If you are looking for the perfect photography location for your next portrait session, then look no further! Below is a list (with pictures!) of our personal favorite places for photoshoots this 2021. They are in no particular order and some of them will be just outside of orange county, but they're worth the drive!
Some locations require a permit and advance notice. Find out more about photography permits in the Orange county area.
CRESCENT BAY BEACH
Crescent Bay is a large cove about ¼ mile in length. It is located where Cliff Drive intercepts North Coast Highway. The beach is a sandy stretch with rocky areas at the north and south ends. Off the north point there is a large rock about 120 yards offshore called Seal Rock because of the seals and sea lions that take refuge there. Note: Rocks may be closed on both north and south end due to high tide and/or large or dangerous surf conditions, making tide pools inaccessible.
VICTORIA BEACH: The Pirate Tower of Laguna
Laguna Beach is one of the most popular areas in all of Orange County, thanks in part to the TV show of the same name; however, Victoria Beach still feels like a hidden gem. That is most likely because the parking is incredibly difficult. Still, if you are willing to wait for a spot, you will be rewarded with one of Southern California’s best beaches, not to mention the place with the famous medieval/pirate tower.
LITTLE CORONA DEL MAR BEACH in Newport Beach, California
Little Corona Del Mar Beach is a popular small beach at the end of a ravine called Buck Gully in the Newport Beach neighborhood of Corona Del Mar. This is a rocky cove that draws snorkelers and scuba divers and tide pool aficionados. Bring sturdy shoes to explore the rocks and tide pools south of the sandy beach. Arch Rock is visible offshore to the south. You can walk the uneven shoreline to near the rock and continue further south to a sandy hidden public beach
CAMEO SHORES BEACH in Newport Beach, California
Cameo Shores Beach is a sandy beach below the Cameo Shores community in Newport Beach, CA. Getting to this beach requires a walk along a rocky shoreline from Little Corona Del Mar Beach (bring sturdy shoes). The direct access routes to the beach are locked off and only the Cameo Shores residents have keys. Since most of this beach is wet at high tide, it is a public beach. The best time to visit is when the tide is out and colorful tide pools are exposed. On your walk to Cameo Shores Beach from Little Corona you will pass by Arch Rock which is a good spot for watching birds.
Park in the Moro day use lot, just below the campground and walk through a short tunnel to this easily accessible beach which stretches from Abalone Point north towards Muddy Creek. Moro beach is popular with day-use visitors, bodyboarders, stand-up paddleboarders, surf fisherman and kayakers.
Historic District CRYSTAL COVE
This parking lot is available for access to the Historic District. There is a tunnel under Pacific Coast Highway to view the Crystal Cove Cottage, as well as a pedestrian crosswalk at the Los Trancos signal light.