The Best Charleston SC Engagement Photography Locations
Charleston has soooo many amazing locations for your engagement photos! There are parks & colorful homes that pre-date the Revolutionary War, survived a major earthquake, and a devastating hurricane, and history (good & bad but equally important to learn about) on every corner.
1. Rainbow Row
Arguably the #1 most requested area for engagement photos…and for good reason! Rainbow Row is famous for its colorful row houses. But because its famous, expect it to be crowded, especially on weekends.
2. The Battery
If you want water views without having to go to any of our overly crowded beaches then The Battery is for you! Doesn’t hurt that its also lined with some of the most impressive homes in the Holy City. Theres a historic park here too with free street parking & beautiful oak trees (sorry, no spanish moss grows here)
3. Chalmers Street
If you leave your location up to me, I’m probably gonna recommend Chalmers Street because I’m a sucker for cobblestone! It also intersects with 2 other locations on this list so its super convenient.
I love the Mills House because that pink is DEVINE. Plus, this location goes hand in hand with Chalmers Street because they’re right across from each other (-;
Tradd Street is nice and quiet compared to some of the other streets surrounding it, so it’s perfect for couples who are a little more shy but it’s got some gorgeous homes lining its street! Its also very diverse in what it can offer as your backdrop from colorful homes to greenery and intricate ironwork gates!
St Philips church is a pretty iconic part of the Charleston skyline but if you walk away from it & cross over Broad St, you enter a very quiet part of Church St. Both areas are great for photos! This is probably my favorite street and since it intersects with Chalmers Street, its a match made in heaven!
Middleton’s gardens & proximity to the Ashley River make it a gorgeous choice for engagement photos! And maybe we’ll get lucky and the sheep will be out grazing (-; Middleton does charge a photo shoot permit fee that you’ll have to pay as well as setting up a date & time with them.
I’m not sure how much it costs, but last I heard in early 2021 it was $175.
8. Hampton Park
Hampton Park is your answer if you want oak trees with Spanish moss but you don’t want to pay for it! Did you know it used to be a horse racing track, a Union prisoner of war camp, the site of the first Memorial Day parade in the country and it once housed a zoo?
So you want history, an old house, oak trees, marsh views, old Charleston iron work and no crowds, eh? Legare Waring House is the place for you! This is also the site of the first settlement in South Carolina!
There is a photo permit fee & you’ll have to set up the shoot with a form with Charlestowne Landing via their website.
Outer Banks fans, this ones for you! You can rent this Revolutionary War Era home used in the show for your engagement photos! Which is also a plus if its gonna rain or if its too hot the day of your shoot because the inside has A.C. You’ll need to contact Patrick Properties to set up your session & pay their photo shoot fee.
I am obsessed with this pink house covered in greenery! Its also right off the Battery & Church Street.
12. William Aiken House
Lovers of color & historic home interiors, may I present to you the William Aiken House! There is a photo fee so contact Patrick Properties to set it all up!
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