It might seem that Southern California is chock full of ideal wedding photography venues. After all, this is a region with many parks and recreation areas, beautiful and dramatic natural locations, and a long list of popular sites or historic settings. However, there are certain criteria that all wedding photography venues should pass, and that means that some spots are quickly eliminated from the list. This is why you really have to work with your wedding photographer long ahead of the “big day”. You don’t want to wait until a week or two before the wedding to start informing the photographer of the different locations you would like your photographs to be done, and then here how these are not good choices, not viable, or entirely out of the question. While it is true that a professional wedding photographer who really knows their “stuff” can usually make good shots in any setting, it is best to choose from the very best wedding photography venues in order to be sure that everything comes out just right. There are far too many stories of people who dislike looking through their wedding albums because the light or the overall “ambience” of the wedding photography venues they selected just didn’t work. Remember too that you want to carefully choose wedding photography venues ahead of time when you or the wedding photographer are based somewhere else. For example, you might read that a certain park or garden is “the” place for romantic wedding shots. In the days before the wedding, however, you might travel to the area with the photographer only to discover that the spot is really only a “seasonal” venue and not all that appropriate for your date.
The Top Ten Places to Shoot Wedding Photos in Southern California.
The region identified as “Southern California” tends to stretch from Santa Barbara down to the Mexico border and then inland along the Arizona and Nevada borders. That means the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego are included in the region as well as a few smaller cities such as San Bernardino, Bakersfield, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo. That’s a lot of territory and a lot of different types of landscapes. The geography includes desert as well as coastal areas, but in general, you can count on bright and sunny conditions, warmer weather, and many different settings. A general list of places or wedding photography venues would include “natural” locations, formal gardens or parks, and historic or popular buildings. So, with all of that in mind, let’s take a look at some really great picks:
As you can see, there is an ample array of options for wedding day photography in Southern California. The key is to consider your wedding theme, and which spots best reflect the two of you as a couple – play land or private beach? It’s your day, and your call. Author Bio: Michael Tsao is a professional wedding photographer currently working in Orange County California. He is also responsible for artistically composing the shots and processing the images.