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Old 06-23-2017, 11:42 AM
 
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Family looking to take family photos next month in San Diego. At the moment our list is Sunset Cliffs, Scripps Pier, Balboa Park. Any recommendations would be great.
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Old 06-23-2017, 04:16 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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La Jolla Cove
The Embarcadero and Seaport Village and the Marinas
Coronado (the ferry landing gives you a nice background of SD downtown)
Del Coronado Hotel
Cabrillo National Park (at the very tip of the Point Loma peninsula)
Mt Soledad Memorial
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Old 06-23-2017, 04:30 PM
 
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Thank you for the reply, I like the Hotel Del and Cabrillo and i hear Mt. Soledad is nice as well. I will be looking into Soledad tomorrow. We did my wifes baby pictures at the Coronado Ferry Landing area last year.
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Old 06-23-2017, 04:37 PM
 
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Lots of families do photo shoots at the USS Midway and "The Kiss" statue.

Unconditional Surrender Statue, San Diego, California
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Old 06-23-2017, 04:50 PM
 
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We did ours a few years back at Presidio Park.
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Old 06-24-2017, 12:27 AM
 
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Lots of families do photo shoots at the USS Midway and "The Kiss" statue.

Unconditional Surrender Statue, San Diego, California
Thank you great locations
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Old 06-24-2017, 12:29 AM
 
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Thank you looking at pics now
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Old 06-24-2017, 11:05 AM
 
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Are you taking the photos yourself, or are you having a professional photographer take them?

Most professionals worth their salt should be able to recommend great locations that have worked for their clients in the past.

If you're taking the photos yourself, you probably already know that a lot depends on the time of day and where/how the light will be falling at certain locations. You might want to use an app like the Photographer's Ephemeris to plan out the best location for the time/date you're considering.

In Balboa Park, my favorite locations for portraits are the little greek pavilion in the Alcazar Garden and the Japanese Garden. And, many people don't know about this area of the park, but if you go behind the old Navy Hospital (look for the Balboa Park Activity Center on the Park Map), there's a whole little secret garden. It has a beautiful historic fountain, some neat covered archways, and if you go down the stairs at the south end, there's a cool little swimming pool that can be awesome for photos.

Sunset cliffs is great for portraits in the early morning, but I find it can be tough for portraits in the late afternoon, depending on the sun's location. The Nature Park at the end of Sunset Cliffs can be better for family photos than the cliffs themselves at sunset. The cliffs tend to get crowded at that time, and it can be hard to stage a shot without strangers in the background. But at the Nature Park there are more possibilities for locations without people.

For the same reason, Scripps Pier can be tough at sunset too, since it attracts a lot of people (and other photographers), and if the tide isn't cooperating with your schedule, it can be hard to stage the shot under the pier. So be sure to check the tide tables if you do your photo there.

If you want a "deserted beach at sunset" location, go to Imperial Beach and walk south at the end of Seacoast Drive -- there's usually beautiful soft light there at sunset and you will pretty much have the beach all to yourself. You also have the option of shots with the National Preserve in the background at the top of the hill. I've taken some great family shots there.

And, again, it really depends on the time of day and the light and its direction; the Photographer's Ephemeris is great for helping determine what location might be optimum. You may already have it, but just in case, here's the link: http://photoephemeris.com/

Remember, too, that your photos aren't ultimately about the location; they're about your family. The location shouldn't be the star of the photos. It's just the stage.

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Old 06-24-2017, 08:24 PM
 
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Thank you Rosie great advice
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