(Closed) Engagement shoot location in LA?

posted 11 years ago in Los Angeles
Post # 3
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I think pics in downtown would be awesome!  What are you looking for though?  Urban, outdoorsy…?

There’s Huntington Gardens and Descanso Gardens, both I think charge pro pic fees, but I’ve seen lots of people say they’ve taken pro pics there without paying and no one cared.  Or Old Town in Pasadena.  Occidental College in Eagle Rock (between Pasadena and Glendale) has a gorgeous campus.  Or somewhere around the Rose Bowl?

Just some thoughts.

Post # 5
577 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

The Getty would be gorgeous!  Although I heard that you can’t officially take “professional” photos there, so your photog will have to pretend he is your buddy just taking casual snapshots 🙂  Would be worth it though …

Post # 6
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Check out Disney Concert Hall downtown.  Is it a perfect location!  We shot our engagement photos there last November, and they turned out beautifully.  The lighting is awesome, and there’s a public park/garden on the west side of the building that’s just beautiful.  Good luck!

Post # 8
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

downtown Claremont and the Claremont colleges are gorgeous too, and would make great photo backdrops. Not too bad a drive either, just hop on the 210 from Pasadena and then take the 57 down to Claremont, if I remember right (it’s been a while since I’ve lived in LA).

Post # 9
262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I am also in the SGV area and for my engagement shoot, we did 3 locations:  Union Station, Walt Disney Concert Hall and the area around Ambassador Auditorium.  The Ambassador Auditorium is not well known, but the grounds are gorgeous.  It has changed ownership in the last couple of years so I am not certain if they still allow people to take pictures there, but it’s worth a try to go there and try to get some pics in.  These three places had a large variety of settings to take pictures in. 

As for dress, we actually wore two different outfits.  One more formal looking for the downtown area and one more casual for the garden setting.  Here is the sign in book I made w/the pics as reference. 



Post # 10
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heritage Square Museum

Also the light posts at LACMA are fantastic!

Post # 11
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2020 - Ritz Carlton, Marina Del Rey

I would have so so so loved to have done some photos at the Huntington.  Their Chinese Garden is spectacular!  Also, are there any locations that are particularly important or special for the two of you?  Even your apartment or the first place you went on a date could be lovely!

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