With so many unique and beautiful locations, Denver is one of the best cities in Colorado for an engagement session. In this article, I’m sharing the best places for Denver engagement photos.
As a Denver local and photographer who loves working with couples to capture one of the most memorable chapters of their lives, I’ve explored the best places for engagement pictures. Below, I’ll share scenic parks, vibrant neighborhoods, modern locations, and hidden gems.
I’ll also answer common questions about engagement photos and discuss Denver engagement photography packages.
Denver has many incredible places for taking engagement pictures, including various parks, trendy neighborhoods, and an art museum.
City Park is Denver’s version of New York’s Central Park. It’s the perfect place to take engagement photos with picturesque nature and city views.
This is one of Denver’s most popular parks and has green spaces, picnic areas, lakeside trails, and a picture-perfect cityscape. The scenery depends on the time of year, but the trees are colorful during fall, while late spring and early summer bring vibrant flowers.
Wash Park has unique architecture and green spaces, making it an ideal place to take Denver engagement photos.
The park has flower gardens, trails, and two gorgeous lakes. This is also an amazing spot if you want stunning sunset engagement pictures.
Sloans Lake is Denver’s largest lake, and the park is surrounded by lake and mountain views. It’s also a cool spot for adventure couples because you can go paddleboarding and kayaking.
If you want to take engagement photos in Denver with an artsy vibe, RiNo is an incredible location.
RiNo is the trendy, lively area of Denver with impressive street art. The streets are also lined with eclectic shops, cafes, and bars.
It’s easy to explore RiNo and take unique photos that capture you and your love in the most fun ways.
For engagement photos with a diverse, urban feel, check out Downtown Denver. I love doing engagement shoots in this area because there are so many cool indoor and outdoor photo ops.
LoDo (Lower Downtown) is the hip, bustling downtown area with tons of shops, restaurants, and breweries. Wandering around the area, making stops along the way, and posing with your love make for a memorable experience!
Union Station, the main railway station and transportation hub, is in the heart of downtown Denver and offers a classic and historic vibe. It’s also known as Denver’s living room, where you can shop, dine, and sleep.
This is the perfect engagement photo location on its own or to stop during a downtown photo adventure.
The Crawford Hotel, inside Union Station, is a perfect place to stay if you’re visiting Denver for your engagement photos.
Larimer Square is also in downtown Denver and is an excellent location for couples who enjoy a buzzing city life.
Explore and take photos in front of Victorian buildings, surrounded by unique city lights hanging in the streets and vibrant shops and restaurants.
Cheesman Park is a fantastic location if you’re looking for a peaceful area for your Denver engagement photos. It’s in one of Denver’s quiet neighborhoods and has green spaces. The park also has a pavilion, which makes for an elegant photo op.
Denver Botanic Gardens is one of the most diverse gardens in the country. It’s filled with colorful gardens and is the perfect place to take engagement photos in the city but tucked away for tranquility.
If a modern, artistic setting is up your alley, the Denver Art Museum is a gorgeous location for engagement photos in Denver.
While you can’t take photos in the galleries and exhibition places, you can pose in common areas and outside the museum, where there’s stunning architecture.
Here are a few more ideas for engagement photos less than an hour from Denver:
While the places above are the more popular Denver photoshoot locations, there are many other options, some of which are off-the-beaten-path. To plan and capture your perfect engagement session, contact Among the Pines Photography.
Let’s explore more of what it’s like to have engagement photos in Denver, from the best time of year and pet-friendly locations to what to wear and costs.
The best time of year for your engagement pictures in Denver varies based on the experience you’re looking for. Each season offers a special but different vibe.
Here’s a rundown of what you can expect throughout the year for photos in Denver:
While every season has something unique to offer, my favorite time for an engagement session in Denver is fall! It’s the perfect season for cuddling up with your love, grabbing a cup of coffee in a local shop, and strolling through a park in the city. What’s more romantic than that?
City Park, Wash Park, and Sloan’s Lake Park are the best pet-friendly places to take engagement pictures in Denver. These are all beautiful locations that allow leashed pets.
You should take engagement photos six months to a year before your wedding. This timing lets you get your photos back to share with loved ones, use for announcements, and showcase at your wedding.
It’s best to wear colors that match the location’s vibe and your style. You can wear coordinating colors with your partner, but not so much you clash. For timeless photos, solid, neutral colors are ideal.
That said, there aren’t any hard rules for what you wear for engagement photos. What matters is that you love your experience and pictures!
I share a Pinterest outfit inspiration board with couples I work with to help you choose your ideal look.
Denver engagement photos usually cost about $750, but exact fees depend on the length of the shoot and your photographer’s experience.
Among the Pines Photography (that’s me!) is a Denver engagement photographer who loves working with adventurous couples.
My Denver engagement sessions include:
“Brooke truly listened to what we wanted as a couple, our hopes, and took time to understand our “vibe,” which came through in her work she delivered.”–Rori & Eli
CHLOE + CONNER
Brooke is professional, prepared, and provides all the peace of mind that a bride needs on her wedding day. Because of our conversations leading up to the day, I had no doubt that she would capture every important moment and more. Throughout the day, she was present and helpful, but never overbearing or controlling. She beautifully captured the moments that happened naturally & her experience allowed for insight and ideas that I wouldn't have thought to ask for but that I'll now cherish forever! She is flexible, understanding, and patient, and looking back, we can't imagine our day without her. If you are looking for someone to capture your wedding day, or just any day, Brooke is your girl. She goes above and beyond to serve her clients, and she is absolutely gifted at what she does.
"SHE GOES ABOVE AND BEYOND TO SERVE HER CLIENTS, and she is absolutely gifted at what she does."
Linden + Brent
In the end, her creativity and our happiness totally shine through in every single photo. Brooke made both of us feel so at ease, from our individual sessions before we had our first look, to strolling through downtown Ouray, to our ceremony and in the scenic spots we visited afterwards. Her talent is beyond compare and we are absolutely thrilled with our gallery of photos we will treasure forever. We give Brooke our highest recommendation and can’t wait to work with her again!
"Throughout the entire planning process, Brooke was honest and flexible, and made it clear that her goal was for us to be 100% happy."
Emily + Nick
Brooke is hands down the most talented photographer I have ever met in my entire life. I gave her my inspiration and she took it and made it into something entirely unique and beautiful. Brooke was able to work with my budget and offer me options. Along with all of this, she was always there to communicate with me from ideas to concerns. The day of never goes as planned, she was thrown curveball after curveball and dodged them all with ease. The photos we received memorialized the best day of our lives and we are forever grateful for the beautiful artwork she created.
"we are forever grateful for the beautiful artwork she created."
ERICA & ZACH
Brooke was booked to do our wedding June 6th. However, the virus hit and we were afraid we wouldn’t be able to have our wedding in June so we decided to go ahead and get married with just our parents there. I called Brooke and told her our plans and literally we were getting married in a week and she was so quick to say yes and capture our day for us. She helped make our day very special. She was super fun and made Zach and I feel very comfortable. I got my pictures back and I felt so overjoyed to see the happiness and love I felt on that day. Even though we didn’t have our wedding like we planned, it was still very special and Brooke was a big hand in that. She truly captured some very special memories that I will have for the rest of my life.
"SHE TRULY CAPTURED SOME VERY SPECIAL MEMORIES THAT I WILL HAVE FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE."
Our wedding was in Kentucky in September. Brooke not only traveled for us but made a custom package for us because we had a unique situation. She took pictures the day before, and just seemed to be in the right place at the right time. She met with me before the wedding and we communicated a few times up to the wedding about my specific requests, and she hit the nail on the head. I am so very thankful for Brooke's story-telling, organic nature. She captured our wedding for exactly what it was and what I will remember it to be...full of joy, laughter, love and hope for the future!
"I AM SO VERY THANKFUL FOR BROOKE'S storytelling, organic nature."
JENNA + JOSH
KRYSTAL & BRANDON
She’s professional, creative, organized, kind, and just a blast to be around. She made my husband comfortable instantly in front of a camera so she’s a miracle worker too. We can’t stop staring at our photos! So many people keep telling us how amazing they are!
"YOU WON'T FIND A PHOTOGRAPHER BETTER rounded than brooke!"
Jessica & Robby
Brooke has a true talent. She is able to tap into and capture moments you didn’t even realize were happening. Absolutely 100% recommend Brooke and her beautiful pictures. We booked her services for our engagement pictures and then immediately realized we needed to have her for our wedding also. I’m already preemptively dreaming of the anniversary shoot I want!
"Brooke will make you feel comfortable and like a friend - she will take your ideas and inspiration and produce something better than you thought."
Rori + Eli
Brooke truly listened to what we wanted as a couple, our hopes, and took time to understand our "vibe," which came through in her work she delivered.
I can't thank Brooke enough for her amazing work - seriously the BEST decision we made and brings me to tears each time I look at these beautiful, photographic memories we'll have forever.
ALYSSA & HUNTER
Not only is Brooke an amazing photographer, but she is so fun and easy to work with! She made the whole process feel natural and comfortable for someone who typically feels awkward and weird while getting pictures taken! I love all of the pictures and I highly recommend Brooke as a photographer!
"SHE MADE THE WHOLE PROCESS FEEL natural & Comfortable."
ALI & KYLE
That's exactly what Brooke does, she captures a story. No words needed. You can see it and feel it. You can remember the exact moment and how you feel for that person and see how they feel about you. Her intuitive eye has only gotten sharper. I can’t wait to see what other adventures await for her to capture.
"SHE CAPTURES A STORY, NO WORDS NEEDED. you can see it and feel it."
Christy + Austin
Brooke is the absolute best. She truly went above and beyond for my fiancé and I to be able to get our engagement photos taken with the fall colors. Our engagement session with Brooke was such a special experience and a memory we will cherish forever.
Brooke is so sweet, fun, personable and incredibly talented. We could not be more in love with our engagement photos!