Engagement sessions are some of our favorites! We don’t ever get tired of saying that. Each one so unique. What’s not to love about telling your love story. Plus, during our engagement session we get to know each other, but most importantly we get to learn how silly and great you two are together! Before we talk about our favorite locations here in Orange County, we wanted to provide you with some helpful tips on how to narrow down your choices. We understand that choosing a location is not an easy task, especially when you live in beautiful Southern California, the sunshine state, that has endless choices.

TIP 1: When choosing a location it is important to choose one that represents who you two are, something you both love, something that is meaningful to you. Maybe you love to hike, so a beautiful trail may be your choice, or the beach because you love to swim or surf together, maybe you want to have your session at a coffee shop where you first met. The possibilities are endless and we love when you get creative and think outside the box.

TIP 2: If you don’t have one specific location, like the coffee shop you first met at, or a particular beach you frequently visit together. Your first step will be to decide on the type of scenery you are wanting for your session, then we can start looking into wether it’s the beach, an open field, or a field with a lot of trees, hills, or an urban location, like a rooftop. Hey, maybe what you’re looking for is lifestyle session at home, all of these are great options.

TIP 3: Some couples choose a location that is either at or near their venue, and so choose to have a theme for their session to match their overall wedding feel. If you are getting married in an industrial building, then maybe a rooftop or studio session would be your choice, and so on.

Now that we have this out of the way, here are some of our favorite locations in Orange County. Our SWP couples love these locations and we always get the best results. Note, based on the season, locations may look different in the fall than they do in the spring. Think, more green in Spring and Summer months!

Victoria Beach | Laguna Beach, California

One of the most popular spots our couples choose is the magical Victoria Beach. With an amazing view of a stunning tower, it looks like it came right out of a Disney movie. Provides the best backdrop for those romantic photos!

Little Corona Del Mar | Newport Beach, California

We not only love it for the incredible sunsets, we also love the many rock formations throughout the beach. The sun is always shining so bright here!

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Mission San Juan Capistrano | San Juan Capistrano, California

The mission offers some historic views, beautiful greenery surrounded by beautiful architecture. There is no corner that is not picture worthy here.

San Juan Capistrano Open Space Field | San Juan Capistrano, California

The field that keeps on giving. This is one of our favorite locations for versatility. During the spring and beginning of summer this field blooms so beautifully, surrounded by green grass and yellow blooms, it makes any sunset look so magical.

Yorba Regional Park | Anaheim, California

Hidden gems and thinking outside the box, that’s why we are here. Love that this park has so much to offer and you would never know it! No matter the time of the day, this parks gives us some of the prettiest light and amazing views.

Rooftop Parking Structure | Downtown Santa Ana, California

Something a little untraditional and fun. Any location we choose, we make sure the lighting is amazing, and this location is no exception. Love the clean and urban look of this backdrop. Has become a favorite amongst our couples.

We always love trying out new locations, but also love to revisit some of our favorites. No matter where we are, we are always chasing light!

Now, that you’ve picked your location, let’s get your outfits all planned out. Check out our blog post on What to wear for an Engagement Session?