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WEDDINGS + ENGAGEMENTS

I love being a wedding photographer and best of al I get to photograph some of the kindest most amazing people ever in gorgeous places! Also, I specialize in candid, photojournalistic story telling so I can capture their big day just as it happened so they can put the cell phone down and enjoy their wedding day.

LIFESTYLE + PORTRAITS

Portraits and lifestyle are my first loves in the photography field! I love meeting new people and capturing their stories through the lens of a camera so they can share for generations! I also love mentoring and working with other photographers to help them with their business and I'm always community over competition!
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Baltimore wedding, portrait, + boudoir photographer

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The Best 20 Baltimore Area Engagement Shoot Locations

Best Baltimore and Surrounding Maryland Area Engagement Shoot Locations

Most couples are getting engaged between November and February every year, which is now! And that means lots of couples are also booking their venues for their wedding and figuring out where to go for their engagement shoots! I love engagement sessions because I get to know the couples I work with so much better and we get to practice working together and getting super comfortable! I put together a list with a few images from 20 engagement shoot locations local to the Baltimore Maryland Area that I love using and frequently use. I hear a lot from my couples that they don't know where to go and it is super difficult to determine what is the best outdoor location for your engagement session because its not something you've ever done before! Some of these locations require a permit but some don't; likewise a few of them require that you actually pay to use them per hour. Check em out!


01. Fells Point Baltimore

Who doesn't love Fells Point, for real. The bars are awesome, its super laid back, and the views are stunning. If you want to capture some gorgeous Baltimore charm this is a great location to go to. There are hints of industrial feelings everywhere as well as some rustic docks overlooking harbor views that are totally killer. After your engagement shoot you can hit up Max's Taphouse for some drinks!

Fells Point Baltimore Engagement Session
Fells Point Baltimore Engagement Session


02. Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland

Like Fells Point, Federal Hill Park is like a Baltimore icon. Lots of photographers will take their clients to the top of the hill for "the shot" with the city in the background which is wonderful, but I'd MUCH rather these back alley TRUE Baltimore feeling locations for my couples! Obviously we can totally still use that skyline, but don't forget about the charm in charm city comes from the people :)

Federal Hill Baltimore Engagement Session
Federal Hill Baltimore Engagement Session


03. Patterson Park

So, I was spoiled during this specific engagement session at Patterson Park because those gorgeous flowering trees really stole the show! But there are a few great places to hit up at the park. When you enter there are lush green fields and some gorgeous old trees, but most notably the pagoda style observatory at the front which is gorgeous and has those cherry blossom trees during the spring! At the bottom of the hill there is a large pond that has some really nice tall grasses and a more country feel to it. You get lots of different themes with Patterson Park and its so wide open and gorgeous!

Patterson Park Engagement Session in Baltimore Maryland
Patterson Park Engagement Session in Baltimore Maryland

04. Clipper Mill Baltimore Maryland

Located just off 83 the historic Clipper Mill area is a dream location for someone searching for that true industrial feel! Surrounded by large glass windows, exposed brick and pipes, and those gorgeous orange and red hues its perfect for a more modern boho couple or a sophisticated chic couple looking for some real texture in their engagement shoot!

Clipper Mill Baltimore Maryland Engagement Session
Clipper Mill Baltimore Maryland Engagement Photography

05. Sherwood Gardens

The grounds at Sherwood Gardens are no secret to photographers, in the spring time it's PACKED with family and portrait photographers but I always manage to still get amazing photos with the colorful plants and flowers! This place is best enjoyed and photographed in the spring time because of the tulips and the seriously bold and vibrant colors of the various flowers that the community plants every year.

Sherwood Gardens Engagement Photography
Sherwood Gardens Engagement Photography

06. Rawlings Conservatory

Oh my, Rawlings is one of my favorite places to shoot at. For lots of reasons, but the main one is GREEN!!!! I love all the greens in this place! Rawlings conservatory is a very large indoor greenhouse with various plants in different temperatures. They have a large jungle room, a desert room filled with large succulents, another room with more dark green hues jungle looking plants, and still an orchid room. I'm forgetting all the different plants there but I absolutely love this place. PLUS if it rains, guess what... we don't lose anything and we don't need to reschedule! The conservatory does ask for a $100 fee to photograph commercially, but it's worth every penny for these original shots you'll get!

Rawlings Conservatory Engagement Photography
Rawlings Conservatory Baltimore Engagement Photography

07. Bromo Seltzer Tower

Guhhhhh if you're looking for someplace super Baltimore this is it, the Bromo Seltzer Tower is a Baltimore Skyline highlight that literally screams Baltimore. Its a 15 story tall clock tower from 1911 with all its historic charm still there. The exposed clock provides a gorgeous industrial backdrop for your engagement photos and the history walking through is just phenomenal to experience. It's truly more than just an engagement session its more of an experience! Like Rawlings, the tower requires a $150 photography permit to shoot your engagement session at the top of the tower. It's worth it!

Bromo Seltzer Tower Engagement Photography
Bromo Seltzer Tower Engagement Photography

08. Cylburn Arboretum

Located in Baltimore City, cylburn is known, like Sherwood Gardens, for its greenery and crazy amazing trees on the property! There are so many gardens, like everywhere and even a greenhouse (although I haven't been inside it yet). I love Cylburn because of it's location being easily accessible from 83 but also because no matter when I go it is never crowded and feels very secluded and intimate while being spacious! There is a cute little secret garden behind the super huge mansion on the property and I freaking love it. Also, there is this HUGE tree with crazy folds on it and it makes you feel like you are in California or something because of how large it is! Cylburn requires that you contact them at least 3 weeks in advance for a permit to photograph on the property, but if its just an engagement shoot there is no fee!

Cylburn Arboretum Engagement Photography
Cylburn Arboretum Engagement Photography

09. Marshy Point State Park

As we leave the urban feels of the city we move into some more country/woodsy areas of Baltimore county like Marshy Point that offer some lush greenery and wetland grasses for a more southern feel! Marshy point is great because there are a few areas to go and because of the really tall trees you get some of that depth for your photos that lots of couples love! Plus, it doesn't feel too "country" it just feels like you are down by the bay!

Marshy Point Maryland Engagement Photography
Marshy Point Maryland Engagement Photography

10. Jerusalem Mill Village

Located in Harford County, Jerusalem Mill Village State Park has lush fields, a woodsy backdrop, a large stream bed that runs through it, old stone buildings, and a covered bridge. Obviously, you guessed it, lots of photographers love this area so it can be crowded at times, but depending on the time of year and when during the week you are going, you can capture so many great feels at one location. Seriously, its great because there are so many different places to go to get various shots and feels. I definitely recommend this place to lots of my couples who want photos in the field but also want more intimate locations with a woodsy feel.

Jerusalem Mill Village Maryland Engagement Photography
Jerusalem Mill Village Maryland Engagement Photography

11. Cromwell Valley Park

I haven't shot an engagement session at Cromwell Valley park in a long time but it is still an amazing place for engagements! They do require that the photographer provide proof of insurance beforehand as well as a permit (free) in order to photograph here! Like the previous few places, its got some large lush fields, a cute little run down shack that I love for photos, a larger estate side which has some barns and outbuildings as well. Lots of areas with texture which offers more of a country feel but also that estate vibe people love too!

Cromwell Valley Park Maryland Engagement Photography
Cromwell Valley Park Maryland Engagement Photography

12. Oregon Ridge Park

If you're down for some hiking, like up an old ski slope hiking, this is an amazing spot for you. Its truly a woodsy back country feel shooting here. Its wonderful because again, the location is convenient for travel and located in the Hunt Valley are of Baltimore County! I would suggest this location for a fall engagement shoot because of the trees and climbing up the steep hill provides a perfect location for those dreamy orange sunsets!

Oregon Ridge Park Maryland Engagement Session
Oregon Ridge Park Maryland Engagement Session

13. Rock State Park: King and Queen Seat & Kilgore Falls

So, there are a few places at Rock State Park and it's become a popular place for engagement, family, and maternity photoshoots!

KING+ QUEEN SEAT: Located at the top of the park are some HUGE boulders and a cliff that is a little frightening to be honest, lol, but makes you feel like you are out in Colorado somewhere hiking in the mountains! If you'd like to do sunrise, you will have to hike to the top of it because the parking lot doesn't open until 9A sometimes 10A but I recommend doing sunset photos here instead! There is no permit required but you absolutely have to wear the right footwear out to the site and then change outfits there! If you want that rugged mountain look, here it is!

KILGORE FALLS: About a 10 minute drive while still in the park you can head to Kilgore Falls which has a huge waterfall, you'll have to hike to it and bring tall boots to cross the stream, but again it feels like you're in the mountains! Its a very popular spot in the Summer so I would recommend if you are going to shoot at Kilgore to do something in the Spring or the Fall!

King and Queen Seat Maryland Engagement Photography
King and Queen Seat Maryland Engagement Photography
King and Queen Seat Maryland Engagement Photography