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 All sessions taken at these places have been removed from my website as they are outdated and no longer an accurate representation of my work.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.
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.
Old Poway Park- A client favorite, and frequently used location. Variety of backdrops
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.
Presidio Park- Quiet location with a beautiful building, an abundance of brick, pine trees, and grassy areas.
Rancho Bernardo Inn- Note that this location is best for adults and subject to availability.
Rose Canyon (Marian Bear Park)- Great for those who want nothing but nature.
Lake Murray- Nice location with willow trees and water.
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.
Balboa Park- Can double as urban location- see Spanish Village below
Sea Grove Park- Also a beach location
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)
Coronado- (can double as park setting inside the Hotel Del courtyard)
Urban/Any other location that’s not a park or beach :):