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Top 4 Engagement Photo Locations in Orange County

So you’re looking for beautiful engagement photo locations?! You’re in the right place! I’m so happy to share my top 4 engagement photo locations in Orange County with you! 

Before we jump in, a BIG congratulations are in order!!! If you’ve landed here, chances are you’re newly engaged!!! This is such an exciting time in your life and documenting these memories for couples is my favorite thing to do. Whenever I’m contacted by a newly engaged couple I literally happy dance knowing that I get the opportunity to create memories for this couple during such an exciting time in their lives. 

Here are a few things to consider before selecting your engagement photo location and to help you prepare ahead of time

#1: You can pull memories or traditions into your photos AT the location of your choice. Do you have a weekly pizza night?! Grab your favorite pizza to go and bring it to the session with a cozy blanket and we can incorporate it into your photos. Don’t hesitate to personalize your photos. I love to capture traditions near and dear to the couples I work with. 

#2: Think about the time of year and time of the week that you want to have your engagement session. I try to avoid beach locations during the height of summer. I usually recommend having engagement sessions during the week to avoid the crowds of people. For beach sessions, I usually begin an hour before sunset and for inland locations, I like to begin 1-2 hours before sunset. 

#3: If your photographer doesn’t provide it ahead of time, make sure to ask them if they cover and coordinate any required permits for the location of your choice, recommended areas to park, and the cost of parking. 

#4: Get ready to laugh and begin writing the next chapter of your love story together!

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Now let’s get down to the good stuff. Here are my top 4 Engagement Photo Session Locations in Orange Country

Treasure Island Beach

This beach is spacious with tons of opportunities to change up the background and visual viewpoints of your photos with the beautiful hidden coves. 

Here are some details about beach operating hours, where you can park, and when your furry friends are allowed to hang out with you at the beach (yet another way to incorporate something special between the two of you into your photos).

Open: Year-round 6:00am to 10:00pm

Parking Info:

There are two paid metered lots. One is off Wesley Drive and the other is adjacent to Montage Resort.

Dog Rules:

  • 9 am – 6 pm between June 15th – September 10th
  • 6 am – 10 pm between September 11th – June 14th
  • Dogs must be on a 6’ or shorter leash at all times

Click HERE for more information about Treasure Island Beach

Shaws Cove

Naturally enclosed, Shaw’s Cove is a beautiful smaller intimate beach with several terrain changes that add beauty and character to multiple scenery options in your photos. 

Here are some details about beach operating hours, how to find parking, and when your furry friends are allowed to hang out with you at the beach.

Open: Year round 6:00am to 10:00pm

Parking: Limited Parking, and no parking in the surrounding neighborhoods. You can find metered parking close the beach along the Pacific Coast Highway

Dog Rules:

  • 9 am – 6 pm between June 15th – September 10th
  • 6 am – 10 pm between September 11th – June 14th
  • Dogs must be on a 6’ or shorter leash at all times

Click HERE for more information about Shaws Cove

Victoria Beach

Known as one of the most famous beaches in the area, Victoria Beach has all of the expected beach aesthetics plus unexpected scenery for your photos. Looking to add some fairy tail feels to your engagement session, Victoria Beach has a beautiful old pirate tower which many of my clients have loved about this particular location.

Here are some details about beach operating hours, how to find parking and when your furry friends are allowed to hang out with you at the beach.

Open: Year-round 6:00am to 10:00pm

Parking: 

  • Free and Metered parking can be found along Pacific Coast Highway around Nyes Place signal
  • Free parking is in the surrounding neighborhood so please be mindful 
  • Metered parking can also be found along Pacific Coast Highway near the Montage Resort

Dog Rules:

  • 9 am – 6 pm between June 15th – September 10th
  • 6 am – 10 pm between September 11th – June 14th
  • Dogs must be on a 6’ or shorter leash at all times

Click HERE for more information about Victoria Beach

Downtown San Juan Capistrano

If you’re looking for something away from the water with the ability to provide multiple scary options this is perfect for you! Downtown San Juan Capistrano provides floral, industrial, boho, and dessert cactus vibes to your love story.

Click HERE for more information about Downtown San Juan Capistrano

Looking for more engagement photo inspiration? Check these out: Huntington Beach Engagement Session with Michelle and Chris, Playful Engagement Session at Victoria Beach in Laguna, San Clemente Beach Engagement with Mackenzie and Mike.

Interested in working together to create some once-in-a-lifetime memories? Click here so we can connect!

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