Engagement Tips & Locations in SoCal - Victoria & Anthony Salazar

Engagement Tips & Locations

We are am so excited to get to know you both during such an exciting and special time in your lives. In preparation for your engagement session, we have listed below answers and tips to the most commonly asked questions. If you find yourself having any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Can’t wait to capture your love!

How long will the session last?

The engagement session is the perfect opportunity for us to get to know one another. It also warms you both up to being in front of the camera before your wedding day. At a minimum, you can expect it to last an hour, but we’ve had engagement sessions that have lasted up to two hours. It just depends on what you are interested in doing. Additionally, lighting and weather is best during the last few hours of the day, so we try to schedule the session during this time period whenever possible.

What should we wear?

In general, you should select clothing for the engagement session that reflects your personal style. Most couples bring one outfit, but two outfits, one casual and one dressy is most desirable. As a rule of thumb, you should avoid wearing red, busy patterns or large logos. Accessories (jewelry, hats, watches, belts, etc...) can be a great way to express your style and make the photographs more interesting. You should also know that close-ups of the hands are always taken.

Where should we have it?

The engagement locations in Southern California are absolutely endless. Great photographs can be taken anywhere. My general recommendation is to first consider a location that’s sentimental to the both of you, such as: where you met, where the proposal took place, favorite spot to eat, etc... If you’re looking for inspiration and some location options, We have listed some below. Also keep in mind, some locations require a permit and/or charge a photography fee. You will be required to pay any/all fees associated with the location desired (including entrance fee for photographer). Be sure to do your own research and contact the venue for current rules and pricing. Have a favorite location? Leave it in the comments, and we might add it to our list. Happy hunting!

Locations in Southern California

Los Angeles County

Art District - Downtown LA, 2nd St and Santa Fe

Arboretum of Los Angeles County - Arcadia

Bridges with Downtown Backdrop - East of Alameda on  1st and 4th St's.

Chinatown – North Broadway, North of College Street..

Dodgers Stadium - Los Angeles

Griffith Observatory - Los Angeles

Griffith Park - 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles

Brand Park Library - Glendale

Horsetheif Canyon Park - San Dimas

Huntington Library Botanical Gardens - San Marino

Japanese Garden - CSU Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach.

Manhattan Beach Pier - Manhattan Beach

Pasadena City Hall - Pasadena.

Pasadena Old Town - 1 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Santa Monica Beach and Pier - Santa Monica

Shoreline Village and Park - Long Beach.

UCLA - 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles

Union Station - Los Angeles

Universal City Walk - Universal City

Exposition Park Rose Garden – Exposition Blvd and S Figueroa St, Los Angeles

Venice Beach and Pier - Venice

Venice Canals – Carroll Ct & Eastern Canal Ct, Venice

Walt Disney Concert Hall -111 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

Vazquez Rocks - Agua Dulce

San Diego County

The Flower Fields in Carlsbad (March-May) - Carlsbad

UCSD - La Jolla Balboa Park/ Spanish Village - San Diego

Del Coronado - Coronado, San Diego

Gaslamp Quarter - Downtown San Diego

Embarcadero Marina Park North

Cabrillo National Monument

Orange County

Mission San Juan Capistrano - San Juan Capistrano

Amtrak Train Station - San Juan Capistrano

St. Regis - Monarch Beach

Orange County Performing Arts Center - Costa Mesa

Corona Del Mar - Ocean Blvd and Iris Ave, Corona Del Mar

Old Towne, Orange Historic District – Glassell St & Chapman Ave, Orange

Crystal Cove Beach – Pacific Coast Hwy/ Los Trancos/ Newport Coast Drive

Balboa Pier – 1 W Balboa Pier, Newport Beach

Aliso Beach Park - South Laguna Beach

Montage Resort - Laguna Beach

Fullerton Arboretum – CSU Fullerton, Fullerton

UCI Aldrich Park - Irvine

Riverside & San Bernardino County

Dos Lagos Lakeside Bridge - 27555 Lakeshore Dr, Corona

Great Oak Park – Fallbrook

The Mission Inn Hotel - Riverside

Temecula Valley Wineries – Temecula

Old Town Temecula – 42051 Main Street, Temecula

Glen Arbor Park - Murrieta

Cleveland National Forest - near Santa Rosa Plateau

Cap Rock Nature Trail - Joshua Tree

Prospect Park - Redlands

Sylvan Park - Redlands

Memorial Chapel, University of Redlands- Redlands

Kimberly Crest Mansion Gardens - Redlands

Mt. Rubidoux - Riverside

Fairmount Park Rose Garden - Riverside

Corona Lake - Corona

Claremont Colleges - Claremont

Chaffey High School - Ontario

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