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Hope + Willie | Casual, Studio Engagement Session in Greenville, SC

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Hope + Willie | Casual, Studio Engagement Session in Greenville, SC

It’s always a blast from the past when I get hired by my former coworkers. And it makes me grateful that I didn’t keep quiet about my love for photography and couples back when I was running around in steel toe boots and safety glasses.

Willie had been keeping up with my photography business after we parted ways at work, so when he reached out to let me know that he was engaged I was all over it!

His fiance Hope and I had the pleasure of meeting via FaceTime months ago so she could take a virtual tour of my studio. She fell in love with the brick facade and enormous amount of natural light, courtesy of the loft windows.

Hope and Willie’s engagement session was a prequel to what I’m sure will be a wedding for the books—music, throwbacks and new hits, laughs, reluctant smiles (cough cough Willie), and the classic two-step to Frankie Beverly and Maze “Before I Let Go”.

Enjoy this sneak peek from their engagement session at my studio in the Village of West Greenville.

Photographer: Latoya Dixon Smith of One Union Studios

Make Up Artist: Deidra Mills

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20 of the Best Places to Take Engagement Photos in Greenville, SC

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20 of the Best Places to Take Engagement Photos in Greenville, SC

If you've ever wondered, "Where should we take our engagement photos in Greenville", you need not wonder any longer. As a weddings and engagement photographer in Greenville, I've searched, scouted, and have come to find a few places that I love and my clients do as well. The following list contains places that are public, open, private, intimate, large, small, and in between, offering you a little bit of what Greenville, SC has to offer.

1. Falls Park on the Reedy

Nothing is more iconic to Greenville than Fall's Park on the Reedy. This park is nestled right in the center of downtown, but offers a natural getaway with several pockets to take photos. Liberty Bridge stretches across the Falls and offers architectural eye-candy. Because Falls Park is so central, it his highly requested. However the park is so big that you're guaranteed to find an area private and quiet to take your photos. If you prefer more privacy, avoid scheduling shoots during high traffic times of the day.

If Greenville is significant to you and your partner, consider having your engagement photos taken at Falls Park.

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2. The Loft at Soby’s

The Loft at Soby's is a charming event venue located in Downtown Greenville. The Loft sits above the Soby's restaurant. For couples who want a more cozy, secluded engagement session with a private rooftop, check out The Loft at Soby's.

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3. The Village of West Greenville

The Village of West Greenville has undergone some significant changes in recent years to deem it Greenville's arts district. While new developments continue to pour in, The Village has managed to keep its charm. If you're looking for downtown proximity without the downtown traffic, head to The Village of West Greenville for your engagement photos.

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4. Furman University

Furman University has a beautiful campus that features a rose garden, the Furman mall, and the Furman lake to name a few. Furman is really green if you prefer a well-manicured and natural feel to your engagement session.

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5. Hyatt Regency

Downtown Greenville's Hyatt Regency is a photographer's dream with large windows that allow the most beautiful light to pour in. The Hyatt can offer both a formal and casual feel for engagement photos.

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6. McPherson Park

McPherson Park is located in Downtown Greenville just a short walk away from the city's center. McPherson is lush and green during the warmer months for an outdoorsy-inpsired engagement session.

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7. Legacy Park

Legacy Park was inpsired by NYC's Central Park and is located in the Verdae area off of Rocky Slope Road. There is lots of green space at Legacy Park for you to take advantage of while taking your engagement photos.

 

9. Wyche Pavilion

If you're at Falls Park you may as well visit Wyche Pavilion while taking your engagement photos. 

 

9. The Venue at Falls Park

The Venue at Falls Park recently opened and offers a modern, intimate space with white washed walls.

 

10. Taylor's Mill

The Taylor's Mill community and venue is located out in Taylors, SC. Taylor's Mill is an actual mill that has been revitalized. If you are looking for an industrial element to add you your engagement photos, consider Taylor's Mill.

 

11. Rock Quarry Garden

 

12. Cedar Falls

 

13. Lake Conestee

Lake Conestee Nature Park is located in Mauldin. Lake Conestee is for nature lovers.

 

14. Heritage Park

 

15. Southern Bleachery

 

16. Campbell's Covered Bridge

 

18. Poinsett Bridge

 

19. The Loom at Cotton Mill

 

20. Wildcat Falls

 

21. Caesar's Head


These are a few of my favorite places that I've taken engagement photos at around the Greenville/Upstate area as well as places I'd like to one day shoot at. While I am primarily based in Greenville, I love to travel to cities like Asheville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Columbia, and Charleston. If you're looking for other options, I have an arsenal of locations I'd love to share with you to consider for your engagement shoot.

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Intimate Engagement Session at Falls Park on the Reedy in Greenville, SC | Cat & Lauren

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Intimate Engagement Session at Falls Park on the Reedy in Greenville, SC | Cat & Lauren

When I contacted Cat to move forward with our consultation for hers and Lauren's wedding, she suggested that I meet her at the Tipsy Taco, a local Greenville taco joint. I knew that no matter the outcome, I would love them. Fortunately, they chose me to photograph both their engagement and their wedding.

We met up at Falls Park which is an iconic Greenville landmark. The park is one of my favorite places to shoot at (and most requested) because there are several nooks and crannies you can find that look different for each couple.

We explored the park and got some beautiful shots and later headed inside for coffee at Spill the Beans. Lauren sealed the cozy vibe by playing a song on her guitar.

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Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
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We ended the session by going to the Village of West Greenville. During that weekend the Great American eclipse was occurring. Cat and Lauren was prepared with their eclipse glasses.

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Embre & Alexis' Surprise Proposal | Columbia SC Wedding Photographer

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Embre & Alexis' Surprise Proposal | Columbia SC Wedding Photographer

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Embre & Alexis got engaged on August 27, 2016.  This was a very special day for a couple of reasons: first, it was mine and my husband's 7th year anniversary since we began dating and secondly, because my college classmate was ready to declare his love for his then, girlfriend, and ask her to marry him in front of their family and friends.

The Set-Up

That night, Alexis thought she was attending the Jill Scott concert that was in town in Columbia, SC.  She did not know that her boyfriend, parents, sister, best friend, and a host of other relatives and friends (including me) were planning to surprise her alongside Embre.  

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Venue - Vista Room at Blue Marlin

We all met up at the Vista Room at the Blue Marlin in Columbia's Vista.  There, all the guests waited patiently for Alexis and her sister, Amy to walk up to the sidewalk and past the sliding green door, where she would find Embre as he got down on one knee.

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The Proposal

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Time to Celebrate!

The surprise proposal was a success! Alexis said "YES" and with family and friend surrounding them, Embre & Alexis began the next phase of their lives. For as long as I've known Embre, he's been a hard worker, a loyal friend, and very kind-hearted. I can only imagine how happy he has and will continue to make Alexis happy as her future husband. Please join me in congratulating the two of them!

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Engagement Gift Basket created by Alexis' sister & best friend

Engagement Gift Basket created by Alexis' sister & best friend

Read more about this basket here: The Perfect Engagement Gift Basket

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Mary Margaret & Sam's Fly Fishing Engagement Shoot | Columbia Wedding Photographer

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Mary Margaret & Sam's Fly Fishing Engagement Shoot | Columbia Wedding Photographer

Mary Margaret & Sam are a couple that appreciates the fine outdoors, particularly when it involves hanging out on the river. Sam, an avid fly fisherman, and Mary Margaret met through mutual family friends. They both grew up in Columbia, SC (also my hometown) and attended the same high school, but were a few years apart.

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How He Asked

"Sam and I had decided that we were ready to move in together. We looked for a few months and couldn't find the perfect house. One Sunday, we were going to visit Sam's grandparents and drove past a great house that was for rent! We met with the owner and told him we were interested. We got approved planned to sign the lease. After signing the lease, Sam said, "Lets go by the house." So we drove over to the new house and had no keys, but started measuring the porch. Sam said he had a gift for me and pulled out a little box from his pocket. Sam is a fly fisherman and he had tied 12 different flies for our new house. He opened one of the boxes and got on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him!! It took me by surprise and of course I said YES!!!"

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Engagement Shoot

Mary Margaret & Sam, in the spirit of their love for each other and fly fishing, opted for a fly fishing themed engagement shoot. This past summer, we headed to the Saluda River, for a peaceful evening on the water.  Sam and Mary Margaret versed me on some fly fishing techniques as well as the different types of species that were present in the area to catch.  I am excited to capture their wedding this coming February. Enjoy these images from their shoot:

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Best Greenville Wedding Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
Best Greenville Wedding Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
Best Greenville Wedding Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
Best Greenville Wedding Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
Best Greenville Wedding Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
Best Greenville Wedding Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
Best Greenville Wedding Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
Best Greenville Wedding Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
Best Greenville Wedding Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
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Save the Date Video

I tried something new with this engagement session & did a short video to highlight Mary Margaret & Sam's engagement shoot. To my surprise, it was a HIT! The video below has reached nearly 6,000 views. If you like these images and video, be sure to comment to first wish Sam & Mary Margaret well on their engagement and also let me know how you like the video. Your support may mean a new offering for LDP engaged couples!

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