Rafael Photography » Orange County Headshots Photography by Rafael


 Orange County Photographer for over 25 years


Rafael was terrific as he brought his studio to our corporate offices to provide each of our executive team with the convenient opportunity to get their corporate headshots completed.    Rafael worked to bring out the best in each person and photo with his conversational fun approach!  He also easily transitioned into candid shots of our executive team in meetings, providing additional photos for use in our corporate print and electronic marketing.   I would recommend Rafael photography for any company looking to capture the essence of their corporate culture!


Wendy Bucknum  CMCA, AMS, PCAM

Vice President

Business Development


Profesional Community Management


“Rafael was absolutely awesome!  I needed some photos to launch my corporate social media

presence and Rafael nailed it.  He came out on short notice and captured exactly what I was trying to

convey to my audience.  He was professional, very intuitive of what I was looking for, and also very

fun to work with.  I would highly recommend Rafael for any photos you might need.  

Thanks Rafael!”

Michael DePaul


Newport Wealth Advisor

“Rafael was an absolute pleasure to work with on a recent IBM corporate event in Huntington Beach.

He was professional, accommodating and calm before, after and during the event.

He always has a smile on his face and has a great attitude!”

Jamie Ousterout

Centerline Digital

“Working with Rafael was a real pleasure.  His photos are excellent, and we put a tremendous amount of pressure on him to do a lot of photos in a very short time!

He is very personable, easy going and professional. Rafael did a great job delivering what we needed to get our business marketing started, and we are very happy with the quality of the work and the very quick turn-around time.”

Kristi Smith

FSI Design

“Rafael is amazing!

Not only does he take magnificent professional head shots for a business website or brochure; but, what sets him apart from others is his an ability to transform one’s life into print.

Rafael can shoot any situation and make it beautiful.  He is professional, impromptu and can make any person feel comfortable being photographed.

I truly appreciate what he has done for my brand and his ability to enhance my look and make me feel spectacular!

Thanks Rafael”

With much Appreciation,

Scharrell Talley Jackson

Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative

Squar Milner Certified Public Accountants and Financial Advisors

“As a photographer, Rafael is an incredible and creative visual storyteller.

Engaging Rafael for your event means capturing the joy, the essence, and the beauty of special moments and special people.”

Russell Williams

The Ethical Edge

“Rafael, thank you for a job well done. I love my pictures, I have never felt so pretty!

You are a genius!”

Robin Reimold
Sales and Marketing
National Commercial Services
Chicago Title Company

“Rafael, You are a Rock Star”

Lawrence Greaves, CEO

Etonien LLC

“I have had head shots and professional photos taken many times in my career. I came to Rafael to update my headshot for a large scale event I was to host and I had a very specific vision in mind of what I wanted. Rafael exceeded those expectations.

Rafael possesses a keen eye for capturing strength, great light and the natural confidence within his subjects.

I am so pleased with the outcome of my photo shoot with him. In under an hour I ended up with over 70 quality images that are modern, relaxed and professional. He listened very closely to what I wanted and executed with an artistic eye and a well seasoned photographers experience.

I couldn’t be more pleased.”

Olivia L.

“Rafael produced head-shots and group shots for our website and he delivered exactly what we wanted.

We were very pleased with the photos he produced and his work really made our website look good.

Rafael was very responsive to our scheduling and deadline needs.

He is a professional and we always know he is 100% focused on our needs.”

Bruce Flint

Firm Administrator

Palumbo Bergstrom Attorneys

“Rafael is a superb photographer.

Our old and dated photographs did not work with our new website.

We were desperately searching for someone who was able to produce high quality images very quickly. Rafael is very professional and timely in his process.

We were extremely pleased with his work and would recommend him to anyone who needed an excellent photographer.”

Sean Zwick

Director of Marketing

Steven Zwick Law Offices

“Rafael is a joy to work with from start to finish.

He is the ultimate professional working with the client and all of the other vendors.

His photographs are stunning.

You couldn’t ask for a better photographer to capture all of your special moments with your family and friends that will last a lifetime and then some.”

Carolyn Shapiro

By Invitation Events

“I highly recommend Rafael Photography to capture your special occasion.

I have worked with Rafael for over twenty years.

He has a great eye and creative vision.  He captures unique and abstract photographs that are not like any other.  He is extremely professional, amazingly friendly and calm, making any special event feel stress-free.

Remember, there is nothing like re-living your special occasion that you’ve plan for through the lens of a true artist!

You won’t be disappointed.”

Jonathan Colliflower

Splendid Events

Splendidly Mobile

“My association with Rafael, Orange County Photographer goes beyond the scope of the camera,

His character represents a calming demeanor, with gracious humility in spirit and deportment.

He exhibits an infectious ability to listen and relate to people displayed within the first few seconds of his introduction.

His ability to capture specific images in a fresh and creative environment is one that always amazes me.

For Rafael, each person is new, each event is new, and those values show in his images. As an event planner, I can honestly put Rafael at the top of my list and I hope you will too.”

Beth Slavin

Beth Slavin Productions

“I just got the pictures and they are the most beautiful pictures I have ever had taken!!!!

Rafael is a great photographer; he is the best I have ever had!!  I would highly recommend him.

He is easy to work with. He knows what he is doing.  He is great.”

Laura Calderon

“Rafael did a wonderful job taking photographs at my daughterRenee’s Bat Mitzvah.   The pictures really captured the tradition

of the service and the fun of the party.  We now have wonderful memories of the amazing day! 
He will be photographing my son Aaron’s Bar Mitzvah as well. I have recommended Rafael to several of my friends.”

Myra Firth

“Rafael is a great photographer.  I am absolutely in love with my photographs!   

He is very professional and great at communicating instruction.

The whole experience was easy going and a lot of fun as well.

He has been so helpful and very accommodating to my agenda.

I was more than pleased with how my pictures came out, and I will definitely be referring his work.

I will call him again when I need more photographs.

Thank you again Rafael so much for your time and effort!”

Katarina D.

“Rafael was a pleasure to work with. He has a great positive attitude, takes great photos and was incredibly patient.

I recommend him to all my friends for both photo shoots and event photography.

Thanks Rafael!”

Marla Glabman

“Rafael you are awesome.

You are a great photographer and so easy to work with.  You did a fabulous job with our daughter Alexis’s Bat Mitzvah. We loved all the pictures and the final album.

That is why we hired you again for Victoria and Saxon’s B’nai Mitzvah.

Once again you were “Mr. Incredible”.  The photographs are outstanding. The pictures tell the story of our wild and crazy day.  You captured all of the special moments with speed and style.

I will continue to refer you to anyone who needs a Super Hero photographer.”

E. Elfend


We wanted to take a moment to thank you for the beautiful photographs you took at our daughter’s Bat Mitzvah. You certainly captured the day and didn’t miss anything.

Our daughter also had a great time at the photo shoot a couple of months prior. It was perfect that she got the opportunity to work with you before her big day and we absolutely love the resulting guest book!

Thank you for everything,”

Susan & Steve Gruer

“Rafael did a wonderful job taking photographs at my daughter Renee’s Bat Mitzvah.  The pictures really captured the tradition of the service and the fun of the party.  We now have wonderful memories of the amazing day!

He will be photographing my son Aaron’s Bar Mitzvah as well.

I have recommended Rafael to several of my friends.”

Myra Firth

“We were impressed with Rafael’s enthusiasm and his gorgeous photos when we first met with him, so we were looking forward to his work with our daughter’s Bat Mitzvah.

He did not disappoint! He was great putting our daughter at-ease during the pre-shot, and the day of, he was totally accommodating, unobtrusive and got the shots we wanted.

The photos are beautiful; artistic, true and completely captured all the special moments.

He’s a pleasure to work with and his product is terrific.”

Cari Morros

“Dear Rafael:

On behalf of Helena, myself and my family, I just wanted to say a few words about our experience of your work.

Rafael, your artistry as a photographer is truly original and comes alive as it’s enjoyed again and again.  Our photographs literally take me back to that moment when you took the shot!  As I view them, I smile, I laugh, I cry and re-live the emotion likes it’s happening again, right now.  You truly captured the excitement and the details as they occurred.

Beyond your craft, you seriously exceeded my expectations of both the photography and your involvement in our events.  Your attention to detail is a gift you bring to your work. All we have left after the event has passed are these photos. You created for us works of art that will not only let us view these memories, but actually take us back to experience, again, the pleasure and sentiment of those special occasions.

As you know, we have worked together more than once and I look forward to your being a part of our upcoming wedding.  As we talked about, we have become like family, and your artistry has given us access to so much more than photographs.  I look forward to having you as a part of our future special occasions.  If they are important, you will be there!

Sincerely & with much affection,”

Maryl, Marvin, Roberta Gladstone and Helena Virga

“Dear Rafael,

You are a genius!

I hope you will use this letter and my most sincere admiration, appreciation and recommendations to grow your photography business into an empire.  Nothing would be more deserved.

I remember watching the meticulous attention to detail that you applied to capture the Bat Mitzvah memories for my friend’s daughter.  I remember acknowledging you at the time.  Now I have my own memories.  Thanks to you.

The images you captured for my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah are so beautiful.  I waited for them with high expectation and you really delivered!  I thought I saw you in and around the guests but you must have been cloned to capture as many important and beautiful images as you did!

The photo booth you set up for our friends and family was a huge favorite and we heard back from many guests how much they enjoyed the portraits you made on-the-spot.

I hope you get calls from the people we gave your name to and I recommend you without reservation to anyone with an important event to capture.

My family is very fortunate to have called you.  You made a great contribution to our memories of an important family occasion.

You have earned my highest recommendation.  Please use me as a reference anytime.”


Mark S. Schnitzer, M.D., F.A.C.S.


I want to thank you for capturing our family in some amazing photographs.

You have a gift, not only in photography, but with people.  The boys in our family are not natural smilers.  You connected with all of us immediately and brought out the best in not just the boys, but us all.

You can see the joy in the pictures, and best of all it was so much fun.

Thank you again for a memorable day.”

Tasha Querantes

“Dear Rafael,

We are so happy with the photographs you took of both our daughters weddings, two weddings within six months was a wild ride but working with you was a great experience and a blessing, your gift for details and that perfect shot where amazing.

Thank you for working so hard that day. You have captured two of the most important days in our lives and we have these photographs in our family because of you.  We can’t thank you enough.

As time goes on and we have the opportunity to let people know about you, we will be highly recommending you to anyone in our family and friends circle.

You are gifted in working with people and taking beautiful pictures, looking forward to keeping in touch.”

Best regards,

Herb and Carmen Wollerman


Thank you so much for the beautiful work you did on our wedding day. You were so efficient and got all the shots with perfect timing.

We cannot thank you enough.

You truly were a blessing from the Lord on our wedding day.

Thank you,”

Cindy and Rainer

“We can’t tell you how excited we are about our wedding pictures… they are beautiful!!!

We have been looking at them almost every day. . .

Thank you so much for the wonderful job you did for us!  We are so happy to have hired you to make our day so memorable!

Our family and friends were so impressed by your ability and professionalism!

They are still talking about what a wonderful job you did!!!

Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!!”

Joseph and Monica Martinez

“Thank you so much for all of your hard work with the wedding photography.

You were awesome.

I really felt like you were the best vendor that I hired and you worked extra hard and really put a lot of thought into the details.  Just wanted to let you know I was really happy with everything!

Thanks again!”

Frances McCormick

“Thanks again for shooting our wedding!  We had absolutely the best time of our lives!  A lot of people complimented on how great you were.  They were very impressed with how very much a part of our wedding you were.

You showed great professionalism and appeared to have just as much fun as we did.”

Jimmy and Stella Latteri

“It was a pleasure to work with you – I know that both Dan and I were very, very pleased with your work and your professionalism!!  If ever I hear of any of my friends getting married, I will be sure to pass along your name and website.

Thanks again!”

Liz and Dan Waibel

“I wanted to write to let you know I appreciate your hard work and dedication on Lance and my wedding day.

I understand it must be extremely difficult dealing with so many people and all of their attitudes.

You did an amazing job and I cannot thank you enough!

Thank you again!!

You are the best!!”

Jenna and Lance Jemison

“Thank you so much for making our special day even more special by being our photographer!
We loved ALL of our photos and had a hard time choosing our favorites because they were all so amazing. You were so much fun to work with and made the time we took taking our pictures a wonderful memory to add to our amazing day.
I would recommend Rafael Photography to anyone I know looking for a photographer.
Thank you Rafael!”
Wade and Jennifer McGinnis

 We have used Rafael Photography for three years for our  pictures and cannot speak highly enough of Rafael and his photography. In addition to Rafael’s photographic skills, he has a personality that adds to the enjoyment of having our pictures taken. He is able get us smiling and laughing almost instantaneously.

The happiness is not forced, but just happy faces through what he says and does. Perhaps our biggest dilemma is deciding which of the family pictures will be used. Of course, these are good problems…”this one, that one or what about that one?” 

In this day of technology, there are many sources for getting pictures. But in our working with Rafael, which we will continue to do for many years to come, we end up with beautiful photographs of our family and something that we will cherish for years to come. 


The Greenblatt Family


“I just wanted to say. . . “WOW”!”

Tracy Biggs