Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pinterest

Weddings

Intimate wedding & elopement photographer who loves European destinations and talking about Pinterest.

MEET shannon

Unique Bay Area Engagement Photo Locations

Kirby Cove Engagement Session

The Bay Area is full of unique engagement photo locations providing gorgeous landscapes from beaches to mountains to deserts. There truly is something for everyone when it comes to finding unique Bay Area engagement photo locations, and I’m excited to share them with you! When I first moved to the Bay Area, I was so […]

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The Bay Area is full of unique engagement photo locations providing gorgeous landscapes from beaches to mountains to deserts. There truly is something for everyone when it comes to finding unique Bay Area engagement photo locations, and I’m excited to share them with you!

When I first moved to the Bay Area, I was so excited to explore so many new places, and photograph my couples in gorgeous California golden hour. And lemme tell you…it has lived up to, and exceeded, my expectations!! Between the city skyline of San Francisco, the rolling open hills in East Bay, redwood groves in Los Altos, and ocean views all along the coast, there is a little of something for everyone in the Bay Area.

I include engagement sessions in most of my wedding packages, so I’ve had the awesome opportunity to photograph lots of my wedding couples all around the Bay. It has been a blast, and I’ve learned so much (like how popular the Palace of Fine Arts is and how Baker Beach isn’t the most ideal spot for sunset photos if you also want to capture the bridge), and found some truly unique engagement photo location spots that I’m really excited to share with you in this post.

Borges Ranch in Walnut Creek (East Bay Area Location)

Borges Ranch in Walnut Creek is a gorgeous location for golden hour photos!! With giant trees, a barn, golden hills, and wandering trails, this spot provides a great natural landscape for engagement photos.

Engagement photos at Borges Ranch in Walnut Creek | photos by Shannon May Brown

Kirby Cove (North Bay Area Location)

Kirby Cove is the most enchanting little beach with the most epic Golden Gate Bridge view. This requires a bit of a hike, but it is well worth it!

Engagement photos at Kirby Cove in San Francisco | photos by Shannon May Brown

Lake Chabot Regional Park (East Bay Area Location)

Lake Chabot is absolutely beautiful and has a lovely little boardwalk you can use. In addition to the lake, there is also open green space, and redwood trees, which are great for photos.

Engagement photos at Lake Chabot | photos by Shannon May Brown

Palo Alto Arizona Cactus Garden at Stanford (South Bay Area Location)

This lovely spot is both a personal and client favorite! The unique plants in this cactus garden provide for some really beautiful photos. Plan to park in the mall parking lot and then walk to the location.

Engagement photos at Arizona Cactus Garden in Palo Alto | photos by Shannon May Brown

Elizabeth Gamble Gardens in Palo Alto (South Bay Area Location)

This garden is another Palo Alto gem, with beautiful flowers and trees. I also love the white terrace structure in the garden—it makes for really beautiful photos!

Engagement photos at Elizabeth Gamble Gardens in Palo Alto | photos by Shannon May Brown

So there you have it, five of the most unique Bay Area engagement photo locations I have found! Remember, treat all of these locations with respect, and leave no trace! Want to explore more? Access my entire Bay Area photo locations map perfect for planning the best engagement photo session ever.

 

Did you enjoy this post? If so, consider sharing this on Pinterest!
Best Bay Area Engagement Locations

Amanda + derek

"Shannon was so fun to work with! She helped capture our engagement event and was even accommodating when we had to change days due to bad weather. She had some sneak peek pictures to us by that night and pictures within days! On top of professionalism, she was such a sweetheart and pleasure to work with, thanks again Shannon!"

"She was such a pleasure to work with."

05.

04.

03.

02.

01.

Madde + Aidan

"Taking photos with Shannon was one of the best experiences I've ever had with a photographer. She made [us] feel so relaxed and comfortable. We not only ended up with great pictures, but we also had a great experience. Thank you!"

"Made us feel relaxed and comfortable"

05.

04.

03.

02.

01.

Sara + Ken

"Shannon is a phenomenal photographer who captured the most beautiful moments from our wedding week. Her energy, enthusiasm, and positivity put everyone at ease. The photos are stunning -- when I look at them, I don't just see how the wedding looked, but I remember how it felt. She is magic behind the camera. I am so, so glad we chose her to be the person to capture our wedding day.

"she is magic behind the camera"

05.

04.

03.

02.

01.

Michaela

"Shannon is an incredible balance of personable and professional! I am continually impressed by her ability to bring out the best in her clients and make them comfortable and effortless on camera! "

"Brings out the best in her clients"

05.

04.

03.

02.

01.

Malena

"Shannon is fabulous! The whole process from setting a date to receiving the finished photos was straightforward and enjoyable thanks to her expertise and guidance. She couples her warm and cheerful disposition with talent, creativity, and technical knowledge. I had a truly lovely experience!"

"Truly lovely experience"

05.

04.

03.

02.

01.