Seal Beach Family Portraits

Seal Beach is an excellent location for family portraits in Orange County. I suggest the Pier and Main St. area for families that want images with an old town beach feel. Additionally, Seal Beach is a great spot for a family outing. See all 10 of our favorite portrait locations in the OC.

There are many options to grab a bite to eat after your photos on Main st, walk the historic pier, or just spend time relaxing on the sand. Not only do we know the best spots for photos we can help you get the best results out of your children.

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Seal Beach Is Great For Photos

I like to start sessions at the Red Train Car, then walk the family down Main St. stopping at select spots. We finish the session on the sand at the pier.  One of the best things about Seal Beach is the lack of crowds and easy parking.  But it is a good idea to bring hair spray as it tends to be windy almost every afternoon.

  • Families choose Seal Beach for its sandy beaches
  • Iconic wooden pier
  • The town's Main St.
  • Historic Red Train Car

About Seal Beach

Location: Seal Beach Pier in Northern Orange County.

Parking: There are two parking locations in Seal Beach depending on what type of session you would like.

  1. Full Session Red Car Museum is located at: 800-840 Electric Ave, Seal Beach, CA 90740
  2. Beach ONLY Seal Beach Pier Parking lot is located at 60 10th St, Seal Beach, CA 90740.  The lot is metered, but there is plentiful free street parking nearby.

Restrooms: Yes.  Located under the pier.

Address: 60 10th St, Seal Beach, CA 90740

Best time of day for photography: Late afternoon, when the sun is low and the light is golden. The best sunsets in Orange County are in the Winter from December-February.

About This Portrait Session

The Bailey's had not had a professional family portrait since their boys were 2 and 5 years old.  Kendra had expressed that her boys, including dad, were not very excited about family portraits at the beach.

The Planning Process

We started the planning process with our complimentary style guide that Kendra found useful to plan their outfits. At the start of their portrait session, Ilana and I were surprised to hear the Baileys had never been to downtown Seal Beach, despite living less than 10 miles away. Kendra kept saying how she had not realized how cool the old Main Street was.

The Results

Together, our plan was to create a colorful portrait of the family for their living room. Shortly after their session Kendra texted to tell me her boys had fun and said they would do it again, and they are looking forward to getting back to Seal Beach to explore the area as a family.

Family Portrait Samples in Seal Beach

Bottom Line

When considering your family photos keep Seal Beach in mind. This is a great location for portraits. It offers a variety of backgrounds that range from vintage train cars to stunning beach views.  I highly recommend Seal Beach for your next portrait session.

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