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Unique Beach Front House w/ Endless Character
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The Parish Hall in Downtown Santa Barbara
  • $575/hr
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The Parish Courtyard in Downtown Santa Barbara
  • $575/hr
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Mid-Century Oasis
  • $175/hr
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Montecito Modern Home w/pool set on a grassy acre.
  • $350/hr
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Modern Bright Private Meeting Room for 10 with AC
  • $75/hr
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Frequently Asked Questions about Photo Shoot venues

Do I need my own production or event insurance in Santa Barbara?
Yes. All renters are required to carry Comprehensive Liability and Property Damage insurance with liability coverage of no less than $1,000,000.
What protection plans are available for bookings in Santa Barbara on Giggster?
Giggster offers Damage Protection coverage that you can add to a booking at checkout. Learn more about Giggster's Damage Protection coverage.
What types of locations can I book in Santa Barbara?
You can choose from 42 types! Just search for locations in Santa Barbara at, then click 'Filters' to look for something specific.
How many Photo Shoot locations are available in Santa Barbara?
Right now, there are 50 Photo Shoot locations available in Santa Barbara.
What payment methods does Giggster accept for Santa Barbara bookings?
You can pay for your booking with a credit card, or with ACH or wire transfer for bookings over $4k.
What is the cancellation policy for Santa Barbara guests on Giggster?
Refund options vary, based on when the booking is canceled. Learn more about Giggster's cancellation and refund policy.
What are the cleaning and safety policies for Santa Barbara locations on Giggster?
Now more than ever, your health and safety is our number one priority. We've outlined specific health and safety requirements for both hosts and guests. Learn more about Giggster's COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures.
What locations available near Santa Barbara?
You'll find up to 42 different types of locations in Santa Barbara. Just start a search at and narrow things down with the 'Filter' option.
Is there an extra cost to add more attendees to my Santa Barbara booking?
Yes. Pricing tiers are based on group size. For example, if you booked a space for a group of 1-5 for $30/hr, the price per person is $6/hr. Each additional person would increase the rate by $6/hr.
How much are average location rentals in Santa Barbara?
Rental rates vary with the type and features of the location, but the average rate in Santa Barbara is $319 per hour.
Why should I choose Giggster over other platforms offering rentals in Santa Barbara?
Giggster's got your back — and we know our stuff. Our Customer Support team is knowledgeable and accessible, we offer white glove Concierge service to help you find the perfect location, and we're experts on the unique needs of production teams.
What is the price range for Photo Shoot locations in Santa Barbara, CA?
Booking prices vary with the property type, features, and rental length, but generally a 1-hour booking will be in the range of $75 to $575.
Which Photo Shoot locations are most popular in Santa Barbara, CA in 2023?
How do I book a Santa Barbara location on Giggster?
When you find the right venue, you can connect with the host to get additional info and work out the details. Once everything is all set, you can book and pay for the location in a couple of clicks. Learn more about booking locations.
How do I cancel a Santa Barbara reservation request?
You can contact our team to request a cancellation. Learn more about our cancellation policy.

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About Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, with a population of just under 90,000 covering 22 square miles, is the County seat of Santa Barbara County. The city is coastal with a South-facing shoreline with the steep rising of the Santa Ynez Mountains to the North. Santa Barbara is 100 miles from Los Angeles to the Northwest.

The city’s grid system was designed in 1851. The measurements of the streets and the intersections were “famously botched” resulting in interesting and confusing doglegs at certain intersections when the misalignments were corrected.

Between 1910 and 1922 during the silent film era, Santa Barbara was the original Hollywood. The Flying A Studios outgrew the location and relocated to Hollywood. In its heyday, The Flying A Studios, now a division of the American Film Manufacturing Company, produced over 1,200 silent films, of which nearly 100 have survived. The choices of photo shoot venues in Santa Barbara reflect the diversity in the Downtown architecture and the working citrus and avocado orchards.

Photo Shoot Venue Options in Santa Barbara

Most of the available Santa Barbara photo shoot venues are rented by the hour. These venues in Santa Barbara offer a plethora of indoor and outdoor scenes from historic buildings, ocean, mountains, and orchard views, to the traditional production and sound stages.

  • Professional Photographer
    The hiring of a professional photographer in Santa Barbara would be ideal to connect the messaging and the branding behind a photograph with the venue locations. A local photographer would know the best equipment and lighting for the location. Any additional equipment, furnishings, or crews for the shoot would be under the scope of the photographer.

  • Catering
    Of the service options, the most remembered, and the most scrutinized, is the catering. A rival for the space of traditional catering is the incorporation of food trucks, which may be the best option for one-day remote shoots. The caterers for a film shoot, whether in the traditional style or the trendy food trucks, will need flexible menu options on a 24-hour clock.

  • Permitting
    The city ordinances provide that a permit is required for all shoots in all venues, with the limited exception of a not-for-profit photo shoot within a private party. The Department of Parks and Recreation takes the lead in the one-step processing of a permit application. The Department will also provide any needed coordination between other city departments, such as the public works and waterfront, fire, and police.

Photo Shoot Venue Companies in Santa Barbara

Once you find your photo shoot venue in Santa Barbara, it will be more efficient, productive, and beneficial to the project to outsource ancillary services to local companies. The services and products provided by the local talent will bring local knowledge to the project. The wage investment and job creation within the local economy will strengthen the position for grants and tax incentives.

  • The Production HUB
    Santa Barbara is served by this clearinghouse-style referral service to local companies providing support services to photo shoot venues. The companies referred by the HUB provide all necessary support and ancillary services for a photo shoot and for the production of the end product. This solution-based service will provide and complete the crew for the shoot and the talent for post-production.

  • 805 Productions
    The photographers employed by 805 Productions are recognized as top performers by Google and enjoy an excellent reputation in Santa Barbara. All projects are tailored to the expectations and the messaging goals of the client. 805 Productions has the technology to incorporate both a virtual tour of an interior with the Street View links to capture and relay the complete story to the customers and end-users of a product or brand.

  • Pure Joy Catering
    This locally-based company is sponsored by the Production HUB for catering to a Santa Barbara photo shoot venue. Off-premises catering involves self-containment, particular allegiance to the time schedule, and efficiency. Pure Joy Catering partners with outside vendors to provide any needed tents, furniture, utensils, and the set-up and the breakdown of the serving area.

Pros and Cons of a Photo Shoot Venues in Santa Barbara

When considering the pros and cons of anything, one must have an open mind and the patience to step back to evaluate the big picture. One advantage is no more important than any disadvantage. All aspects must be placed into the context of the project and the flexibility of the crew. Check out all the ups and downs of choosing a Santa Barbara photo shoot venue before you start packing.


  • Transportation
    The choice of transportation modes in Santa Barbara is multiple. The major artery is Highway 101 linking the city to locations in coastal California. The city is eight miles from the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport.

  • Climate
    The summer is cool and dry with temperatures ranging from 60 to 77 degrees F. The winters are warm with temperatures ranging from 58 to 70 degrees F. The average annual rainfall is 19 inches with the most occurring from December through March.

  • Local Support for the Industry
    When seeking a photo shoot venue and the ancillary services in Santa Barbara, the support from the residents and the city officials will be evident. Given the choice of photo venues by the host owners and the one-stop permit process, the welcoming of the photo industry is real.


  • Competition
    The local support of the photo industry makes for heavy competition. The competition between other photographers and production companies may be evident and aggressive. Competition leads to a tight market and high prices.

  • Wildfires
    In recent history, Santa Barbara has been the location of notable wildfires. Although the fires begin in the inland rural and wilderness areas, the mountain range north of the city affects the wind currents and drives the fires westward. The wildfires are prevalent in the fall at the end of the dry season and before the rains of winter.

  • Cost of doing business
    The cost of doing business is high. Santa Barbara is the most expensive city in Central and Southern California. When compared to Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is 22% higher.

Famous Locations in Santa Barbara

  • Grapevine Wine Tours
    This is a seven-hour tour through four local vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley with a picnic lunch. The selection of the four best vineyards for the tour is dependent upon the time of year. The size of the tour’s group is limited to 20. You will enjoy learning about the vineyards and tasting some samples.

  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
    Opened in 1941, this art museum is home to both permanent and rotating exhibits including Asian, American, and European art to name a few. The works date back 4,000 years and the permanent collection features subjects like Buddhist art, photography in the Southern Rim, and French art from the 1800s. Some of the recent exhibits have featured van Gogh, Picasso, Leonardo, and Degas.

  • History and Architecture Walking Tour
    From the reviews, 100% of past participants recommend this experience. The tour will be two to three hours highlighting the obvious as well as the lesser-known facts and the reasons for the splendor of Santa Barbara. The featured sites are the history museum, a state park, and many architectural variations throughout the city.