Best spots for engagement photos around Minneapolis

Locations around Minneapolis for awesome engagement photos and the best ways to use them

I’ve been thinking about the best spots for engagement photos in Minneapolis and I’ve realized this: there isn’t one right place for engagement photos, because there isn’t one right place that sums up what you are like as a couple.

And ultimately, that is what engagement photos are all about – showing off what your days together are like and how you fill your lives together.

There are, however, locations that lend themselves well to showing off the city, or natural beauty, or urban sophistication.

After documenting hundreds of couples over the years, here are some of my favorite spots around Minneapolis that are beautiful backdrops for happy couples.

So this list isn’t meant to be comprehensive, because it never could be. It is meant to be a starting point to finding the best place to tell your story.

In the end, the best location is the one the two of you choose!


  1. Stone Arch Bridge

    It is popular for a reason – I view the Stone Arch Bridge as the Eiffel Tower of Minneapolis – stunning, architectural, well situated, over documented, and perfect! Best at: anytime of year at dusk or dawn for skyline views
    (favorite images at the Stone Arch Bridge) minneapolis engagement photographer sunset portrait

  2. St Anthony Main

    The area on the St Anthony Main side of the river combines great views of the Minneapolis skyline and the Mississippi river, park space, and some old Minneapolis cafes and architecture.
    Best in: the afternoon and evening. Mix of indoor and outdoor spaces make this a great choice for rainy or cold weather.
    (Tori and Matt’s engagement around St Anthony Main and Stone Arch)
    Minneapolis engagement photographer

  3. Minnehaha Falls

    I can’t get enough of Minnhaha Falls. The romance of a giant waterfall in the heart of Minneapolis with WPA era stone work and very comfortable paths.
    Best for: Gorgeous from spring through fall. The long stairway means that you’ll need comfortable shoes and good weather conditions.
    (Kaia and Greg’s Minnehaha Falls SHORT engagement session)sitting couple having fun at minnehaha falls for portraits by the waterfall in minneapolis summer

  4. Boom Island

    Boom Island is a touch of rural Minneapolis in the middle of the city. Features include rustic iron bridge, wooden stairs, and in seasonal tall grasses and fall color. Great from early spring to early winter.
    Best for: a rustic vibe without leaving the city
    (Alicia and Blake’s engagement session around Boom Island)Boom Island engagement photos minneapolis mn

  5. Mill City area

    The variety of textures and architecture makes this a favorite place for a lot of variety in a small area.
    Best for: great in all weather, crowded during special events
    (Caryn and Sean’s engagement photos around Mill City area) old mill downtown minneapolis engagement photos mill city lifestyle

  6. Guthrie Theater

    Modern bold colors and lines, a panoramic view of the Mississippi river, and has large parts of space that are open to the public and full of beauty.
    Best for: bold indoor spaces, check theater times to avoid crowds.

    (Dhaval and Sneha engagement photos at guthrie theater)guthrie minneapolis wedding photographer engagement photos at stone arch bridge in winter

  7. Lake of the Isles

    Gorgeous established trees and tall grasses. Plus, close to canoe rentals if you want to get super summer time.
    Best for: fun in the summertime
    (Merav and Ian’s Lake of the Isles engagement photos)spring engagement photos minneapolis

  8. At your favorite haunt

    Your favorite brewery, neighborhood hot spot, walking path – places that speak to how the two of you spend your time are always a great choice!
    Best for: showing off who you are
    (Julia and Dan’s engagement photos at Able Brewing)

    Northeast Minneapolis engagement at Able brew