There are lots of locations to take engagement sessions in Atlanta. In fact, there are too many that couples always find it hard to pick the best location! So where is the best engagement session locations in Atlanta? Where can you go to take your perfect RSVP invitations or simply to document this perfect moment? Let me give you my best locations to take engagement sessions!
1. Garrard landing park (8000 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30022)
Best for: Tall grass, long walking paths, covered bridge, fountain, large grass fields,
Pros: This is a hidden gem in the city Roswell/Alpharetta and only about a 30 minutes drive from downtown Atlanta. This park has features that are great if you are looking for a romantic tall grass/long path look for your engagement pictures.
It has many large open areas for photos, long pathways (with small stones) that are great in all types of engagement photographs. It also has several large rocks that the photographer can stand up and take pictures pointing down for an intimate effect.
Cons: One of the disadvantages of this park is that the grass various in heights throughout the year. So it really depends on if the city decide to cut the grass right before your engagement session. Also, the color of the tall grasses various by season. Personally I like the tall wheat color field during spring season so scout around the location before you decide going there.
Perhaps the biggest disadvantage that I’ve heard is that your photographer needs a Roswell photography permit which cost around $100 USD in order to be allowed to shoot at this part. I haven’t run into this issue yet but it’s something to look out and to confirm before your engagement session.
2. Mc Daniel farm (3251 McDaniel Rd, Duluth, GA 30096)
Best for: Barn house, long bridge (not covered), tall grass, white historical house, paved pathways, small waterfall
Pros: If I have to pick one engagement session location in Atlanta with the least amount pedestrians this is it! Located in Duluth GA this is the best place for your engagement session if you are looking for a relax park and picnic style like engagement session.
This park has many top features such as a barn house, long uncovered bridge and a white historical house that basically can already take up the whole engagement session!
Furthermore, if you are going at the right season (around spring time and around September) it has tall grass that looks very nice for your engagement session photographs.
If you are adventurous walk further into the park and you’ll find a small waterfall and an awesome grass pathway! I can’t say more good things about this park and it is the location I don’t mind taking engagement pictures at every weekend!
Cons: There really not a single disadvantage I can think of about McDaniel Farm park. If you decided to go venture out the park make sure to leave enough time for yourself to walk back. One time I almost got lost and spent about 30 minutes just to get out of the park.
3. Arabia mountain (3350 Klondike Rd, Lithonia, GA 30038)
Best for: Mountain feel, elopement location, short dried grass, and small tress on top of mountain
Pros: This place is very similar to top of Stone Mountain except it’s smaller. If you are looking for a mountain look or a hiking theme this is the place to go. The major advantage is that this place has fewer tourists than Stone Mountain. The walk up is about 20 minutes and it’s not a bad hike at all. Just remember to travel light and bring some water with you especially during summer time.
Cons: The good spot is hard to find on Google map. There are lots of entrances and they all seems to be going to the same place. Contact me if you want me to send you the exact place of where I went 🙂
4. Downtown Lawrenceville (Lawrenceville, GA)
Best for: historical American downtown look, courthouse, church, painted walls, shops, park
Pros: If you are look a variety of looks with a historical downtown theme Lawrenceville downtown is a great place for you. This place features a courthouse, a very nice church, painted walls, numerous stores as well as a park with all your photography needs.
Generally, I recommend starting from the courthouse and go around the whole building. I’ll then ask my couples to walk down the street to the painted walls. If you get at the right moment you can see a shadow of a cross casted by the sun by the power lines. After that I recommend walking straight down to the church. Last but not least, we end the engagement session by taking pictures near the shops around on the main street.
Cons: It is a super busy street especially if your engagement session is on a Saturday. Also, remember to ask for permission at the courthouse first before taking pictures there. They are kind enough to let me take pictures there but you never know when it’ll change! Also, parking can be a challenge on the street but luckily there is a parking deck.
5. Piedmont park (400 Park Drive Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30309)
Best for: Atlanta skyline view, lake, dock, gazebo, big tree, large field
Pros: This is probably one of the most well known engagement session locations in Atlanta. If you are looking for the Atlanta skyline view this is possibly the best location to take photos without incurring a fee.
Once you are there, make sure you take a photo by the lake with the Atlanta skyline as the backdrop. This alone already makes your trip worthwhile. Also, don’t forget to go to the dock, gazebo and the big tree to take some amazing photographs there.
Cons: Even though this is one of the best parks in Atlanta, it is not an ideal place for engagement sessions in my personal opinion. There are just too many people and pets walking by all the time that makes photography hard.
Also, you’ll likely be doing kissing shots in front of 100+ people at a given time! Also on weekends there are dozens of photographs lining up to shoot at the same location.
Furthermore, each photo locations are about 15 minute’s walk away. If you engagement session is 1 hour you’ll end up being at the location 4 times maximum. Which will cut down the quantity of your photographs? So if you are looking for a unique photograph this is probably not the best place to go.
I hope you enjoyed this article. I’ll be adding more best engagement session locations in Atlanta frequently! Stay tuned!
My name is Gary Lun and I’m an Atlanta wedding photographer that specializes in wedding and engagement photography. I locate in metro Atlanta but I do travel nationally and oversea! I am always looking for fun and friendly couples to capture their big day!
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