Post # 1
HAs anyone had their pictures done at either of these places? We are having them done on Sunday. My Fiance is stationed at Camp Pendleton so I feel like Balboa would be a better pick since i have to take him back to base that night, but I’ve heard it can get crowded especially on weekends. My photographer suggested Pasadena City hall, but that seemes like it is so far out of our way Seeing as I live in redlands area and he lives in Oceanside it’s like complete opposite ends sort of. WHich place is better?
Post # 3
I would go with Balboa, which is bigger and more varied than the Pas City Hall. Anything you may want at city hall, such as fountains, gardens, or ornate architecture, you can also find, and in different variety, at Balboa Park. You also could take pics with the old planes at the Aerospace museum. You may be able to beat the crowds if you get there first thing in the morning.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2009 - Rancho Bernardo Inn
I haven’t been to Pasadena City Hall, but Balboa is beautiful. Certain areas can get crowded but you will probably be ok. As rzblna mentioned, there is so much variety for backgrounds. You could also go to the zoo there too…
Post # 5
I called the visitor center and I asked them if I was aloud to take engagement pics there and she said yes and that you don’t need any kind of permit. I read the most of ther gardens there are free. My photographer is from onterio I think that is why they are pushing for pasadena cause it’s closer for them, but like I said my biggest fear is that it will be so crowded at balboa on a sunday. I’m sticking to all the free spots as well.
Post # 6
Balboa park is so beautiful- with all the different gardens and buildings, I think it would be your best bet. Even if you do have to contend with some people in the background (that’s what Photoshop is for!) it’s like have 10 shooting locations all wrapped up in one!
Also- what time is your shoot? Perhaps if it’s early or late in the day, the crowds will be thinned out?
I think the crowds will only be a problem if you want really wide angle, far away shots. Otherwise I think it would be do-able to find areas to shoot. Plus, people will probably give you a little space when they see the camera.
Post # 7
How about these places:
Mission Inn in Riverside, CA: http://www.missioninn.com/ – I went there and it was really beautiful…
Old town Temecula: http://www.oldtowntemecula.com/ – Which is half way between oceanside and Redlands
Oceanside Pier: http://www.beachcalifornia.com/oceansi1.html
Daly Ranch: Escondido, CA: http://firstname.lastname@example.org/blog/2006/04/daley_ranch.html
Downtown Encinitas: http://www.encinitas101.com/
Personally, I think Balboa Park is WAY Over done. Don’t get me wrong- I love the park and it’s totally beautiful, but I’ve seen wedding parties wait for other wedding parties to clear out of an area so they can take pictures and on the weekend it’s just bananas.
Hope this helps!
Post # 8
I love Balboa Park because it’s a huge venue and you have lots of options (the Botannical Gardens, the fountains, the museums, there’s so much!)
So I’m voting for Balboa Park. 🙂
Oh and I might be biased too becausea) My FI and I love Balboa and b) My wedding dress is named Balboa (Weird I know!)
Post # 9
We had our engagement pics done in Balboa park, on a Sunday early evening in June. It was a little crowded, but the light was great, and you can find some out-of-the-way places (inner courtyards with fountains; neat annexes with arches, etc). The great thing is that there are lots of different colors and architectural features, so it adds a lot of variety to the pictures. Have fun!
Post # 10
Love Balboa! I think the architecture is great and with the gardens you have a lot of diversity in scenery.
Post # 11
Another vote for Balboa Park. Thats where mine were taken. I loved the variety of settings.
Post # 12
Balboa- beautiful architechture and gardens- seriously so amazing.
Post # 13
Definitely Balboa Park! I live in Pasadena and the fiance and I took some engagement shots at City Hall, but it’s not all that, believe me. The architecture is nice and all, but there are only so many shots you can get there. I don’t think it’s worth your drive.