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13 Perfect Nashville Engagement Session Photography Locations

March 4, 2020

Look at that gorgeous, sparkly new ring on your finger! Congrats, girl! Now that you’ve said “Yes!” to the love of your life, it’s time to get some engagement photos taken. Booking an engagement photo session is so important! It’s the best way for you to get to know your wedding photographer and learn how to get comfortable in front of the camera.

When choosing a location in Nashville for your engagement session photos, I highly suggest putting some thought into what you want to use these photos for. If you’re going to display them at your wedding, you want to pick a location (and outfits!) that will coordinate with the style of your wedding. If you want to display them in your home, you’ll want a location that fits your general style. Lots of clients use their engagement photos on their Save the Dates. It’s important to consider the overall vibe of your invitations and choose a location that fits. If your wedding is sleek and modern with a black and white color palette, you might not want engagement session photos on a farm if you’re planning on using those photos as wedding décor or for your Save the Dates. 

So where should you go in Nashville for engagement photo sessions? Scroll through for 13 of the best options!


Ellington Agricultural Center

This outdoor location offers several different looks in one setting. There are log cabins for rustic backgrounds and white pillars for a more upscale vibe. There are plenty of fences and trees for a natural background. Depending on the season, there could be beautiful flowers in bloom!


Vanderbilt University

If you’re planning a morning engagement photo session, this might be the perfect location for you! The ample trees and buildings help diffuse the sunlight for gorgeous lighting, even when the sun is high in the sky. The architecture across the campus is beautiful, and there are options for working in trees and greenery. Bonus points if you met your fiancé while attending Vanderbilt! 


War Memorial Auditorium & Legislative Plaza

This sleek location in downtown Nashville is perfect for anyone looking for a classy, modern vibe. This is the spot if you’re wanting a more formal or urban look for your engagement photos. You’ll get plenty of architecture and city views to work with here!


Radnor Lake

If you want a water view for your Nashville engagement photos, look no further than Radnor Lake. This is the dream spot for nature lovers! There’s an abundance of greenery, trees, and a beautiful lake. 


Sevier Park

This beautiful park, tucked away in 12 South, is perfect if you want a variety of styles for your engagement photos. Get the outdoor, natural look in the park and then stroll up to some of Nashville’s best murals for a more quirky, urban look. There are also plenty of businesses close by, in case you want to pop in for some cute shots sipping coffee (Frothy Monkey!) or enjoying a doughnut (Five Daughters!).


Union Station Hotel

This is my go-to spot for a stunning indoor location and perfect for engagement photo sessions during those rainy Spring months! The stately hotel has a lovely covered outdoor area, so we can capture rain-free photos without compromising the light. The décor inside is a perfect, elegant backdrop.


Arrington Vineyard

If engagement photos among grapevines sounds like heaven, then Arrington Vineyard is the place for you. This sprawling vineyard has open spaces, trees, and even some cute swings for photo opps. Bonus: you can stay and indulge in a wine tasting after we wrap up our photo session!


Marcella Vivrette Smith Park

The largest park in Brentwood, this location offers plenty of outdoor green space and has the bonus of including Ravenswood Mansion. There are usually weddings at the Mansion most weekends, so this can be a bit of a busy spot on Saturdays. Luckily there’s plenty of space for your engagement session!


Downtown Nashville

If you’re after a city vibe, you’ve got tons of options in the city! Some of my favorite spots are Cumberland Park, the pedestrian bridge, Printer’s Alley, and Broadway. Cumberland Park is great for getting some greenery in alongside the city views. The pedestrian bridge is one of my favorite golden hour spots! Printer’s Alley and Broadway offer plenty of bricks, city streets, and neon lights. 


Harlinsdale Farm

Located in Franklin, Harlinsdale Farm has a diverse option for photo backdrops and looks. There’s the classic white barn (with a perfect green roof), a pond, open fields, and trees! If you want a couple of different looks for your Nashville engagement photo session, this is the place for you! 


Long Hunter State Park

If you’ve dreamt of your perfect engagement photos in an open field, then let’s head to Long Hunter State Park! This is my favorite place for open field photos (though there can be ticks during the summer, so I do recommend planning ahead with some bug spray!). We can also venture over to the lake to add in some water backdrops!


Hewitt Garden Center

This curated greenhouse in Franklin is a really fun place for indoor engagement photos! There’s always plenty of greenery, and other blooms depending on what’s in season. As an added bonus, there’s no additional cost to using this location. 


Shelby Bottoms

This is a classic park location, with simple greenery and lots of natural backdrops. The park is dog-friendly, so this is a great option for anyone who wants to include their furry friend in their Nashville engagement photo session! 



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  1. These were soooo helpful because I’m new to Nashville! Thanks for sharing!

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