Recently engaged? Today on the blog I’m sharing my favorite locations for San Antonio engagement sessions! After serving the San Antonio area as a wedding photographer the last two years, I’ve created a list of some of my favorite spots for sessions! If you’re from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I have a separate blog post with location ideas that you can check out here!
Whether you’re looking to shoot your engagement photos in San Antonio, Austin, or somewhere in between, you’ll find options to choose from. When I’m planning out engagement sessions, I like to have my couples choose two different location ideas. This could be city and field, lake and downtown, rooftop and a local park, etc etc. This helps add some variety in your gallery! Or if we’re staying in one location, adding variety within your outfits works great too. Engagement sessions are the perfect time to get glammed with professional hair and makeup, go shopping, and enjoy time with your fiance! For outfit ideas, I typically suggest having a dressy-casual outfit, and then a dressy/formal look! For some inspo, feel free to check out this Pinterest board with great outfit ideas.
I’ve listed out my favorite locations below, as well as included a few sample images with each! If you’re engaged and looking to book your San Antonio engagement session, I’d love to be considered! Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get started with the details!
Already have an engagement session with someone else? No worries, I hope this blog post helps you find the perfect spot for your sesh! Enjoy!
When I first moved to San Antonio, I kept seeing so many people mention Cibolo Nature Center! After a few engagement sessions there, this location quickly jumped to the top of my list since it’s so ideal! There’s tall trees in case it’s earlier in the day and you still want to shoot, there’s an open field that’s perfect closer to sunset, and then there’s also access to a little creek running through the park! If you’d like to shoot down in the river, I suggest getting there about an hour+ before sunset since the tall trees covering the river make it darker earlier!
Fees: There’s a $20 photo permit. The permits help with the upkeep of the center so I definitely suggest just buying one from the start–you can purchase online by googling!
The photos below were taken during the summer for reference*
I LOVE the McNay Museum because of the mix of greenery and the Spanish tile + design! The session below took place at around 10 AM in August, so if you have to shoot in the mornings here, it’s totally doable since they have tall trees + the tall Museum blocking some sun.
Fees: Small groups $30, groups of 10+ $50, and shooting in the courtyard $125 for one hour. You can purchase a permit directly through their site!
The Pearl is probably one of the most popular locations when it comes to San Antonio engagement sessions! This location has beautiful buildings and also access to the San Antonio River, so you’re able to get multiple looks here. Since this is such a popular location not only for photographers, but also for daily visitors, I’d suggest shooting here on a weekday or early in the morning!
While not in San Antonio, Pedernales Falls State Park is too great of a location to not include on this list! Located in Johnson City about 75 miles from San Antonio, Pedernales is a gorgeous option for an engagement session. There’s the Falls that run throughout the park, as well open field areas too! This session took place in June and there were lots of wildflowers in a little open area right next to the main entrance!
Fees: $6/person, and there’s also a photography permit fee but I don’t remember what it was, and can’t find it online. I paid for it at the front desk!
Another location option just outside of San Antonio is McKinney Falls State Park in Austin, Texas! This place is soooo gorgeous, and there’s a ton of spots to shoot at, so I’d suggest arriving early to scope out your favorite places! I honestly can’t remember the exact names of each spot, I just asked the park ranger at the front for the best “photo spots” and they were happy to help circle them on the map for me–so sweet of them!
This session took place in March so we had great weather and sunlight, and some bluebonnets and wild flowers in one of the fields!
Fees: $6/person, there’s a photo permit fee but don’t remember. I just paid at the front desk when I got there!
The King William Historic District is such an ideal spot for a San Antonio engagement session with Riverwalk access, away from all of the chaos of the Riverwalk downtown! We walked up and down the streets and used the beautiful homes and gates as our backdrops. There’s also a bridge (in the second set of photos), too! We parked right by the bride and walked to the spots from there.
For reference, this session took place in May!
Landa Library is the perfect location for a formal engagement session! The architecture throughout is beautiful, and there’s a little garden there as well! This session took place in April so the wildflowers on the property were in full bloom! Since this location is surrounded by lots of trees, it’s a great location if you need to shoot earlier in the day.
Fees: The Library recently started charging a fee to help with the upkeep of the grounds (this blog was posted in December 2019). I haven’t shot there since the fee was instated, but I’ll update the post when I find out the fee since I can’t find it on their website.
Thanks for reading through that! I hope it’s helpful in finding the perfect location for your San Antonio engagement session! If you’re getting married in the DFW or San Antonio area and are still looking for a wedding photographer, feel free to reach out so we can talk over some details. I’d love to see if we’d be a great fit!