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OC's Best Spots For Family Photos

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An added bonus to a city with glorious parks, views, beaches and attractions is there is a wealth of worthwhile photo opportunities. If you're coming to or traveling about Orange County with your family, bring your camera. Find a fantastic family photo backdrop at these phenomenal Orange County locations.

Disneyland with the kids (credit: Christopher Schmidt)

Disneyland Resort
1313 S. Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92123
(714) 781-4000

Disneyland Resort is a national treasure, an American institution and the most photographed site this side of the Eiffel Tower. You live in or are visiting Orange County for specific, indisputable reasons. Year-round incredible weather is one of them. Disneyland is the other. Immortalize your family with pictures in front of the floral Mickey mural and Sleeping Beauty's Castle. Find and adopt your favorite character. Beautiful, memorable photo ops are yours to be had all about the resort.

View of Balboa  Peninsula in Newport Bea
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Newport Beach
100 Civic Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 644-3309

Glorious coastal vistas would be redundant in Orange County if they weren't so impressive. Standing on a beautiful beach virtually guarantees an eye-catching family photo. Newport Beach presents a shining example of the best scenery the area and some of the best the world has to offer. Tour the area, behold and photograph the splendor of Balboa Island, Corona Del Mar, Bayside Park and Spyglass Hill. From cliffs to canyons to the harbor, frame your family with the magnificence that is Newport Beach.

Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano
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Mission San Juan Capistrano
32400 Paseo Adelanto
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 493-1171

This extraordinarily preserved, authentic, historic landmark is rich in history and inspiring postcard perspective. The mission property is sprawling with early California culture and acres of eye-catching, bougainvillaea-adorned adobe. Work the church and chapel, grounds and gardens into a photographic family memory as you glean insight into the area's colorful history. The surrounding square blocks of the sylvan San Juan Capistrano city further invite you to stay a while, stroll and pose.

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Irvine Regional Park is a great backdrop. (credit: Christopher Schmidt)

Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 973-6835

Someone you know has either gotten married or had their wedding photographs taken in Irvine Regional Park, or both. The area is a vast topographic map of head-turning beauty. The park includes rolling tree-touched hills, flower fields, lawns and running and standing water within 475 acres that are glorious to explore as well as stand in front of and snap a picture.

Dana Point Headlands Flickr user Trader Chris
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Dana Point
33282 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 248-3500

If you have ever been to Dana Point, you already know how beautiful it is. If you are visiting for the first time, bring your loved ones, your digital camera and loads of free memory. The parks, the harbor and, of course, the point itself are where enviable holiday cards and wall hangings are born. The in-laws in Rochester will roll over in their snowsuits when they see you basking on a manicured beach on another perfect California day.

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Christopher Schmidt is a freelance writer experiencing and espousing the glory that is Orange County. Driven to travel, drawn to sports, spirits and celebrity, Chris' work can be found on

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