Laguna Beach #Photowalk Companion - Jefferson Graham

Laguna Beach #Photowalk Companion

Laguna Beach #Photowalk:

Step by step, from Main Beach to the Top of the World and back. 

The Laguna Beach Lifeguard station is one of the local icons.

Laguna Beach is about art and dramatic coastlines.

It has arguably the most impressive beaches in Southern California, full of tidepools, rocks and cliffs and is a photographer's paradise. 

I've put together a #Photowalk companion to my Laguna Beach video so you can follow along with me.

One quick photo rule - you'll see lots of shots in the Laguna tourism brochures that were done on a drone. Despite that, know that Laguna has strict "No Drone Zone," laws, no drones on beaches or in the park.

1. Main Beach 

This is the center of town, where you see the iconic lifeguard tower, basketball and volleyball courts.

Turn right and head up the hill to Heisler Park, where you will see the gazebo and it's killer outlook view of the coast.

Beyond the gazebo for coastal selfies, there's a large park with sculptures, benches and fun only in Laguna signs worth checking out.

Parking can be tough to come by, especially in the summer, so the city recommends taking the free trolley, which, should be noted, will stop at all the places mentioned here.

2. Public access beaches

Laguna has 30 of them, off-the-beaten path beaches with more dramatic settings (rocks, coves, tidepools) than you'll find at Main Beach.

My shot of the surfer was done at Shaw's Cove, and Victoria is arguably the most popular with photographers thanks to the pirate tower, built back in the 1920s, which makes for a great backdrop.

3. Montage Laguna Beach

Laguna's ritziest resort might be a little rich for your blood - (a room in the summer starts at nearly $1,000 a night) but visiting is free.

You get to see an awesome mosaic swimming pool which is featured in most of the tourist info, and some of the coolest public access beaches. They are just off the Montage property, including Treasure Island and Goff Cove.

4. Top of the World Park

Now start heading back into town, on the trolley, which will take you all the way up to Alta Laguna Park, as it's officially known, but everybody just calls it "Top of the World."

You'll get a great 360 view of Laguna and Orange County and is really popular with hikers. Don't forget your GoPro.

6. Downtown

This is a great photo spot, because first of all, you'll get shade on one side of the street, which will be more pleasing for your natural light portraits.

And secondly, a chance to photography many Laguna icons, like the red phone booth on Forest Avenue or the Gate sign.

7. Art

Laguna is chock full of galleries, and it's main art areas are just outside downtown, home to the Sawdust Festival, Art-A-Fair and Pageant of the Masters.

They are only open in the summer, but the grounds are worth checking out year round.

The galleries are downtown, and the Laguna Art Museum is right off Heisler Park, near the Gazebo.

8. Back to the Beach

We will end the Photowalk back on Main Beach, as we prepare for sunset and one more shot of the 1929 Lifeguard Tower.

I've shot sunsets in both Heisler Park, down in the rocks, and by the lifeguard tower. Since nothing screams Laguna like the Tower, I preferred getting it in, which wasn't easy. The iPhone cropped it out, but the GoPro did the trick.

Walkway to a public beach off the Montage Laguna Beach

Thanks to Nick Carver for the double cameo in the video! Great ideas on best sunset spots!

I hope you enjoyed this Laguna Beach #Photowalk. See the video series for more, http://www.youtube.com/jeffersongraham

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