San Francisco is a world-famous city known for its historically progressive activism and counterculture, incredible cultural diversity, and vibrant arts scene. It’s one of the most beautiful cities on Earth, as SF features rolling hills, distinctive architecture, picturesque fog, and, of course, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, all backed by distant mountains.
This profound beauty makes SF and the greater Bay Area a wonderful location for a photoshoot, with countless options regardless of your aesthetic preference, including for maternity photoshoots. Both indoors and out, there are plenty of tranquil, cozy spaces to be had throughout the city, wherein you’ll be able to have a memorable maternity photo session. It was tough to limit ourselves to just 10 ideas — there are so many perfect locations and spaces throughout the city. With that said, here’s our list of the best maternity photoshoot ideas near San Francisco.
1. A breathtaking historic loft with contemporary elegance
Aesthetically, this loft is the best of both worlds. It has all of the character that comes with its history, all while also offering the bright and airy ambiance of a more modern space. As the owners aptly describe this balance, “High ceilings give off a wonderful freeing feeling while the unit’s unique features give it a sense of coziness.” You’ll feel totally at home here.
2. A vibrant 15th-floor space with stunning views of Union Square
This ultra-popular location has more than 160 five-star reviews. It’s stylish and luxurious without being stuffy — the comfortable and quirky furnishings and decor create a welcoming and cheerful feel that will show up perfectly in your photos. Plus, it’s in the heart of downtown, offering views of the Coit Tower, Salesforce Building, and Transamerica Building, among others — but it’s quiet enough to feel like a refuge from the city even as you enjoy these phenomenal cityscape views.
3. A bright and airy studio in the Mission District
Looking for a simpler, more straightforward studio experience? You can’t go wrong with this one. You’ll have a 3,700-square-foot blank canvas with 30-foot ceilings and massive skylights, which create amazing light and plenty of visual “breathing room.” And you can always retreat to the comfy “treehouse” kitchenette for any needed breaks from your photoshoot.
4. Muir Beach
Visit the quiet and secluded Muir Beach via a 450-foot pedestrian bridge, and enjoy the cove and lagoon. And, as a heads-up: the northernmost end of the beach often has clothing-optional visitors. We think any of the beaches in the area would be a perfect maternity photoshoot idea near San Francisco, but this beach is especially breathtaking, and it isn’t as busy as some others.
Plus, it’s just three miles from the Muir Woods’ incredible redwoods. You can also plan a trip to the Muir Woods before or after, which is another great idea for a photoshoot; this park tends to get busy, so we suggest getting there early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
5. A spacious Edwardian home with tons of natural light
This beautiful Edwardian-style house is decorated in a refined yet laid-back style, and offers the heaps of natural light. Reviewers have commented that this space has a “modern/charming vibe,” “a ton of space,” and “lots of great natural light.” One reviewer also said it “was even more beautiful in person” — and even the photos are stunning, so you may have to go check it out just to appreciate how lovely this home truly is!
6. A stunning Edwardian flat with mid-century accents
This gorgeous Edwardian space features details like crown molding and the original hardwood floor. It’s an 800-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment, so it’s a bit more compact than No. 5 on this list. If a cozier feel is what you’re going for, that’s definitely a positive! It has a very homey feel, yet the attractive mid-century furniture and eclectic decor make it a totally chic space, too.
7. Dolores Park
Another one of our favorite maternity photoshoot ideas near San Francisco is Dolores Park, which offers sweeping emerald lawns shaded by iconic, quintessentially Californian palm trees. It’s a energetic center of cultural activity, hosting lots of concerts and events. This park is great if you’re looking for a more upbeat feel for your maternity photos.
8. An aesthetically pleasing, light-filled Nob Hill studio
This is a straightforward photo studio space, but much smaller and more intimate than No. 3 on this list. With tons of direct afternoon light (which can be closed for soft, diffused lighting, if you’d prefer), it’s an ideal location for simple maternity portraits that put the subject front and center.
9. Palace of Fine Arts
Take advantage of San Francisco’s extensive history and thriving arts and culture: consider a visit to the Palace of Fine Arts, a theater and remarkable piece of architecture adjacent to a dazzling lagoon. The impressive building and sparkling blue water will make a dramatically lush and lavish backdrop for your maternity photos. And, if you decide to snap some photos at night, you’ll find that the building is lit up by the lights of the lagoon, which creates its own impressive visual effect.
10. An iconic art school with a beautiful Spanish courtyard
Here’s one of the most gorgeous outdoor maternity photoshoot ideas near San Francisco that still manages to have a cozy and intimate atmosphere, thanks to its courtyard location, surrounded by fabulous architecture. Sit in the shade of the trees or next to the octagonal fountain in the center of the courtyard, and snap relaxed, charming maternity photos that you’ll love to look back on.