Name: Nate Torres
Location: Fountain Valley
Services: Portraits & Headshots
Settings: On-Location or In-Studio
Find Me Online: YouTube Channel
Fountain Valley Photographer
Why Shoot Portrait Photography in Fountain Valley, California?
Wikipedia calls Fountain Valley, California a “classic commuter town”, which seems to downplay what the area has to offer in the way of portrait photography. While many people may live here as a more cost-effective means to commute into the greater Los Angeles and Orange County areas, there’s still plenty of perspectives to discover that will aid in your quest for a great portrait location.
What Fountain Valley, California might lack can be quickly found nearby thanks to its central location to the rest of Orange County. For one, Huntington Beach is a mere hop, skip, and jump away. Yet, there’s plenty of serenity to be found in what is essentially a quiet and quaint upper-middle-class town in Orange County.
What You Can Wear for Portraits in Fountain Valley, California?
We can certainly discuss any wardrobe ideas or concerns you have before we execute a portrait session. I typically recommend something clean and not too attention-grabbing—I like to focus on my subject and their surroundings the most.
However, rules are meant to be broken, so let me know what your ideas are and we’ll discuss a plan of action.
What you wear can be an afterthought or the main focus. If you’re struggling with how much attention to give your clothing, then just let me know and I’ll offer my guidance!
Best Spots Near Fountain Valley, California for Portrait Photography
Fountain Valley is full of nondescript spots that hide within them something distinct or beautiful. While it may not be a shining jewel, like some of the coastal towns found in Orange County, there’s a quiet charm to Fountain Valley if you know where to find it.
The Secret Garden
Don’t get this garden confused with the popular novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett—Fountain Valley’s secret garden isn’t nearly as grand but it makes up for it in its proximity to Huntington Beach and its relative seclusion due to its hard-to-find entrance. Thanks to Fountain Valley’s fair weather, plants are in bloom pretty much all year. The secret garden serves as a secluded backdrop for all types of photography and is a favorite of mine for portraiture.
Huntington Central Park
Even Fountain Valley has its own Central Park, even if it’s not as breathtaking as the one found in New York City. However, the park is full of immaculate landscaping and it’s easy to traverse. Huntington Central Park is a great place for me and my clients to roam with my camera—you’ll always find something new or have a few old staples that make a great backdrop or add to the atmosphere of a portrait.
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
While much of Fountain Valley, California has a distinct suburban look to it, Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve provides an altogether different backdrop for your photos. The preserve surrounds an ecological reserve, which protects a large swath of coastal wetland. The reserve’s sweeping, marshy landscapes can act as a great backdrop.
While Huntington Beach isn’t exactly in Fountain Valley, it’s close enough that it doesn’t take much effort to get there. I like to give my Fountain Valley clients some outside options just in case they’re not too invested in the region. Fountain Valley is a great place but much of the area blends together. Huntington Beach can be a great creative shock to the system when shooting on location in Fountain Valley—it’s something unique and unlike anything you’d find in the valley.
Why Choose Me as Your Fountain Valley Photographer
Fountain Valley, California may be your average suburban town but I’ve had plenty of opportunities to photograph my clients in Orange County area. I know where to go and what to do to bring out the area’s unique qualities to give your portraits an interesting look.
Sometimes it can be a struggle to photograph suburbia—it’s often plain and very cookie cutter. However, a great photographer can make something interesting out of anything—that’s what sets us apart from the rest.
Facts About Fountain Valley, California
Every bit of suburbia holds secrets—it’s just a matter of getting to the bottom of them. Does Fountain Valley, California have a sordid past or is it really as average as it wants you to believe?
It’s a swamp thing
Before Fountain Valley was founded in the 1880s it was nothing but swampland. The area was originally referred to as the “gospel swamps”.
All in a name
Since 2005, Irvine has been consistently regarded by the FBI as the safest big city in the United States. Most years, Irvine is credited with having the lowest crime rate of any city with a population of over 100,000.
There’s something in the water
Fountain Valley was the first city to begin adding fluoride to their water.