14 Popular Engagement Photo Locations Philadelphia and Surrounding Areas

Philadelphia is a beautiful, diverse area with a historical urban center, but it is also close to the gorgeous Pennsylvania countryside. There are many picture-perfect spots to take breathtaking engagement photos in and around the City of Brotherly Love. So, if you’re having a hard time choosing the perfect location to celebrate your love, New Pace Wedding Films & Photo is here to help!

Whether you already have your heart set on a meaningful place–like the spot where you and your fiancé met, or you’re simply looking for a romantic setting, we’re here to guide you in finding the perfect location to capture your engagement photos. Here are some of our favorite engagement photo locations in Philadelphia:

Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA

1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130

If you want to capture your love in a peaceful setting, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Boathouse Row and the surrounding park offer a quaint spot for just that. Within Fairmount Park, fifteen 19th-century boathouses line the tree-filled embankment of the Schuylkill River, providing many picturesque opportunities for engagement photo sessions. You can choose between several romantic backdrops here: the historic row homes, the river in the foreground of the Philly cityscape, or the surrounding trails which offer more natural scenery. 

Old City, Philadelphia, PA

Old City District, Philadelphia, PA

Old City Engagement Photos

Old City is the heart of Philadelphia and a gorgeous area for engagement photos. In this quintessential historic downtown area– dubbed “where America began,” you’ll fall in love with the cobblestone streets and all of the red brick buildings that provide a lovely backdrop for soon-to-be newlyweds. Here, you can find Elfreth’s Alley, which is America’s oldest residential street and gives a charming antique vibe and historical significance to your photos. Another area to check out is Front and Arch Street, where the cherry trees blossom in the Spring with their gorgeous white petals.

White Cliffs of Conoy, Lancaster County, PA

Koser Park, 107 Race St, Bainbridge, PA 17502

White Cliffs of Conoy engagement

Are you looking for a hidden gem to provide unique engagement photos? Look no further than the White Cliffs of Convoy. About 80 miles west of Philadelphia, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, lies a natural attraction that was just opened to the public less than a decade ago, so it’s a barely known outdoor space that will make your photos truly special. These manmade “mountains” are the result of excess limestone piled up by the Susquehanna River, and now create an awe-inspiring location for engagement photography.

Merchant Exchange Building, Philadelphia, PA

143 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Merchants’ Exchange Building is a gorgeous neo-classical building in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood. This National Historic Landmark features soaring columns, a dramatic stone staircase, and an iconic curved facade that exude elegance and sophistication. In addition to the grand backdrop of the Merchants’ Exchange Building, nearby, you’ll also find cobblestone streets, a park, and cozy corners for more intimate engagement photos. 

Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA

18th and Walnut Streets Philadelphia, PA 19103

Another gorgeous Philadelphia engagement photo location is Rittenhouse Square. This bustling Center City location is filled with gorgeous stoops, outdoor cafes, and historic architecture. This location features a beautiful blend of classic and modern buildings and a surprising amount of natural elements. It’s lovely in the spring when tiny blossoms fill the branches.

Water Works, Philadelphia, PA

640 Waterworks Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Imagining an engagement photo location with a sweeping skyline view and a stunning Palladian-style pagoda overlooking the Schuylkill River? Look no further than the historic Water Works. This location presents dramatic vistas, cozy stoops, paths, and tucked-away corners for more intimate images. The Philadelphia Art Museum is a short walk away if you want to add another iconic Philadelphia backdrop to your session.    

18th Century Garden, Philadelphia, PA

On Walnut Street, between 3rd and 4th Streets

This National Park property features a gazebo, vine-covered pergola, and lush flower beds that feature plants common in the 1700s. Brick and crushed stone paths meander through the park, creating endless options for romantic photos. 

Race Street Pier, Philadelphia, PA

Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Race Street Pier offers another iconic waterfront location for your photo session. Situated on the banks of the Delaware River, this pier provides a dramatic view of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Brick-paved paths, waterfront benches, and a visually striking modern black railing produce a variety of backdrops perfect for casual or high-glam photo shoots.

Mainline and other suburban areas just outside of Philadelphia, PA

Main line engagement

If you’re looking for character in your engagement photos, check out the Main Line of Philadelphia, a cluster of 16 suburban communities along Pennsylvania’s old main line of its historic railroad. In the northwest area outside of the city, this district is known for its prestigious “old money” feel, with each neighborhood offering its own distinctive vibe. Bryn Mawr is one of the most popular towns, but there are several neighborhoods to find endearing town squares and a plethora of natural outdoor appeal.

It’s worth looking into other Philadelphia suburbs as well. Part of Philadelphia’s culture is the diversity of its neighborhoods. Each has a unique identity and character, allowing engaged couples to choose from a variety of backgrounds for their photos.

Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA

1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348

Longwood Gardens is a 200+ acre botanical garden with stunning formal gardens, open meadows, and winding paths begging to be photographed. This lush location is only 30 miles from Philadelphia and features topiaries, fountains, an orchid house, and ancient trees towering over the forest area! Longwood Gardens also boasts a historic conservatory that provides a dramatic backdrop for your engagement photos during any season.

Longwood is also picturesque in the winter, and is an ideal location for an indoor engagement photo shoot in the winter time.

Wildflower Lookout, Ronks, PA

46 Peach Ln, Ronks, PA 17572

Another breathtaking Philadelphia engagement photo location worth the drive is Wildflower Lookout, roughly an hour west of downtown. If dreamy meadows filled with wildflowers and dramatic sunsets are your style, Wildflower Lookout is an excellent place for your engagement photos. This location features 4 acres of meadows with a variety of brightly colored wildflowers that bloom throughout the season. 

Tyler Arboretum, Media, PA

515 Painter Rd, Media, PA 19063

West of Philadelphia in the city of Media, lies the beautiful grounds of Tyler Arboretum, and breathtaking backdrop for your engagement session. This 650-acre botanical garden with sprawling meadows, an enchanting forest, and pristine gardens offers a lovely atmosphere to photograph couples in love. Each season provides a broad range of unparalleled backdrops–from a colorful array of flowers in the spring and summer to the autumnal hues in the fall, and vibrant green conifers contrasted by white snow in the winter. 

Valley Green Inn, Philadelphia, PA

Valley Green Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19128

Valley Green Inn Engagement

Nestled within the Wissahickon area of Philadelphia, Valley Green Inn is an ideal setting for engagement photo sessions. Here, the natural beauty sets the stage with a simple yet refined ambiance. 

Cape May, NJ

Cape May, NJ 08204

engagement photos

The old-world charm and nautical feel of Cape May make for exquisite engagement photo sessions. It is New Jersey’s southernmost point and is known for its long stretch of beaches, Victorian architecture, and coastal culture. This iconic shore town is only an hour and a half drive from Philadelphia and has much to offer, so the options for backdrops are limitless!

Ridley Creek State Park, Media, PA

1023 Sycamore Mills Rd, Media, PA 19063

Ridley Creek State Park Engagement

The bucolic atmosphere of Ridley Creek State Park provides an unforgettable setting for engaged couples to celebrate their upcoming nuptials with professional engagement photos. This park, located 30 miles west of Philadelphia, has it all–waterfalls, scenic trails, and gardens. It’s home to Hunting Hill Mansion, which is an 18th-century gray stone farmhouse. You’ll surely find several scenic spots within the thousands of acres of hills and woodlands. 

Contact New Pace Today For Your Engagement Photo Session 

Whichever location you choose for your engagement photo session, New Pace Wedding Films & Photo is ready to capture the love between you and your fiancee as you celebrate your engagement and prepare for your special day. Get in touch with us today and we can help you discover the perfect location for your engagement photo shoot!