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SAN FRANCISCO PERSONAL TRAVEL & VACATION PHOTOGRAPHER

NORTH BEACH, HAIGHT-ASHBURY, HAYES VALLEY, MISSION DISTRICT, EMBARCADERO DATE IDEAS, SPOTS & HIDDEN GEMS: BARS, RESTAURANTS, NEIGHBORHOOD WALKS, STREET ART, VIEWS

I have spent many years wandering the streets of San Francisco inside out like few others have. As someone who is relatively neighborhood agnostic and someone who is naturally curious, I love exploring hidden gems, alleyways, classic institutions as well as new openings. In my line of work I am constantly on the search for new places, different angles and overlooked spots for my photoshoots for those that demand something unique and custom.

As an avid travel and couchsurfer, I care about how visitors spend their time effectively, efficiently and cheerfully while on limited schedules, budgets and other constraints traveling from near and far from all over the world. I have been fortunate to be shown around places during my travels that I do my reciprocate thoughtfulness and attention to detail to those I meet.

For Fine Art Photography, Licensing, Corporate Art, Business Wall Art and Hospitality Art: https://eddie-hernandez.com/fine-art-photography/ 

San Francisco Photo Shoot Locations

From amazing architecture, beautiful street art, quirky fixtures, beautiful alleys, walking tours, neighborhood strolls, date ideas, charming Victorians, stunning views, institutional businesses and everything in between – here are some of my favorite places to hang out and explore through the city.

This is my sample list of San Francisco essentials for tourists, professional travelers, insiders and those with permanent sense of wanderlust. These are not only some of the best places to explore but some of the best locations and spots to take photos in San Francisco whether you are looking for iconic locations, hidden gems, colorful backgrounds, rustic backgrounds or scenic backdrops.

San Francisco Vacation Photographer 

Contact me today to discuss your upcoming trip or to inquire about a personal vacation photography session with customized photo shoot locations including surround areas of Marin County, Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, Point Reyes, Yosemite and more. 

Check out my other travel guides. Favorite SF neighborhoods: Mission District, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, Embarcadero, Hayes Valley, NOPA, SOMA, Financial District, Jackson Square and Bernal Heights. See my gallery of photos including hidden gems, alleys, night photography spots and more.

View my gallery of prints for sale. Or follow me on Instagram for even more photo locations around San Francisco and greater Bay Area.

What Should I See In San Francisco? How Do I Spend A Day In San Francisco?

San Francisco is an amazing city and despite it’s compactness, there is a lot to do and see in a short period of time. You can easily spend your time crossing around town so it’s best to pick a couple neighborhoods a day to explore.

Mission District: food, drinks, street art

Hayes Valley: food, boutiques

Inner Richmond: Clement Street aka ‘new chinatown’, food

Nopa: wine, beer and food

North Beach, Upper Haight: distinct neighborhoods

Marina, Embarcadero: outdoors, views, water.

What Are The Best Day Trips From San Francisco?

Marin County: Marin Headlands, Muir Woods, Point Reyes, Sausalito, Mt Tamalpais.

Wine Country: Sonoma (less crowded, not as pretentious), Napa (bachelorette parties on Saturdays).

What Are The Best Weekend Trips From San Francisco?

Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Monterey/Santa Cruz/Carmel, Hwy 1 up to the Mendocino Coast, Hwy 1 down to Monterey.

What Are The Best Restaurants In San Francisco?

That’s debatable, but I would start with the Eater SF Essential 38 Guide that is constantly updated. It has cheap eats, classic San Francisco institutions and fancy high-end spots. Some of the most jam-packed neighborhoods for food are Mission District, Hayes Valley, Nopa and Inner Richmond. 

Some of my favorite places are Nopa (burger, pappardelle), Foreign Cinema, Swan Oyster Depot, Hog Island, Slanted Door, Sotto Marie (cioppino), Liholiho Yacht Club, Mandalay, Pizzeta 211, Dragon Beaux, Zuni Cafe (1 hour roast chicken), Rintaro, La Taqueria, Absinthe, Shizen (vegan sushi), Bar Crudo, La Mar, Lers Ros, Limon, Cuisine of Nepal, Flour & Water to name a few.

What Are The Best Cocktail Bars In San Francisco?

It depends on what you seek (wine, cocktails and beer) but San Francisco has plenty of options that cover all those things. San Francisco has great cocktails and stiff cocktails. Some of my favorites include Tommy’s (Margarita), Holy Water (Zombie Cocktail), Whitechapel, Aub Zam Zam, Bix, Buena Vista Cafe (Irish Coffee), Tonga Room (Mai Tai), Smuggler’s Cove (Mai Tai), LiPo Cocktail Lounge (Mai Tai), Padrecito (margarita).

What Are The Best Craft Beer Bars In San Francisco?

Toronado, City Beer Store, Crafty Fox Ale House, Liquid Gold, Beer Basement, Zeitgeist, Fool’s Errand, Cellarmaker, Monk’s Kettle.

About Eddie Hernandez

San Francisco photographer, featured in the New York Times 52 Places Travel, Fodor’s Travel Guide, Travel+Leisure, Lonely Planet, San Francisco Travel Association, Culture Trip, Matador Network, TastingTable, TimeOut, Michelin Guide and more. I do travel for client engagements on a limited basis, mostly Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago and other locations for other projects – contact me for details. Below are a few places I recommend with illustrative examples of views, architecture, street art, hidden gems and restaurants (more to come, for travel updates follow me on Instagram). 

In addition to my other photography services, I do offer customized personal vacation photography services – a hybrid of tour guide and personal photography services for individuals, couples and small groups. If you are looking for someone to show you around, capture you vacation travels and blend in seamlessly, contact me today. Having a local expert is essential for optimizing your precious time traveling, understanding optimal times for avoiding crowds and getting best lighting conditions as well as knowing what to skip and what to prioritize based on your personal preferences.

As a lifelong travel enthusiast, I have led bar crawls for hostel groups, stayed with individuals across the globe via Couchsurfing and am often the first person friends and friends of friends reach out to when seeking travel advice (street art, restaurants, views, architecture tours etc. Below is a small sample of the places I have been and documented through photographs. Contact me today to schedule your vacation photo session.

In addition to the places below, some other favorite places of mine to visit include Montreal, Portland, Asturias (Spain), New Orleans, Seattle, Paris and South of France, Budapest, Berlin, Barcelona and Vermont.

To view prints for sale:: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/eddie-hernandez and here: https://eddiehernandez.smugmug.com/ 

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