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The historic seat of the state government of Virginia, Richmond’s beautiful Capitol Square will make a great location for your engagement photography session.
Start off your engagement photo shoot in front of the gorgeous Virginia State Capitol Building, designed by Thomas Jefferson, himself. Have your engagement photographer take some seated photos of you and your fiancée on the front steps leading up to the capitol. Afterward, the two of you can pose for a relaxed photo on the lush green lawn surrounding the square. Venture up to the elevated capitol building and have your engagement photographer arrange a photo in between one of the towering Corinthian columns. The capitol building’s immaculate Classical Revival architecture will create an ideal backdrop for your engagement photos.
The area surrounding Capitol Square is also great for engagement photo ops. You and your loved one can unwind on one of the countless cozy benches scattered along the perimeter of the square as your photographer takes some snapshots. You can then have your photographer take some candid photos as you and your fiancée meander along the winding red brick walkways. Walk over to the west side of the Capitol Building’s entrance and you’ll find an ornate, sparkling fountain – a great spot for some engagement photos. Finally, pose for an intimate portrait beneath any of the large shade trees that border Capitol Square.
Capitol Square is only one of the numerous locations that downtown Richmond has to offer for your engagement photo shoot. The downtown area is rich with scenic spots that will work perfectly for your session.
One of the area’s most popular features is the Richmond Canal Walk, which stretches one and a quarter miles from 12th and Main Streets, south of the capitol. You and your fiancée can take a leisurely promenade down the pathway that runs along the canal, pausing for photos beneath the verdant foliage or on the lush green lawns. After a short walk alongside the canal, you’ll reach Browns Island Park, a popular Richmond park that frequently hosts concerts and other public events. Have your engagement photographer snap some romantic portraits of you and your loved one as the two of you pose on the footbridge that crosses the canal. There are also countless cozy benches sprinkled throughout the park that you and your man can use for photos. In the late afternoon hours, your engagement photographer can create some gorgeous photos with the tranquil canal waters in the background.
Only a few miles away north of Browns Island Park is Richmond’s famous Union Street Station, also home of the Science Museum of Virginia. Once you arrive at the station, your engagement photographer can take some photos on the expansive grassy area in the front of the station. Afterward, walk over toward the exterior of the building and have your photographer create some portraits as you pose beside one of the traditional Ionic columns. The two of you can also pose in the spacious Doric colonnade, beneath the arched entrance. You can then venture inside the spacious, brightly-lit Classical interior of the station, a great space to use for photos. Finish off you photo shoot at the station with some unique shots by the train tracks.
Covering over thirty acres of indoor and outdoor floral collections, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of Richmond’s most prized possessions and is a popular location for engagement photography in the state’s capitol.
Upon arriving at the garden, have your engagement photographer take some photos near the Lewis Ginter Conservatory. You and your fiancée can relax on the verdant lawn surrounding the conservatory as your photographer takes some lighthearted snapshots. The structure’s Classical-style architecture, as well as the vibrant flowerbeds scattered around it, will provide a stylish backdrop as you and your fiancée take a stroll along the perimeter pathway. Afterward, head over to the tranquil Sunken Garden, where your photographer can take some photos of you and your loved one beside the cobblestone border, surrounded by lush greenery. The two of you can also sit back on the steps that open onto the garden for some intimate photos. Once you’ve finished at the Sunken Garden, head over to the North Terrace Garden, whose elegant courtyard contains a beautiful sparkling fountain – a great spot for a couple’s portrait. Visit the Conifer Garden, which provides a secluded gazebo overlooking a serene reflective lake. Other exhibits and displays that you’ll find at this Richmond treasure include the Grace Arents Garden, the Rose Garden, the Perennial Garden, and the famous Arbor Walkway. Admission to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is $10 for adults – make sure to check the website for special hours and events!
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