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Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities in the UK because of its rich history, beautiful architecture and charming scenery. I shot an engagement session in Edinburgh with Jessica and Kevin who were visiting the UK all the way from Indonesia. It was their first time in the city so made sure I took them to Edinburgh’s best photo spots!

Come along and I’ll show you where to find the prettiest and most Instagrammable places in this lovely city.

St Giles Cathedral

If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, then you probably know The Elephant House Cafe. I’m afraid it’s not my first photography spot! However, I like using it as a reference point because everyone seems to know where it is! The first among my favourites is St. Giles Cathedral, also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh. It’s less than five minutes away from the famous cafe. The cathedral is often crowded with visitors around its main entrance area. However, if you slip into the side entrance, you’ll find a small courtyard. As a fine art wedding photographer, I love places that are filled with plenty of natural light. The cathedral’s courtyard offers this in spades. Its sandstone pillars and walls provide a beautiful backdrop for your images.

Engagement shoot at the courtyard behind St Giles Cathedral. Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, the cathedral is the principal place of worship of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh.  

Photo by fine art destination wedding and lifestyle photographer Cristina Ilao of Cristina Ilao Photography. See more at www.cristinailao.com.

Tags: Edinburgh wedding photographer, UK destination wedding photographer, St. Giles cathedral, best photo spots in Edinburgh, fine art weddings, Edinburgh elopement, pre-wedding, post-wedding lifestyle session, lifestyle photographer, UK lifestyle blogger
Engagement shoot at the courtyard behind St Giles Cathedral. Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, the cathedral is the principal place of worship of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh.  

Photo by fine art destination wedding and lifestyle photographer Cristina Ilao of Cristina Ilao Photography. See more at www.cristinailao.com.

Tags: Edinburgh wedding photographer, UK destination wedding photographer, St. Giles cathedral, best photo spots in Edinburgh, fine art weddings, Edinburgh elopement, pre-wedding, post-wedding lifestyle session, lifestyle photographer, UK lifestyle blogger

Victoria Street

Victoria Street is probably one of the most photographed places in the city because of its unique look and quaint feel. The curved street is famous for its beautiful architecture, colourful stores and numerous local pubs and cafes. My favourite spot has got to be the elevated area that overlooks the street. It offers an interesting view and has a variety of cafes for you to choose from. On a good day, it’s nice to relax outside one of the cafes and people-watch.

This photo was taken during an engagement shoot at Victoria Street. This street is known for its colourful stores, beautiful architecture, local pubs and cafes.

Photo by fine art destination wedding and lifestyle photographer Cristina Ilao of Cristina Ilao Photography. See more at www.cristinailao.com.

Tags: Edinburgh wedding photographer, UK destination wedding photographer, Victoria Street, Photo spots in Edinburgh, fine art weddings, Edinburgh elopement, pre-wedding, post-wedding lifestyle session, lifestyle photographer, UK lifestyle blogger

Princes Street Gardens

You really can’t go to Edinburgh and not visit the Princes Street Gardens. There are two adjacent gardens that extend throughout the city centre. The West Princes Garden has the famous Ross fountain and has a great view of the Edinburgh Castle. However, the East Princes Garden is closer to the Scott Monument and is only about ten minutes away from Calton Hill. Both gardens are massive and full of lots of pretty spots. These two gardens are rarely crowded. As such, you wouldn’t need to worry about lots of people photobombing your session.

Photo shoot at East Princes Street Gardens, near the Scott Monument and about ten minutes away from Calton Hill.

Photo by fine art destination wedding and lifestyle photographer Cristina Ilao of Cristina Ilao Photography. See more at www.cristinailao.com.

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Circus Lane

Circus Lane is unofficially Edinburgh’s most Instagrammable street and for good reason. Its cobbled stone path is lined with pretty terraced houses and picturesque pocket gardens. Circus lane is also filled with potted and hanging flowering plants that make it look really charming. I recommend visiting during springtime because this is when the flowers are in full bloom. This lane has become very popular with Instagrammers and tourists in recent years. However, Circus Lane doesn’t tend to get crowded because it requires a bit of walk to get there from the main thoroughfare.

Lifestyle session at Circus Lane, one of the prettiest and most instagrammable streets in Edinburgh especially during the spring season. 

Photo by fine art destination wedding and lifestyle photographer Cristina Ilao of Cristina Ilao Photography. See more at www.cristinailao.com.

Tags: Edinburgh wedding photographer, UK destination wedding photographer, Circus Lane Edinburgh, best photo spots in Edinburgh, fine art weddings, Edinburgh elopement, pre-wedding, post-wedding lifestyle session, lifestyle photographer, UK lifestyle blogger

I hope you enjoyed my take on Edinburgh’s best photo spots. Get in touch if you are looking for an Edinburgh wedding photographer or if you fancy having an engagement or lifestyle photo shoot in this beautiful city.

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