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beach engagement locations

If you live in Southern California, then you already know we have the best beaches anywhere. But if your work often takes you to the beach, well, then life doesn’t get much better than that. One of the best parts of shooting engagement photography is all the beach locations that serve as amazing settings. Southern California Beaches have beautiful backdrops and is an ideal location for your Engagement Photo Sessions taken by Three16 Photography.

Shooting engagement photography at various beaches allows us many types of backdrops in your photos and items that can be incorporated into your shots, such as some really awesome rock formations, tide pools or even under the piers. As nice as the cement piers at Huntington Beach and Manhattan Beach are, we prefer piers like that of Newport Beach where the support beams are still made of wood and that will give your photos a much more unique edge to it that cement cannot do.

Of course all locations have their pros and their cons, but if you opt for a beach engagement session, some of the Orange County beaches we enjoy photographing at includes Newport Beach Pier, Salt Creek Beach, Thousand Steps Beach, Doheny State Beach, Main Beach Laguna, and perhaps our favorite beach location, Table Rock Beach.

Other Orange County beach locations, such as Treasure Island and the Huntington Beach Pier are also good locations, but they just have a few more obstacles than the others listed. The Montage in Laguna Beach, the Balboa Fun Zone and Balboa Island offer more than beaches do, but they also have very short walks to the beach.

A couple of other beaches to consider along the Los Angeles County coastline include El Matador State Beach and the Manhattan Beach Pier.

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Advantages of a Beach Location
  • Beautiful Backdrops
  • Awesome Rock Formations
  • Cool Features that Wooden Piers Offer
  • Tide Pools

Disadvantages of a Beach Location
  • For Some Beaches, the Crowds!
  • Some Beaches are Hard to Find
  • Some Beaches Charge for Parking
  • Occasional High Tides

advantages  & disadvantages of a beach location:

More often than naught, Beaches are like having a blank canvas to work with for you to put your personality out on display, so having your Engagement Session photographed at a beach makes for a great option.

Something to consider before having a photo session taken at a beach, be sure to check with beach officials or the city if permits are required.


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Salt Creek Beach

Dana Point, ca

Manhattan Beach Pier

Manhattan Beach, CA

Newport Beach Pier

Newport Beach, ca

Montage Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach, CA

Main Beach Laguna


Huntington Beach Pier

Huntington Beach, CA

Treasure Island Beach

Laguna Beach, CA

Table Rock Beach

Laguna Beach, CA

Santa Monica Pier

santa monica, CA

Thousand Steps Beach

Laguna Beach, CA

Balboa Island

Newport Beach, CA

Doheny State Beach

Dana Point, CA

Abalone Cove Shoreline Park

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Balboa Fun Zone


Heisler Park

laguna Beach, ca

El Matador State Beach

malibu, CA

Santa Monica Beach

santa monica, CA

Crystal Cove State Beach

newport Beach, ca

Balboa Pier

newport beach, CA

Woods Cove Beach

laguna beach, CA

Little Corona del Mar Beach

corona del mar, ca

Newport Beach & Jetty's

newport beach, CA

Picnic Cove

laguna beach, CA

Lido Marina Village

newport beach, ca

Seal Beach Pier

seal beach, CA

Crescent Bay

laguna beach, CA

Victoria Beach

Laguna Beach, ca

hilton waterfront resort

huntington beach, CA

ritz carlton laguna niguel

laguna niguel, CA

surf & sand resort

laguna beach, ca

San Clemente Pier

san clemente, CA

crescent bay point Park

laguna beach, CA

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