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Meet Nathan Worden of Worden Photography in Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nathan Worden.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Nathan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Back in 2008, I decided to follow my passion and take a photo every day of the year. I did it to get better at documenting important moments in my life and the lives of people I cared about. Initially I allowed the project to just be about the enjoyment of documenting fun and joyous moments in life. Almost immediately my family (especially my Grandma!) effusively praised the abundance of fun family memories I was sharing. They loved that I was communicating and distributing the shared stories of our lives. Looking at my photos they said helped them reflect on the good things in life and perpetuate a positive attitude, and add a little more enthusiasm as they looked to the next day.

At the end of 2008, I realized that I completed my photo-of-the-day project without missing a single day. It dawned on me that if I could so naturally complete such a longevously project then this might be something I might want to look into more as a perennial part of my life. Although I still hadn’t started to think about photography as a career yet. I resolved to up the ante by getting a new and better camera and embarking on the project a second time.

Turns out, I was able to take a photo every single day for three years straight, from 2008-2010. Photography became such an integral part of my life that acquaintances that barley knew me would know me as “the photo guy” before I even met them. People would expect that I bring my camera everywhere I went- from cross country runs with friends to lifeguard training class.

Eventually, I started getting people requesting that I come take photos at events- graduation ceremonies, film sets, swim meets. People liked inviting me to things because they knew an alum of photos would likely be produced from my attendance.

I remember being overwhelmed in college because I was spread so thin across so many obligations. I was looking at my calendar trying to figure out how to juggle so many fun things to go to and take photos of when a stranger approached me and asked me to come take photos at a sorority formal. Somewhat crassly and under my breath I told them the only way I could come do photos was if they paid me $50. Without event blinking the stranger said, “oh of course, our budget for photography is $300.” And that was when I realized that I could do something I loved, make something that other people appreciated, and be compensated for it all at the same time.

Today, I am mostly a wedding photographer, but I also do family photos, graduation photos, and engagement shoots. I continue to take photos all the time, and continue to try and get better and better at what I do.

Has it been a smooth road?
Feeling like I was worthy of charging people for taking photos was a big hurdle for me. Even today sometimes I feel guilty for charging people for photos because I enjoy what I do so much. But then when I realize how much time it takes to produce something like a wedding album it is easier to realize that I am charging for both my time and my talents- and those mean a lot to people. I love going over to people’s houses and seeing photos I took at their weddings framed and on walls. What I do lasts a long time and there is real value to that.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Worden Photography – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Worden Photography is a wedding photography company known for bright, sharp, and fun photos bursting with color and positivity. I am proud that I am able to charge well below the mean price for wedding photography in Orange and LA counties and still deliver better photos than photography companies that charge between $5,000 and $10,000 for wedding photography.

I am proud to offer wedding photography services that I would want myself, which include un-watermarked photos, license rights to print and reproduce all images, high-resolution image downloads with no extra fees, online galleries for friends and family to see, and a turn-around time of two weeks or less.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I like that there is an endless amount of diversity- there are different people to meet different places to explore. I am from Oregon originally and I always felt a little trapped there- like there might be nothing existing or new for a very long time. In LA, I feel like every day I can go out and take a picture of a new person and learn something new about life that I could never have imagined myself. I can go to the beach or stand in the shadow of skyscrapers. Different parts of the city make me feel like I can be a different person.

All of this diversity also helps me feel like my photography doesn’t get stagnant. Different people want different things out of photos. They have different styles, or different stories about the important people in their lives. One time I had a couple ask me to take a photo of an ordinary pair of socks. If I hadn’t asked why the socks were important I wouldn’t have learned that Mauna Kea (a dormant volcano on the big island of Hawaii) is the world’s tallest mountain (This is because the Earth does not have the shape of a perfect sphere. Instead its diameter is greatest near the equator, which means Mauna Kea is technically higher (10,000 meters tall) above Earth’s Center than Mount Everest (8,850 meters). The couple had proposed on Mauna Kea and the bride almost said no because the groom’s socks smelled so bad!

What do I like least about our city? Probably the traffic. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to appreciate traffic. Although the opening scene of LA LA Land got pretty close.


  • $1,800 Wedding Photography
  • $350 Engagement Sessions
  • $350 Senior portrait sessions

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