Unique locations in Toronto for your engagement photoshoot

[Last update: January 2020]

We’ve meticulously put together this location guide as a helpful reference to find the perfect spot for your engagement photo shoot. There’ll be some familiar names, but I promise you’ll also find a few hidden gems that might not have come across your search before. (If you’re looking for inspirations specific for wedding venues, we also have a guide for the top wedding photo locations.)

In fact, use the guide to plan dates around the city! We truly believe in making efforts to celebrate every day’s small joy, not just the one monumental day that is your wedding.

Discovering new places or new charms in old places is one of our favorite things to do. If you saw a location for your engagement photo shoot that caught your eye, or want to explore with us, let’s chat


Allan Gardens

Style:  Nature-inspired garden in an urban jungle
Elements: Beautiful tropical plants make up the photogenic backdrop for an intimate engagement photo-session, including banana leaves the size of a boat. It’s a quiet little jungle within a bustling city. The glass ceilings give the softest, most dreamy lighting.
Region: Downtown

Allan Gardens Engagement Photography Location in Toronto

Distillery District

Style: Hipster, rustic, contemporary
Elements: Red brick walls, charming small shops and restaurants, pedestrian streets
Region: Downtown

If you and your better half are envisioning an engagement session that reflects a city-chic vibe, you’d love the Distillery District.

Distillery District Toronto Engagement Photo

Liberty Village

Style: Rustic, industrial, urban city chic
Elements: Red brick walls, charming restaurants and cafes, graffitis
Region: Downtown West

These grungy red brick walls give a perfectly industrial and urban look to a photoshoot. There’s also something about the way they form intimate alleyways and bounce light that give a tasteful look.

Liberty Village Engagement and Pre Wedding Photo

Casa Loma

Style: Classy, traditional, opulent
Elements: Castle, terrace, formal garden, fountains
Region: Toronto Downtown

Marbles, wood, greenery, and fountains – this historical venue makes a magnificent location for both engagement sessions and weddings. To note, a photo permit with the venue is required for a 1.5 hour engagement session.

See more from this Fairytale Engagement Photo Session at Casa Loma.


University of Toronto

Style: Grand, historical, architectural, classic
Elements: Gardens, arches, traditional architecture
Region: Downtown

It’s not just for alumni of this gorgeous university, many couples love the historical look of this location for their portrait session – which looks especially gorgeous in the fall. There are beautiful courtyards, rustic window arches, and a ton of climbing vines decorating the exteriors of buildings.


Hart House

Style: Grand, historical, architectural, gothic, classic, luxurious
Elements: Traditional stone architecture, formal garden, rich wood-paneled rooms
Region: Downtown

The Hart House at the University of Toronto gives a gothic, traditional look to a photo-shoot. This couple loved it so much they decided to do the session in their wedding attire. Can’t get enough of the detailing in these tall ceilings.


Trinity College

Style: Grand, historical, architectural, classic, luxurious
Elements: Gardens, stone walls, gorgeous folliage
Region: Downtown


Knox College

Style: Grand, historical, architectural, gothic, classic, luxurious
Elements: Manicured garden, gothic arches, grand staircases, dramatic lighting
Region: Downtown


Polson Pier

Style: Urban chic, industrial, hipster, city view
Elements: Waterfront view, the lake, boats, Toronto skyline
Region: Downtown

For the modern, city-lover, this Toronto skyline by the waterfront gives that perfectly modern and carefree look. From sunset to dusk, that’s one romantic view that doesn’t get old.


Graffiti Valley

Style: Rustic, rebellious, urban city chic
Elements: Graffitis, narrow alleyways, ultra colourful
Region: Downtown West

For the rebellious, playful couple, this colourful alleyway is a great way to represent your fun-loving, creative nature as a fun photoshoot. We love a boho-chic, denim style pairing to match this setting.


St. Lawrence Market

Style: Old city charm, hipster, urban city chic
Elements: Red brick walls, European-style lime stone arches
Region: Downtown

If you can’t get to the Big Apple for that classic Flatiron building shot, you can get the same old-city look here. The St.Lawrence market gives that lazy yet stylish weekend brunch feel – also with some European looking arches for lovely framing for the perfect engagement photos.

Toronto engagement photos near Esplanade street and Novotel

Cherry Beach

Style: Country chic, cottage vacation, warm and natural
Elements: Cute little house by the beach, greeneries, and of course sand and water
Region: Downtown

From certain angles, this spot feels like getting away from the city to the cottage. Perfect for those running-off-to-the-sunset shots for your engagement set.

Cherry Beach outdoor engagement shoot in the woods

Central Island – Ward Island

Style: Beach, free, bright, Un-obstructed view of Toronto Skyline
Elements: Waterfront with Toronto skyline, the beach, yachts
Region: Downtown



Lavender Farm

Style: Romantic, whimsical, natural, free
Elements: Lavender field, luscious forest, greenhouses
Region: Milton, Hamilton, Prince Edwards County

How whimsical and fairytale-like is a sea of lavenders?! There’s a specific timing to the perfect blossom of these beauties – throw in a cute bike and a flowy dress and you’ve got the sweetest setup for a perfect engagement photoshoot.


Alpaca Farm

Style: Farm, nature, carefree, whimsical
Elements: Adorable alpacas!!
Region: Barrie

Need we say more? These fluffy friends add so much fun to a farm-styled engagement shoot. Pair with a casual floral dress, a playful spirit, and enjoy their company.


Glendon Campus – York University

Style: Elegant, whimsical, floral, natural, classic
Elements: Garden, French windows, ivy climbed walls
Region: Mid-town, Lawrence & Bayview

Glendon College began life in the 1920s and still kept its Italianate charm to this day, as you can find at this Whimsical Spring Garden Themed Pre-Wedding Session.


Scarborough Bluff

Style: Natural, grand, carefree, whimsical
Elements: Rocky cliff, the lake, skyline view, great for picnic
Region: Scarborough

Scarborough Bluffer’s Park is the perfect place to soak up the sun and grab a picnic themed engagement session.


Guildwood Park

Style: Earthy, architectural, elegant, whimsical
Region: Scarborough


Jack Darling

Style: vibrant, natural, carefree
Elements: Lake, sandy and rocky beach, rustic boardwalks
Region: Mississauga


High Park

Style: Whimsical, floral, natural, mystical, earthy
Elements: Cherry blossoms in late April and early May
Region: Downtown West

Toronto High Park Cherry Blossom Engagement photo

Kortright Center for Conservation

Style: Natural, earthy, botanical, care-free, mystical, earthy
Elements: Gorgeous tall pine trees, forest
Region: Vaughan

What a mystical forest look for all seasons. These giant pines create a grandiose and earthy look for engagement photoshoot for nature lovers.


Adamson Estate

Style: Country-chic, rustic, farm-like
Elements: Rustic barn, serene waters, charming houses
Region: Mississauga


Niagara-on-the-Lake

Style: Country chic, European, Earthy, Boho
Elements: Grapevines, wide-open fields, charming barn with vegetation
Region: Niagara On The Lake

That golden light, highlighting those luscious purple wisteria, draping over this beautiful barn house — what a breathtaking country-side look for a sweet engagement portrait.


Wychwood barns

Style: Casual charm, barns, organic, natural
Elements: Rustic exposed brick walls, modern glass buildings
Region: Toronto


Royal Botanical Gardens

Style: Romantic, whimsical, natural
Elements: Gardens, florals, greenhouses
Region: Burlington

The Royal Botanical Garden at Burlington is a short 1 hour drive from Toronto and is simply an otherworldly space for engagement photos if you want to be adorned with beautiful nature and gardens. See the full set in this engagement session at the Royal Botanical Garden.


Unionville

Style: Old town charm, vintage, warm and cozy, European
Region: Markham Ontario


Humber Bay Park West

Style: Modern, skylines, lake view, urban city chic
Region: Downtown West

Humber Bay River West Engagement

location guide for engagement photos in Toronto
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