One of the things I love most about being a wedding photographer in Orlando is the fact that Central Florida offers such a diverse variety for places to take photos! Not only is it home to over 300 unique wedding venues, but the options for engagement photo shoot locations are just as… if not more plentiful!
Some of my favorite places in Orlando to shoot engagement sessions are at spots that are special to the couple such as the place where they had their first date or their family home for example. Another option is to incorporate something that you love to do together into your location– for example a nature trail might be perfect if you love to bike or a winery would be awesome if you are wine lovers!
Lastly you can consider a place that has the a specific vibe or style that you are after. For example if you want something with a “city” feel we could go downtown to the Church Street train station or to a parking garage with city views. Feel free to think outside the box and come up with something a little different.
Aside from personalized locations for your photography session, here are some of my top Orlando locations (in no particular order) for engagement pictures![If you want to see full galleries from any of the locations below, feel free to contact me directly and I can send some goodies your way!]
1. Rollins College Campus – Winter Park
This spot offers some unique Spanish inspired architecture with archways, staircases and columns galore. The brick paved walkways and rose garden make this an amazing location for engagement photos.
2. Historic Winter Garden
This is my favorite location for classy engagement photos with a little vintage charm! There are tons of great brick walls, an old school theater, a beautiful fountain and a clock tower.
3. University of Central Florida (UCF) Campus
The iconic massive reflection pond on campus makes for great photos. There’s also some great walkways and stairwells as well as beautiful buildings with glass windows and parking garages where we can catch sunset on the rooftop.
4. Wall Murals in Downtown Orlando
There are tons of amazing wall murals and artwork around the Mills and Milk District areas downtown! I’ve scouted them all and I know where all of the best spots are, so as long as you’re willing to do a little bit of driving we can hit them all for some fun colorful photos.
5. Lake Eola
From the iconic fountain to the amphitheater, this massive lakeside park has tons of cool places for portraits. Some of my fave spots include the red bridge, Chinese pagoda and the numerous art sculptures throughout the park.
6. Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Resort
This super unique resort has a special vintage vibe and almost doesn’t even feel like Florida! The pastel colored buildings and faux beach make this one a great spot for fun and playful photography in Orlando.
7. Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort
This resort is New Orleans inspired with lots of charm and an elegant Southern feel to it. The buildings are staircases are super pretty and there are several fountains and bridges around the property– and there’s even a waterwheel!
8. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
Yet another special Disney resort, this is the most classy and upscale feeling of them all! The buildings are all classic white and there’s always tons of colorful flowers that change with the seasons. There’s also a couple of great piers and fountains around the resort.
9. Dickson Azalea Park
This urban park is like a nature preserve right in the middle of downtown Orlando. It has tons of cool bridges, a tunnel and mega lush landscapes with tons of greenery and rocks.
10. Winter Park Train Station & Hannibal Square
This part of Winter Park north of Orlando is an upscale area with Park Ave being known for it’s boutique shopping and fancy restaurants. The train station adds some romantic charm and has a pretty rose garden with a fountain, while the park has lots of open green space. Nearby you’ll find ivy covered walls and Spanish tile staircases all within just a short drive of each other.
11. Shingle Creek Regional Park
Located in Kissimmee, just south of Orlando this huge park has lots of greenery, some cool bridges, a pier for canoes & kayaks and even a log cabin! It definitely offers a more woodsy outdoor vibe.
12. Lake Runnymeade Conservation Area
This awesome nature preserve is located in St. Cloud with close proximity to Lake Nona. This is a heavily wooded spot that is truly forestlike with the most amazing twisting trees as well as an open area with tall grass.
13. Cypress Grove Park
The Cypress trees are the big attraction here as the main street is lined with them. There’s also a cute gazebo and of course the historic estate house steps and rose garden that we can use as long as there is not a wedding going on there!
14. Baldwin Park
This trendy downtown neighborhood has an awesome community area along the water with grassy steps and a couple of docks lined with palm trees, a biking trail and some really lovely fountains.
This little town south of Orlando was created by Disney and it has that adorable hometown vibe! The waterfront area is super pretty and has rocking chairs and walking paths that are perfect for photos. The cute colorful buildings in the area are perfect for a more soft, romantic look or for a playful vibe– it’s very versatile!