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If you're looking for fun, festive & romantic backdrops for your engagement photography session, Philadelphia’s Penn's Landing neighborhood and other southwestern spots in the city is a great place to start.
Begin at Washington Square, located at Walnut Street between 6th and 7th Streets. Named after the first president, this pleasant open space is one of the five original squares developed by Philadelphia founder William Penn. Be sure to snap some photos in front of the square’s impressive fountain. Washington Square is an excellent choice for year-round engagement photography. During spring & summer, bountiful botanical accents highlight the park's numerous walkways and hidden corners. The heavily wooded park also excels as an engagement picture locale during autumn, as the leaves change color. The park’s center features the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, along with a statue of George Washington. This area is an especially apt spot for newly engaged members of the United States armed forces.Philadelphia's strong Presbyterian heritage is reflected at Old Pine Street Church, situated at 421 Pine Street. Founded in 1768, this hallowed “Church of the Patriots” has its own special place in America's revolutionary-era history – U.S. President John Adams and Dr. Benjamin Rush once served as parishioners. Black and white snapshots work well along the church’s expansive cemetery, resting place to Hessian soldiers and other well-known figures from the late 18th century. The Old Pine Street Church is centrally located in Penn's Landing and is adjacent to other landmark buildings in the historic area.Continue your tour of Penn's Landing with a visit to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, immediately west of the Old Pine Street Church. This Georgian-style gem is a preferred spot for classic engagement photography. First opened in 1761 and designed by Robert Smith, this unique structure houses bells from the London-based Liberty Bell manufacturer Whitechapel Foundry. Practically any angle along St. Peters Episcopal Church will work for breathtaking snapshots. Try a few pictures at the corner of Pine and 3rd Streets for unique perspective.You'll find more classic architecture – and ideal photo backdrops – a little north of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. The Physick House is one of Philadelphia's few remaining colonial-era homes. Particularly impressive is the house's robust entrance fanlight, thought to be the largest in the United States when originally built in 1786. Even to this day, the fanlight sparkles and dazzles on bright days – make sure your photographer captures more than a few pictures in front of the fanlight. If you're after stunning interior photography, call ahead at 215-925-7866 for visiting hours. The Physick House contains a wealth of authentic colonial furnishings and paintings from Philadelphia's storied past.Just a few blocks west of the Physick House is the Society Hill Synagogue, renowned for its Italianate façade. This engagement photography backdrop was originally a Baptist church, then converted to a synagogue nearly 100 years ago. The building's soft, almost pastel-like blue exterior is an ideal background for capturing your memorable day. Early evening offers prime picture-taking possibilities – don't miss the synagogue's stately street lamps and entryway.
Head towards the Delaware River and Penn’s Landing for cool, refreshing breezes and open, waterfront spaces. This is where William Penn first set foot on his new colony in 1682. Historic & romantic photography opportunities await along this expansive area. Penn's Landing has quiet walkways, plenty of well-manicured grassy areas and an amphitheater. Any spot in Penn's Landing presents an opportune picture backdrop. But it's not just the park's attributes you can capture – this area's strategic location along the Delaware River offers exceptional views of nearby Ben Franklin and Walt Whitman Bridges. You can also see the Camden Waterfront from Penn's Landing – an especially festive locale during the spring & summer months. Other not-to-miss highlights include the bronze-tone Irish Memorial and historic sea-faring ships including the Liberty Belle, Moshulu and dinner cruise boat Spirit of Philadelphia. Looking for an exciting end to your engagement picture tour of southwestern Philly? Try the South Street area, located at the southern end of Penn's Landing. Exciting nightlife, lively street-side cafes and live music punctuate this eclectic corner of Philadelphia. This is a great place to grab a quick bite to eat and recharge for a few final shots. Early afternoon is best for quieter times, but if you don't mind the revelry & excitement, try evening and nighttime hours. You can complete your Philadelphia engagement pictures with a unique perspective of Penn's Landing – on the walkway spanning the Delaware Expressway that connects South Street to Columbus Boulevard. This span is especially lively in the evening and works well with black & white photography.
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