As someone who regularly photographs NYC engagement photos, there are definitely a ton of beautiful, epic locations in the city for your engagement pictures. While places like Top of the Rock, Bow Bridge, Prospect Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park all stand out, we can’t get over a classic Central Park engagement session.
Meander through Central Park finding all your favorite spots like Bethesda Terrace and Bethesda Fountain, any of the foot bridges, and gardens. Depending on the time of year you’ll find cherry blossoms, and lush gardens, or snow covered bridges. The environments inside Central Park offer a diverse range of backdrops for your engagement photos all in one location.
Planning Your Central Park Engagement Photos
In New York City, you’ll want to do engagement photos just about anywhere. As frequent photographers in New York, we cannot recommend Central Park enough. With easy planning, and flexibility, it’s one of our favorite places for engagement photos for your NYC wedding.
If you’re looking for something specific, planning out a walking route using one of the maps of Central Park is totally essential. It’s easy to get lost in the park and spend hours just enjoying all it has to offer.
Planning your outfits for your engagement photos might take a little less effort. Fortunately Central works well for more formal engagement photos and outfits, as well as a more casual vibe too! You could plan a picnic, go on a boat ride, or just stroll through the park. Whether you want to adventure through the paths or find cobblestone streets, Central Park offers a lot for photos.
As an NYC engagement photographer, I cannot recommend enough to bring layers. Finding a bathroom can be a little tricky, and the weather can also fluctuate in the city pretty quickly. Having layers means you’ll be able to find variety in what you’re wearing as well as cope with the weather a little better.
Using Your NYC Wedding Photographer for Engagement Photo and Video
I always recommend working with your photographer before your wedding day. It gives you the opportunity to work together, and make sure y’all mesh, and love what your photographer provides. If your expectations aren’t met with your engagement photos they likely won’t be met with your wedding photos — so it’s important to do this “trial run” with your wedding photographer.
Using someone who’s familiar with NYC is essential! The city can be rough to navigate, between some of the regulations of parking, to just finding public bathrooms. There are a ton of nuances to working in the city, and you want your wedding photographer to be familiar with them.
The History of Central Park
Built in 1858 to meet the needs of city goers, the park provided a much needed oasis to the rapidly growing city. You wouldn’t expect this, but Central Park provides a stop over for over 200 bird species migrating south each year.
When the park was originally built, the design was decided on through a competition. Over 33 designs were submitted as part of the Central Park design competition. The design we know and love today, the Greensward design, was modeled after English gardens.
Things to Do for Your Central Park Engagement Photos
You don’t just have to walk around or have a picnic in the fields. You could do so much for your engagement photos in Central Park. Bring your fishing rods, and catch (and release) some fish on the pond, or head out boating through the parks programming. You could also bike through Central Park for your engagement photos, or bring your dog with you!
What to Wear for Your NYC Engagement Photos
Whatever you want! No really, it’s super important to feel comfortable first for your NYC engagement photos. The beauty of New York is how colorful the city is — you don’t need to go super formal, or wear what your mama you tells you to. Let your individuality shine through your clothing.
I will say it’s helpful to have a few colors that are featured throughout your outfits. It’ll tie your clothing together to make you both look styled. I’d also reach out to your hair and makeup artist and schedule your trial or a session before your engagement photos to get to know your hair and makeup artist better.
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