Los Angeles – Top Engagement Photography Locations
Los Angeles consist of a very large diverse population and geographic area, you can find the inner city with the most artistic architecture and with a slight drive to the most beautiful natural landscapes of beaches, cliffs and parks. If we travel a little more from the city, we will the forests and even waterfalls. There are just too many amazing locations in LA, picking a spot for your engagement session can be difficult, so we created a list to share a few favorites of ours and our engagement couples.
Top Los Angeles Engagement Photography Locations
Santa Monica – Santa Monica pier is one of the awesome location. You can also get some interesting city/commercial shots at the 3rd Street Promenade. At the Pier, the couple can have a bit of relax fun on the carnival rides. Afterward, get to the beach with an amazing sunset. There are also a few gorgeous hotels within walking distance Viceroy, Shutter and Casa Del Mar. (Permit required)
Santa Monica Pier: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica CA
Walt Disney Concert Hall – This artsy futuristic modern structure of silver walls provides beautiful lighting and shapes for an engagement shoot. At a walking distance, we can find a few fountains and some interesting scenes.
Walt Disney Concert Hall: 111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles CA
Downtown LA – There are some amazing building with interesting structures and a few awesome foundations, which are all in very close proximity to Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Griffith Park Observatory – The Griffith Observatory has an amazing view which overlooks the city of Los Angeles. It provides a stunning view during the day and amazing city night lights after sunset. There are also a lot of fun interesting items inside the observatory. Outside of the observatory, there are a few trails for short walks and Griffith Park is located only a short distance away.
Griffith Park Observatory: 2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles CA 90027
Union Station – With a vintage vibe, Union Station is a gorgeous location. With a slight walk, you can arrive at Olvera Street fill with charming street vendors, and Mexican restaurants.
Union Station: 800 North Alameda Street Los Angeles CA 90012
Bradbury Building – In Downtown Los Angeles, this historic building with sophisticated architecture is gorgeous for an engagement shoot. Without permit, you are not allow beyond the first flight of stairs. (Permit required)
Bradybury Building: 304 South Broadway, Los Angeles CA 90013
The Huntington Library – This is a perfect location for an engagement session. There are so many gardens; Rose, Japanese, Desert, and Chinese to serve as different backdrops. (Permit required)
The Huntington Library: 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino CA 91108
Old Town Pasadena – It’s urban with an edgy atmosphere with a lot of brick buildings for an old town charm.
Pasadena City Hall – Beautiful classic architectural design and foundation.
Pasadena City Hall: 100 North Garfield Avenue, Pasadena CA 91101
LACMA – Most popular is the iconic collection of restored lamp posts. But LACMA is an art museum, and has a lot more arts to offer.
LACMA: 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90036
Disneyland – This little magic kingdom will bring the most happiness into any couples for enchanted engagement session.
Disneyland: 1313 Disneyland Railroad, Anaheim CA 92802
Beverly Hills – Beautiful commercial vibe on the gorgeous Rodeo Drive.
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) – Lots of beautiful architecture, columns and statues on campus. Take a walk out to Westwood for some shopping and ice cream.
UCLA: 760 Westwood Plz, Los Angeles CA
University of Southern California (USC) – Also lots of amazing architecture.
USC: 850 West 37th Street, Los Angeles CA
Viceroy Hotel – Real swanky hotel in Santa Monica, very stylish
Viceroy Hotel: 1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica CA 90401
Manhattan Beach – One of the clearest beaches in around L.A. with great piers, which makes it beautiful.
Malibu – Beautiful clean beaches with cliffs.
Millard Canyon – To find a waterfall in around Los Angeles, it will require some hiking in the city of Pasadena. Plan a good 6 hours trip for this location.
Millard Canyon: Millard Canyon Pasadena, CA 91011
Palos Verdes – Beach with Stunning cliffs.
The London West Hollywood: 1020 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood CA 90059
Greystone Mansion: 905 Loma Vista Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210
LA Central Library: 630 West 5th Street Los Angeles, CA 90071
Brand Library: 1601 West Mountain Street Glendale, CA 91201
La Arboretum: 301 North Baldwin Avenue Arcadia, CA 91007
Pomona College: Pomona College: 333 North College Way Claremont, CA 91711
Coffee house / Pub / Wine Bar – You favorite coffee house, pub or wine bar could make for cute, cozy engagement photos.
Bowling Alley – We can get some fun images at your unique bowling alley. Montrose Bowl in Glendale is very retro and adorable.
Corona Lake – Corona Lake is slight drive, but if you really want a country feel, this is the location with great fields, boat rides for beautiful outdoor session.
Corona Lake: Corona Lake 12510 Temescal Canyon Rd Corona, CA 92883
Your Home and Backyard – If you want an incredible natural engagement session base on your current couple status. It amazing to create the images from the couple’s home. Recently I’ve seen some incredible engagement photos taken at couple’s homes.
Orange County – Top Engagement Photography Locations
Top Orange County Engagement Photography Locations
Crystal Cove State Park – This well hidden away beach has a beautiful view of the coast line. The beaches offer up cool rock formations and tide-pools. There are also many beautiful fields to shoot in. Head down to Crystal Cove State Park Historic District for the beautiful cottages and the restaurants.
Balboa Island, Newport Beach – This little island will with small unique shops and restaurants will set a very relax fun environment for your couple to have some fun.
Laguna Beach – Beautiful rocky beach for a perfect beach engagement session, but it can a little busy with a lot of other photographers.
Montage – Laguna Beach – Montage is a luxury beach resort located at a gorgeous ocean front of the Laguna Beach, which is a perfect backdrop to any engagement session. You can also photography downtown and cruise the streets and museum galleries for some fun photography.
Montage Laguna Beach: 30801 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach CA 92651
San Juan Capistrano Los Rios District – Los Rios District in San Juan Capistrano is a fabulous for engagement and family photography. There are dozens of unique cottages with cool textures and backgrounds to shoot with and beautiful trees and flowers everywhere.
The Lab/ The Camp – The electric décor at the Lab makes for some unique backdrops. If bold style is not your taste then head across the street and you’ll find a more modern outdoorsy location. You can’t go wrong photographing here.
The Lab: 2930 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa CA 92626
Old Town Orange – This beautiful Historic District of antique shops with mom and pop restaurant will bring you back in time. Orange is unique among the region and the state in that it has the second largest concentration of historic buildings.
Venice Beach – If you 3 want a nice beach view with a little personality, Venice Beach has the perfect setting. At a short distance from the beach you will find rich awesome graffiti for a spectacular back drop and also beautiful architecture at Abbot Kinney.
The Ocean Front Walk consist a lot of street performers, which provides great entertainment and enable us to capture some sneak shot of couples in a fun relax mood.
Irvine Great Park – This is one of the largest public metropolitan park in Southern California, transformed from a formerly Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. The hot air balloon will take passengers to soar up to 400 feet above the surrounding landscape.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts – head to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for your engagement photography. The unique architecture buildings will offer up awesome backdrops.
Sergerstrom Center for the Arts: 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Craig Park: (Fullerton)
Choosing a Location
There are a lot of beautiful locations in Southern California. Your choice of urban or outdoor locations should be base on your personality. Something to keep in mind, perhaps you want the session at a really special place. Such as the location of where you met, had the first date or got engaged.
Most of the locations requires a permit/fee for professional photography. We will shoot without the permit as long as you are aware there is a chance that we will be interrupted by security personnel and asked to leave. If we get ticketed with a fine because no permit was secured, you will have to agree to pay us for the fined amount. Let us know if you would like us to check out the permit details for your location. Most permit rates range from $100- $900. Some locations are very strict and it is mandatory to obtain a permit for a shoot. Let us know your location, we will advise and check out more details for you.
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