Thank you again for considering Kevin Lush Photography to photograph your wedding day.  When it is time to start thinking about your complimentary one hour engagement session, this page will help you get the most out of your Dayton engagement photographer.  Your Dayton or Cincinnati engagement session can be scheduled between your contract date and the day before your wedding. Should you choose not to use your engagement session, you will lose it.

Purpose Of An Engagement Session

Many people wonder why I provide a complimentary engagement photo session to every bride and groom.  As a professional Dayton and Cincinnati engagement photographer, I want to get to know you and to learn how to make you more comfortable in front of the camera.  I really want you to feel comfortable with me and to get excited about photography for your wedding day.  Knowing how your photographer operates and acts behind the camera will ease the stress on your wedding day.  You'll already know that we get along, and you'll know how much you love your engagement photos!  Book your wedding now to get your free engagement session!

Engagement Session Schedule

Engagement sessions can be scheduled for the three times listed below.  If you cannot fit into any of these time slots, I will do my best to work around your schedule.  I have set aside these times to give you three different choices that provide the best light and also fit into my busy schedule.

  • May-September – Monday 7pm-8pm
  • May-September – Wednesday 7pm-8pm
  • May-September – Sunday 8am-9am
  • October-April – Monday 5pm-6pm
  • October-April – Wednesday 5pm-6pm
  • October-April – Sunday 9am-10am

Engagement Session Planning Tips

I am invested in you, your engagement session, and your wedding.  Providing engagement session planning tips ensures I can make your images exceed expectations. These tips are my suggestions as a professional Dayton engagement photographer to make your session enjoyable and as beautiful as possible.

  • Avoid wearing white or black – colors make your images really stand out.
  • Try to dress in a complimentary but non-matching way.
  • You may change clothes, but most locations don't have anywhere to do so.  This will eat into your one hour time slot.
  • If you wear heels, bring comfortable shoes for walking between locations.
  • Use extra hair spray on windy days to minimize hair in your face.
  • Have your hair and makeup professionally done.
  • Be on time or early (I am always early).
  • Props are always ok.
  • Pets are ok except at Cox Arboretum MetroPark; Pets are prohibited in the park.
  • Send me a Pinterest board if you have collected ideas for your engagement session.

Dayton Engagement Session Locations


Downtown Dayton

  • Victoria Theatre
  • Schuster Center
  • Wright Brothers Sculptures
  • Crosswalks
  • Buildings
  • Courthouse Square
  • Why To Choose Downtown Dayton, Ohio: The beautiful architecture, wide streets and endless backdrops make this one of my favorite engagement locations in all of Dayton, Ohio.
  • Why Not To Choose downtown Dayton, Ohio: Don’t choose this engagement location if you are looking for engagement images in a natural setting.

Oregon District

  • Brick Buildings
  • Graffiti
  • Colorful
  • Alleys
  • Historic Homes
  • Bridge / Trains
  • Why To Choose Oregon District: Historic buildings, brick streets and a huge number of backgrounds makes this one of my top engagement locations.
  • Why Not To Choose Oregon District: There is a lot of vehicle and foot traffic that can interfere with engagement photo shoots.

2nd Street Market MetroPark

  • Urban
  • Bricks
  • Graffiti
  • Buildings
  • Train
  • Downtown Views
  • Why To Choose 2nd Street Market MetroPark: Brick streets, revitalized industrial building, trains and more make this a fantastic urban engagement session location.
  • Why Not To Choose 2nd Street Market MetroPark: This is a man-made environment and not good for people looking for nature.


Hills & Dales MetroPark

  • Trees
  • Pond
  • Waterfall (small)
  • Flowers
  • Trails
  • Wood Structures
  • Why To Choose Hills & Dales MetroPark: This park features a small pond, wooden pergola and beautiful fall foliage.
  • Why Not To Choose Hills & Dales MetroPark: It is quite dark in the wooded areas, and there isn’t a lot of room to move when others are in the park.

Carriage Hill MetroPark

  • Trees
  • Barns
  • Fences
  • Field
  • Farm Animals
  • Large Lake With Boardwalk
  • Why To Choose Carriage Hill MetroPark: The lake with the nature-surrounded boardwalk makes this a very unique location.
  • Why Not To Choose Carriage Hill MetroPark: Limited evening hours may make this park challenging for an engagement session.

RiverScape MetroPark

  • River
  • Benches
  • Trees
  • Foot Bridge
  • Buildings
  • Colorful
  • Why To Choose RiverScape MetroPark: Having the Dayton skyline, Fifth/Third Field and Great Miami River as backdrops make this a must-do engagement photography location in Dayton.
  • Why Not To Choose RiverScape MetroPark: There is very little shade at this park.


Charleston Falls Preserve

  • Waterfall (large)
  • Trail
  • Pond
  • Field
  • Fall Foliage
  • Open Fields
  • Why To Choose Charleston Falls Preserve: The large waterfall and scenic pond make this a unique engagement photo location in the Dayton area.
  • Why Not To Choose Charleston Falls Preserve: It is a 1/2-mile hike to the falls and even further to the pond.

Cox Arboretum MetroPark

  • Ponds
  • Trees
  • Flowers
  • Rocks
  • Creek
  • Open Field
  • Why To Choose Cox Arboretum MetroPark: Every season brings new colors and varied plant growth to make this park beautiful.
  • Why Not To Choose Cox Arboretum MetroPark: This is the most over-used, busy and common outdoor photography location in the Dayton area.

Cincinnati Engagement Session Locations

  • Great American Ball Park
  • Fountains
  • Roebling Suspension Bridge
  • Stage And Lawn
  • Ohio River
  • Downtown Backdrop
  • Why To Choose The Banks / Smale Riverfront Park: The number of possibilities for backdrops is endless.
  • Why Not To Choose The Banks / Smale Riverfront Park: There is often a lot of foot and vehicle traffic in this area.
  • Pond
  • Fountain
  • Field
  • Gazebo
  • Historic Park
  • Beautiful Trees
  • Why To Choose Eden Park: This Cincinnati Park is easy to access and is close to downtown Cincinnati.
  • Why Not To Choose Eden Park: There is limited parking and a good amount of walking to these areas.
  • Pergola
  • Ohio River In Distance
  • Stone Pavilion
  • Tent Rental
  • Easy Parking
  • Historic Venue
  • Why To Choose Alms Park: The wedding ceremony pergola overlooks the Ohio River and is beautiful.
  • Why Not To Choose Alms Park: The Alms Park Pavilion is small and can't hold a large group of people.

  • Large Pavilion
  • Pergola Overlooking Airport
  • Steps With Fountain
  • Well Manicured Lawns
  • Unique Bushes And Trees
  • Great For Large Groups
  • Why To Choose Ault Park: This is the most classic looking wedding reception venue in Cincinnati, and it is stunning.
  • Why Not To Choose Ault Park: This is the most popular Cincinnati wedding venue and books very early.

Downtown Cincinnati

  • Architecture
  • Historic Buildings (In And Out)
  • Streetcar
  • Fountain Square
  • Over The Rhine
  • Downtown Parks
  • Why To Choose Downtown Cincinnati: The choices of backdrops, textures, lighting, and architecture make this an ideal location.
  • Why Not To Choose Downtown Cincinnati: Parking.
  • Ohio River
  • Cincinnati Backdrop
  • Pedestrian Bridge
  • Colorful
  • Distinct Buildings
  • Quiet Areas
  • Why To Choose Newport On The Levee: Having Cincinnati and the Ohio River as backdrops makes this a beautiful location.
  • Why Not To Choose Newport On The Levee: Parking is not free and there are always a lof of people.