As an Ohio engagement and wedding photographer, I’ve explored endless locations for photo sessions. And let’s be honest, all of Ohio is beautiful! There’s so many places that I know I haven’t seen yet, but the ones I have been too are amazing. It’s so hard to choose, but I did get it narrowed down to these top 5 favorite engagement session locations in Ohio.
Cobble stone walkways, gorgeous foliage, pristine florals, stone house giving all the feels of English countryside in Wooster, Ohio. Secrest Arboretum definitely makes my list of one of my favorite places to take engagement session. You can even have your wedding at this location too. There is an amphitheater where ceremonies are held. There are speakers around that you can have your DJ plug into. My favorite time of day to come to Secrest Arboretum is golden hour/sunset! Especially around the stone building called the Rice House. It truly is a gorgeous gem even to just walk around for viewing pleasure is enjoyable.
Beautiful English inspired buildings, ivy creeping up arches, fountains, duck pond, and so much more at the gorgeous Kingwood Center Gardens in Mansfield, Ohio. This is one location I literally can spend all day photographing at. Cause there is so much! Even has a gorgeous mansion (Kingwood Mansion) on the property along with so many more beautiful brick buildings. Some things to think about, there is a small fee per person to enter the gardens, and as of January 2022 you are not to bring additional clothes to change, but you can exit the property to your car and change out there and come back in. Which can be a hassle, but that just means we will need to insert some additional time to our session to have you change at the car. Trust me this location is worth that additional time, cause it is a breath taking venue.
McKinley Munument gives me classy vibes. With the gorgeous steps and it really just is able to bring the classy vibes to the table. There’s also a lot of greenery and white gravel paths round too. There’s a cute little creek that runs next to the path close by. Oh and it has some willow trees next to the creek. It’s truly a beautiful location for classy, elegant, and joyful photos.
Mill Hollow has made one of my favorite engagement session locations in Ohio. It’s truly a hidden gem. With a field, wooden bridge, and creek bed canyon vibes. This location is stunning, especially at sunset! Mill Hollow is located in northern Ohio by Lake Erie area in Vermillion Ohio. You wanna a stunning adventurous location, without the walking this is definitely a great spot.
If you are adventurous and love to hike Hocking Hills is an amazing location for the nature lovers. There’s sooo much, paths, unique stone bridges, a suspended bridge, waterfalls, clear water creeks, and huge boulders/rocks. Some tips about preparing for a hocking hills engagement session. There’s no sunset vibes here. This is a session to expect to be there for a good 2 hours, but to have the session a few hours before sunset. Cause with how many trees there are and how you are deep down in the rock area it can get dark and the closer you are to sunset the darker it gets. Also bring a bag with your extra set of clothes and shoes. Def bring some walking/hiking tennis shoes. “But Heather where do I change into my other clothes?” I got you! I actually bring a lightweight travel changing tent. To be honest, I bring it to every session - never know when you will need it.
These five locations in Ohio are gorgeous in every season! I'm so excited to keep coming back to these beautiful locations and capture amazing love stories at. I hope you find these 5 locations helpful to give you inspiration for your engagement session.
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- KRISTIN S.
“The photos that stand out to me most are the ones of my husband and I dancing the polka at our reception with my 93-year-old grandparents. I feel so fortunate to have had both of them in person at our wedding, let alone up dancing on the dance floor with us, even for a brief time. I still cry when I look at them. They will be so special to us in years to come.”
“Heather knew getting photos with my grandparents
was very important to me, and she delivered!“
- OKSANA F.
“However, what won me and my husband over was our first meeting with her. She was the most bubbly, pleasant, friendly, loving human being. We appreciated her warmth and her attention to detail. She was well-established, a wonderful planner, and she truly wanted us to have the greatest memories.”
“I loved her pictures. It was like love at first sight!”
- OLIVIA B.
“She has such a passion for her couples and capturing their true love story! It shows completely when she is snapping away. Her facial expressions and the gasps she makes when she takes a picture that she loves are just the best! We never had someone get as excited as her when taking pictures! And we love it!”
“Heather truly makes you feel like you are her
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