I love shooting in San Francisco. And when I say love, I mean looooooooove. There are so many gorgeous backdrops, inspiring architecture & incredible colors throughout the city. I have been in love with San Francisco since I first visited when I was 12 years old, & I love to take newly engaged couples or married couples into San Francisco to shoot some awesome photographs. If you are looking for some incredible places to shoot in San Francisco, here are my faves:
* The Palace of Fine Arts: Although this location is used quite frequently for engagement photography & wedding photography, it is a location that is down.right.gorgeous. The building itself is adorned with statues, scrollwork & gorgeous architecture. When I am at the Palace of Fine Arts, I feel like I am in Europe! The Palace of Fine Arts provides a timeless & gorgeous backdrop for engagement or wedding photography.
* The Japanese Tea Gardens: Love this place. It costs some money to get in, but it is an incredible location for engagement or wedding photography. The lush greenery is a perfect & peaceful setting for photographs. I love shooting here because the gardens look amazing year round & the colors of the gardens are nothing short of incredible.
* The Presidio: It’s chalk full of cool old buildings, staircases & run-down buildings that provide an awesome backdrop for the couples who are more interested in the urban look for their engagement or wedding photographs. Love, love, loooooooooooove it! Aside from the buildings, there is also a large field that looks out to the Golden Gate Bridge.
* Golden Gate Park: This is a huge park that is full of beautiful places to take photographs. The De Young & Natural Sciences Museum are also in Golden Gate Park: both of the museums’ exteriors are fabulous & provide both a natural & urban look within a short distance of each other. Golden Gate Park is so large & the locations for engagement & wedding photography inside the park are limitless.
* Baker Beach: This beach is a great one for photographs. The Golden Gate Bridge is visible from the beach & a beach setting is always a fun place for engagement or wedding photography. When the fog rolls in, the scene becomes more romantic as it spills through the bridge & makes for an incredible backdrop for your engagement or wedding photography.
* Legion of Honor: This museum offers a fantastic location for a more classic look for your engagement or wedding photographs. Large columns grace the beautiful courtyard & nearby are fields of flowers, interesting staircases & other ideal places for engagement or wedding photography.
* Oakland Temple: If you are an LDS bride looking for (in my super humble opinion) THE BEST TEMPLE ON THE PLANET…then the Oakland Temple is a temple you should consider for your wedding. The landscaping is gorgeous year round & it’s hardly ever busy, which is a great way for your wedding day to seem perfect & personal. The Oakland Temple is one of my favorite places to photograph not only because I was married there, but because it is simply gorgeous. The rooftop gardens, the sprawling views of San Francisco, the gorgeous fountains…the list goes on. I spend a lot of time here shooting weddings so I am very familiar with every fabulous nook & cranny of the Oakland temple.
In the Reno Nevada Area:
* Reno LDS Temple: I grew up in Reno & so I have a special place in my heart for the Reno Temple. It’s gorgeous, landscaped beautifully & is situated on the most beautiful piece of property. The front of the temple looks out to the beautiful mountains & the rear of the temple looks over downtown Reno. Since it’s a small temple, you might be the only couple getting married on any given day, keeping the grounds quiet, peaceful & private. The Reno temple has gorgeous nooks & crannies for photographs as well as beautiful landscaping year round. The Reno Temple is beautiful, beautiful, beautiful & I’ve loved every.single.wedding I’ve photographed here. I’m very familiar with the temple as well as the nearby locations if you are interested in additional photographs. Click HERE to see some of my favorite photos from Reno Temple Weddings.