Congratulations on your engagement! The question was popped, the ring was placed, and the emotions are high! Now you may be thinking and pondering the perfect way to share your joy with your friends and family to announce the big news- and engagement photos are the perfect way! Engagement photos are perfect as initial announcements, save the dates for the big day, or simply a wonderful way to capture the happiness that you and your partner share in this next stage of life.
Now the big question comes into play… Where should we take these photos? Outside or Inside? Alone or with family? We’re here to help! EK Event Group has compiled a list of the most noteworthy locations to take engagement photos in New York and New Jersey. Let’s take a look…
New York Locations
· Central Park, NYC
For couples looking for an outdoor nature shoot, Central Park is the perfect place. There are many various locations within the park to select such as The Arches, The Bow Bridge, or you can even sail in a Gondola on the lake. The captivating scenery during spring or summer makes the perfect backdrop for your photos!
· The Brooklyn Bridge, NYC
Whether you prefer to be in a crowd or all alone in the wee hours of the morning, the views from the Brooklyn Bridge are incredible and set the stage for incredible engagement photos. Plan to arrive as the sun is rising or just as the sun is setting for some exquisite lighting opportunities.
· DUMBO, Brooklyn, NYC
On a quieter note, there are many serene places in DUMBO that are slightly less populated than the busy NYC streets. Head to the “Empire Stores” or find a petite park to grab photos just as the sun is setting with the Brooklyn bridge behind you!
· Top Of The Rock, NYC
If you’re looking for a more upscale location and breathtaking scenery, the Top of the Rock is the place for you. Once you pay the basic admission fee, you’ll have access to take photos inside their halls or “literally” on top of the city! The Top of the Rock provides a 360 degree view of New York City and will surely WOW your family and friends.
· Jones Beach State Park, Long Island
Pose on the boardwalk or stick your feet in the sand for some memorable moments with your love. No matter the season, the Atlantic Ocean’s crashing waves provide the perfect scene for your beach-themed photos.
· Montauk Lighthouse, Long Island
If you’re up for the drive to the furthest point on long island for some photos, you won’t be disappointed when you set your eyes on the breathtaking views of the shore. Aside from the striking vintage lighthouse, the scenery is comprised of green grass lawns, rocky beach fronts, and vast ocean views. Be sure to head to the lighthouse at sundown for the most gorgeous orange glow as the sun sets behind you.
New Jersey Locations
· Essex Fells Park, NJ
If you’re looking to take your photos surrounded by warm colors and fall foliage this is the place for you. Essex Fells Park contains both manmade pathways and more “wild” trails to explore. Travel off the beaten path a bit to get those wholesome nature photos you’re looking for!
· New Jersey State Botanical Gardens, Ridgewood, NJ
Skylands Manor provides a wonderful backdrop for couples looking to add an “upscale” look to their photos with a touch of classic style. Additionally, you can explore the beautifully landscapes, hills and valleys that surround the Manor for some added old-fashioned style photos.
· Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
If you’re looking for more artsy and obscure backdrops, the Grounds for Sculpture experiences consists of 42 acres of sculptured art for your viewing pleasure. Many couples label the grounds as an “artists and nature lovers dream.” This unique location will sure to make your engagement photos stand out amongst the crowd.
· Willowwood Arboretum, Chester Township, NJ
Romantic gardens and beautiful backdrops set the stage for your engagement session at this quaint Arboretum. With many locations inside the park to choose from, you won’t be disappointed with the outcome of your photos on the property! Archways, bridges, and lakes captivate all at this location.
· Hoboken, NJ
Hoboken provides a wonderful view of the New York City skyline along with a comfortable urban feel. Take a walk with your love along the graveled paths or find a textured urban building to pose in front of. Be sure to catch the skyline just as night falls for a dusky sunset to elevate your photos.
· Cape May, NJ
Cape May has so much to offer to newly engaged couples! Take a trip to the shore or find a spot in the charming town to begin your photo session. The crashing waves and delicate sunsets offer a beautiful backdrop for your spring or summer photos.
EK Event Group has compiled this list for you in hopes of amplifying your photo sessions to produce the most memorable photos for years to come! Click here to view our photography and cinema Collections