Summer is almost upon us and with it come warmer weather and lots of sunshine. Besides the obvious like that the landscape will change, meaning less wildflowers and more tall brown grasses. That also changes the timing for sessions as specific locations as well. As an Orange County Family Photographer, I have to know how the seasons change the backdrops of our favorite locations.
Summer is actually one of my favorite times for family outdoor sessions and I bet you can guess my favorite place. We go there as a family almost everyday, its sun-drenched and everyone is happy there. The beach! Nothing screams summer like a beach sunset session. Summer at the beach also means the sun goes down much later so if you’re interested in a beach sunset session over the summer, plan a late night. The sun goes down close to 9PM so that can be a little rough for little ones. However a sunrise beach session would be perfect for little little kids so the beach isn’t out of the question for you with young kids. My favorite beach is Calafia State Beach in San Clemente or Salt Creek Beach Park in Dana Point. Both wide open beaches with easy access and great cliff backdrops.
My other favorite location for summer photoshoots would be Thomas F Riley Wilderness Park in Coto de Caza. It’s gorgeous with tall brown grasses and rolling hill in the backdrop. This location offers easy parking and a little dirt walk way to some gorgeous places. This location also has some critters 😬 so if you have a tiny person who runs a lot, this may not be the best.
For late spring, my favorite location would just have to be The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano. It offers modern designs, tons of foliage, flowers and strawberry picking. Strawberry picking is my absolute favorite spring time activity. It’s a bit messy though so that would be at the end of our session. This location offers super easy on site parking and very little walking. This is a new location and I cannot wait to shoot a session there.
Orange County Family Photographer
Poppy Lea Photography is a motherhood photographer in Orange County who specializes in maternity, newborn, baby, motherhood sessions and family photography in the Orange County area, including San Clemente, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Niguel, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Mission Viejo and Costa Mesa.
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