19 Best Places To Take Engagement Photos in Columbia, SC
2. The South Carolina State House
3. The Horseshoe
4. Lace House & Gardens
5. The Vista
6. Main Street
Bonus: Mix and Match
Other Notable Places
Wavering Place Plantation
This is literally one of the most beautiful properties in the midlands. There is a fee to set up a session if you aren’t having your wedding there, but if this is the look you’re going for, it is WELL worth the fee. You won’t find this anywhere else in Columbia.
The Main Branch of the Richland County Public Library
Sesquicentennial State Park
The South Carolina State Fair
Williams Brice Stadium
If you’re hiring us to do your engagement session, I’d be happy to make arrangements to do your session at Williams Brice. There is a fee required, and you’ll have to schedule with their office. Hint: join the Gamecock Club and you’ll get the best price.
Congaree National Park
Be aware of mosquitoes. If you go at the wrong time of the year they will eat you alive. About 30 minutes from Columbia.
Lake Murray Dam
There are several to choose from, just scout them out beforehand. Again, please respect the rules posted.
You’ll have to be a member to access this space, but if you are, it is a really pretty location on Lake Murray!
Peak Trestle Bridge
This little gem is only about 30-40 minutes from Columbia. Lots of trails provide a good variety for an engagement session!
Another thing I love about Columbia is that we are centrally located to SO many other amazing places. With a 2 hour drive, you can find a huge variety of locations. Everything from mountains to ocean, from big cities to enchanted forests.
One of my favorite places on the planet. Seriously, I could write another post that would be 10x longer than this one with engagement session locations in Charleston. Maybe I’ll do that one day. At less than 2 hours from Columbia, this is an easy day trip, and you can even pick a few different locations if you want to do a longer session!
The largest metropolis within 2 hours of Columbia, and again there are hundreds of locations to choose from.
If you’re up for an adventure, Tallulah Gorge won’t disappoint! Be prepared for a hike though, this one isn’t for amateurs!
Tallulah is an adventure, but at least there is a trail. If you want to go all out, we can find something unique. This location is one I call the “Enchanted Forest.” You’ll have to park on an old service road, swim across a river, and find your way with no trail, but this place is one of the most magical places I’ve been.
The Blue Ridge Parkway
This stretch is especially beautiful if you can go when the leaves are changing! Be sure to schedule plenty of time so you can stop in all the random places that catch your attention along the road.
These are just a few of my favorites. There are literally hundreds of small towns in South Carolina with SO much personality. I’ve done sessions in too many to count, and this post is already too long to include more! I mean, there are still major cities that I left off this list. Greenville, Myrtle Beach, Augusta, Sumter, Orangeburg, Camden, and the list goes on and on. Of course if you want to drive a little further you can easily get to Atlanta, Savannah, Asheville, and SO many other incredible places. They also make these nifty things called planes if you’ve got a little extra money to spend. But this post is about Columbia lol.
We’re always up for an adventure. But I hope that in this post you’ve been able to see that there are plenty of opportunities to get amazing photos right in our own back yard!
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