It’s no secret I love engagement sessions. It’s usually the first time I get to meet with my couples in person. Engagement sessions are the perfect chance to get to work with your photographer before your wedding day. Plus, it’s a great excuse to get all dressed up, have some fun, and enjoy a post-session date night together.
Here is a list of my favorite engagement session locations in Austin. These locations provide a variety of architecture, city fun, or a gorgeous open field. It’s important to choose a location that fits you as a couple and what you like to do.
This is the ideal location for the couple that loves an urban setting and the city vibes. There are so many iconic landmarks, like Jo’s coffee and the “I love you so much” graffiti on the wall, the Austin Motel, and my personal favorite Hotel San Jose. A stroll up and down the street will give you plenty of incredible location options. It’s perfect for a laid-back, city-chic session.
Pro Tip: South Congress is a very busy street and it’s ideal to do a session here on the weekdays Monday – Thursday. You must also be comfortable with having people around while you are getting your photos taken!
See more of Jennifer and Darin’s South Congress engagement session HERE.
In my opinion, this is a hidden gem. This is perfect for the outdoor couple. There is location variety here with the sunken flower garden and the park that runs along the San Gabriel River. This is a great location if you plan to bring your fur baby!
See more of Amelia and Nick’s session HERE.
Laguna Gloria is a chic European-inspired location with beautiful scenery in every direction. It has it all: gorgeous architecture, manicured gardens, waterfront views, and winding trails to explore. It’s owned by The Contemporary ATX and is also rented out as a wedding venue.
Pro Tip: Laguna Gloria requires a reservation and availability can go quickly. It’s great to plan early and be flexible with your session dates.
See more of Adalia and Aaron’s session HERE.
Circle C is located in South Austin. It’s a large park with plenty of open space, oak trees, and a gravel walking path. It looks great all year round but it’s my very favorite in the spring when the wildflowers bloom. It’s also a perfect option if you’d like to include your doggie.
See more of Ginny and Jesse’s session HERE.
Bull Creek is a nature lover’s dream and my number one recommendation if you want a water feature. There are plenty of other options here as well as overgrown paths, and large trees. It’s another great option if you want to bring your dog. Be aware, this park is small and crowded, especially in the spring and summer, and fall seasons. It’s a very popular place for people to picnic, play frisbee, and play in the water. I always recommend a weekday session.
See more from Megan and Corbbins session HERE.
I really love this location. It’s beautiful everywhere with lots of space for us to roam. It has it all including unique architecture, walking paths, and open fields.
Pro Tip: The LBJ Wildflower Center requires a reservation and may not be available if they have events happening. It closes at about 5:00 pm most days and for this reason, I don’t recommend it for late spring and summer sessions.
See more from Taylor and Lee’s session HERE.
Here is another iconic Austin location with a city aesthetic. The Capitol building and the grounds are roomy and well-manicured.
See more from Gaby and Jacob’s session HERE.
This is touted as one of the most natural park settings in Austin. The property boasts walking trails and lakefront property. However, the location of the lake and the property is not ideal for photos. All pets must be on a leash at this park. I prefer this location in spring, summer, and fall.
I hope this summarizes some of the best engagement session locations in Austin to help you choose the best option for you!
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