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Santa Barbara Engagement Session Locations

Santa Barbara is located along the Pacific Ocean on the Central Coast of California. Views are incredible as the city is nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the ocean. This of course means, that choosing to have your engagement photos taken here is a wonderful choice! We put this blog together with the hope that it would help you choose which of these Santa Barbara Engagement Session Locations will be the best fit for you as a couple!

A couple holding hands and walking down the hallway at the Santa Barbara Courthouse in Santa Barbara, California.

Santa Barbara Courthouse

The courthouse is one of the most beautiful buildings in the area. Photos can be taken all over the property. Including outside in the Sunken Garden, in the open hallway, along the spiral staircase, and in the Clocktower. There are so many places to go that offer variety to our couple’s galleries which is why the courthouse is one of our favorite Santa Barbara Engagement Session Locations.

A couple sharing a kiss and holding hands at Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden

Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden

This public garden is a few blocks from the Santa Barbara Courthouse and is one of our town’s treasures. The city spent a lot of time and energy building and upgrading this park and it looks amazing! The trails are fresh, the greenery is alive and well, and in the Spring months, the garden truly does come to life with all the blooms. Most of our couples who choose to take their engagement photos at the Santa Barbara Courthouse also like to spend some of their session time at Alice Keck Park.

A couple walking along the beach at the Ellwood Bluffs, one of our favorite Santa Barbara Engagement Session Locations

Ellwood Bluffs

These bluffs are a common place for locals to exercise or catch a sunset. There are multiple trails lined with Eucalyptus trees and access to the beach a little further in means more variety for your images! The Ellwood Bluffs are especially beautiful around golden hour and worth walking back with a flashlight to see the sun dip below the horizon on the Pacific Ocean.

A couple kissing at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara, California

Ritz-Carlton Bacara & Haskell’s Beach

Everyone knows about the Ritz, but not every Ritz has private beach access and looks like a Villa. Santa Barbara’s Ritz-Carlton has pristine landscaping, gorgeous indigenous plants, and stunning views. It’s also an incredible place to propose, or hold your wedding day reception.

The groom dipping his fiancé with Stearn's Wharf in the background. A second image of the couple smiling at each other while one a sailboat, which is one of our favorite Santa Barbara Engagement Session Locations

Santa Barbara Harbor and Sailing Center

Believe it or not, one of our favorite Santa Barbara engagement session locations is actually on a sailboat. Your engagement session is going to be an experience you’ll want to remember forever (and you’ll have photos to help with that) but throw in a sailboat and there’s no way you’ll be able to forget. Plus, nothing says romantic like being all dressed up for a sunset cruise with the love of your life.

A couple sitting on a fountain as the sun sets behind them at Whispering Rose Ranch, one of our favorite Santa Barbara Engagement Session Locations

Whispering Rose Ranch

If you’re planning a garden-themed wedding and want your engagement session location to complement the vision you have for your wedding day then Whispering Rose Ranch may be just the place you’re looking for. It is a working horse ranch so it’s even possible to get Black Beauty in your photos! The long driveway lined with Birch Trees is stunning, however, the Ranch’s main residence is to die for. The residence is located on top of a hill that overlooks the property and the valley. It’s complete with a water fountain and mid-century french doors and of course, views of the mountains.

A couple smiling and holding hands.

Butterfly Beach

If you want a beach engagement session in Santa Barbara you have a lot of options! There are plenty of sandy shores to choose from. One of our favorites is Butterfly Beach. The sand is clean and it’s easy to find. Another huge advantage is there is always enough space for photos no matter the ocean’s tide level. And if you’re traveling to Santa Barbara for your engagement session and want to spend the night, the luxurious Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore is just across the street. We love Butterfly Beach and would probably recommend it first.

Santa Barbara Engagement Session Locations for Your Session

Choosing where you would like your engagement photos taken can be stressful, but you really can’t lose. There are so many incredible Santa Barbara Engagement Session Locations to choose from. So, just remember that no matter where you go, it’s going to be beautiful. Just remember, the location you choose is not nearly as important as the person who is with you. Planning for your session can be a bit daunting, but here for you every step of the way. If you’re having trouble deciding where you want to go, send us an email and we’ll figure it out together!

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