The Santa Monica Pier ~ Venice ~ Union Station ~ LACMA
Ocean Park ~ Rancho Park ~ Balboa Park ~ Pan Pacific Park ~ Douglas Park
The Santa Monica Pier
We meet in front of Bubba Gumps on the Forrest Gump bench.
This world famous pier is sure to enhance your beach photo shoot. Although this might seem like an ideal location, it is usually overcast. Even so, there is nothing that says SoCal like the Pacific Ocean and the Pier.
Clothing: wear yellow, red, orange, green, pink, or purple; avoid white, brown, tan, black, grey, and blue.
We meet at N’ice Cream, which is 1410 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice is one of our favorite places to shoot: 2 reasons Ice Cream and Crazy Houses! They have some of the best Gelato in LA. This is awesome because the kids get a treat after the session, but only if they behave for Mr. Photographer Man. There is no color restriction/ building code for houses. This means we have lots of choices for backgrounds and your photo shoot will come out amazing. Occasionally there is the awesome retro car or old bicycle we can use as props too.
Clothing: wear blue, green, white, or grey; avoid red, brown, orange, yellow, black, and tan.
We meet at the main entrance.
Union Station has some great 30′s (I guess it’s 30′s) architecture and 2 big murals. There is also a fountain that photographs really well. If you are into trains or want a travel theme we often go up and shoot next to the tracks. Close by is the market on Old Olivera St where the kiddies can get some authentic mexican candies and snacks (and you could get 4-5 Margaritas, you made it through the shoot with your kids!)
Clothing: wear red, orange, yellow, green, or light blue; avoid white, dark blue, black, grey, and brown.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
We meet infront of the light poles.
This a very unique and artsy location. The ideal time frame for a romantic engagement session is between when the lights turn on and the sun goes down. Be prepared for a little longer shoot as getting the timing right with the sunset can be tricky. There are also some cool red doors and some palm trees as well so not ever shot has the lights in it.
Clothing: wear red, yellow, orange, green, light blue, purple, or pink; avoid white, black, grey, tan, and brown.
We meet on Ocean Ave, half a block south of Montana Ave at the tree that looks like a roller coaster.
The grass is greener in this park then any other park in the world. The tree on the corner is a kid favorite and it works as a posing bench for great photos. There are joggers and martial artists that always try to wander into my shots, FUN). It is right overlooking the PCH and the ocean and it is conveniently located near the Santa Monica pier.
Clothing: wear white, grey, red, orange, blue, or pink; avoid green, black and brown.
We meet at the picnic tables by the archery range.
Be sure to drive all the way into the park. It’s a park, a nice park but a park. It has a great old tree some bamboo looking stuff and a cool old wooden wall that looks like the side of a barn (it is really the archery range). It is really centrally located and easy to get to. Parking is horrible so come early.
Clothing: wear blue, green, or yellow; avoid red, brown, orange, black, white, grey, pink, and tan.
We meet at the big kid playground under the sign ‘Anthony C. Belinson Park’ sign.
Due to the parks distance from our office, we are only here once per month. This park is lush much of the year and even when the trees are brown the colors are still amazing. There are also some beautiful stone walls and fences. And in case you were about to ask yes, even when the park is crowded there is still a lot of room to shoot. We end the shoot usually on the slides and swings which kids love and make for some great photos.
Clothing: wear light colors; avoid dark colors.
We meet on the west side of the park.
Children love this park because, well… it has a playground. The beautiful greenery and stream are sure to compliment any photo shoot. You are also near Whole Foods if you want to grab a bite after we are done. …and if you are not the “healthy type” there is a Jack in the Box for milkshakes and 1200 calorie tacos.
Clothing: wear white, grey, red, orange, blue, pink, or tan; avoid green, black, and brown.
Pan Pacific Park
We meet at the playground behind the Senior Center.
There is plenty of greenery and colorful walls to add life to your shoot. It is close to the Grove/ Farmers Market. Once we had to leave the park and go to the Farmers Market to buy a kid chocolate. The kiddie playground is small and usually pretty empty so that is great for us.
Clothing: wear red, yellow, green, purple, or pink; avoid white, brown, tan, black, grey, blue, and orange.