Orange County Headshot Photographer

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Orange County headshot Photographer

Most Experienced Headshot Photographer In Orange County

Best Headshots Orange County Photographer

As an Orange County photographer, I work with many different types of people in small to medium-sized businesses. These include professional headshots and branding photos for executives, entrepreneurs, realtors, real estate brokers, developers, actors, and models. Your headshots can be photographed in an Orange County studio or on location for environmental portraits.










  • $75 per retouched image
  • 30 Min @ my home studio
  • 1 Outfit
  • Planning call
  • Master expression coaching
  • Image gallery online


  • One (1) retouched image $75/extra image
  • 60 min @ studio or location
  • Up to 3 outfits
  • Planning call
  • Master expression coaching
  • Image gallery online
  • Artistic retouching


  • Eight (8) retouched images
  • 120 min @ studio or location
  • Up to 4 outfits
  • 2 Locations
  • Planning call
  • Master expression coaching
  • Help with image selection
  • Image gallery online
  • Artistic retouching





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Meet Your Professional Headshot Photographer

I spend much of my time creating headshots that get people's attention. I'm often asked why my photographs show so much personality.

The best headshots are crafted with good photographic techniques including lighting composition, background choice, but most important of all is your personality.

As our society's attention span atrophies, it has never been more important to have a headshot that gets the viewer's attention. An average profile photo can easily get lost in the shuffle of life.

I will coach you into a fantastic headshot that gets you noticed in your marketplace.


Meet Your Professional Headshot Photographer


I spend much of my time creating headshots that get people's attention. I'm often asked why my photographs show so much personality.

The best headshots are crafted with good photographic techniques including lighting composition, background choice, but most important of all is your personality.

As our society's attention span atrophies, it has never been more important to have a headshot that gets the viewer's attention. An average profile photo can easily get lost in the shuffle of life.

I will coach you into a fantastic headshot that gets you noticed in your marketplace.


Real Reviews

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Christine D. Gagnon | Global Banking & Capital Markets

"I can’t say enough about how comfortable Chris made me feel throughout the shoot. I would highly recommend Chris!"

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Joe Markus | Stein & Markus Defense Attorneys

"The final product surpassed any of our wildest expectations....the response was wow...omg...that’s incredible. We look forward to using Chris's services again."

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Matthew Easton | Easton & Easton 

"Our images turned out better than we ever could have imagined. Chris is an expert in his craft and it definitely shows in the final product. We could not be happier!"


For Websites & Branding


Begin with the end in mind. First, determine what you need your headshot for?  This will help determine what you wear and the location choice.  My job is not only to take your photos but to help you plan from start to finish.  

#1 Planning Call

  • We outline the goals of the session and images.
  • Scheduling, planning location, color schemes, style, and coordinating photos with your brand.
  • We provide a wardrobe consultation to help you select an outfit.
  • Hair & Makeup services are available by request.

#2 Headshot Session

  • Custom designed to create imagery unique to you or your brand.
  • Can be on location or in a studio.
  • Come ready and relaxed to create some photographs that will get you noticed for years to come.
  • Be ready for a creative & fun experience!

#3 Image Selection

  • 1-2 days after your session we’ll present your photos via your private online gallery
  • Prepare to be blown away.
  • We can help you pick images if desired.
  • All ordered images will be retouched and delivered via FTP download.


Our photography studio is located in the heart of Orange County. We provide professional services to all cities in the OC and happy to serve LA County. Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Tustin, Villa Park, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Westminster, Yorba Linda, Corona Del Mar


Below you will find the most commonly asked questions headshots I receive from my clients.


Q: Who needs a headshot?

A: Anyone with a business or online presence will benefit from a professional headshot. This includes professionals, actors, realtors, doctors, and many other professions. Headshots are also oftentimes used for online dating and social media profiles.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: Sessions start at $399 including studio time or travel to your location. We also offer group rates.

Q: What should I wear?

A: Deciding on what to wear for your headshot should be based on your industry. You want to look professional for your profile photo. A general rule of thumb to go by is to avoid busy loud patterns. Stay with neutral solid colors. Avoid wearing bright colors like red, yellow, and purples. In addition, I don’t recommend large clunky jewelry this can be distracting, taking the focus off you.

Q: How do I prepare?

A: After we set a date and location for your session you must decide on what outfits you want to wear. If you are having a hard time choosing, bring your favorite outfits in and I will help you decide on the best looks. Stay well hydrated and get plenty of rest the night before. Make sure your clothes are well pressed and wrinkle-free.

Q: What’s the difference between a studio session and an environmental session?

A: Studio photography is taken indoors in a controlled environment. This means I have full control of the lighting and there are no outdoor elements to get in the way like wind, bright sun, rain etc. An environmental session is taken at a specific location usually outdoors in a park, nature setting, downtown, or outside your office building. When I come to you I still have control of the lightning and do not depend solely on natural light. I bring my mobile studio to you. Another option for corporate headshots is at your office. This is very popular for businesses with many employees.

Q: I am not photogenic. Can you make me look good?

A: I hear this often from clients. The answer is yes I can make you look good in your photo. I believe when you are guided and coached properly throughout your session the photos come out great. We want your photo session to be stress-free and relaxing.

Q: Do you require payment in advance to book my session?

A: To secure your session I require a non-refundable 50% retainer upon booking.

Q: How many outfit changes are allowed?

A: Depending on which package you choose.2-3 outfits are usualy sufficient.

Q: How long does it take to receive my photos?

A: I understand how important it is to get your photos back in a timely manner. Our turnaround time is 1-3 business days. This allows us time to edit or decide which images are best, and color correct the photos you purchase. I do offer a rush 24 hour delivery for an additional fee.

Q: How many photos will I get?

A: One retouched image is included for each person. You can purchase additional retouched images for $149 per image.

Q: Can I see photos during our session?

A: Absolutely. I like to show you what I am taking usually at the start of the session. This helps you see and feel confident in what we are creating.

Q: Will you retouch images from our session?

A: Yes, I retouch the images you choose to keep. I do not retouch every photo. However, when you purchase additional files I retouch those photos. If you buy out all the files I do not retouch every image. One retouched headshot is included in the price.

Q: What is a headshot?

A: A headshot is a close-up portrait of a person. The purpose of the photo can be used for profiles, social media, websites, and other marketing material.

Q: How long will my headshot take?

A: Sessions usually last 30-60 minutes long. If we get the perfect photo in 30 minutes great. If it takes longer then we take more time till we get the right shot.

Q: Do you offer hair & Makeup services?

A: Yes, and I highly recommend it. When you look and feel good your portraits directly reflect this. I can arrange for a makeup artist and hairstylist to come to the studio at an additional cost, or you can have this arranged with your favorite stylist.

Q: Do you have a portrait studio?

A: Not anymore. 95% of our clients want a more natural look or prefer we come to them. That said I have pre-arranged blocks of studio time for my clients so if you would like to be photographed in a studio I can easily arrange it.

Q: How do you deliver my photos?

A: Photos are viewed and delivered through an online gallery. After you select your favorite images they are delivered digitally via download.

Q: Do you only photograph headshots?

A: No, I don’t just photograph headshots. Christopher Todd Studios is a full-service photography studio. I offer family portraits, engagement sessions, and special event coverage. Including, weddings, corporate, and private events. I also specialize in branding photography.

Q: Do you offer group rates?

A: Yes, we offer group rates. The first headshot is $399 each additional person is $75 up to 12 people. Get in touch for special pricing for groups larger than 12 people.

What Is Photo Retouching?

Retouching is the process by which we make you look amazing. We use computer software programs like Adobe Photoshop to smooth out your skin tone, remove blemishes, make your eyes pop, and even reshape you if necessary. Despite all the fancy computer software and digital techniques, great retouching is an art form.

Good retouchers know when to stop
Overly retouched photos look absolutely terrible. Even clown-like, you know what I'm talking about! Waxy skin and fake looking eyes. A perfectly retouched image should look natural. Great retouching should not be noticeable. It should lurk under the radar of the viewer.




  • Look best when you don't go overboard with the retouch.
  • Make your eyes slightly larger. Sounds weird, looks fantastic. Requires a light touch.
  • Lighten the whites of the eyes about 40% and remove any redness.
  • Darken the edge of the eyelid to make the iris pop. We call it digital eyeliner.
  • Brighten the iris about 15-20% will look amazing. More aggressive brightening will result in a "Children Of the Corn" look.
  • Eyelashes can be thickened or duplicated for special close-ups.


  • I like to soften skin just enough to have you not think about it. The key is to still see some texture or pores of the skin.
  • Erase bags or dark circles under your eyes.
  • smile lines.
  • Uneven, blotches, sun discolorations will be removed or evened out to match skin tone.
  • Tanning, whitening, or skin tone adjustment. Typically used for people with red or flushed skin.
  • Blemish removal and makeup blending.


  • Remove any fly-aways.
  • Fix any bare spots.
  • Highlight, darken, or add tint and shine.


  • Adjust body contours. We call it a digital diet.
  • Reduce neck, under the chin, or face width.
  • Slim arms, legs, or stomach.
  • Smooth out any lumpiness in the body or cloths.
  • Double chins removed.


  • De-wrinkle your blouse.
  • Remove lint.


Professional online dating headshots will attract more people. Dating site headshots are your online front door. If you want people to knock you will need a great photo.

The best dating profile photos have a feeling of youthful excitement and optimism despite your gender, age, or ethnicity.

Whether your goal is meeting people, playing the field, or getting hitched your online dating headshot should feel light and happy while showing your personality.

Get in touch today to schedule your session in our studio.

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How else can I say it? When that date is all about one headshot, make it count! Time to say goodbye to driver seat selfies.

Your performance i.e. dating opportunities on Tinder, or Bumble directly correlates to a fantastic profile photo.

We think excitement is best communicated with your eyes. We encourage a hair and makeup session before photography for the best results.

Most clients seeking headshots have been online dating for a few months with varying degrees of success. With a little thought and my experience, I can help you create a set of images that show you in your best light.


As a headshots Orange County photographer, I know that keeping your online and marketing strategies present and up to date is the best way to reflect your brand. Your profile photo on social media should always show the present you. LinkedIn profile photos should be professional headshots. Business headshots are important for your "about me" section on your website and marketing material. Maybe you have a new look or a new career path. These are all great opportunities to have your headshot portrait reflect this. Business cards are being replaced with all the online activity. Stay up to date.


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Popular uses include:

  • Websites
  • Marketing materials
  • Author's book jacket
  • Actor's portfolio
  • Online dating profiles
  • LinkedIn profile photo
  • Facebook profile photo
  • Instagram profile
  • Twitter profile
  • Professional Associations
  • Media events
  • Magazine Covers
  • Email signature
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Business Headshots

Anyone involved in business would benefit from a great profile picture. Imagery can make or break your first impression on potential customers. A good profile shot will show off your unique personality, while the best portraits always have a bit of spontaneity.

Business portraits can be photographed in an Orange County studio or at your office. We often photograph employees in a conference room or outside their offices. Group or team photos are also popular when we photograph small, medium, or large-sized businesses.

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Executive Headshots

Executive portraits are a little different than business portraits. Most executives want to communicate a feeling of leadership while appearing intelligent, wise, and friendly.

The best portraits will have three qualities. Intelligence, wisdom, and approachability. This triple punch is always a winning combo. Your executive headshot will set the tone for an entire company.

Content with relevant images gets 94% more views.

Executives can be photographed in an Orange County studio, at your office, or any location that makes sense with the corporation's mission. We often photograph executives and employees together in a conference room or outside their offices. Group or team photos are popular additions to these sessions.

Attorney or Lawyer Headshot

Images can make or break your potential client's first impression of your law firm. Imagery that makes you look honest and approachable will attract future clients who are searching for an attorney.

The best attorney portraits should always make you seem approachable rather than angry or tough.

Attorney Portraits should portray an expert in your field of law. Expert status is traditionally done with a background of law books or the Orange County courthouse in the background. We recommend a modern approach to avoid being confused with all your competitors creating similar headshots.

Most attorney websites are visually crowded and aesthetically unappealing. Your headshot is your opportunity to stand out from the other law firms in Orange County.

Every legal dispute is a potential marketing story that will not be read unless you pair it with incredible photography.


Realtor Headshots

Likability is everything for realtors, and there are ways to ensure you have a photo that reflects that.

Creating a memorable headshot can be done in many ways. My favorite is the use of bold colors. Many realtor's opt for headshots on location. Yes, a beautiful property will give context to your photo. Either strategy can yield a great picture that is memorable.

Your avatar is your flag in the sand people will see first. Make a better image and reap the business rewards.

Visual content is more than 40X more likely to get shared on social media than other types of content

Hire a professional photographer instead of a friend with a nice camera. Great Lighting, professional hair and makeup artist, and well-conceived photography will make the difference.

Actor & Model Headshots

An actor's headshot is the key that opens the door to work. Your first impression is everything. The best actors' portraits show off your personality.

Your eyes need to be alive and engaging, with an expression that almost speaks.

Most actors or actresses' headshots require a little more time to plan and photograph so we can get every detail just right.

Casting Directors look at hundreds of images every day. Avoid being lost in the shuffle by having a headshot with lookability!


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