When planning for your engagement session, one of the hardest things to decide on is location. Unless a couple has a spot in mind that has special meaning to them and their relationship, picking a location for their one and only engagement session can be difficult.
Since we have shot at many places, we thought we would compile a blog series of locations to help couples visualize what their photos would look like. Let’s start with New Jersey engagement photo locations that we love to work at!
With the waterfront, train station and local parks, Hoboken is a great location for a variety of photos. Starting your session earlier in the evening, you can capture the beautiful golden hour during sunset than capture night shots in front of the New York City skyline.
Just a short ride away from Hoboken, Liberty State Park in Jersey City has a similar feel. There is an old train station, the 9/11 memorial and the park on the waterfront. Just like Hoboken, we love to stay until dark to capture those night images.
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New Jersey Botanical Gardens/Skylands Manor in Ringwood, NJ is a great location with endless options of places to shoot. For couples who want a park feel but also have an interest in architecture, this is the spot for them.
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When we shot at Sandy Hook in Highlands, NJ for the first time it quickly became one of our favorite places to go. Besides being just a beach, there are park areas and old forts that we have used for variety. And if we haven’t stressed it enough…staying for night shots is important. Especially at Sandy Hook when you get an AMAZING sunset.
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Another first for us recently was Natirar Park in Gladstone, NJ. The grounds of the park are stunning. Our favorite spot was a little stream under a bridge that we can’t wait to go back and shoot at. This location is great for a couple who may be a bit more adventurous!
Love Asbury Park! With the beach, boardwalk and awesome artwork there are endless possibilities on where to shoot. This location is perfect for a more casual, laid back session.
More Asbury Park photos can be seen here:
When Jaclyn and Andrew suggested Hartshorne Woods for their engagement session, we were in for a treat! There are so many beautiful trails, the pier and waterfront that made us feel we were in another part of the country. Hartshorne is the perfect location for a beautiful fall session!
More Hartshorne Woods photos can be seen here:
Colonial Park is a park in Somerset County that has beautiful grounds, gardens and old buildings. This park is perfect for couples looking for photos full of greenery and flowers.
More Colonial Park photos can be seen here: Colonial Park engagement photos
Princeton, New Jersey has so many locations to shoot but our favorite spots are the Princeton Battlefield and Princeton University. The Battlefield has these grand columns that couples like to use for their photos. The Battlefield is often empty which gives us free reign to take photographs peacefully. The University campus is simply gorgeous! It has beautiful architecture that couples appreciate and love for their photos. For some reason, we have only shot on campus at night (makes for beautiful, elegant photos) but look forward to shooting on the grounds during the day!
We love hiking and the outdoors so when we recently discovered South Mountain Reservation, we had such a blast. There is quite a bit of walking in the park but it is so worth it!
More of South Mountain here: South Mountain Reservation engagement pictures
Sayen House & Garden is the perfect location for a lover of flowers and gardens. With tons of grounds to explore, the best time of year to visit is in the spring time.
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New Jersey has no shortage of beautiful gardens to photograph. A location we have visited recently was Deep Cut Gardens. There is so much to photograph on site- both indoor and out!
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Two more of our favorite gardens to visit are Willowwood Arboretum and Cross Estate Gardens. Each uniquely different, they both provide a beautiful backdrop for photos, no matter the season.
What better location to include in your session than the city you live in? A few couples have chosen their hometowns of Montclair. With its quaint parks and main streets, there is much to explore.
There are no shortage of beaches in NJ but one of our favorites is Island Beach State Park. It’s perfect for a casual and fun engagement session.
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There are so many other cool places that we would like to photograph an engagement session at that include the following: