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Photographer’s Guide To La Jolla

Where To Stay

I’m a sucker for historic hotels, so we stayed at the Grande Colonial. It is a great historic hotel in the heart of downtown La Jolla. It is within easy walking distance of La Jolla Cove/Cliffs/Cave. They also provide a taxi which will shuttle you down to the beach if you’d like. The staff is super friendly and I’m pretty sure we had breakfast next to Neil Diamond. A taxi ride to/from the airport will run you about $40.

What To Do

When you’re not taking pictures, here are a couple of things you might want to check out.

  • Birch Aquarium – ( Let your imagination wander as you explore the seas in the comfort of your dry clothes.
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding with the Surf Divas! ( It is easy to learn and a great way to explore the coves of La Jolla. During my first time paddle boarding here I was visited by a family of dolphins as well as a few curious sea lions. It was moment that has left beautiful little ripples in my soul. There is no better place to learn SUP/Surfing or rent your gear than the Surf Divas.

Places To Explore With Your Camera

  • La Jolla Cove/Cave/Cliffs – You could spend all weekend making images here. There is so much to explore. This area offers everything from beautiful hiking trails through lush gardens to some incredible wildlife opportunities. It really is a magical area.
  • Scripps Pier – You know you love to photography piers. And you are in good company. Ansel Adams thought this pier was a pretty good subject too back in the day.
  • UCSD Campus – If I were to do college over again, I would probably go here. The campus is full of interesting architectural finds. The penultimate discover, the Giesel Library…Google is and make sure to photograph it.
  • Mt. Soledad – Sunrise or Sunset there are great images to be had from this beautiful viewpoint.
  • Blacks Beach – Access to this secluded beach is limited to hiking trails. It makes for the perfect landscape photo destination. It is also home to the surreal Bell’s Beach House.
  • Salk Institute – Let your photographic vision explore powerfully minimalistic architectural scenes at this unique location. (

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A Few Of My Favorite Images

La Jolla Cove In Spring

La Jolla Cove HDR

La Jolla Seals

Geisel Library


  1. Fucking awesome pictures. The beach house and the library really give me a boner!

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