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A couple stands and looks at the view on Cole Mountain

One of the best spots in the Shenandoah Valley for mountain engagement photos is Cole Mountain. Cole Mountain is one of those spots that is kind of a local gem. I wouldn’t call it “hidden” since there always lots of people there, but the space is so wide open you feel like you have it […]

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Peaks of Otter Engagement Photos at Abbott Lake

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Peaks of Otter is one of the prettiest places for engagement photos near Roanoke. Located off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Peaks of Otter features a lakefront lodge with restaurant, visitors center, and access to several of the best hiking trails in the region, including Sharp Top, Flat Top and the Abbott Lake trail. To […]

A couple stands and looks at the view on Cole Mountain
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Cole Mountain Engagement Photos

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One of the best spots in the Shenandoah Valley for mountain engagement photos is Cole Mountain. Cole Mountain is one of those spots that is kind of a local gem. I wouldn’t call it “hidden” since there always lots of people there, but the space is so wide open you feel like you have it […]

A couple walks down a rocky mountain top holding hands. Behind them fog lingers in green trees
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Stone Mountain State Park Engagement Session

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Stone Mountain State Park may be one of the most unique natural areas for engagement sessions on the east coast. Its prominent feature is a huge dome of natural granite — like the Yosemite of North Carolina. As a result, Stone Mountain State Park features some of the best rock climbing in North Carolina. But […]

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McAfee’s Knob Engagement Session

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If you’re looking for an epic engagement session location, McAfee’s Knob will not disappoint. The summit boasts an iconic rocky ledge that is the most photographed place on the Appalachian Trail. With 270 degree views, McAfee’s Knob is stunning for both sunrise and sunset. But I highly recommend a weekday sunrise engagement session or elopement […]

A man wearing a blue shirt and a woman wearing a green maxi dress walk away from the camera toward a mountain view. The sky is blue and fog is hanging in the mountains
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Best Engagement Session Locations Near Roanoke

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Roanoke and its surrounding areas are one the best places in southwestern Virginia for engagement photos. You can find everything – gardens to industrial/urban backdrops to mountain views to waterfalls – all within an hour of the city.  Below I’ve listed ten places that would be stunning backdrops for engagement photos near Roanoke. Some will […]

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Bearfence Mountain Engagement Photoshoot

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Bearfence Mountain is one of the best places in Shenandoah National Park for your engagement photos. The hike is only about half a mile each way. The summit provides 360 degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s absolutely stunning for either sunrise or sunset. Unfortunately it’s also one of the most popular hikes in […]

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Blackrock Summit Engagement Photography

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Blackrock Summit is one of the best spots for engagement photography sessions in Shenandoah National Park. It’s only about half a mile from the parking area and is beautiful at either sunrise or sunset. The rocky summit features 360 degree views from the very top of the rocky overpass or you can walk down the […]

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The Best Water-Based Locations for Engagement Photos in Virginia

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Virginia is known for its vistas in places like Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains, but it also boasts lakes, rivers, watersheds and coastal shorelines.  Interested in Mountain Views instead? Check out this round-up.  So if waterside (or on the water) photos are more your style than mountains, this article is for you!  […]

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Sunrise Stony Man Engagement Session

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If you’ve never had your photograph taken professionally, the idea can be a little intimidating. You are investing a lot into the photographs, but like anything new, oftentimes people feel nervous about looking and feeling awkward, or about disliking the results.  Which is why I think engagement sessions should be an experience — not a […]

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