Secret Garden (Orange County Family Photographer)

I have been on the hunt for some new photo locations. And by “on the hunt,” I mean “driving for hours on end cursing every lawn mower ever made.”

I’ve wanted a “wild” field. With flowers. And tall grass. And color. And Tinkerbell’s relatives flitting to and fro.

But they are hard to come by in Orange County. Lots of beautiful parks; few un-mowed fields.

So, lucky me, when I made an off-the-beaten-path pit-stop, and looked across the street and saw it. And almost peed. (With excitement, of course.)

My magical field.

It was real.

And pretty.

And not in Texas.

And I started singing, “The hills are aliiiiive, with the sound of muuuuuusic…” (*music, being my camera shutter clicking)

So when Matt came home, I literally flew out the door with Jake, Grace, and a chair. We had 30 minutes. The sun was bailing, and I had to get to get to the field and throw my kids to the wild field beetles in the name of art.

We arrived. And we had fun. And we laughed. And I shot. And marveled, not just at the beauty of the deep purple blooms, but at the beauty of my kids. And how they love looking for ladybugs, making one another laugh, and how they sat and smiled and turned just so for me. Like they knew that mom needed this.

I did.

Are those my kids … touching each other … ON PURPOSE?!??

I miss my baby in this one, so we are definitely going back …

I didn’t get as many of Jake as I would have liked. You see … there was the vicious rabid fanged beetle. And Jake does not like thing that crawl … (Yes, I will have to delete this when he is old enough to find my blog…)

And then I shot this, and knew it was time to go.

Anna - April 21, 2016 - 9:28 am

I am absolutely in love with these photos! You are amazing photographer! I’m looking for a place to do my maternity shoot as a surprise for my husband who is currently in the Navy and stationed overseas. Would you please share where this location is? Thanks you!!

Nancy Wu - May 18, 2016 - 10:02 pm

Hi! My friends and I are trying to find a place to take senior prom pictures and this place would be perfect! Would it be possible for you to share the location? Thank you so much!

Ari - July 5, 2016 - 4:45 pm

Stunning! Golden hour at it’s best! I would love to take some pictures of my daughter here! I didn’t know places like this exist in the OC. Would you mind sharing the location??

Jenna - July 31, 2016 - 1:03 am

Lovely location and even lovelier children!
Please, do share the location. I really would love to take my daughter here for few frames!

Jesse - November 3, 2016 - 11:27 am

Hi, I LOVE THIS! I know you drove so hard to find this location, but do you mind sharing location? <3 thank you!

Sara - February 3, 2017 - 4:08 pm

Could you share location I would love to go sit an paint this beautiful landscape

BRANDY SUE SHELTON - December 7, 2017 - 9:17 am

Location please. Doing family photos this weekend.

Carlos Herrera - July 9, 2019 - 1:27 pm


My name is Carlos Herrera. So nice to meet you! I am a student filmmaker and I am looking a flower field to shoot my thesis. I know it’s a big favor but would you mind sharing where is this beautiful field located in Orange County?

Thank you so much for your time.

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