PLANNING YOUR

ENGAGEMENT
SESSION

choosing the perfect timing, location,

outfit & more!

PORTRAIT LOCATIONS

I love when couples choose engagement session locations that really compliment their personalities and things they like to do together. For example, if you both are really outdoorsey and enjoy hanging out with your dog, we could do a mountain top session with your dog! If you both are foodies and love trying new restaurants and bars, we could do your session downtown at a rooftop bar overlooking the city!

Some of the best locations are the ones that are meaningful to you both. For example if you met at a college campus, it might be fun to have your session around the grounds. Or if you take an annual trip to Carolina Beach, you might want your photos done there.

I have categorized these location recommendations based upon the style of location.  Just let me know what kind of vibe you are going for, whether it be coastal, classic, urban, organic, or whatever. Together we’ll be able to find the perfect location.  I’m also happy to make recommendations if you aren’t sure where to go.

GARDEN-ESQUE

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Masonic Village, Elizabethtown PA

$25 permit fee

Longwood Gardens, Kenneth Square PA

$25 person entrance fee

Must schedule on Thursday only

Conestoga House & Gardens, Lancaster PA

$125 permit fee

Check the availability of the gardens here

Sayen Gardens, Hamilton NJ

No permit fee

Valley Forge Park, King of Prussia PA

No permit fee

Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton NJ

Hershey Gardens, Hershey PA

Tyler Gardens, Newtown PA

Bartrams Garden, Philadelphia PA

Van Vleck House & Gardens, Montclair NJ

Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown Township, NJ

CENTER CITY PHILADELPHIA

Most center city locations require permits.  Once we narrow down exact locations, we can acquire a permit!

The Magnolia Garden

Rose Garden

18th Century Garden

Benjamin Rush Garden

The Second Bank of the United States (South steps and lawn area)

The First Bank of the United States (Front steps)

Carpenters’ Hall

Washington Square

(*Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is off-limits*)

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The Merchants’ Exchange Building (shown to the left)

Race St Pier / Elfreth's Alley

City Parks (Waterworks, Boat House Row, Rodin Museum, Azalea Garden)

$50 – $150 depending on location

S Quince st & Manning St (gorgeous cobblestone alleyway with adorable houses

Delancey Street (another gorgeous cobblestone alleyway!)

Broad St with City Hall in the background

Rodin Musem

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ESTATES

Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery, Kenneth Square PA

Appleford Estate, Villanova PA

Ridley Creek State Park, Media PA

Princeton University, Princeton NJ

ADVENTURE SPOTS

White Cliffs of Conoy, Lancaster PA

About a 1/2 mile walk from the parking lot.

Pinnacle Overlook, Lancaster PA

Hawk Mountain, Kempton PA

Chickies Rock, Lancaster PA

DC Cherry Blossoms, DC

FIELDS

Peace Valley Park & Lavender Farm, Doylestown PA

Valley Forge Park, King of Prussia PA

Bryn Coed Preserve, Chester Springs PA

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or my personal favorite...

THE BEACH

If you're a frequent at the beach, why not have your engagement photos done there!  Any beach point will do! Check out the two galleries below for some inspiration!

Kristen + Julian

Kristen + Tj

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THANK YOU!

I hope this guide gave you all the information you needed to prepare for your engagement session. If I missed anything, or you have any specific questions, feel free to contact me.