Best North Shore Engagement Locations

If you’re considering capturing engagement photos with your significant other, Minnesota’s stunning North Shore is the perfect backdrop! Whether you’re seeking cliffs, beaches, or forests, the North Shore has it all. In this blog, I’ll review the best North Shore engagement locations!

Best North Shore Engagement Locations

Palisade Head

Beaver Bay Township, MN 55614

Palisade Head is a breathtaking cliff with mesmerizing views! It is the perfect backdrop for engagement photos! Just imagine the sun rising behind you as you and your partner stand on the cliff. Having a sunrise session here is a must and is so worth it! On a clear day, you can see all the way to Split Rock Lighthouse and the Sawtooth Mountains. 

Black Sand Beach

Silver Bay, MN 55614

This unique beach has black sands and it’s a magical spot for photos! As Minnesota’s only black beach, it’s surrounded by forested hillsides in the background. The best time to visit is early in the morning or late afternoon to beat the crowds and get the sunrise or sunset for your photos! 

Tettegouche State Park

5702 MN-61, Silver Bay, MN 55614

Tettegouche State Park has a ton of backdrops to offer for your engagement photos! It has captivating waterfalls and forests! The park has different trails, from challenging hikes to easy walks! Make sure not to miss the High Falls on the Baptism River, as it’s a stunning spot for photos. Spring is ideal for capturing waterfalls, while fall offers vibrant foliage. 

Gooseberry Falls

3206 MN-61, Two Harbors, MN 55616

Gooseberry Falls is another beautiful state park with waterfalls ideal for a romantic backdrop for your engagement photos!  For a short hike take the lower portion of the trail for views of the lower falls and Lake Superior. For a longer hike, hike the upper loop for larger falls and forested paths. This spot is suitable for all fitness levels, making it a great location for couples looking for an easy yet picturesque backdrop!

Crystal Bay

Orono, MN 55391

Just north on Highway 61, past the Highway 1 junction, you’ll find Crystal Bay Beach. This cobblestone beach is one of Lake Superior’s largest sea caves and towering cliffs to the south.  This spot is a great locaation for couples looking for a private and peaceful setting. Sunset is the best time to capture the beauty of the bay!

Grand Marais

Grand Marais Minnesota 55604

This is a harbor town with boats, cozy cafes, and artistic vibes making it a unique backdrop for your engagement photos! Explore the town and visit local shops and cafes for candid and intimate photos. The harbor, which has boats and beautiful views, is an ideal setting for romantic shots. While you are there a popular spot to visit is World’s Best Donuts, a little donut shop right downtown. You can grab donuts while walking by Lake Superior!

Split Rock Lighthouse

3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd, Two Harbors, MN 55616

Situated southwest of Silver Bay, Split Rock Lighthouse stands as a historic beacon, ideal for engagement photos! The best time to capture the lighthouse is during sunset when the light creates a golden look to the area. You can explore different areas around the lighthouse for diverse shots. Don’t forget to stop at Betty’s Pies on your way back from the Split Rock Lighthouse!

Temperance River State Park

7620 West MN-61, Schroeder, MN 55613

Another state park that is a nature lover’s dream! The narrow Temperance River gorge has many waterfalls and photo opportunities. With 22 miles of hiking trails, there are plenty of diverse spots to find your perfect backdrop for your engagement photos!

A guy proposing to his girl on a pebbled black sand beach with a beautiful lake in the background surrounded by snow.

Duluth Harbor

Duluth, MN 55802

Imagine an engagement session overlooking the harbor! The twinkling lights and ships create a backdrop like no other! If you want a romantic look for your photos take your engagement photos here at dusk! While you’re there don’t forget to check out Downtown Duluth! They have a ton of activities for couples such as Movie’s in the Park or Lunch at the Garden.

Canal Park

Canal Park Duluth, MN 55802

There is an iconic lift bridge and panoramic views of Lake Superior at Canal Park!  Start at the Aerial Lift Bridge and explore the area, stopping at local spots like Love Creamery or Caribou Coffee for fun, candid shots. It offers a mix of urban and natural settings, giving you a diverse backdrop throughout your photos!

Best Season for Engagement Photos at The North Shore

When planning your engagement photo session at The North Shore, timing is crucial to capture the most stunning and memorable images. Here’s a guide to help you choose the best season for your shoot:

Summer and Fall: The Best Times

  • Summer: The North Shore in the summer is a vibrant place! You can expect  warm weather, lush greenery, and blooming flowers, the landscapes are at their peak!.
  • Fall: For fall you can expect the trees changing colors into brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow. The fall foliage makes for breathtaking and romantic photos!

Winter: Beautiful but Challenging

  • Winter: While winter can create a magical, snowy backdrop for engagement photos, it also has some challenges. Many spots may be difficult to get to due to snow and ice, and the cold temperatures!

Spring: The Least Ideal Time

  • Spring: Spring at The North Shore is often considered the least ideal time for engagement photos. The weather can be unpredictable, with lingering snow, muddy paths, and less vibrant scenery as the area transitions from winter. The landscape is not at its peak, making it harder to find those good spots.

Minnesota’s North Shore is a treasure for stunning engagement photo locations, each offering unique landscapes and experiences. Whether you’re drawn to the dramatic cliffs of Palisade Head, the beauty of Crystal Bay, you’re sure to find the perfect backdrop for your love story! 

A man holding his girl in his arms, dipping her as they kiss with a beautiful snow covered back drop on the North Shore of Minnesota

Looking for a Photographer for your North Shore Engagement Session?

If you’re searching for a Minnesota wedding photographer, to capture your engagement photos in North Shore look no further! I can help you navigate the perfect North Shore location for you and your partner’s engagement session! Additionally, I specialize in capturing those genuine, candid moments that make your North Shore engagement session unforgettable! Contact me here! I can’t wait to hear from you!

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