A white family of 4 poses on the Jeffrey Open Space Trail for family portraits in Irvine, California by Kate Noelle Photography. There is a mother, father, and their two boys-a toddler and a baby. They are all smiling at each other.


Jeffrey Open Space Trail Family Portraits | Holiday Minis

Jeffrey Open Space Trail is one of my favorite spots to take my clients for family portraits. Winding 3.5 miles through the city of Irvine, the paved path is a key link between the mountains and sea of Orange County.  From open meadows to rustic bridges and wooded areas,  it offers a diverse range of backdrops for portrait sessions.  Additionally, it’s great to shoot any time of the day, it’s handicap accessible, dog-friendly, and great for larger family portraits as well. Which is exactly why I chose it as one of the locations for my annual holiday mini sessions. As a result, each family had the chance to explore and find their favorite spot, telling a story that was uniquely theirs.

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Here are some highlights from my last family portraits mini session at Jeffrey Open Space Trail:

A white family of four: mother, father, and two young boys. 1) the boys sit on the path of Jeffrey Open Space Trail and their parents crouch behind them. 2) The toddler is on his dad's shoulders and mom is holding the baby. Mom and dad kiss

The older toddler boy sits on the trail holding his baby brother in his lap. They both smile

Black and white family portraits 1) The mom holds the smiling baby and looks at him smiling. 2) The dad holds his son's hand and helps him climb a rock 1) the parents hug and smile at the camera 2) the mom holds the baby and smiles at the camera over her shoulder

1) Black and white of the toddler son holding his dad's hand. 2) The father holds his baby and the hand of the toddler for family portraits at Jeffery Open Space Trail in Irvine CA

The whole family stands together and smiles at the camera. They are taking family portraits at Jeffrey Open Space Trail in Irvine with Kate Noelle PhotographyAnother white family: a mother, father, and a blonde young son. They are also taking family portraits at Jeffrey Open Space Trail. Cattails are seen in the foreground 1) The young boy stands holding a cattail. He has a striped sweater. 2) Detail shot of the mother holding her son, she has a floral dress and he has colorful nike shoes. 1) The parents hold the hands of their son and walk towards the camera at Jeffrey Open Space Trail. 2) Family portrait where the boy sits on his dad's shoulders 3) The dad crouches down and smiles as his son leans on his lap Detail shot of the families Nike tennis shoes. Black and white family portraits at Jeffrey Open Space Trail: 1) The dad holds his son and they both laugh. 2) The mother smiles at the camera with her son on her lap. Dad is laughing behind them Dad holds his son and mother stands next to them. They are all laughing.



Voted "Best Photographer" by California Wedding Day. Known for candid romance, breath-taking emotive moments. Sought after for experience.

For over a decade, Kate Noelle has been the wedding photographer of choice for some of the most beautiful, heartfelt, and fun celebrations in the world. Combine Kate’s candidly romantic style and discerning eye for detail with her calming kindness, and you have one of California’s most sought-after photographic experiences. 

 Kate’s work has been featured on leading wedding photography publications, and blogs including Ceremony Magazine, Huffington Post, and Carats & Cake. In addition to weddings, Kate photographs high profile events such as the Academy Awards, the Emmys, The SAG Awards, the Golden Globes, and Radio Disney Music Awards. Her extensive repertoire brings with it masterful imagery, above and beyond service, and a stress-free experience.

When Kate isn't photographing events, you can find her at the beach with her husband, Chris, and two kids, Kai, and Capri. 


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This life is thrilling and grand and moments of greatness are threaded through loss, grief, and uncertainty. So for tonight, let's dance and celebrate the love we have here. Now. What a gift. The ultimate luxury.

Whether your love is the strong silent kind that shows itself in knowing eyes and tender embraces, or if your love is the loud laughter and infectious kind that can barely contain the joy and excitement you feel... I want to be there. With my camera. Taking snapshots so that time will forever be frozen still.