3 Best Locations to do Santa Barbara Engagement Photos

Congratulations on your engagement! Chances are, if you’re reading this you have a shiny new rock on your finger and want to find the best locations to do your Santa Barbara Engagement Photos. Friend, you’ve come to the right place. We are wedding experts that are here to make you feel empowered to enjoy your (brief) engagement period as much as you can. And that starts with gorgeous photos to document the moment, of course. We hope this list of the best Santa Barbara Engagement Photo locations will help you narrow down where to do your own. Feel free to reach out to us as well, and we can’t wait to work with you. Now onto what you’re here for …. the top 3 list.

Best Locations for Santa Barbara Engagement Photos


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  1. Santa Ynez Winery Engagement Photos

We know, this isn’t exactly in Santa Barbara but it’s close enough that it warrants being on this list. If you want dreamy European-inspired villas, castles, or something similar in the background of your engagement photos, you can get it in the Santa Ynez Winery Region. It’s totally worth the drive and it will look like you flew to Europe to do your session. We love beautiful lighting and romantic European-inspired vibes, so we will always recommend this to our couples.


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2. Butterfly Beach Engagement Photos

If you love the beach, you should definitely consider going to Butterfly Beach for your Santa Barbara Engagement Photos. Check out this couple who did, and their photos were simply perfect. The beach is quintessential California and should make it on your list of potential places to have your engagement photos taken. We will say, if you want something more laid back and casual, the beach is the perfect option! And we’re always down for an adventure with our couples. Nothing quite like a relaxed session with the sunset behind you and your toes buried in the sand.


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3. Santa Barbara City Hall Engagement Photos

While this is also a popular location in Santa Barbara to elope, we think it’s also a great place to do your engagement photos! If you know anything about the Santa Barbara Courthouse, you’ll know it’s super pretty and would be a great place to do engagement photos. With its Spanish-inspired architecture, secret hideaway spots which are perfect for photos, and more, it’s a dream. This idyllic spot in downtown Santa Barbara should be top of your list.


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