10 Awesome Engagement Session Locations in Austin, TX

10 Awesome Engagement Session Locations in Austin, TX 

One of the first goals I set for myself immediately after moving to Austin, Texas was to discover all of the great locations this city has to offer that I could use for engagement sessions. Whether it be driving around town intentionally searching for scenic spots, sliding through the city on a Bird scooter (my personal favorite) or making a quick run to o H-E-B, I began compiling a list of places I knew I wanted to shoot at once I began connecting with couples here. After I had a laundry list of places then came the fun part of shooting engagement sessions with as many couples as I possibly could.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the never-ending selection of unique and picturesque places I’ve been able to explore with engaged couples since I’ve been here and for those wondering where they might want to go to capture their own engagement session, I’ve put together a list of 10 of my favorite spots that I've enjoyed exploring in the short time that I’ve lived here in Austin. Enjoy!


MARY MOORE METROPOLITAN PARK

One word, gargantuan! This park, situated in south Austin a few miles off of I-35, is an amazing location for engagement sessions, family sessions and the like. There is a perfect mixture of wide open spaces, trails and trees to give you a great variety of options when capturing moments with couples. There was a Greenbelt area but I wasn't able to find the path down to it during the hour or so I spent with my couple so I decided to try again next time. If you have a couple looking for an outdoor location in south Austin this would probably be your best bet.


PEASE DISTRICT PARK

Located on the west side of North Lamar just north of 15th street is Pease Park. This is another large size park that’s great for engagement sessions. What stood out in for me was the large tree sculpture that was constructed just one month after I moved here. After randomly driving by and seeing the sculptures in the distance I quickly whipped out my phone and it added this park to the growing list of spots I knew I would shoot at. After connecting with a great couple here I also discovered that there is a greenbelt area that you can climb down to that makes for some awesome, awesome environmental shots. This spot is centrally located and is great for couples living in the downtown area or near the UT campus.


BULL CREEK DISTRICT PARK

I realized that this spot would be great for an engagement sessions after my clients suggested that we shoot there and I did some research on Google. Again, this is another very large park located in Northwest Austin off of capitol Texas highway and Lakewood Drive. This location provided for some great environmental shots as well as a wide open view of the sunset as it dips below the horizon. With several trails and the ability to incorporate the creek into your shots this is a very dope spot and would be convenient if you are coming from Lake Travis or The Domain. Don’t be afraid to kick your shoes off and explore the other side of the creek. It’ll be worth it.


MOUNT BONNELL

If you want an absolutely amazing view of the Colorado River and the 360 bridge then look no further than Mount Bonnell. Located off of Mopac and 35th St, this was another spot that was suggested by a client of mine and I can see why it's one of the more popular spots in the city. It has great sunset views and a descending rock path that allows for tons of creativity and Golden hour warmth. It's not a spot I would shoot at often but it's definitely good to have it as an option when you want that one epic shot. Also, be mindful during the summer months because there is very minimal cover from the South Texas sun and you’ll be baking for most of the session. Bring water!


MUELLER LAKE PARK

The first time I shot here I didn't get to explore every inch of the grounds but the second time around was when I really got to see what areas this park had to offer. Mueller Lake Park is located right off of Airport and Aldrich and is great for anyone living in central or east Austin. This Park has a small lake, plenty of trees and a long stone staircase that drops down right by the waters edge. On the other side of the lake there is also a walking trail that goes around the entire space on the opposite side of the large staircase and would be perfect for a golden hour vibe. This spot is a great all in one location or it could serve as a pit stop on your way to another location depending on how much time you have. You can’t go wrong either way. Also, there’s a coffee shop nearby and a small shopping area that would provide some variety for your shoot as well. If you haven’t been to Mueller Lake Park, be sure to pay a visit soon. They also have food trucks!!


CENTRAL PARK

This is a hidden gem that I drove by randomly and added to my list just in case and I’m so glad I did. From the wraparound walkway, the multiple bridges, oversized tree and hills, this very small park has a landscape of options to create amazing moments during your engagement session. Don’t be afraid to explore areas off of the beaten path and have fun with the space. The few times I’ve been, parking has never been an issue and the park is centrally located as well. Great for people who leave in central Austin and don’t want to make the drive to a scenic area. I really think this park will become a new favorite spot for you. Fun fact, the same couple that you see in the images above actually decided to have their wedding at this same park a few months later after we had our session. How cool is that?


LOU NEFF POINT

I didn’t really know Lou Neff Point WAS Lou Neff point until Cesar and Alex (pictured above) took me there. If you slide over to Zilker Park, park on the Southside of Barton Springs road and take a walk East on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike trail, you’ll walk straight into Lou Neff. We shot here during the winter months so there wasn’t any greenery but I could tell that in the spring and summer this place will be PERFECT for anyone wanting a shot of downtown Austin and Ladybird Lake with plenty of greenery. Like, it really doesn’t get any better. Along the way there are several walkways, bridges and paths to explore and who doesn’t enjoy a good walk, right? If you want THE shot of Austin, Lou Neff will make it happen. Side note: This is where Cesar proposed to Alex and they made the drive all the way from Corpus Christi for their engagement session!


CENTRAL LIBRARY

After construction was finished on the new library location downtown, I knew I had to shoot there. I don’t do extensive location scouting these days, just a quick glance and either I’m inspired or I’m not. Although I added the library to my list it was a complete surprise as it had much more to choose from than I originally thought. From the abstract art pieces by the front entrance, the riverwalk area nearby or the ‘library’ sign on the westside of the building, the Austin Central Library is new, fun and a great spot to shoot if you’re looking for a downtown feel. Also, I love chilling at the library just to grab a cup of coffee. Fun Fact: This is where I did my recent photo shoot with local photographer Elissa. Want a cool spot to shoot? Pick the library!


BARTON CREEK GREENBELT

The Barton Creek Greenbelt is one of many greenbelt areas that provides the chance for couples to take pictures in a scenic area without a 30 minute drive into the middle of nowhere. I drove by this particular area several times while driving to the mall on the 360 highway. This area was on my engagement session to do list for several months before finally getting it on the calendar. Right off the beaten path, this trail is great for anyone wanting an area that has water and rocks as well as some natural ‘cliffs’ that line the opposite side of the trail. If you want to have fun, walk a little further south on the trail and you can walk directly under the Capital of Texas Highway and get some shots there as well. The Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail is quite large but you won’t have to walk very far to capture great moments for your engagement session.


JOHNSON CREEK GREENBELT

Last but not least, the Johnson Creek Greenbelt. If you park at the corner of 7th street and Atlanta on the west side of downtown Austin and walk across the street you’ll have easy access to one of the lesser known areas (if I had to guess) of the greenbelt systems here in Austin. This trail is part of a system of walkways and bridges that makeup the beginning (or end) of the trail that runs along the north side of ladybird lake. Although the hustle and bustle of traffic can be heard above, the area has a certain calm about it and won’t have much foot traffic to worry about. This creates a great atmosphere that will allow you to connect with your photographer and your significant other and enjoy the moment. If you’ve never been to this little slice of fun, check it out for yourself.


So. Many. Great. Spots. Seriously, I always describe Austin as the perfect blend of city and country. A bustling downtown with scenic areas less than a 10 minute drive away in any direction. When I moved to Austin in January 2018 I knew I would find great places to shoot but was unaware of just how many great spots I would have to choose from. In all honesty, this list easily could have contained 40 places but for now, I’ll leave you with 10. I hope that this quick blog will help you in choosing where you’ll shoot your engagement session and congratulations on your upcoming wedding! I wish you the best!

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Cody & Ashley's Austin Engagement Session | Austin Wedding Photographer

Since moving to Austin I’ve had the chance to explore this great city with lots of great couples over and over again. I connected with Cody and Ashley via facebook and decided to take them to two places, one iconic and one lesser known. We started at Pease Park where we spent some time checking out a newly constructed natural sculpture made of tree branches and afterwards made a quick drive over to the Hope Outdoor Gallery.

This was my first time shooting at either location and needless to say I’ll be adding these two spots to my growing list of places that I’ll use to help couples celebrate their engagement through photos.


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Hannah & Hunter's Dallas Engagement Session | Austin Wedding Photographer

I was able to connect with Hannah and Hunter through a referral from the CW Hill Country Ranch over in Boerne, TX and I'm so glad they're trusting me to shoot their wedding later this year!

These two opted to shoot their engagement session in Dallas and after a quick drive we spent some time together laughing and getting to know each other. We spent a little time at Prairie Creek Park before heading down to White Rock Lake to catch a few moments while the sun went down. 

All in all, we had a blast and I can't wait to blog their wedding when it's all said and done. 


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Diane & Alex's Austin Engagement Session | Austin Wedding Photographer

Diane and Alex are getting married in Cancun later this year and I'll be adding a few stamps to my passport in the process. But before wheels up in November we connected to capture a few special moments together. We slid over to Nicholas Dawson Park and spent a little time together a few weeks ago. Although the humidity was INSANE we were able to share a few laught before the heat got the best of us. 

I can't wait to celebrate their wedding day with them in a few months!



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Vendor Spotlight: Pubcrawler of Austin

PEDAL BITCHES!


The peddler, Bonnie and the crew!

The peddler, Bonnie and the crew!

After learning more about the booming bachelorette party culture in here in Austin, Texas I decided to connect with Pubcrawler of Austin and photograph a pub crawl with a group of ladies from out of town. (More on why later) It was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had as a photographer and definitely something that's on the top of my list of things I've done since living here. To say that Pubcrawler of Austin is something you have to do is definitely an understatement. Read on!


What is the Pubcrawler of Austin? As described on their website they are Austin's original pedal-powered pubcrawl. But if I had to describe it I'd say that it's one of the best ways for a group of up to 14 people to pedal, drink and laugh their way through the heart of downtown Austin, Texas. The process is pretty simple. When you show up, step one is to meet with your guide and after signing a quick waiver it's time to hop on your peddler. On this particular day, our guide was a cool cat by the name of Bonnie. As he describes it, "Yes! Bonnie with a 'B' and yes, just like Bonnie and Clyde. Shit happens!" After being briefed on the rules and regulations of the peddler it was off to the races! Just in case you’re wondering, the answer is yes! You have to pedal or the vehicle won’t move. It's very fitting that Pubcrawler of Austin has a simple motto...... Pedal Bitches!

Bonnie with the breakdown. Did you see his shirt by the way?

Bonnie with the breakdown. Did you see his shirt by the way?

The ladies were able to listen to any music they liked while on the peddler after Bonnie passed them the AUX cord (which is 100% clutch) and that set the stage for the entire time we were together. The pub crawl lasted about two hours as we made our way through Austin's downtown grid, stopping to hop out and explore the various bars/pubs in the immediate area. This is great for anyone looking to find a fun and unique way to learn more about the bar scene or anyone who is flying in from out of town and wants to experience Austin in a 'fast' and furious way. We stopped at the Tiniest Bar in Texas, Hangar Lounge and The Bling Pig Pub before wrapping things up at a nice lounge called LUX. Tons of action! Tons of great moments!

The thing I enjoyed the most was how much everyone was able to let their hair down and just have fun. The music was blasting, the drinks were cold and at times it felt like we were in our own little world separate from everyone else. People were taking photos of us, interacting with us, whistling, honking their horns and making the experience even more enjoyable. As a photographer I had an amazing time and by the end of the day I felt like I was one of the crew instead of just the photo guy. I met the coolest group of ladies who flew in from different parts of the country and it was great getting to know them while capturing great moments as they experienced downtown Austin for the very first time.

If you’re looking for one of the best ways to experience downtown Austin while grabbing drinks with friends and family or if you’re planning a bachelorette party and you’re looking for something to do on a Saturday afternoon you absolutely need to get in touch with Pubcrawler of Austin. Tell Jennifer I sent you and be sure to let Bonnie know how cool his first name.

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Also, one quick announcement. I'm excited to launch Austin Bachelorette Photography! The first and BEST way to capture your bachelorette party here in the city of Austin, TX.

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