We are SO fortunate to live in a location as picturesque as Santa Barbara; couples will travel here from all over the country to host their destination wedding in our neighborhood! As a Santa Barbara wedding photography studio, we’ve developed some favorite spots around the Santa Barbara area for capturing clients’ engagement photos.
Here are a few of the best Santa Barbara engagement session locations (and a few outside SB, as well!):
We love the woodsy vibes and ocean views at this gorgeous local spot, where Olivia + Griffin chose to do their engagement photos!
We’re traveling a bit north of Santa Barbara for this one, but we LOVE the lavender fields and gorgeous surroundings at Clairmont. It’s also where we did Sydney and Mark’s engagement photos!
This is another great spot with open grassy areas, tall trees, ocean views, and beautiful light. Kelsey and Ian took their engagement photos on an overcast day in January in Carpinteria!
Beautiful Spanish-inspired architecture AND lush garden backdrops? Yes, please! The beauty of the city’s famous courthouse grounds makes this location a no-brainer for engagement photos. Annie + Kevin started their engagement session there before heading to Butterfly Beach for sunset!
If you’re looking a little outside Santa Barbara, here are some more of our favorite spots in Southern California!
- El Matador State Beach in Malibu // definitely not a secret among photographers, this is a favorite spot of mine! Check out Natalie + Adam or Molly + Matt‘s session at El Matador.
- Big Sur, California // Megan + Danny’s engagement session in Big Sur is still one of my favorites!
- Vasquez Rocks near Santa Clarita, CA // this is such a beautiful setting for photos, as demonstrated by Lauren + Brent’s engagement session!
Any spots we missed? Let us know in the comments!