Best Niagara Engagement Shoot Locations

 

 

If you are reading this, you’re probably engaged! Congratulations! That’s so exciting. Now begins your hunt for your engagement photo location! We know that this can be a pretty difficult search, and many of our couples ask us for advice on where to go in Niagara, so whether you’ve booked us as your photographers or if you’ve chosen someone else, we thought we’d make it a little easier by making a list of our favourite places to go! We’ve included a few photos from each spot for you to look at, so make sure to tap left/right to view them all. This list isn’t a full comprehensive list of places to go, and we are always happy to go and explore new places either in Niagara or further afield. When it comes down to it however, don’t let this be a huge time consuming decision. Engagement photos aren’t about fancy locations or big open backgrounds, they are about you and your love for each other, and as long as you bring that to your session you’ll have a fun time and great photos.

 

Balls Falls

Best Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

One of our favourite locations to go to all year round, Balls Falls offers so much variety in one compact place. There are thick woods that you can walk through in the fall, you can hike up to the upper falls and get in the water, or stand on-top of the lower falls looking out over the edge. (Please don’t fall!) In the main section you have wonderful open areas surrounding old barns with gorgeous weathered wood, and just a short walk up a path brings you to an open area with a few tress that is perfect for fall photos. In winter, there are big open fields with untouched snow that are Ball’s Falls is one of the most versatile locations for outdoor photos, and makes a great spot for not only engagement photos, but for wedding photos with the whole bridal party, and for family photos too!

 

 

Glenridge Quarry

Best Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Tucked away near Brock University, and just a short drive from downtown St. Catharines, Glenridge Quarry offers rolling hills with easily walkable gravel paths. In summer the grass grows longer and wildflowers can be found all around. There’s also a lake that you can access on foot and bring a canoe / kayak. The Quarry is best for photos in the evening as the lack of trees means that there isn’t much shade available, but the view from the top of the hill is a good trade off!

 

 

Niagara-On-The-Lake

Best Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Niagara-On-The-Lake offers a large amount of variety through the year for different sessions. In the spring there is plenty of foliage and flowers blossoming around the main town & Fort Mississauga, and the cute buildings and side streets are always perfect to explore. In the summer you can head down to the small beach at Queen’s Royal Park, which is just a short walk from the main town. It can be a little bit busy during the summer though, which is why it might be good to consider a sunrise session if you’d like to have a little more privacy! Outside of the main town there are a few open fields that are great for sunset shoots in the summer, and as the fall rolls round the colours of the trees make for a wonderful backdrop. (We also know of a great ice-cream spot in the summer, so hit us up if you’d like to grab some deliciousness!) In the winter we’d suggest heading to the Fort George Ice-rink for a small skating session, unless you’re like us, in which case you’ll spend more time falling over than standing up!

 

 

Decew Falls

Best Seasons: Summer, Fall

Up for some adventure? Decew Falls might just be for you. Whilst the main feature of Decew Falls is the Morning Star Mill, we prefer going down the trail a little while longer. The hike is about 45 minutes (if you take the easy, non dangerous route) and will bring you to the base of one of the falls. In the summer there is a swimming hole with a rope swing if you’re feeling up for it! On the way out we can pass back through a beautiful open field to catch the last bits of light.

 

 

Niagara Wineries

Best Season: Summer

All around Niagara are hundreds of beautiful wineries like Lakeview Cellars in NoTL. Wineries can make an amazing location for your engagement shoot as the vineyards have such a luscious green that give you that warm summer feeling. Maybe bring along a bottle of wine too and have a little drink for a more easy going session!

(Wineries might have a permit fee, so make sure to contact the winery before hand to make sure you have permission!)

 

 

Downtown St. Catharines

Best Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Most of our engagement shoots take place outside in nature, and in Niagara there is good reason, as there are so many nice places to go. However if you’re looking for something a little different you should consider downtown St Catharines. There is little coffee shops with brick walls, graffiti down alleyways, and rooftops where you can catch the sunset. If you like geometric shapes and a grittier feel for your session, consider doing it here! (Or in any other major city!)

 

 

In-Home

Best Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

If you’d like a more intimate feeling shoot, or if you’re not a fan of being out in public, you might want to consider an in-home shoot. Not only does it give you the chance to snuggle up on the couch, but you also get to create memories in your home. This might not be your forever home, so it’s always nice to look back at where you once lived. You also don’t need to be in-home for the whole session, we can always head out for a bit afterwards too for some more variety!

 

 

Queenston Heights

Best Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Queenston Heights offer an abundance of open areas with trees, steps, and a few brick walls thrown in as well. There are also a few small trails you can head down, which in the fall will have leaves blanketing the ground. The open spaces make it great for bringing your whole wedding party to as well, and is reasonably convenient if your are getting married in the Niagara Falls.

 

 

Literally anywhere!

Best Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Despite having made this list to give you a few different options, please don’t stress over your engagement shoot location! We can go anywhere you’d like, so if there is something you want to do for your shoot (Kayaking, Hiking, etc) or if you’d like to go somewhere that its meaningful for you both, just let us know! When it comes down to it your engagement shoot should be about you both, and the love you have for each other, not about the location.

 

We hope you found this post useful! If you like what you see, and you’d like to chat to us about an engagement shoot, or even wedding photography, please reach out to us on our contact page! We’d love to hear from you!

Amos Photography

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