San Antonio Engagement Portrait Locations.

February 11, 2021  •  6 Comments

engagementSan Antonio EngagementGorgeous and fun engagement portraits at The Pearl in San Antonio, Texas.

Above:  Selenne & Jose photographed outside Hotel Emma at The Pearl.  


I am a San Antonio Native and have been through probably every nook and cranny to find  the best spots for engagement portraits.  Not only do I know some of the best San Antonio Engagement Portrait Locations, but I know what days of the week and time of day to avoid crowds, enjoy your shoot and have the best golden light portraits.  As we get closer to your wedding date, here are a few locations to consider for your engagement portrait session with Aria Production.  


Proximity to the wedding date:  

It is ideal to shoot your engagement at least 6 months prior to the wedding date.  Many couples will use these pictures to announce their engagement, send out Save The Date cards to guests especially those traveling from out of town, enhance their wedding website, post to their social media.  So you may want to choose a location based on the season 

A+A - SDv6Save The Date magnet designWe use the rule of thirds just in case this is the photo you select for your Save the Date design.

Above:  Angelica & Arturo photographed at San Antonio Botanical Garden.  A location fee is required for this location.  See info below.  

Lost MaplesFall Engagement Portrait at Lost Maples National Park. Capturing autumn love at Lost Maples.

Above: Victor and Rose photographed at Lost Maples.  There is a short window of time in November if you want to catch vibrant fall leaves for your session.  Reach out to learn more!

Consider seasonal weather which may affect your wardrobe and the scene you are trying to capture.  Would you like a cozy winter session with sweaters and coats and hats?  Would you prefer a spring session with cute flowery dresses and trees in bloom?  Does it not matter because you prefer to be photographed indoors at your favorite date night spot?

Pearl San AntonioEngagement portrait at The Historic PearlCapturing passion at The Pearl San Antonio.

Above: Katia & Forrest at The Pearl.  Keep in mind this location can be busy on weekdays and during special events.  Consider a Monday evening portrait session.  


Your Couple Personality:  

If you were to go on a date or spend the day together, what would you be doing?  Do you like to spend time in the outdoors?  Do you prefer to enjoy a cocktail and see a show downtown?  Would you just be home watching Netflix and cuddling?  Think about putting yourself in your scene, so your true selves will be revealed in the photography.  

Lifestyle engagementSnuggle SeasonLifestyle engagement portrait at Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne, TX.


Words to love by:  

Your engagement session will definitely set the tone for your wedding, as your guests and family will see your personalities come through in the portraits.  My goal is to really capture your personality, how you interact with one another, that special smile he only gives to you, that spark in your eyes when he's around you.  So together think of 3 words you want to describe yourselves and your wedding.  This will help me in deciding how I want to shoot you as well.  

cibolo nature center engagementThat thing you doStephanie & Isaac enjoying a romantic stroll at Cibolo Creek

I hope these tips have helped you to find your happy place, the perfect location for your engagement session.  No matter what location, it's about being comfortable enough to be your true selves, showing your joy for your future together, and having the most perfect images to remember this special time in your lives.  

Confetti engagementLa Villita Engagement PortraitsJacob and Angelica celebrating their Fiesta Engagement Session.


Photoshoot Locations

These are considered On-Location.  Below is information I've gathered regarding location fees.  

Location Fees (charged by the venue)
Cibolo Nature Center, Boerne $20 
Roszell Gardens $75
Japanese Tea Garden (best early morning or weeknight) $20
The Orchard Studio (Castroville Area, appointment required) $25
San Antonio Botanical Garden 

$195 up to 8 people

McNay Art Museum $30
McNay Art Museum Courtyard and Interior Foyer (appointment required) $125
The Gardens at Old Town Helotes by appointment Free when available
Landa Library (photo permit required, 6 weeks notice) Free, (permit required)
The Pearl (best on a weeknight or early morning 8 AM) Free
Southtown Free
San Antonio Riverwalk by  Free
-Museum Reach Free
-Southtown/King William/Johnson Street Bridge Free
Local Public Parks - Free
-Igo Library/Bonnie Connor Park Free
-OP Schnaebel Park Free
-Friedrich Wilderness Park (Awesome Fall Color Dec-Jan) Free
For Christmas Lights:  Riverwalk, Travis Park Free

Sometimes, your own backyard is a great location for a family photoshoot.  Call for a consultation and let's brainstorm a good location for you!


An engagement session is included in every wedding package we offer.  Also, ask about our destination engagement sessions, because we love to travel!  


Like what you see?  Schedule a consultation today and I would be happy to start planning your unique engagement session with Aria Productions!




Cathie berrey green(non-registered)
Wonderful advice on how to pick a location for your engagement photos. And what a beautiful job you have done caption all these different locations and highlighting each.
I love how vibrant these engagement photographs are! My favorite color to photograph is red so I am so happy to see it included for engagement sessions. Beautiful locations!!
Kelly Loeffler(non-registered)
these are great suggestions on how to choose your session location. All beautiful engagement pictures in beautiful places
Lori Foxworth(non-registered)
What a great resource for newly engaged couples! Engagement photos are so important, your tips are perfect and your engagement photography is absolutely lovely.
Parker Radbourne(non-registered)
Love all these tips for how to choose your engagement photoshoot location! It always makes me so happy to see couples considering locations that are important to them and help tell the story of their relationship!
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