Baby Portraits

Best Portrait Locations

Everyone has their favorite places to eat, to have a drink with friends, to watch the sunset or to listen to music. Well, photographers have their favorite places to shoot photos! I love to get outside and take portraits on location. I feel like they are more powerful and show more of the subjects personality. I'm not always looking for the perfect backdrop for a photo, I'm searching for the perfect light! If the light is right, I can make any location work. Unlike a lot of "available light" photographers that can only shoot when the sun is up, I bring my portable lighting system with me so that we can always make it work.

Here are a few of my favorite places to shoot at. Some require fees to enter, others require permits, some are free and open to everyone. This is not a list of all of my favorite spots. Just like a magician, I can't reveal all of my secrets!

Heritage Park - Cerritos, California

Heritage Park in Cerritos is an amazing park for all types of photo shoots. I recently did a maternity photo shoot there for the first time and fell in love. There are so many features and locations to shoot at on the island alone. Yes...an island! On that island there are some bridges, water features, small buildings, trees, grassy areas, rock formations etc. I sat the couple down on some rocks next to a small waterfall and the photos came out amazing.

Ideal for: Engagement Portraits, Beauty Modeling, Couples Portraits, Family Portraits, Maternity

Address: 1600 Bloomfield Ave. Cerritos, Ca 90703

El Dorado East Regional Park - Long Beach, California

El Dorado Park is just that...a really large park. There are so many different places to shoot around the park that you'll always find what you're looking for. There are lakes, ponds, bridges, fields, trees etc. There is a fee to get into the park so bring cash!

Ideal for: Engagement Portraits, Beauty Modeling, Couples Portraits, Family Portraits

Address: 7550 East Spring St. Long Beach, CA 90815

Point Fermin Park - San Pedro, California

There's so many places to shoot here from the rocky beach to the grassy park. This is a great location for all types of portrait photography. Parking is an issue on the weekends though.

Ideal for: Engagement Portraits, Family Portraits, Bikini Modeling, Beauty Modeling, Fitness Portraits, Couples Portraits

Address807 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731

Huntington Central Park - Huntington Beach, California

A few miles from the Huntington Beach Pier you'll find Huntington Beach Central Park. There are two sections, Central Park West and Central Park East, with open fields, trees, flowers, and two lakes.

Ideal for: Engagement Portraits, Family Portraits, Beauty Modeling, Family Portraits, and Couples Portraits

Address: 18000 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

El Matador State Beach - Malibu, California

Just looking at the Yelp page you'll see that people love to photograph there. The golden hour light is phenomenal! If you are a little nervous in front of the camera or in front of strangers, this might not be the place to shoot. It's always crawling with photographers and sightseers. Can you blame them?

Ideal for: Engagement Portraits, Bikini Modeling, Beauty Modeling, Fitness Portraits, Couples Portraits

Address: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, 32350 El Matador Beach Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

Laguna Beach - Orange County, California

Now I'm not going to tell you the exact spot that I like to shoot at, but Laguna Beach is a beautiful place! Take a look at some of the images on Yelp. The only problem here is parking. We have to park in the neighborhood or on the main street and walk to the beach. Depending on how busy it is, that could be several blocks. Wear comfy shoes!

Ideal for: Engagement Portraits, Bikini Modeling, Beauty Modeling, Fitness Portraits, Couples Portraits, Family Portraits

Inspiration Point - Newport Beach, California

Sandy beaches, rock formations in the water, bluffs overlooking the beautiful ocean. What more

Ideal for: Engagement Portraits, Bikini Modeling, Beauty Modeling, Fitness Portraits, Couples Portraits, Family Portraits

Address: Ocean Blvd & Heliotrope Ave. Newport Beach, CA 92663

Hilltop Park - Long Beach, California

Hilltop Park on Signal Hill in Long Beach is not only a great lookout spot to see all of Long Beach and the surrounding cities, its also a great place to shoot portraits and lifestyle photos. There are some great landmarks that can be used as well as green hill sides, windy roads and paths and even a dirt path with workout stations if you want to do an outdoor fitness shoot. This place is great for all types of shoots.

Ideal for: Casual Portraits and headshots, Engagement Portraits, Beauty Modeling, Fitness Portraits, Couples Portraits, Family Photography