Locations and Suggestions For Your Engagement Sessions

Engagement sessions are a great way to get to know each other a little more before your wedding.  It’s a chance to see how we work together and it helps make you more comfortable in front of the lens on your wedding day. All engagement sessions are shot on location, usually at a park, beach, downtown area, or even shopping center. I encourage clients to find an idea that’s meaningful to them, maybe some activity or location you enjoy together. If your having trouble thinking of a location there are many suggestions listed below that might be of interest to you. From Romantic to fun I am sure we have a place that will be right for you. Keep in mind that some locations listed below might require a permit to photograph on the premises.

Laguna Beach – Art galleries to the sculptured gardens downtown Laguna is a quaint location with some amazing store fronts and hidden ally ways. Beautiful rocky beaches, tide pools, park settings and amazing sunsets make this a picturesque location perfect for photos in the non summer months. The only downside is that you’ll be competing for a spot with plenty of other photographers, I don’t recommend these locations on weekends or from May to October

Some Laguna Locations: Top of the World, Hotel Montage, Heisler Park, Downtown Laguna

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Balboa Island, Newport Beach –A great carnival boardwalk environment with views of the marina and a block from the pier, its a fun and playful area for couples. I don’t recommend these locations on weekends or from May to October.

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Huntington Beach Pier / Downtown Huntington Beach – For that mix of the beach and urban surroundings this is a great location for couples wanting both styles. I don’t recommend these locations on weekends or from May to October.

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Other Beach Locations – Hotel Montage, Victorian Beach, Santa Monica Pier or Crystal Cove State Park.  I don’t recommend these locations on weekends or from May to October.

Wilderness and Regional Parks

Orange County has some beautiful rustic parks that might be just what your looking for.  These areas are great to photograph year round and are always changing with the seasons. Listed below are a couple of the locations, more can be found in the Orange County area by going to OCParks.com

Irvine Regional Park – This is a great park location that’s close to home but offers a wilderness look, wooden fences, great views and some beautiful trails.

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Thomas F Riley Wilderness Park – One of my favorite locations to photograph at.  Rolling hills, wild flowers, a butterfly garden, tons of open space and trails.

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Huntington Central Park – Located in the middle of Huntington Beach this park covers over 350 acres of land with lakes, grass fields, wild flowers and large hedges.

San Juan Capistrano / Los Rios District  In this area you can walk the streets of the Los Rios District, explore the train depot and the adobe structures and gardens, quaint store fronts and homes make for a cute backdrop to any pictures. The area does require a permit.

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Shoreline Village – This location has been the backdrop for many television shows and could be perfect for your session. It is a bright colorful location with bridges, buildings and even a carousel.  A beautiful light house can be seen in the background surrounded by a marina and the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Pasadena City Hall – Also the filming location of many television shows is Pasadena City Hall. It features amazing architecture, a colorful water garden and old buildings surrounded by city streets. Some areas need a permit.

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Arroyo Seco Park / Colorado Bridge – This area has lush surroundings and great views or the Colorado Bridge in the background.  It’s always fun to end some sunset photos on the bridge.

Santa Ana Art District – Great spot for that urban feel.  There are lots of old buildings and store fronts, alley ways and rooftop views.

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Balboa Park / San Diego Zoo – Balboa Park is a great location with amazing architecture, museums and gardens.  While were there why not visit the Zoo!

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Other San Diego Locations to consider are The Gas Lamp District, Torrey Pines State Park, Solana Beach, La Jolla Beach and Belmont Park.

Hotel del Coronado – Coronado Island

Downtown Los Angeles – Great spot for an engagement sessions!  The city behind you, the architecture of the concert hall and the city streets are a breathtaking sight.

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Other locations to consider are Union Station, Venice Beach, Griffith Park Observatory, Griffith Park, Santa Monica Pier and Promenade, Old Movie Lot Paramount Ranch, Venice Canals.

Mountain Locations – We have some beautiful mountain areas that make for some really beautiful pictures. Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear, Mt Baldy, Los Angeles National Forest.

Big Bear Lake –  Big bear is a bit of a drive but really has some beautiful locations around the lake to shoot.

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Lake Arrowhead – Closer then Big Bear and one of my favorite locations. Start out by the lake and then head over to one of the mountain turn offs for some amazing views of the Inland Empire.

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Palm springs, Palm springs windmills, Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and top of mountain.

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