Engagement Session Location Spotlight – The Biltmore Estate
Engagement, and for that matter, Family Photo session is officially upon us! Have you ever heard the phrase “location, location, location”?!?! As a photographer and photo fanatic, location is EVERYTHING. If you live anywhere NEAR North Carolina you have certainly heard of The Biltmore Estate, and let me just tell you – if you are anywhere within driving range of this location – put it on your bucket list to be photographed there. It is HANDS DOWN my favorite spot to photograph and well worth the 2 hour drive from Charlotte.
Getting Access To The Biltmore & Timing
Access to The Biltmore Estate is actually not as hard as you’d think. As long as you have a pass or ticket, you are in! They do not allow for photography INSIDE the house, but the grounds of the property are all yours.
**Pro Tip – expect to pay for your photographers ticket. They need one as well!**
When you enter the Biltmore property, cell coverage is shotty at best. Make sure you plan to meet your photographer at a designated spot PRIOR to arriving to the estate. I always meet my clients at the front entrance shown above. It is a great spot to start the session and knock out the iconic Biltmore Estate photo. I have lucked out EVERY time I shoot there because I have my clients meet me first thing in the morning or about 2 hours prior to close. Bonus if it rains mostly that day – NO ONE seems to go if the forecast calls for rain and it has always cleared up by shoot time for me. For photographers – I know the idea of shooting at 10 AM doesn’t sound ideal from a light situation but there are so many tips and tricks I can teach you in other posts regarding shooting in full sun. My best tip for 10 AM shoots is get the most important shots out of the way immediately because it is the least crowded and the sun will be the lowest. If you shoot at golden hour, I would reverse the lineup of shots and shoot amongst the property first and END in front of The Biltmore Estate to help eliminate some of the crowds.
Choosing The Best Spots
There is NO shortage of spots to shoot at throughout the property. You truly have an all access pass to the property. Amongst my favorites are the following:
1. The Left Side of The Estate – There are beautiful sculptures, steps and pavilions on this side of the house. A LOT of times it is empty!
2. The rose/tulip garden! Walk the entire gardens, there are great shots all around the small property.
3. The Pathway connecting the fountains and rose garden. TALK ABOUT DREAMY LIGHT!! Oh you’ll thank me later.
4. Antler Village – especially if you are a wine fan!
5. Pull off on the side of the road on the way to The Biltmore Inn. There are sprawling fields on the left and right sides. They are gorgeous
6. The Biltmore Inn Lookout Deck – The view is simply breathtaking
Final Tips and Suggestions
I ALWAYS have my clients were one dressy look and one more casual look. End with the dressy look and head out for a romantic dinner afterwards. It is a special occasion to take photos at The Biltmore Estate. If you are having your family session there, award the kiddos with a little treat from the chocolate factory or spend the night at a fun hotel. Asheville has SO much to do for any age or interest.
Until next time!
XOXO – Katy