Portrait and Engagement Photos: NYC Best Photo Spots
Known as “The Big Apple,” New York, NYC is home to some of the greatest landmarks and sites to photograph. From a prominent skyline to beautiful streets and alleyways, there is no shortage of scenes that are sure to make for the best shot. And with five boroughs, there are many beautiful places to see and explore. Whether you’re planning your engagement photos session or want to explore as a tourist visiting the city for a week, there are many places that you need to check out. To help you get started, Redfin reached out to experts, including me, to highlight our favorite New York City photo spots to visit in and around the city.
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One of the most historic and most beautiful places for a photo shoot with NYC skyline views and the best places to see both the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge at the same time. Please don’t miss out on the photo spot opportunity for an incredible photo on Washington St to see the Manhattan Bridge perfectly lined up between buildings. Around sunset, you will see the skyline twinkle as you have never seen it before – the best spot for a skyline photo is by Jane’s Carousel. After taking all the epic photos, I recommend sticking around and enjoying dinner at Time Out Market or waiting in line at Julianna’s for the best pizza in town. Check out a full engagement or elopement gallery in DUMBO
The best time to take photos at Brooklyn Bridge is at sunrise to beat the crowds. Mon-Fri foot traffic is high around 7 am as people race from BK side to Manhattan side to get to work on time. I also suggest taking photos from the Brooklyn side so you have a beautiful backdrop of the NYC skyline in your photos. I don’t necessarily photograph a lot here because I am not much of a morning person haha
TOP PICK best photo spots in NYC: I like to start at W 72ND Street (Strawberry Fields) and walk my way to Bethesda Terrace & Fountain for photos and end at Bow Bridge. Central Park is the most iconic and romantic location for a photo shoot. Please note that there will be lots and lots of other photo shoots taking place at the same time, who have the same idea as you! 🙂
Looking to take photos surrounded by European-style architectural wonders and get that NYC high-class/fashion vibe in your photos? I encourage you to be patient and wait for a taxi to drive by in some of your photos – so it completes the photograph;) One of my favorite streets is on cross streets Greene st & Broome st.
Check out the SoHo engagement photos galleries: ONE | TWO
I love taking photos at Seaport as it still holds the historic charm of NYC. The cobblestone streets, coffee shop/bookstore, and well-preserved historic buildings make it one of the best photo spots for a photoshoot in NYC. You can also catch a stellar sunset here on the waterfront!