New Jersey Wedding & Portrait Photography

Show off that newly-engaged glow and get to know your photographers during an engagement shoot! Check out our post on why it is totally worth doing an engagement shoot before your wedding here.

There is no need to stress over where to have this fun, relaxed photoshoot done. Many couples overthink this, but there are probably far more locations in your life that are meaningful to you than you think! This post will help you to get some excellent engagement session ideas.

Read over our list of places to do your engagement shoot to get some inspiration for where to have Jenn & Ro capture some sweet, intimate moments between the two of you before the big day!


1. Where It All Began: The Place He Proposed

Some couples choose to have their proposal documented as their engagement shoot! This can be incredibly sweet, as the moment of pure surprise on her face will be captured. 

Even if you don’t have photographers there to capture the moment of the engagement, this is still a great place to return for your professional engagement photos. It will hold so much meaning and significance for the rest of your lives- it’s where you said yes to spending forever together! Why not return to it for some fun photos? After all, what better way to capture an engagement than the place it all started!

2. At Your Favorite Restaurant

Meaningful memories often happen with food, so why not take advantage of recreating a sweet moment the two of you remember at your favorite restaurant?

During your photography engagement session, you can have your ideal ambiance and your special song playing in the background. Mood, set.

3. Doing Your Favorite Activity

You both enjoy playing board games or cooking!

What better way to capture your personality than in the heat of gameplay or the comedy of contemplating your next move? Doing the dance you do around each other in the kitchen to make every ingredient come together perfectly? 

If you are doing something you love together, your smiles are sure to be genuine, and it’ll be a cherished memory to look back on for years to come!

4. Where You First Met Each Other

The place where your story begins is a beautiful place to return over and over again as a couple. It is something that will always stand out as a special memory to the two of you! Why not return for your professional engagement photos to be taken?

Whether your first meeting was a discussion at the library or fumbling to open the local coffee shop door, going back to your beginnings is a wonderful memory. You’ll be glad you have these photos of this unique spot to show your future family!

5. At Home – With Furry Friends, Of Course!

Maybe you’ve started your life together by renting an apartment or buying a house before the wedding. These are huge milestones in your relationship, and these places will always hold a special place in your heart!

Plus, if you are taking pictures at home, you can include your pet in the session easily! Purchasing a pet together or one party in the couple becoming a secondary parent to a pet are also meaningful moments, and it would be fabulous to have this special bond between you two in your engagement photos.

What better way to capture your new family than by including a beloved shared pet in your session? We are HUGE dog people! Let us capture the love between the two of you AND the love you share for Fido that strengthens your bond! 

6. Your Favorite Skyline

Your city is beautiful at any time of the year, and the skyline shares where you live now, a beautiful location that might change with time. Make time stand still by having your engagement photos done against this incredible backdrop. 

7. A Downtown Urban Session

Fun and funky, pictures in alleyways or otherwise undiscovered locations of your area make for a more intimate view of the city. 

It’ll be like you have the place all to yourselves- what a fun, unique memory to create during your engagement shoot!

8. An Amusement Park: 

Are you huge Disney fans? Love a good fair? There are so many fantastic photo opportunities at an amusement park!

You can be caught strolling hand in hand, sharing a funnel cake, with the wind blowing your hair on a ride, or showing that competitive edge on some bumper cars.

If being a fun-loving couple is the vibe you are going for in your engagement session, an amusement park may be the perfect spot for you! 

9. At Your Favorite Coffee Shop

Quirky and cozy, local mom and pop shops are a great way to take a quick break to refuel.

While there, we will catch some local gems of architecture. Your shots with this in the background will be show-stoppers.

10. During Your Favorite Season

While this isn’t a location per se, it is something you want to consider! When is the wedding being held? If you are having a summer wedding, it might be fun to have some professional snowy pictures of the two of you since that is something you won’t get on the big day!

Or, if you can’t stand the cold, it might be worth it to book a trip somewhere warm to walk hand in hand along the beach. We are willing to travel with you! 

Catching the nuances of the seasons can be incredible. Everything from a winter wonderland to leaves of fall. Or flowers in spring to the lush, green summers in nearby fields and forests. These backdrops are all something you will want to see in the stunning photos of you and your future life partner! Enjoy!

If you are a local couple in New Jersey or New York and want more wedding inspiration like check out our blog posts on great spots to do your engagement photos close to home

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