I have lived in New York City for 16 years, and quite frankly, some parts of the city are simply crying out for an engagement shoot. While most people gravitate to Central Park and other iconic locations, there are a few spots around town that are underutilized – namely, Roosevelt Island, and today’s topic, Gantry Plaza State Park. In today’s blog, I give you all the details of Samantha and Cameron’s Gantry Plaza State Park engagement shoot from inner Long Island city to the waterfront and beyond.
Rupa and Ian picked an absolutely glorious day for their Gantry Plaza State Park engagement shoot. We started off in the north end of the park by the Pepsi sign and worked our way over to the docks. The weather was absolutely glorious, and the light added a special character to the shots. Rupa and Ian live nearby to the park, so we were able to include an outfit change in the shoot. If you want to shoot at Gantry Plaza but don’t live nearby, there are public restrooms in which you can change. One other thing to consider is that we encountered no hassle from the park staff because this was not an obvious photo shoot. You technically need to pay for a photo permit if you are going to take any photos here (aside from the usual tourist snapshots). The park staff is notorious for chasing wedding parties off of the property if you don’t have a permit in hand. My recommendation to all Gantry Plaza State Park photographers out there is to travel light with your equipment — I had one bag and one camera, that’s it. No tripods, assistants, or secondary light set ups. And you can forget about shooting here if you have an actual wedding party in tow. Last I checked, the permit was $130 and you will need it for any photos of a woman in a white dress. We were very lucky at this shoot to not have the staff hunt us down.
Enjoy the photos!
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