Written by Diana Lustig

If you’ve followed Love and Latitudes Outdoor Wedding and Elopement Photography long enough, you know my whole shtick is photographing couples in love, in the places they love. 


Normally that means photoshoots in the great outdoors. Epic locations like Yosemite, Death Valley, or the California coasts. Everyone wants to be photographed in the coolest places, after all.


But sometimes, my couples find meaning right down the street. Great architecture, stunning views, and quaint spots can be found right in your neighborhood if you know where to look. 


This was especially true for Ruta and Greg. This couple of 10 years wanted their engagement shoot located in their backyard—the Orange Circle in Orange County, California. 

An engagement ring against a sweater during an engagement photoshoot in Orange, California.
A newly-engaged couple hugs in front of a brick building near the Orange Circle in California.
A newly-engaged couple laughs together in a garden near the Orange Circle in Orange, California.
A newly-engaged couple laughs together in a garden near the Orange Circle in Orange, California.
A newly-engaged couple laughs together on the steps of a building near the Orange Circle in California.
A man whispers in his newly-engaged fiance's ear near the Orange Circle in Orange, California.

What’s the Orange Circle?

In Orange, California you’ll find a downtown area called Plaza of Orange or “the Circle,” full of great restaurants and shops, tons of antique stores, and a lot of really beautiful architecture around the corner from Chapman University. That’s where I found myself with Ruta and Greg on a very warm Southern California winter day. We walked from church to church, taking photos at every beautiful spot we could find. Only stopping when it was time for some tacos!


The cultural vibrancy of the Circle—from the antique vibes to the giant fountain and all the streets in between—makes for a fun urban landscape in which to photograph a meaningful engagement.

A newly-engaged couple laughs together near the Orange Circle in Orange, California.
A newly-engaged couple walks through a building patio near the Orange Circle in Orange, California.
A newly-engaged couple stands together in a building patio near the Orange Circle in Orange, California.
A newly-engaged couple walks through a building patio near the Orange Circle in Orange, California.
A newly-engaged couple stands together in a building patio near the Orange Circle in Orange, California.
A newly-engaged couple stands together in a garden in the Orange Circle in Orange, California.

The Best Parts of Engagement Photography

Photographing some of the most romantic moments of someone’s life is a joy for someone like me. It’s even more special when you have the opportunity to photograph friends and family members who you’ve seen grow together over the years.


Ruta and Greg have been supporters of my business from the get-go. They've posed in tons of photos for me, allowing me to practice as I started this business. But on this warm December morning, I got to photograph Ruta and Greg's engagement—for real this time!


Now the countdown begins to the wedding date.


Book Your Orange County Photographer

Recently engaged? Want to capture the moment to share with your friends and family? Book an engagement or wedding photoshoot with Love and Latitudes today!

A newly-engaged kisses in a beautiful garden in the Orange Circle in Orange, California.
A newly-engaged kisses in a beautiful garden in the Orange Circle in Orange, California.
A newly-engaged couple embraces near the Orange Circle in Orange, California.
A woman looks at her newly-engaged fiance near the Orange Circle in Orange, California.
A newly-engaged couple smiles at the camera near the Orange Circle in Orange, California.
A woman looks off camera during her engagement photoshoot in Orange, California.
A newly-engaged couple kisses near the Orange Circle in Orange, California.
A man looks off camera during his engagement photoshoot in Orange, California.
A newly-engaged couple eats Mexican food in the Orange Circle in Orange, California after their engagement photoshoot.
A retro restaurant in the Orange Circle.