Congrats, you’re engaged! Now what!? One of the most exciting parts of your engagement chapter is pausing to celebrate this milestone in your life – with photos! Winnipeg has many amazing locations that make for perfect backdrops for your engagement photos. One thing I always recommend to couples is that you should try to choose a location that is significant to you. Is it your first date spot? Is it a place filled with lots of great memories?
When your photo location already has meaning to you, your photos will feel even more special! Consider locations that have special memories or places you like to go to together. Whether you’re looking for a natural setting or an urban vibe, here are some of the best places to take your engagement photos in Winnipeg…
The Forks is one of Winnipeg’s most popular tourist destinations and it’s also a great place to take engagement photos. With its iconic Canadian Museum for Human Rights building in the background, the riverside walkway, and the historic railway bridge, there are plenty of photo opportunities at The Forks.
Generally, it’s also a nice spot to grab a coffee or beer before or after you session and hang out. Plus – you’ve got the food court right there if you want to have a real date. Why not grab a bite to eat after your session? The built-in year round amenities and attractions make it a really fun spot for engagement photos.
Another location is the Assiniboine Forest which is perfect for couples that want to have a quieter session in nature. The forest has beautiful tall prairie grasses that look amazing year round. Okay… except maybe when they’re buried under the snow. Plus – the trails through the forest and the duck pond provide many spots to walk to for different backdrops in your photos. If you’re wanting to include your fur babe, dogs are also welcome in the forest and can be a nice way to include your furry friends in your engagement photos.
Another location is the Exchange District which is a historic neighbourhood in downtown Winnipeg that features some of the city’s most amazing architecture. With its brick buildings, cobblestone streets, and vintage signage, the Exchange District is a great location for engagement photos with an urban feel. There’s even a handful of rooftop spots that make for the perfect golden hour session. Plus – the nearby coffee shops and cocktail bars and breweries make it an excellent area to grab a drink before or after your engagement photos in Winnipeg.
Assiniboine Park is one of the largest and most beautiful parks. It’s also a popular spot for engagement photos in Winnipeg. The park features a large duck pond, a formal English garden, and the pavilion. The new development and gardens at The Leaf are also amazing spots within the park. The Leaf offers you a backup indoor location if needed to accomodate any bad weather. The newly landscaped areas outside include a large variety of paths, treed areas, and oversized fun grassy hills with built-in stairs that have lots of great photo opportunities too.
The Hargrave Street Market is a newer developed area in Winnipeg’s Downtown that makes for a great location for both indoor and outdoor photos. The market itself has lots of natural light which means you can grab a coffee and have some fun taking photos in the new lounge space. We can also go outside and take some photos with a groovy urban feel. There’s nearby pocket parks and landscaped areas around the block that make it a perfect location with a nice variety for your engagement photos in Winnipeg.
Another spot is the University of Manitoba – a beautiful campus with many areas that are perfect for engagement photos. If you attended the university, you might already have some buildings in mind that are meaningful to you. Or, you might just want to have stunning architecture and well landscaped areas as the backdrop for your photos! There’s lots of great spots on the campus that we can explore together.
Additionally, Stephen Juba Park is a beautiful park in the heart of downtown Winnipeg along Waterfront. With the backdrop of the Red River, this park is a great spot for engagement photos with a natural feel. The park features a small walking bridge, beautiful trees, and a winding path that runs along the river. There’s also newer architecture like the Pump House Apartments and the Mere Hotel along waterfront that can add a great urban vibe to your photos too.
Did someone say ice cream? One of Winnipeg’s most iconic date spots is the BDI, the perfect spot where you can grab an ice cream cone with your favourite person. The combination of a sweet treat and the historic Elm Park Bridge make for a really fun location for your engagement photos. In the warmer months, the paths along the river can offer nearby bonus spots with a nature feeling.
The Manitoba Legislative Building is a stunning architectural landmark in Winnipeg. The grounds surrounding the building including a large green space, fountain, and access to the river walk. These areas also make for great photo backdrops. If you want a unique and elegant location for your engagement photos in Winnipeg, the Leg is a great option.
Places like FortWhyte can be perfect if you want to include a fun outdoor activity like canoeing or kayaking, hiking, or even snowshoeing. FortWhyte is great if you don’t haven’t have your own equipment, you can rent it for a low price for a variety of activities throughout the year! In fall, one of the highlights at FortWhyte is watching the sunset and the geese flying in.
Finally, a session at home or in your backyard is also a really lovely way to spend an afternoon together creating new memories and photos. This is also perfect if you’re wanting to include your fur babes in your photos… by now you probably already know that I am a huge cat/dog nerd. I will always be down to photograph you with your pets.
Well! There’s ten ideas for you for your engagement session! I hope this blog post has helped you brainstorm the perfect location for you and your partner… from natural settings to urban backdrops, there’s lots of amazing locations within Winnipeg for your photos.
Ready to chat about your own engagement session or just need some more ideas? Check out the engagement portfolio page on the website right here.