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Best Santa Barbara engagement locations

We are SO fortunate to live in a location as picturesque as Santa Barbara; couples will travel here from all over the country to host their destination wedding in our neighborhood! As a Santa Barbara wedding photography studio, we’ve developed some favorite spots around the Santa Barbara area for capturing clients’ engagement photos.

Here are a few of the best Santa Barbara engagement session locations (and a few outside SB, as well!):


Douglas Family Preserve

We love the woodsy vibes and ocean views at this gorgeous local spot, where Olivia + Griffin chose to do their engagement photos!

Douglas Family Preserve engagement session

Olivia + Griffin at Douglas Family Preserve

Butterfly Beach

Whenever we get a request for a beach session, this is our first recommendation! Erica + CJ and Meredith + Steve did their engagement photos here.

Best Santa Barbara engagement session locations

Erica + CJ at Butterfly Beach in Santa Barbara

Clairmont Lavender Farm

We’re traveling a bit north of Santa Barbara for this one, but we LOVE the lavender fields and gorgeous surroundings at Clairmont. It’s also where we did Sydney and Mark’s engagement photos!

Los Olivos engagement photos

Sydney + Mark at Clairmont Lavender Farm

Carpinteria Bluffs

This is another great spot with open grassy areas, tall trees, ocean views, and beautiful light. Kelsey and Ian took their engagement photos on an overcast day in January in Carpinteria!

Best Santa Barbara engagement session locations

Kelsey + Ian at Carpinteria Bluffs

Santa Barbara Courthouse

Beautiful Spanish-inspired architecture AND lush garden backdrops? Yes, please! The beauty of the city’s famous courthouse grounds makes this location a no-brainer for engagement photos. Annie + Kevin started their engagement session there before heading to Butterfly Beach for sunset!

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