Family photos at Quail Hill Trailhead, Orange County, California

About the location: Quail Hill Trailhead, Orange County, California

Quail Hill Trailhead provides a great location to connect as a family. The trailhead is an easy two-mile trail at the foot of Quail Hill. There is minimal elevation gain on the hike and the views are fabulous on clear days. The Quail Hill Loop is also well maintained and is easy to follow. It is also a great place to shoot if you want to bring along your family dog, as Quail Hill allows dogs on leashes. For these reasons, it is a popular location for family photoshoots. It is open to the public from dawn until dusk. You should note that the scenery at Quail Hill will vary based on the time of year. After rain the fields are likely to be green but with little to no rain the fields are more golden in color.

Sweet family photo session in the dry hills of Quail Hill Trailhead

My family and this sweet family moved to Orange County around the same time. We connected online through a group for mamas who have babies born in 2018 and it seemed like fate as our geographic pasts have some striking similarities: I was born in Seattle and just moved from a 5.5 year stint in New York City. The parents in this family grew up in New York City and just moved to OC from a stint in Seattle. When I learned this, I knew we had to meet up in person when we both arrived in Orange County. But life with young kiddos means arranging a meet up isn’t as easy as it once was. We tried to arrange a few playdates but things always seemed to get in the way. We actually had an easier time arranging this photoshoot than we did our first playdate. But something tells me I’m going to be seeing more of this dynamic threesome, and I cannot wait!

If you’re interested in seeing another session of a sweet family of three, check out this family photo session at Top of the World Laguna Beach.

I hope you’ve enjoyed viewing this fun family photo session. Krystil McDowall is an Orange County family photographer, specializing in photography for families of all shapes and sizes, which includes couplesexpecting parents, newborns, toddlers, kiddos, even bigger kiddos and, of course, any fur babies that schlep with the family. If you're interested in viewing more of my work, check out my portfolio or contact me so we can discuss documenting some memories together.

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