If you’ve recently gotten engaged in Jacksonville, next up is the engagement session! Here are the best Jacksonville engagement photoshoot locations for you and your significant other to consider.
Since Jacksonville is the most popular city in Florida as well as the largest city in the United States, there are plenty of wonderful spots for an engagement session. From glistening bodies of water, to lush greenery, here are some of the best Jacksonville engagement photoshoot locations.
Best Jacksonville Engagement Photoshoot Locations for Water-Lovers
If you and your significant other want to take advantage of one of Jacksonville’s many bodies of water, here are places to consider for your photos:
Walk through the waterfront gardens of the Cummer Museum Art and Garden. If you’re looking for a European-inspired museum featuring modern art and world-class gardens, the Cummer Museum is one of the best Jacksonville engagement photoshoot locations! Check in advance for photography permit requirements and fees.
829 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32204
Pose by the shoreline of Boneyard Beach. Located in Big Talbot Island State Park, Boneyard Beach has washed up driftwood spread across 30-foot bluffs which makes it a unique beach engagement session. Head to the northeast corner of the city and enjoy basking in the three miles of semi-private shoreline. And if you’re lucky, dolphins might make an appearance!
14941 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32226
Stand next to the Bulls Bay Waterfall at the Bulls Bay Preserve. If you’d like to stick with the water theme but don’t want a typical waterfront photoshoot then look no further than the Bulls Bay Preserve. With over 1.2k acres of swamp land, there are plenty of places to get stunning photos. Our favorite? Navigate down the Waterfall loop trail to get to the most accessible waterfall. Pose between the water, woods, and green oasis. (This also made our list for the best proposal spots in ‘Jax’!)
8017 Old Plank Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32220
Dance in front of the Friendship Fountain. If you’re looking for a body of water that isn’t the ocean or a waterfall, then look no further than the Friendship Fountain! This is one of the most popular engagement session spots in the city (and for good reason.) The fountain shoots water up to 120 feet high with 17,000 gallons of water every minute which makes for an impactful photo! And at nighttime, it lights up. Stand in front, do a twirl, and then grab some more photos around the park nearby at St. Johns Riverpark.
1015 Museum Circle Jacksonville Florida 32207
Watch the sunset at Riverfront Park. This park screams ‘Jacksonville’ in the best way possible! Head to St. Johns River in San Marco around dusk and you’ll benefit from the most beautiful sky as a backdrop for your engagement photos. Plus, you will get a great view of downtown Jacksonville.
1800 River Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32207
Read on for more of the best Jacksonville engagement photoshoot locations.
Best Jacksonville Engagement Photoshoot Locations for Nature-Lovers
If you don’t envision water in the backdrop of your engagement pictures because it doesn’t reflect your personalities or your relationship, there are plenty of other options!
Jacksonville and surrounding areas are home to incredible gardens and historic landmarks.
Saunter through the Jacksonville Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. We love photo sessions at local gardens and this one is no exception! With exotic flower displays and seven different trails, there are many options to take photos in the best that nature has to offer. Check in advance for photography permit requirements and fees.
1445 Millcoe Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32225 11830
Have a picnic near Treaty Oak. In the heart of Jessie Ball duPont Park, a large 200-year old Oak tree called “Treaty Oak” sets a beautiful backdrop for engagement photos. Since it is so large, it provides unique options for different poses. Bring a picnic blanket and cuddle up, then smile!
1123 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32207
Lean against the pillars of the Lightner museum. Located outside of Jacksonville, in St. Augustine, the Lightner museum is a very popular engagement spot. This is one of our favorites to shoot at because of the diversity that it provides for photos! Known for it’s immersive experiences for art, history, and design, the museum has beautiful architecture and grounds. (You can get married here, too!) Check in advance for photography permit requirements and fees.
75 King Street, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
Display your fairytale love story at Castle Otttis. We’re going to round out our list with one more spot from Saint Augustine. This historic landmark is fit for any king and queen! This incredible castle features ancient concrete architecture modeled after catholic churches in Ireland and feels like you’ve taken a page from a fairytale story. (You could come back and get married here, too.) Check in advance for photography permit requirements and fees.
103 3rd Street, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
Hire a Photographer for Your Florida Engagement Photos
As you begin to narrow down where you’d like to take your engagement photos, make sure you have an engagement photographer to capture these special moments! We have a team of photographers across the state of Florida, from Jacksonville to Miami.
Take a look through our portfolio here and then learn about how to add-on engagement photos to a wedding photography package here. We still have availability in 2023 and are actively booking for next year, too!
[Photoshoot in the spotlight: Notteonna & Joshua in St. Augustine, Florida.]
The Joy Team