First off, CONGRATS on your engagement! Trust me when I say that its the most exciting and best phases of life! I have created this amazing list for you of the best engagement session locations in Columbus Ohio.
Now comes the fun part… planning your Columbus Ohio engagement session! Columbus is filled with many little hidden gems. As a wedding photographer of over 10 years, I have photographed at all of the best engagement session locations in Columbus. I even dropped in my “secret spot” near the bottom of this list. I hope these recommendations give you some guidance on planning the perfect engagement session in Columbus!
Before we get into the best locations for your Columbus engagement session, here are a few of my pro tips!
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Pro Tip #1 for planning your Columbus engagement session
Timing & light is everything! Personally, I prefer to shoot engagement sessions in the morning or just before sunset. This is how we get those soft, gorgeous sun-kissed photographs. Plus at these times (especially in the morning) the parks and locations tend to be less busy! This gives you free range of the park and more privacy for those beautiful intimate moments.
Pro Tip #2 for planning your Columbus engagement session
Relax! We got you!! All of the pressure is on us (the photographer). We will pose, direct, and set you up for success without you even knowing it. Enjoy the process, take a deep breath, and enjoy this time with your significant other. Just know that we got your back!
Pro Tip #3 for planning your Columbus engagement session
Choose a location that has meaning to you! Where did you go to on your first date? Is there a park that you went to as a child growing up. Do you two have a favorite date night spot? These are just a few questions you should consider when choosing your engagement session locations. Sometimes picking a location that has meaning overrules traditional engagement session locations.
Best 10 Engagement Session Locations in Columbus Ohio
1. Franklin Park Conservatory
Brief Description: Franklin Park Conservatory has a ton of locations. Outside, there are gardens and beautiful landscapes for your Columbus engagement session. There are both indoor and outdoor options too. If you wish to go inside the Conservatory, there is a photography fee. Please reach out to FPC for more information.
Address: 1777 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43203
2. German Village
Brief Description: German Village is one of the dreamiest locations in all of Columbus! The homes in the area are very endearing and many of the roads, walkways, and paths are lined with brick. You can’t go wrong with all the different spots for photos throughout German Village. The best way is to walk around, take in all the sights, and see what this adorable area has to offer. Park Street and Frank Fetch Park are two great areas within German Village. Also, make sure to stop by Pistacia Vera for the best macaroons in town!
Address: 541 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215
3. Jeffrey Mansion
Brief Description: One word! Texture! Jeffrey Mansion is filled with stone walls and stunning architecture! With this location, you can go more formal or keep it simple. Out behind Jeffrey Mansion, there are multiple large tree’s that are beautiful to photograph at. This is such a great gem in Columbus!
Address: 165 N Parkview Ave, Bexley, OH 43209
4. Ohio Statehouse
Brief Description: The Ohio Statehouse is a stunning location for your engagement photos. The exterior is filled with large slabs of marble and giant pillars. The inside is just as gorgeous. There is a fee to photograph inside the Ohio Statehouse. Please reach out to them for more information regarding that.
Address: 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215
5. Schiller Park
Brief Description: Tucked away in German Village, Schiller Park is the perfect location for your engagement session. It’s filled with lots of mature trees and a beautiful pond! If you want to include your pup in your engagement photos, Schiller Park is dog friendly! During Fall, Schiller Park has stunning colors.
Address: 1069 Jaeger St, Columbus, OH 43206
6. Genoa Park
Brief Description: Genoa Park hands down has the best views of the Columbus Skyline! If you want major city vibes, this is the spot to head too! Across from Genoa Park is the COSI building. Make sure to stop over there and grab a few shots as well.
Address: 303 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215
7. Brent Hambrick Memorial Disc Golf Course
Brief Description: Located in Hoover Reservoir Park, this is one of my secret spots. If your the adventurous couple, this is the location for you! Hidden away, is a little forest with absolutely stunning trees! This spot doesn’t feel like you are in Columbus! Beware, it’s in the middle of a frisbee golf course! Maybe a little dangerous, but well worth the photographs!
8. Cultural Arts Center
Brief Description: This is a cute little garden spot downtown Columbus. It’s located right off of the Scioto Mile. They do have hours and the gates are only open when the Arts Center is open. This is a great nook with lot’s of brick and greens!
Address: 139 W Main St, Columbus, OH 43215
9. Columbus State Parking Garage
Brief Description: Feeling wild? Hop in your car and cruise on top of one of my favorite parking garages. The views from here are some of my favorites! Who doesn’t love hanging out on top of a parking garage at sunset overlooking our great city? Make sure to bring a bottle of champagne to pop!
Address: 534 E Long St, Columbus, OH 43215
10. Scioto Mile
Brief Description: The classic Columbus engagement session location spot. While the views along the river are stunning, this part can get busy! There are some really beautiful spots along the river with amazing city skyline views! Make sure to stop by Bicentennial Park while you’re along the Scioto Mile.
From the city to a bit more adventurous, I have all of the best locations. What really matters however, is that you have an amazing time. During the engagement sessions I love to encourage and “pump up” my couples to rejuvenate that bounce in their step (you know that feeling). The other important approach is that I want you to feel as the process is effortless while I capture those one-of-a-kind photographs.
After all my years of photographing amazing couples, this list of the best engagement session locations in Columbus Ohio is an amazing resource, please use it! If you have any questions please reach out directly to me HERE.
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