Best Engagement Photography Locations in Southern Maine
Are you looking for the perfect location for you engagement or wedding photos? Maine is a truly magical place filled with so much natural beauty, charm & fun. The options are endless! I thought it would be fun to put together a list of my favorite Southern Maine locations for engagements & weddings. I’m located in Kittery, Maine (the southern most point of Maine) so I will stick to my area of expertise and travel radius. I hope you enjoy looking at my work, and please head on over to my homepage if you are looking for a wedding photographer.
Here are my top 12 favorite locations for engagement photography in no particular order:
Fortune’s Rocks Beach – Biddeford
I was introduced to Fortune’s Rocks Beach by a client in 2020, and let’s just say it quickly became my new favorite spot for engagement photography. This 2 mile expanse of sandy beach in Biddeford extends from Bideford Pool to Fortune’s Rocks. The light here is simply magical. I basically follow the light as it shifts and the results are so dramatic and lovely. Sunsets at Fortune’s Rocks Beach are to die for, and the tide pools that collect in the sand create dramatic reflections and are so much fun to work with. Just up the street is a marsh like setting and another beach area with a footbridge. Having two different setting makes for a great chance to plan for two outfits. I usually suggest starting more dressy and ending more casual.
Footbridge Beach – Ogunquit
When I think of the perfect beach location for photos, Footbridge Beach in Ogunquit is always top of my list. It’s a bit quieter than some of the other beaches and there are so many beautiful options for photos. Footbridge Beach gets its name form the charming plank bridge that leads over the brackish waters of the Ogunquit River. Not only is this a stunning location, but parking is super easy which is always a huge bonus. Gorgeous sunsets, seagrass & dunes, a flowing river & sandy beaches are just a few of the reasons why I love this location for engagement photography. The light here is always spectacular, and I love that this location offers two waterways for photos, Footbridge beach as well as the Ogunquit River. There is even a beautiful wooden boat accessible by foot in the marsh overlooking the river. If you’re feeling like doing something out of the ordinary… bring along your paddle boards and take a stroll down the river with the sun setting in the distance. Seriously…can we do this!!!
Marginal Way – Ogunquit
Know for being a “margin” between land & sea, Marginal Way is 1.25 mile long cliff walk with stunning views of the Atlantic coastline. Located in Ogunquit Maine, Marginal Way is one of my favorite spots for wedding & engagement photos for good reason. Gorgeous sunsets, cliffs overlooking the ocean, the most beautiful blue seas, and sandy beach inlets make the perfect backdrop for your engagement photos. It’s best to plan your engagement photos around sunset to make for the most romantic images. Don’t forget to bring a comfortable pair or shoes. Check out the following links: Liz & Jeff Engaged & Jessica & Jake Married.
Mount Agamenticus – York
Mount Agamenticus is a 692 foot high monadnock located in York, Maine. If you love nature, wooded trails and gorgeous scenic views then this is the perfect location for your engagement photos. Fall is my favorite time of the year to photograph families and engagements at Mount Agamenticus. The extraordinary colors and views looking down the mountain all the way to the Atlantic are to die for. This is the perfect spot to spend some time together taking in the view. I highly suggest to plan a champagne toast and bring a blanket to wrap up in. I would love to offer suggestions for coordinating your outfits, and adding in some fun fall colors and patterns. It tends to get a little windy at the top of the mountain which makes it perfect for a long flowing dress or skirt.
York Harbor Beach – York
York Harbor Beach may be small, but its beauty is truly remarkable. This sandy beach is nestled within a rocky shoreline. York Harbor Beach offers the most beautiful sunsets and aqua waters perfect for engagement photography. I also love how this beach shares views with Hartley Mason Reserve which is another lovely spot for engagement photos. It’s great to have both park and beach options especially on a super sunny day when then sun might be too harsh early evening. If you like the idea of lush green grass, trees, & gardens overlooking a blue sea, York Harbor Beach might be the perfect spot for you. As the sun starts to set enjoy the path down to the beach to continue your session with the sand between your toes. Alex & Shelby’s wedding day is a great post to check out to give you a complete picture of the Harbor in full sun, photos at Hartley Mason Reserve and sunset photos. I especially love the photos of York Harbor Reading Room in the distance.
Nubble Light – York
Nubble Light is a hugely popular tourist spot which sometimes makes it a little difficult photograph here. If you’re a little shy in front of the camera I would suggest starting on the outskirts of the Nubble and maybe ending the session here. There are two beautiful rocky/cliff areas off to the left & right side of the Nubble, so you will have plenty of options. Nubble Light is Maine’s most visited Lighthouse for good reason. Jessica & Patrick’s engagement session at Nubble Light.
Hamilton House – South Berwick
If you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary full of charm & beauty than look no further. Hamilton House is a picturesque setting overlooking the Salmon Falls River. This historic Georgian Mansion was built in 1785. Today it boasts of insanely gorgeous flower gardens, fountains, and walking trails. My favorite spot on the property is in the center of the garden with the huge mansion in the background. Seriously stunning! Pack a picnic & champagne toast and lets explore.
Prouts Neck – Scarborough
I have actually never photographed an engagement session at Prouts Neck in Scarborough, Maine, but I have photographed many weddings here. This rocky peninsula offers expansive views, a rocky coastline, as well as a 1.1 mile long cliff walk. If you enjoy waves crashing on rocks and a gorgeous scenic view then this is your place. To view more form this location check out Jenna & Harrison’s at Black Point Inn.
Drakes Island – Wells
With 2,800 feet of white sandy beaches and Dunes in Wells, Maine, Drakes Island is another favorite location for engagement photos. This island is a little different than the other beaches because of the enormous rock jetty that brings you out to the sea and splits the island in half. I love the different areas on this island to provide different backdrops for your photos. On one side you have sandy beaches with the water hitting the rock jetty in the background. On the other side are sand dunes & seagrass with a little Kayak area. It’s super cool to get these fun colorful kayaks in the background. As you can imagine sunsets at Drake’s Island are amazing, and I also love the wooden boardwalk that leads to the beach. I chose to have my family photos taken here several years ago.
Mackworth Island – Falmouth
Mackworth Island State Park in Falmouth, Maine is another location recently introduced to me through a client. We did a ton of exploring and found two sides of the Island that provided the most perfect backdrop for engagement photos. I wish I knew the exact name of the area we found, but I can only do my best to describe it and show you some photos. We started the session on the backside of the island (it was a bit of a hike so bring comfortable shoes). We walked down steps built into the side of a hill to access a little beach inlet surrounded by rocks & trees. In the distance you can see a cliff leading to the ocean. We ended the evening on the front side of the island with the most magnificent sunset. I would be back in a heartbeat!
Portland Headlight & Fort Williams Park – Cape Elizabeth
Cape Elizabeth is home to Portland Head Light and Fort Williams Park located on 90 acres of beauty surrounded by the Casco Bay. If you are looking for hiking locations, picnic areas, historic structures and unlimited ocean views, you have found the perfect place. Include your pup to your engagement session, or maybe a bike ride through the park? So many options and so much beauty.
Fort Foster – Kittery Point, Maine
Last but not least, Fort Foster in Kittery, Maine is just down the road from me and another one of my favorite spots for beautiful engagement photography. Fort Foster has 3 sandy beaches, a pavilion, walking trails, a huge pier, and really cool forts for photos. There are so many gorgeous options and it’s so beautiful to just walk around and explore. It costs $20 for a car to enter, or your can park at the end of the road and hop in the car with me. I get a season pass each year as it’s one of our favorite family spots in town.
I told you Maine has so much beauty to offer and we only covered the southern area! Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. I’m always happy to help.