Los Angeles Engagement Photography Locations

An engagement session is a great way to get to know your photographer before they shoot your big day.  Southern California is well known to be one of the best filming locations in the world.  So with that in mind, finding a good place for your engagement session should be a no-brainer. With so many amazing venues in Los Angeles, it can be hard to narrow down your options. So we’ve made a lost of our favorite Los Angeles Engagement Photography Locations to shoot at.

Park/Nature Centers

O’Melveny Park – Granada Hills

For our brides who love the ethereal look of winding trails and luscious greenery, O’Melveny Park is a great option.  This park is always green, and showcases a beautiful lemon grove right at the entrance. As you walk through the pathways, you’ll find trees and quaint wooden fences lining the park.

Summit Park – Santa Clarita

Summit Park is a natural park nestled in the hills of Valencia, complete with oak trees and an open field perfect for photos.  This location looks amazing in the fall with the changing leaves, making the perfect backdrop for your engagement session. In the summer, this location is in bloom and offers a gorgeous wooden bridge at its center.  This location is perfect for a boho bride that’s looking for natural photos.

Placerita Canyon Nature Center – Newhall

Placerita Canyon is one of the most beautiful places in Los Angeles for engagement photos if you are looking for warm, golden California Light.  The best thing about this venue is it’s contrast between warm and earthy tones. We love photographing here particularly because the park is easy to access.

LA Arboretum – Arcadia

The Los Angeles Arboretum is an amazing place to shoot for our brides that are looking for a garden style engagement session. This location offers a huge property of different garden styles that we can photograph with you, as well as an amazing waterfall on property.  This location is great for our brides who are looking to combine a romantic garden session with a little bit of added drama and architecture. Large uprooted trees offer a dramatic look to your portraits, while beds of flowers allow us to shoot romantic photos with our couple.  

O'Melveny Park

  • Greenery
  • Open Grass Fields
  • Orange Groves
  • Free Parking

Summit Park

  • Golden Tones
  • Paseos & Bridges
  • Free Parking

Placerita Canyon Nature Center

  • Beautiful Light
  • Tall Grassy Fields
  • Variety of Locations
  • Free Parking

LA Arboretum

  • Variety of Locations
  • Greenery and Golden Tones
  • Unique Forest Locations
  • Florals during Spring

Urban/City Locations

Walt Disney Concert Hall – DTLA

Walt Disney Concert Hall is a dream for our couples that are looking for a modern, sleek vibe for their engagement session.  With amazing modern architecture and a neutral grey palette, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles allows our clients to pop off the background with bright clothing or go for a neutral aesthetic that will match their modern home when they print their photos for the wall.  

Pasadena City Hall – Pasadena

Pasadena City Hall is a great location for our clients who are looking for a city location with amazing architecture that also feels warm and romantic.  This location is reminiscent of an Italian villa, and offers many places to shoot within. When you arrive, a grand staircase leads you up to the front entrance where you’ll find rounded archways that take you to an interior courtyard and garden.  Inside the corridors, spiral staircases offer an amazing backdrop for photos, and vintage lamps adorning wooden ceilings will add some romance to your photos.

Griffith Park Observatory – DTLA

Griffith Observatory is the quintessential Los Angeles venue, with recognizable architecture and the city skyline in the background.  This location is great for a couple that likes the look of light colors and dreamy daylight mixed with vintage architecture.

Beverly Hills/Rodeo Drive – Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills isn’t often thought of as a go-to location for engagement photos, but this location offers a lot in the way of beautiful architecture and lends well to lifestyle photos.  Between the iconic Beverly Hills sign and winding streets through Rodeo Drive, this location gives a unique feel that you can only find here.

LACMA/City Lights – DTLA

The lights at LACMA are easily recognized as one of the top photo destinations in LA.  This permanent art installation outside of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is made up of towering street lamps, and is completely lit up at night.  During the day, this maze of lights creates a beautiful modern backdrop that’s super instagramable.

Walt Disney Concert Hall

  • Modern Architecture
  • All Day Shoots Available
  • Photographer Friendly
  • Metered Parking


Pasadena City Hall

  • European Architecture
  • Beautiful Light
  • Photographer Friendly
  • Metered Parking


Griffith Park Observatory

  • Morning Shoots Best
  • LA Vibes
  • Best to Uber
  • Street Parking Available Below


Beverly Hills

  • Strict Shooting Restrictions
  • LA Vibes
  • Beautiful storefronts
  • Best to shoot early on Sundays
  • Metered Parking


Beach Locations

El Matador Beach – Malibu

El Matador Beach in Malibu is our top pick for amazing beach photos.  This beach is located at the bottom of a steep set of rocks, and the view from the top can’t be beat.  As we venture down to the sand, the exposed sea walls create a unique and incredible natural architecture for photos.  This location looks best at sunset when the tide is low, so we can traverse the beach and make use of the natural rock formations that would typically be covered by waves.  Parking is under $10 at the time that this article was written so it can easily be accessed.

Santa Monica Pier – Santa Monica

Santa Monica Pier is a great location to capture lifestyle photos.  This location takes advantage of the bright colors and carnival scene on top of the boardwalk, as well as the sea-washed posts underneath that create a traditional beach look for your engagement photos.  During the evening, the fully lit ferris wheel creates a colorful backdrops for some fun silhouettes.

Victoria Beach – Orange County

This beach is not in Los Angeles, but a bit south in the beautiful OC.  The beach has absolutely gorgeous scenery.  When photographing at low tide you are able to take advantage of some very amazing scenery.  This location does require a permit issued by the county and advanced notice before shooting there.  Laguna Beach will not issue permits unless it is low tide at the scheduled shoot time.


El Matador Beach

  • Beautiful Rock Formations
  • Stunning Sunsets
  • Long Walk Down to the Beach
  • Crowded on Weekends

Santa Monica Pier

  • Beautiful Sunsets
  • Mixture of Architecture/Beach
  • Pier makes for fun photos
  • $15-$20 Parking

Victoria Beach

  • Gorgeous Sunsets
  • Beautiful Scenery
  • Limited Parking Available
  • Permit Required

Why should you do an engagement session?

Doing an engaement session allows you to get a chance to meet your photographer and understand exactly how they work.  It’s important to get a feel for being in front of the camera if you have never done it before.  Doing your engagement session also allows you to get images that are different from your wedding photos.  Most importantly, your engagement session is the beginning of your story together.

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