princes street gardens edinburgh couple session

When Jessica and Kevin first got in touch, they were thinking of having their couple’s photo session near Princes Street Gardens. Coming all the way from Indonesia for their honeymoon, they visited Edinburgh as part of their UK trip. I was excited to show them this beautiful city.

princes street gardens

Princes Street Gardens is a great starting point. Not only is it in the center of Edinburgh. It’s also near many stunning spots for photos. Kevin and Jessica both love Harry Potter. And honestly, they couldn’t have picked a more charming city to explore. Edinburgh is known as the birthplace of Harry Potter. And then there’s Victoria Street, George Heriot’s School, and the famous Elephant House cafe* where JK Rowling used to hang out.

We started at Victoria Street, the nearest to Princes Street Gardens, before we headed to St Giles’ Cathedral.  They wanted a mix of touristy and less popular locations. So up next were some quieter and hidden alleys, those only known to non-locals. Have you ever heard of Circus Lane? It’s a quiet residential curved street less than 15minutes from Princes Street Gardens.

other edinburgh photo spots

If unlike Kevin and Jessica, you’re looking for a countryside vibe. Then Edinburgh has more options for you. Some may be touristy spots like the famous Calton Hill. Walk a few meters just after exiting the Edinburgh Waverly station and you’ll get there in about 10 minutes. And if you fancy having a long walk, there’s the scenic Arthur’s seat. A word of warning though. Make sure you bring a pair of trainers or comfortable flats. Edinburgh is hilly, generally. Princes Street Gardens is probably the flattest area you can find. But Calton Hill and Arthur’s Seat? They both require steeper uphill walks. And you don’t want to ruin your new pair of Louboutins while hiking up these hills.

Curious to know about other beautiful spots in Edinburgh? Head to this blog post to see some of my favourite places.

*Update: Due to a fire in 2021, the cafe closed its doors to visitors. However, its online shop is still open if you fancy buying a souvenir item.

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Close-up newly married couple portrait at an English garden wedding in Ardington House Oxfordshire England UK; Bride is wearing a white Chantilly lace A line long sleeves Claire Pettibone wedding dress, updo chignon classic hairstyle with half flower crown, groom is wearing a beige suit with a white dress shirt and a nneutral sand straw hat with grosgrain ribbon: Photo by Cristina Ilao

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