San Francisco Photo Spots

When planning a photoshoot in San Francisco there are so many beautiful locations to choose from! Here are a few ideas for where to have your San Francisco photography session including unique, epic Golden Gate Bridge viewpoints, sprawling manicured gardens, architectural ruins and mini redwood forests, all located within the city.

San Francisco Gardens and Greenery

Lover’s Lane in The Presidio

This spot is perfect for family sessions, personal branding photoshoots and engagement photography. Even on foggy or overcast days, the natural vibe of this spot is always so picturesque. This location features a natural art sculpture, Andy Goldsworthy’s Wood Line, comprised of curving trees that stretch along this romantic path. There is usually free street parking only a few minute’s walk from this location and it’s best to arrive in the early AM if shooting here on the weekends as it gets busy later on in the day 😉

San Francisco Botanical Gardens

Nestled inside Golden Gate Park, this huge garden is super well maintained and has many picturesque areas to choose from. There is a rose garden, a pond crossed by a bridge and of course an abundance of plant life and flowers which make for fairy-tale vibe photos. There is free street parking but it fills up quick, there is also paid parking inside a garage as well. This spot is great for those visiting from out of town since it’s located right next to the California Academy of Sciences and the de Young art museum. Note there is a small entrance fee for non-residents.

Other garden and forest locations…

• Elk Glen Picnic Area inside Golden Gate Park

Japanese Tea Garden, also inside Golden Gate Park

Best Golden Gate Bridge Views

Battery Spencer in Sausalito

This spot is my absolute favorite view of the bridge! Battery Spencer has a fantastic city and bridge view on one side and a picturesque view of the Marin headlands on the opposite side. It has accessible (and free) parking and in addition to having an epic view of the bridge, there are also gates covered in locks hung up as testaments of couples’ eternal love. It’s a very romantic spot and is especially beautiful at sunrise (as seen in the above images).

Marshall’S Beach

Marshall’s Beach does involve a bit of a climb (around 15 mins from the parking lot) but is absolutely worth it as it puts you right up close next to the bridge while also on the beach. There are huge rock faces which make for very pretty backdrops. Bring walking shoes for this one and be advised as it is a nudity-friendly beach 😉

Other Golden Gate Bridge view locations…

Chrissy Field

Baker Beach

Battery Cranston

• Land’s End Lookout

SF City and ArchitectuRE Views

Ina Coolbirth Park

This is the best San Francisco skyline view I’ve found. It is super easy to get great photos with the city in the background here and street parking is typically available and free. Pro tip: avoid shooting at Ina Coolbirth Park during midday as there is little shade; best to schedule for early AM or PM instead!

San Francisco City Hall

Whether you’re planning your wedding at San Francisco City Hall or looking for an architecturally stunning backdrop for a fashion or branding session, this is one of the most elegant locations in the city. The huge intricate dome and dramatic four-floor staircase are particularly stunning elements of this extremely intricately designed building. There is a parking garage on the same block and it is open and free to the public most week days.

Other beautiful city views and architectural locations…

• Legion of Honor

• Coit Tower

• Luxe Cruises

• Pier 14

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