San Francisco is the scene of countless books, Hollywood blockbusters, independent comedies, sitcoms, and classic songs. There’s a certain aura and appeal of the city that draws in people of all walks of life. It’s this diversity and the city’s rich history and unique landscape that makes this a gorgeous location for engagement pictures. A huge financial district lies right next to one of the world’s renown shopping areas. But less than 5 miles away are gorgeous beaches with views of beautiful bridges. Throughout the entire city is historic architecture, famous museums and other landmarks that each tell a unique story.
Ever since attending Cal Berkeley, SF has had a special place in my heart. I’ve wanted to write an article like this for a while, but I hadn’t had enough engagement sessions in the area to compile a good list. I was thrilled when our good friend, and amazing photographer, Ed Pingol, approved the use of his images in this article. Ed is primarily known for his creative and unique use of strobes to bring out the gorgeous skies and the color in the scene, but it’s also his story telling skills and ability to connect with his clients and bring out their personalities that make him one of the best photographers in the world.
All of the following images are copyright Ed Pingol Photography
The Best San Francisco Engagement Photography Locations
The following locations are not in any particular order. Also, the following locations may or may not require photo permits and we encourage you to do the proper research prior to shooting.
A gorgeous view of the golden gate bridge, soft sand, and interesting rocks make this the best beach to shoot if you’re in San Francisco.
The Palace of Fine Arts
Tall, aged columns give you that historic European feel. The surrounding areas are also wonderful, shaded locations for your couple.
The Palace of the Legion of Honor
Like the Palace of fine Arts, these columns at the Legion of Honor have that gorgeous, grandiose feel.
Golden Gate Park
It’s impossible to depict the diversity of Golden Gate Park in one image. You have a plethora of scenes to choose from in this park, including the one below.
A world renown shopping district, the city lights of Union Square make a great backdrop for night shots.
Grab some chocolate and wine and capture a unique sight of San Francisco.
Go Giants! If your couple is into the San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park is a fun location to base your engagement session around.
San Francisco City Hall
The City Hall of San Francisco is among the most beautiful government buildings in the world.
Financial District of San Francisco
The financial district will give you a ton of opportunities for interesting urban shots. Climb down and capture moving BART trains or stay on the surface to get the hustle and bustle of the city.
Japanese Gardens inside Golden Gate Park
The Japanese Gardens inside of Golden Gate Park will give you a variety of beautiful scenes, from bamboo forests to unique bridges.
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