Location Guide Bay Area

From grassy paths lined with trees to beautiful sandy beaches, the San Francisco Bay Area has some beautiful backdrops for your photo session. Browse the list below and let me know which locations pique your interest. I can then give you advice on which spot best suits your vision or if there are any obstacles to shooting there.

 
 
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Baker Beach

Battery Chamberlain Rd, San Francisco, CA 94129

Coastal trees, open beach, rocky cliff area, views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Please note that fog may make the bridge partially or completely obstructed. Because of this unpredictability, bridge view is not guaranteed.

This location is suitable for morning and evening sessions.

 

Hellyer County Park

985 Hellyer Ave, San Jose, CA 95111

Large trees, covered pathways, paved walkways, open grass, small ponds and rivers.

This location is suitable for morning and evening sessions.

$6 entrance fee per car

 

McClellan Ranch Preserve

22221 McClellan Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014

Open fields, grass (may be dry in fall), large trees, covered pathways, small river, bridge, rustic buildings, paved & unpaved pathways.

This location is suitable for morning and evening sessions.

 
 

Natural Bridges State Beach

2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Coastal trees & vegetation, logs, open beach, scenic cliff area surrounding. A steep sandy hike is required to get back up to the street.

This location is better for evening sessions or overcast mornings.

Free parking along Swanton Blvd., Fee to park in beach lot.

 
 

Picchetti Ranch Preserve

13100 Montebello Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014

Large trees and bushes, open fields, scenic valley views, small pond surrounded by trees and grass. Walking (partially uphill) required, walking shoes are suggested.

This location is suitable for morning and evening sessions. Morning sessions are suggested to be soon after sunrise for the best lighting.

 
 

Seabright State Beach

E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Coastal vegetation, scenic cliffs & rocks, open beach, lighthouse access.

This location is better for evening sessions or overcast mornings.

Free parking available along East Cliff Drive, we will meet near the harbor.

 

Vasona Lake County Park

333 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032

Open grassy fields, full trees, paved pathways, lakes and small rivers.

This location is suitable for morning and evening sessions.

$6 entrance fee per car.