I’m here to help you out by sharing my top engagement photo locations in Southern California! There are so many beautiful locations, it was hard to narrow down my list! From the best beaches, castles, and parks, these are locations I’ve come back to time and time again for fairytale engagement sessions.
There is a lot of details that go into planning your engagement session, but the location is on of the most important part! Whether it be in San Diego, Orange County, the Inland Empire, or elsewhere… I hope this list helps you choose the best place to take your Southern California engagement photos!
Please note: Most locations have permit fees and regulations so be sure to research prior to planning your session there.
Below is the list of the top engagement photo locations in Southern California!
#1 Treasure Island – Treasure Island in Laguna Beach is a perfect location if you’re looking for a mix of beach photos, gorgeous landscape, and epic views! The overlook with stunning views of the ocean always makes for the most dreamy photos. This is a great choice for Orange County engagement photos.
#2 Pasadena City Hall – This place is unbeatable for dreamy architecture! From spiral staircases to a giant fountain, this location has such romantic European vibes.
#3 LA Arboretum – Another gorgeous Pasadena photo location! There is a HUGE diversity in locations at this gigantic property! This Southern California location has so, so many beautiful backdrops. From garden paths to dreamy lake views and even a bamboo forest… there are so many different options all in one location.
#4 FD Photo Studio – This studio in LA is the perfect option if you are wanting indoor engagement photos. There are several spaces to choose from. I personally love Art 3 for the romantic feel which includes gilded furniture, a clawfoot tub, and a flower wall!
#5 Kimberly Crest – This is one of my all-time favorite photoshoot locations! It’s crazy that this stunning fairytale-worthy castle is right here in Redlands! This chateau-style Victorian mansion is situated on over six acres of gardens. Kimberly Crest is definitely one of the most romantic spots for Inland Empire engagement photos!
#6 Mormon Rocks – For epic desert & mountain views, look no further than Mormon Rocks! I absolutely loved Siena & David’s engagement session here. Siena’s red dress looked so stunning in this setting!
#7 Mission San Juan Capistrano – See the full blog post from this engagement session here! I love this gorgeous, historic site as a portrait session backdrop. It is such a great Orange County photography location! The architecture at Mission SJC makes it feel as if you’ve been transported to an ancient European city.
#8 Oak Canyon Nature Center – The light that comes through the trees here is the MOST dreamy! If you’re looking for a more rustic fairytale feel, Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim is absolutely perfect! Head here to see this engagement session on the blog!
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#9 El Matador Beach – The rocks at El Matador Beach are so scenic! A beautiful field also overlooks the beach making for an epic backdrop! This is a gorgeous option for Malibu engagement photos.
10 Balboa Park – This place is a goldmine for unique San Diego engagement photos! This location is overflowing with incredible photo spots. Head here to see the full blog post from this engagement session!
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