One of the top questions I always get from couples I work with is – Where are the best Bay Area Engagement Shoot Locations?
Confession, I’m going to be completely honest and say that living in the San Francisco Bay Area gives us access to every beautiful location type you could possibly want. I think we live in the most beautiful state of all of the states. *Sorry not sorry* Within just a few short hours of driving you can access beautiful beaches, vast mountains, wine country and architectual glories.
After my Client’s sign on with us, the very first step we do is send over a Questionnaire to really get to know their wants and needs for their session. Where in the San Francisco Bay Area are you looking to do your Engagement Session? Are you wanting to travel a bit further (which we totally love). I also ask questions about your personal story, how did you meet and what are some words that describe you guys?
I find that getting to know each couple personally, helps me photograph their story in a way that is unique to them. As we explore this through the Questionnaire, we start to brainstorm places. The Bay Area has no shortage, and I’ve decided to include a list of my top five. Let’s go over our top five Bay Area Engagement Shoot Locations.
I’ve photographed at many beaches in the Bay Area and hands down my favorite is definitely Rodeo Beach. The sand is a bit darker than normal sand and the beach is surrounded by the gorgeous cliffs of the Marin Headlands.
An Engagement Session at Marin Headlands is always breathtaking. Surrounded by the gleaming ocean and endless cliffside views…need I say more?
For anyone who is a lover of classic and a bit of Charleston, I would 100% recommend Filoli Gardens. There is a small fee to be able to photograph there but it is completely worth it. You have to take a photo in front of the Filoli building with it’s timeless red brick and climbing ivy. Continue on inside to old world tiling and beautifully lush landscaped gardens as you walk on.
This San Francisco gem is perfect for your Engagement Session if you love architecture and glamour. An Engagement Session there is always stunning because of the sky high white pillars. The neutral background also really creates a setting for the focus of the session to be on you.
San Francisco City Hall is an absolute feast of beauty literally everywhere you look. You can’t go wrong here and people always love this birds eye shot on the stairs.
We all know that us women love our options though, so I’ve created a freebie for your with 5 more drool worthy California Engagement Session locations. This will give you a fantastic head start on options that are way better than the local city park. Click the link below to get your freebie.
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Elizabeth Nwansi Photography is a San Francisco Bay Area and Michigan Wedding Photographer specializing in fine art & romantic Wedding, Engagement and Anniversary Photography. We serve the Bay Area and other California locations including: Napa, Saratoga, Walnut Creek, San Francisco, Healdsburg, Carmel, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, Los Altos and more. We also are available for Destination Photography.
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