Engagement photography is such a vital part of beginning your journey into your wedding planning. All over the city, you will see various photography sessions taking place. As a New York native, I am always exploring and finding new exciting locations for romantic engagement photos. People travel from all over the world to take pictures here. The various locations are endless and you can find different angles and styles every time you visit. Whether it’s for your engagement photos, wedding photos, or a surprise proposal, there are tons of options on locations for your perfect backdrop. Where are the best locations for your engagement photos? Here I will share with you my 101 best engagement photos in NYC.
1. Top Of The Rock Outdoor Engagement Shoot
Located at 30 Rockefeller. This spot is always popular all year round. It is literally on top of Rockefeller Center with 360 views of NYC. The finest views in the whole New York! Tickets range from $41 to $75 depending on the time slot you are interested in going. They can be purchased here.
2. Top Of The Rock Indoor
I love Top of the Rock so much, I had to feature another photo. This time from indoors when you first arrive on the main floor, you can take this photo by the window with the Empire State in full view. I love silhouettes like these!
3. The Arches at Central Park
Central Park has the most picturesque locations. There are literally hundreds of spots to capture. Here I will list some of my top favorites. I really love The Arches at Central Park where Bethesda Terrace and fountain are located. Depending on the time of day or season, you can really get some different colors!
4. The Loeb Boathouse
The Loeb at Central Boathouse is a beautiful location to host your wedding or just go and have lunch or dinner in their private restaurant. It is a beautiful place as a backdrop for your engagement session.
5. Gondola in Central Park
A private gondola can take you around the lake in Central Park for your engagement session or you can even propose in a romantic setting!
6. Central Park Mall
Central Park Mall is not really a “mall” but its more like a big open space where it leads you to the bandshell and also a bunch of street vendors who sell art and paint portraits and sometimes you will even find the bubble man who will make a bubble around you for your engagement photos.
7. Bow Bridge
Bow Bridge is the number one most requested spot for engagement photos. It is romantic, and it also is a super photogenic location for you to be in. It does tend to get really busy, so either wait till there is a moment where it’s quieter or come at an early time when people are not around.
8. Gapstow Bridge
Gapstow Bridge area is a pretty popular area as it is the closest bridge to the entrance for Central Park. It was also used in many famous movies such as Home Alone. A lot of people visit this bridge at all times of the day.
9. Gothic Bridge
Gothic Bridge is also in Central Park, hidden near the reservoir. It is a beautiful old bridge that has been maintained very well by the parks. I love how secluded it is and perfect for engagement photos.
10. Pine Bank Bridge
Pine Bank Bridge is on the southwest side of Central Park near Columbus Circle. I love this bridge because it is also secluded and a lot of people pass by without noticing it. Perfect for a photoshoot if you are feeling a little shy and want to be away from the crowds.
11. Shakespeare Garden
These famous wooden stairwells will lead you up to Shakespeare Garden, where you will be met by an abundance of flowers and a path leading you up to Belvedere Castle in Central Park.
12. Belvedere Castle
Belvedere Castle is another popular location for photos to show the beautiful backdrop in Central Park.
13. Cop Cot
Cop Cot is a wooden structure built inside Central Park atop a hill facing the southside of the park. Romantic for photos of an engagement shoot or even hosts weddings inside or outside for a natural organic look.
14. Bethesda Fountain
Bethesda Fountain is a romantic location for your photos. The water is turned off in the late fall, early winter to prevent a freeze but it is still beautiful for photos at any time of year.
15. Trefoil Arch
Trefoil Arch is an underpass that is surrounded by beautiful lush greenery that makes it a picturesque location in Central Park.
16. Inscope Arch
Inscope Arch is close to the south side of Central Park. It connects the pond area of Gapstow Bridge with the east side near the Zoo.
17. 620 Loft and Garden
620 Loft and Garden holds a very special place in my heart because this is where I got married last year. It is one of the most romantic venues for your wedding and also for an engagement photo shoot or surprise proposals like this one!
18. Conservatory Gardens Fountain
Nestled upon 105th street and Fifth Avenue, Conservatory Gardens is a secret place that only allows you to have professional photography with a permit. This protects the park and makes it more desirable to take pictures.
19. Conservatory Gardens Trellis
This secret location of Conservatory Gardens is popular for small wedding ceremonies, engagement photoshoots, and just enjoying a romantic stroll through it!
20. Central Park Reservoir
The Central Park Reservoir is a protected water area. A lot of people like to go running on the path, it is also a great vantage point with views of the city skyline.
21. Bethesda Terrace
Back over to Bethesda Terrace in Central Park, like the Arches, the ceiling illuminates in the mid-day to early evening. Making it a picturesque location for photos.
22. Brooklyn Bridge
Taking photos on Brooklyn Bridge is all about timing. Either you are there on a crowded day, or you are there in the early hours when no one is even awake yet to walk the bridge. Sometimes I get lucky and a crowd will stay behind a bit for me to capture the perfect shot.
23. Brooklyn Promenade
Sunsets were made to be watched on the Brooklyn Promenade! You can see everything from these views and it is truly a beautiful sight for engagement photos!
24. Brooklyn Heights
Taking a stroll in Brooklyn Heights neighborhood you will always find a picturesque location for photos. This fancy door was one that we found when we did their engagement shoot.
25. Brooklyn Museum
If you haven’t been to the Brooklyn Museum yet, I’d recommend you make a run for it! Its beautiful open fountain installation and artworks inside will surely delight you!
This little part of Dumbo is my personal favorite. It’s the closest to Manhattan Bridge and it’s so quiet over here because all the tourists and tend to head over to the busier parts like near the carousel and Brooklyn Bridge!
27. Empire Stores Dumbo
My little secret spot is the rooftop of the Empire Stores for an epic engagement shoot. I usually like to end a Dumbo session here because we can take some photos during the golden hour. Its a little quieter than being right on the waterfront and you can see much more!
28. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Rooftop
I also love coming up to 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge rooftop when it’s nice out. There are also epic sunsets that happen over the horizon that make for perfect engagement photos!
29. Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach in Dumbo is another popular spot because it is a rocky beach area where you can enjoy the waterfront and also both Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge in between for a pretty engagement photo.
30. Williamsburg Bridge
Williamsburg Bridge is one of those epic bridges that you can walk over and enjoy the views or you can walk around and underneath it a little from the East River Park. It’s far quieter here than the one in Brooklyn Bridge!
31. Domino Park
Domino Park is one of the newest public parks in NYC for an engagement shoot. They have a taco stand too for food by Tacocina. It makes it fun for photos!
32. Janes Carousel
Janes Carousel indoors or around the building is always a pretty sight for a photoshoot. I’ve even seen people rent it out for a surprise proposal.
33. Sailboat on the Hudson River
One of the most unique engagement shoots to this day was going on a sailboat around the Hudson River with my couple. It was very different than being on land and having to balance to get the right shot! I loved every minute of it. Our original sailboat from a big company canceled on us leaving us finding this gem TrueSailing which was the best experience!
34. Grand Central
Grand Central can be a crazy busy area for your engagement photos. Luckily there are little pockets like this Vanderbilt Hall that would be perfect to step away from the crowds during rush hour.
35. Grand Central Overpass
This is another epic spot for engagement shoots! I really love how if you time it right, you can get all the taxis to give you that iconic NYC look! No photoshopping here!
36. Whitney Museum Of Art
You can get a great vantage point of the Empire State Building and the skyline from the roof of the Whitney Museum of Art. I love coming here and getting some beautiful photos.
37. Battery Park
Views at Battery Park are becoming more and more popular for engagement sessions because you also get park views, and also waterfront of Statue of Liberty!
38. Seaglass Carousel
I love the bright pastel colors of the Seaglass Carousel in Battery Park! It makes for beautiful engagement photos and also wedding photos! Its unique features of floating fish and classical enchanted music makes it fun for all ages!
39. Flatiron Building
Taking photos in the Flatiron District always has a different look every time I’m here. Depending on the time of day, the light changes over Madison Square Park. The smells coming from Shake Shack and Eataly just make me want to stop in for a snack after an engagement shoot!
40. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
I love coming over to Brooklyn Botanic Garden. There is an entrance fee, but if you are a member, it’s free to come here. If its a rainy day, you can go to the indoor greenhouse for some great engagement photos!
41. Prospect Park
My favorite part of Prospect Park is this big tree near the front entrance from Grand Army Plaza. It’s so big and bold and has the perfect backdrop for photos.
42. West Village Townhouse
This West Village Townhouse is pretty famous for engagement shoots because this building used to belong to Annie Lebowitz. Its beautiful charming greenery makes it stand out along the whole area!
43. Meatpacking District
Meatpacking District is full of shops and buildings that used to be big warehouses for meat distribution. Now it’s famous for shopping and the area where Chelsea Market is.
44. Restoration Hardware
A giant Restoration Hardware store was built in the middle of the Meatpacking District. It is a good alternative to secretly pretend like you own the furniture for a private engagement shoot. There is also a cute restaurant and cafe in this building as well!
45. Park Restaurant in Chelsea
This nicely decorated restaurant is home of some of the popular intimate weddings. Perfect backdrop for some engagement photos too!
46. Public Hotel
I love this hotel’s grand escalator that’s always fun for some artistic photo shoots like this engagement session I photographed last month! Public Hotel smells so good too and Jean Georges has a restaurant here that is delicious!
47. Bowery Wall
Did you know the Bowery Wall has different artists that are commissioned to paint something beautiful here every couple of months? It’s always a nice sight to see and visit to get some stunning images for engagement shoots. Bowery Wall’s orginal mural was painted by Keith Haring and is still behind the new structure to protect it from vandalism!
Chinatown can be pretty busy at all times of the day. If you go at the right time in this small alleyway called Doyers Street, you can sometimes find some pockets of calm. I love this vibrant engagement shoot of this couple just having fun!
49. 50 Bowery Hotel
If you go up to the 50 Bowery Hotel for a drink at their rooftop bar called The Crown, you will be able to take in all the views of uptown Manhattan and also downtown towards the Financial District.
50. Washington Square Park
I love when a couple I photograph is down for jumping in the fountain at Washington Square Park for some engagement photos.
51. Bushwick Inlet Park
Bushwick Inlet Park is a secret part of Williamsburg. It’s not actually in Bushwick, but rather on the outskirts of the waterfront of East River State Park. When there’s a high tide, this part dissapears.
52. Versa Rooftop in Midtown
This cute restaurant/bar in Midtown called Versa is the perfect spot for some engagement photos or even to host a party. It is located inside the Renaissance Hotel. I didn’t even notice it until recently!
53. NYU Language Houses
This little alleyway is owned by NYU and has the cutest block of row houses and cobblestones. I always love coming here to take photos!
54. NYU Area
Most of Washington Square Park area is owned by NYU. There are a lot of faculty townhomes lining the perimeter that makes for pretty engagement photos!
55. Underground Subway
I love taking some artistic engagement photos with the subway passing by. They always make for some creative shots!
56. Metropolitan Museum Of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a great location for engagement photos. Especially on a rainy day. There is no flash photography allowed, but you can definitely find some nice pockets of the museum areas for pictures!
57. Columbia University
Sometimes I have couples who attended University at Columbia. They like to go there and take some engagement photos. We always find some nice locations within the campus!
58. Columbia University Law Library
I love this overpass at Columbia University’s Law Library area. It makes for some stunning engagement photos especially during golden hour.
59. NY Public Library
Depending on the time of day, or when the NY Public Library is closed, you can get some nice photos for engagement session here.
60. Prospect Park Entrance – Grand Army Plaza
At Prospect Park’s Entrance, called Grand Army Plaza, you will find a large archway which is also great for taking engagement photos
61. Prospect Park Boathouse
Prospect Park Boathouse has their own beautiful venue in the center of the park. They host weddings and also other events but they do not have a public restaurant on site. It is also another beautiful backdrop for enggement photos.
62. Union Square Park
High up above on the 6th floor of a private building, you can get a nice vantage point of Union Square Park. You can also go down to the park and take some nice photos of the Union Square Market. In the wintertime, they have the Holiday Markets that are also entertaining.
63. Forbidden Planet
Sometimes I get couples that want to show off their interests by doing their engagement shoot in a more meaningful location. Forbidden Planet happens to be a very cool comic and hobby store in Union Square where you can share your love for the same interests.
64. Bryant Park
Bryant Park is a nice area where you can lay in the middle of the grass during the summertime, or in the winter, you can stroll through their holiday markets. I love doing engagement shoots here because there are so many different angles to take pictures.
65. Highline in Chelsea
The Highline in Chelsea is a long stretch railroad that sits ontop of street level that has been turned into a park for people to take a nice walk on. I like to do engagement shoots here because there are so many backdrops to choose from!
66. Times Square
Times Square is crowded at all times of the day and evening. The bright neon lights shine 24/7 making it a popular location for people all over the world.
67. The Rock in Central Park
I love this little area of Central Park. It does require you to scale a hill to get to this spot from Ladies Pavillion, but its worth it!
68. Love Sign
This art installation has been a part of New York City for a very long time. It is a nice way to show some Love in the city!
69. Lexus Art Gallery
The art installation at this Intersect by Lexus Art Gallery changes frequently. I was happy to bring my couple here for the Jeff Latham installation of orchids. It was a really stunning place for an engagement shoot.
70. Cherry Hill at Central Park
One of my personal favorite locations for an engagement shoot is here in Central Park at Cherry Hill, It is surrounded by this beautiful willow tree and faces the famous lake where all the people enjoy boating in the summer time.
71. Roosevelt Island
Roosevelt Island is a fun location that can be accessed by Tram from 59th Street or driving. It is pretty in the spring as they have a cherry blossom festival
72. Astoria Park
Astoria Park has so many interesting locations to take your engagement photos. If you live over near that area, it is an option for some fun photo ops like this one under the bridge!
73. The Plaza Hotel
The Plaza Hotel is a great place to stay and also have a chance to take some pictures either for your wedding or engagement session.
74. Tudor City
Tudor City is a beautiful place for some engagement photos because it has such nice views of 42nd street. It’s also more quiet here unless its during ManhattanHenge which thousands of people camp out here to photograph the sunset between the buildings.
75. East Village
I grew up in the East Village area so I know all the great spots for photos like this one. There is also a row of street art over on 1st street that people love to take photos in.
76. Lower East Side
Famous for more than Katz Deli and Punk Rockers, Lower East Side is a really fun place if you like bars and smaller boutique shops! Also a great place for engagement photos as its something different than your usual.
77. South Street Seaport
I love seeing different views from all over NYC. South Street Seaport has really transformed through the years. There are also some great views of Brooklyn Bridge from this area.
78. Pier 17
Pier 17 is the newest development in South Street Seaport. They have a Jean George restaurant called The Fulton, and concerts upstairs on the rooftop in the summer time. Its a nice new place for engagement photography as well!
79. Columbus Circle
Columbus Circle is a busy intersection for cars. There is also an entrance to Central Park from here that is helpful after a couple photos in this area.
80. The Ramble Central Park
I love taking couples to the Ramble in Central Park. Its a fun way of exploring and pretending like we are lost but really not.
Tribeca is really a beautiful location for engagement photos. Most of the time its quiet and I love the red brick contrast with the cobblestone streets.
82. Staple Street Bridge
Staple Street Bridge area is famous for engagement photos and wedding shoots because its so raw and you can get some really great photos here.
83. City Hall Park
City Hall Park is lesser known for photo shoots uness you plan on getting married at the Marriage Bureau. I love how pretty the buildings are within the park.
Soho has so many beautiful cast iron buildings that makes a perfect location for engagement sessions!
85. NOMO Soho Hotel
Whether you are staying at NOMO Soho or just wanting to use their front lobby space for some pretty engagement photos, it will be a nice backdrop that is pretty recognizable!
86. Little Italy
Little Italy is fun for passing by and taking a couple photos in the area. Theres always pockets of places that have some street art on them.
Williamsburg has so many artistic locations to find for engagement photoshoots. This one in particular is at North Brooklyn Farms on the waterfront near Domino Park!
88. MTA Museum
Another great location is the MTA Museum if the weather is less than desirable outside, you can always come here with a small entry fee. There are many vintage cars here that you can experience and feel like you have the place to yourselves!
89. Fort Tryon Park
Located at the end of Manhattan, Fort Tryon Park is a great place for engagement photoshoots. There are so many different locations to take pictures, and it tends to be quieter than Central Park! I always encourage you to bring your dog too!
90. Long Island City Gantry Park
I love the views from Long Island City Gantry Park. You can see the Empire State Building and also all the way down to south Manhattan. There are some nice sunsets from here as well.
91. Carl Shurlz Park
Located on the upper east side is Carl Shurlz Park. It is also where Gracie Mansion resides. It is a beautiful location for engagement photos with mutiple locations for pictures.
92. Red Hook
Red Hook is really nice, but a little far for most people coming from the city. It is also a popular place for a wedding venue called Liberty Warehouse. It sits on the waterfront with views of the Statue of Liberty.
93. Bushwick Collective
Bushwick has really changed through the years and now it is a popular location for everyone to visit. A lot of young people and artists reside in Bushwick. Street artists have painted this area to make it more colorful and livable.
94. Riverside Park
Riverside Park is a beautiful park on the upper west side for engagement photos. I love coming here because the light is always nice.
95. Columbia University Entrance
Columbia University’s Entrance is a nice location for engagement photos when there’s not a lot of people.
When you are a fan of Zabars, you have to do your engagement session there!
97. Upper West Side
One of the best kept secrets and bakeries on the upper west side is called Silver Moon Bakery. I’m so happy my couple wanted to do their engagement shoot here! Eat some cherry tarts and enjoy the company of each other!
98. Coney Island
Coney Island is always a fun and vibrant place for engagement photos! You can go on rides or play some games and I will capture all the excitement!
99. Jackson Heights Queens
I love when my couples dress up as their favorite characters for their engaagement shoot in their neighborhood of Jackson Heights, Queens!
100. Lincoln Center
An engagement shoot at Lincoln Center is always beautiful especially on a quiet morning like this!
101. East River Piano
Now for the surprise! Not sure if this piano is still floating around somewhere, but it was the most incredible experience to follow this piano to this location under the Brooklyn Bridge. The piano supposedly washed up onshore and we had to take our couple here for an epic engagement photo session.
Now that you’ve learned about all the locations I’ve photographed, I am happy to share with you a guide on how to prepare for your engagement shoot with me.
Contact me to book your engagement photo session now before spots fill up!