K. Loreth Photography Location Guide
Eucalyptus Grove - La Jolla
This location is full of beautiful, lush eucalyptus trees year round and patches of yellow flowers in the spring. There is minimal walking to get to the perfect spot so it is great for all ages. It is a wonderful location for family, children, maternity and couples sessions. The grove is located in a residential neighborhood so parking is usually readily available.
Los Penasquitos - Poway
Los Penasquitos has a wide variety of areas to allow for different looks in your session. From woodsy to rustic in the fall and winter to tons of greenery in the spring. There is some walking along the trails to get to the best spots so this location might not be ideal for those with infants or elderly family members. It is a great location for all types of sessions! Parking can be limited at times due to it being a popular biking and hiking location and near sports fields so getting to the parking lot early is highly encouraged.
Mission Trails - Santee
Mission Trails is a fabulous location for those that want a more rustic, whimsical vibe. There are many different areas to utilize to offer a wider variety in your gallery. The upper field is generally pretty brown year round, but does have green grass and yellow flowers briefly in the early spring. The road before the trail offers wonderful light before sunset and allows for some fun, in the street shots. There is some walking along the road and up a semi-steep hill to get to the best spots so this location might not be ideal for those with infants or elderly family members. This location is great for all types of sessions. Parking is limited as this location is popular for hikers and the gate closes at sunset, so getting to the location early to find parking is highly encouraged.
Harry Griffin Park - La Mesa
Harry Griffin is perfect for those that are envisioning multiple vibes for their session. From lush and green to rustic and woodsy, this park has it all, all year round! The top portion of the park has ample amounts of grass and trees, as well as beautiful white arches along the main sidewalk. The lower field provides a foot bridge as well as a couple fields and some tree lined trails. There is some walking if both levels will be used but is fine for all ages. This location is perfect for any type of session, especially family and children sessions. This is a park so parking is usually readily available year round but may be limited if there is an event.
Balboa Park - San Diego
Balboa Park is a fantastic location for those looking for beautiful architecture and colors in their photos. It provides lots of areas to allow for a wide variety in your gallery. This location does come with lots of walking so it may not be ideal for those with infants or elderly family members. Balboa Park does get busier certain times of the year so pre-planning around events may be necessary. Parking near the Organ Pavilion is recommended and is sometimes limited so getting to the location early to find parking is highly encouraged.
Mast Park - Santee
Mast park is a great location for those that want a more rustic or woodsy vibe. There are many tree lined paths, as well as a brown, wood fence. There is some walking to get to the best spots but is fine for all ages. Parking is limited so getting to the location early to find parking is highly encouraged.
Downtown San Diego
Downtown San Diego is perfect for an urban city session. There are a few different locations within downtown I'd recommend depending on the look you're hoping to achieve. This location is ideal for couples and families with older children. There is a lot of walking involved so this location is not the best for those with younger kids or elderly family members. Parking can be difficult so getting to the location early to find parking is highly encouraged.
The Nest - Fallbrook
The nest is a studio location in Fallbrook. There are many different areas within this location to utilize, including a succulent room, a vintage VW bus and a little stream lined with trees. This location is perfect for all ages and requires minimal walking. The Nest is ideal for families with smaller children who would prefer an indoor session, boudoir, couples and children portraits. Parking is limited but is never an issue in the morning. It is located on a main road but can be tricky to find, so arriving early to locate the studio is highly recommended. (Rental and travel fee required to book this location)
Lake Cuyamaca - Descanso
Lake Cuyamaca is the perfect mountainous location. With a beautiful view of the lake, overgrown fields and large pine trees, this is a great location for those wanting to get out of the city. There is some walking but is fine for all ages. This location is perfect for all sessions. Parking is ample but there is parking permit required so arriving early is highly recommended. Layers are encouraged as it does tend to get a bit breezy certain times of year. (Travel fee required to book this location)
Windansea - La Jolla
Windansea is a gorgeous, rocky beach located south of La Jolla Cove. Algae covered rocks and tidepools are aplenty and at low tide, there is a large stretch of sand to walk on. This location is not recommended at high tide, or for those with infants or elderly family members as the rocks can be tricky to navigate. Parking is mostly residential so getting to the location early to find parking is highly encouraged. (Date and time of session is dependent on tide levels)
Scripps Pier - La Jolla
Scripps pier is a great alternative to Windansea. With its pier and towering cliffs, this location allows for lots of variety in your gallery. The rocky areas are inaccessible at high tides but there is still plenty of sand to take advantage of. This location is great for all ages and types of sessions. There is a short walk after a set of stairs to the pier but not strenuous. This location is extremely popular in the summer, especially on weekends, so weekdays or sunrise sessions are highly recommended. Parking can be limited in the residential areas on the weekdays so getting to the location early to find parking is highly encouraged. The parking lot attached to the Robert Paine Scripps Forum is available on the weekends for a fee.
Coronado Central Beach - Coronado
Coronado Central Beach is one of my absolute favorite beach locations. There is quite a few different areas to allow for a diverse gallery including the famous Hotel Del Coronado and the dunes. Tides are not an issue, as there is plenty of sand even at the highest of tides. This location is perfect for all ages and all types of sessions. It can get pretty busy, especially in the summer but the size of the beach allows for adequate distance from the beachgoers. Parking can be tricky so getting to the location early to find parking is highly encouraged.
Crystal Pier - Pacific Beach
Crystal Pier is a perfect location for those who have infants, smaller children or elderly family members or are looking to book an extended family session on the beach. The pier is not far from the sidewalk so access is easy and quick. It is recommended for low to mid tide and on weekdays or for sunrise sessions as it tends to get busy on the weekends and is in the heart of Pacific Beach. Parking is limited so getting to the location early to find parking is highly encouraged.
Flower Patch - Seasonal
Every spring, wildflowers erupt all over San Diego. These locations are perfect for all ages and all types of sessions. They are date and location tentative as the flowers don't bloom around the same time every year and aren't always in the same location. Parking is dependent on the area so getting to the location early to find parking is highly encouraged. (This location is seasonal and subject to change)
Family Christmas Tree Farm - El Cajon - Seasonal
Nothing says the holidays like a tree farm! This location is a great option for photos for holiday cards. This location is perfect for all ages and all types of sessions. Sessions here are by appointment only and rental fees may apply. Parking can be limited as the dates get closer to Christmas so getting to the location early to find parking is highly encouraged. (This location and props are seasonal and subject to change. Rental fee may apply)