Top 5 locations for Engagement Photos in downtown Charleston

Live oaks draped in Spanish moss, colorful historic buildings, ornate iron gates,  and cobblestone streets:  Charleston has no shortage of beautiful locations for photo shoots.

I have been photographing engagement sessions and weddings in Charleston since 2009. When a bride-to-be asks me where we should go for their engagement photos I have a list of favorites in my back pocket.  Today I will share my top 5 locations for engagement photos in Charleston, South Carolina.

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 East Bay Street, Chalmers Street, and Waterfront Park

Highlights:  cobblestone streets, 2 fountains (including the pineapple fountain), gas lights, rainbow row, water views, swings, live oaks.

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College of Charleston campus

Highlights:  Old Buildings, Live Oaks, brick walkways, iron gates, and azaleas

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King Street

Highlights:  More of an “urban feel”, the American Theatre, alleys, old buildings and storefronts, and Marion Square

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Unitarian Church Graveyard

Highlights:  Wild and overgrown, flowering trees and shrubs, winding walkways, and old buildings

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Side streets South of Broad Street

Highlights:  Old buildings, carriage tours going by, hidden alleys, old walls with creeping fig, interesting doorways – unlimited possibilities!

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Sarah Goldman is a family, wedding, and engagement photographer in Charleston, SC.


The Engagement Photography Experience | Erica + Logan


engaged couple during their photo session in Philadelphia alley

Sarah Goldman Photography has teamed up with WedTexts this year to follow several Charleston couples on their wedding journey – from their engagements to the big day!

In February, I met and photographed Erica and Logan, who are planning a North Carolina wedding in September.  Read their write up in Charleston Weddings here!   Erica and Logan will be using WedTexts to coordinate their wedding weekend.  See the highlights from their engagement here.

“I think WedTexts is going to help me keep my wedding celebration from being complete chaos. It is so hard to get everyone on the same page and “in the know”. I think it will save me a lot of phone calls and confusing texts, and I think every bride could use an app that helps reduce the stress.”  – Erica

We caught up with Erica to find out how the planning was going for their intimate wedding at Castle Ladyhawke.

SGP:  How is the wedding planning going?

E:  The planning is going very well, for our ceremony, as it is only our parents joining us for that. As you know, we have invited family and close friends to join us the weekend after our ceremony, this is were I think WedText is going to be awesome! We haven’t been to Asheville, NC before and that is were we will be heading. It’s been a bit stressful thinking of things we can all do and coordinating with everyone, as most everyone will be coming from different state.

SGP:  Is Logan helping with the plans?

E:  Logan is definitely helping with the planning, maybe even a little too much! He is choosing his own tux and making sure his side of the family stays “in the loop” with any plans. I’m thankful he is helpful with everything, it’s taken a lot of stress off of me.

SGP: What is your biggest challenge right now?

Our biggest challenge right now has been keeping up with all of the guests we’ve invited and making sure everyone is able to book a hotel or has somewhere to stay. It’s very hard knowing if hotels/cabins are in the same vicinity as we will be, I’d hate for someone to book something and have to drive a half hour or more to get to things. Google works great, but it’s not always accurate.

SGP:  Were you two nervous for your engagement session?  Was it what you expected?

E: I wouldn’t say we we’re nervous, we were very excited, just a bit unsure of what to expect. We had a blast! Logan even commented that he, “fell even more in love” with me as we stared into each other’s eyes, so very sweet. We will always cherish those moments, especially because it was our first photo shoot together.

SGP:  Which photos are your favorites from the engagement session?

E:  Oh my gosh, it is so hard to choose my favorites!! I love the one with Logan and I kissing with the bushes and iron fence behind us, I love the colors. I also love the ones done in the middle of church street and down Philadelphia Alley, so cool. I really love them all, you did an amazing job Sarah!

Thanks for letting us tag along on your wedding planning journey, Erica and Logan!  We can’t wait to hear about your wedding at Castle Ladyhawke!

WedTexts is an app that enables engaged couples to share important event information with their guests via pre-scheduled text messages.

Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC.


Downtown Charleston Engagement Session | Rachel + Brad

These two are a perfect match.  One of those couples that are so love it almost makes you blush.  Rachel and Brad are having a destination wedding this spring, and they traveled to Charleston for their engagement session.

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Brad and Rachel are good friends of ours and before we set out for downtown Charleston, they let me experiment with my “fog in a can” in the studio.

unitarian church graveyard engagement session

We started in the graveyard of the Unitarian Church downtown.  Even though it was winter, we found a few flowering trees.

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Brad said “should I point out the obvious?”  ha ha!  Ironically, I’m photographing Andrew and Heidi’s wedding in Jackson Hole, WY in September.

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We ran into Miss Luna Tuna during our walk to the church.

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Congrats, Brad + Rachel!  You deserve all the happiness that fills your lives.




Sarah Goldman is an engagement and wedding photographer in Charleston, SC.


Christmas in Charleston | Sarah + Michael

Sarah had a Christmas-themed session in mind for her and her boyfriend, Michael.  We met at the College of Charleston at dusk and strolled down King Street as the sky darkened.  By the time we got to Marion Square it was dark and the Christmas tree and palm trees were all lit up – Magical!  This session was so fun – I’m thinking of doing night time Christmas sessions next December!

Michael and Sarah – I hope you had a great Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Sarah Goldman is a family and event photographer in Charleston.


Christmas Minis | Huntley Family

The Huntleys brought along their adorable 4-legged children for their Christmas mini session in the vintage truck!  Love these!

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Sarah Goldman is an event and family photographer in Charleston, SC.