Choosing The Perfect Location for your Engagement Session

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Hello! #WeddingWednesday is a space created for education and exchange of ideas on topics related to Puerto Rico, best locations for your engagement session, wedding photography, and weddings in Puerto Rico. Here you'll find a very broad range of information on stuff I think will help you plan a better wedding in Puerto Rico, and have proper expectations for it.

The main purpose of an engagement session is to document the memorable moment of a relationship going forward. After reading my Tips for Engagement Sessions article, many couples are still confused about where to do their couples photo session. So after the great success of my previous #WeddingWednesday article on Wedding Venue ideas, today I’m sharing ideas on engagement session locations in Puerto Rico!

WHAT defines you as a couple?

Before going into specifics about photo session locations, I want to talk about what makes a location perfect each couple. The best location for an engagement session is somewhere that represents YOU as a couple! Some suggestions to get your imagination flowing:

Dorado beach east Puerto Rico vintage themed engagement session

This styled engagement session was done within the residential common areas of Dorado Beach East.

Try somewhere that brings up good memories

Maybe you met each other while bar hopping, or you continuously stumbled upon each other in your College library. Maybe a mutual friend set you during a beach day outing. Or maybe your first date was going to the beach… Think about those places!

Beach engagement session photography at Old San Juan Puerto Rico

Maureen & Rocky even brought their furbaby to a stroll -or rather a run- on Capitol Beach, Old San Juan.

Try something that you like to do as a couple

Anything from couch surfing to museum visits to dining out to dancing. I want to get to know you better and scheduling your engagement session doing something that represents you as a couple will really get your personalities showing in your photos.

Lifestyle engagement session photography at Kamoli calle loiza Puerto Rico

Nashalie & Humberto wanted to just go out on what would be a normal date on Calle Loiza, one of their favorite hangout spots.

Try something new together for the first time

Many destination clients explore some tourist attractions with me on their engagement session day. Use a cool hiking spot that keeps showing up on your Instagram, or an extreme sport you’ve never tried before. It would be fun to capture some “normal” portraits and also your expressions as you try this new thing.

Sunflower farm engagement session Puerto Rico

Lauren & Walliot had no clue on where to go for their engagement session so they asked what new place I wanted to shoot at. Right away, I said: Finca de Girasoles (Sunflower Farm).

Activity Ideas

  • Coffee Haciendas
  • Breweries
  • Agricultural Farms
  • Independent Movie Theaters
  • Restaurants
  • Seasonal Fairs
  • Museum Visit
  • Library Visit
  • Zoo visits
  • Yatch Ride
  • Paddleboarding/Kayaking
  • Horseback riding

Steps beach rincon engagement session

Sometimes you just need beach, beers and bikinis. I took Eva & David to Steps beach, one of my favorite spots in Rincon.

 

WHERE would be the best backdrop?

Now that you have an idea of what makes you YOU, it’s time to settle on a backdrop. What do you want to have as surroundings? Think outside the box!

Condado beach sunset engagement session

Jessica & Johnathan opted to do their sunset engagement session in their hotel surroundings, in Condado Beach.

Historic Architecture

The best-known of these in Puerto Rico is Old San Juan, but for every of its 78 towns, theres a city center with historical architecture, each with its own vibe and idiosyncrasy.

Old San Juan Engagement Session by Camille Fontanez

I had an amazing time exploring Old San Juan with Tosha & Joy! Classic, but always timeless.

Urban Contemporary Setting

I love many urban settings in the San Juan area such as Santurce, Miramar, Rio Piedras, and Calle Loíza. They offer lots of options and backdrops: explore shops, have some coffee/tea/beers, and all kinds of arts.

Wall art graffiti engagement session in Calle Loiza Puerto Rico by Camille Fontanez

Using street art in Calle Loíza as the perfect background for Nashalie & Humberto's lifestyle engagement session.

Nature

Engagement session in Guanica Puerto Rico by Camille Fontanez

We did a small roadtrip through some remote streets in Guanica for Dinelisse & Edwin's anniversary session.

Beaches

White sand, black sand, calm waters, rough waves, cliffs… Puerto Rico has it all. I’m a #BeachBaby, so just let me know where and when, and I’ll come up with the best suggestions.

Engagement Session in Cabo Rojo Lighthouse Puerto Rico

For Dini & Edwin's -first of many- photo sessions, they almost kill me of a heart attack walking along the cliffs of Cabo Rojo in high heels.

 

St Regis Bahia Beach Resort Engagement Session by Puerto Rico Wedding photographer Camille Fontanez

We celebrated Patrick & Joshua's engagement taking happy photos at the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort. Thinking about making champagne mandatory for my photo sessions after this one.

Forests

Puerto Rico has El Yunque Rainforest, A Dry Forest in Guanica, and Pinetree Forests in Cayey.

Adjuntas mountain engagement session by Puerto Rico wedding photographer Camille Fontanez

Maria & Omar went on roadtrip with us all the way up to Adjuntas, where we did a small hike to Puente la Hamaca, and then stopped for photos near a lake.

Gardens

I love gardens! There’s a variety of them: either private, japanese (like the one in Ponce), or botanic (either in Caguas or Rio Piedras), garden backdrops are some of my favorite to shoot.

Engagement Session in Jardin Botanico de Caguas Puerto Rico

Deborah & Jonathan shared a beautiful, sunny day with me at Jardín Botánico de Caguas.

I hope that these suggestions help (and not confuse you more) in your decision on where to have your portrait session done. I love anything that adds variety and fun to my work, so please don’t EVER feel shy to ask for something different. I’d love to be there!

Did I miss something? I’d love to update this blog post with your ideas! On the next #WeddingWednesday, I’ll be talking about wedding timelines! And why they can make or break your wedding photos! See you soon!

XO,
Cami

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