The Most Instagrammable Wedding Photo Spots in San Diego

By, April 15, 2023

At True Photography, we know just how important it is to capture the perfect shot on your big day. That’s why we’ve scoured the city to find the most Instagrammable wedding photo spots in San Diego. These locations offer stunning backdrops that will make your wedding photos truly unforgettable. So, grab your photographer and let’s explore some of the best places to take wedding photos in San Diego.

Balboa Park:

Firstly, with its beautiful architecture, lush greenery, and stunning views, Balboa Park is a popular spot for wedding photos. The Spanish-style buildings and intricate details of the Botanical Building make for a picturesque backdrop, while the park’s gardens offer a variety of vibrant flowers and plants for a pop of color.  Check out our Balboa Park gallery for more inspiration.Balboa Park wedding photography by True Photography

La Jolla Cove:

The beach at La Jolla Cove is one of the most iconic locations in San Diego. The dramatic cliffs, crystal-clear water, and golden sand provide a stunning backdrop for your wedding photos. You can also take advantage of the picturesque walkways and the quaint architecture of the surrounding village.  Check out our La Jolla Cove gallery for more inspiration.La Jolla Cove engagement photography by True Photography

Sunset Cliffs:

For a more rugged and natural look, Sunset Cliffs is a must-visit location. Because of the dramatic cliffs, stunning ocean views, and crashing waves this location makes for a breathtaking backdrop. Plus, the golden hour lighting during sunset is simply magical.  For more inspiration check out our Sunset Cliffs gallery.Instagrammable wedding photo spots at Sunset Cliffs San Diego

Seaport Village:

The colorful buildings and overall lively atmosphere of Seaport Village make for a fun and playful backdrop for your wedding photos. The waterfront location also offers views of the San Diego Bay and the iconic Coronado Bridge, creating a truly San Diego vibe. Check out some engagement photo shoots in our Seaport Village gallery.Seaport Village for instagrammable wedding photo spots

Old Town:

With its rustic charm and historic buildings, Old Town is a particularly popular spot for wedding photos. The colorful adobe buildings and quaint streets provide a warm and inviting backdrop, while the nearby San Diego River offers a tranquil spot for some romantic shots. For more inspiration check out our Old Town gallery.Old Town San Diego engagement photo by True Photography

At True Photography, we believe that every couple deserves the perfect wedding photos to remember their special day. By choosing the right location, you can create stunning and unforgettable images that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. So, grab your photographer and head to these Instagrammable wedding photo spots in San Diego for a picture-perfect day.


California Dreamin’ in Ocean Beach | Rubie and Jason

By, January 17, 2017

Rubie and Jason are San Diego locals, and one of their favorite date spots is nearby Ocean Beach. So for their engagement shoot, we headed straight to the coast! The couple’s special connection to the beach – and particularly Sunset Cliffs – was evident from the moment they hit the sand. Here are a few of our favorite moments from the day!

Engaged couple embrace and kiss next to vintage Volkswagen Bus at beach

Embracing the nostalgia of the day with a 1960’s beach vibe, the couple rode in this vintage green Volkswagen from ZElectric Motors

Engaged couple embrace and lean against vintage Volkswagen bus during engagement session

Jason rocked a classic Hawaiian shirt throughout the day’s shoot:) 

Two images of Engaged couple holding hands and kissing in Volkswagen bus during beach engagement session

Taking note of the Volkswagen’s sunroof, we let in some rays and played around with different perspectives. By utilizing the pier nearby, we were able to gain a bird’s eye angle and use the roof as a frame while Rubie and Jason leaned in for a kiss.  Then, inside the vehicle, we split the composition to include both the open sky and the couple’s reactions. 

Groom-to-be drives Volkswagen bus as Bride-to-be sits behind him

For a brief moment, Jason grabbed the wheel as Rubie looked on with affection. To capture the spontaneity, and remain unobtrusive, we positioned ourselves looking in through the front window.

Engaged couple sit against vintage Volkswagen bus on sandy beach during engagement session

Two images of engaged couple leaning against and sitting in vintage Volkswagen bus on beach

With a variety of angles, we loved bringing new life to this classic vehicle, and adding to the overall story of the day.

Reflection of engaged couple kissing in metal hubcap of volkswagen bus

Noticing the metallic reflection of the tire’s hubcap (above), we placed Rubie and Jason out in the sand for a creative portrait. 

Bride-to-be stands outside vintage Volkswagen bus while Groom-to-be looks at her and drives on beach Engaged couple kiss in front seat of volkswagen busUnique photo of engaged couple embracing during sunset through window of vintage Volkswagen bus during beach engagement session

Later, we cruised over to Sunset Cliffs as the sun began to set in the sky. We love that Rubie and Jason chose somewhere close to their hearts with a personal connection.

Engaged couple embrace and look at one another on rocks overlooking ocean during beach engagement session

To show off the landscape, we placed the couple at a lower angle and positioned ourselves on higher ground. By taking an elevated perspective, and adding a hint of off-camera flash, we captured the colorful sky and surrounding ocean.

Engaged couple sit in front seat of vintage volkswagen busEngaged couple embrace and kiss one another during sunset at Sunset Cliffs

We had so much fun photographing this fun, laid-back couple and look forward to photographing their beach wedding at Scripps Seaside Forum next year!

Silhouette of engaged couple kissing during sunset
Check out more moments from Rubie and Jason’s vintage beach engagement session.


Beautiful Sunset Cliffs Maternity Session | Anna Rose and Arturo

By, March 10, 2016

We love reconnecting with our wedding couples, and watching them grow into families :) A couple of years ago, we photographed for Anna Rose and Arturo at their amazing Rancho Valencia wedding. Very recently, we had the opportunity to document another big moment in their lives – a baby to be!

Anna Rose decided to show off her adorable baby bump, and Sunset Cliffs was the perfect place to do so. To highlight this stunning new momma-to-be, we incorporated various backgrounds and textures, and made full use of the natural beach environment. Here is a selection of our favorite images from this maternity photo session.

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Sunsets and bare bellies? Yes please. :)

Maternity Photography Session

Maternity Photography SessionStunning bare belly maternity photo at beach during sunset.

We are so excited for Anna Rose and Arturo. We can’t wait to land our eyes on their new arrival!

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