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Top Colorful Photoshoot Locations in San Francisco, California

It’s no secret that San Francisco is known for its cute homes, colorful corners, and hilly streets. There are a TON of amazing backdrops for photos in the area, but how do you go about narrowing down the best ones for your own photos or your clients? How do you find the secret colorful walls, homes, and hidden corners without spending hours upon hours searching? πŸ€”

Well, lucky for you I’ve done all the work for you! πŸŽ‰ I’ve spent days upon days searching for the best fun and colorful backdrops in San Francisco so you can have an amazing and stress-free photo experience! Check out the full list in my San Francisco Location Guide for photographers and photography lovers, complete with the best time of day to visit, an interactive Google map, sample photos of each location, what to wear, and other tips and tricks!

If you’re not ready for the full guide, you can grab my free mini San Francisco Color Guide here, or keep reading for 2 of my favorite locations that I keep coming back to time and time again for their bold and bright backdrops!

Don’t forget to pin this blog to your location scouting Pinterest board for safe keeping. It’ll come in handy! πŸ˜‰

My Top Colorful Photography Locations in San Francisco

Outer Sunset Lime Green, Pink, + Teal Wall

There’s a huge building at the corner of Irving Street and La Playa Street in the Outer Sunset that’s painted a bold and bright shade of neon green with teal, pink, and white accents! It’s such a show stopper!

Since there are multiple walls you can use here, it’s good to know that the west side is fully green and the north side has the pink/teal doors and accents. Knowing this info you can better plan when to go depending on the direction of the sun. I prefer this location in the morning for even shade on both sides, but since the sunset is often quite foggy you could luck out at any time of the day!

Mission District Retro Blue Wall

This is such a fun 3 tiered wall with different shades of blue and vertical retro glass detailing! It’s located on San Jose Ave at 25th Street in the Mission District in San Francisco. Like the previous lime green location, I love how this building also has 2 colored walls so you can create depth by using the corner where they meet. One side has a tall skinny window with thick retro looking glass (seen in the first photo above), and the other side is a clean wall.

I prefer to use this location in the evening when it’s fully shaded. I love the monochrome look with blue on blue, or going for a color that pops off the backdrop!

If you enjoyed these locations, make sure to grab the full San Francisco Location Guide with even more details and 25 other great backdrops for photos! Or if you’re looking for other locations around the San Francisco Bay Area, check out 2 of my favorite locations in the East Bay or shop my other Bay Area Location Guides here!

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i'm sarah (she/her) , your new quirky, color-loving friend!

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Color and creativity fuel my soul, and whimsical details make my heart happy! I believe in finding joy in the everyday, that real emotions are better than perfectly posed, and that building real connections with my clients is what allows me to create honest photos and capture genuine moments.

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