I'm in 110%

Orange County Photographer

Getting the BEST out of my clients!

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I'm in 110%

Orange County Photographer

Getting the BEST out of my clients!

about christopher todd

Hi, I'm Christopher Todd Your Orange County Photographer

I am so happy you found us. As you probably know by now I am an Orange County portrait photographer. My goal is to make you look and feel amazing in your pictures. I can't wait to get to know you and provide the best photography experience you have ever had.

As you scroll through my website and get to know me better you will find the types of photography I specialize in as well as my style of portraiture. I look forward to answering any questions you might have about your photography needs. Thank you for visiting my website.

Inquire today to see if I am available for your wedding date. Or call to schedule your next portrait session. I am confident you will be pleased with my professionalism, courtesy, and business ethics.

A couple of quick things about me personally. I was born and raised in Orange County. I currently live with my family near Huntington Beach where I love to surf. I am passionate about art, traveling, and of course photography.

I am so happy you found us. As you probably know by now I am an Orange County portrait photographer. My goal is to make you look and feel amazing in your pictures. I can't wait to get to know you and provide the best photography experience you have ever had.

As you scroll through my website and get to know me better you will find the types of photography I specialize in as well as my style of portraiture. I look forward to answering any questions you might have about your photography needs. Thank you for visiting my website.

Inquire today to see if I am available for your wedding date, or call to schedule your next portrait session. I am confident you will be pleased with my professionalism, courtesy, and business ethics.

A couple of quick things about me personally. I was born and raised in Orange County. I currently live with my family near Huntington Beach where I love to surf. I am passionate about art, traveling, and of course photography.

about christopher todd

Take A Peek Behind The Scenes

Check out how we photograph real clients and achieve spectacular results.  I'll give you a hint, it's all about creating a good plan and having fun with it. 

Most clients initially appreciate our creativity and colorful images, but they really love and trust us after we breakdown our process. Together, we create a custom plan for you, that begins with the end results in mind.  

Studio Photography

I am a highly experienced studio portrait photographer with access to studios near South Coast Plaza in Santa Ana, California. Just off the 55 and the 405 freeway. The purpose of a studio is to have a space where I can control the background and lighting easily. The best studios have large photography spaces with high ceilings.  I am happy to offer clients access to a studio and easy scheduling for any projects. 

Real Client Reviews

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Samantha & John-David

"Chris has a gift when it comes to capturing emotions and it really shows in the photos. He is an absolute professional! From our first meeting with him, my husband and I knew he was the perfect fit for our wedding day.  He is absolutely worth the money and will capture your day unlike anyone else."

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Sam Dillencourt

"I hired Chris for some headshots and he was great to work with. The photos came out looking fantastic. I very highly recommend him."

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Thuy-Xuan Nguyen-Chao

"Our company held our Anniversary Event for 200 people. Chris was very responsive to my questions and had great suggestions. He was very professional and considerate and he placed everyone perfectly for the photo. We look forward to doing business with him again.."

Christopher Todd Studios

If you would like additional information on the types of photography service I offer or would like to discuss a custom quote you have come to the right place.

Family Portraits

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I truly enjoy my work as an Orange County photographer.  We have beaches, mountains, natural parks, and funky eclectic locations to create beautiful portraits all within a short distance of each other.

Portraiture is my favorite type of photography. I like the challenge of getting the best out of people.

My clients also hire me to create their Family Photos. Whether you prefer a traditional style or like a more candid look. I can help you decide which photos are best for your home.

Despite the chosen style, it is important to consider your goal from the session, such as a giant canvas over your mantle, or some prints for a hallway. Knowing what you want for the finished product allows me to meet your expectations. Together we will create a plan for your portrait session that fits your needs.

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Headshots

Professional headshot photography is the one request I get most often from business people. It has never been more important to have a headshot that holds the viewer's attention. Typically profile photos get lost in the shuffle of life. I create photographs with more look-ability to give you a leg up in the battle for people's attention. This is useful for any marketing application.

Headshots I create are used for:

• Company websites
• Actor's portfolio
• Online dating profiles
• LinkedIn profile photo
• Facebook profile photo
• Instagram profile
• Twitter profile and other social media profiles.
• Professional Associations
• Magazine Covers

Wedding Photos

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I love photographing all types of weddings. For more than 18 years, I've had the privilege of documenting 100's of love stories with my cameras. Whether you are having a Jewish wedding, Persian wedding, Indian /Southeast Asia ceremony, or same-sex wedding. With my unique blend of candid, lifestyle, and classic, technique, I am able to tell your story as it unfolds. I am confident that my style of photography will meet your needs.

It is such an honor to be trusted with capturing one of the most important days of two people coming together and joining families. I have got to say that my favorite part of the experience is delivering a custom wedding album to the bride and groom. Just getting to see the pure joy on their faces is a priceless moment. I know my job is complete when they have their photos to physically hold and share with their friends and family.

Engagement Sessions

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I want to be your engagement photographer as well as your wedding photographer. This is an intimate opportunity to get to know you as a couple before your big day. This is one way we truly get to know each other organically. In fact, the engagement session is an important time for the couple and photographer to create a real connection. As a result, you will have amazing photos.

Another huge benefit of engagement portraits for couples is you get to practice being in front of the camera. Most couples will later admit feeling anxious before their photos are taken. This session will help avoid extra wedding day nerves. Your family will also benefit when they see these images of you two and have added trust in your photographer when the wedding day arrives.

At a wedding, trust equals incredible photos like on this website. When I have your trust and confidence, great things happen.

Elopements

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Orange County elopements are one of my favorite celebrations to photograph because they are always intimate and I have time to connect with the couple and be creative without most of the typical time constraints associated with a traditional wedding. Near me the most popular location for small elopements is the Old Courthouse in Orange County. However, OC is full of locations that will make an incredible backdrop for a small elopement. 

Online Dating Photographer

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Online dating has gone mainstream in the last few years.  We get requests every week for online dating photo sessions for dating app profiles, such as Tinder, Match.com, Bumble, & Hinge.  After photographing hundreds of online daters, we have perfected our formula for images that swipe right.

Event Photography

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As an Orange County event photographer, I often find myself in Los Angeles and beyond. Event photography most requested by my clients are for documenting the following:

• Conferences and Conventions
• Meetings
• Award Ceremonies
• Training and Seminars
• Birthdays
• Anniversaries
• Grand Openings
• Remodels or Rebranding

Once a company finds the right photographer they don’t let go. It is very common to work with the same company every year. I have repeat customers who trust me to document all their events.

I work with many small businesses as well as large companies. I would love to answer any questions you might have.

Microweddings

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Micro weddings are a big trend in 2020. I foresee this trend staying around for a while. If you are planning on having an intimate micro wedding at your home or somewhere else in Orange County, we can offer creative photography solutions to some of the most common obstacles associated with small weddings. 

How To Book Christopher Todd for Your Project

Most clients email me at [email protected] or

call me on the phone at 949-771-9600

Orange County Portrait Locations

The OC has some of the best beaches in Southern California as well as beautiful architectural gems. Our weather isn't so bad either. Offering stunning blue skies and great sunsets year-round. When it's time to decide on a portrait location we encourage you to visit our family portraits page to help you decide.

What Sets Christopher Todd Studios Apart

The best photographer does not only take pictures but will also tell your love story. We do this through images that we capture throughout the entire day. My Photos show personality, life, and document relationships.

Focused
Avoid distractions helps get the perfect shot. I still stay focused even when my cameras are getting heavy, and uncle Bob is asking what lens I'm using.

Subtle
The art of communication without over-communicating. Yet, subtle communication helps me get many of the images I want at weddings.

Patient
A skill often required. Being patient is the key to successful photos. Since there can be many family members in a wedding group, sometimes resulting in multiple opinions. This can often delay events of the day substantially. Patience is also beneficial when working with a large team of vendors with different ideas about the timeline.

Attributes Of A Great Photographer

Measured
The ability to carefully calculate what contribution or reduction of photographer involvement is necessary. Consequently, knowing that exact moment allows me to get the perfect photo.

Fun
Weddings are fun. This is really what it is all about right? Life is too short to not have fun. I do my best work when I'm having fun. You will get the best photos when you're having fun. It's true.

Excited
Excitement is contagious. I find photography exciting. Some adults and children are also easy to excite. I'll carefully observe them, and when the moment is right I'll create a pic that will be exciting to see.

Stealthy
Many past clients have tagged this description to me on websites like yelp.com and the knot.com because I'm good at blending in. A good stealthy photo takes the perspective of an outsider looking in. As a result, this type of image can be very powerful as a storytelling technique.

Wise
In the wedding context, this refers to learning from one's own mistakes. Nobody can truthfully say they have never made mistakes. A wise photographer will never repeat the same mistake.

Informed
Information is power and leads to better decisions. Let's create a plan based on good information so we can make great decisions to have more powerful images.

Creative
How do I put a different spin on my style? This is the question great photographers ask themselves every weekend. The answer is in the images.

Guru
This status is easy to overuse. However, to me, it means, living, breathing, learning and relearning. Always searching, striving towards your passion every day for 1000's of days.

Smarmy
I am actually not smarmy, just seeing if you're still reading this.

Are Portraits taken in a photography studio?

The simple answer is yes. I have years of studio photography experience. I can photograph individuals or groups for your LinkedIn or social media profile, headshots, business portraits. The beauty of studio photography is the ability to control the environment with my use of lighting and backgrounds to create unique images that exactly fit your needs.

My job as your photographer is to listen to what you want in a photograph and make suggestions that help achieve your goals. It might seem intimidating at first but I strive to create a fun and relaxed environment at every session. I aim to create an enjoyable experience so you walk away feeling confident and satisfied that your portraits will look great. 

Can you photograph me at a park or outside location?

Definitely! I travel to various locations throughout Orange County and Los Angeles. I often find myself photographing Attorneys or Business executives at their office. We bring our mobile studio right to your place of business. This is a convenient way to get the entire office photographed without losing productivity. I have a great list of OC photo locations.

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