Best Engagement Photography Locations San Diego, CA.
One perk of being a San Diego native, is that because I have lived here my entire life, I know every little nick and corner of this beautiful city. I have gathered my list of San Diego's Best Engagement location, now the choice is yours.
Any true Californian has just a touch of seawater running through their veins (this one is for you fellow mer-people/ Sea People). If you’re searching for a classic San Diego location that guarantees consistently beautiful engagement photos, head down to our palm tree lined shores! From the glistening sand of Coronado to the picturesque pier of La Jolla, beach side engagement sessions are a timeless way to capture your blossoming love story. San Diego is overflowing with breathtaking borders of sand and sea where couples can blend romance and play; from kissing under the pier to splashing in the waves, the beach is one place to show the camera who you and your soon-to-be forever really are!
If you’re looking for a historically stunning, architecturally rich setting to take your engagement photos, Balboa Park is the place to be. The expansive park offers a variety of picture-perfect areas like the rose garden, the Spanish Village, the coy pond and the botanical gardens that are easily accessible and effortlessly beautiful. If you and your loved one want a more intimate setting, you can schedule to have your engagement session inside one of Balboa Park’s 17 museums. The park offers couples the opportunity to spend a day together exploring and remembering why they fell in love, while capturing moments that will last a lifetime.
Located just above Old Town, Presidio Park grants couples a stunning setting for engagement photos infused with architecture and nature. Between the grand white arches and beneath the towering trees, couples have kissed and promised for decades. The venue offers breathtaking views of San Diego and numerous spots to smile for the camera for lovers from all walks of life. Presidio Park’s ample hours and historical feel make it one of our favorite spots for engagement photos.
Sea Port Village
Tucked away behind San Diego’s roaring downtown, and placed just beside the bay, Sea Port Village sits decorated in seaside shops, quaint bookstores, a classic carousal and lovers strolling over the cobblestone hand in hand. Some of our favorite engagement sessions have taken place under their hanging lights and across from their little bridge. The Village provides an intimate setting where couples can share special moments and wander through the delicate shops and down the bay side path. Proving to be an absolute success, Sea Port Village is another location that promises to highlight your unique love story. Act quick because this gorgeous location is soon to change as it will have a new ownership (HUGE SAD FACE FOR ME).
Mt. Helix/Cowles Mountain (Mission Trails)
For the future Mr. and Mrs. that want to show off their rustic, larger than life love, Mt. Helix is the perfect place for your engagement session. Adorned with panoramic views of San Diego, Mt. Helix is a classic setting to showcase your love story. Atop Mt. Helix and on the far side of Cowles Mountain, photographers are able to capture the look of rolling fields without the commute, and couples can enjoy a few personal moments in nature before the hectic pace of wedding planning sets in. For couples looking for an engagement setting that resides a little outside of the box, our San Diego Mountains are the place for you.
Hotel Del Coronado
So I know we already addressed Coronado Beach, but the glimmering shores aren’t all our little island has to offer. Hotel Del Coronado, the trademark of Coronado for tourists and natives alike serves as a playground for photographers and couples to explore and experiment with during their engagement session. Want to grab an ice cream cone, meander through little shops, or sit under a little red umbrella and enjoy the sunset? Hotel Del offers it all and more! With the Pacific Ocean to your right and a far-reaching green lawn on your left, the hotel provides a variety of sweet photo opportunities. The red and white motif and vintage feel of the expansive building serves as a perfect back drop for any couple looking for that classic San Diego feel.
If you and your significant other enjoy sipping on a cold brew together, think about scheduling your engagement sessions inside one of your favorite local breweries! With rustic vibes and wood accents, breweries set the stage for couples that want to do something a little more unique than your average engagement photos. Brown barrels and beckoning taps might even advise a wedding party get together for a fun outing following your photo shoot. Brewery engagement sessions are a great way to support local businesses, have a little fun, and capture effortlessly beautiful photographs.
Scripps Institute of Oceanography
For those mermaids and mermen who are seeking an ocean motif weaved into their engagement session but don’t want to deal with the hassles of the beach, the Scripps Institute of Oceanography is a beautiful location for couples to bask in their own unique love story. The Institute includes the expansive pier, an underground aquarium, sleek plywood walls, a walking suspension bridge and soaring staircases; all at the tips of any couples fingers. The modern architecture and polished details of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography another one of our favorite settings for engagement portraits.
#10.) Themed/Stylized Shoots
If you and your partner want to create something unique just to you, think about asking your photographer or wedding planner to put together a stylized/themed engagement shoot for you! Things like road trip, out for ice cream, sail away, intimate picnic, or boho set up make for adorable and personalized shoots featuring our lovely brides and grooms to be. With a stylized shoot, you, as a couple, are able to truly express who you are and what your love was founded on. A personalized, themed shoot paired with one of the breathtaking settings previously mentioned make for the most incredible engagement photos.