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.

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. 

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, Sonona, 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.

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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.

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