You’re engaged! YAY!! This is such an exciting time with your new fiance, and after you’ve spent at least a few weeks soaking in this exciting new chapter and you’ve found your dream wedding photographer, you’ll want to schedule your engagement session so that you can use those images for your save the dates and your wedding website! But planning your engagement session can be daunting, from choosing and coordinating your outfits, to finding a date where the weather is ideal, to choosing a location! So that’s where I come in! I’ve put together this lengthy list of engagement session locations in Indianapolis to make it easier for you two to decide which location may be the best fit for you!
If I had to choose my favorite engagement session location, Newfields would be it! Located at the Indianapolis Art Museum, the grounds behind it include vast gardens where something is always blooming most of the year! From the iron gate that greets you when you arrive, the beautiful Lilly House and its beautiful arch ways below that service as a gorgeous backdrop, the greenhouse and all of the little pathways! Every time I’m there I think of my favorite childhood movie, The Secret Garden! The only downside is you will have to purchase tickets as well as a photography permit, but it is WELL worth it!
Holliday Park has so many options for photos as well, from the historic brick ruins, to the prairie habitat, over three miles of trails surrounded by wildflowers in the spring and summer, and access to the White River! If you’re feeling frisky we can even get some romantic in the water shots here! The other amazing park about this location, is IT’S FREE!
If you’re looking for very classic and regal-like images for your engagement session, then Laurel Hall is the location for you! There are many indoor and outdoor photo opportunities here, including the infamous outdoor stairway with the mansion in the backdrop, to the walkways and patio outdoors that showcase the gorgeous windows and architecture. You can’t beat inside though in the sunroom that boasts gorgeous natural light with classic black and white tile, and beautiful wooden staircase inside. There is a rental fee for this location, however it is oh so worth it!
Center for Performing Arts
Located in the Carmel City Center, the Center for Performing Arts has an impressive limestone building with beautiful columns and planters that allow for quite stunning images. This location is walking distance to the well known Cake Bake Shop as well as the Monon trail to add some variety to your engagement session gallery!
Located in downtown Indianapolis, Monument Circle allows for stunning engagement photos! While at this location we can also walk to the War Memorial and the steps of the Central Library to ensure variety in your gallery, as always!
The Canal area has so much variety to it, which is one reason it was very close to being my top pick! If you’re a city lover, have special downtown memories with your fiance and are looking for that kind of vibe then the Canal is an excellent choice! Along the canal we will capture images near some of the brides, the hanging lights and climbing ivy, some of the city art and of course the downtown skyline! This location is close to monument circle, the war memorial and the central library steps as well!
Traders Point Creamery
Traders Point Creamery is a quaint little dairy farm in Zionsville with beautiful open greenscape, gardens, and rustic barns. If you both love nature or the countryside, this may be the location for you! Hey, if we’re lucky maybe we can even find some cows to be in some of the photos! There is a permit fee required, but it’s so beautiful here I promise you will not regret it. They have an amazing restaurant there as well, so why not make a date night out of it since you’re already all dressed up!
Indianapolis Public Library
This location is perfect for the couple who loves books! Grab a coffee and let’s get some photos inside the Central Library together. From the gorgeous tall ceilings and walls filled with books, this location is so pretty! There’s also a gorgeous glass wall backdrop outside that you can’t miss! This location does require a rental fee, but if it’s a good fit for you it will be worth it!
Your Alma Matter
If you met in college, going back to your alma matter and taking photos in front of some of some of the buildings where you made some of your first memories can be really special! Heck, we may be able to get into the football stadium if you’d like?!
Lockerbie Square is located downtown, and is the perfect location if you’re looking for a quaint city vibe! The cobblestone streets and cute homes and shops look especially charming in the fall when the leaves have changed colors already. We can even get some cute photos at an indoor coffee or ice cream shop along the way!
Coxhall Gardens is located in Carmel, and filled with so much variety from the brick mansion, weeping willow trees along the pond and arch way. One place you just cannot beat is the limestone amphitheater at golden hour! The light that fills that area is beyond gorgeous and allows for some stunning images!
Fort Harrison State Park
Fort Harrison State Park is another location for the nature lover! There are so many trails and woods, as well as classic wooden bridges and creek views. This is a great location if you’re wanting a more casual and laid back vibe, or wanting to have your engagement session with the fall leaves!
There are so many other Indianapolis engagement photo locations I could add to this list, but hopefully this will give you a good start in making your decision!