Top 5 Adventure Engagement Session Locations in California


So, you’re an adventurous couple, looking for a fun engagement session spot in California? Well lucky for you, I am an EXPERT at adventure engagements in California, and I have a list of my favorites! Whether you’re looking for gorgeous cliffs, enormous trees, or majestic mountains, I got you. I love capturing couple engagements in each of these amazing spots because it’s always a ton of fun! Every time I go out for an adventure session, I know my cheeks and abs will hurt from smiling/laughing so much. I can’t wait to show you these gorgeous spots! Let’s do ittt!

Yosemite National Park

I’ll start with one of the most obvious spots, Yosemite National Park. If you know me, you know I LOVE national park locations like Yosemite for engagements, weddings, elopements, really anything! Yosemite offers so many unique, incredible views that really can’t be matched. Some of my favorite parts of Yosemite to take engagement photos are Taft Point and El Capitan Meadow. If you’re big adventurers, and you’re ready to do some hiking for amazing photos, Yosemite is the way to go!

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Big Sur

Big Sur is an amazing part of the California coastline that is already pretty popular with the adventurous crowd. That does NOT mean that your photos will look the same as everyone else’s though, so don’t worry! Big Sur has a ton of different features, so whether you’re looking for the surf and sand, a gorgeous windswept cliff, or a mysterious forest, Big Sur has it all. Combine it with a lil’ California road trip and make your engagement session something truly memorable!!

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Death Valley National Park

If you’re looking for a more extreme, out-of-this-world look to your adventure engagement session photos, Death Valley National Park is THE place. I mean, parts of Star Wars were filmed here so it definitely passes the ‘is it unique’ test. Can it get any cooler than that? From expansive salt flats, to sand dunes and tons of backroads, Death Valley has quite a few different engagement session spots! This one definitely takes planning, because some of the best spots are only open part of the year. My favorite places for adventure engagement photos are Badwater Basin, Artist’s Palette, and the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. If you didn’t consider Death Valley for your engagement session, definitely check it out! The sunsets and sunrises are absolutely breathtaking!

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Three Rivers

Halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the little town of Three Rivers is at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the entrance to Sequoia National Park! Obviously, it has impressive views of the mountains, and three beautiful rivers running right through and on both sides of the town. Three Rivers honestly looks like an oasis, and the quaint, artsy town is perfect for an engagement session!

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San Francisco

San Fran, one of the biggest cities in the US, can be the perfect adventure engagement session spot! Whether you’re looking for that perfect Golden Gate background, or maybe getting a little brave with a visit to Alcatraz, engagement sessions in San Francisco are whatever you want them to be! I love a San Fran engagement session because we can visit a ton of different spots to get a lot of unique photos! Some of my favorites are Baker Beach, Lands End, and San Francisco Botanical Garden!

Looking for a photographer for your adventure engagement session in California?

If you’re looking for an adventurous photographer to capture your unique engagement session, I’d love to chat with you! Click here to fill out my contact form, and I’ll be in touch as soon as I can. Want more tips? Check out my guide on how to plan a proposal at Big Sur!

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