stunning couple pose amongst the gigantic Redwood trees during their documentary style Redwood forest engagement photoshoot

Northern California Engagement Photos in the Redwood Forests

So, you’re thinking about adventure engagement photos in the Redwoods? My very unbiased opinion says go for it. I truly cannot think of a location that is better for Northern California engagement photos. Okay, maybe I can.. But, only if you’re going for a different vibe. However, this blog is about the towering Redwood trees and all of the other cool spots in between. 

What to Know when Planning an Adventure Engagement Shoot in the Redwoods

Best Locations for Engagement Photos in the Redwood Forests

Northern California Engagement Photos in Fern Canyon

Trinidad Beach Engagement Photos

Packing List for Your Dog During Engagement Photos

Engagement Pictures in the Woods? Why Not. 

Sierrah and Andrew reached out wanting an adventure engagement photoshoot featuring the majestic Redwoods. Before we jump into Sierrah and Andrew’s engagement shoot in Northern California, let’s talk about the details of planning a beautiful woodland photoshoot in the stunning Redwoods forests. 

What to Know when Planning an Adventure Engagement Photoshoot in the Redwood Forests

Best Locations for Engagement Photos in the Redwood Forests

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park: You’ve got a ton of options at this state park for crafting a variety of engagement photo styles. With its towering redwood trees, creekside spots, and beach access, it’s like a one-stop shop for picture-perfect settings.

Park Hours: Open sunrise to sunset, however Newton B Drewery is closed on the first Saturday of every month from May-October for hike and bike day.

Dogs allowed: Yes, just not on the trails 

Entrance Fee: Free with the “America the Beautiful” “California State Park Annual Pass”, or a “Poppy Pass”

Check this website here to find out about the free entrance days throughout the year.

Woodsy Engagement Photos in Northern California 

The Redwoods are known for being some of the tallest living tree species and it’s a must-have engagement location. With over 75 miles of trails, there are plenty of quiet, secluded spots for your engagement photos.

Creekside Engagement Photos in Fern Canyon

Fern Canyon: a great location near the Redwood’s state park! This is a cool spot if you are wanting waterside photos taken like Sierah and Andrew did. 

Dogs Allowed: Unfortunately, no

Permits: Permits are required to visit the Gold Bluffs & Fern Canyon Trailhead from May 15th to September 15th. I highly recommend planning ahead and getting your permit in advance, here.

The Trinidad Beaches: Northern California Engagement Photos

Trinidad: There are miles of shore here and a perfect way to end your engagement session in the Redwood forest.

Parking: There is always plenty of parking (as long as it’s not crab season, which is in November). 

Dogs Allowed: Yes!

I love when couples choose to do something that represents their relationship during an engagement shoot, and for Sierrah and Andrew, that was bringing their dog along to join the adventure. 

Here’s an easy packing checklist to get ready before bringing your dog to your engagement shoot:

Your dogs favorite treats

A neutral colored leash 

A neutral colored collar 


A lint roller

Everytime I visit the Redwoods, I am just blown away. It was so cool getting to hang out with Sierrah and Andrew while documenting their engagement photos. Ready to book with a Humboldt Photographer that is familiar with the area? Secure your date, here! 

There are so many more locations throughout the Redwood Forests that are truly remarkable. Save this guide to your Pinterest to reference later! Simply hover over the image, and press, “save.” 

Northern California Engagement & Elopement Photographer | Taylor Mccutchan 

I love capturing candid moments using a stylized journalist approach to my photography on both digital and film cameras. The sessions that I capture are not about making it into something that it’s not. It’s about living authentic moments with you and your loved ones. Based in Napa Valley, but will travel far and wide to tell your tale. Let’s experience these moments together. Inquire here.

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