The question’s been popped, and now it’s time to start making plans. One of the first steps on the road to nuptials? Engagement photos. Not only do these sessions allow couples to get to know their wedding photographers a little bit better before the Big Day, but they also yield photos that work perfectly for Save-the-Dates and wedding invitations. Therefore, without further ado, behold nine unique engagement photo shoot ideas in Austin, Texas that will help you kick off wedding celebrations the right way.
1. Cozy up at “home”
A lot of couples yearn to take their engagement photos at home in order to capture that cozy feeling that is so representative of their relationships. However, who wants to stress out tidying up to make their abode camera-ready? Enter this Bohohouse in South Austin, a sun-filled home with cathedral ceilings, available to rent on Peerspace. Its mid-century modern décor is eclectic and chic, yet neutral enough to prevent overshadowing you and your love. Swoon.
2. Rock your engagement photos at this music-themed gallery
If music is your thing, this rock n’ roll photography gallery is the end-all-be-all of engagement photo ideas in Austin. It’s located in a well-known art complex in East Austin, and inside, you’ll find white walls with splashes of color and photographs of epic music moments. There’s also a terrace for outdoor shots. With plenty of parking, this is a unique space to rock out and get the perfect shots.
3. Flaunt your Austin pride in front of city murals
There so many public spaces in Austin that are ideal for engagement photo shoots because they’re covered in paint and oh-so-colorful. The “I Love You So Much” mural is simple and sweet. (You’ll find this one located on the corner of Jo’s Coffee in SoCo.) The “You’re My Butter Half,” which is located at 2000 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., is another iconic stop on your graffiti tour. For an edgier portrait, stand in front of the “’Till Death Do Us Part” mural at the Mexic-Arte Museum. An engagement photo session wouldn’t be complete without standing in front of the “Greetings from Austin” mural. Check out a helpful list of all the colorful walls in the city here.
4. Tap into your domestic side in this craftsman home kitchen
Are you foodies that spend a lot of time in the kitchen? Is a bright house in the suburbs with a dream kitchen your idea of a romantic fantasy? Then you might want to consider taking your engagement photos in this updated 1915 Craftsman Home, available to rent on Peerspace. The kitchen is crisp and white, with warm touches of natural wood and plenty of lighting. You can finish off the portrait session by making dinner for two and enjoying it together in this idyllic space. (You’re not limited to using the kitchen, either. This adorable home is gorgeous from every angle.)
5. Enjoy endless photo opps at Lady Bird Lake
If you’re not sure what kind of photos you want, you can’t go wrong opting for a trip to Lady Bird Lake. Whether you choose to pose in front of the quintessential Austin skyline, which glitters and glows on the lake at night, or you take your photos during the day under blue, vibrant skies, there are plenty of nooks and crannies to explore in this beautiful slice of nature.
6. Take your shoot to new heights in a cliff-top home
Even though this striking home is contemporary with clean lines and wall-to-wall windows, it also offers some organic, rustic elements. With an airy, bright interior space and ancient columns and stucco in the outdoor area that is reminiscent of an Italian villa, this cliff-top home with views overlooking the Greenbelt certainly makes a statement. Whether you’re lounging by the pool or posing in the courtyard, you’re guaranteed to get some incredible shots in this rental.
7. Head to Hill Country for some romance
Every inch of this Hill Country home, available to rent on Peerspace, is spectacular. Tucked into the hillside and tapping into the area’s natural beauty, boasting a deck that runs along the length of the house overlooking the treetops, this space provides quite the backdrop for any couple’s engagement photos. Enormous windows invite the sun into the living space. One of the bedrooms features a bold, romantic rose print on the wall, making for the perfect spot for a snuggly photo session. We just can’t promise that you won’t want to permanently here once your photo shoot is over.
8. Stop and smell the flowers in Zilker Botanical Garden
Referred to as the “jewel in the heart of Austin,” Zilker Botanical Garden is bursting with vibrant, colorful flora, serving as one of the most beautiful engagement photo ideas in Austin on this list. Schedule your photo session here and feel like you stepped into the Secret Garden with an abundance of greenery to make your hearts happy. Note: photographers must register with the Zilker Botanical Garden Events Office in order to shoot here.