I 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, I 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 me. 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. I am in absolutely no hurry. At a minimum, you can expect it to last two hours, but I’ve had engagement sessions that have lasted an entire day. It just depends on what you are interested in doing. Additionally, lighting is best during the last few hours of the day, so I 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. Some couples bring two outfits, one casual and one dressy. 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, I have listed some below. Also keep in mind, some locations require a permit and/or charge a photography fee. 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 I might add it to my list. Happy hunting!
Temecula & Surrounding Areas
Temecula Valley Wineries – Temecula
Old Town Temecula – 42051 Main Street, Temecula
Corona Lake – 12510 Temescal Canyon Road, Corona
Glen Arbor Park – Murrieta; example images here
Historic building in Murrieta – Example images here
Cleveland National Forest – near Santa Rosa Plateau; example images here
Great Oak Park – Fallbrook
Joshua Tree National Park – 74485 National Park Dr, Twentynine Palms; example images here
The Mission Inn Hotel -3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside
Los Angeles County
Arboretum of Los Angeles County – 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia
Chinatown – North Broadway, North of College Street
Typically, an engagement session in Chinatown works best in the late afternoon on Sundays.
Descanso Gardens -1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge
Dodgers Stadium -1000 Elysian Park Ave, Los Angeles
Griffith Observatory – 2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles
Griffith Park – 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens -1151 Oxford Road, San Marino
Japanese Garden – CSU Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach
No fee is required for casual engagement photography during certain days and times. Otherwise, it is $200per hour, and a reservation is required.
Pasadena City Hall – 100 North Garfield Avenue, Pasadena
No permit or fee is required for casual engagement photography.
Pasadena Old Town – 1 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
Santa Monica Beach and Pier – 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
Shoreline Village and Park – 429-P Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach
This spot has a harbor, lighthouse, pier, colorful shops, and a view of the Queen Mary. There are also sandy areas, tall grasses and wooden walkways for an East-Coast feel.
UCLA – 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles
Union Station – 800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles
Universal Studios – Universal City
USC – Exposition Blvd and S Figueroa St, Los Angeles
Venice Beach and Pier - 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice
Venice Canals – Carroll Ct & Eastern Canal Ct, Venice
Walt Disney Concert Hall -111 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
Mission San Juan Capistrano – 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano
$75 per hour for reserved non-commercial photography for every five (5) people photographed. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance.
St. Regis Monarch Beach
Amtrak Train Station - San Juan Capistrano
Orange County Performing Arts Center - Costa Mesa
Corona Del Mar – Ocean Blvd and Iris Ave, Corona Del Mar
There’s a staircase that leads to a beautiful beach in the section of Corona Del Mar that runs toward Poppy Avenue. It has great rocks and caverns in the background.
Old Towne, Orange Historic District – Glassell, Orange
A permit is required; however, discreet sessions lasting less than 45 minutes should be okay.
Crystal Cove Beach – Pacific Coast Hwy and Los Trancos or Newport Coast Drive
Balboa Pier – 1 W Balboa Pier, Newport Beach
Montage Resort – 30801 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach
Fullerton Arboretum – CSU Fullerton, 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton
A photo permit costs $100 (once approved) and is valid for one day and for 1 and ½ hours. The permit approval process may take 2 or 3 days and must be approved in writing before the photo session.
San Diego County
The Flower Fields in Carlsbad (March-May) – 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad
Balboa Park – 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego
San Diego Zoo – 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego
Gaslamp Quarter -
Embarcadero Marina Park
Cabrillo National Monument