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  • Alexander Cross

Best Locations for Engagement Photos in Houston

One of the best things about planning your engagement photos is deciding on the style and location. There are many beautiful options in the Houston area, so you’re sure to find a spot that perfectly reflects your personality as a couple.

Having traversed the city, I have acquainted myself with all of the most popular spots for engagement photoshoots in the area, as well as a few hidden gems you may not have considered. Here, I present to you my eight favorite spots.



Intimate couple laughing in downtown Houston during an engagement session.

Downtown Houston is easily my first pick for an engagement shoot location. The bustling, busy streets and romantic city lights create the perfect fashionable and classy ambiance for a photoshoot. There’s no better way to represent your hometown than this! I enjoy walking up and down the streets and exploring new areas that inspire myself and my couples. Want to grab a drink inside one of the local bars? Heck yea, let’s do it! Pair this location with the Sabine Street Bridge right down the street and we can get a little greenery in your photos.


This iconic park stuffed in the heart of Houston’s Museum District offers the perfect balance of urban and rural that suits any style of engagement shoot. The gorgeous reflection pool is surrounded by plenty of lush greenery, statues, bridges, fields, and other props to incorporate into your photoshoot. Bring your dog, some blankets, bubbly, or any other fun things that represent you two as a couple! Be sure and give yourself a little extra time to find parking if you’re shooting here on a weekend - As one of Houston’s largest parks and a popular spot for photoshoots, it can get pretty busy.

Hermann Park Website


This posh downtown Houston restaurant is one of the more unique and secluded backdrops for any engagement photoshoot. Located in the Rice Hotel, a grand staircase leads you into a romantic, naked brick room lined with head to toe windows on one side, and a classy cocktail bar on the other. The outdoor patio displays stunning views of Downtown Houston and offer more diversity to your engagement shoot. Let’s photograph half of your session in the restaurant and the other half on the streets of downtown! This location is also perfect for any type of weather Houston throws our way. They do charge a photography session fee but it’s well worth the money!

Lawless Kitchen and Spirits Website


I recently stumbled upon this massive 100 acre hidden gem in the middle of Houston when one of my couples suggested it for their engagement shoot location. This area absolutely blew me away! Connected to Memorial Park near Rice Military, the park has everything you could ask for in a backdrop for photos of you and your fiance. Large fields with tall grass, dense woods and swamplands surround a picturesque lake just begging to be photographed. Onsite bathrooms and plenty of parking are just icing on the cake. Nice!! Clay Family Eastern Glades Website


The sheer size of some of these parks scattered throughout Houston is pretty mind-blowing. The Houston Arboretum is the perfect natural setting for your engagement shoot with the most dense rural environment Houston has to offer. Exploring the 155 acre property’s limitless trails in every direction is kind of a little adventure and offers something new and different every time I visit. The Houston Arboretum has plenty of parking off of the 610 feeder and another lot off of Woodway. Even if the park is packed with visitors it’s rare that you run into them. The vast amount of real estate will ensure our engagement shoot has minimal interruptions.

Houston Arboretum Website


The Sabine Bridge sits just outside of Downtown Houston and is a great way to include both an urban and rural vibe in your engagement shoot. You’ll find this awesome spot just a few minutes West of downtown sitting on top of the massive Eleanor Tinsley Park. The bridge itself has a great view of Downtown Houston and is a cool way to show off your Houston pride! Take the stairs down to the park next to Buffalo bayou and you’ll find rolling grass hills, plenty of trails and bridges, and tons of walking and biking trails.


The River Oaks Garden Club is another quaint and private venue you can rent out for an engagement or bridal shoot. Hidden in the River Oaks area of Houston, this 1910 historical building is surrounded by lush gardens, fountains, and a really cool tunnel of greenery arches. The inside of the building hosts a couple of quaint rooms furnished with antique couches, chairs and tables. A small fee will grant you 2 hours of shoot time for your engagement or bridal session and is unlike any other location in Houston.


Your engagement photo shoot is a reflection of the love you share as a couple. It should be an experience that captures the essence of your unique bond and allows you to express yourselves freely. So take the time to explore different locations and styles that resonate with you as a duo, and don't be afraid to try something new and exciting.

And to all the lovebirds out there, I want to remind you that your engagement shoot isn't just about capturing pretty pictures - it's also about celebrating and preserving the beginning of a new chapter in your lives. So take a deep breath, take in each moment and enjoy the process with your partner. After all, these photos will serve as a cherished memory for years to come.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article, and I wish you all the best on your journey to wedded bliss. Happy shooting!

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