This top 5 guide of the best places in New York City for photoshoots will help couples choose a location they really want, not just one that might be convenient. In beautiful New York City, you’ll find a cesspool of people, dinners and shops, and a plethora of locations big and small that make the picturesque backdrop for a photoshoot. I know, I know, it might seem overwhelming at first, but that’s why a professional photographer is here for guidance.
Miranda Suess is the Brooklyn – based photographer of Suess Moments. Specializing in photographing couples in love in all chapters in their life, from just dating, to proposals, to engagement photos, to weddings, to the moment they build a family and need headshots for their social media profiles. She has photographed couples around New York City in all kinds of places – from parks, to iconic Instagram-worthy spots, and skyline views. Follow Miranda on instagram here !
The iconic spot in Dumbo , Brooklyn NYC features brick roads and an opening between buildings that captures such a perfect view of the Manhattan Bridge located on Washington Street. It will absolutely take your breath away. It is usually crowded with loads of people trying their best to get the shot for their Instagram or memory with family while cars are trying to pass by without running anyone over. So be prepared for quick instruction on what to do for your photoshoot moment and remain aware as you’ll need to move quickly out of the way for an Escalade. Dumbo has loads of options of places where to have your photoshoot – check out the map below of the best places in DUMBO Brooklyn for photoshoots. Usually can visit all these places within 90 minutes.
To be honest, Central Park could really be an entire list of its own; it’s just that big! But for your sake, we’ll try to keep this short and sweet. Central Park is roughly 843 acres of photographic opportunity waiting for us! From the famous historical Gapstow Bridge and Bow Bridge to the eye-catching Bethesda Terrace and Fountain and the Conservatory Gardens, you have more than enough to choose from. And honestly, the biggest issue we have at Central Park is never wanting to leave. Please check out their website to purchase a permit if you choose Conservatory Garden. Most importantly, you will need atleast an hour to cover a few spots – but if you want to visit more than a few, I recommend booking longer than an hour session if you prefer not to rush through the park during photoshoot.
If it isn’t obvious, the bridge is a big deal. And while the Brooklyn Bridge can easily be seen from the Dumbo area or Brooklyn Bridge Park, the opposite side of the bridge has its own special powers that lure in couples and photographers. Sure, the bridge is beautiful from far away, but how about up close and personal? Taking your engagement photos on the bridge from Brooklyn’s side is a whole other experience. From here, you can see just the tops of the distant buildings and the symmetry of the sidewalk makes for very artistic shots. Pro tip: this is astounding at sunset and sunrise! Keep in mind sunrise has less people than during sunset with inevitable large crowds and busy bicyclists. Pro tip #2: Plan at least one hour to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge , snap photos + soak in the views!
The largest park in Brooklyn, and I have to say.. the most underrated compared to Central Park. It’s in my neighborhood and I offer discounts for photoshoots taken place here (just ask)! It offers gorgeous water views, lush greenery and has hidden whimsical gems. Near Grand Army Plaza (North side) you will find a farmers market almost every Saturday 🙂
It’s about an hour away from Manhattan, but SO worth the mini roadtrip to a hidden waterfall (no hike required) just a short distance outside of the city. Pack a bathing suit, bug spray, a towel and some cute clothes you want to get real wet and romantic in. Best to book a session early in the morning or a week day as there are only limited parking spots and is first come first serve! A photoshoot here ranges $499-$649
As a photographer, I want to be honest with you too. In addition to the other things we’ve mentioned, you might consider each location based on the time of day you want to shoot. We’ve learned over the years what time of day works best and why. For example, avoiding photos in the middle of the day is in your best interests, trust us. First off, because each spot will be very busy during the day with tourists and might not be as crazy later on, but also because the light mid-day is very harsh on your skin, the camera, and your squinting eyes. Choosing a time within 1-2 hours of sunrise and sunset are going to give us the clearest and most natural looking pictures. The warm light puts a glow on skin and hair:)
We know that is a lot of information, but let’s face it, your photoshoot doesn’t happen often. If you and your partner do the research, we all prepare together, and you both trust me to photograph this special moment, I promise you will not be disappointed. Just remember, do your planning, check for permits, choose a package that works for the spots you’d like, and start communicating with Suess Moments as soon as possible to plan your New York City engagement session one to remember.
Miranda Suess is a Brooklyn, New York City Wedding and Engagement Photographer available for travel to San Diego, Florida, Arizona, New Jersey and Destinations around the world. Affordable Wedding Photographer - Sweet Moments is Suess Moments aka Seuss Moments. Best NYC - Manhattan - Brooklyn Photographer !