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The Day We Owned the Streets of Orange | Orange County Lifestyle Photographer

Lisa Hu Chen orange county family photographer | family hugging and standing in the middle of the crosswalk on Chapman Avenue in Old Town Orange

When my client asked for his family photoshoot to have a genuinely old-school, vintage feeling, Old Town Orange came immediately to mind. Its brick-lined alleyways and antique storefronts would be the perfect setting for his stylish family to strut their stuff.

Lisa Hu Chen orange county family photographer | family laughing in the alleyway off Chapman Avenue in Old Town Orange
Lisa Hu Chen orange county family photographer | family laughing in the alleyway off Chapman Avenue in Old Town Orange

So with great excitement, we headed to Orange at the break of dawn hoping to avoid the hustle and bustle that civilization usually brings by mid-morning.  

Lisa Hu Chen orange county family photographer | couple standing in the doorway in the alley off Chapman Avenue in Old Town Orange
Lisa Hu Chen orange county family photographer | young boy wearing a tie standing in the alleyway off Chapman Avenue in Old Town Orange
Lisa Hu Chen orange county family photographer | stylish family walking in Old Town Orange

We could never have dreamed what met us that fateful morning when we arrived.

Lisa Hu Chen orange county family photographer | family walking across Chapman Avenue in Old Town Orange
Lisa Hu Chen orange county family photographer | stylish couple dancing in the middle of Chapman Avenue in Old Town Orange
Lisa Hu Chen orange county family photographer | family dancing in the middle of Chapman Avenue in Old Town Orange
Lisa Hu Chen orange county family photographer | family laughing and hugging in the middle of Chapman Avenue in Old Town Orange

No traffic. No cars. No noise whatsoever.

It was as if we’d awoken from the Night of the Comet and all life had been erased from Earth. Or, at least from Old Town Orange.

Lisa Hu Chen orange county family photographer | father and son looking at each other leaning against a building in Old Town Orange
Lisa Hu Chen | three generations of grandma, mom and young girl hugging and smiling in front of an ivy wall in Old Town Orange
Lisa Hu Chen orange county family photographer | father and son hugging each other leaning against a building in Old Town Orange
Lisa Hu Chen orange county family photographer | family holding hands looking at each other walking in front of the Army-Navy Store in Old Town Orange

But, this was the rarest of gifts. Who wouldn’t want to take portraits of a family as they wandered gleefully across and along cordoned off streets lined with holiday spirit without a spirit in sight?

Lisa Hu Chen | family walking in the middle of the street at the Circle in Old Town Orange
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Lisa Hu Chen orange county family photographer | couple hugging and sitting on the curb in Old Town Orange
Lisa Hu Chen orange county family photographer | woman looking down drenched in sunlight in Old Town Orange

As if we had been gifted a Hollywood production-quality lot for our exclusive use, my clients posed, jumped, danced, and were the purest versions of themselves. They were uninterrupted and uninhibited by the usual shackles of propriety and decorum – after all, there was no one to avoid, no strange reactions or judgments from strangers for a goofy face, a jump in the air, or a group laugh. In fact, the few souls who were also on the streets were taking advantage of its emptiness just like us, including a bulldog who kept creeping into our background, and two firefighters who chimed in and directed us to the other side where the buildings were apparently more picturesque.

Lisa Hu Chen orange county family photographer | family standing on the sidewalk off Chapman Avenue in Old Town Orange
Lisa Hu Chen orange county family photographer | grandma standing and smiling in the streets of Old Town Orange
Lisa Hu Chen | man in glasses bathed in sunlight smiles while standing in the middle of the street in Old Town Orange
Lisa Hu Chen orange county family photographer | family walking down the empty street in Old Town Orange
Lisa Hu Chen | grandma and her grandkids laughing, holding hands, and walking down the sidewalk in Old Town Orange
Lisa Hu Chen | family holding hands and walking in the middle of the street at the Circle in Old Town Orange

It was an extraordinary session to say the least. And if you’re wondering why the streets were closed off that morning, it was because they were setting up for the tree lighting ceremony scheduled for that night. 

Anyone know the date for next year’s? 

Lisa Hu Chen | mom holding her daughter while standing in the middle of the street in Old Town Orange
Lisa Hu Chen | mom and her son standing on the stairs next to a green door in Old Town Orange
Lisa Hu Chen | dad holding smiling young girl while standing in the alleyway in Old Town Orange
Lisa Hu Chen | young girl smiling while standing in front of a brick wall in Old Town Orange
Lisa Hu Chen | young boy smiling and running in front of a brick wall in Old Town Orange
Lisa Hu Chen | family hugging and smiling in the middle of the crosswalk on Chapman Avenue in Old Town Orange