Top Locations in Richmond, VA for Engagement Portrait Sessions


Whether you’re looking for a Richmond location for engagement photos, the perfect RVA location for your prom or senior photos, or a great outside or indoor Richmond, VA location for family photos, this list of 18 places is the list for you!

Here’s a quick list of top Richmond locations to take pictures. Click the name to jump to see photos from that venue!

  1. Shockoe Bottom

  2. Canal Walk

  3. Tredegar Ironworks

  4. The Capitol

  5. Belle Isle

  6. Brown’s Island

  7. Byrd Park/The Carillon

  8. VMFA

  9. Libby Hill Park/Church Hill Overlook

  10. Mid-Lothian Mines Park

  11. Tuckahoe Plantation

  12. Historic Polegreen Church

  13. Main Street Station

  14. Rural Plains, Hanover County

  15. Maymont

  16. Branch Museum of Architecture/Monument Avenue

  17. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

  18. Bryan Park

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Richmond, VA Photography Locations | Virginia Wedding Photography

There are sooooo many reasons to love Richmond Virginia! You don't even have to live here to appreciate the awesomeness! 

Lonely Planet named Richmond #7 on the list of Top 10 US Cities to Visit in 2018.  Outside Magazine named River City the Best Town Ever back in 2012 (but since they said 'ever' that title still stands, right?!) Zagat named Richmond one of the Most Exciting Food Cities in America, and US News named Richmond one of the 8 Under-the-Radar Foodie Cities Vinepair called out Richmond for being #1 (that's right, Number. One!) on the list of The World's Best Beer Travel Destinations!

But our favorite thing about Richmond? It's just so doggone photogenic!

So we're awarding this next one ourselves. Marshall Arts Photography is naming Richmond one of the Most Photogenic Cities in the South for providing the perfect backdrop for engagement sessions, bridal portraits, family photos, and prom and senior portrait sessions!


18 Richmond Locations for Engagement Portraits, Family Sessions or even Prom Pictures

So you've chosen your wedding venue and wedding photography package and are trying to decide where to take portraits for your complimentary engagement or bridal portrait session. Where do you want to take them? If you have a location that's got personal meaning to you, that's perfect! We love photographing in new locations! (And up to 60 miles of travel is included!) But if you want a pretty Richmond backdrop for your portraits, what are the some of the best locations for taking your engagement photos? The list is endless, but here are a few of our favorite spots in the Richmond area for family, senior or bridal portraits or engagement sessions!

1. Richmond Engagement Photo Ideas - Shockoe Bottom

Richmond Engagement Photographer - Shockoe Bottom

Check out more from Marianne + Mike's Shockoe Bottom engagement photo session here.

Brown's Island | Tredegar | Shockoe Bottom Engagement Photos

2. Richmond Engagement Photo Ideas - Canal Walk

Richmond Engagement Portrait Location Ideas - Canal Walk

See more of Meghan + Jim's engagement session along the Richmond canal walk here.

3. Richmond Engagement Photographer - Tredegar Ironworks

Tredegar Ironworks - Browns Island Engagement Photos

See more from Jessica + Josh's Tredegar and Brown’s Island engagement session!

4. RVA Engagement Photo Ideas - The Capitol

Richmond Engagement Photo Ideas - The Capitol

See more of Marianne + Mike's Richmond engagement photo session at The Capitol. See a family portrait shoot at the Capitol.

Richmond Capitol Engagement Photos - Cherise + Jeremy

See more of Jeremy and Cherise’s State Capitol Engagement Session.

Richmond Engagement Photographer | Virginia State Capitol

5. Richmond Bridal Portrait Ideas + Engagement Session - Belle Isle

Richmond Engagement Photographer - Belle Isle
Richmond Wedding Photography - Engagement Location Ideas - Belle Isle

See more from Becca's Belle Isle bridal portraits. See more of Abigail + Greg’s Richmond Engagement Session at Belle Isle and the VA State Capitol! Check out a family portrait session on Belle Isle here.

6. Richmond Engagement Photo Ideas - Brown's Island

Richmond Engagement Photographer | Brown's Island
Manchester - Richmond engagement pictures - Beth + Ellison

See more of Jillian + Chris' Richmond engagement session on Brown's Island and Tobacco Row. Beth + Ellision’s Brown’s Island and Manchester Engagement Session - Coming Soon!


7. Richmond Engagement Photo Ideas - Byrd Park/The Carillon

Richmond Engagement Portraits - Byrd Park & Carillon

Click to check out more images from Deanna + JR's Richmond engagement photo session at Byrd Park, Dogwood Dell and The Carillon. See a dramatic group of couples posing on The Carillon staircase here. 

8. Richmond Engagement Photo Ideas - Virginia Museum of Fine Art (VMFA)

VMFA Engagement Photos - Richmond Wedding Photographers

See more of Victoria + Pete's beautiful Richmond engagement session at VMFA here.

9. Richmond Engagement Session Locations - Libby Hill + Church Hill Overlook

Richmond Engagement Portrait Location Ideas - Church Hill

See more of Meghan + Jim's engagement session at Libby Hill Park and Church Hill Overlook.

10. Richmond Engagement Photo Locations - Mid-Lothian Mines Park

Richmond Engagement Photo Ideas - Mid-Lothian Mines Park

See more of Ashale + Jordan's engagement session at Mid-lothian Mines Park! (And check out these fall sessions there with Tara and Dane and Lauren + Eric!)

More Richmond Area Ideas for Engagement Photos

Still trying to decide where to go for your engagement session? Ask yourself a few questions! What are you drawn to? Cobblestone sidewalks and city scapes? Trees, flowers and nature? Rivers, lakes and ponds? Or do you just have an idea of a feeling you want to portray? Let's talk about your vision and we can brainstorm some ideas for possible locations that would be perfect for you! 

11. Richmond Portrait Ideas - Tuckahoe Plantation

Tuckahoe Plantation Engagement Photos with Dog | Richmond Wedding Photographer

See more of Rachel's combination senior and family session at Tuckahoe Plantation. Check out more of Annie + Austin’s Tuckahoe Plantation Engagement session!


 12. Richmond Wedding Photo Ideas - Historic Polegreen Church

Richmond Wedding Photos - Historic Polegreen Church

Click here to see more of Jen and Bob's wedding photos at Historic Polegreen Church.


13. Richmond's Main Street Station Engagement Photographer

Main Street Station engagement session - Katie + Reid

 14. Richmond Engagement Photo Ideas - Rural Plains in Hanover County


See more of Kellie's senior portrait session at Rural Plains in Hanover, Virginia here. See more of Katie + Eric’s Hanover, VA engagement session.

Richmond Locations for Engagement Sessions (Fees May Apply)

15. Maymont Engagement Session

Maymont Engagement Photographer

Check out Marissa + Joshua’s Maymont engagement session and see Tabitha + Austin’s Maymont Engagement photos here!

Virginia Wedding Photographer - Maymont Engagement Session

Maymont, Branch Museum, and Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens are among the popular locations for Richmond engagement photography and Richmond wedding photography. Each of these venues has a fee associated to be allowed to shoot photographs on location. Some venues, such as Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards and Dover Hall, only allow engagement portraits or bridal portraits for booked couples holding their wedding or reception there. It's always a good idea to check the website of any location you're considering to see if reservations or fees apply!

16. Branch Museum of Architecture | Monument Avenue Engagement Photos

Branch Museum | Monument Avenue Engagement Photos

17. Richmond Engagement Photographer - Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens - Richmond Engagement Session

Check out Candice + CJ's engagement session at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens!

18. Richmond Engagement Portraits - Bryan Park

Bryan Park Engagement Session

See more from Marissaa + Albie’s Bryan Park Engagement Session!

Whether you were looking for a great spot for family photos, searching the internet for ‘places to take prom pictures near me’ or were researching where to take your engagement photos for your Save the Dates, we hope this list was helpful to you!

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