As we head into the fall season, I also head into a season where I’m helping my brides and couples plan their engagement sessions. I don’t blame them for waiting until the fall for their engagement photos, the weather lately has been hot and sticky!! Soon enough we’ll all be complaining that it’s freezing cold and snowing. Oh the joys of being a Marylander!
Today I want to share with you my top five locations for sessions as many of you are starting to think about fall family and engagement sessions. Maybe these will be popular spots for your family, or maybe they’ll just help you get a better sense of what type of location interests you the most! Have any other spots you love? I’d love to hear about them!
- Union Mills Homestead. This is definitely one of my all time favorite locations. Not only is this close to home for me, but it has SO many options for shooting and it has options that work regardless of the time of day your session is. I’ve done weddings here too, but it’s the perfect spot for any kind of portrait session or engagement session.
2. The Sunflower Garden. This location is very seasonal, but has always been a favorite spot of mine. The owners of this property are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet and they are always so welcoming when I want to bring my couples here. July, August and September are the best times to visit because their gardens are in bloom, but if you are looking for a colorful, summery and vibrant spot, this one is for you!
3. Howard County Conservancy. This is one of my newer favorite locations, but it’s another outdoorsy, simple, but beautiful spots. There are lots of shaded areas, which is always a good thing. There are tall grasses, a barn, a garden area and tons of sweet spots to cuddle up to the ones you love for some gorgeous images!
4. American Visionary Art Museum. This spot is for the couple that wants to be outdoors without the park feel. There is a lot less greenery, but still tons of color and variety for great images. One of my favorite things about this spot is the proximity to Federal Hill Park which has a gorgeous view of the city and some more pretty greenery if you wanted to incorporate a little bit of that into your session.
5. Baker Park. Located in Frederick, Maryland, this park is HUGE and it gets the most beautiful sunsets. Here you’ll see weeping willows, a large bell tower, open fields, a duck pond, a red covered bridge and tons of options, all within walking distance of downtown Frederick. I lived in Frederick for a few years so this town will always have a piece of my heart, but will always be a favorite spot for me to shoot in!