San Diego is full of photography locations! Here is a list of common spots. Please keep in mind that not all areas are advisable for young children and some require a small travel fee. I have previously shot at most of these locations but some I have not, please ask if you have a question about any of them! Sometimes locations come with a fee to shoot there, clients will be required to pay those fees if you choose a location that has one. Locations that are used most commonly are in bold print. 

$ Travel Fee
* Not Advisable for Young Children


Fields & Mountains

Portraits in San Diego Fields and Mountains by Rachel Dale Photography

Iron Mountain
Julian $
Laguna Mountain $
Lake Cuyamaca $
Lake Murray
Los Penesquitos Canyon Preserve
Marian Bear Memorial Park
Mission Trails Regional Park
Mount Woodson $
Oakoasis County Preserve $
Ramona Grasslands Preserve $
San Elijo Lagoon $
Steele Canyon Park
Wrights Field Alpine


San Diego Beach Portrait Photography by Rachel Dale Photography

Pacific Beach and Pier
Scripps Pier and Beach
Sunset Cliffs*
Torrey Pines State Beach*
Windandsea Beach*



San Diego Park Portrait Photography by Rachel Dale Photography

Balboa Park
Flynn Springs Park
Harry Griffith Park
Liberty Station
Old Town Park
Presidio Park

Urban Locations

Urban San Diego Portrait Photography by Rachel Dale Photography

Downtown San Diego
Little Italy
North Park