Unforgettable Backdrops: Best Engagement Photo Locations in Los Angeles

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With its stunning landscapes and iconic landmarks, Los Angeles provides some of the best engagement photo locations. From the palm-lined streets of Beverly Hills to the bustling energy of Venice Beach, the city offers a wide variety of photo locations that will make your engagement pictures unforgettable. 

I headed to the Travel Town Museum at Griffith Park with this lovely couple. I loved the nostalgic vibes created by the vintage locomotives and train station. Every shot felt like a scene out of a classic romantic film, and they had a blast biking their way through the park during the sunset’s golden hour, with a little stop for some incredible train sketches in between! Travel Town and the Griffith Park trains fit the mold perfectly for this laid-back, fun-loving couple. When selecting an engagement photo location, I recommend picking one that resonates with your interests and personalities first and foremost to get images that are true to you. The goal is to preserve genuine memories to cherish for years to come.

No matter your style or preference, Los Angeles offers many engagement photo locations to make your love story come alive. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

8 Scenic Los Angeles Engagement Photo Locations

Iconic Landmarks in Los Angeles for Engagement Photos

The Griffith Observatory

Perched atop a hill, the Griffith Observatory offers panoramic city views, providing an epic backdrop for your engagement photos. The observatory itself is a beautiful building with unique architecture and stunning views. Whether you choose to capture the magic of the city lights at sunset or the twinkling stars in the night sky, the Griffith Observatory is one of the most romantic spots in LA. View this recent session at the Griffith Observatory for inspiration!

LACMA Urban Light Installation

Featuring 202 vintage street lamps, this unique location adds a touch of artistic flair to your engagement photos and showcases the vibrant culture of Los Angeles. The golden glow of the street lamps creates a warm and romantic ambiance, making it the perfect spot for capturing intimate moments with your partner. 

Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood Sign is a must-visit location for those looking to add a touch of Old Hollywood glamour to their engagement photos. This iconic landmark, which is featured in countless films, is synonymous with Los Angeles. The sign embodies the timeless romance associated with the city, and we can incorporate it into a scenic shot of the city.

Natural & Scenic Engagement Photo Locations

Huntington Library & Gardens

With its meticulously manicured gardens, breathtaking architecture, and serene water features, the Huntington Library and Gardens create an ambiance that is simply unmatched. From the rose garden’s vibrant colors to the Japanese garden’s tranquil beauty, there are endless photo opportunities for different styles.

Santa Monica Pier

This beloved beach location offers a unique blend of flirty fun in the sun. You can capture playful moments against the backdrop of the sparkling ocean and vibrant Ferris wheel. Stroll along the pier, ride the roller coaster, or enjoy a sunset walk on the beach. The Santa Monica Pier offers so many fun options for creating beautiful and memorable engagement photos.

Malibu Creek State Park

This hidden gem offers stunning mountain views, lush greenery, and a peaceful creek, creating a serene and rugged atmosphere. Some spots look straight out of a scene in Jurassic Park. Explore the hiking trails, share a quiet picnic by the creek, or simply enjoy the scenery. Malibu Creek State Park offers a unique, ethereal backdrop for your engagement photos.

Unique & Lesser-known Spots in Los Angeles for Engagement Photos

Arts District

If you love street art and vibrant colors, consider exploring the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles. This eclectic neighborhood offers colorful murals, eye-catching graffiti, and trendy shops and cafes. The vibrant and artistic backdrop of the Arts District will add a touch of urban energy to your engagement photos.

Venice Canals Near Venice Beach

For some European charm, head to the Venice Canals. With its charming bridges, quaint houses, and sparkling waters, the Venice Canals provide a romantic and timeless backdrop for your engagement photos. You may be able to book a gondola ride, but we can just use the paths along the canals, too!

Where Would You Like to Go for Los Angeles Engagement Photos?

Your Los Angeles engagement session should be fun and memorable! I’d love to work with you to find a photogenic location that looks and feels like you so we can document this special chapter in your story together.

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