Yay, you’re engaged! Soon you’ll be sending out save-the-dates and printing your engagement photos in your home! Engagement sessions are an amazing time to get to know your photographer and see how they work. But where to shoot?
I’m from Fayetteville and have lived in Arkansas for nearly 27 years! I am passionate about this state and the people who live here. When meeting with my couples in person or on the phone, I always try to gauge what type of experience they want for their engagement session— do they want an urban or natural background? Do they want to go hiking for awesome views (future blog post idea: adventure engagement sessions and why you should consider one!!) or walk around historic Hendrix campus? Do they want to dress up with heels and a little red dress and suit or dress down with comfy sweaters and skinny jeans (or both!)?
The perfect location will depend on the couple, and it’s up to you and your partner to decide where you want to shoot!
Read on to discover some of my favorite engagement session spots in Central Arkansas! 🙂
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton, Arkansas
This one tops the list for it’s gorgeous overlooks of the Arkansas River and it’s easy access from I-40. Petit Jean honestly has it all- sprawling mountain landscapes, an epic waterfall, caves, cedar groves and several overlooks facing both East and West. Stout’s Point is an easy favorite, but don’t underestimate the CCC or Mather Lodge Overlook at sunset.
2. Mount Magazine State Park— Paris, Arkansas
While Petit Jean offers stunning views of the Arkansas River, Mount Magazine offers gorgeous sunset views of the Ouachita and Boston Mountains. With a more rugged landscape, Mount Magazine is less explored and feels a little more wild and free than other mountains in Arkansas. It’s also absolutely stunning in the Spring and Fall.
3. Downtown Little Rock
If you’re looking for something a little more modern and urban, downtown Little Rock is the perfect place! There are several parking garages with upper level access where you can get some gorgeous views of the cityscape, including the State Capitol. The River Market part of town is my favorite.
5. Mount Nebo State Park
Situated in Russellville, midway between Fort Smith and Little Rock, is a gorgeous mountain with stunning views year round. If you’re craving golden light and peaceful valley views, look no further than Mount Nebo.
6. Hillcrest Historic Area, Little Rock
This part of east Little Rock includes cute and kitschy coffee shops, sprawling trees and parks and craft breweries- it’s a gorgeous backdrop for some engagement photos within the city.
7. Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Pinnacle Mountain offers gorgeous views of Rattlesnake ridge, the Arkansas River, and the river valley. It’s a beautiful spot just minutes from Little Rock- there’s also Pinnacle Flatside, which is located closer to Conway. Again, stunning views all year.