Palm Springs Photo Shoot Locations
So you recently got engaged and are now considering rocking your engagement photos in Palm Springs. Heck yeah! Congrats! This is certainly an awesome time in your life and I wish you nothing but the absolute best with wedding planning, but for now, let’s talk about those engagement photos. If you are thinking about rolling out to the Coachella Valley and are asking friends, “Where are the best places in Palm Springs for engagement photos?“, then this is the article for you! This is because we are going to go over some of the best Palm Springs engagement photo locations that way you get kick ass photos guaranteed to make your girl squad jealous of envy. And let’s be honest, making those boss babes and bad bitches jealous is the name of the game. So let’s check out some of the hot spots in the location guide!
1. Palm Springs Art Murals
Palm Springs art murals can be found all throughout the city, offering rad backdrops for any engagement photoshoot. These art murals include angel wings, a woman holding a freaking python snake, space-like patterns, and all sorts of colorful designs. The best part is many of these art murals that are perfect Palm springs engagement photo locations are right off Palm Canyon Drive or Tahquitz Canyon Way, making the spots easily accessible!
For more information on where some popular Palm Springs art murals are located check out this article.
2. Moorten Botanical Garden
Moorten Botanical Garden is a popular Palm Springs engagement photo location for couples seeking a little greenery for their gallery. The entry fee into the botanical garden is only $5, and the greenhouse inside Moorten’s is one of the most unique spots for a photoshoot. Although I would also like to add it is a tight environment inside that greenhouse with a lot of cactus’ and other plants that can bite you so be careful in there! But I can also promise you that Moortens’s Botanical Garden will allow any engagement photographer to creative. Lastly, even if you aren’t looking for that greenhouse, desert garden vibe for your engagement session it is still worth stopping by and visiting Moorten’s Botanical Garden. The Moorten family are awesome people, and they offer some rad cactus-style souvenirs.
3. Palm Springs Desert
What makes Palm Springs a unique location for engagement photos is the abundance of warmth and desert landscape. Simplicity is always a good thing for any photoshoot, and there is nothing better than two people in love, drinking champagne, dancing, and smiling in the desert. One of the more popular open desert locations is behind the Palm Springs Visitor’s Center which is right off Highway 111 when you enter the city. The location offers an open desert, a beautiful view of the San Jacinto mountains, and plenty of privacy.
For more information on the Palm Springs Visitor’s Center click here.
4. Palm Springs Windmill Photo Spot
How can you talk about Palm Springs engagement photo locations and not mention the iconic desert windmills? Well, you can’t! Simply take Indian Canyon Drive and head from downtown Palm Springs toward the 10 freeway until you see a spot in the windmills you like. Park the car on the side of the road (but be careful about parking in soft sand so your car doesn’t get stuck) and capture those wind-blown, wild hair modeling-type photos with windmills in the background! The coolest part about heading out to the windmills is they are located toward the side of the San Jacinto mountain range so you can extend the golden hour by about 45 minutes. Therefore, if you want to maximize that golden hour money light it is a good idea to finish the engagement session at this location.
5. Ace Hotel & Swim Club
A centrally located hipster-vibe hotel, Ace Swim Club has a little bit of everything for engaged couples seeking the coolest places in Palm Springs. First of all, every year the hotel commissions an art mural that provides a really cool backdrop for engagement photos. And from a photography perspective, the property features a lot of rad little areas that include a 60s style diner in the King’s Highway, a stylish bar area, white walls for minimalist photos, and a number of other cool spots such as the popular ACE sign in the front of the hotel.
For more information on Ace Hotel & Swim Club please click here.
6. Private Estate
Sometimes the best engagement photos only need you and your partner in a relaxed atmosphere, that is why one of the best Palm Springs engagement photo locations is at an Airbnb or private estate. One of the coolest things about Palm Springs is the abundance of stylish Airbnbs and mid-century rental properties in the area. So look online for a private little spot that fits your style. Maybe get some champagne, relax in a hammock, take a dip in a pool, or just chill. Not every engagement session needs to be a photoshoot. They can also be you and your partner enjoying a little getaway while a photographer captures you in all your glory.
7. Saguaro Hotel
Every best Palm springs engagement photo locations list has to include the Saguaro Hotel off Palm Canyon Drive (about a mile away from the Ace Hotel & Swim Club). I mean it has to when you consider the Saguaro is literally one of the most Instagrammed locations in Palm Springs! Colorful walls, a mid-century design entryway, and of course a highly-rated tequila bar at the El Jefe restaurant inside the property make the Saguaro Hotel one of the best Palm Springs engagement photo locations. Oh, and if you get the opportunity I highly encourage you to order the veggie nachos at El Jefe. They taste like they were handcrafted on an iron skillet by angels.
Engaged couples wondering where to shoot in Palm Springs can use this location guide or reach out to me directly for more information on where to find the best spots in the city for engagement photos! I am a local Southern California wedding photographer who has been shooting desert engagement sessions and weddings for over 8 years and would love to hear from you! I hope you found this guide helpful!