37 Great Engagement Shoot Locations

It doesn’t surprise me that there were lots of wedding proposals on eclipse day.  After all, watching a total solar eclipse and getting engaged on the same day is something you just won’t forget!  And, it’s a very appropriate time to propose because as the moon almost completely blocks out the sun, you will see a bright light radiating out of the sliver of distance between the sun and the moon – and that is known as the “diamond ring.”












Photo Courtesy of Kelly Pratt Photography


And now that your wedding is official, here are some perfect locations for your engagement photos.  The St. Louis area has a plethora of iconic settings and eye-catching public parks that are prime for unforgettable photos.  So, all you new brides-to-be, now is a perfect time to schedule your session with the beautiful FALL colors coming soon.


Ballpark Village St. Louis MO
Bee Tree Park St. Louis MO
Butterfly House Chesterfield MO
Carondelet Park/Boat house St. Louis MO
Castlewood State Park Ballwin MO
Chesterfield Central Park Chesterfield MO
City Garden St. Louis MO
City Museum St. Louis MO
Creve Coeur Lake Park Creve Coeur MO
Drace Park Des Peres MO
Faust Park St. Louis MO
Forest Park – Muny Box Office, Bridges, Waterfall, etc. St. Louis MO
Fort Zumwalt Park St. Charles MO
Graffiti Wall Downtown St. Louis MO
Great Rivers Greenway – Bike Trail St. Louis MO
Jaycee Stage – Historic St. Charles St. Charles MO
Jewel Box in Forest Park St. Louis MO
Kuhs Farm Spanish Lake MO
Lafayette Park St. Louis MO
Landing in St. Louis St. Louis MO
Laumeier Sculpture Park St. Louis MO
Longview Farm Town & Country MO
Moonrise Hotel St. Louis MO
Muny in Forest Park St. Louis MO
Noboleis Vineyard Augusta MO
Oak Knoll Park St. Louis MO
Quail Ridge Park Wentzville MO
Sandy Covered Bride, The Hillsboro MO
Shaw Nature Reserve Gray Summit MO
St. Charles Gazebo on Main Street St. Charles MO
St. Ferdinand Park Florissant MO
Tower Grove Park St. Louis MO
Villa Antonio Winery Hillsboro MO
Washington Boulevard St. Louis MO
Water Tower St. Louis MO
World’s Fair Pavilion St. Louis MO

What to Wear for Your Engagement Session

With the new year it’s time to welcome a new group of newly engaged couples who will begin their wedding journey.   Besides setting a date and a budget, many couples, especially if the wedding has a short planning period, want to get their engagement photos early in the process.  Generally, I suggest scheduling your engagement session at least six weeks prior to the date you want to mail your announcements.  And earlier than that if you are sending out Save the Date cards and want to personalize them.

A question that many couples have concerning their engagement photos is “What to wear?”  Engagement photos should reflect who you are and what you love.  So if you love casual jeans and a more relaxed look, go for it.  If you’re a fashionista, just be sure that both of you have outfits that match your level of dress.  Wear clothes that are complimentary.  Your personality and style will greatly influence your choice of clothing, but keep it simple.

Having talked to several photographers, here are a few other guidelines for you to keep in mind.












What’s Good:

Wear solid colors with little or no pattern. Avoid prints and stripes as well.   If you both want to wear the same color, try different shades or varying hues.

Dark colors are always slimming.  Many couples like blue jeans and black shirts.  And gals, a cute dress is always a good way to go.

Keep in mind your body type.  Anything baggy will make you look bigger than you are.  And jersey material will cling to your body, and may reveal unflattering curves.  Also avoid tight fitting clothes that accentuate ever curve of your body – unless that’s the look you are going for.

The layered look is great for almost anyone.  Casual jackets, sweaters, etc. would be perfect.

Gals can jazz up their outfits with cute heels, a terrific hat, or other accessories.

And speaking of accessories, bring along fun signs, maybe other personal items like a guitar, or even your dog…if these items are part of who you are.  And you guys with a motorcycle, don’t be shy about getting a few photos with your bike.

The engagement period can be one of the happiest and most romantic time of your life, and your photos should reflect that casual, crazy, fun-loving attitude.