I don't know about you, but I consider myself super lucky to live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area. Great people, great food, but most importantly, the Bay Area has some of the most beautiful, natural and urban landscapes in the world. Another factor which makes this area great is our great weather. It's unbeatable. We can photograph outdoors all year long. For a point of comparison, I lived in Chicago for a brief period and quickly realized that outside sessions in that unforgiving climate were feasible only six to eight months of the year. I am a natural light photographer and I often work in public locations, so Chicago's weather was a major hurdle for my business. But not here in the Bay Area! We can spend time outside virtually any day of the year and have a great time creating beautiful memories.
Picking a location for your next photo session does not need to be a daunting task. There are many wonderful sites to choose from. The challenge, however, is narrowing down and choosing a location that best suits your family.
To make your decision a little easier, I made a list of my top 10 favorite family photoshoot locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. The list contains some of the most popular areas and also less known hidden gems around the Bay.
1. Lands End, San Francisco
This is probably a favorite amongst many photographers and for a good reason. Lands End is located on the north-western corner of San Francisco. It's set amongst gorgeous eucalyptus and cypress trees on the edge of the coastline with spectacular ocean views. My absolute favorite aspect of this landscape are trees that curved over time due to the force of wind, which creates an unusual and quite stunning backdrop. One thing to be aware of is that the weather at the Lands End can be very unpredictable and those same winds which bend the trees beautifully can make your hair fly in every direction. This is a perfect location for a family that is ready for an adventure.