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Well, not so much a wedding day tip as much as it is just a tip (for your engagement photos).

So it’s cold here and in case you don’t believe me, take a look:

Picture 1

So, it would be no surprise that if you have your engagement photos scheduled between now and February/March, you probably would want to avoid the outdoors (that is, of course, if you’d rather bundle up in eighty-billion layers).  With Winter upon us, I wanted to offer up some ideas on great indoor locations for your engagement photos.

Option One: Your Home/Apartment


Image courtesy of Clary Photo

Option Two: Local Museum


Image courtesy of Lisa Hessel Photography

Option Three: Local Restaurant


Image courtesy of Lisa Hessel Photography

There a ton more ideas and options out there, but these are great places to start.  Maybe take pictures at home, where you both can feel comfortable and in your element.  Or, visit a local museum, like the City Museum here in town, where there are great architectural elements.  Even better (because I like good food), have pictures taken at your favorite restaurant.


  1. oh my gosh – all my friends/family in the midwest are getting consumed by this winter storm (though I think it’s getting past you guys and headed my way…)

    My photographer said he really wants to shoot outside. I bought a new winter white coat and i’m going to go for it. We’ll see how long i last before i head that party back inside…

  2. We did casual pictures outside and dressier pictures inside a restaurant here in Houston. A lot of people I know use museums, hotels, their homes, their parent’s homes, etc. for indoor pictures. Some even do them in stores.

  3. landlockedbride
    9:25 am on December 10th, 2009

    @Sarah Those are great locations. Most people in town usually go to Forest Park or some other park outside. There aren’t very many indoor pics.

    I also love shots in the library!

  4. Hey Brit! I completely agree! We are still very busy even in the cold! Just take it inside and mix it up! Thanks for all that you do!

  5. landlockedbride
    5:23 pm on December 10th, 2009

    @Dennis Thanks so much!!

  6. Susan
    6:30 pm on December 10th, 2009

    The apartment pictures make so much sense. hmmm.

  7. I love the museum picture and that is a wonderful idea!
    Ps. I added you to my blogroll too since I read your blog every day! 🙂

  8. I love that top photo. Crossing my fingers the weather is kind to us in 20 days! eekkkk

  9. Great advice. I especially like the restaurant mention because it is an option people often overlook. I usually tweak that and prefer to go the cozy coffee house, route, but it is the same idea.

    I just did my last outside engagement session in St Charles and it was definitely pushing it weather-wise. I can’t wait for spring to return!

  10. landlockedbride
    3:46 pm on December 14th, 2009

    @Gladstone Photo Thanks for the visit! I bet you can’t wait for Spring, but indoor shots can be just as fun!

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  12. I’m in this current situation, I’m taking photos for a acquaintance..i thought in front of a fireplace in a hotel would be a good spot? Do they normally let you take photos in the places like these, and not kick you out? or do pay a fee? lol i’m such a newbie