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: Late 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

Whilst normally known for it’s beautiful downtown, Niagara-On-The-Lake has a huge variety of locations that are suitable almost all year round for your session. If you’d like to take advantage of NoTL’s beauty without having everyone watch you, then take a look at some of our favourite spots below. The best part is that most of these locations are within a 10 minute drive, so we can go to multiple locations in one session.

 

Oast House Brewery

Best Seasons: Late Spring, Summer, Fall

Oast House is probably one of the most noticeable buildings in Niagara-on-the-Lake. It’s a huge red barn right by the side of the road! Behind it they have a huge vineyard & an outdoor patio serving drinks & some of the most delicious snack in town. This is a great spot if you’re looking for some more casual photos, or if you’d just like to relax, have a drink, and some laughs!

 

 

Firelane One

Best Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall

Once a more hidden spot within NoTL, Firelane One has become an extremely popular spot for hiking, families, and photographers. It’s for good reason though, the park features a big open field with long grass, wildflowers, & trees. At the edge of the park there are sandy cliffs leading down to a quiet beach with fallen tree’s and gentle shorelines. There’s a huge amount of variety here and it’s definitely a great summer spot.

 

 

The Commons (Butler’s Barracks)

Best Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall

Butler’s Barrack’s is located right across from the Pillar & Post, and is one of the largest open area’s in NoTL. It’s know for its beautiful old buildings, wild long grass, and the row of tree’s with a path through it. It’s a great spot if you want easy accessibility, and if you’re looking for a spot with a large variety of backdrops in a small area. It’s also perfect to use as a spot for wedding party photos if you’re having your wedding in / around NoTL!

 

 

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!)

 

 

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! We can even do a shoot in the comfort of your own home if you’d like. 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

Wedding Photographers Serving Niagara, Hamilton, and Surrounding Areas.