One of our favorite locations in Orange County to shoot engagement photo sessions is the Holy Jim Trail. Although the end of the trail is in Corona, the start of the trail begins in Silverado. There are many advantages of shooting photos up there, but with that there are some disadvantages as well. In the end however, the photos always come out amazing. Holy Jim Trail Engagement Photos in Silverado by Three16 Photography will add some truly beautiful nature to your engagement photos. It’s definitely unique.
A disadvantage that comes with shooting up on Holy Jim Trail is that the location is not easily accessible if you want to go to the top of the trail. To get there, you’ll need an SUV or a truck, meaning you don’t mind driving over rocks and rough dirt. For that reason, I recommend clients meet us at our office in Orange, so we can drive together. There is also an additional $20 fuel fee added to your package due to all the additional gas being used as we will be utilizing the 4-wheel drive function on our truck for this excursion. Besides, driving together allows us to get a chance to talk and get to know one another and talk about your wedding day plans.
The advantages however are worth it. The base of the trail is more desert-like with dirt fields and rocks, which makes you feel like you are in a California desert. There are some nice winding roads that make for some cool background photos.
But if want more of a forest-like location that makes you feel like you are in the mountains, then up the trail we will go. Once we get there, the view is reminiscent of Big Bear Mountain, just a lot closer. Which is another reason we prefer that we drive together, is the trip from the office to the top of the trail is about 35 minutes to the base and another 18 minutes up the trail. It’s very easy to miss each other. However, a Holy Jim Trail engagement photo session is truly worth the trip.
If you want to learn more about Holy Jim Trail, we recommend going on-line and search for it as there are many great blogs written about this trail or visit fs.usda.gov/recarea/cleveland/recarea/?recid=47628.
Some locations are subject to permit and/or travel fees.