Kentucky is one of the most beautiful places in the world and Central Kentucky offers some very picturesque locations for your engagement session. Although not all these locations are found directly inside of Lexington, they’re not a long drive from the heart of the Bluegrass. We encourage our couples to choose locations that are special and meaningful to them. This list is truly only the beginning of gorgeous places that we can shoot your engagement session but hopefully it will serve to get your mind going in the right direction.
Shaker Village: Shaker Village is one of our very favorite places to shoot because of the rolling hills and historic buildings. There’s a pond, woods, creek, fields, even a waterfall! I also adore the old stone fences that are so unique to the Bluegrass area.
Henry Clay Estate: The Henry Clay Estate does charge a small fee of $25 to do a shoot there but it’s a lovely location! The big historic home is so nice plus there are so many different areas including the trails that wind through pine trees, the Gingko Tree Café, and of course, the formal gardens. The gardens are so beautifully manicured, they’re perfect for a couple that wants outdoor photos without the “wild” setting.
Kentucky Horse Park: Sunset at the Kentucky Horse Park is one of our favorites! There’s just something special about the golden light blanketing the rolling fields of horses and farm fences. The ponds are so lovely with the stone bridge surrounded by weeping willows and flowers in the spring and summer.
Downtown Lexington: There are so many pretty places to shoot in downtown Lexington that are just within a few minutes of each other. Gratz Park, Michler’s Greenhouse, Triangle Park and Manchester Street are some of our favorites.
Buffalo Trace: Industrial, historic and truly a gem in Frankfort. Many couples love the smell of the bourbon being made which is a nice little bonus for our bourbon-loving clients! Buffalo Trace also features gorgeous garden areas too which gives us such a fun variety of shooting locations.
UK Arboretum: The University of Kentucky Arboretum also charges a $25 fee to shoot your session there but again, it’s so pretty. There’s just no where else that gives you the abundant floral and greenery background option like the Arboretum. There are also wooded areas that are very nice, artsy fountains & sculptures and cute benches everywhere.
Keeneland: What could be more perfect for true Bluegrass couples than a horse racing track? Keeneland is just beautiful with the stone buildings, lush foliage and of course, the track! We love the weeping willows in the spring and summertime. The only times that we avoid Keeneland is obviously, during the spring and fall meets.
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary: Raven Run is a lovely natural area with lots of beautiful light, woods and trails. There are so many areas to shoot amongst wildflowers and tall grasses. They do close the trails a bit early so keep that in mind when scheduling!
Barn at Springhouse: The Barn at Springhouse, also a wedding venue and nursery, is gorgeous! They do charge a $50 fee to shoot there for an hour so please be aware of that but don’t let that deter you. The barn is so nice with a wall of antique mirrors and the grounds are just stunningly landscaped with a beautiful variety of flowers and greenery.
Red River Gorge: This location is the farthest out of Lexington, but it deserves a place on our top 10 list. If you’re an outdoorsy, adventurous couple, you might consider this to be the number 1 place! There are woods, waterfalls, rock formations, amazing overlooks…we could go on and on. It’s fun to stop at Sky Bridge Station and grab bite to eat while you’re there too! We’ve even shot a few photos there and it produced some super cute shots!
If you have other engagement session location ideas, feel free to let us know! Also, if you don’t see the perfect place that suits you and your fiancé on this list, don’t hesitate to contact us and ask about other options! There’s something for everyone in the Lexington area!
Keith & Melissa Photography are a husband & wife team based out of Lexington, KY that specializes in engagement and weddings. We also service the Louisville & Cincinnati areas and are available for travel. If you are interested in booking a session or wedding with us, please contact us here or call 859-338-6738.