Engagement photography is such a vital part of beginning your journey into your wedding planning. What better time than Spring to have such a momentous occasion for a photo session.
One of my most asked questions from couples is: “Why do I need an engagement session?”
The simple answer is: Engagement sessions help you get comfortable in front of the camera before your wedding day. You also get to connect with your photographer. No one wants a stranger showing up on what is one of the most important days of their lives. You want someone who you had a chance to know prior to and leading up to your day! 🙂
I recommend an engagement photo session right after you get engaged so you can make the announcement and also choose your wedding photographer before they book up! You should always go with the one you feel comfortable with!
All over New York 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 NYC engagement photo 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 are my 101 best engagement photos in NYC — enjoy!
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1. Top Of The Rock Outdoor Engagement Photos
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 New York! New York City is an unparalleled backdrop for photography, with iconic locations like Central Park, Times Square, the Empire State Building, and Battery Park. The Top of the Rock provides access to some of the most visually dynamic photo spots in New York. Tickets range from $38+Tax to $75+Tax for a VIP ticket and depending on availability. They can be purchased here.
2. Top Of The Rock Indoor
The Top of the Rock Observation Deck showcases exactly what makes New York City shine – iconic landmarks that reach as high as the sky, and millions of lights that illuminate the cityscape below. A premier destination for photographers and tourists. This skyline has been featured in hundreds of movies, television shows and even popular music videos. Top of the Rock provides breathtaking views from the highest observation deck in NYC and counts over a million visitors a year looking to capture iconic photos today and leave behind fantastic memories tomorrow. Visiting New York City and don’t want to go anywhere else but up? Top of the Rock is located on the 67th floor observation deck of the iconic 30 Rockefeller Plaza building. “Top of the Rock” offers an unrivaled view of New York City, providing excellent photo opportunities in the early morning, sunset or during the day.
3. The Arches at Central Park
Legendary Central Park, situated in the heart of Manhattan, is one of the most romantic and beautiful city parks in the world. One of its most dramatic locations lies in the center of the park—the arches amphitheater. From here, visitors can view Bethesda Terrace, a formal garden that offers year-round entertainment. At the center of this seasonal performance space, a fountain with a sculpture of an angel spectacularly plays into a massive pool surrounded by grass slopes and hedges.
The Bethesda Arcade, familiarly known as the Bethesda Arches, is on a site once occupied by an arch or stone bridge built-in 1675. The present arcade was built with a foundation of solid masonry walling upon massive foundations laid by the early Dutch settlers. It is one of the few arcades remaining in Manhattan and is considered to be one of the most beautiful surviving structures from its period. The arcade itself was listed on the Register in 1973.
4. The Loeb Boathouse
Built-in 1971 by acclaimed architect Philip Johnson, The Loeb Boathouse is an iconic and beautiful landmark on the edge of Central Park. The breathtaking views of the Reservoir in Central Park are just a few steps away from this spectacular dining destination. The Loeb Boathouse, conveniently located in the heart of Central Park, offers rowboats, canoes, and a great place to people watch. Central Park is also home to lakes and ponds that offer canoeing.
If you are looking for a way to paddle around Central Park with a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline, no place could be more picturesque than the Loeb Boathouse. The Loeb Boathouse is where the New York skyline meets the waters of Central Park Lake. Enjoy a great selection of food and great views in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. When the weather is warm, enjoy your meal on our open-air deck facing the water. And when it’s cool or rainy, enjoy your meal in one of our many comfortable indoor lounges.
5. Gondola in Central Park
A perfect backdrop for your proposal or wedding photos captured in the heart of New York City. Our expert boatmen will guide you and your special someone past historic buildings and through romantic waterways making your moment all the more special. Let NYC mirror your love, as we take you on a ride you’ll never forget. Proposals are priced based on location, duration of trip, date, and time. Additional fee may apply to travel during high peak times such as holidays, weekends, or certain events.
6. Mall and Literary Walk in Central Park
As the main entrance to Central Park, you’ll find the Mall stretching from East to West. It’s a space where people can stroll or run, and that offers a magnificent view of the Lake. On the northern end, you can find the Bethesda Terrace with its outdoor café and Belvedere Castle which houses an exhibition about Central Park’s history. Moving southward from there you’ll encounter Literary Walk, which winds through one of the Park’s most beautiful landscapes full of spring flowers and mature trees. This walk has become famous among writers and literary fans alike. Everyone loves engagement photos here.
7. Bow Bridge
Bow Bridge is a two-sided bridge that crosses an inlet in Central Park which runs east to west and bisects the land of Manhattan Island for approximately 1,200 feet. The bridge was constructed from 1859 to 1862 and is one-third of a mile long. The Bow Bridge’s construction and design is unique in its stone archways, undulating wooden deck, and location adjacent to over 102 acres of idyllic green space. It has become very popular for tourists and locals to take photos in. The best time of day to have your photos here is in the early morning before 10 AM to avoid crowds.
8. Gapstow Bridge
The iconic Gapstow Bridge in Central Park is a pedestrian bridge built to span the narrow valley that separates the two mountains flanking the eastern edge of the park’s Great Lawn. As its name suggests, it was originally built to allow horse carriage access for gapstow road, which used to run along the spine of Manhattan. Today it serves as a pedestrian path and one of the most popular jogs in all of Central Park. It was also featured in movies like Home Alone, and many others. A lot of proposals take place here and it is a great view of Billionaires Row and the Plaza Hotel.
9. Gothic Bridge
The Bridge is one of the most beloved attractions in Central Park. It was built in 1864 as part of the “ribbons of green” laid by Olmsted and Vaux; early New York City’s highly regarded landscape architects. The Bridge was erected by Jacob Wrey Mould, the most important English architect working in America in the mid-nineteenth century. Designed in a style then known as “Gothic,” it preserves many of the Gothic features common to Manhattan architecture, including its asymmetrical shape and clearly defined facade. Our famous bridge is a New York City icon. The ornamental cast-iron railings gracefully span the vista between the two roadways, giving the sense of an arch spanning a narrow river or canyon. Located at the eastern end of Central Park, this bridge offers a spectacular view of Manhattan’s skyline. It is lesser-known but it is equally amazing for photos!
10. Pine Bank Bridge
The Pine Bank Bridge, the oldest bridge in Central Park, connects the park’s 7-mile-long West Drive with its eastward counterpart, the Fifty-Ninth Street Road. Its name derives from the fact that this bridge spans one of New York City’s last remaining sections of pine forest. Constructed in 1859, this historic stone arch bridge is a five-bow structure and is one of the most romantic and quieter bridges inside Central Park.
11. Shakespeare Garden
The Shakespeare Garden lies in the southern section of the Central Park and is surrounded by the Bow Bridge, Gapstow Bridge, and Cherry Hill Fountain. The garden was originally designed by John Dimmock in 1872 who brought 66 plants to glorify William Shakespeare. The garden was later remodeled by Fredrick Law Olmstead in 1880 with new plants that were named to commemorate characters in Shakespeare’s plays. The Shakespeare Garden – one of the most photographed gardens in the world – is found in Central Park. It is located on the east side, just north of the 72nd Street Transverse and just south of Conservatory Water.
12. Belvedere Castle
Ascend the magnificent stone staircase of Belvedere Castle for sweeping views that will take your breath away. Belvedere Castle stands sentinel on a small island just off the southern tip of Central Park and is one of New York City’s most beloved landmarks. Measuring 35 feet high and 37 feet in diameter, this octagonal Gothic-style castle affords spectacular 360-degree views from its windows and is a beloved setting for Engagement Photo Locations.
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
The picturesque Bethesda Fountain is one of the most photographed sites in Central Park. The fountain, which was donated by William Conway, was erected in 1859 and has been the site of countless weddings and a favorite backdrop for television and film directors.
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 two years ago. 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. Conservatory Garden is an urban oasis in the middle of one of America’s most famous public parks. Visit this secluded, romantic setting and take in spectacular views of Central Park’s iconic buildings. Admire the trellises from which flowers and vines drape, creating a lush contrast to the surrounding architecture. Relish this unique setting—a space that channels both New York City’s vibrant culture and natural beauty.
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
One of the most quintessential landmarks of New York City, Central Park Reservoir offers a magnificent view of a timeless city. Constructed in the 1820s, the Central Park Reservoir holds one billion gallons of water and has been designated a historical landmark by the National Register of Historic Places.
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. Central Park Bethesda Terrace, a gift to the city from John W. and Mary Gibbs Ludlow, was originally designed as a terrace overlooking the lake. In 1868, the land was transformed into lawns and gardens by Jacob Wrey Mould, a landscape architect who worked on Central Park and Prospect Park. West of Bethesda Terrace, the North Woods was considered part of Central Park until 1898 when it became part of the newly formed Metropolitan Park Commission; in 1986 the name reverted to Central Park. One of the most popular engagement photo locations!
22. Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge, a historical landmark completed in 1883, is the most famous bridge in the United States and one of the oldest suspension bridges still used today. This innovative structure connects two boroughs of New York City, spanning the East River. It stands over 1,600 feet long and about 140 feet high at its highest point. This bridge serves as a Brooklyn icon and connects downtown Manhattan to downtown Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Bridge is a romantic place that loving couples often come to this bridge to take photos. These photos are love pieces of evidence that will bring a lot of happiness. We capture many of these photos in the sunset, sunrise, and all throughout the day, so you can get inspired by them. Brooklyn Bridge has been named the number one most romantic destination in the U.S. by TripAdvisor and so it is the perfect place to propose or celebrate an engagement with your special someone!
For more inspirational photos check out my blog post dedicated to photography in Brooklyn Bridge Park
23. Brooklyn Promenade
Brooklyn Promenade is a pedestrian mall and recreational park in Downtown Brooklyn, New York City. It extends from Fulton Street, near the Brooklyn Bridge, north to Adams Street at the edge of Pier 6 of the South Street Seaport; a distance of approximately three-quarters of a mile. It was designed by Angela Danadjieva and Jacques Gréber in a manner similar to Paris’s celebrated pedestrian axis, the Champs-Élysées. 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
Brooklyn Heights is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. It is located on the western edge of Downtown Brooklyn and is bounded by Cadman Plaza West to the north, Prospect Expressway to the west, the East River to the south, and Brooklyn Bridge Park on its eastern border. Taking a stroll in the 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
Founded in 1895, the Brooklyn Museum is among the city’s largest and most beloved cultural institutions. Home to over 1.5 million objects, both historical and contemporary, the museum provides educational programs for adults and children alike, as well as premier art exhibitions from around the world. 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 artwork 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. Check out more inspo here
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 is an Incredible new outdoor carousel and observation deck located in Brooklyn Bridge Park at Jane’s Walk. It was built on the site of the former Jane’s Carousel, which closed in 2004. 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 Viaduct
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
If you have ever visited the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City then you know that it is a small and cozy place for art exhibitions. It is neat, but not overwhelming, despite the fact that they have a lot to offer to art lovers. 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
Located near the financial district along the Hudson River, Battery Park in New York City is a great place to go for some fresh air, relaxation, and the downtown views of Manhattan. Once known as Bowling Green, it is now one of the most popular tourist attractions that draw thousands of visitors every year. The park offers a massive lawn that extends down to the Hudson River and it’s often covered with events and special programs throughout the year. Views at Battery Park are becoming more and more popular for engagement sessions because you also get park views, and also waterfront of the 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
In New York City, one of the most unique skyscrapers is called Flatiron Building. It stands on a triangular site at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway in Manhattan. The building epitomizes early 20th Century modernism with its surrounding plaza as the perfect blend of Brutalism and Beaux Arts design. If you’ve ever lived in Manhattan (or been to Manhattan), you’ve definitely seen the Flatiron Building. The Flatiron building is located in the heart of New York City. It’s not a skyscraper, but it’s the iconic building that sticks out around that area so it’s still pretty high and impressive.
40. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a living museum of plants, an oasis in the middle of the city. Its beauty and tranquility is also a place for retreat, reflection, and education. The Garden covers 265 acres of land along Brooklyn’s eastern border and includes a diverse range of terrain—marshes, woodlands, lawns, fields, rock outcroppings, and a 70-acre arboretum. 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 it’s a rainy day, you can go to the indoor greenhouse for some great engagement photos!
41. Prospect Park
Prospect Park was officially designated a public park and Brooklyn’s independence from Manhattan was celebrated by huge crowds. Today, the lush green spaces, meandering paths, formal gardens and majestic trees attract over 10 million visitors every year. The diversity of the park’s inhabitants mirrors that of Brooklyn itself: colorful birdhouses afford a glimpse into the secret lives of feathered friends, and celebrities mingle with everyday New Yorkers along the park’s many terraces. 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!
Thanks to the world’s tallest skyscraper, impressive views are promised at every corner of The Edge at Hudson Yards. The 1,000-foot-tall, 78-story residential building sits strategically at the lower end of Manhattan and has a bird’s-eye view of the city that people from all over the globe come to experience. In May 2015, the observation deck was unveiled by Related Companies, which brought this famous design concept to life with an immersive 360 environment. The Edge at Hudson Yards is one of my new favorite locations for an engagement session. With 360 degree views of Manhattan and far into New Jersey, these views make the Empire State building look tiny! You will be speechless when you go up there! Not even afraid of heights. 🙂
46. Public Hotel
The Public Hotel by Ian Schrager (PublicHotelNYC) is an urban hotel that emphasizes the art, experience, and discovery of New York City. With a location in the heart of the Lower East Side. This boutique hotel has 139 modern rooms and suites inspired by local areas around NYC: Chinatown, Harlem, Meatpacking District, LES. This hotel in New York City offers soundproof windows and private bathrooms. I love this hotel’s grand escalator that’s always fun for some artistic photoshoots 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 original 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
There are very few places on this planet that capture the energy of New York City better than Washington Square Park. The history behind the park is captivating – as it has been at the heart of New York for hundreds of years. Although “Washington Square” is now known to be named after President George Washington, it was in fact originally named “Columbia Square” after the statue of Columbia atop its small pedestal. The statue was added in 1794 (two years after Washington’s death) and was ordered from a French sculptor by area property owners who contributed to its cost. I grew up near Washington Square Park. It is a beautiful green space in the middle of row houses and NYU. There’s always eclectic individuals and artists spending some time around the area.
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 tiny island part disappears.
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 its 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 it’s worth it!
68. Graffiti Wall in Meatpacking District
Graffiti and street art are so colorful and fun. It is one of my favorite places to stop and take nice photos with my couples.
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 summertime.
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 quieter here unless it’s 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 it’s 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 summertime. It’s 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 of photos in this area.
80. The Ramble Central Park
I love taking couples to the Ramble in Central Park. It’s 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 it’s 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 it’s so raw and you can get some really great photos here.
83. City Hall Park
City Hall Park is lesser-known for photoshoots unless 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 make 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 of photos in the area. There’s always pockets of places that have some street art on them.
Williamsburg has so many artistic NYC engagement photo locations. It almost looks like a dreamland! This one, in particular, is at North Brooklyn Farms on the waterfront near Domino Park!
88. MTA Museum
Another great NYC engagement photo 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 NYC engagement photo location. 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 Schurz Park. It is also where Gracie Mansion resides. It is a beautiful hidden gem with multiple NYC engagement photo locations. We can do the whole session here to save time and get more photos in if you’d like.
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 huge fan of Zabars, why not make this a stop in your NYC engagement photo location bucket list? In fact, we can do the whole engagement session around that fun area!
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 at this charming NYC engagement photo location! 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! This venue alone has several distinctive NYC engagement photo locations to choose from.
99. Jackson Heights Queens
I love when my couples dress up as their favorite characters for their engagement 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 NYC engagement photo locations I’ve photographed, I am happy to share with you a guide on how to prepare for your engagement shoot with me.
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