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Top Photography Locations | San Diego

Best Photography Locations in San Diego

1. Scripps Beach in La Jolla

2. Ocean Beach Tide Pools

3. Balboa Park

4. Sunset Cliffs

5. Torrey Pines

There are definitely several outdoor family and engagement locations in San Diego I would recommend for a Family Portrait Session and some others for an Engagement Photography Session. As I was thinking about this topic over a span of several weeks and how I would end up narrowing now locations for this post, I decided the best choice was to keep it simple.

Now, while I could name about 20 picture perfect locations off of the top of my head, I decided to choose these based on ease of access, the most background options for one location, lack of permits needed by photographers, and overall scenic value.

  1. Scripps Beach in La Jolla | This includes the Scripps Memorial Pier as well.

    A favorite location by many photographers and families, this location has a long, flat, and clean beach which makes it perfect for larger groups and super easy for children to run around and play. A paid parking lot is available during the weekends. During the week, parking can be found all the way up the hill and along the neighborhoods. If it’s super packed then you can park a little south at La Jolla Beach and walk along the water to the Pier (takes about 10 minutes at a medium pace). Since we have had so much rain this year, there are some gorgeous flowers along the parking lot that also make for a great photo op. If you’re lucky, you will see a few hummingbirds! There is a lifeguard station here as well.

    One of the great things about this location is that there are so many photo opportunities in one small area. You have the beach, the pier, a concrete wall, lots of rocks and usually some rad seaweed, and amazing cliffs that rival the South of France. One other thing I forgot to mention is that Caroline’s Seaside Cafe overlooks everything and is just a few steps from the sand. From here you can have lunch, grab a coffee, or get some ice water. The only thing that makes me sad is that it closes at 3pm. If they were open late, they would be packed!

The flat beach makes the perfect setup for getting plenty of easy waves to play with.

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2. The next place on the top of my list is Ocean Beach. There are several locations along the coast of Ocean Beach and Sunset Cliffs that make a perfect location for Portrait Sessions of any size. The diverse coast is what makes it so great. 

This location is perfect for couples and small families. There are tide pools, small cliffs, and tiny, private and personal beaches.

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3. Next up on my list is a little farther from the beach. Balboa Park is a few minutes from Downtown San Diego. Along with the architecture, the phenomenal museums, and the zoo, comes a nearly endless landscape of greenery and architecture. Beautiful fig and willow trees are amongst the the rose and cactus gardens. For more unique backdrops, you can pay a small fee to enter and photograph at the Japanese Friendship Garden.

This is one of my favorite locations for family and engagement sessions.

Here are some videos of great locations inside Balboa Park.. Video #1 and Video #2 ( Small Cactus Garden).

4. Sunset Cliffs is extremely close to location #2 Ocean Beach but offers another vibe all together. Currently, as of Summer 2019, extensive repairs are lending a new and improved landscape to Sunset Cliffs. However, there are still some exceptional views that can be found within a small hike. Seclusion is a bit hard to come by anywhere in San Diego, but there are still a few secret places that most don’t venture to or know about.

5. Torrey Pines is actually my favorite location and a special permit is required to photograph here. Luckily, I know a great place that is just as beautiful and falls just outside of special permitting but is nearby. Of course LNT practices should always be used no matter where you photograph, but especially in more sensitive habitats.

In this location are beautiful cliffs, the beach, and incredible slot canyons.

There are a few more locations that didn’t quite make the top 5 list but are still beautiful and great choices.

If you’re interested in something a bit more unique such as Lavender or Flower fields take a look here.

With lots of love and good vibes,

Heather

XOXO

Engagement Photographer | San Diego

San Diego Engagement Photographer

LA JOLLA ENGAGEMENT SESSION

Flowers and beautiful couples that are wanting Outdoor Engagement Sessions have been extra popular for me this year! Keep reading about this gorgeous Engagement Session in La Jolla and get ready to “ooh and aah” over every single portrait taken in this incredible natural San Diego backdrop with this perfect couple!..

It has been a beautiful year here in San Diego! And even though the clouds and rain seem like a daily occurence, it’s actually a photographers dream! Flowers are still blooming everywhere (it’s currently late June) and this photographer is doing her best to take advantage of it AND be responsible (LNT).

With such a colorful family background, this couple decided they wanted to have some beautiful engagement pictures that took advantage of the flowers this year and was also colorful to match their cultures.

As La Jolla is one of my favorite places around town to hang out and explore, we narrowed it down to 2 locations that were close to each other, where we could get some beautiful oranges, reds, yellows, and greens! And then so we wouldn’t have to go far to get to the beach and get some Sunset shots in the sand! Check out the first location and the amazing flowers!

The Love emanating from this couple was truly infectious. I mean, can’t you tell just by looking? You know how when you know a couple is just made for each other? Well, there’s no doubt these two are. They are from the East Coast and haven’t been in San Diego long so I strived to give them an East Coast meets West Coast style Session…lots of dark and moody’s mixed with some brighter shots along with plenty of formals and lifestyle photos! I’m pretty sure I’ll be printing this on a canvas for my Studio very soon!

I still can’t get over how amazing these flowers look! I tend to desaturate my backgrounds a bit so that they don’t distract too much from the Subjects in the photos, so in other words, I can’t even describe how vibrant they were before post-editing! I scoured the Coast until I could find some easy areas to get the most options for our Session and we got so lucky on this day!

For the second location, we travelled a couple minutes by car to the La Jolla Beach and Scripps Pier! As you can start to see the wind picked up quite a bit and we got some really awesome movement shots on top of the “perfect” ones!

So, while we were playing around on the beach, we captured plenty of formal, fun, candid, and everything in-between portraits! Can you believe they are not models!? Before we began, they were actually a bit nervous about posing! We went over wardrobe and styling up until the Session and even on location and they were so comfortable and just went for it! I wish the bowtie was my idea but I can’t take credit for it!

The photo above is one of my faves from the whole day!

The last photo, above, on the right, i just love. I think this pose is becoming my trademark pose. It’s just perfect in so many ways. It tells a story and you don’t even need to see their faces to understand it!

I still can’t believe these two aren’t professional models!

I love blue hour photography almost as much as the couple!

You can also read about this Engagement Session Part 2 here. Check out all the Engagement Sessions here.

With Lots of Love and Good Vibes,

Heather XOXO

San Diego Wedding

San Diego Wedding Photography

Recently, I was overjoyed to have been found by a wonderful couple from out of town. I knew as soon as I heard their voices over the phone that they would be awesome to work with! Destination Weddings are becoming more and more popular, especially here in San Diego and Southern California. For several years, soon-to-be newlyweds have been upping the game. Elopements are taking couples and wedding photographers to new locations and requiring adventurous journeys to get there.

The first time we met we both traveled to Palm Springs where we took beautiful engagement photos during an Engagement Session in the desert. It was really hot but we managed to get quite a bit of the Session finished before we hit 100 degrees and called it a day. A few months later, their wedding brought us back to the same location and we were able to explore something a bit more rocky and cooler in Palm Springs. This city is such an amazing place to be married and capture both engagement and wedding photos. Within a small area, you have desert, sand dunes, mountains, and meadows.

We started the day at a wonderful venue in a Catholic Church that was extremely accommodating. It was gorgeous and had Old Spanish Mission vibes. It is such a unique little church in the middle of downtown Palm Springs. After that, we packed into some cars and headed a few blocks to the couples portrait session location. We piled on some warm clothes, grabbed the Photography Permit for the top of Mt. San Jacinto and headed towards the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. We had quite a bit of snow and the largest crowd ever to deal with so we only managed to grab a few photos in our time frame, but I will say, they were perfection and I can’t wait to get back to the mountain! Here are some photos from their wonderful, blessed day!

The reception was held a short drive away in a little town next Palm Springs. The Venue continued on with the old Spanish Vibes. If you’re looking for a great Wedding or Reception Venue, check out this beautiful spot in Indian Wells.

...and as you’ll learn, I’m definitely obsessed with wedding cake! Tell me your favorite kind of cake in the comments section!? Mine is this vanilla soaked cake from Freed’s Bakery in Las Vegas!

WIth Lots of Love and Good Vibes,

Heather XOXO