Every year, I am lucky to meet so many amazing, newly engaged couples who are just radiating with love. And often, I am asked what the best locations in Ottawa for engagement photos are. Truthfully, there are so many great locations to choose from, and often I really encourage couples to choose one that has some meaning to them. Where they met, got engaged, where they like to go together on weekends…even if that means staying in, making dinner together, sipping a glass of wine and cuddling up on the couch. This one is definitely on the bucket list, people. Lets make it happen!

couple enjoying red wine cuddled up on the couch

But when you’re stumped and you just can’t think of a place that lights your fire, here are my recommendations for some of the best locations in Ottawa for your engagement session.

Hogs Back Falls

One of my new faves, Hogs Back Falls is the perfect blend of park and water. The park is beautiful no matter which season.

engaged couple cuddling under trees engaged couple walking together laughing at sunset in a field with trees engaged couple standing on rocks by the water holding hands engaged couple standing on rocks holding hands

Dominion Arboretum

I photograph here probably 10 times a year and for a reason. The Dominion Arboretum is beautiful, with so many little nooks and crannies to choose from. It is, however, an extremely popular destination for photos so if you’re looking for something a little outside the box, this is definitely not for you. At any given time during the summer months, there are a gazillion photographers on site.

man helping his fiancee down the stone steps through the forest engaged couple cuddling among the willow trees cherry blossom tree and the blue sky engaged couple walking into field of dandelions at sunset engaged couple cuddling among the willow trees

Ornamental Gardens

A hop, skip, and a jump from the Dominion Arboretum, the Ornamental Gardens is like something out of a movie. Perfectly manicured gardens, flowers upon flowers, and some really beautiful sunsets.

couple cuddling at sunset in the gardens engaged couple walking through field of sunflowers at sunset engaged couple kissing in a field of sunflowers engaged couple with arms wrapped around each other between two cedar hedges at sunset

Mackenzie King Estate

Technically not in Ottawa, Mackenzie King Estate is nestled in Gatineau Hills just 25mins or so outside of Ottawa. A combination of park, buildings, and old ruins, it’s a great option for your engagement photos.
engaged couple walking together through forested pathengaged couple walking towards ruins wearing flowy red dressengaged couple holding hands while seated engaged couple standing among the ruins

Your home or cottage

As I mentioned already, there’s nothing greater than having your engagement photos in the comfort of your own home or at your family cottage. Somewhere you like to cozy up together and somewhere you feel completely at ease. I love it when couples choose a place that has meaning to them. It makes your engagement photos so much more personal and representative of you as a couple.

engaged couple walking along snowy wooden path engaged couple hugging in front of garage engaged couple walking outside their cottage during winter engaged couple standing at the bottom of stone steps holding hands

Are you already in the planning stages of your wedding? Check out some of my favourite wedding venues in Ottawa as well as the best outdoor wedding venues.

What are some of your favourite spots for engagement photos in Ottawa? I’d love to check out some new locations next season!


Best locations for engagement photos in Ottawa

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