The Finger Lakes are known for stunning waterfronts, incredible hikes, and tasty local wineries. Combine your engagement photoshoot session with a memorable trip to the rolling hills and crisp water of Canandaigua, New York. There are many accessible, photo-worthy backdrops in the area that are perfect for engagement photos. Additionally, Canandaigua Lake is one of the only Finger Lakes where the sun actually sets over the water. Stop scouting locations, and use our guide to plan your engagement session instead!
Grimes Glen Park
For couples who share a love of the outdoors, Grimes Glen Park is the perfect destination. Located south of the lake in Naples, Grimes Glen features waterfalls, a scenic gorge, and lush greenery. Beat the crowds by meeting your photographer bright and early for a sunrise shoot. You’ll love sharing a private moment in front of one of the two roaring 60-foot waterfalls. Plus, your photos will be washed in the soft light of the morning.
Kershaw Park is one of the most popular engagement photo locations in Canandaigua, and for good reason! The scenic park features a beach, a public dock, lakefront walkways, and more. Pose in a private nook along the water, tucked away by the trees for an especially intimate shot. Other beautiful locations here include sitting atop the larger rocks at the beach, enjoying a picnic in the gazebo, or sharing a close moment on the dock. Schedule your session for a weekday to cut down on unwanted photobombs.
Deep Run Beach
Travel to the east side of Canandaigua Lake for a gorgeous waterfront session at Deep Run Beach. Local photographers tout that this location is especially well-suited for sunset and golden hour shoots. Pose along the shore, play in the sand, or be bold and wade into the water together.
Canandaigua City Pier
The photos taken at Canandaigua City Pier are sure to be special. The vintage, colorful boat houses add a charming quality to the romantic scene. Share an ice cream cone together to set a playful tone to the session. From the picturesque waterfront to the quaint shops, there are endless spots along the pier to pose.
Last but not least, Carolabarb Park offers truly stunning views of Canandaigua Lake. The park, also known as County Road 12 Scenic Overlook, is situated on the way to Naples. Bring a charcuterie board or picnic meal to set the scene, especially if you or your partner are nervous about the camera. This view of Canandaigua Lake cannot be beat, so don’t worry about how the photos will turn out!
After a long day of shooting, return to the comforting embrace of your room at Sutherland House Victorian Bed & Breakfast. Surprise your fiance by adding on a special, such as the Sweetheart Package. This package helps you continue to celebrate your love with a bouquet of fresh roses, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a set of two keepsake wine or champagne glasses. Pick your perfect room today!