Every engagement photographer has their go-to favorite photo locations. For me, downtown Staunton and Raven’s Roost overlook are my bread and butter! The downtown area is so photogenetic and provides enough variety that all my sessions still end up looking unique and personal. Raven’s Roost is absolutely unbeatable at sunset! If you’re looking for the perfect location for engagement photos in the Staunton area, this combo is it!
Why we picked Downtown Staunton for this Engagement Session
Staunton has a huge variety to choose from. For casual engagement photos, we can walk down the main streets, brick alleys, by cute shops, and stop for coffee or ice cream from a local vendor. It’s like a pre-date night! (And, I definitely recommend a date after your engagement session!). We also have the option of doing formal engagement portraits in downtown Staunton. The Sears Hill overlook bridge, regal columns at Mary Baldwin University, and locations around the train station are perfect for more dressy attire.
As of 2022, I now own a studio space in downtown Staunton. This allows us to have a space to change, do hair and makeup, and create more posed portraits in case of rain or snow.
Emily & Heston’s Engagement
These two are tying the knot shortly in 2022! After meeting at work and hitting it off, Heston popped the question and they’re off to planning! They chose to host their own wedding on their expansive property in the country, nestled just where Augusta County and Rockingham County meet. In addition to their wedding party, their dogs will be there for emotional support. I could NOT be more excited to see that! If you know me, dogs in weddings are one of my all time favorite things!
Enjoy their laid back, date day through downtown Staunton. I was just the third wheel!
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Jo Mahaney is a professional photographer of PhotographyByJo.net based in Staunton, Virginia, specializing in wedding photography. With over eight years of experience, Jo is dedicated to creating effortless, joyful imagery that authentically captures the essence of each couple’s unique love story. She is known for her ability to create meaningful galleries filled with emotion and personal narratives. Jo is not just a photographer; she is an active supporter of her clients, providing resources and guidance to ensure a stress-free experience. From the initial inquiry call to the wedding day, Jo is transparent, open, and ready to get to know her clients to provide the best service possible. Her commitment to her craft and her clients is evident in the glowing testimonials she has received. Jo’s work extends beyond Staunton, covering areas such as Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Lexington, Roanoke, and Richmond. She has also had the privilege of photographing weddings in various locations, including the Outerbanks, DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North and South Carolina, and even Spain.