The Day We Owned the Streets of Orange | Orange County Lifestyle Photographer
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.
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.
We could never have dreamed what met us that fateful morning when we arrived.
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.
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?
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.
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?