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January 13, 2020

My Top 7 Photo Locations in Southern California

Advice Blog

Today I am sharing my favorite locations in Southern California for engagement sessions (and weddings!). There are so many spots that serve a variety of my client’s personal style and tastes, these are my top 7 that offer beautiful views, light, and variety within one singular spot.

1. La Jolla: San Diego, CA

You can’t go wrong with any of the stunning beachside locations in La Jolla. From tide pools, to the cliffs that glitter the coastline, every area is as picturesque as the last. I have a handful of “secret” spots that I love to take clients because they are always relatively uncrowded, and offer a lot of variety for a single location portrait session.

2. Joshua Tree National Park, CA

I may be biased, because Joshua Tree is one of my favorite places on Earth. There are so many versatile spaces to photograph in and outside the National Park itself and the sunset light is perfect and flattering every. single. time.

3. Greystone Mansion: Beverly Hills, CA

Greystone has been the location feature for many movies and tv shows alike (Gilmore Girls? X-Men?). It’s effortlessly glamorous and has such a beautifully refined architecture and that lends to its many alcoves and spaces inside and out to take timeless photos.

4. Junipero Serra Museum: San Diego, CA

Newly renovated, Junipero Serra holds beautiful architecture and San Diego’s history (it was the “birthplace” of California!). The stunning white adobe design melts perfectly with a romantic golden sunset and it offers up one of San Diego’s best 360 degree view.

5. Pasadena City Hall: Pasadena, CA

Cloudy day or sunny, Pasadena’s City Hall has it all. winding staircases, small gardens and a beautiful fountain. There are a plethora of spaces to take photographs here!

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6. Palm Springs, CA

Whether you are looking for midcentury modern style, or something more wrapped in nature, Palm Springs has it. From the eclectic streets and homes in and around downtown Palm Springs, to the varying parks and open spaces nearby everywhere you turn offers a stunning backdrop.

7. San Juan Capistrano Mission: San Juan Capistrano, CA

Another location with beauty as well as history. I love all the stunning alcoves and areas in the Mission. If you are looking for a classic Spanish style location, San Juan Capistrano is a beautiful place that reflects beautiful tones.