I love photographing engagement sessions in Charleston, SC. I’m a born and raised South Carolina girl so being able to involve myself into my community as a professional, means so much to me. Below are my top ten favorite locations for your Charleston engagement session.
Rainbow Row might be one of the most iconic portrait locations in Charleston. With about three blocks full of colorful townhomes, I love walking the strip to find bright backgrounds that my couples naturally pop off of. This area is full of color and is very photographer-friendly.
This one is for all the park lovers out there. Hampton Park is a sea of lush greenery, has a quaint pond and wooden walking bridge. This location is for the classic portrait lover. There are several large willow trees on the edges of the property that provide amazing shade. This means that this is a safe area to shoot in, despite the weather conditions.
Chalmers St is only about a 6 minute walk from Rainbow Row and offers tiny knook and crannies that are full of charm! When time allows, I love exploring Chalmers St after Rainbow Row for additional portraits in front of colorful stoops, washed brick backdrops and iron railings.
College of Charleston Campus
The College of Charleston‘s cobble stone streets, overhanging willow trees and historic mansions are a photographer’s dream! Do not let the fact that this is a college campus scare you away from making it your ideal engagement session location. The campus is tucked away in the middle of downtown, making it perfect as a Stop A on the way to The Battery, downtown, Rainbow Row and more!
The Battery -on the sand or side walk
If Charleston had a skyline, it would be at The Battery. The Battery’s backdrop of the ocean shore and historic homes is absolutely stunning. What I love most about this location is that it allows me to photograph my couples by the water and in the city. This is a beautiful, clean location that has never delivered a bad photo!
The iconic Pineapple Fountain, brick walkways, flower gardens and the pier. The Waterfront Park has so many areas for me to tuck my couples in to capture such a variety of memories. This location can get a little crowded but the photos are worth it! From here, we are also minutes away from many other favorite locations of mine so photographing in a second location afterwards or before, is usually a piece of cake!
Boone Hall is for couples who love charm and romance! This is a location that I like to explore for at least an hour with my couples to capture all the venue has to offer! My favorite spot here is the long driveway, lined with willow trees. This scene can almost look like Narnia, it’s so magical! Boone Hall also has gardens to explore, a ton of land to walk and horses to visit! This venue does have an admission fee but in my opinion, is completely worth it a few times over!
Magnolia Plantation is located in North Charleston and is simply a dream.One of Charleston’s most visited plantations, Magnolia Plantation is filled with private gardens, ponds, beautiful walk ways and so many areas to explore. This venue has tons of color, nature and historic charm. Magnolia Plantation is also a wedding venue. Like Boone Hall, there is an admission fee.
Isle of Palms
Isle of Palms, located in Mount Pleasant, is one of my favorite places to shoot because to me, it’s simply home. Whether you want to explore romantic portraits in your best attire on the shore or playful memories splashing in the water, IOP is a fantastic location to walk and capture beautiful photos.
Folly Beach is a bit more of a drive but offers a beautiful pier and drift wood on the beach to create a more natural setting. Folly also has a cute strip for a ice cream and/or cocktail photos.
It’s hard to go wrong with any of these locations. They all showcase amazing parts of Charleston and make for beautiful photos. One of the most important things about selecting the location(s) for your engagement session is that you enjoy them and feel happy there. I always encourage couples to consider a significant location for them and their relationship OR to make their engagement session location significant by going on a date after their session or returning to the location to reminisce.
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