Fundamental 15-Orange County Headshot Photographer

Here are a few photos of my friends Melanie Silverman and Maryann Minck, we took a trip to the Farmer's Market to get some photos for their new website. Melanie is a nutrionist and Maryann is a private chef, their teaming up to lead workshops on nutrition and healthy eating....

Photoshop - Before and After Editing "to perfection"

For me, photo-editing is a two step process. First, I edit the photos in Lightroom, where I make global changes to one photo and "sync" them with the rest of the images. Then, I take the photos into Photoshop, where I airbrush the skin, minimize wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes, remove blemishes, sharpen and brighten the photo, add a warm/fuzzy glow, and so on. I can even switch heads from photo to photo.

Here's a slideshow of photos showing before and after photo-editing "to perfection".

Dancing Queen - festive kid and teen portraits

These sisters have moves! We spent a ton of time jumping off rocks at the beach in Laguna, so fun! Now I've got that Abba song stuck in my head.....

You are the dancing queen, young and sweet, only seventeen.....

Here's a link to the rest of their shoot, such a beautiful family...

The Guajardos

Photographs shot on location in Laguna Beach, Orange County, California by Gillian Crane.

Promotional Shots - Orange County Studio photography by Gillian Crane

I'm realizing that I really like the whole studio thing. If I could just convince my husband to let me tear out the wall between the garage and the courtyard and put in two pairs of french doors, and then switch out the garage door for something more civilized, I'd be set. Someday soon, I hope...

Anyway, I've been working with this fabulous Dr. Jennifer Johnson, who specializes in adolescent medicine in Newport Beach, and we took some shots of my kids with her teenager, suggesting how frustrating it is for teenagers to be seen by a little kid doctor. Had to morph two photos together to get them all in the same shot, but could you even tell? So fun, and I love the white paper background.

promotional images from a recent studio shoot for a client, Orange County commercial photography by Gillian Crane

Photographs shot on location in Laguna Beach, Orange County, California by Gillian Crane.

Mother's Day Surprise - special occasion photography by Gillian Crane

I offered a Mother's Day special this year, and these boys' father took advantage of it in order to give his wife a Mother's Day Surprise she'd never forget!



It was a lot of fun taking photos of these boys! They were amazingly fun and sweet. But I think the best part of the experience was creating a DVD slideshow of our favorite photos from the shoot. Definitely the cherry on top, and something I hope to do a lot more of in the future. You can watch the slideshow down below, or check out my new YouTube page. They chose one of the boys' favorite songs to go with the slideshow, something fun and a little bit crazy to capture their youthful energy.


the grass is greener - Orange County location photography by Gillian Crane

There are so many beautiful parks to shoot at in Orange County. This park in Irvine is a recent discovery.

Photographs shot on location in Irvine, Orange County, California by Gillian Crane.

New Year's cards - Orange County family portraits by Gillian Crane

I recently photographed this family for their New Year's cards. New Year's cards were more popular than ever with my clients this year.


Photographs shot on location in Laguna Beach, Orange County, California by Gillian Crane.

Chloe - Orange County Newborn Photographer

Tim and Whitney's brand new baby girl, she was the sleepiest baby I've ever shot, made for some fabulous photos!! Krudwig All photos shot on location at Whitney and Tim's home in Aliso Viejo by Laguna Beach Family Photographer Gillian Crane.

Brothers - Orange County Children's Photography by Gillian Crane

The tide was out and we had fun checking out all the sea life at the tide pools. These guys are Kent Sveningson's sons, the best chiropractor in Orange County if not the world.


Photographs shot on location in Laguna Beach, Orange County, California by Gillian Crane.

Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini - Orange County Baby Photographer

FINALLY designed the babies birth announcement! It only took me 8 months, ha ha! The problem was getting the perfect photo for the inside of the card. Twins are hard like that. But it was worth the wait!

So the black and white photos are the outside of the card (it'll be a 5x7 folded card, so the front is on the right and the back is on the left and the vertical line down the middle is the fold).

The color photo will be one big photo on the inside of the card, spread across the crease. I'm going to print a zillion of them and bring them to everyone w/ round yellow and white frosted sugar cookies! So festive! Such a relief to have this done! And before Christmas!

Sidenote: My mom sewed the bathing suits!



Photographs shot on location in Laguna Beach, Orange County, California by Gillian Crane.

How to Take Better Photos, a video tutorial for Cropped! featuring Gillian Crane

I recently participated in a video tutorial for's scrapbooking video series, Cropped! on how to take better photos. I was really nervous about being in front of the camera, but the producer was fabulous and made me feel right at home. You can watch the video below.

Here's some of the photos I took for the video. As you can see, it definitely helps if you're working with a charismatic, photogenic family! They're a family of six, with another on the way.


Photographs shot on location in Yorba Linda, Orange County, California by Gillian Crane.