The Best Engagement and Wedding Photo Locations in NYC
With several parks, gardens, bridges and both modern and historic architecture the perfect photo location in NY for your engagement shoots and wedding photos will not be difficult to find.
Engagement shoots and wedding photography in New York are both chaotic and amazing. The challenge is managing logistics. Getting from Central Park to the Meatpacking District to the Brooklyn Bridge for a series of photos is going to take time. You may want to pick just one location that fits your couple's requirements and perhaps another if it is close by. If you decide to transit across New York City, consider using the subway for a creative twist, contrasting the splendor of the couple against a dirty, industrial backdrop.
Before you start
Meet the couple a few weeks before the shoot to decide on the best location. Do they have any special place they would like their shoot to take place. Where did they meet? Where was the proposal?
Consider what sort of images the couple would like. Do they want the photographs to be fun, romantic or passionate? Do they want a rural or urban feel? Do they want an iconic NYC drop-out?
Be aware that certain locations in the city, like museums or other private venues, require a permit or have restrictions about flash photography, tripods or extra lights. Also consider the time of day of the shoot. Early or late day sun is more flattering than direct, bright sunlight.
Locations for Engagement Shoots and Wedding Photos
Embrace the wish for a photo with the Empire State Building in the background. Many couples who marry in the city eventually leave, so it's good to think their iconic portraits will be a reminder of their relationship with the city at that time in their lives. Here's a Top 10, in no particular order:
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a favorite all year round. Spring flowers make a beautiful backdrop. The rose garden in summer. Leaf-tossing shots in the fall and indoors to the conservatory in winter.
Central Park Malls with the arc of elm trees along the quarter-mile path is classically romantic. There are some great views of iconic buildings by Bow Bridge. The fountain at Bethesda Terrace is popular location, so it's unlikely you'll get photos with the couple alone. The crowds can add to the charm of your photo, but if your couple are private locate elsewhere.
Riverside Park along the Hudson River is a good solution to couples who want a more private setting than Central Park.
Carl Schurz Park is a hidden gem, with a long board-walk, bridges and staircases. Great river views and views of the Roosevelt Island Lighthouse, Gracie Manson and the Triborough Bridge.
Fort Tryon Park's high elevation offers views of the George Washington Bridge, the New Jersey Palisades and the Hudson River. All photography is strictly prohibited at The Cloisters.
Belvedere Castle's Victorian stone structure provides a fabulous backdrop to wedding photos. The views from Belvedere Castle include the Delacorte Theater, Turle Pond, the Ramble and the Great Lawn.
The High Line in the Meatpacking District is close to cobblestone streets and whilst it's very busy at weekends, the public landscape is extraordinary for those who want an urban feel to the NYC engagement or wedding photos. To get the photographs you want, it's likely you'll have to position yourselves on busy intersections, so consider leaving a huge wedding party behind for these.
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 is wonderful. It's less crowded, though still very busy, than the Promenade. The views of Manhattan are spectacular. Locate at Furman Street for views of the iconic New York skyline, the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge. The park can provide you with a variety of locations and looks from city views, lush greenery, cobblestone streets, lovely murals and gritty graffiti walls. There is no need to travel elsewhere.
Sunset Park is the perfect location to capture the Manhattan skyline, particularly at sunset.
Grand Central Station is crowded, dark, chaotic and beautiful, but the permit rules make it difficult to take a good photograph.