Best San Diego Locations for Photoshoots

This post has been a long time coming. I have thoroughly covered almost every inch of sunny San Diego and compiled a comprehensive list of America’s Finest City best photoshoot locations. Also consider unique locations like San Diego Fair (summertime), museums, college campuses, military flightline or Navy ship ports, downtown area (convention center, padre park, u.s.s midway) iconic spots, hot air balloons, sport stadiums. Get creative, be different, and make it fun!

Torrey Pines State Reserve

  • beach, gorgeous cliffs, vintage lifeguard stands, rocks



Torrey Pines State Reserve Hiking Trail

  • multiple hiking trails overlooking ocean views located on top of Torrey Pines famous Hiking trailinstaamy



La Jolla WipeOut Beach

  • Stunning rock cave backdrops, cove like location, must be low tide to access beach


Balboa Park

  • variety of looks and locations throughout the park, aim for weekdays to beat the crowds
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  • Felicita Park-Escondido
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Little Italy

  • urban location with fun colorful walls, variety of spots




  • Olivenhain Town Meeting Hall- Encinitas
  • Scenic trees, historical buildings, and log piles
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  • Hiking trails, mountain scenery, old dam12046787_968856209841133_5967899816543491372_n1896882_802325953160827_3826626594070062915_n10941043_832968676763221_6803185130401369968_n11535678_10100169569039811_2379363889470056933_nOld Town San diego/Heritage Park
  • Colorful backdrops, victorian homes
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Iron Mountain

  • Unique hallway of trees, vast mountain scenery, and trails



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  • Open park with stunning trees, wide open spaces, and gorgeous light with architectural details of serra museum across the street

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Ranchos Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

  • Cactus covered trails, open spaces, hiking, and gorgeous light



Old Poway Park-Poway

  • Preserved railroad town park, old time buildings, foliage, and train backdrops



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  • Stunning rocky cliffs, green park up top and walking trail with ocean view
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Belmont Park

  • variety of looks with marina, amusement park backdrop, park, and bay area

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A Christian, married to an insanely gifted and talented Marine husband, mother to Gideon (15), Boaz (10) and our rainbow baby, Shiloh. I’m actually an R.N turned accidental photographer, currently living in Fredericksuburg, Va after completing our final tour in Okinawa Japan. You'll find travel, Jesus, and lifestyle posts here on the Journal.


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