Best engagement locations for photos in San Francisco Bay Area
Engaged? Congrats! Looking for the best place in San Francisco to take engagement photos? Look no further.
Over the years, I’ve photographed all over San Francisco and I’ve been wanting to share these locations to everyone. I’ve spend hours scouting San Francisco to determine what the most beautiful spots are. I’ve personally been to all these locations and came up with tips to make your journey as smooth as possible. In part one of my series, I’ll first list out the top places in San Francisco. In part two, I’ll go over areas in the Bay Area.
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San Francisco City Hall
Quite possibly one of the most beautiful City Halls out there. Great place to take engagement photos here or wait to do wedding photos here if you end up getting your marriage license here.
Tip: Opened only on weekdays and generally more busy on Fridays than the other days.
Lover’s Lane in Presidio Park
Combining art with nature, this is a mecca for nature lovers. Tall trees line the zigzaggling path of the Wood Line (an installation by Andy Goldsworthy). You should start at this location.
Tip: limited parking so park in Presidio Ave and pacific Ave area.
Want the picture of the Golden Gate Bridge? There’s no better place than Baker Beach. Run or walk across the beach for scenic photos. Oh yeah, be careful of nudists that might photobomb your photos in the background :p
Tip: Check out the webcam before you go so you can see how the weather it is. It is SF, after all.
Land’s End and Sutro Baths
This is one of my favorite combos in San Francisco. From salt baths to tall trees to sea cliffs, this place has it all. The best time to go is right before sunset and with that, expect crowds and other couples there.
Tip: Do yourself a favor and bring a jacket. Often times, it’s windy and you’ll thank me later.
Bernal Heights Park
Want a view of the City and nature? Here’s the best spot. It’s also a dog friendly park. Oh yeah, find the swing. It’s cool.
Tip: You’d want to park here. And since you’ll be walking on a dirt path, it’s best to not wear heels or bring a change of shoes, ladies.
Cable Car & Trolleys
Cable cars screams San Francisco. Did you know? San Francisco is the first city that first launched cars pulled along by cables running beneath the street. I didn’t but that’s what Google said. Hop on a cable car or rent one privately. For the public ones, there are three lines: Powell/Hyde, Powell/Mason and California/Van Ness. Check out this guide.
Tip: Hop on the Powell/Hyde when it ends and you’ll be able to hop on without people.
Chinatown is underrated. It’s filled with hidden gems. You just need to get lost in it. Plus, there’s amazing food before, during and after your photoshoot.
Tip: My favorite street is Waverly Pl between Sacramento St and Clay St.
Views on views. Two hills sit about 1000 feet above the City. Did I say you can get a full view of SF? Yes. Views.
Tip: Go really early to catch the sunrise or go late to catch the sunset. The times in between will be filled with tourists.
Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park is a treasure chest. There’s just so much sceneries in there from the Conservatory of Flower to Stow Lake. It’s gorgeous but make sure you figure out where to go specifically.
Tip: Good home base is Stow Lake. Start there and journey until you get lost.
Legion of Honor
Transport yourself to European architecture at the Legion of Honor. Ivory columns blanket the walkways. Absolutely a gorgeous place.
Tip: Keep in mind when it closes because they’ll close the gate and you’d only be able to talk photos from the exterior.
Crissy Field has it all: beach, Golden Gate bridge, city landscape, and historic houses. Go early in the morning or just before sunset. But keep in mind, it can be foggy.
Tip: You’ll be overwhelmed by choices of where to get photographed. Plan out what sceneries you want and go in that order. And bring a jacket.
Palace of Fine Arts
If you’re not from around here, then the Palace of Fine Arts is probably a place of interest. It’s probably the most photographed place in SF. So expect crowds.
Tip: Parking will be an issue, depending on time of day you go. Budget extra time to find parking.
Want another photo with the San Francisco cityscape as your backdrop? You’ll find it at Potrero Hill. Wander around this area to find colorful houses and the linkering SF cityscape.
Tip: The best spot is the corner of 20th Street and Wisconsin St in San Francisco. But please, be careful of traffic.
Cupid’s Span, Bay Bridge, Ferry building and Pier 7
Take a stroll along the Embarcadero. Within the 0.6 miles starting from Cupid’s Span (because it’s Cupid), you can get lost with the beauty of the bay. Walk along Pier 7 for the Transamerica Pyramid in the background.
Tip: Be careful of runners and cyclists. Oh, and your parking meter.
There you have it; these are what I think are the top engagement spots in San Francisco. Of course, this list isn’t exclusive and there are other beautiful spots. I’m still exploring and will add to this list.