We shot this session in Old San Juan Capistrano, both on Los Rios Street, and at the Mission San Juan Capistrano.
The Los Rios Historic District is the oldest neighborhood in San Juan Capistrano, California. Some of the adobe houses date back to 1794–including the Silvas, Rios and Montanez adobes, with the Rios Adobe still inhabited by descendants of the original family. The neighborhood also has historic wooden homes from the 19th Century, and Los Rios Street is lined with 200-year-old pepper and olive trees.
The Mission San Juan Capistrano, founded in 1775, is the seventh of twenty-one missions in California. The Great Stone Church was completed in 1806, but an earthquake in December of 1812 caused the church to collapse, and the ruins still exist today. At it’s peak over 1000 people lived at the mission, but with the collapse of the Great Stone Church, as well as changes politically, the missions went into decline. In 1834 the Mexican government sold the land holdings of Mission San Juan Capistrano to twenty prominent California families. California became the 31st state in 1850, and President Abraham Lincoln gave the missions to the Catholic Church in 1865, just three weeks before he was assassinated. Today the mission is run by a non-profit organization and relies on donations for financing.