Yesterday we talked about choosing a location style for your engagement session, so today I wanted to share some of my favorite local locations.
Virginia Beach Courthouse - Traditional brick buildings and a beautiful garden area
Redwing Park - Flowering bushes, cherry blossom trees, and Japanese archways
Adam Thoroughgood House - Historic brick house, archways, and an amazing magnolia tree
Francis Land House - Another beautiful historic home with big beautiful trees and a trail through the woods
Oak Grove Lake Park - Lakeside trail with a couple of small piers and pretty good fall color
Virginia Beach Oceanfront - Colorful murals, beach access, but can also be very crowded (parking fee)
Lynnhaven Fishing Pier - My favorite beach spot because of the added interest of the pier
Regent University - Beautiful campus grounds with traditional brick buildings and a gorgeous fountain (permission required)
Chesapeake Arboretum - Rustic red barn, small garden area, and trails through the woods
Norfolk Botanical Gardens - Italian columns, a gorgeous stone bridge, and acres of gardens (permission and fee required)
Pleasure House Point - Sandy trails through the woods, marshy shore, and a deck at the environmental center.
Virginia Beach Towncenter - Fountain and beautiful downtown architecture
Downtown Norfolk - I prefer the Pagoda area for the combination of garden, waterfront, and urban architecture (possible parking fee). But there are a lot of great murals on Granby as well!
With many of these locations, we can move to another area for the second outfit and get a completely different look!
I also want to mention that you shouldn't put too much pressure on yourself to choose the perfect engagement session location. While the location is definitely part of the images, it's just the background! You and your fiance are always my focus! And I can make a small area look really good!
We can't really go wrong with our choice of location, because the focus will always be on you and the love that you share, not on the beautiful (or lackluster) location.
Want to read more tips for your engagement session?
Choosing a Location
My Favorite Hampton Roads Locations
What To Wear
What Not to Wear
What Happens if it Rains
The Engagement Guest Book
Engagement Session Posing
Getting to Know Your Photographer
How I Chose My Outfits
10 Final Tips