Over the past few years living in Orlando, I’ve had my shares of less then stellar engagement locations, usually due in part to client request such as proposal locations or locations that have sentimental value to my clients. In my earlier years as a photographer, I only said yes and yes to any and all requests, not factoring in the lighting scenario or if there is a distracting background. I learned throughout the year that being flexible yet informative goes hand in hand, after all- I am the professional and my clients are putting their trust in me.
I try to inform my clients on the best possible options.
After my runs with bad locations, I’m not shy to recommend locations that have been tested and proven amazing. At least, this way I give my clients options that they might otherwise not have known about. I’m all for sentimental locations too, because at the end of the day, these are my clients special images.
The following are some of my top locations for engagement Sessions in Orlando!
Park ave is a gorgeous boutique style shopping strip / ave filled with mom and pop shops and decorated hallways. It’s unique charm makes this a gem in Orlando for engagement sessions. You will also find a beautiful rose garden there, along with CasaFeliz which is a gorgeous Spanish style restored farmhouse. I love shooting there for it’s diversity in backdrops, colorful walkways, and the perfect mix of urban and nature.
If the client is more inclined to Nature/ woodsy images, then Kraft Azalea Park is gold. I mean, the golden hour sunshine graces beautifully there! The large cypress trees look dreamy as well with its heavy Spanish moss. I highly recommend shooting in the early morning there since it is a pretty popular engagement location and to avoid the crowds.
This location is not just for Disney Fans! In fact, you won’t find much about Disney at this location. What you will find is endless backdrops, a stunning lighthouse, and a man made beach which looks great in pictures. I highly recommend sunset shoots for this location and preferably on a weekday (less crowds)
I have photographed engagements at the above locations too many times to count, and I always find something fresh and new each time.
Cypress Grove Estate house is a great location for those who are more shy in front of people and want more privacy during their session. This location offers plush greenery, mature trees, and is located next to a gorgeous lake. This location is also perfect for family sessions, maternity shoots and any outdoor portraits.
In addition, I also recommend the following locations:
Bobby and Ashley’s Disney’s Boardwalk Engagement Photography
This picture is my favorite engagement photo from Disney’s Boardwalk. I Love how the light on the pier are reflected in the calm water.
We had such an amazing time photographing Ashley and Bobby’s Engagement Session at Disney’s Boardwalk last week. We recently took a personal creative challenge to reinvent locations that we have photographed multiple times. It is easy to go to the same spots with your client which you know for sure looks great in pictures, or the “Safe” spots you can say. I wanted to create art, not just regular engagement pictures. As business people, full time photographers such as myself can sometime forget why we fell in love with photography in the first place as we deal with the day-to-day admin duties.. I fell in love with the freedom to express my soul through the camera.
We also started the session 30 minutes before sundown, is opposed to one hour before sundown. With very little lighting, and decent walk around the boardwalk, We started the session at the boardwalks and made our way to the Yatch Hotel and a full circle back to the starting point. I mean, look at this lighting! It was such a perfect evening.
It was a pretty cold day, can you tell? I can’t! 🙂 I’m so proud with how these images came out. I will try to be more daring from now on!
We would like to congratulate Bobby and Ashley on their engagement!
Caught these birds flying by! Total luck for this picture.
Joseph and Sahili’s Mystic Dunes Resort Engagement Photography
We are always excited to photograph at new Locations throughout Orlando. We love the challenge of trying something new while getting to add another great location to our list of recommendations. So when our client’s Joseph and Sahili decided to do their engagement session at the Mystic Dunes Resort, we were excited, especially after browsing some of the gorgeous images taken there!
Sahili works at the resort and is getting married to her best friend Joseph at the resort in 2017. It is no surprise that she loves this place. The resort is filled with picture perfect locations throughout, including tall grass (something a lot of photographers love since it looks great in pictures) and hilly landscapes. The best part is that it looks GORGEOUS here in the early mornings! The beautiful couple wanted a mixture of romantic and fun pictures for their save the dates. I think these images came out beautifully!
We want to congratulate the happy couple on their engagement!
We had a blast photographing Stephanie and Frederick’s engagement session two week ago.
The beautiful couple, both from California, will be tying the knot next month in Merrit Island.
Our engagement session took place in one of our favorite areas for engagement pictures- in downtown Winter Park. We started the session on Park Ave and made our way over to Casa Feliz for some sunset pictures.
Casa Feliz is a Spanish style restored farmhouse that is fairly popular for engagement sessions and weddings respectively. The warm brick structure and gorgeous turquoise window shutters create a beautiful backdrop for pictures. The house is always primed and beautifully landscaped. There is also a large golf course with plush grass right on the property which always look beautiful, especially for sit down pictures! We then headed back to Park Ave to the rose garden, which was in full bloom. The day was perfect and we just has a lot of fun being a part of it!