In the midst of planning your wedding, you may not have time to find the best locations for your engagement photos in SF. We have drafted this blog so that you can review all of the best spots in San Francisco for your engagement session in one place.
There’s no question why San Francisco attracts so many visitors per year (24.6 million in 2016 according to The San Francisco Travel Association.) The San Francisco Bay Area boasts beautiful weather year-round, incredible scenery, countless landmarks and amazing day-trip opportunities such as Napa and the Pacific Coast Highway. With three international airports, all within 1 hour of the city, San Francisco is the perfect destination for pre-wedding sessions, engagement sessions, weddings and elopements!
In case you are considering the golden city as a backdrop for your pre-wedding or wedding-day photos, here are 10 of the best photo shoot locations chosen by JBJ Pictures, a trusted wedding photographer in San Francisco.
Best Places for Engagement Photos in San Francisco
1. Palace of Fine Arts Engagement Photos
The Palace of Fine Arts is a palatial structure still in place and kept in perfect condition since it’s debut in 1915 at the Panama-Pacific Exposition (World’s Fair.) With an immense dome in the center of the park, beautiful landscaping and a charming pond with swans and sea birds, the scenery is positively ethereal.
2. Crissy Field Engagement Photos
Crissy Field is an expansive park on the Bay within the Presidio area of San Francisco. With incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge, a few beaches, a charming cafe called “The Warming Hut” and plenty of lush green grass, this is a great location for photos that offers a large variety of different scenery.
3. Baker Beach Engagement Photos
Baker Beach is the best beach in San Francisco with views of the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s also easily accessible with plenty of parking and no steep or treacherous hikes. It’s beautiful in sunny and foggy weather!
4. Pier 7 Engagement Photos
If you are in search of a more urban setting, Pier 7 is a great spot close to Market Street downtown as well as the iconic blue Ferry Building. Be sure to go around sunset for the best lighting!
5. San Francisco City Hall Engagement Photos
It is easy to understand why San Francisco City Hall is one of the top U.S. destinations for elopements and wedding ceremonies. With breathtaking Beaux-Art architecture inside and out, SF City Hall is an incredible backdrop for any photo. Consider this option on windy days during the week when it is open (this location is closed on weekends.)
6. Lover’s Lane Engagement Photos in Presidio Park
Nestled in Presidio Park, Lover’s Lane is a fairytale worthy trail, perfect for any photo shoot. The winding path is lined with beautiful, immense trees which makes for an interesting perspective in photos. A romantic choice for anyone interested in a photo shoot in the forest, with the convenience of being in the city.
7. Sutro Baths Engagement Photos
The Sutro Bath ruins in San Francisco are such a unique location for a photo shoot. In the fog, which you will find here most of the time, the scene is romantic and moody. In the sunshine, the colors have incredible blues and greens, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Land’s End, a short walk away, is a great vista point overlooking the Pacific as well as the Golden Gate Bridge.
8. Legion of Honor Engagement Photos
This is another palatial location in San Francisco near Land’s End with incredible architecture and a luxurious look. This is a great location in the winter months (Nov – Feb) when the sun sets early. Because it is a museum, the site is closed after 5pm, so it’s important to plan the session before it closes.
9. Potrero Hill Engagement Photos
Potrero Hill is another great urban scene, with incredible views of the city. I recommend this location on clear days without fog to ensure that the city will appear in the background.
10. Japanese Tea Garden Engagement Photos
The Japanese Tea Garden is a beautiful and peaceful place to have your engagement photos done! It’s a very colorful garden with a lot of reds and greens, creating vibrant photos. The best part about this location is that you can finish your session with a pot of Sencha tea!
Be prepared to leave your heart in San Francisco,
the beautiful California city on the Bay!