Creative Ways to Use Balboa Park as a Photography Backdrop

By, May 09, 2023

We know that choosing the perfect backdrop for your photos can be a challenging task. Fortunately, in San Diego, we have the stunning Balboa Park, a 1,200-acre urban cultural park, with an array of different locations, making it an ideal spot for wedding photography.

In this blog post, we will be sharing creative ways to use Balboa Park as a photography backdrop, from popular spots to hidden gems, to help you capture the perfect memories.

The Botanical Building

Firstly, the Botanical Building is one of the most popular spots in Balboa Park, featuring a stunning display of exotic plants and flowers. This venue is an ideal spot for nature lovers, and it can add a romantic and vibrant touch to any photography session. Additionally, you can capture stunning photos inside the building, or use the exterior as a backdrop for a dramatic shot.

Balboa Park Botanical Building in the early morning fog captured by True Photography   

The Lily Pond

Another popular spot in Balboa Park is the Lily Pond, located near the Botanical Building. The Lily Pond features a tranquil pond, surrounded by lush greenery, and a stunning fountain, making it an ideal location for a romantic and peaceful photoshoot.Balboa Park Lily Pond at night photographed by True Photography

The Spanish Village Art Center

The Spanish Village Art Center is a hidden gem located in Balboa Park, featuring a colorful display of art studios, galleries, and workshops. This location also offers an array of backdrops, from vibrant murals to quaint courtyards, providing endless creative opportunities.Spanish Village Art Center in San Diego photographed by True Photography

The Desert Garden

If you’re looking for a unique backdrop for your photography session, then the Desert Garden is a great option. The Desert Garden features over 1,300 plants, including cacti, succulents, and other desert plants. Because of the abundance of foliage it’s an ideal spot for a rustic and unconventional photoshoot.The Desert Garden in Balboa Park photographed by True Photography

The California Tower

Lastly, the California Tower is a historic landmark located in Balboa Park, offering stunning views of the city skyline. The tower is an ideal spot for a dramatic and iconic photography session. It allows you to capture breathtaking shots against the stunning backdrop of San Diego.

Overall Balboa Park offers an array of creative opportunities for photography, from popular spots to hidden gems. At True Photography, we have captured countless memories in Balboa Park and can attest to its beauty and diversity. So, next time you’re looking for the perfect backdrop for your photography session, look no further than Balboa Park. Check out our Balboa Park wedding and engagement galleries for more inspiration!


Ivette and Roger | Balboa Park Engagement Shoot

By, June 20, 2017

Ivette and Roger had their recent engagement shoot at Balboa Park, which is one of our favorite spots. We arranged to meet at the perfect time of day, in order to capture the soft light and nice colors of the sunset. This fun pair brought along a couple of select props, which added nice detail to the photos. Check out some of our favorite images below!

Portraits of Ivette and Roger
Using the balloons that Ivette and Roger brought to the shoot, we set it up so Ivette appeared to be floating away. Good thing Roger was there to keep her grounded ;)
Portrait of Ivette and Roger
Portrait of Ivette and Roger
With a little assist from us, Roger pulled off this epic dip kiss like a pro!
Portraits of Ivette and Roger
When photographing, we like to keep things light, to let your personality shine through. For example, we love a bit of goofiness, like Roger's expression when kissed on the cheek by Ivette (right).
Portrait of Ivette and Roger
Ivette and Roger brought along this cute wooden sign. We captured a nice portrait of the two, in front of the iconic Botanical Garden, to be used for their save-the-date card.
Portrait of Ivette and Roger
Portraits of Ivette and Roger
Ivette and Roger did a great job choosing contrasting and coordinated outfits for their engagement shoot. One outfit was dressy and elegant, and the other was more casual and relaxed.
Portrait of Ivette and Roger
Portrait of Ivette and Roger
Portraits of Ivette and Roger

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Park Engagements

By, April 18, 2017

Parks are synonymous with romance, and offer much variety in terms of scenery. In addition to being tranquil, away from the urban sprawl, parks are great for an engagement shoot! Here in San Diego, our parks have beautiful features such as historical buildings, monuments and fountains. Here is a selection of our San Diego park recommendations.

Balboa Park

This massive park is the pride of San Diego. It is world-renowned for its abundant and exotic plant life, along with its marvelous museums and architecture. With so much variety within reach, each and every photo shoot is completely unique. If you have a few favorite spots in the park, or a particular vibe you are going, for its important to let your photographer know. That way we can plan logistically, as the park is huge!

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Presidio Park

This park, in the heart of Mission Hills, is a hidden gem. It has nice open green space, and plentiful trees, which makes you feel like you are in a forest. It also has the Junípero Serra Museum, which provides nice backgrounds, and adds variety to your shoot.

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Mission Hills Engagement
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Liberty Station

This historic naval base has become a popular gathering point for San Diegans. Many local businesses have set up shop in Liberty Station, which is in the heart of Point Loma. With a plethora of beautiful courtyards, amazing architecture, and green open spaces, Liberty Station is ideal for an engagement photo shoot.

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Waterfront Park

Right on the edge of Downtown San Diego, on the grounds of the County Administration Building, lies Waterfront Park. This park is distinct, as it offers views of downtown, as well as the San Diego Bay. Running throughout the park are awesome fountains, as well as cultivated plant areas. The administration building itself provides nice backdrops, and there is also a gigantic play structure, which will bring out the kid in you!

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