A Guide to the Best Philadelphia Engagement Photo Locations

My couples are always asking me for suggestions regarding locations for their engagement session, so I compiled my list of the best Philadelphia engagement photo locations! Relax and enjoy my favorite locations in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. There’s certainly something here to fit any style!

Addison Street

Addison Street is a popular location for engagement sessions thanks to the trees draped with string lights along this quaint city street. It is one of the most beautiful streets in Philly and it’s perfect for proposals, engagement, and wedding photos! No permit required.

Philadelphia Engagement Photo Location - Addison StreetCity Hall

Portraits on the median is one of the most iconic locations in Philadelphia for portraits. I like to use the median across from Union League on South Broad. No permit required.

Click here to see Kristen & Mike’s engagement session!

City Hall in Philadelphia is an Iconic location for engagement or wedding photos.

Elfreth’s Alley

Elfreth’s Alley is the nations oldest residential street and is also one of the most beautiful. I love photographing on this colorful and historic street.  No permit required.

Click here to see Mary Kate and Patrick’s engagement session. 

Elfreth's Alley is one of my favorite Philadelphia Engagement Photo Locations

Lincoln Financial Field

One of the most unique locations for a Philadelphia engagement session and perfect for the couple who loves the Eagles. Click here to find out all the information for having a portrait session at Lincoln Financial Field.

Click here to see Jen and Jeremy’s session there! 

Lincoln Financial Field is a unique location for a Philadelphia engagement session, perfect for the couple who loves the Eagles!

Merchant Exchange Building

One of my favorite Philadelphia engagement photo locations is the Merchant Exchange Building. It is the oldest existing stock exchange building in the United States, but is now used as the headquarters of the Independence National Historical Park. I love using the building as a backdrop for portraits as well as the cobblestone streets. To fill out the permit to photograph there, click here.

To view Jenna and Ach’s Merchant Exchange Building engagement session, click here.

The Merchant Exchange Building in Philadelphia is a great location for a Philly engagement session.

Race Street Pier

I love photographing at Race Street Pier as the park provides soaring views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and the river. A permit is required to shoot here, click here to find that form!

Click here to view Hayley and Luke’s Race Street Pier engagement session. 

Race Street Pier is one of the best Philadelphia Engagement Photo Locations

Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square is one of five original squares planned by city founder William Penn in the late 17th century, Rittenhouse Square is located in the heart of the city and provides beautiful greenery. No permit required.

Rittennhouse Square is one of the best lcoations for an engagement session in Philly

Philadelphia Museum of Art

One of the most iconic Philadelphia engagement photo locations. I enjoy photographing my couples on the stairs, at the top of the stairs to capture beautiful views of the city as well as behind the stairs. Water Works is just behind the Art Museum and another beautiful spot for portraits. To fill out a permit to shoot at Water Works, click here

Click here to view Kayla & Kenny’s Art Museum engagement session! 

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is an iconic location for your Philadelphia Engagement Photo SessionTemple University

Temple University is the perfect location for engagement photos for the couple who met on campus. 

Click here to see Kristen & Mike’s engagement session!

A Guide to the Best Photo Locations in Philadelphia

Just outside of Philly:

Corinthian Yacht Club

The Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia is a yacht club located right outside of the city in Essington, PA. The Yacht Club provides beautiful river views with piers full of boats. Permission and a copy of your photographer’s insurance certificate is required.

Click here to view Kristi & Drew’s Corinthian Yacht Club engagement session. 

 

Corinthian Yacht Club engagement session

Grange Estate

The Historic Grange Estate located in Havertown, PA is a beautiful location for an engagement session. The property has a mansion, carriage house, two spring houses, a barn, tenant house and charming ruins. There are also gardens and woodlands on site. Permission is required to photograph here.

Click here to view Christina & Chris’ Grange Estate engagement session!

Grange Estate Engagement Session PhotosLongwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens is one of my favorite locations to photograph at. I have photographed many engagement and maternity sessions here! Some of my favorite areas to use as backdrops are the conservatory, the Fountain Gardens, Chimes Tower and many other spots. Each season offers different blooms, so it never looks the same. Another huge bonus, they have Cherry blossoms in the spring! Photography is allowed with paid entrance, but the park does have rules. Click here to view those rules.

Delphine and Peter were my most recent session at Longwood Gardens, click here to view their engagement session.

Longwood Gardens is one of the best places outside of Philadelphia for an engagement session

Marsh Creek State Park

Marsh Creek State Park, located in Downingtown, PA is a beautiful location for an engagement session. I like photographing along the water at Marsh Creek Lake, on the dock and along the beach grass and I enjoy using the row boats and canoes as backdrops! 

Click here to view Lauren & Joe’s Marsh Creek State Park engagement session. 

Marsh Creek State Park engagement sessionPeace Valley

Peace Valley Park is a 1,500 acre park located near Doylestown, PA and is part of the Bucks County Park system. The park surrounds Lake Galena which is one of the reasons I love this park so much. Peace Valley has stunning foliage in the fall as well as many trails for a woodsy engagement session.

Peace Valley in Pennsylvania a beautoful location for a photography session

Ridley Creek Park

Ridley Creek is one of my favorite Philadelphia photo locations. I like to shoot in the area surrounding the Hunting Hill Mansion, it offers a fountain, pretty stairs, paths, trees and foliage and architecture. A permit is now required to photograph here.

Click here to see Gina & Nick’s Ridley Creek engagement session!

Ridley Creek engagement session

Wissahickon Trail

The Wissahickon Trail is a great location for an engagement session deep in the woods. A good starting location is Valley Green Inn, a historical restaurant located about 2.5 miles from the trailhead. Forbidden Drive Trail has great views of the river, water falls, rocks, trails and a bridge.

Click here to view Lauren & Phil engagement session. 

wissahickon trail engagement session

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