I love photographing engagements! The energy, the excitement, the sheer love in the air – it’s so fun. But the one thing I love more than engagement shoots are engagement shoots in Southern California. Why? Because of the stunning natural beauty in this part of the world! I firmly believe Southern California engagement photo locations are some of the most beautiful in the US. The photos practically speak for themselves.
If you’re looking to get engaged, or you’re already engaged and hoping to find some incredible Southern California engagement photo locations – first off, congratulations! Secondly, you’re in the right place. I’ve put together 6 of my favorite Southern California engagement photo locations here for you to peruse. Let’s dive in!
One of the things I love about being a photographer in SoCal is that there’s such a range of beautiful nature at my fingertips. Beach shoot? Desert? Mountains? Whatever Southern California engagement photo locations you’re looking for, you’re sure to find them.
Truly iconic, Joshua Tree National Park spans 800,000 acres of stunning desert. Out of all Southern California engagement photo locations, this one will give you striking and memorable engagement photos while you soak up the sun and explore the sights. You can head to Indian Cove to take photos among the dramatic Wonderland of Rocks or seek out the famous trees that give the park its name.
If you’re lucky enough to get engaged in springtime, you just might catch the wildflowers in Joshua Tree, which is truly special. And, after the sun sets and the engagement shoot is over, stick around for a romantic evening gazing at the stars.
No list of Southern California engagement photo locations would be complete without some gorgeous coastline! Laguna Beach fits the bill completely. I love this place – seven miles of world-renowned beaches, packed with stretches of smooth sand and beautiful cliffs. What more could you ask for?
Explore the area’s most renowned sea-cave at the Thousand Step Beach, have fun checking out the tidepools, and end your engagement photo shoot on the sand, getting your feet wet as the sunset lights up the sky behind you. Then turn it into date night as you head back into Laguna Beach’s chic and charming town center for dinner.
Thomas F Riley Wilderness Park contains over 800 acres of trails through grassy hills and oak and sycamore woods in Orange County. It’s perfect to wander in with your love.
One of the things that makes this park a popular place for families and photographers alike is the gorgeous light. Late afternoon melts into a luscious golden hour, with light coming through the leaves and streaming through the long grass to create such beautiful shots!
Just an hour’s drive outside of San Diego, the Laguna mountains offer jaw-dropping beauty at 6,000-foot elevation. Mount Laguna is a tiny mountain town that exists as a delightful gateway to the natural wonders of this region. Popular as a camping destination, Mount Laguna itself boasts miles and miles of trail through the slopes and the forest.
As for the best Southern California engagement photo locations up here, you can’t go wrong with heading to the Laguna Meadow Loop Trail. This huge wet meadow is in the middle of a forest of pines and oaks, and it holds not one, but two lakes. If that wasn’t enough, throughout spring and summer it blooms with wildflowers. The flowers are at their peak in May and June, but you won’t be disappointed if you head up there in the fall: the woods blaze with color.
If you’re looking for Southern California engagement photo locations, the Sunset Cliffs in San Diego are an ideal spot. Three miles of coastal cliffs stretching from Point Loma, this coastline offers intricate rock formations where the cliffs have been carved into arches and caves by the pounding sea. Head down to the beach to explore them and the incredible photo opportunities they present.
These aptly named cliffs also give a gorgeous view of the sunset. The panoramic views of the shimmering sea and the sight of the red-tinged cliffs as the sun goes down is not one to miss. If you’re lucky, you may even get a glimpse of the grey whales which migrate through this area!
This is the amazing thing about Southern California: you can catch a tan on some of the most famous beaches in the world, and then drive for a couple of hours and you can have a snowball fight. For the record, this is a great idea for something to do on your engagement photoshoot if you’re looking for the kind of cozy alpine atmosphere that Big Bear Lake will provide.
As you can see, there are so many stunning Southern California Engagement photo locations for you to choose from. From mountaintops all the way down to sea level, you can find somewhere that perfectly fits you and your love story. When you pick a place to take these photos, make sure that it’s somewhere that’s not just beautiful, but also fun for you and your fiancé. The true magic of engagement photographs isn’t how good the location looks – it’s the beauty of your joy together.
I would love to capture that joy! If you’re looking for an engagement photographer, let’s talk!