Hey, Florida couples! If you’ve already gotten engaged in Tampa then the natural next step will be an engagement session. Taking engagement photos will help make you both feel more comfortable in front of the camera on the big day, and you’ll be able to put the photos to good use for a variety of wedding-planning needs.
When it comes to selecting a location for your engagement session, it’s important to select a spot that reflects who you are as a couple. At Joy Photo and Video, we’ve captured many different couples among many unique settings. The photoshoots which turn out the best are ones which authentically showcase the engaged couple while in this unique season of their courtship.
Best Tampa Engagement Photo Locations for Outdoorsy Couples
Have a shared love of nature? Consider one of these:
Showcase your love for nature and for each other at Hillsborough River State Park. If you’re looking for an outdoors engagement session spot in close proximity to Tampa, this is a photoshoot location to consider! It’s known for being a great hiking spot which is also home to picturesque views. Lean against a tall tree, lie down next to each other in the grass, or walk around the edge of one of the river rapids.
15402 N US Highway 301, Thonotosassa, FL 33592
Make some new memories at Al Lopez Park. If you’re looking for another park option, this is it! This offers everything you’d expect from a traditional park and since it’s sprawling across 132 acres then there are plenty of photo backdrops. You will find woodsy hiking trails, open grassy areas, and ponds.
306 East Jackson Street, Tampa, FL 33602
Have a picnic at Ben T. Davis Beach. Take a quick drive over to Ben T. Davis Beach to get photos that scream “Florida!” This beach features towering palm trees with white sand and isn’t as crowded as some of the others in the area. Enjoy a romantic picnic, cuddle up under a blanket, or run through the shallow waves on the shoreline. If you envision beach-themed pictures, this is one of the best Tampa engagement photoshoot locations. (This also made our list for the best Tampa proposal spots!)
7650 W. Courtney Campbell Cswy., Rocky Point, FL 33607
Show off your playful side at the Tampa Riverwalk. At the heart of the city is the Tampa Riverwalk. This serves as a perfect backdrop for casual pictures that highlight so much of what makes this city so great. There are plenty of open spaces so you can find something that meets your needs---like the water glistening behind you, ornate art installments, or the sun setting against a building. To add some more visual interest to your photos, consider something active (that will naturally lead to laughing photos), like a bike ride!
201 N. Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602
Popular Places for Tampa Engagement Pictures for Artsy Couples
If you lean more towards history, architecture, and art, here are some places that would make great options:
Show off an urban flair at Armature Works. Some of the prettiest engagement photos are one with contrast. For example, a couple dressed in sleek clothing leaning against a brick wall. If you’re looking for the perfect spot for urban photos, Armature Works within the Heights District is one of the best Tampa engagement photoshoot locations. This is an entire warehouse that was restored to become home to restaurants and mixed businesses. You can eat, shop, and…pose!
1910 N. Ola Ave., Tampa, FL 33602
Have iconic buildings in the frame at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. If you want to showcase your love for the city, this is a great option in downtown Tampa. This park will give you the perfect combination of an outdoor photoshoot while featuring an architectural vibe. Pose with well-known locations towering above you, run through the fountains, or walk over to the dock.
600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa, FL 33602
Walk hand in hand through Ybor city. This historic Tampa neighborhood serves as an awesome backdrop for an urban engagement session. Walk across the cross-walk with palm trees behind you, lean against a concrete wall, or pose in front of one of the Latin-inspired murals. Check their calendar of events and go when it isn’t a crowded weekend or weeknight.
2000 E. 12Th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605
Make history at the University of Tampa. If you’re looking for a unique setting that provides multiple options for engagement photography, UT is one of the best Tampa engagement photoshoot locations! With a quick walk around campus, you’ll see incredible architecture and state-of-the-art facilities, tall trees, and will even be in view of other well-known locations like Curtis Hixon Park. (Check permit requirements in advance.)
401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606
Hire a Photographer for Your Florida Engagement Session
If you’re planning to get engagement photos across the great state of Florida, we’re here to support you---from Tampa to Orlando. We provide robust and customizable offerings, including engagement photography, wedding photography, and wedding videography.
Read through our frequently asked questions and then check out our pricing. We would love to connect with you to see how we can partner with you and your significant other. It’s our goal to help bring you more joy during this incredible season of your lives!
[Photoshoot in the spotlight: Madison + James in Tampa, Florida.]
The Joy Team