chance to be a part of a photography experience that leaves you with an immense amount of self-love.

We are ready to create an unforgettable experience with you. Click here to schedule your complimentary 15-minute consultation with Brystan Studios. The best is yet to come!

5 Tips On Creating The Perfect Brand Images For Your Business

5 Tips On Creating The Perfect Brand Images For Your Business


Trust us, we get it. Being a business owner isn’t easy and requires a lot of initiative and determination but we’re here to tell you that there are simple ways to grow your business by selling yourself visually. How? 

Two words: creating image content to define your brand identity. 

But does it really make a difference? Well, we’re here to tell you that, yes, it makes a huge difference. You see, branding is important because it not only creates a lasting impression but it allows clients to get to know you a little better before creating their own opinions and perceptions. Branding images done well, also identify what someone can expect from your company, product, or service.

That’s why we created this blog post. Brystan Studios will help to guide you on how to create a branding system for your business through the power of images. Yes, images! Who would have thought?

We live in a culture that is deprived of time, because of this creating a strong visual identity mixed with style and intention is bound to build trust and rapport with both existing and new clients. That said, since business and branding images require style and intention, it’s important to capture the right shots. 

The takeaway? A successful brand identity results in a positive brand image. So what type of images you should focus on taking to make sure your brand stands out above the rest? Let’s take a look!


1.  Images that reflect the authentic you


Aesthetic is important, but it’s not enough to win new clients. Your images must be in line with your brand or business values. Can you deliver authenticity within your images? Your audience will use the images to create an impression of you! Our advice? Just be you! It’s that simple.


2. Images with captivating backgrounds


The scenery is crucial since it’s conveying a lot about what you are trying to advertise about yourself. For example, if you are a personal trainer, it might be a nice idea to take photos at the gym or even an open park wearing gym clothes. Or, maybe you’re a therapist and want to take images in your office. 

Either way, your brand imagery should have a goal. Do you want to elicit a calm or energetic feeling? Should it be indoor or outdoor? Where do you feel the most comfortable? The scenery tells your brand story.


3. Images with consistent brand colors


It’s always a good idea to make sure the colors you wear for your brand system reflect your personality and business. At this point, you most likely have a consistent palette that reflects your brand. 

We recommend using this palette when deciding on what colors to wear or what background colors to add within your images. Mostly because it creates consistency and tells a brand story.


4. Images that showcase your brand’s values


What are your brand values? Write them out before your shoot and reflect on them. Your images should deliver on the experience you are reflecting within your images. 

Ask yourself, what do I want to express to the outside world? What do I want to get out of each image? Use this as a guideline and watch your images shine.


5. Images that feature natural movement


Poses are great and important but it’s also crucial to have images that showcase you naturally. Do you cringe at the super-corporate, ‘fake handshake’ images? Us too. Avoid images that are generic or cliche. Be you. Laugh, walk, or work on a task to get some natural shots of what you do daily. 

Invite a current client to join in the images to show what your brand is really about. Be prepared to take photos of your product, workspace, or branding theme. For example, if you’re a chef, it would be authentic and worthwhile to take pictures of your kitchen space or even photos of you cooking in your kitchen. Bottom line: people are drawn to authenticity.


Conclusion


Creating images that keep your brand up-to-date can be a huge challenge but it doesn’t have to be. Just remember, brand imagery is about connecting with your audience visually as a means to create engagement. These images will also accompany your marketing so you have to love them. More than that, the images you select reflect your brand personality so always be true to yourself. 

Here at Brystan Studios, we take your brand imagery seriously. From our strong attention to detail, state-of-the-art-lighting, scenic locations, designer sets, and professional hair and makeup style, you won’t be let down. We’re ready to reflect your brand’s aesthetic and create an unforgettable impression for your business and branding.


Are you ready to book your business and branding shoot with Brystan Studios? Give us a call at (949) 831-3774, or click here for our contact form to schedule your complimentary consultation with Brystan Studios!

View our Business & Branding Portrait Gallery here.

9 Reasons to Schedule Your Amazing Boudoir Shoot This Valentine’s Day

9 Reasons to Schedule Your Amazing Boudoir Shoot This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is coming: the most romantic day of the year. Whether you’re single or have an incredibly special someone in your life, chances are, you can’t escape the hearts and flowers.

Whether you’re looking for a Valentine gift this year or you want a pick-me-up that will put you in the best possible mood for your Valentine (even if that happens to be you on the couch with a bowl of your favorite ice cream!), a  Valentine’s Day Boudoir shoot can help make this holiday one that you will remember forever.

1. It’s a great time to go all-out with the theme.

Hearts and flowers. Cupids. Soft, sexy portraits that display a playful side—or, if you prefer, red and black tones that will exude the vixen energy you have. There are so many amazing themes to go along with Valentine’s boudoir shoot, including:

  • The things you love most
  • The things you and your partner love doing together
  • Soft pinks and whites
  • Dark black and red splashes of color
  • Single’s awareness day: hey, you don’t have to have a partner in your life to make the most of Valentine’s Day!
  • Chocolate and roses (or just chocolate!)

2. This is the perfect time of year to find the sexiest lingerie.

Around Valentine’s Day, many of your favorite stores will go all-out for the holiday, displaying racks of incredibly sexy lingerie that will be sure to make your mouth drop open when you see yourself in it—not to mention what it will do to your partner’s.

You’ll find plenty of new styles and colors to choose from, which could just mean a new favorite type of lingerie. 

3. A Valentine’s boudoir shoot is a great way to increase your confidence.

Do you have big plans for Valentine’s Day—or big plans to enjoy with your partner in the near future? A boudoir shoot could be just the confidence boost you need. After a boudoir shoot, many of my clients leave absolutely glowing—and they carry that confidence with them for weeks and even months after the shoot is over. 

Going it solo this Valentine’s Day? A boudoir shoot could be just the push you need to feel confident and comfortable with yourself again. 

4. A boudoir shoot can be an amazing gift for that special someone in your life.

A Valentine’s Day boudoir shoot is a great way to show off your sexy side to your partner. You’ll get an amazing opportunity to explore what makes you feel sexy, then show it off for your partner in a way that they might not have seen from you in the past.

It’s an amazing gift that he will be sure to appreciate—and chances are, he’ll show his appreciation in ways you’ll be sure to enjoy. 

5. A boudoir shoot can help you feel closer to your partner.

It doesn’t matter if you sleep right next to one another every night or your partner is halfway around the world: sometimes, you want a special opportunity to feel closer—and what better opportunity than Valentine’s Day? As you explore your idea of what makes you feel sexy, you’ll discover new things you want to share with your partner—and sharing those images will help open the door to those important conversations.

You might just reveal a side of yourself that your partner never knew you had, deepening your connection for years to come. 

6. You can enjoy your boudoir experience for years to come.

It doesn’t matter if you’re doing it for yourself or as an incredible gift for your partner: a boudoir shoot is a gift that you will be able to enjoy for the rest of your life. As you look at the photos from your boudoir shoot, you’ll get a chance to see yourself through your photographer’s eyes, unlocking your incredible inner beauty and showing you exactly why you should be someone’s much-adored Valentine (even if it’s your own).

This amazing session will capture you exactly as you are right now, which means you will always be able to look back and see that glow—and feel that confidence all over again

7. During your boudoir shoot, you’ll unlock that inner sexy feeling.

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and you want to feel sexy and fabulous when you go out for a date with that special someone in your life. During your boudoir shoot, you’ll unlock that feeling of sexy in a way that you never have before, setting you up for an amazing holiday. 

8. You’re looking for a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day that’s a little unique this year. 

This year, why go with the same old stuff you’ve always done? Instead, shake things up, whether you’re with a new partner, the same one you’ve celebrated with for years, or on your own.

Create a new tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will compare many of your future holidays to. A boudoir shoot will be sure to transform your holiday into something magical.

9. A boudoir shoot is an amazing gift for you!

Let’s face it: sometimes you just need to do something special for yourself, and a boudoir shoot is an amazing opportunity to make that happen. You’ll be pampered, have a chance to enjoy a glass of bubbly, and relax as the camera focuses on you. Not only will you have the chance to explore your idea of sexy and unlock your own inner beauty, you’ll get to luxuriate in the feeling that for one day, it’s all about you.

It doesn’t matter if you have a partner in your life to share your images with or you want to do it just for you: this Valentine’s Day, make it happen for yourself. These sessions are an amazing way to pamper yourself, you get to have professional hair and makeup done and lounge around in lingerie ALL DAY. And this year we are including an extra gift to you. We’ve created the ultimate romantic self care package of champagne, a red rose, Godiva chocolates and a luxury candle FOR YOU if you book your Valentine’s Day Session before January 14th!

Are you ready to book your Luxurious Valentine’s Day boudoir session at Brystan Studios? give us a call at (949) 831-3774 to discuss, or click here for our contact form to schedule your session with Brystan Studios.

Favorite Holiday Gift Ideas from Lori

Favorite Holiday Gift Ideas from Lori

‘Tis the Season!

I’m frequently asked for my recommendations on everything from beauty products and tips, wardrobe styling and fun things to do around town. It comes with the territory of being a photographer in the industry and having a background as a makeup artist and beauty editor, that I’m always looking at what’s new and trending. 

We are at the heart of gift-giving season, so I wanted to share with you some of the things I’ve found this year that I absolutely love telling my clients about. If you’re still looking for last minute gift ideas, these are available at retailers with fast shipping available.

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