One of the most popular questions I receive is, “Where should I have my session?”  If you’re struggling with location ideas, please use this page as a reference. The map below gives a quick overview of the frequent places I shoot. Underneath this, I have listed different categories and session examples.

 To see the map on a separate page with the list of locations next to it, click this link:  http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=218110646581509900026.000499118c22469c7f60c

To view session examples taken at a particular location, simply click on its name or  the plus sign to its left.

Note that some locations do not have a session example. All sessions taken at these places have been removed from my website as they are outdated and no longer an accurate representation of my work.  Please let me know if you have an idea or a place that would be perfect for pictures but is not listed. I’d LOVE to add to my list.

Session Locations

Grass/Trees:

San Marcos Civic Center- A small but beautiful location with a mix of grass, trees, and red fountain grass. Location also has a cream colored stone fireplace

Old Town: Has a variety of backdrops with buildings as well as lush greenery. Best to shoot by 8:30am.

Grape Day Park - Park in Escondido, North County. Similar to Old Poway Park.

Harry Griffen Regional Park- Very large park with standard park equipment, an amphitheater, and a lot of unspoiled natural backdrops .

Jack's Pond- Red barn, white fence, grassy areas, natural backdrops and a playground.

Webb Park- In Rancho Bernardo. Park with pond and ducks.

Briercrest Park- La Mesa area, right off highway 8.

Mission Bay Park- Open stretch of beach, with grass and a playground.

Coronado (Ferry Landing) - Good mix of scenery. Includes Greenery, sand, pier, and a view of Downtown San Diego.

Rose Canyon (Marian Bear Park)- Great for those who want nothing but nature.

Lake Poway:- $5 fee attached to your session if entrance is being charged at gate, plus parking $ for yourself.

Seaport Village- Can also double as an urban location.  I only shoot in the morning at this location. Preferably 8:30, no later than 9am. Parking may be an additional charge.

 

Beaches:

 

Swami's- (large beach, high cliffs, green highlights- requires a number of stairs to access)

Windandsea- (small beach, mostly rocks, great at sunset, street parking- not my first choice for a fast toddler)

La Jolla Shores- (big parking lot, wide open beach, tons of sand)

La Jolla Cove- (mix of everything; sand, rocks, green, caves, etc. - Parking and tide can be an issue)

La Jolla Children's Pool/Wedding Bowl -(next to the seals, includes beach, rocks, trees. Parking may be an issue)

La Jolla, Coast Boulevard Park- Love the beach, but hate the sand? This one's for you. Low rocks, little sand, lots of ocean.

Del Mar Dog Beach- (great green color, cliffs, awesome rocks, must work around tide schedule and dogs, possible parking fee $4)

Mission Beach -(doubles as urban location if including Belmont Park)

Pacific Beach/Crystal Pier - (big wooden pier, some urban options, parking street- allow time)

 

Urban/Any other location that’s not a park or beach :):

Downtown San Diego/ Convention Center

Downtown San Diego/ Gaslamp District

Belmont Park- I only shoot here during early morning hours on the weekends, or it gets too crowded.

Liberty Station: Does have some grass and park-like areas. A lot of arches.

Bonsall Bridge: Large, dead-end bridge with some greenery. Roadside parking only. Unique location.

Coronado Ferry Landing: As seen above, this location has a mix of beach, park, and various backdrops. This session showcases the downtown view and has more of an urban feel.

Old Town: Has a variety of backdrops with buildings as well as lush greenery. Best to shoot by 8:30am.