Recently I shared a few of my favorite Salt Lake City engagement photo spots. Today, I want to share more about why I love these areas, and add some more to the list, in other parts of Utah! Whenever a plan a new photoshoot with a Utah local, I send them my Utah portraits location guide. That lengthy guide is full of location ideas for every style and season. In this post, I give you a peek into some of my favorites from my guide.
Thankfully, Utah is full of places that look good all year round. Below you will find four of my favorite spots, and the season they shine the most in.
Big Cottonwood Park may look under-whelming upon arrival, but its views of the mountain range are unbeatable. This is my hidden gem in the Salt Lake area. There is plenty of parking and easy access to the trail. In the summer/fall months (June-October) it is so lush and green. But this location is also stunning in the winter in a fresh coat of snow.
A park like this is one perfect if you are your partner are very laidback. If you want your engagement photos to feel like another normal but amazing day together, pick a location like Big Cottonwood Park. Bonus points if you bring some simple props like Bree and Gavin did below!
The Monson Center is a sophisticated location tucked away in Downtown SLC. Here architectural perfection meets botanical bliss! This spot is perfect for classic and timeless brides. There are the most stunning rose bushes in the front of the property, as well as striking roman columns. This is perfect if you’re wanting a classier approach for your engagement or bridal session but want a more intimate location than the popular Utah State Capitol Building. The Monson Center is gorgeous year round. However, this location really shines in the summer and fall when the flowers are in bloom.
If you and your partner love getting dressed up for a night on the town, pick an urban location like this one. I love that this Salt Lake corner doesn’t have a full-on modern downtown vibe. Instead, the Monson Center is a lovely blend of a downtown date night feel and a charming historical building.
This location transports you to another world with its rolling hills that overlook the greater Salt Lake area. Watching the sunset here is absolutely insane. This has become a very popular spot for photos. However, luckily this park is huge so we don’t have to fight for spots! Tunnel Springs really shines in the spring, summer, and fall. The green grass is at its prime in June and July, before starting to brown and turn to more of a wheat color.
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For many winter engagement sessions, couples feel like they need to head to a studio or another indoor option. Though I love indoor engagement photos, Utah’s mountains shine during winter! I love when couples take advantage of that and brave the cold for an outdoor winter engagement shoot like the one below.
This Park City engagement photo spot is often over-looked as couples head straight to Main Street. I love to add it into a session though, as you can see more of here. McPollin Barn adds a cozy touch when you can see it just barely through the falling snow. I love the interest it adds to an otherwise classic snowy winter backdrop.
Are you still searching for Utah engagement photo locations that fits your style, season, and personality? After booking your engagement session, I will send over my full Utah portraits location guide. That includes over 30 location ideas within 45 minutes of Salt Lake City. I would love to start planning your engagement session together!