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If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind location for your engagement photography session in Santa Barbara, look no further than the Santa Barbara Courthouse. Built in 1929 as an exemplary display of the Spanish Colonial architectural style, the courthouse consists of four buildings that add up to 150,000 square feet! Start off your engagement photo shoot on the Garden Side of the courthouse, where your photographer can take photos of you and your man posing along the front steps or on the verdant lawn, surrounded by towering palm trees and other lush greenery. Next, head over to the 'Arch' Side of the structure and use the immaculate Spanish Colonial exterior as a backdrop. You and your fianc'e can also pose for a private engagement portrait in front of the elegant wooden front door, beside the glimmering fountain, or beneath the wide arch that opens onto the Sunken Garden area. These are just a few of the picturesque spots within the courthouse grounds that you'll explore during your engagement photography session! After you've finished at the courthouse, take a short ride over to West Beach, located only a few miles away. The gentle late afternoon sun, combined with the glittering ocean, will create the perfect conditions for a beachside photo shoot. Have your engagement photographer take a snapshot of you and your fianc'e on the pier, overlooking the waves. Finally, descend down to beach level for some playful pictures along the coastline.
Considered to be one of the most beautiful areas in the country, downtown Santa Barbara will provide a gorgeous location for your engagement photography session. Begin your photo shoot at the luxurious Canary Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. Have your engagement photographer take some individual photos of you and your fianc'e in front of the entrance doors. Upon entering the hotel you'll find yourself inside an elegantly decorated lobby, where your photographer can snap some seated. You and your fianc'e can also strike a pose along the spiral staircase. Finally, venture up to the hotel's spacious rooftop area, where your photographer can take advantage of the breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains and Pacific Ocean to create some truly romantic photos. Once you've finished at the Canary Hotel, take a limousine ride through the downtown district, where you'll find a plethora of great places to stop and take engagement photos. You and your man can pose for photos in front of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, whose authentic Mission-style architecture will provide a great backdrop. On the other side of the block you'll find the Santa Barbara Public library, where your photographer can arrange a portrait of you and your fianc'e beside the sparkling fountain, seated on one of the benches, or standing beneath the rosy cherry blossom trees. Other beautiful locations in downtown include the Santa Barbara City Historical Museum, as well as Santa Barbara City Hall. You'll have a blast exploring the charming arts district of downtown Santa Barbara!
Built in 1965, the Santa Barbara Historical Museum has been serving locals and tourists as an educational site for almost 45 years. In addition, its rustic exterior architecture and surrounding area has made it a popular photography location for engaged Santa Barbara couples. Kick off your engagement photo shoot with a romantic portrait in beside the beautiful sparkling fountain in the central courtyard of the museum. Your engagement photographer can then take photos of you and your fianc'e against the backdrop of the museum, itself. Scattered throughout the museum's surrounding area are a number of tall shade trees beneath which you and your fianc'e can pose. Finally, have your engagement photographer take capture a photo of you and you man beneath the wooden canopy in the side courtyard. Afterward, take a short drive over to Alameda Park, a popular Santa Barbara location for public and private events. Here, your wedding photographer can capture some candid photos of you and your man as you take a promenade through the park or simply relax in the lush green grass. You and your fianc'e can also pose for a portrait inside the park's charming little gazebo. For some fun-filled photos, head over to the playground area and take a ride on the swings or down the slide with your fianc'e. And your engagement photographer can always take advantage of the towering palm trees and shade trees scattered throughout the park to create a beautiful natural ambience for your engagement photos.
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