Engagement shoot season is in full gear here in New York City. As such, I thought I would present to you my definitive list of engagement shoot ideas. I send this list to all of my new clients. One other resource I send to clients is a list of engagement shoot tips, featuring everything from what to wear to how to stand. If you would like to receive the list, just drop me a line and I will send it out to you pronto.
So, without more ado, here is the list of NYC engagement shoot ideas (accompanied by photos of the lovely Seema and Sumit, whose engagement photos I took in Central Park and Grand Central):
The best engagement shoots happen in a location near and dear to both of your hearts:
- Wedding ceremony site (this is a great way to have a dry run for your wedding day photos)
- Reception site (same concept, and a nice day contrast to the final wedding reception photos if your reception will be held at night)
- Where you proposed
- Where you had your first date
- Where you first met
- Your home or apartment
Perhaps there is a local landmark or venue that is significant to you both or because it represents both of your interests:
- Scenic neighborhoods (Harlem, West Village, East Village, Lower East Side, Times Square, Jackson Heights, Astoria, Chinatown, Wall Street, Carroll Gardens, Red Hook)
- Local park (Brooklyn Bridge Park, Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side, Battery Park and Riverside with water front views, or the classic Central Park; keep in mind that some public parks require permits [Gantry State Park, the Conservatory in Central Park])
- Botanical gardens (Brooklyn, New York, or Queens Botanical Gardens)
- Beach (Coney Island, Fire Island, Long Beach)
- Swanky hotel (‘Mad Men’ retro lobby, or perhaps a rooftop bar with a great view of the city)
- Industrial area (Greenpoint in Brooklyn or even a local junkyard)
- Local store (vinyl record store, wine store, gourmet shop for foodies, retro hardware store)
- Local landmarks (Grand Central Terminal, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Rockefeller Center, Flatiron Building, Brooklyn Bridge, the High Line)
- For a specifically ‘New York’ feel to your shoot, here is a link to list of landmarks in the city
- Special transportation (trollies, trains, subway, Staten Island Ferry)
- Classic restaurant (a diner or perhaps something more upscale with a lounge area)
- Retro movie theater (for film buffs who met over popcorn)
- School campus (your alma mater)
- Museum grounds
Activity shoots are a great way to bring a more ‘documentary’ feel to your photos:
- Engage in an activity (play a sport together you both love, go bowling, have a picnic, take a bike ride)
- Take a road trip (photos along the way, extra points is you are driving a car special to you both or with a retro feel)
- Take part in an event (carnival, county fair, street fair)
When you’re thinking of where you want to have your engagement portrait shot, it’s important to also think about a backup location. April is a popular time for engagement shoots, and it’s also one of the most unpredictable, weather-wise. Grand Central Terminal and hotels are great indoor options, and they don’t require permits.
To see more examples of recent engagement shoots, please visit my website.
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