Photo Session Locations

The best time to schedule your photo session is an hour or so before sunset, the "golden hour" but we can make any time of day work! :) See here for my suggestions on what to wear for a photo session. 

Some locations have an entrance fee, parking fee or specific hours. Depending on the location, we may charge my 55 cents per mile travel fee, which is listed along with each location. If a permit or fee is required to photograph at the location you want, we will contact the appropriate authorities to secure the permit. However, you will be responsible for paying or reimbursing us for the permit fee.

Click any of the links to see pictures and information about each location :)

Nature----------

Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Brea ::: Per car entrance fee of $3 on weekdays, $5 on weekends. Beautiful park! (AND a secret grove of redwoods!)
Huntington Beach Library and Central Park ::: Free to park and enter. Beautiful park with nature center, trails and pond.
Panorama Trail ::: Free to park and enter! Little hidden gem in Fullerton that Tim and I discovered on one of our nightly hikes! Some great trees, but mostly vista overlooking most of north Orange County! Great for a anyone who wants to do a sunset shoot with an amazing view! Park at 2043 Ladera Vista Drive in Fullerton and meet at the bottom where the gravel trail goes up the hill.
Chino Hills State Park ::: Travel Fee: $25. Per car entrance fee of $5. Beautiful park! Dogs allowed!
El Dorado Park, Long Beach ::: Per car entrance fee of $5 on weekdays, $7 on weekends
Clark Regional Park, Buena Park ::: Per car entrance fee of $3 on weekdays, $5 on weekends. Beautiful park, can be free admittance if you park on the street outside the park and walk in. **new location for us
Santiago Oaks Regional Park ::: Per car entrance fee of $3 on weekdays, $5 on weekends. Beautiful park with great hilly views.
Thomas Riley Wilderness Park ::::  Per car entrance fee of $3 on weekdays, $5 on weekends. Travel fee $25. Absolutely stunning. Our absolute favorite for gorgeous light, scenery and large trees.
Hiltscher Park Trail ::: Beautiful trail with old trees and staircases right in the heart of Fullerton!
Neff Park, La Mirada ::: Free to park and enter, historical buildings and barn.
Yorba Regional Park ::: Per car entrance fee of $5 on weekdays, $7 on weekends. 
Heritage Hill Historic Park ::: Travel Fee: $30. Beautiful historical buildings and old school-house. **new location for us
Laguna Canyon Wilderness Park ::: Parking Fee $3 and Travel Fee: $25. Beautiful canyon scenery!
Bolsa Chica Huntington Beach Wetlands/Trails ::: Travel Fee: $15. Fields, Large Eucalyptus trees and cool dry brush.
Crescenta Valley Community Park, La Crescenta/Glendale ::: Travel Fee: $40. Large oak trees next to large hillsides. Simply gorgeous!
Irvive Ranch Regional Park ::: Per car entrance fee of $3 on weekdays, $5 on weekends. Park is in Orange, lovely location with a lot of big, beautiful trees.
O'Neill Regional Park ::: Travel/Entrance Fee: $35. Trabuco Canyon has beautiful fields and tall, old oak trees.
San Juan Capistrano Mission ::: Combination of nature and old architecture! Permit fee is $80 per hour, travel fee is $35. A favorite session we did there and at the below location!
San Juan Capistrano Open Space ::: Travel Fee: $35. Free to park and use! Old tractor, fences and orange groves.
Caspers Wilderness Park ::: Travel/Entrance Fee: $35. Caspers Wilderness Park is an 8,000 acre protected wilderness preserve nestled among the river terraces and sandstone canyons of the western coastal Santa Ana Mountains. Our all time fave! Sadly dogs are not allowed.
San Dimas Canyon Nature Center ::: Travel Fee: $33. Hopefully the name says it all, beautiful canyon scenery! 
Heritage Park, Santa Fe Springs ::: GORGEOUS park with historical buildings, greenhouse, train cars, and manicured gardens. Permit is required ($150 per hour) contact heritagepark@santafesprings.org.
Heritage Park, Fountain Valley ::: Historical buildings, gazebo and park adjacent to the library **new location for us
Trump Golf Course :::: This location is a combination of nature with a park and a trail leading down the cliffs to the rocky beaches of Palos Verdes. Permit is required, price TBD.
Chantry Flats Trails :::: Travel Fee $30, beautiful scenery with a hike to waterfall!
Cedar Grove Park :::: No parking or travel fee, beautiful cedar grove in the park!


Our favorite nature location: Caspers Wilderness Park
Urban----------

The Orange Circle ::: Free to park and enter, various different places to meet and photograph including fountain, alleys, building exteriors and antique malls.
Anaheim Packing House ::: Really neat space formally an orange packing warehouse with restaurants in Anaheim All professional photography, whether for personal or commercial use requires a signed agreement along with a fee. For more information on Anaheim Packing District: Email: grace@anaheimpackingdistrict.com
Downtown Fullerton ::: Free to park and enter, various different places to meet and photograph including train station, alleys and building exteriors.
The Lab or The Camp ::: Free to park and enter, permit is required.
Pomona College ::: Travel Fee: $33. Various different places to meet and photograph including parks and building exteriors, permit required.
LACMA ::: Travel Fee: $25. Fun, modern exteriors. 
Almost Studio & Gallery ::: Looking for something unique? Check out Almost Studio & Gallery for an indoor/outdoor space available for rent $50 an hour! A crazy good deal :D. Travel fee of $20.
The LA River ::: Entrance via El Dorado Park, Long Beach which has a per car entrance fee of $5 on weekdays, $7 on weekends.
Walt Disney Concert Hall ::: Travel Fee: $25. Metered or lot parking, pricing varies. Amazing building exterior, permit may be required. **new location for us
Pasadena City Hall ::: Travel Fee: $35. Beautiful building, photography permit no longer required! Weekdays are better as weekends are packed with other shoots. Still always a great place to shoot!
Griffith Observatory ::: Travel Fee: $35. Entrance and parking is free, typically we do early morning sessions here.
Venice Beach ::: Travel Fee $25 Fun, modern exteriors and murals.
Concrete Studios LA ::: No travel fee since they have a per hour rental fee for each studio, but they are very reasonable from $35-70 per hour, a great deal! They have several studios and each is unique and fun for something different! :) And they have a rooftop space with views of DTLA!
LA Rooftop ::: Travel Fee $25. Parking Structure for the Grand Central Market, which is also a fun place to take photos
Arts District, LA ::: Travel Fee $25, Can be combined with the location above for some fun, urban, colorful photos!


LA Parking Structure Rooftop


Beach----------

(If you are thinking of a beach location, please read our post on beach lighting)
Also note: All beach sessions now require a permit. Laguna Beach permits are $100 for 2 hours and Newport Beach/Corona Del Mar is $63. Calafia State Beach is $150.

Crystal Cove, Newport Beach ::: Permit Fee: $63. $15 per vehicle entrance fee, a bit of a steep walk down to beach but so lovely.
Little Corona Del Mar ::: Permit Fee: $63. Lovely rocky beach!
Palos Verdes Cove ::: Travel Fee $25. Meet at the parking lot listed in the address but don't park there! Park at a neighborhood nearby since the parking lot closes at 4pm year round and only takes $5 cash. Beautiful cliffs, coves and rocky/sandy beaches :)
Laguna Beach :::: Permit Fee: $100. Three different beach locations are my favorite: Treasure Island Beach, Table Shaws Cove and Victoria Beach.
Calafia State Beach ::: Travel, $25 Parking $5, Beautiful cliffs, coves and rocky/sandy beaches :) Photo permit information here.
Founders Park & Rancho Palos Verdes Beach at Trump Golf Course :::: Travel Fee $25. Park at the public parking lot adjacent to the golf course, and make sure that if stopped we say that we are friends and this is not a professional session or else there will be hefty permit fees. This location is a combination of nature with a park and a trail leading down the cliffs to the rocky beaches of Palos Verdes!

Golden hour in Newport Beach

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