Hey y’all! Being that we are originally from Southern California, we have shot A LOT of engagement sessions out there! If you are new in the photography world and aren’t quite sure of what spots to take your clients for their engagement, family, or senior photos, check out our list below of some awesome and beautiful places in sunny so cal.
Malibu Creek State Park (pictured above). We go to this trail head where foot traffic is minimal https://goo.gl/maps/g6mSX2SEgJo
Santa Rosa Plateau in Murrieta
Joshua Tree National Park
Los Angeles District of Water and Power across the street from the Disney Concert Hall. Its a great place if your client wants a city vibe.
Los Angeles Arboretum in Pasadena.
Caspers Wilderness Park in San Juan Capistrano
Thomas F Riley’s Wilderness Park in Coto de Caza
El Matador Beach near Malibu
Griffith Park in Los Angeles
Santa Monica Pier. This one can get crowded so we typically only shoot here when its colder weather and during a weekday.
Many of these places do require a permit to shoot at so please do your research! Often times they require you to apply for the permit 30 days in advance so don’t procrastinate. You can get a hefty ticket if you are caught shooting without a permit.
If the location does require a permit and your client really wants to shoot there, the cost of the permit should be covered by them. But if you are new to photography and trying to get your business started, try sticking to the free locations for a while 😉
ALWAYS CHECK OUT A LOCATION BEFORE YOUR SHOOT!!! It’s so important to be familiar with where you are shooting at. We always get to a new location at least an hour before we are supposed to start the session to get familiar with our surroundings and find the best spots to shoot. It also great because you are way more confident once your client arrives since you know where you are going and you can tell them where the best spots are.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to post in the comments!
Here are a few shoots from the locations listed above.