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Los Angeles Photo Shoot Locations

Los Angeles has a ton of interesting photo shoot locations.  Between the beach, downtown, Hollywood there is so much to choose from.  Here are some suggestions:

1. Sunken City, San Pedro

I love this spot.  It is a bit tricky to get to but good for agile families with older kids.  Check out the shoot I did here.

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2. Downtown Arts District

This area has changed so much in recent years.  There are so many cool murals and walls – lots of backgrounds to use.  A sample shoot can be found here.

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3. Korean Friendship Ball

This ball is in San Pedro at Angels Gate Park and is very close to Cabrillo Beach.  The last time I shot there we went to both locations so had lots of variety!  Click here to see the shoot.  Did you know there’s a marine aquarium nearby too?

korean friendship bell

4.  Griffith Park Observatory

This is such a cool spot.  There are lots of opportunities to capture cool angles and maybe even catch a glimpse of the Hollywood sign in a few shots.  You may need extra time to find parking so definitely leave early if you decide to shoot here.  It can be busy.  See a family shoot here.

Griffith park observatory

5. Walt Disney Concert Hall

So many shiny curves at the Walt Disney Concert Hall plus some other gritty downtown spots and the fun textured wall of the Broad Museum nearby.

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6.  Palos Verdes Malaga Cove

It’s hard to believe that this 1925 spanish renaissance building is a strip mall.  Such a beautiful location with groves of eucalyptus trees nearby.  Check out a recent shoot here.

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7.  Santa Monica Pier

The list would not be complete without the Santa Monica Pier.  This is always good for a fun loving family shoot.  A couple of rides may also be a fitting bribery reward for good behavior during the shoot :).  The area under the pier has a lot of dimension and the ferris wheel makes for a cool backdrop on the beach.  See the Wagner Family here.

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8.  Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

Some nice views of Los Angeles here at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook.  This Culver City location has some industrial features and a lot of greenery.  Bring cash for parking at the top.  Check out a family shoot here.

baldwin hills scenic overlook

9.  Venice Beach Skate Park

How can you tell I love graffiti?  Here is an awesome mix between beach and urban grit.  Fun walls and interesting features to incorporate.  Look at my last shoot here.

venice beach skate park

10.  Mission San Juan Capistrano

This one is a little further south in Orange County.  You can’t beat the look of the old stone church. A little prep for the kids’ 4th grade mission field trips?  This location requires a permit ($70 at press time) and advance booking.  Here is a sample shoot.

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11. El Segundo Industrial District

So many fun walls if you’re in the mood for a gritty shoot.  See it all here.

el segundo family photo shoot


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The Zanetos Family | Manhattan Beach Family Photography

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Did you know that there is a cute aquarium at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier?



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This was the first time I have ever seen so many shells washed up on the beach.

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Clarke Family | Newport Beach Family Photography

Wow – how fun to shoot this family in their classic 1957 Thunderbird.  I’m pretty sure I need one of my own.  We went to Balboa Island and rode back and forth on the ferry for these fun shots.

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10 Modern Memory Books


Looking for a baby book with simple modern design?  In addition to taking photos, I keep memory books for my daughters to record milestones and capture the cute and funny everyday stories.


When something memorable happens I always think I will remember the details but I’ve come to notice that I definitely do not.  When my sister had a baby and started asking me things about what happened with my girls when they were babies I realized I didn’t remember ANYTHING and had to keep checking the baby book!

I make sure to keep a list of both their favorite and not-so-favorite things so I don’t forget the funny aspects of their personalities in the years to come.

Here is a round-up of some of my favorite baby books:


Hey Baby (Illustries)

Oh Baby (Rag and Bone Bindery)

Binth (Binth)

Hello Little One (Land of Nod)

Le Petit Baby Book (Anthropologie)

 The Story of You (Artifact Uprising)

A Star is Born (Mushy Books)

 Baby Your First Five Years (Nora’s Nursery)

Expecting You (Anthropologie)

The Little One (Mushy Books)

Welcome Little One (Smitten Provisions)



Electronic Memory Books


For the technology inclined, these apps save you from having to print out pictures:


1. Sprout Baby

2. Day One

3. Tiny Beans


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