Jackie started-off by saying it was her husband that so loved our work that he asked his wife to hire us – but here was the catch: he wanted the new Orange County CA family portraits to look like Texas, the home they would be moving to this summer.
So, where can I find Texas in Orange County, California, you ask?
Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park in Trabuco Canyon. With big, beautiful rolling hills of native grass that glow like a golden sea as the sun sets behind the western side does have the reminiscence of a Texas ranch. Gnarled trees dot the wide landscape, and provide the much needed canopy of shade in a dry creek-bed.
Branches contort to touch the earth
The day was scorching, and the bugs relentless in the heat of the setting sun. So, we started our family photoshoot with the Bell family in the dry creek-bed where gnarled trees provided a much-needed canopy of shade, making the air at least ten degrees cooler and defused the summer sun into a beautiful light. Some of the trees seemed to have limbs that were too big for their body, and contorted down to earth, creating lovely swooping branches that seem to kiss the ground.
One of my favorite portraits here was of Jackie and her husband, Greg. We had Greg look at his wife, while Jackie looked at the camera, and while Greg gazed onto his beautiful wife he told us how she was as beautiful now as the day they met. How he had fallen in love with her from the moment he saw her. It was a beautiful moment that seemed almost too private to share, but I’m so happy we were able to capture it for generations to come. The light was shining behind them, the leaves creating sparkles around them, and you could see the love that shone in their eyes. I can just imagine the children showing their children the family photo album and retelling that story over and over.
A big sky with crazy clouds
As the shadows grew longer we ventured back out into the open and hiked up a small dirt hill, the dirt creating small clouds as we walked. Up here the sky was big, the clouds wild and beautiful, the moon peaked out occasionally to see the loving family.
After a few family portraits, we sent the parents back down the hill and took some individual portraits of the teenagers. An older brother and sister, they were so polite and chatty – talking of their new Waldorf school in Houston, and what they’ll miss most from their Waldorf School of Orange County. I’m sure these kids will be greatly missed, and I’m sad that it may be a long time before we can photograph this family again.
I hope these images will remind them of their their Southern California home, and ease them into their new life of Texas as they finish High School.
Great Locations for Family Photography in Orange County CA
If you’re looking for a great location for your family portraits, then let us help you. We go scouting for new locations every weekend, and know a lot of great spots that may be just perfect for the portrait artwork you would like of your family. No need for the ‘typical’ family snapshot – make it a magical moment, a work of art. Contact me today to discuss: 949-427-5171
Happy Memories, Rachel.