Where to do your engagement photography in Brighton? That’s a question I get asked a lot as a Brighton engagement photographer – especially as some of my wedding collections include an engagement session. Thankfully we are spoilt for choice in Brighton and the surrounding areas.
I always suggest couples choose a place that has some sort of meaning to them – such as were they had a first date or got engaged – or fits in with decor of their home or wedding venue so that any framed prints will fit in beautifully. So while this list has lots of beautiful places in and around Brighton that will give you inspiration for your engagement photography, have a think of who you two are as a couple when deciding where to have these photographs taken.
Top spots for engagement photography in Brighton and surrounding areas
Brighton is a gorgeous seaside city, and if a concrete jungle isn’t your definition of being in nature, there are lots of beautiful locations in the surrounding areas.
As Brighton is such a popular location for engagement photography, I’ve rounded up the best places to take photographs to mark this exciting time in your lives.
1. Sheffield Park
Sheffield Park in Uckfield isn’t far outside of Brighton – just 30 minutes give or take. When I did an engagement photography session at Sheffield Park, my couple and I only explore maybe 10% of the park and were there for well over an hour! I’d recommend showing up at opening to beat the crowds and then after the engagement photography session, having a picnic and a stroll around the rest of the park.
2. The Chattri Monument
Think Brighton Pavilion but set in the rolling South Downs. It’s a war memorial and very secluded. It’s the perfect spot for a picnic and to spend a nice evening watching the sunset. There won’t be many crowds as it’s probably about a thirty minute walk – so do make sure you’re both wearing proper shoes.
3. Kipling Gardens in Rottingdean
Kipling Gardens is centrally located in Rottingdean. It is right near the high street and a short walk takes you to the seafront with the big cliffs on the distance and great views. This spot is perfect for those couples looking for a versatile engagement session. I actually photographed a surprise proposal in Kipling Gardens and truly recommend it!
4. Borde Hill Garden
Talk a walk in paradise – literally. From Paradise Walk to Jay Robin’s Rose Garden and Old Potting Shed, there are 9 beautiful areas in Borde Hill Garden to propose as well as 200 acres of parkland.
5. High Beeches Woodland & Water Garden
High Beeches is a dreamy garden with so many lovely places to take photographs. The beautiful landscaping and colourful flowers and plants make you feel like you’re walking in a painting.
6. Leondardslee Gardens
First planted in 1801, these gardens fell into neglect until 2017 when renovation work began. Now open to the public and available for weddings, this Leondardslee Gardens is a perfect place for engagement photography. There is a lovely greenhouse, amazing gardens, and a lush pond.
7. Beachy Head and Seven Sisters
For those looking for a dramatic engagement session with stunning views, Beachy Head is a perfect choice. When the tide is low, you can also walk out to the lighthouse. It’s a bit of a longer drive outside of Brighton than the Seven Sisters and the cliff views you can get from Saltdean and Rottingdean, but well worth it.
8. Devil’s Dyke
Devils Dyke is a fantastic spot for an engagement photography session on the South Downs as it has incredible views. And when the fog is thick, things can get pretty magical. Just look at this picture I took on my phone a few years ago to see what I mean!
9. The South Downs
Pretty much anywhere on the South Downs makes for beautiful engagement photography. See this engagement photographed at Jack and Jill Windmills, this wedding, this Newhaven engagement photography and this engagement session at Box Hill to see what I mean!
10. A cafe or cocktail bar
There is something romantic about being snuggled up with a warm drink, and it is the perfect way to kick off an engagement photography session. Brighton has an amazing selection of cafe’s to choose from, and I couldn’t recommend these places enough: Cafe Rust, the garden at Block Bar, GB1 at The Grand, Flour Pot Bakery, and Chard Cafe and Restaurant.
11. Beach Huts in Lancing
The beach huts in Brighton and Hove are a popular choice, but the ones in Lancing are better. The beach huts on Lancing Beach are really big and colourful – and just really beautiful! It is often a bit less crowded here than in Brighton as well – though The Perch really does draw the crowds with their food and Ultimate Hot Chocolate.
12. Brighton Pavillon
For those seeking the iconic, Brighton Pavillon is a must. It needs no real introduction as it has lovely gardens and beautiful architecture. This is a popular spot though, so make sure opt for a morning engagement photography session to beat the crowds.
13. Brighton Pier
Head down to the pier after taking a few iconic photographs at the Brighton Pavillon. Brighton has an amazing pier that draws crowds from all over the world. There is lots to do if you want a natural and fun session, from a tasty treat to the amusements at the very end of the pier.
14. Brighton seafront and promenade
Brighton has a fantastic promenade that makes for a lovely backdrop for your engagement photography session. I recommend walking from Brighton Pier and heading west if you want shops and crowds, and east if you seek a bit more of a secluded spot. But going early in the the morning will promise you a good amount of privacy.
15. Hove Park
Hove Park is right by BASVIK college and has some great views of the city. It is a less crowded than the other parks in the city, has lovely gardens and an open air theatre.
16. Preston Park
Preston Park is a really large park in Brighton and so it’s not too hard to find a secluded spot away from the crowds. The Rose Garden at Preston Park is really lovely when in bloom as well!
Have you booked your wedding or engagement photographer? I’d love to chat about your plans and capture lovely shots of you and your partner all loved up.