You’re engaged! Before you get married, there are many steps when it comes to planning the big day and the engagement session is one the best parts! You get to spend quality time with your fiancé(e) and document this fleeting and wonderful time of being engaged. After you’ve chosen your wedding photographer, one of the first steps to taking engagement pictures is choosing a location. There are a few different approaches you can take to help you decide!
Choose a location that is sentimental to the two of you.
This idea has endless possibilities! Maybe your family has a farm that you both love. Do you have a favorite local brewery where you drink beer together on Saturday nights? Great, get some drinks and take some pictures! Do you live near a park where you frequently walk your dog together? Did the proposal happen there? Where was the first date? If you are a sentimentalist at heart, this approach could be a great option.
Choose a location that fits your style. (Even if you’ve never been before).
What are your shared hobbies? Hiking? Cozy days in at home? Taking a walk downtown? Do you spend time at the lake? If you don’t have a specific spot that is sentimental to the two of you, combining your style/interests can help you decide on a rural or urban location.
Choose a location that is opposite to your wedding location/vibe.
Sometimes your wedding venue will allow you to do engagement pictures there as well which could be very sentimental or you can take the opportunity to mix up the scenery so you have some variety after you are Mr. & Mrs.
10 BEST ENGAGEMENT SESSION LOCATIONS AROUND ATLANTA
Luckily, there are plenty of options to consider in and around the Atlanta area. Below are ten location ideas for your engagement session!
1. Arabia Mountain
Arabia Mountain is outside the perimeter and it offers a fairly easy walk to the top for a great view!
2. Piedmont Park
In the heart of Atlanta, Piedmont Park offers a mix of city and nature with its variety in scenery. Be sure to make to visit on a weekday as it is a very popular spot for pictures and the public enjoying their weekend.
3. Ponce City Market/Atlanta Beltline
Vivid and unique! Ponce City Market also offers easy access to the beltline where you can visit some colorful murals, ride a scooter or enjoy a popsicle!
4. Cator Woolford Gardens
Beautifully tucked away in the heart of the city. This garden offers a natural and romantic location with a beautiful stone staircase.
5. Montaluce Winery
Outside of the perimeter in the north Georgia mountains, Montaluce Winery will make you feel like you flew to Tuscany, Italy for your engagement pictures!
6. Downtown Alpharetta
Alpharetta City Hall and historic downtown Alpharetta have great architectural backgrounds and parks for your engagement session. Local bars and quaint restaurants make for fun pictures with a drink in hand. Avalon shopping center is just around the corner is also a fun spot for pictures!
7. Historic Buford
A charming town with beautiful doors and tree-lined sidewalks. Lake Lanier is close by too for a secondary location!
8. Berry College
Outside of the perimeter, but again, you’ll feel like you’re in Europe! The campus is large with beautiful views like this one as well as the school that looks like a castle.
9. Roswell Mill
A wooden covered bridge, wooded trails, and a beautiful waterfall are all within 5 minutes of walking from the parking lot. Be sure to beat the crowds by visiting on a weekday!
Much outside the perimeter, but it’s worth being mentioned because this picturesque town has so many beautiful photo locations including North Campus and Founders Garden. Be sure to check this college town’s game schedule in the fall!
There are many more locations to consider in and around the Atlanta area, but I hope you found it helpful to look through the imagery to see if you can picture yourself in any of these places. No matter where you decide, just show up to have fun and the rest will fall into place with your photographer who will guide you through the entire process!
Abby Byrd is a wedding and portrait photographer based out of Atlanta specializing in joyful film photography