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Summer Snaps! The Best Photo Spots in Orange County

Level up your Instagram game this summer by taking photos at the most photogenic spots in Orange County.

If you’re seeking summer photography spots, Orange County is a must-visit destination. Its breathtaking mountains and picturesque beaches offer numerous Instagram worthy locations. Whether you’re capturing the sunset at Victoria Beach’s iconic Pirate Tower or taking a stroll through Newport’s scenic Castaway Park, OC has plenty to offer.

Pirate Tower on Victoria Beach, Laguna Beach

For a unique photo opportunity combining beach scenery and a historic landmark, visit the famous Pirate Tower on Victoria Beach in Laguna. Built in 1926, this picturesque castle provides a charming backdrop for your summer photos, perfect for your Instagram feed. Adjacent to the castle, you’ll find a hidden tide pool, adding to the scenic beauty. 

(Courtesy of @adventurousalicia on Instagram)
The Camp, Costa Mesa

The Camp is located at 2937 Bristol St. in Costa Mesa. It offers a range of photo opportunities due to its distinctive and visually striking design. The architecture features a blend of modern and rustic elements, with many natural materials like wood and stone, lush greenery and inviting outdoor seating areas. This creates a charming and picturesque setting that’s perfect for capturing both candid moments and carefully composed shots. The focus on sustainability at The Camp adds depth to photos. Stores and restaurants use recycled materials and eco-conscious designs, creating a visually appealing backdrop that promotes environmental responsibility.

(Courtesy of @hello.mica on Instagram)
The LAB Anti-Mall, Costa Mesa

The LAB’s architecture is unconventional, with industrial-style buildings, creative signage, and design elements that add character to photos and set the scene for creative compositions. Its urban, anti-mall concept creates a trendy and edgy backdrop for photos. The mix of street art, shops, and hipster culture adds a cool element to photography. The open-air layout allows plenty of natural light to filter through, enhancing colors and textures, making photos look vibrant and dynamic. Additionally, The LAB features a distinctive CD wall and Coachella-like architecture, adding to its eclectic charm and providing even more photo opportunities.

(Mila Villanueva)
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton

The arboretum boasts diverse gardens, each with unique plants and designs, offering abundant photo opportunities from vibrant flower beds to verdant landscapes. Its open spaces and natural light make it perfect for photography, whether you prefer soft or bold lighting. Additionally, the arboretum is home to various wildlife species like birds and butterflies, providing chances for stunning wildlife photography.

(Mila Villanueva)
Anaheim Packing District, Anaheim

The packing house itself is a beautifully renovated 1925 Mission Revival style building that provides a charming backdrop for photos. The Packing District is home to a variety of gourmet eateries, cafes, and bars, each with its own atmosphere and style. This location features outdoor patios, courtyards, and gardens that are perfect for all dining and photo opportunities. The Packing District showcases local artists and musicians, with live performances and art installations adding to the vibrant ambiance. 

(Mila Villanueva)

Taken from the Summer 2024 print issue of Inside Fullerton. Read it here.

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Mila Villanueva
Mila Villanueva, Staff Writer
Mila is an interior design major. If she’s not busy with schoolwork, she enjoys going to music festivals and manifesting her dream life. She hopes to one day create her own interior design business with a side of real estate.

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