Orange County has a number of great locations for shooting engagement shots; the San Juan Capistrano Mission is one of the best.
San Juan Capistrano in Orange County has a number of great locations in which to shoot engagement sessions. The Mission is one of the best. I hope to share some tips to help professional photographers who are at this location for the first time.
In the drive way of the Mission you will see some beautiful flowers. Make sure to take advantage of this when shooting your couple. You will see there are a number of great ways to take advantage of this floral garden.
Look for the deep window sills that are deep enough for a person to sit within. Yep you guessed it, have the future bride sit inside and dangle her feet over the edge. The future groom you can put against the wall looking at the future bride. Later in Photoshop, to get a real old style look, turn these shots black and white or sepia.
There are some old bells that are held up by a wood beam. A cement “tower” is holds the beams the up. There is a brick walkway surrounding the tower. By the walkway there is a ledge on which the couple can sit. Have the couple sit on this ledge (looking at each other, kissing, etc). Step back far enough that you can get the couple, the walkway and the bells in the shot.
The court yard contains a small fountain. There is an arched door for entering the courtyard. Pose the couple in front of the fountain. Go back through the door and stand about 12 feet inside the room. You should not see that the doorway makes a perfect frame around the couple. During much of the year flowers hang over the doorway.
Find the overhang that is held up by large columns. This is a great place to start an evening photo shoot when the light is still harsh. Stand at one end of the overhang and have the couple walk towards you. This will give you great lighting, a great background and a terrific casual shot.
There are numerous great Orange County engagement photography locations. The mission in San Juan Capistrano is one of the best.
The Author is a Laguna Beach Wedding Photographer who services all of Orange County. He has created a website that evaluates, from a photographer’s perspective, wedding and portraits sites in and around Orange County. Included cities are Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Temecula, Irvine and Costa Mesa.
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