Where to have your Hampton Roads engagement session?!


Recently engaged? Live in Hampton Roads, Virginia? But you have no idea where to have your engagement shoot?

The Hampton Roads area has so much to offer, but it can be overwhelming to think about! Do you travel? How about those tunnels? Traffic? The questions could be endless! Don’t worry, I have a few helpful hints and ideas for your Hampton Roads engagement session.

I recommend starting with places that represent your relationship. Did you meet in Hampton Roads? Did you your proposal happen here? Places that hold meaning to you as a couple are worth exploring first!

Next, start thinking about activities that you enjoy as a couple. Love the beach? Love walking nature trails? Love museums? Love cooking? Love historic sites? Love watching movies? Those activities can be turned into the perfect engagement session!

Maybe you have an activity in mind, but the question is actually where in Hampton Roads. They always say it’s about location, location, location!

I have made an example list of a few areas in Hampton Roads that could work for an engagement session:


  1. Colonial Williamsburg/Merchant Square
  2. College of William and Mary
  3. Historic Yorktown
  4. Yorktown Beach
  5.  Williamsburg Winery

Newport News/Hampton 

  1. Newport News Park
  2. Noland Trail/Lion’s Bridge
  3. City Center
  4. Lee Hall Mansion/ Endview Plantation
  5. Huntington Beach/Park
  6. Christopher Newport University
  7. Downtown Hampton
  8. Ft. Monroe
  9. Hampton University
  10. Buckroe Beach
  11. Peninsula Towne Center


  1. Battlefield Park
  2. Deep Creek Park
  3. Dismal Swamp Canal Trail
  4. Old Towne Portsmouth
  5. Downtown Suffolk

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Norfolk/Virginia Beach

  1. Downtown Norfolk
  2. Freemason Area
  3. Hague/Ghent area
  4. Pagoda
  5. East Ocean View Beach
  6. Chic’s Beach
  7. Oceanfront
  8. Mt. Trashmore
  9. Ft. Story
  10. First Landing State Park
  11. Towncenter


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  • NicoleOhh my hometown area (Poquoson born and raised)!! These are such great suggestions! Hampton Roads has so many beautiful spots!


  • BrigitteThis is soooo helpful for picking an engagement session location! Will definitely use this for the Hampton Roads area, thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • MandyGreat examples! Such beautiful locations. I would love to have engagement photos in these spots. ReplyCancel

  • Brittany MeyersOh my gosh! So many locations to choose from, I love it!!! ReplyCancel

  • saragreat advice for picking a session location!ReplyCancel

  • CourtneyGreat resources for your couples! Most don’t know what a good location is and when a photographer says it’s a good spot, then you know it is!ReplyCancel

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