*Updated June 2022 to reflect latest updates*
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 socially distanced 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 absolutely 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!]
Regarding Disney parks & resorts: As of June 2022, Disney is no longer allowing photography in or around the Disney resorts or at Magic Kingdom. To my knowledge Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom are the only available options for outside photographers to capture Disney sessions and do require a park reservation in advance. All other locations must be booked through their ‘Capture the Moment’ program or through Disney Fine Art Photography.
This lovely and expansive garden near downtown has beautiful lush greenery, several gazebos, a rose garden and an adorable cottage with white picket fences. It’s huge and offers lots of variety in backdrops for your engagement photos! The paved walkways are also especially convenient if you plan to wear heels. It does close at 5pm so it is not ideal for those seeking a sunset look, but it is very beautiful most times of day since the trees offer lots of shade. Also note there is a $15 per person entrance fee but I have a membership so my fee is covered. ;)
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. (You can totally ride in my Tesla too if you want and I’ll uber you around!)
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. It’s located about 40 minutes west of Orlando and while it’s probably too far out for out-of-state visitors, it’s a great option for those local to the area.
From the iconic fountain to the colorful amphitheater, this huge lakeside park in downtown Orlando 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. It also has some beautiful city views and can be combined with other stops around downtown like Church Street station. Keep in mind it does get busy in the evenings so street parking can take some time to find.
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. The historic 1920s Washington Street bridge is also a staple. It definitely has a bit of a jungle oasis vibe and it’s also dog friendly!
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.
Located in Kissimmee, south of Orlando and near Disney this huge park has lots of greenery, some cool bridges, a pier for canoes & kayaks and even a log cabin! It definitely offers a woodsy & rustic outdoor vibe. The hiking trails are also really killer during the sunset hours.
This trendy downtown Orlando neighborhood has an awesome community area along the lake with grassy steps and a couple of docks lined with palm trees, a biking trail and some really lovely fountains. It offers a more upscale urban vibe while still having tons of beautiful Florida greenery.
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 and ridiculously charming! This spot is perfect for couples wanting to shoot near the Disney resorts without having to be on property.
This beautiful town park is located south of Orlando with close proximity to Disney. It’s located along Lake Toho and offers an adorable quiet park feel with lots of pretty waterfront views. It has paved walkways and some brick steps as well as plenty of open green space. It would be picture perfect for a picnic if you wanted to bring along a blanket and a bottle of champagne!
This is my go-to spot for those wanting to shoot in the Summer! This lavish indoor location at the Gaylord Palms resort in Kissimmee offers a garden vibe with natural light while still being air conditioned and fully covered. There are also some beautiful areas outdoors if the weather permits. It is perfect for those days when the Florida humidity or rain is unpredictable which is especially common from June-August. Please note there is a fee to park (approx $28 per vehicle) so you’ll want to take that into consideration.
This gorgeous college campus is very photographer friendly and the Spanish architecture and aesthetic is to die for. There is also a small waterfront pier as well as a beachy waterfront park (Dinky Dock) in the same area. You can definitley dress down here but if you want to really dress up-up this is the place to be extra grown & sexy. It was closed for a while after covid, but it has officially re-opened to photographers and I couldn’t be more thrilled.