LOCATIONS FOR ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS

In this page you will find our list of our favorite engagement session locations between the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside & San Bernardino.

LOS ANGELES

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Grand Park

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Griffith Observatory

  • 2800 East Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 9002
  • If you are looking for a view over Los Angeles, this is the place. However, make sure you choose date when there is no major event at the observatory.
  • Permit : NO, as long as you do not use tripod.
  • Fees ; Parking
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Union Station - Down Town LA

  • 800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • This a beautiful vintage landmark if you are going for a retro look. It is always best to shoot there during slow hours since it is a working train station.
  • Permit: NO (if we use natural light only)
  • Fee : None
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UCLA

  • This university offers plenty of space with old architectural brick buildings and beautiful gardens. It is always best to shoot there during the weekend or summer when it is empty.
  • Permit: NO
  • Fee: None
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USC

  • This university offers plenty of space with old architectural brick buildings and a beautiful rose garden right across the street. It is always best to shoot there during the weekend in spring season (rose bloom) or summer when it is empty.
  • Permit: NO
  • Fee: none
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LACMA

  • 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
  • The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is well known for its street lamp display. This location can be very crowded and requires patience.
  • Permit: NO (no tripod allowed, 2 couples of assistant are required to hold artificial light)
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The Last Book Store

  • 453 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
  • if you are looking for something different and edgy, this could be it. Just be aware that the place does not have air conditioning, For this reason we recommend to shoot their during cooler weather.
  • Permit: YES
  • Fee: $100 /h (allows tripod and artificial light) can be purchased on site directly.
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Los angeles Arboretum

  • 301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007
  • Be ready to walk a lot. This is a large park with a lot of possibilities. This location requires at least 3h to cover enough ground. best during late winter and early spring.
  • Permit: YES
  • Fee: $50 must be purchased before 3:30pm
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Walt Disney Concert Hall

  • 111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • One of the most iconic locations in Down Down LA and a true paradise for photographers because not only the building is really interesting but the light is always great.
  • Permit: NO (only natural light allowed)
  • This place can be closed for private events. Call in advance to know if the outside of the venue is open to public for the chosen date.
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Pasadena City Hall

  • 100 Garfield Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
  • One of the most photographed building in this area. It has a small garden and stair cases that are really beautiful. We always advice to avoid weekends because it can get really crowded with photographers.
  • Permit: YES
  • Fee: $70 / h

ORANGE COUNTY

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Inspiration Point - corona Del Mar

  • Beautiful location at sunset all year long. It is always better to shoot there during the week.
  • Permit: NO
  • Fee: none
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Heisler Park - Laguna Beach

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South Coast Botanic Garden - Palos Verdes

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Bowers Museum

  • 2002 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92706
  • A photo permit can be obtained by contacting directly the museum.
  • Permit : YES
  • Fee: Not known
  • www.bowers.org/
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San Clemente Piers

  • 615 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente, CA 92672
  • Beautiful location at sunset all year long. It is always better to shoot there during the week.
  • Permit: NO
  • Fee: none
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San Juan Capistrano Mission

  • 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
  • Recommended to take pictures from late October to early April for better lighting. Mission closes at 5pm everyday.
  • Permit: YES
  • www.missionsjc.com/filming-photography/photography/
  • Fee : $50 /h (we are member)
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Disneyland

  • If you are a Disney Fan, this place is going to be a must go for you. At French Romance Photography, we carry the So cal season pass because we love Disney and we do get a lot of Disney fan clients. Only the parking fee will be required to be covered $20.
  • Permit: NO
  • Fee; Parking (we have California resident season pass, check black out dates)
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Irvine Regional Park

  • 1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869
  • Recommended all year all. Park closes at sunset hours
  • Permit : NO
  • Fee: Entrance fee
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Oak Canyon Nature Center

  • 6700 E Walnut Canyon Rd, Anaheim, CA 92807
  • Recommended all year all. Park closes at sunset hours
  • Permit : YES http://www.anaheim.net/2028/Photography-Filming-Permits
  • Fee: $50

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

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Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

  • 3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
  • One of the most amazing locations in Riverside. The Mission is know for its gorgeous architecture and lavish weddings. French Romance photography is listed as preferred vendors.
  • Permit: YES
  • Fee: $500 for 3 hours, waved if you are getting married there. Reduced to $150 if you hire french Romance photography.
  • Permit is not obtainable from mid November to first week of January due to their festival of light. as well as weekends.
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DOS LAGOS - Corona

  • Lakeshore Dr. Corona, Ca. 92883
  • Located by the dos Lagos Shopping Center, this park is open to the public 24/7
  • Permit: NO
  • Fee: none
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Fairmount Park - Riverside

  • 2601 Fairmount Blvd, Riverside, CA 92501
  • Located by the 91 and 60 frwy, This large public park has a rose garden and a water front view with gorgeous large tree. Best at sunset hours and spring season (rose bloom)
  • Permit: No
  • Fee: none
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UCR - Botanic GardenS

  • 1 Botanic Gardens Drive, Riverside, CA 92507
  • Located on the Riverside Campus, this Arboretum offers a beautiful garden setting if you are looking for this type of look in the Inland Empire Area. Best time of year to take picture is during spring.
  • Permit: NO
  • Fee: NO
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Glen Arbor Park - Murrieta, CA

  • 23830 Jackson Ave, Murrieta, CA 92562
  • Located a block away from the he15 frwy, this big park offers large trees as a backdrop. It has also a large open area with grass and a couple of woodenbridges. Ideal if you are looking for a natural location.
  • Permit: NO
  • Fee: NO
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Joshua Tree National Park

  • This nature reserve is really big and absolutely amazing. It is mostly open all year long 24/7. We charge a fee of $50 for the drive since it is about 2h away from Corona, Ca.
  • Permit: No (as long as we pay the camping fee)
  • Fee; Camping fee / entrance fee + travel fee $50 (more than 50 miles from Corona)

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

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Kimberly Crest Castle - RedlandS

  • 1325 Prospect Dr, Redlands, CA 92373
  • If you are looking for a beautiful vintage look, this might be the place, However, we recommend to shoot there from late October to early April to get the best light, around sunset, since the Castle closes at 5pm
  • Permit: YES
  • Fee; $150/h weekday - $250/h weekends.
  • http://kimberlycrest.org/eventrentals/photography/
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Big Bear Lake - Stainfield Boardwalk

  • 42300 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear, CA 92314
  • The lake has been pretty dry recently but if you are looking something very out door and woody, this could be the spot. The light is always beautiful right before sunset.
  • It is also a great spot during winter if you have snow.
  • Permit: NO
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Prospect Park - Redlands

  • Redlands, CA 92373
  • Situated next to Kimberly Crest Castle, this park offers a lot of shade and beautiful larges tree. This park is a decent size and offer different looks from orange grows to wooden bridges and scenery over Redlands.
  • Permit: NO
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Los Rios Rancho- Yucaipa

  • Located on Oak Glen Drive where you can find numerous all the apple orchards, Los Rio Rancho is located at the entrance of the nature reserve with trail and a park where photography is totally permitted for free. it offers numerous look through out the season from snow to spring bloom to colorful Autumn.
  • Permit: NO
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HIdden Acres

  • 955 Lytle Creek Rd, Lytle Creek, CA 92358
  • Hidden acres is a wedding venue. if you are getting married there, you can absolutely use the venue for your engagement session at no fee, as long as you schedule the session. You can also rent the place for a session but you will need to contact the venue and arrange a rental fee for 1h.
  • https://www.hiddenacresevents.com/

SAN DIEGO COUNTY

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Balboa Park

  • Certainly the biggest and most beautiful park in San Diego.
  • Permit: NO
  • Fees: travel fee $50 (more than 50 miles from Corona)