Photo Tips for Orange County Parents
I created this list of five pictures to take of your kids this September in Orange County because I am often asked about where the inspiration comes from with my personal family photos. If you know me at all, you know that I take pictures of my own children every day and document these in both an online journal and in print. You can see a small fraction of what I take on my Instagram feed. My goal is always to tell my child’s story within the image but sometimes I like to specifically set the scene for a particular shot or storyline. Here are five “scenes” that I plan to set up this year and encourage you to use this list to inspire your own scenes for five pictures to take of your kids this September.
1. Back to School
Number one on my list of five pictures to take of your kids this September in Orange County is “back to school.” My youngest hasn’t started pre-school yet and my three-year-old goes year round so there really isn’t a “first day of school” yet for us. However, I still want to document that my son is going to pre-school, so I improvise! There are so many different ways you can approach this shot but for me, I plan to take the portraits on my front porch each year so that even though the schools may change, my location will be the same to highlight the significant growth in my children from year to year. Alternatively, you can set up the story of the shot to include a sign showing the name of the school they are attending. Here is a big hint for this…..don’t try to capture this shot on an actual school day! And if the first day of school has come and gone, it doesn’t mean you can’t set up and take the shot – even a month after the fact can still mark the milestone effectively.
If your child’s school has a “Back-to-School” night, look for ways you can capture additional parts of the story. For example, at my son’s school, they draw self-portraits annually and that’s a detail I don’t want to forgot.
2. Fall Activities
Football? Soccer? Dance? Band? So many team activities start up again in September and whatever fall activity your child is involved in now is the time to photograph it. We are trying out a multi-sport class to expose our three-year-old to a few different sports this fall and so far it’s been pretty hilarious and I’m glad that I’m capturing memories of it. Try to capture some wide angle shots that really set the scene but also some details such as facial concentration, putting on ballet slippers, etc.
Fall also means it’s time for pumpkin patches! I like to purchase my pumpkins in October but I will hit up at least one pumpkin patch for the photo opportunities in September before the crowds get too crazy. This year I’ll be heading to Irvine Park Railroad as well as to Tanaka Farms. Fall activities are the number 2 item on my list of five pictures to take of your kids this September in Orange County.
3. Tourist Spots
Number three on my list of five pictures to take of your kids this September in Orange County is “tourist spots.” September is a GREAT month to do some touristy stuff if you can. With the crowds much lighter and the weather still nice it is a great time to capture some fun moments doing some of the unique Orange County attractions. I love going to Disneyland and California Adventure this time of year. Both parks are full of fun photo opportunities. If you don’t want to take your own pictures (or want to get in the frame too) I recommend the new MAX pass which comes with a photo pass for the day so you get all of the images taken by the Disney cast members directly to an app on your phone.
Another great tourist spot in September is the beach. Great opportunities for photos without so many people in the background. If you go early enough you can easily find spots where you have the whole beach to yourself. The scale of the ocean against a small child is one of my favorite juxtapositions in photography and September is the perfect time to take this type of image of your child.
4. LA County Fair
Number four on my list of five pictures to take of your kids this September in Orange County is “LA County Fair.” If you missed the Orange County Fair this summer you still have time to take those super fun fair pictures of your kids by hitting up the LA County Fair in Pomona. Carnival rides, fair food, cotton candy, the animals….all are wonderful opportunities for some fun storytelling images of your kids.
Some of the special events this year include a Floral Fairyland, a children’s literature themed exhibit, an ice-skating rink, and Rail Giants Historical Trains. There are countless opportunities for fun photos here!
The fair only goes through September 24th and is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
5. At Home
While it is fun to go out and take pictures doing interesting activities outside the home, you should also try to make an intentional effort to capture your children doing whatever it is that they currently love to do at home. Maybe they ride their scooter through the house, or they don’t ever let go of their lovie. Perhaps they are big on jumping on the bed or maybe they prefer a quiet corner to read books or color. Whatever they are currently doing, chances are in a month or two they’ll be into something else so catch the memory while you can. Think about the quirks or antics of your child that make you laugh and try to capture that. Think about the sweet things they say or do and see if you can find a way to preserve that as well. Think about the connections they have…with parents, grandparents, siblings, pets, friends…all of these things are worth trying to take a photograph of during the month of September. The final item on my list of five pictures to take of your kids this September in Orange County is “at home.”
I hope you enjoyed my list of five pictures to take of your kids this September in Orange County! I would love to see what you come up with this month, so feel free to shoot me an email or you can tag me @crowsnestphotos on Instagram or @photosbycrowsnest on Facebook.
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K.C. Crow of Crow’s Nest Photography is an award winning and featured photographer based in Orange County, California. She is one of the few photographers in the greater Orange County area that offers beautiful lifestyle portraits with a little added magic. Her most favorite things to shoot are newborn and child lifestyle portraits with dramatic light and soft warm processing. K.C. is an on-location photographer with a preference for natural light serving the beach cities and greater Orange County areas including Laguna Beach, Newport Coast, Sunset Beach, Crystal Cove, San Clemente, Dana Point, Brea, Yorba Linda, Fullerton, Placentia, Anaheim Hills, Anaheim, Orange, Irvine, Tustin, North Tustin, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Corona del Mar, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, and La Habra. Fresh 48 Newborn Sessions are available at most Orange County hospitals and birth centers. For more information about K.C., click here. For pricing information, please visit our investment page. Click here to contact K.C. directly. Thank you so much for stopping by!