Santa Barbara really has it all when it comes to engagement photo locations. From the mountains to the beach, there’s a look and vibe for every couple. They don’t call this the American Riviera for nothing, right? We often get asked this question when our clients are planning their engagement photos, and this blog post is going to share some of our favorite places.
The Carpenteria Bluffs
Nestled along the coast, The Carpenteria Bluffs give you a beach that feels completely private, along with grassy hills that look straight out of Leap Year come springtime.
The Ellwood Bluffs
We’re being sneaky here… this location is technically just north of Santa Barbara by a hair. We’re including it because it has beautiful forest vibes, along with ocean views to boot. YES PLEASE. With tree-lined paths and cliffs overlooking the beach, this location is perfect for rustic, sun-soaked engagement photos. The Ojai Valley
Just a hop away from Santa Barbara, there are stunning overlooks showing off Lake Casita. Sunrise sessions here are absolutely beautiful and provide epic views, along with sweeping landscapes. Vasquez Rocks
Featured in more movies than you can count, Vasquez Rocks provides a cinematic, desert look with the benefit of having incredible light all day. Sunrise, sunset, midday. The Santa Barbara Courthouse
Spanish architecture vibes, the painted tile, and the endless places to take photos. This is by far one of the locations our clients love the most–it has the quintessential Santa Barbara feel. It’s the perfect location for any couple having a destination wedding and wanting to show off the feel of this beautiful town.
All of these spots are easy to access, and they don’t require tromping up a mountain or standing in crowded public places. What’s better than that, right? None of us want to feel awkward or uncomfortable while taking photos, so a secluded spot really takes the cake. These are some of the best Santa Barbara engagement photo locations, and our clients love them. When it comes to planning your engagement photos, once you have that spot picked out you’ll want to read our five tips for rocking your actual session.