The 10 Best Engagement Photo Locations in San Francisco

 

What are the best places in San Francisco to take Engagement Photos? We get asked this question all the time. The truth is there are SO many stunning locations in the beautiful city of San Francisco for amazing engagement photos. Here we have put together what we think are the 10 best locations in the city of San Francisco for engagement sessions and why we love them. Plus, we give our suggestions for combinations of locations that work great together in the same session to add even more variety to your engagement photos.

1. The Palace of Fine arts

The Palace of Fine Arts is definitely one of our top picks for the best place to take engagement photos in San Francisco. The park surrounding the Palace of Fine Arts Theater in the Marina district is a perfect spot for a San Francisco engagement photo session. From the beautiful gardens and lake to the stunning architecture reminiscent of ancient Greek and Roman times, the options for amazing photo locations are endless. We love that parking and restrooms are available at this location as well. Just like Baker Beach, there are 3 other incredible San Francisco engagement photo locations nearby the Palace of Fine Arts – The Presidio, Lover’s Lane, and Crissy Field Beach.

Couple hugging and smiling in front of the lake and architecture at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA during an engagement photo session.
Couple posing romantically in front of the greco-roman architecture of the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA during an engagement photo session.
Couple posing romantically in front of the greco-roman architecture of the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA during an engagement photo session.
Couple walking arm in arm and smiling at each other around the greco-roman architecture of the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts.

2. Baker Beach

Baker Beach is by far the San Francisco location requested the most by our couples for their engagement session. It is easy to understand why. The views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlines are unrivaled. Beyond the stunning backdrop Baker Beach provides, we also love the variety of other settings available for photos within a short walking distance of the beach, including the historic Battery Chamberlain. Parking and restrooms are available right next to the beach in the parking lot at the end Battery Chamberlain Rd. We also love that Baker Beach is located in close proximity to 3 of our other favorite engagement photo locations - Lands End, Sutro Baths, and the Legion of Honor Museum – making it easy to combine 2 amazing locations in one photo session.

Engaged Couple strolling along Baker Beach hand in hand in front of the Golden Gate Bridge during an Engagement Photo Shoot in San Francisco, CA.
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Engaged couple on Baker Beach embracing romantically during engagement session in San Francisco.
Couple holding hands walking through park near Baker Beach and Battery Chamberlin in San Francisco.
Romantic engagement photo of couple sitting in flower field in San Francisco Park near Baker Beach and Battery Chamberlin.
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3. sutro baths

A Sutro Baths engagement session combines gorgeous cliffs, trees, ocean, and a little bit of San Francisco history all in one place. One of our favorite places to photograph engaged couples in San Francisco for sure, especially out over the water along the ruins of the 1890’s Sutro Baths structure. While the Sutro Baths location provides a varied collection of photo settings all in itself, you could easily combine this location with Lands End, Baker Beach, or the Legion of Honor during your engagement session as they are all located quite close together.

A couple embracing romantically on the ruins of the Sutro Baths structure in San Francisco, CA during their engagement photo session.
Close up engagement photo of an engaged couple embracing in front of the Pacific Ocean at the Sutro Baths in San Francisco.
San Francisco engagement photo of couple holding hands and walking along the ruins of the Sutro Baths structure.
Backlit photo showing the shadow of an engaged couple walking hand in had along the Sutro Baths structure in San Francisco CA during their engagement session.

4. Lover’s Lane Trail

Another amazing place to take San Francisco engagement photos is Lovers Lane Trail. Just as the name implies, Lover’s Lane Trail, located in the Presidio is the perfect choice for couples wanting romantic San Francisco engagement photos. The zig zag logs surrounded by a tunnel of trees serves as a beautiful and interesting setting for photos and is a favorite of both us and couples alike. Parking is readily available nearby Lover’s Lane Trail in the Presidio.

Engagement photo of a cute couple walking along Lovers Lane and kissing during their San Francisco engagement session.
Couple embracing at Lovers lane trail in San Francisco during an engagement photo shoot.

5. Pier 7

For engaged couples who prefer a more urban setting for their engagement photos, we love to recommend Pier 7, a walkable pier stretching out into the San Francisco Bay. With views of the San Francisco Bay Bridge on one side and city views on the other side, this San Francisco engagement photo location has a lot to offer.

Pier 7 engagement photo of cute couple with Ferry and San Francisco Bay Bridge in the background.
Engagement photo of cute couple embracing at Pier 7 with Ferry and San Francisco Bay Bridge in the background.
Romantic engagement photo of couple embracing taken on Pier 7 in San Francisco, CA.
Cute couple in love holding hands and walking along Pier 7 in San Francisco with the Transamerica Pyramid Center and the city of San Francisco in the background.

6. Lands End

Lands End Trail, stretching along the north western coast of San Francisco, is perfect for couples who love the outdoors and stunning backdrops. As one of the most versatile San Francisco engagement photo locations, the trail offers picturesque foliage, rocky cliffs and shoreline, and views of the Golden Gate Bridge. At the end of the trail along the shoreline, there is the unique Lands End Labrynth, a stone circular path built by San Francisco artist Eduardo Aguilera. Lands End is located in close proximity to Baker Beach, Sutro Baths, and the Legion of Honor, any of which would make a great second location for a San Francisco engagement session.

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7. Crissy Field Beach

Crissy Field Beach is another fantastic option for a San Francisco beach engagement photo location with stunning Golden Gate Bridge views. Crissy Field Beach contrasts the natural untouched beach feel of Baker Beach with a more city like vibe and is often filled with paragliders. Alcatraz Island is in full view from Crissy Field Beach and makes a great alternative backdrop to the Golden Gate Bridge. Crissy Field Beach makes a great second location to a Palace of Fine Arts, Presidio, or Lovers Lane engagement session as they are all located within 10 minutes of each other.

Engagement picture at Crissy Field beach with couple embracing romatically on the beach with Golden Gate bridge in the background as the sun is setting.
Couple sitting in sand on Crissy Field Beach embracing in front of the Golden Gate Bridge during engagement photo shoot in San Francisco.
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8. Legion of Honor museum

The Legion of Honor Museum offers a stunning setting for a San Francisco engagement photo session. This is one of the best locations for a San Francisco engagement photo session because of the variety of stunning locations all in one place. Between the magnificent architecture of the art museum to the breathtaking grounds with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city of San Francisco, the possibilities are endless for amazing engagement photos. You don’t really need a second location for your session when you start with the Legion of Honor, but Baker Beach, Lands End, and Sutro Baths are all close by. One thing to keep in mind is that the Legion of Honor Museum is closed on Mondays and closes at 5:15 p.m. every other day, so you will need to plan your engagement session accordingly.

Engaged couple writing their initials in the sand at Baker Beach in San Francisco during their romantic sunset photo shoot celebrating their engagement.
Romantic black and white beach engagement photo of couple embracing on Baker Beach in San Francisco.
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Couple embracing romantically against a tree on the grounds of the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco with a beautiful sunset behind them.

9. Pier 39

For a fun and whimsical San Francisco engagement session location, we recommend Pier 39. Taking your engagement photos at Pier 39 could be just like a date night out complete with sightseeing, feeding each other sweet treats, and riding the carousel.

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10. The Presidio

The Presidio of San Francisco offers so many beautiful and romantic spots for an engagement photo session. In fact, many of our top locations in this list are located within this 1500 acre national park. We love taking engagement photos in all of the gorgeous wooded areas, pretty open fields, and cute little pathways and bridges that can be found in the Presido. The Presidio is great for an adventurous, outdoorsy, or romantic engagement session and makes a fantastic second location for a Baker Beach, Crissy Field Beach, Palace of Fine Arts, Lover’s Lane, Sutro Baths, Lands End, or Legion of Honor engagement session.

Engagement photo of couple in romantic cuddle watching the waves at sunset on Baker Beach in San Francisco.
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