A pre-wedding shoot in San Diego is always fun, especially on the beaches of La Jolla and Carlsbad.
A little warm-up before the wedding, a pre-wedding photo shoot is an ideal way to start to feel relaxed in front of the camera and also a great opportunity to get to know your photographer as well as the chance for us all to have a fun day in some beautiful locations.
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We started pre-wedding shoot in La Jolla and had a nice chilled out walk along the coast. These two needed minimal direction, all I had to do was to get them to look at each other and the pictures made themselves. A couple very much in love like these two make it so easy for me, I just need to point the camera and shoot. Mix that with this beautiful location and it is like shooting fish in a barrel.
Later we worked our way north up the stunning Pacific coast highway, (the 101). This is one of my favourite roads. and every time I visit San Diego I choose the 101 to get me north or south when I have time because it’s just such an amazing dive.
We arrived in Oceanside just north of Carlsbad about before the sunset and took a walk on the pier. As always it was a hive of activity with couples just chilling out on an evening walk to fishermen and families enjoying the evening. Once again my job was made easy by these two and the beautiful surroundings. It was the perfect way to end a pre-wedding shoot.
I Have known Sommer and Mike for a while and they were at Crystal & Gio’s wedding. Like those two they are a pleasure to be around. I look forward to getting the chance to beat Mike at a round of golf next time I’m over there and get a few more pointers on how to surf.
I love getting the opportunity to photograph weddings and engagement shoots in California and this one was an absolute joy.
La Jolla. (San Diego's Jewel by the Sea).
One of the top beach destinations in the world.
With a dramatic coastline boasting incredible views it is no surprise that La Jolla is one of the most popular beach destinations in California. It is surrounded on three sides by the sea and is backed by the steep slopes of Mt. Soledad. La Jolla’s natural beauty and abundance of activities, as well as upscale village lifestyle, ensure that it lives up to its nickname as “the jewel” of San Diego.
I am not surprised it is consistently voted one of the top beach destinations in the world, La Jolla has a wide range of accommodation, from luxurious hotels to casual coastal retreats. Along with the museums and art galleries, one-of-a-kind boutiques, great restaurants and a slew of outdoor activities. It is also home to the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course and The Lodge at Torrey Pines. I love to walk the scenic cliff area, their well-groomed hiking trails with spectacular views and world-class golf. At Torrey Pines Gliderport, you can soar out over the beach cliffs on a hang glider or just relax and watch the action above.
Along the dramatic coastline lies Scripps Park where families can picnic throughout the summer while enjoying the Fourth of July fireworks and concerts under the stars. Just south of the park is the Children’s Pool, here a seawall was initially built to protect kids from incoming waves but has been long taken over by a local seal colony. You are no longer permitted to swim here, but you can walk out along the seawall for a close-up view of the wildlife.
La Jolla is also home to Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute of Oceanography and plenty of cultural attractions. This includes the La Jolla Playhouse and the Museum of Contemporary Art. All are situated near the Village. The University of San Diego hosts the popular Geisel Library and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, both located in La Jolla as well.
One of La Jolla’s biggest draw for locals and visitors alike are the beautiful beaches. During the summer and autumn months, the surf is relatively gentle with warm waters in the 70s. Swimmers, snorkelers, scuba divers, kayakers as well as surfers can enjoy the golden sands of La Jolla Shores. Be sure to keep an eye out for migrating whales off the coast. They travel to and from Baja California.
Small Harbor Fishing Pier
Is ideal for family, fishing and fun. Small and quaint it is located in the very centre of the harbour overlooking the harbour entrance. Catch a variety of local species. Excellent for children with picnic areas immediately adjacent and across the street from restaurants.
Harbour Beach to the Oceanside Pier
Oceanside’s broadest beach is a Harbour Beach at the northernmost part of town. Start out at the mouth of the San Luis Rey River and make your way south to the Pier. If you need to rest for a bit before making the return trip, check out the views from the end of the 1,954-foot long pier. One of the longest wooden piers on the west coast!
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