Top Locations In Oregon for your Engagement Session Photos


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Apr 21, 2022

Top Locations In Oregon for your Engagement Session Photos

If you’re looking for the perfect location for your engagement session photos, then Oregon is your best bet! From ocean views to mountain tops, rainforests, rivers and even deserts, Oregon really does have it all! There are endless spots to choose from, but here are some of the top locations that you’ll fall in love with!

The Oregon Coast

Ecola State Park

Located around 3 miles north of Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park is perfect for sightseeing lovers. With its 9 miles of coastline, long trails through the forest and views overlooking the Pacific Ocean, you’ll have an amazing spot for your adventure engagement session photos.

Couple posing back to front at their Oregon elopement session

Hug Point

A small drive south from Cannon Beach, you’ll find Hug Point State Recreation Site. The sandy cove and sea caves make it a fun location where you can soak in its endless beauty.

Oswald West State Park

If you love long hikes in the rainforest and beautiful sandy beaches, then Oswald West State Park is the place for your engagement session photos. Located 2 hours west of Portland on the north Oregon coast, Oswald State Park is filled with long trails leading to stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, various creeks and open meadows.

Couple walking down a mountain with an ocean view on the left

Cape Lookout

Located on a sand spit between Netarts Bay and the ocean, Cape Lookout is another beautiful spot for your adventure engagement session photos. If you love walking through endless hiking trails or just hanging at the beach, then you’ll love everything that Cape Lookout has to offer!

Couple walking through a sandy, grassy area at their Oregon engagement session.

Cape Kiwanda

If you’re looking for a location that has the best views of the ocean, then Cape Kiwanda is your place! While celebrating your engagement together on the steep dune, you’ll experience the amazing scenes of waves crashing on the shore.

Couple walking down a hilly area with a sea stack in the background

God’s Thumb Trail

Looking to get your boots dirty? God’s Thumb Trail is a 4.3-mile journey where you’ll discover a thumb-like, grassy cliff, God’s Thumb, and a view of Lincoln city. And if you’re looking for the perfect ocean view spot for your engagement session photos, The Knoll is the place to be!

Neptune State Park

One of the best locations for engagement session photos with breathtaking scenes is Neptune State Park. The views from the cliff offer a lovely scene of Cummins Creek and even a chance to whale watch!

Couple holding hands on a hill with their two children holding a book.

Bandon Beaches

There are several beaches across Bandon that will make you feel like you’re on a relaxing vacation. There’s always a variety of wildlife to see and the sandy landscape is beautiful for having your engagement session photos taken at golden hour.

Gold Beach

This is a lovely getaway location for your engagement session photos. Its long stretch of sandy beach makes it a peaceful place to stroll down together!

Brookings

If you’re looking for a location with amazing views and hikes to secluded beaches, then Brookings is the place for your engagement shoot photos. Only a 30-minute drive from Gold Beach, Brookings offers a variety of beautiful coves, small islands and arch rock formations to admire.

Couple embracing each other along the coast

Portland Area

The Portland Area is a hub for many kinds of parks. If an engagement session on the Oregon Coast isn’t for you, you’ll certainly find a spot in this area.

Couple surrounded by flowers and smelling them

Hoyt Arboretum

A botanical garden, tree museum, conservation lab and nature education hub all wrapped up in one! Hoyt Arboretum has 12 miles of hiking trails and is only minutes away from downtown Portland! It doesn’t matter what season you have your engagement session photos, there are always different flowers in the blooming season.

Cathedral Park

The Gothic arches supporting St John’s Bridge make Cathedral Park an awesome place to have your engagement session photos! And with a designated dog area, there’s no way you can resist bringing your pups along!

A Local Coffee Shop

Opt for a local coffee shop as a simple but intimate engagement shoot location! Portland is full of charming cafes where you can sit down and completely be yourselves while having your favorite coffee!

Pearl District

The Pearl District has admirable modern architecture with stylish bars and artisan coffee shops. You’ll find endless unique spots for the perfect engagement session photos with the beauty of Northwest Portland in the background.

Lewis and Clark College

You might be thinking “an engagement session…at a college?” But hear me out: Imagine you and your future spouse walking through a historic estate on wooden acres. It has colorful gardens, cobblestone walks, a pretty cascading fountain and a huge reflection pool. Sounds amazing, right?

Columbia River Gorge/Hood River

Latourell Falls

Latourell Falls is a picturesque location that was made to be seen by adventurous couples. It’s one of the major waterfalls in Columbia River Gorge with roaring falls and the prettiest wildflowers, especially during Springtime.

Wahclella Falls

Wahclella Falls offers a more private, intimate area with a dash of excitement. Located along Tanner Creek, Wahclella Falls is the location to go for an adventure engagement session with fewer crowds.

Hood River

At the heart of Columbia River Gorge is Hood River. If you’re up for hiking, waterfall chasing, beer drinking or even skiing for your engagement session photos, then this is definitely the perfect place.

Rowena Crest & Rowena Plateau Loop

About an hour and a half east of Portland, you’ll find the Rowena Crest. If you choose this location for your engagement shoot photos, the best time to visit is around late Spring/early Summer. During that time, you’ll see hundreds of wildflowers on your journey up to Rowena Crest Viewpoint. And most importantly, once you’re at the top, you’ll find that at the viewpoint looking down, the highway has loops that create an awesome horseshoe shape.

Dog Mountain

I know some of you are always up for a hiking challenge, even for your engagement session photos! Dog Mountain has some of the best PNW wildflower views in Spring! Although the trails are steep, you won’t regret your journey there with your favorite person by your side.

Mount Hood

Trillium Lake

Trillium Lake lies under the shadow of Mt Hood with beautiful areas to have your engagement session photos. There’s a campground and a 2-mile trail but if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can go skiing or canoeing!

Couple walking along a lake with a mountain view in the background

Mt Hood National Forest

Mt Hood National Forest will give your engagement shoot a bit of extra fun and adventure. With more than a million acres of huge mountains and streams, there’s always an exciting activity to include in your engagement shoot.

Bald Peak State Scenic Viewpoint

For a view of several volcanic peaks, Bald Peak State Scenic Viewpoint is the place. Make sure to arrange your engagement session on a clear day at this location to see the view of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. St Helens and even Mt. Rainier.

Magic Mile Skyride at Timberline Lodge

For the best view of Mt Hood, you’ve got to hop on the Magic Mile chairlift for your engagement session photos! Most importantly, there are no skis or snowboards needed, you can just sit together and enjoy the view for the whole ride!

A Cute Cabin in the Woods

If you’re looking to have an in-home engagement session away from home, then staying at a cute cabin in the woods would be perfect. There are a few gorgeous Airbnb cabins, for example, the Scandinavian-inspired Niksen House that you’ll absolutely adore.

Couple embracing each other in a cabin area

Inland

Silverfalls State Park

Known as the “crown jewel” of the Oregon State Parks System, Silverfalls State Park is a huge canyon with 10 waterfalls and wildflowers in bloom from late March to May!

Marys Peak

Marys Peak is the highest point in Oregon’s Coast Range. Choose this place for your engagement session photos where you can overlook the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains.

Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park is full of mountains, forests, peaks and lakes, which makes it an area with endless spots for your engagement session photos.

Proxy Falls

You might recognize Proxy Falls from calendars and postcards. But seeing the 225ft high waterfall in person for your engagement session is even more exciting!

Central

Smith Rock

Smith Rock has several routes for your picture-perfect engagement session, where you can climb huge cliffs, see a range of wildlife and see pretty views of deep river canyons.

Couple holding hands with a mountain view in the background

Sparks Lake

About 25 miles from Bend, you’ll find Sparks Lake. This is a safe spot for swimming and boating with the amazing mountain view in the background.

Paulina Lake

Paulina Lake is a beautiful autumnal getaway spot with a secret hot spring. Only 25 miles South of Bend, this Paulina Lake will be perfect for a relaxing engagement session.

Couple holding hands while walking along the shore

Painted Hills

The colorful nature of Painted Hills makes it such a unique spot for your engagement session photos. The soil is yellow, gold, black and red colored with vibrant wildflowers growing in open areas in the Springtime.

John Day Fossil Beds

In the Badlands of the John Day River valley, sits the John Day Fossil Beds. These are 3 units spread across thousands of acres, each with its own unique quirks and geological structures.

Eastern

Alvord Desert

Alvord Desert is an area where you can explore and enjoy its unique landscape. The dry lake bed and various hot springs make it a charming location for your engagement session photos.

Wallowa Mountains

Wallowa Mountains is a calm area full of lakes, meadows and high peaks. The views here are unreal and you’ll certainly fall in love with them.

Hells Canyon

Hells Canyon is packed with adventure and gorgeous scenes. Here, you’ll be taking in all the beauty of the canyon while celebrating your engagement together.

Anthony Lakes

If you’re looking for a spot to fulfill your adventure engagement session wishes, then Anthony Lakes is the place for you! The ski area covers thousands of acres of terrain and will be perfect for having that precious time alone together with no disturbances.

Ready for your Oregon Engagement Session Photos?

Choosing the perfect place for your engagement session photos isn’t easy, so I hope this list of amazing locations in Oregon was helpful! And if you’re looking for someone to capture this exciting period of your life together, fill out my contact form, I’d love to have a chat! And if you’re still undecided about where you want to have your engagement session, check out the best locations in Arizona to choose from.

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I am a travel elopement and wedding photographer who happily helps my couples plan their big day. 

There are so many ways to customize a wedding day experience that is unique to you and a true reflection of the things that you value in life. 

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Hi guys! Welcome to my blog. 
I am a travel elopement and wedding photographer who happily helps my couples plan their big day. 

There are so many ways to customize a wedding day experience that is unique to you and a true reflection of the things that you value in life. 

I am here to document this milestone in an artistic and meaningful way while being there to assist my couple in anyway possible. 

If you would like to learn more about me and my services, go here! 

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