So you’ve decided that you are going to do a photo shoot… now you’ve got to decide where the heck to take pictures!
We’ve put together a list of the top 10 places to take photos in Virginia Beach.

Whether you hear the beach calling your name, or are looking for somewhere with a little less sand… we’ve got you covered!

Now you just have to decide which gorgeous location you want to visit.

And goodness knows we’ve got some great places to choose from!


Top 10 Places to Take Photos in Virginia Beach

You can’t have a list of the top 10 places to take family photos in Virginia Beach without talking about the actual beach!

There is something about the sand and sea that soothes the soul, and it is the perfect place for a photo shoot!

We don’t usually recommend the Virginia Beach oceanfront (way too crowded during tourist season), so here are three of our favorite sandy spots:


dancing on the rocks in the ocean


1) Fort Story: Dane and Raven’s Engagement Session

You have to have military access for this place, but it is SO worth it!

There are rocks you can (carefully) climb on, a historic lighthouse, and having the sun set right over the water.

Please Note – client will be responsible for acquiring any necessary permissions as well as base access for photographer. 


2) The North End: The Greene Family Session

Far away from the crowded boardwalk, this place has seagrass, dunes, and sees the sun setting over the water.

It’s a great, quiet place to enjoy the beach.

Plus there is a picturesque boardwalk that leads out to the sand we can also utilize for pictures.


family photos by the dunes


3) Chix Beach: Photo Shoot Under the Pier 

My go-to beach location, and you’ll see why when you click the link!

This spot has it all: sea grass, waves cresting on the beach, a beautiful pier, and sunset views every time.

Plus, one of the best parts about this being a local’s beach is the fact that we don’t have as many tourists to deal with!


family photos under the pier


If beach life isn’t your jam, we have a bunch of other options!


4) Lake Lawson: Hackett Family Photo Shoot

The combination of the forest and water make this a favorite of mine!

Typically we start out in the woods, then make our way over to the floating dock, and river walkway.


couples photos in the woods


5) Town Center Virginia Beach: Classy Engagement Session

In the heart of Virginia Beach, this location will give you all the big city vibes while staying local.

My favorite photos are the ones in front of the fountain, but there are so many beautiful spots to photograph!

Her red dress is pretty epic, and the colors are to die for!


romantic engagement session


6) Stumpy Lake Natural Area: McFarland Family Sunset Session 

The fall colors are SO gorgeous in this one!

Depending on where you go, we’ve got water, tall grass, and woods to play in during the photoshoot.


romantic Virginia Beach engagement session


7) Regent University Campus: Tarra and Phil Engagement

All the stone and brick architecture make this place so unique!

And the stone bridge is pretty iconic – definitely a must-visit place for pictures!


engaged at Regent University


8) Woodstock Park: Brian and Tamarra Engagement Shoot

Who says you can’t make magic in a little park?!

Yes, it’s widely touted as a dog park/kids playground, but this is one of the best kept secrets in Virginia Beach!


couple laughing and snuggling


9) First Landing State Park: Andy and Samm Engagement Session

The hanging moss gives this location a southern feel!

Plus you have the opportunity to take photos by the water, as well as in the forest.


spanish moss engagement photos


10) Historic Houses: (this is a two for one bonus!)

Henderson Family Fall Photos


Virginia Beach portrait session


Anna and Greg Engagement Session


fall photo shoot


Love What You See? Want to Have Your Own Session?!

If you’ve finished looking at our top 10 places to take photos in Virginia Beach and are thinking – I wanna do something like that! Awesome!!!

We would LOVE to create a custom portrait session for you and the ones you love!

Message us by hitting the { CONTACT ME } button or by giving us a ring at 757-749-5350.

We can’t wait to create some magic for y’all!

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