Crissy Field is a big place with a lot to offer. One of my favorite hidden nooks is called Copper’s Corner, where you find towering Monterey Cypress right up against the beach. Watch the sun set behind the Golden Gate Bridge while the kids or dogs play at the water’s edge!

Crissy Field’s East Beach is a lot of things to a lot of people. Tourists flock here because of the Bridge views from the beach and the proximity to the Palace of Fine Arts. For locals in the Marina district, a popular walking path makes this the perfect place to bring the kids or a dog. And springtime winds make Crissy Field world-famous for windsurfing and kiteboarding.

All of this means that on a sunny weekend afternoon, especially in the Spring or Summer, Crissy Field’s East Beach is busy. Fortunately, a stand of stately trees just a half mile from the parking area provides a natural spot to get away from the crowds. To get there, walk up the dirt path toward Fort Point or simply follow the beach toward the Golden Gate Bridge.

Copper’s Corner is a great place to lie in the shade and watch the trees sway in the afternoon breeze, let the kids and dog play on the beach (off-leash is allowed), or watch the sunset behind the Golden Gate Bridge.

For photo sessions, Copper’s Corner is a welcome escape in the busy Marina district. While sunrise or sunset light are always more flattering, the trees offer enough shade to create great portraits throughout the day. And if you choose a Winter weekday morning, we will almost undoubtedly have the place all to ourselves.

We had a great time making the pictures in this gallery. Mom was easygoing and ready to kick her shoes off. Her son thrived on the beach and the wind and the sunshine and you can see it in every frame. I love these Solo Parent Sessions because there are no distractions – we get to focus on a single connection and tell that whole story.

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Thanks for being here. I’m David Enloe, a San Francisco family photographer. I make soul-stirring pictures for families that find adventure around every corner. Want to learn more about the person behind the camera?

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