Engagement Session Locations
I'm often asked what location I'd recommend for an engagement session. One of the goals I have as a photographer is to make sure that your images represent you. Choosing a location that fits your preferences, personalities and maybe even some history can be a really great way to add a personal touch to your images. Here are some of the locations I've used for my couples. Feel free to look through, and hopefully this can provide some inspiration for selecting a location that you will work for you!
Although I do have some recommended locations that are within the area I cover at no additional cost, you are absolutely welcomed and encouraged to use the location that suits your style and vision best. I'm always looking forward to photographing a new locations and making sure that we can create something unique for you. Locations outside of the area I cover will have a travel fee depending on distance.
This is one of my most requested locations. With a relatively accessible location in Central NJ, Princeton University provides easy access to a location with quite a bit of variety. Aside from all the paths, beautiful buildings, and stone structures, we have the option of capturing a "Small-town feel" just a block away at Palmer Square. Ideally weekday evening would be our best bet to avoid crowds. Check out a few of the sessions I've done at Princeton University.
Exchange Place, Jersey City
Exchange Place in Jersey City is one of my favorite locations. It's definitely a location that lends itself to an edgier look and provides quite the wide variety of colors and textures from cobblestone streets to brick buildings to columns and stone walls. Exchanges Place has some pretty cool elements that help create some beautiful images, one of which of course is its incredible view to the City. Check out some of the sessions I've done at Exchange Place and Jersey City
The Art Factory, Paterson NJ
The Art Factory is absolutely one of the most unique locations I get to photograph. Some of the things I LOVE about the Art Factory are the size of the location, the variety of textures (old wood and brick) and the character of the entire place. I've been there multiple times and find new things to photograph EVERY TIME! Additionally it's one of the few places that will give you indoor and outdoor options in case of inclement weather.
Photography Session Fee | $100 per person onsite
Liberty State Park, Jersey City NJ
Liberty State Park is a very popular location for session. It's beautiful, provides a bit of variety with brick textures and some greenery and trees. At the right time of the year you might even catch the Cherry Blossoms. Two of the great features it has are the old train station and the view to the NYC Skyline. As popular as it is, I recommend only photographing this location on weekdays. On weekends Liberty State Park tends to get pretty full making it difficult to find locations where we can avoid too many people in our images. Check out some of my Liberty State Park engagement sessions below!
Van der Goot Rose Garden, Franklin Township NJ
Van der Goot Rose Garden is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL little park with some really unique things about it. This park has a few different color cottages, a small bridge, beautiful trees, a small rose garden. So many options for beautiful backdrops. In addition, the light here is gorgeous especially around sunset. I can't really gage how popular of a location it is since every time I've been there, I haven't had any issues with crowds or being in anyone's way. Here are some of the session I've done there
Hoboken is another one of the city-like locations in NJ that I love for engagement sessions. It actually has quite a few similarities to the areas in Jersey City that I love to photograph. The textures, the buildings, cobblestone streets like the one pictured here. One difference is the piers which look like parks that are right at the water's edge. It's another great way to incorporate the city look while taking advantage of the view to NYC's Skyline. Check out a couple of my Hoboken engagement sessions below
Sterlingbrook Farm, Pittstown NJ
This little farm is a hidden gem! I had the opportunity to photograph here a couple of times. The location includes a beautiful rustic barn which we can sometimes gain access to use inside, wooden fences, some hills. It's just so charming. Check out some of the sessions I've done here
PRIVATE PROPERTY | Permission Required
Riverside Gardens Park and Downtown Redbank NJ. It's easy to get the best of both of these locations in one session since they are just a couple of short blocks away from each other. Riverside Gardens gives you the greenery, and the look and light you'd generally get at a waterside park while Downtown Redbank gives you some small town charm with streets full of mom n' pop shops and restaurants. Check out a few of the sessions I've done here!
I've only been to Willowwood Arboretum once and fell in love. Such a beautiful mix of nature and rustic textures. There are some open fields, paths, old structures, and a barn. But all of this with some beautiful light can make an incredibly romantic setting for a couple. Check out the session below to see more.
Permit Required with $450 Fee.
Asbury Park, Asbury NJ
Asbury Park is a super popular location. It's not hard to see what makes this location so appealing for photos. The boardwalk, stores, restaurants, the beach, the casino pier, wall murals.. I mean there is so much to use! The downside? It's pretty popular. So it's highly recommended to use this location on weekdays only. Weekends bring in a ton of beach goers which could make it impossible to find parking and locations to photograph. But on a weekday the variety of images we can create is well worth it. Check out a session done at Asbury Park below.
Brooklyn. I think just the word itself says everything you need to know about photographing in this location. But I'll elaborate anyway. This is definitely for anyone that love the city feel. Brooklyn Bridge Park provides an incredible view to the bridge as well as some paths, Jane's Carousel, and quick access to cobblestone streets. One of the best things about city locations is that they usually work just as beautifully after sunset when we can incorporate the city lights. It truly is an iconic location for a session. Check out a couple of the sessions I've done in Brooklyn!
Cross Estate Gardens, Bernardsville NJ
Cross Estate Garden is somewhat of a hidden gem. An open field with gorgeous light, a pergola wrapped in vines and a beautiful garden carved with paths. Even the gravel road leading up to the estate provides an incredible view. It definitely sets the tone of romance in nature. As always, I recommend starting about an hour and a half before sunset, particularly at a place like this where the sun coming over the trees makes some pretty spectacular light.
There are a couple of beaches that I've photographed but here are two that stand out. Sandy Hook and Island Beach State Park. Sandy Hook has a bit more variety with the old bunkers, some paved roads, and the old Battery Structures. But both have AMAZING sunsets and if you head to the right spot, you can be secluded enough to have the beach to yourself.