Having a San Francisco engagement session can be so fun and diverse! You get the best of both worlds from urban city feel to outdoorsy or ocean views. SF has it all for engagement session locations and we often times get asked by couples where are the best places in San Francisco to have an engagement sessions. Being a San Francisco native myself I know this city inside out! You have a beautiful pallet of different feels you can give your engagement session. Here are a few of my go to favorite places I like to take my engaged couples to for their engagement sessions.
The Palace Of Fine Arts
The Palace of Fine Arts is an iconic is one of San Francisco’s impressive structures resting in the Marina district. With its beautiful rotunda and old greek style pillars, the terra cotta building had a fairytale like elegance to it that captures very well in photographs. The romantic venue has a quaint pond that is home to many beautiful birds and swans making it a very story like place to create romantic imagery.
An engagement session at San Francisco’s Baker Beach is always a must. With the golden gate bridge as your backdrop sunset engagement photos here are always the prettiest. The light can go from gold to pink creating a beautiful cotton candy sky. We love when couples bring us here because we know the area and love shooting in the epic light. With the mountains in the background and the sand dunes near by you have such a diverse option of areas to shoot right there.
Ok Sutro Baths in San Francisco’s Lands End is my absolute favorite. I highly suggest shooting here during the week if you can and especially when the wether is nice. The beauty of the old ruins is that you can walk across the ledge and have a nice reflection in the water of the two of you with the sunset just behind you. It’s pretty amazing to have an engagement session here especially on film. I have shot at Sutro Baths quite a bit so I know that its a very popular place based on its beauty alone. Its quite fun to photograph couples in the trees above Lands End. I always love when brides to be wear a gorgeous gown in this spot because it just feels to luxurious!
Point Reyes Cliffs
There is no place like this gorgeous cliffside location for an epic engagement photo shoot. I have seen this location have some interesting fog waterfalls and the light is incredible here. I LOVE this place and am waiting for a couple to take me back because the imagery you get here is break taking. It is a short hike up so I always ask my couples to come prepared with warm jackets and hiking boots but the hike is worth the views you get and the photos you will LOVE. Point Reyes is an adorable town so after your engagement shoot you can go to dinner at the cute little restaurant in town.
Lyon Street Steps
Engagement sessions at the Lyon Street Steps in the Marina is another favorite spot. From the pillars to the steps and those adorable lantern style lights create an old world look to your images. Archways at the bottom make an incredible frame for couples to stand inside of and the lush greenery and florals around there are just gorgeous for engagements.
Arastradero Preserve Park
The foothills of Arastradero Park are stunning. Especially when the grasses are golden and high. They create a beautiful golden palette in the Palo Alto hills. I love shooting there because the expansive space creates a romantic clean and simple landscape for engagement photos. Shooting in beautiful wide open spaces like this is so much fun and it allows for the couples personalities to come out and explore the space around them.
Legion Of Honor Museum
The neutral color tones and beautiful light combine to create a gorgeous fine art pallet for an engagement session at the Legion of Honor. The building has an old world feel to it dates back to 1802 and a fine art sense of style and decorum. Im always up for a shoot at the Museum and it doesn’t just end with the museum structure. All around that area are amazing little trails that lend to a different outdoorsy look.
Lovers Lane is an engagement session in the trees. Surrounded by tall gorgeous Eucalyptus trees and dappled light gives your engagement photos a real beautiful outdoorsy feel in the city. Located in the Marina this spot is always great to shoot at any time of the day as the trees create a nice shade that can offer a defused light even on sunny days.
The Marin Headlands for an engagement session is sure to wow anyone that sees the photos. Breathtaking view with jagged cliffs and an ocean view at Rodeo beach just stunning all around. I have a secret spot that is tough for people to find so I love the look out for engagement sessions and engagement proposals. This is such a magical spot because of all the succulents that create a beautiful colorful terrain. I highly recommend this spot and its a short drive from San Francisco in Marin. I remember one year I mentioned this spot to all my couples and all of them wanted to have their engagement session there! It was awesome!
Shakespeare Garden in Golden Gate Park
The Cherry blossom trees here go off in the early spring and it creates little pink cotton balls all over the place. Magical is an understatement. Golden Gate park for an engagement session is always a good idea and you really can’t go wrong. The park is so big and full of beautiful trees and beautiful light. I love heading over to the stone bridge in Stow Lake or a walk through the museum lane for more of an urban feel. OR BOTH! The wonderful thing about Shakespeare Garden or Golden Gate Park in general is having your engagement session here means we can go all over because the skies the limits with places to shoot!