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
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