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Top 10 Best Places in Hampton Roads for Family + Couple Portraits

I hope this blog post is helpful to anyone looking to take family pictures, anniversary portraits, or 'just because' pictures! I will clarify that these are MY top ten places (so far), and I know there are a whole lot more out there that are beautiful! I'll list a few more at the bottom that I know of, but these are definitely my favorite.

Sometimes the biggest hurdle when booking a session is deciding WHERE to take your pictures! It's hard to decide what places are the best for your family, while still being great for lighting and photography. At the same time, you don't want to just go to all the same places you've been to before.

I'm sure I'll update and expand this list as I go, but for now I'm limiting it to the ten best places I've found for pictures (in no particular order) - and examples from each! Hopefully this will be helpful to you as you decide where to go! And if you would love to book a session at one of these or another Hampton Roads location, click here to contact me!

Spring Mini Sessions: Limited slots available for couples' and family mini-sessions this spring. All donation fees go towards a church mission trip this summer. Send me an email at mariagracephotography@gmail.com for more details.

1) Regent University (Virginia Beach) - the perfect place for an elegant, classic engagement sessions with tons of good architecture and a gorgeous fountain right in the middle! Be prepared to dress up for an engagement or anniversary session here.

Top 10 Best Places in Hampton Roads for Family + Couple Portraits

2) Windsor Castle Park (Smithfield) - from red barns, to open fields, to a forest/wooded area and a pier over a beautiful lake to top it all off, you just can't go wrong. The ONLY downside is that this is almost everyone's favorite place - so be prepared to share your space with others!

Top 10 Best Places in Hampton Roads for Family & Couple Portraits

3) Colonial Williamsburg - with small gardens, beautiful architecture, and an amazing historic feel that can't be found anywhere else, the colonial area of Williamsburg is truly a special location - even at sunrise!

Top 10 Best Places in Hampton Roads for Family + Couple Portraits

4) Fort Monroe - there are so many different options here, but my personal favorites are the tall trees and a beautiful large field with an amazing building behind it for an extra touch of elegance. This area is perfect for engagement AND family portraits.

Top 10 Best Places in Hampton Roads for Family & Couple Portraits
Top 10 Best Places in Hampton Roads for Family + Couple Portraits

5) Lion's Bride (Newport News) - this is another great multi-purpose area, with a bridge, woods, and even an open field by the water. It has gorgeous light at sunrise and sunset especially, and is great for engagement and couple's portraits.

Top 10 Best Places in Hampton Roads for Family & Couple Portraits // Lion's Bridge
Top 10 Best Places in Hampton Roads for Family & Couple Portraits // Lion's Bridge

6) Mariner's Museum/Noland Trail (Newport News) - this is technically right next to Lion's Bridge, but it has a totally different feel. There are leaves everywhere, and gorgeous water. The space is a little tight, so it's best for small families or couples.

Top 10 Best Places in Hampton Roads for Family & Couple Portraits
Top 10 Best Places in Hampton Roads for Family + Couple Portraits

7) Newport News Park - even though most locals know about this park, it's a hidden gem for photography. The huge trees provide beautiful open shade, and a quiet and peaceful background. This area is great for families of any size, at any time of day.

Top 10 Best Places in Hampton Roads for Family & Couple Portraits

8) First Landing State Park (Virginia Beach) - from tall trees to Spanish moss to a gorgeous beach just across the way, this park has the perfect scenery for any mood and any style bride or family. And the light is just beautiful!

Top 10 Best Places in Hampton Roads for Family & Couple Portraits
Top 10 Best Places in Hampton Roads for Family + Couple Portraits

9) Bennett's Creek Park (Suffolk) - so much water. Piers and docks. Shady areas. I could go on and on, but I will say that this anniversary session there is one of my all time favorites.

Top 10 Best Places in Hampton Roads for Family & Couple Portraits
Top 10 Best Places in Hampton Roads for Family + Couple Portraits

10) Christopher Newport University (Newport News) - not just a special portrait location for alumni, the architecture is absolutely unmatched (except maybe at Regent University!). This area is gorgeous and provides a ton of variety for someone wanting a few different looks for their session. It's also littered with flowers during cherry blossom season!

Top 10 Best Places in Hampton Roads for Family + Couple Portraits
Top 10 Best Places in Hampton Roads for Family + Couple Portraits

Honorable mentions include Yorktown Beach, Downtown Hampton, Oak Grove Lake Park, and Pleasure House Point among others. What are your favorite locations? Did this help you decide where your family or couple portraits will be?

Spring Mini Sessions: Limited slots available for couples' and family mini-sessions this spring. All donation fees go towards a church mission trip this summer. Send me an email at mariagracephotography@gmail.com for more details.

Maria Grace Photography

My name is Maria, and I am a wedding and family photographer based out of Hampton Roads, Virginia, but I am always excited about traveling. I love families who truly enjoy spending time with each other and living life together. I love couples that are looking forward to their wedding day because they are so excited to finally be married to.