de Soto Photography

Orange County Family and Lifestyle Photographers

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My name is Kristin de Soto and I was born and raised a Southern California girl. I am a licensed chemical engineer and have been an environmental consultant for the last 20 years.


My interest in photography came late, as my first passions in the visual arts were videography and ceramics. It was not until my husband bought a camera that I began to take photography seriously. It wasn't long after that I became obsessed with this art form.  I have always felt that the only way to truly tell a story was through video, but photography has taught me that some of the best stories can be told with a single picture.

​My name is Donovan de Soto and I am just a regular dad and husband in Southern California. I am originally from the San Francisco Bay area but moved down to Southern California for my first career as a video game producer. I changed careers in 2006, and now manage a coffee shop in Orange County.

Photography was definitely not in my plan as a career path, but it found me. Like any other first-time dad, I got a new camera and started taking pictures of my kids. As time went on, I found that I had a knack for photographing children. Family and friends started to notice my work. As my passion for photography increased, so did my list of clients. My venture into the world of photography grew organically and, to me, almost imperceptibly. At a certain point, it felt like a natural progression to transition from amateur to professional photography.

From my first career in video games, I have brought a love of storytelling to my photography. When I photograph a child, I am drawn, if only for a moment, into their world.