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10 Best Places for Engagement Photos in SoCal

10 Best Places for Engagement Photos in SoCal

When it comes to engagement photos, Southern California is a great place to shoot, if not THE place to shoot. With its diverse landscape and abundance of beautiful locations, you're sure to find the perfect spot for your photos. From mountains, beaches, deserts, the ocean, you've really got it all in SoCal. In this blog post, we will list 10 of the best places for engagement photos in Southern California. So if you're looking for some inspiration, read on!

3 May 2022 / Caius Symboll®

Some of our favorite spots for engagement photos are:


The Santa Monica Pier

With its iconic Ferris wheel and views of the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Monica Pier is a great place to shoot engagement photos. Maybe when you’re done you could have fun with many activities nearby like the carousel, arcade or finding delicious seafood. The Santa Monica Pier is a great place to shoot engagement photos simply because of it’s beauty. It’s a location that is easily recognizable and will be sure to wow your friends and family.


Venice Beach

One of the most popular beaches in Southern California, Venice Beach is a great place to shoot engagement photos. How is this different than Santa Monica? Well, Venice Beach has a more laid-back and bohemian vibe. So if that’s the aesthetic you’re going for, then this is the place for you! With its canals, Muscle Beach and the famous Boardwalk, there are plenty of options for engagement photos at Venice Beach. Don’t miss the infamous skatepark and bladers rolling along on under the sun.


Walt Disney Concert Hall

Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of the most iconic buildings in Downtown LA. With its unique architecture, designed by Frank Gehry, it makes for a great engagement photo shoot location. Plus, you can visit the nearby MOCA or The Broad museum for some added culture to your engagement photos.


Rancho Palos Verdes

This is a great location for couples who want dramatic engagement photos with blue ocean views. There are many different locations to choose from at Rancho Palos Verdes, so you’re sure to find the perfect spot for your engagement photos. Atop of the bluffs of the Palos Verdes Hills, coastal towns carry a cozy sweet vibe mixed with just enough salty ocean air. What a joy it is to shoot at this location because the contrasting rugged cliffs and vast ocean views.



For those looking for a more rural engagement shoot location, Malibu is a great choice. With its winding roads, beautiful beaches and stunning views, it’s no wonder why so many couples choose to have their engagement photos taken here. You’ve got celebrity homes on one side and twisty trails leading to waterfalls, canyons, and other goodies in this SoCal nook.



Pasadena City Hall:

If you’re looking for a more classic engagement photo shoot location, Pasadena City Hall is a great choice. With its grand staircase and beautiful architecture, it’s the perfect place to get some stunning engagement photos. Plus, it’s conveniently located in the heart of Pasadena, known for it’s Victorian and art deco buildings. Visit the Norton Simon Museum for Asian and European Art or the Rose Bowl.


Downtown LA

There are countless places to shoot engagement photos in Downtown LA. Whether you want the cityscape as your backdrop or you’re looking for something a little more rustic, there’s definitely a spot for you. We’ve shot at Grand Central Market, The Last Bookstore, and even the Walt Disney Concert Hall. You can find chic, gritty, urban, bohemian, modern, old, whatever you’re feeling LA offers all.


Vasquez Rocks

If you want engagement photos that are truly unique, then Vasquez Rocks is the place for you. This unusual rock formation is located in Agua Dulce and has been used as a filming location for many movies and TV shows. Bring a picnic, wear your best outfit, take some pics, and wonder how the rocks slant up (nature, of course)


Griffith Park:

This is one of the most popular engagement photo locations in Southern California and it’s easy to see why. With over 4000 acres, Griffith Park has a lot to offer when it comes to engagement photos. From the Observatory to the Greek Theater, there are plenty of iconic locations to choose from. You can also find hiking trails, gardens, and even a golf course if you’re looking for a more active engagement photo shoot. They even shot the movie La La Land here – one of my personal favorites.


Balboa Fun Zone

Bring out your inner child and head to the Balboa Fun Zone located in Newport Beach. It’s a great place to take engagement photos if you’re looking for a more whimsical and light-hearted shoot. With its carousel, arcade games, and Ferris wheel, it’s the perfect place for couples who want to have some fun! Plus, you can’t beat the views of the Newport Beach Pier and Balboa Island.


We hope you found your dream location in this guide. Now go out and get those engagement photos taken! Congratulations on this special time in your life. We are so excited for you and your fiance, embarking on this love adventure and making sure it’s remembered. Cheers to a beautiful future ahead!


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