October 30, 2021
Engagement photos are an irreplaceable opportunity. They capture you and your partner's excitement and the overflowing joy before you dive into the next chapter of your life.
During this process, you may be struggling to decide on an engagement location, one that represents you and your partner's journey.
Calgary is home to amazing scenery with an abundance of jaw-dropping locations to choose from. If you’re looking for a unique, memorable location to represent your relationship, we compiled a list of striking options in and around the city to spice up your engagement photoshoot.
High Park is still relatively new in downtown Calgary’s vibrant community. It is located six storeys high on the top floor of the City Centre Parkade at 340 10th Avenue S.W.
High Park is made up of a series of colour-themed parking spaces. Each parklet has a sign panel with a positive or humorous phrase designed to be shared and photographed, with a purpose to create a buoyant neighbourhood. The rooftop is very spacious with multiple and bright picnic tables littered around, with views of the Calgary Tower. If you’re the kind of couple looking for a quirky, colourful engagement session, High Park is for you.
Inglewood is famously known in Calgary as being the oldest neighbourhood, originally established in 1875. Based along the Bow River, the lively Inglewood community is a shopping and arts district including multiple parks and pathways bordering the river. This spirited and historic neighbourhood has multiple hidden gems and numerous nature reserves that include the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, the Bow Habitat Station, Inglewood wildlands Park, and the Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery. If you’re looking for a mix of old-city charm and prairie wildlands for your engagement session, try Inglewood.
Chinatown is located in downtown Calgary, a block away from the Bow River, with its focal point being centered around Asian, especially Chinese culture, language, education, and community. Hidden within is a jaw-dropping graffiti wall. Beauty is found in the smallest corners of our city with so many gorgeous street art murals created by talented Calgary artists that make for creative and unique backdrops for your engagement photos.
A short 30-minute drive south of Calgary, Okotoks 16,500-tonne boulder -- commonly known as the ‘Big Rock’ -- is famous and long-cherished amongst the Blackfoot people. (The word o’kotok means “rock” in the Blackfoot language.) Originally transported by a rockslide, then a glacial sheet of ice between 10,000 to 30,000 years ago, it now sits west of the Town of Okotoks. The rocky backdrop creates an intimate and down-to-earth setting for an engagement shoot.
This creative engagement session used these rustic boats at North Glenmore Park’s boat launch (located near the Elbow River). Taking an ordinary and overlooked location and transforming it into a gorgeous photography session adds creativity and personality to photos.