If you’re planning an engagement session in downtown Portland, you’re in luck! This vibrant city offers a variety of stunning backdrops and romantic settings for your photos. From the iconic Portland views to the lush greenery of the parks, I’ve rounded up the best locations for a downtown Portland engagement session as an Oregon wedding photographer!
Rooftop Parking Garage in Downtown Portland
A rooftop parking garage may not seem like the most romantic location for an engagement session, but it can actually provide stunning views of the city skyline and a unique urban backdrop. Plus, parking garages are usually less crowded than other popular locations, giving you more privacy and flexibility for your photoshoot. I have several private rooftops around Portland I can reccomend for your session!
NW Portland Pearl District
The Pearl District is a trendy and upscale neighborhood in downtown Portland, known for its art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. This area offers a mix of urban and industrial backdrops, with brick buildings, colorful murals, and unique architecture. The North Park Blocks, a tree-lined park in the heart of the Pearl District, is a popular spot for engagement photos with its lush greenery and historic statues. For a more urban feel, let’s head to the nearby Lovejoy Columns, a series of colorful pillars that make for a unique and eye-catching backdrop.
International Rose Test Garden
Want to be in the city but also escape to some nature to still get that whimsical PNW vibe? The International Rose Test Garden is a must-visit location for any engagement session in downtown Portland. With over 10,000 rose bushes and 650 varieties of roses, this garden offers a stunning and romantic backdrop for your photos. The garden also features a beautiful fountain, a gazebo, and several walking paths, making it easy to capture a variety of shots.
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