San Diego Japanese Friendship Garden Engagement Proposal Photos | E + L
As a San Diego engagement photographer, I get to photograph at a lot of beaches along the San Diego coast. It’s most people’s go to location. However, there are other backdrops that are just as beautiful in San Diego too, like Balboa Park. Specifically at the Japanese Friendship Garden. If you are in need of a green backdrop, this place stays green throughout the entire year! You can either rent the place for an hour before the garden opens up, or you can pay for by the hour during opening hours. The latter being more economical. In these San Diego Japanese Friendship Garden Engagement Proposal Photos | E + L celebrated their anniversary in a special way! With a new ring!
There is a lot of shade at the Japanese Friendship Garden. There are a lot of trees. The open space is at the bottom of the garden, where the bridges are. You have to make sure you have a lens that can work with low light. You are going to have two different lighting situations, the bright light at the bottom of the garden and the shaded, darker light where the trees and path are. So be prepared. I like to use my prime lenses as they work very well in low light. I prefer to shoot at least 2-3 hours before sunset at the garden. As the sun ducks behind earlier than sunset, I want to make sure I have enough light.
I like to have the proposal happen on the bridge, the one farthest north. If you book the shoot during open hours, you will just have to wait for the other guests to walk by and clear the path. It usually doesn’t get too busy. Let your client know to just take his or her time and wait for the bridge to free up. Update, they have remodeled the garden. It is no longer accessible to step on the stones in the pond as it was before. So make sure to get there with enough time to see how everything looks now so you can set yourself up well.