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THE BEST ENGAGEMENT PHOTO LOCATIONS IN LOS ANGELES

Griffith Observatory Engagement Session in Los Angeles, image by Fatima Elreda Photo

LOS ANGELES, MY FAVORITE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CITY

Here are 9 of the best engagement photo locations in Los Angeles, the city of angels. These are the places I love taking and photographing my couples. They’re beautiful and nature-filled nooks and crannies in and around LA. I love nature and it’s no secret if you’ve seen any other blog post on my recent work tab. Because I’m a LA-Based Photographer, exploring Los Angeles is kinda my thing. Getting away from Los Angeles, but not too far, is also what we Angelenos do.

THE BEST LOS ANGELES ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS LOCATIONS

In other words, we’re pretty lucky to be in the LA area. The beauty of Los Angeles is that we live around mountains, the ocean, the beautiful cityscape, AND the desert. Because we have so many options, we can use them to our benefit. That is pretty freakin' neat!!

Taking couples to these locations and showing the beauty not so far outside of LA is so much fun. Here are some of my favorite locations, and the ones my clients love most too!! This list consists of the best engagement photo locations in Los Angeles and the surrounding area! I’ve aded how far away each location is from my home in Mar Vista in miles, both ways. I offer travel up to 25 miles total, the rest accrues $1/mile.

To sum up, I’m familiar with these locations and have shot in each of them. If you like the photos on this site, and you want to head to one of these locations with me, book a session and let’s go on an adventure!

Note: Regardless of whether you go with me or not, please be respectful of the locations when you visit. Pick up your trash and pick up other people’s trash if you see it. Avoid areas that are closed off (whether it be for safety, or for preservation). Let’s not leave a trace, thank you!

LOS ANGELES, CA

To start, let's being in LA. Los Angeles itself has its special little nature-filled gems. Although it may be hard to believe, we really don't have to drive too far off to have a beautiful natural backdrop. In addition to this list, I would add Griffith Observatory. It's absolutely underrated and a beautiful experience can definitely be had there.

15 MILES TRAVEL

20 miles travel

13 MILES TRAVEL

ELYSIAN PARK

ARLINGTON GARDEN

LOS ANGELES RESERVOIR PARK

  • Location Attributes: Landscape view of the city, forest-y area, wall of greenery, it has many different backdrops near each other
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Parking: Free street parking
  • Location Attributes: Mini garden with several different garden spaces; cactus garden, tropical garden, etc. not very manicured (which is a bonus)
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Parking: Free street parking
  • Location Attributes: has mountains in the background, has cactus, long corn grass, green grass area with LA city view in the back, you can see the Hollywood sign very well too
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Hike: Very easy and short
  • Parking: Free street parking
  • MALIBU, CA

    Malibu is in Los Angeles, right? *shrugs* However, it’s beautiful and just a little extra drive up north. It’s one of the prettiest cities in SoCal with some of my favorite locations to take my couples. It doesn't all have to be beach, here are some examples of what I mean by that:

    55 MILES TRAVEL

    60 miles travel

    50 MILES TRAVEL

    RD VIEWPOINT

    MALIBU CREEK STATE PARK

    POINT DUME STATE BEACH

    Best Los Angeles Engagement Photos Location, image by Fatima Elreda Photo
    The Best Los Angeles Engagement Photos Location, image by Fatima Elreda Photo
  • Location Attributes: beautiful mountain ridges in the background, earthy foreground, has large rocks, is manicured but that doesn't have to show in the photos
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Parking: street parking
  • Location Attributes: greenery in winter and spring, brown and beautiful in summer, has mountains in the background, tall grass
  • Entry Fee: $6 per hour
  • Parking: Parking Lot
  • Location Attributes: has greenery, has beautiful rock formations, pretty beach set up
  • Entry Fee: $3 parking, on holidays it's $10 or $15
  • Hike: Easy and short
  • Parking: parking lot
  • MISCELLANEOUS AND CLOSE ENOUGH TO COUNT

    Nature is special and these spots are close to my heart and close enough to LA for Angelenos to still want to drive. I would have added Joshua Tree National Park to the list but it's a bit farther away so I didn't. In other words, although it's a distance, I highly recommend you add it to your list while you're searching for your spot. It is stunning and has so much to offer in the winter months (you can't catch me there in the summer desert heat).

    100 MILES TRAVEL

    120 miles travel

    50 MILES TRAVEL

    UPPER NEWPORT BAY NATURE PRESERVE

    THOMAR RILEY WILDERNESS PARK

    PALOS VERDES

    Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve Wedding, image by Fatima Elreda Photo
    Thomas F Riley Wilderness Park Family Session, image by Fatima Elreda Photo
    Bride and Groom Bridals and Trash the Dress Session in Palos Verdes, image by Fatima Elreda Photo
  • Location Attributes: body of water, large space of greenery, different backdrops of nature
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Parking: Parking Lot
  • Photo Permit: $150
  • Location Attributes: greenery in winter and spring, brown and beautiful in summer, tall grass, trees, big open spaces
  • Entry Fee: $3 parking
  • Parking: Parking Lot
  • Photo Permit: $150
  • Location Attributes: in the spring it has greenery and yellow flowers, has beautiful rocks, rocky beach, beautiful rocks formations and cliffs
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Hike: Medium and short
  • Parking: parking lot
  • I hope you enjoyed this list of what I truly feel are the best engagement photo locations in Los Angeles, there's many more spots I have up my sleeve and I am so excited to know them and share them with you! If you are interested in booking me for your wedding day, engagement sessions are included! Let's chat and talk about which location might work best for you and your partner.

    In addition, here is a list of some of my favorite restaurants and coffee shops around the LA area. This way, when you visit you have a few ideas of where to eat. The list would go on forever if I let it so I tried my best to keep it short for you. Feel free to ask me questions about any of these places. Hope you enjoy!!

    LOCALLY OWNED

    COFFEE SHOPS

    - MOGUMOGU, Santa Monica

    - SABOR COLOMBIANO, LA

    - CHA CHA CHICKEN, Santa Monica

    - I LUV SUSHI TOO, Artesia

    - OOPS! SUSHI & SAKE BAR, Mar Vista

    - MALIBU FARM RESTAURANT, Malibu

    - MONTE ALBAN RESTAURANT, Mar Vista

    - COFFEE MCO, Koreatown

    - PALM COFFEE BAR, Burbank

    - MARU COFFEE, DTLA

    - GNARWHAL COFFEE, Santa Monica

    - CAPRI GELATO & COFFEE BAR, Marina Del Rey

    - LA LA LAND KIND CAFE, Santa Monica

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