The Best Photoshoot Spots in the Southeast U.S.

Updated: Jun 15, 2021

There are about a million and one spots that you could take your photos at. But why not ask a professional? I've been all over the Southeast for weddings and shoots, and so I'm compiling a master list of must-see places for your next photo session. Not to mention, the first client that books a session at each of these places will get 50% off our travel fee to these amazing locales!

Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia

One of the most iconic parks in Georgia, this place has it all! Scenic views of the Atlanta city skyline, wide open space, massive trees, beautiful flowers and walkways, not to mention one of the best places to bring your doggie. You can likely wear anything at this spot, as the location will allow you to show off your beautiful smile and favorite outfits! { Free admission }


Providence Canyon in Lumpkin, Georgia

Known as GA's little grand canyon, this is an AMAZING place to go hiking, plus dogs are allowed which is always a plus. It would be an amazing spot any time of year, but specifically in the Fall because the Fall leaves would match beautifully with the GA red clay color. I recommend wearing neutrals to this spot, allowing both you and the beautiful natural beauty of your surroundings to shine. { $5 parking fee per car }

Arabia Mountain in Stonecrest, Georgia

I've done one session at this beautiful place before and it was cathartic, let me tell you. There are not a ton of wide open views in GA, but this is certainly one of them and it's worth the small hike to the top. Bring your doggos, friends, or partner, etc and make an afternoon out of it with me! You can wear more vibrant colors at this spots, as the surroundings are not super colorful. { Free admission }


Black Balsam Knob, North Carolina

I have never seen stacks on stacks on stacks of mountains anywhere but at Black Balsam Knob. It is a bit of a drive from GA in to North Carolina, but it is so worth it. The blue in Blue Ridge has never been so apparent than it is in this beautiful mountain location. I highly recommend this spot for any time of year, but it will be at it's most beautiful in the Spring or Fall. For clothing colors, I recommend neutrals for sure. This is a great spot for couples, seniors, or weddings. However, it would not be good for bringing children, dogs, or anyone afraid of heights, as it could be an easy cliff/edge to fall off of if you are not careful! SO worth going to though, and the hike is quite short. { Free admission }


Forsyth Park Fountain in Savannah, Georgia

A hub of social interaction in Savannah, Ga, Forsyth Park is an absolutely must-see location in South Georgia. This would be a dreamy location for any family, couple, or individual alike as there are many spots for photos and the lighting is always incredible. I would consider white or pastels the best color options for photographs at this place! { Free admission }

Toccoa Falls in Toccoa, Georgia

Waterfalls? Well you just can't go wrong there. This is one of the most stunning falls in Georgia and one of my favorite session spots. This would be an amazing place to not only take your photographs in front of, but for couples it would be a great place to get in the water and take some fun pics together while splashing around! I recommend darker, neutral colors for this location. Additionally, this place is pet friendly! { $2 per person admission }

UGA State Botanical Gardens in Athens, Georgia

I couldn't make this post without mentioning one of my favorite spots in Athens. Over the past three years while living in that town, I have probably done fifty percent of my photo sessions at this place. There is a river, vineyards, abundant architecture and bridges, an *amazing* glass greenhouse, open fields, and flowers galore. Not to mention that up until the end of July there is no travel fee for this location while I am still living in Athens! This is a location where you can wear literally anything, as all colors will go well with the surroundings here. { Free admission }


Oak Avenue on Wormsloe Plantation in Savannah, Georgia

An absolutely yummy road lined with trees in Savannah Georgia! You have to see this amazing place, it will leave you in awe. :') I would love to do a session here this Summer, as the trees will be so green and beautiful. Any color palette will work here as well! You could pair this spot with another cool place in Savannah like the riverfront. { $10 per adult }

Gibbs Gardens in Ballground, Georgia

I've been here for some fun sessions, including a surprise engagement! It's an absolutely stunning gardens with a lot of different spots. There is a lot of different types of gardens, trails, and beautiful floral architecture when you go Spring through Fall. The best time to go is certainly Spring! I recommend pretty dresses, flat shoes for walking around in, and perhaps a nice suit for the guys. However, you can dress more casual if you prefer it! I would stay away from jewel tones and lean more towards pastels or neutrals to allow both you and the stunning locale to shine. { $20 per adult }


Chattooga River in Mountain Rest, South Carolina

If you're hoping to be surrounded by beautiful Fall or green leaves and running water, look no further than Chattooga River! It will really make you feel immersed in nature when you're there, and the hike isn't bad at all depending on how long you go! This would also be a safe spot to bring your doggo(s). If you want to get in the water with family or your partner for photos, this is a great spot to do that. { Free admission }

Pickens Nose in Otto, North Carolina

Don't let the name throw you off! This location is a must-go if you're looking for a moderate hike and scenic views. Nestled in North Carolina, it's quite difficult to get to this spot without someone experienced, so definitely take someone like me (Rachel) along with you! It's also not often-travelled which means you won't have to wait for people to move out of your photo frame. I recommend flat shoes for this spot, and the absence of the fear of heights as this is a drop off just like Black Balsam Knob! (but not quite as scary) { Free admission }


Be the first to book your photo session with the Papillon Visuals team for one of these locations and get 50% off the travel fees! { Email }


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