Best Spots for Engagement Photos Near San Diego, CA

Now, I’m not going to go ahead and declare the west coast is the best coast, but I will say that California has a million different options for elopement destinations, engagement photos, and couples sessions. If you’re looking for a city to capture your love story in, San Diego has so many different locales that fit every type of love story. Here are just a few favorites! 


Sunset Cliffs Couples Photoshoot, San Diego


Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

With 68 acres to explore, you know there are some amazing views here, and I can help you find the most epic backdrops for your San Diego engagement photos! You’ll find intricately carved coastal bluffs, arches, and sea caves as well as the most stunning panoramic ocean views. During the right time of year, if you’re lucky, you can see California gray whales. 




Scripps Beach

The long and photogenic Scripps Pier is not open to the public, unfortunately, but the beach on both sides of it is, and the pier makes a great background to your engagement photos in San Diego. Scripps Beach is much quieter than La Jolla Shores just to the south, which gives you nice, intimate photos.


Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

According to, “Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, located on the cliffs above Torrey Pines State Beach, is a 1,750 acre reserve dedicated to preserving its namesake, the Torrey Pine tree and other indigenous wildlife in its native environment.” The park offers hiking trails of varying levels, sandstone canyons, and cliffside views of the Pacific Ocean. 


Balboa Park

If you’re looking for something a little more urban, Balboa Park has a little bit of everything: more than 16 museums, multiple performing arts venues, lovely gardens, trails, and sweeping architecture from Spanish Colonial Revival to mid-century Modern. Depending on what kind of backdrop you’re looking for, I can help you find it at Balboa Park. 



La Jolla Sea Caves

Want to take your San Diego engagement photos to a spot dating back to the dinosaurs? I mean, how cool is that? The sea caves take a bit of effort to get to, but the history and scenery are so cool! There are seven, but only one is really reachable by foot, Sunny Jim Cave. 


Bernardo Winery

For a different kind of San Diego engagement photo session, Bernardo Winery has been serving the region since 1889. The winery is open Wednesday through Saturday 11-8 and Sunday 11-6. What’s more Californian than a winery?!


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