One of the most exciting parts of getting engaged is planning an engagement photo shoot. Most couples use these photos for their save-the-date cards and wedding websites. However, it’s also a great opportunity to practice working with a photographer and getting comfortable in front of the camera before your big day.
Before you book your engagement photographer, you’ll need to decide where you want to shoot. While you can do an indoor photo shoot, an outdoor setting with lots of natural light and vibrant colors is often best for these types of photos. If you’re looking for the perfect backdrop for your New Jersey engagement photo shoot, here are a few popular locations that many couples choose:
1. The beach
If you live near the Jersey Shore, why not plan a photo shoot on at your favorite beach? The crashing ocean waves and the sand beneath your toes set a romantic mood for your early morning or sunset photo session. Plan your engagement shoot for the off-season if you want to avoid the summer beach crowds.
Wineries aren’t just for your bachelorette weekend — they’re also the perfect place to take engagement photos! Take breathtaking pictures in the scenic vineyards, then stop in for a wine tasting after your session. Cape May Winery in Cape May, Laurita Winery in New Egypt, and Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes are all great choices.
3. The boardwalk
Few things are more lively and exciting than the boardwalk of a shore town. Many New Jersey couples have nostalgic memories of family vacations and fun evenings at Point Pleasant, Seaside Heights, Asbury Park, Pier Village, Atlantic City and other Jersey Shore boardwalks. Think of all the adorable moments your engagement photographer can capture as you play games, share an ice cream cone, or cuddle up on a boardwalk bench!
4. State parks
If you’re looking for a rustic, woodsy feel to your engagement photos, try one of New Jersey’s many beautiful state parks. Walk the trails with your sweetie and let your photographer work their magic. Some good options include Allaire State Park (Wall Township), Cheesequake State Park (Old Bridge), Hacklebarney State Park (Long Valley/Chester), and Liberty State Park (Jersey City).
5. Botanical gardens/arboretums
What better place to take photos in The Garden State than a beautiful botanical garden? For central New Jersey couples, Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick and Deep Cut Gardens in Middletown are extremely popular engagement shoot locations with plenty of gorgeous backdrops and natural settings to choose from. Other gorgeous gardens include the New Jersey State Botanical Gardens (Ringwood), Brookdale Park Rose Garden (Bloomfield/Montclair), and Frelinghuysen Arboretum (Morristown).
Other unique New Jersey engagement photo shoot locations
Not into the idea of a beach, garden, or state park? There are plenty of other incredible and unique places in New Jersey to take your engagement pictures. Try one of these unique photo shoot locations:
- Local farms – Perona Farms, Duke Farms, Demarest Farms
- Historical villages – Waterloo Village, Fort Lee Historic Park, Batsto Village
- Sculpture gardens – Grounds for Sculpture, Wildflower Sculpture Park, Clifton Arts Center & Sculpture Park
- University campuses – Princeton University, Monmouth University, Rowan University
- Mountain views – Mountain Creek Resort, Neshanic Valley Golf Course, Delaware Water Gap
No matter where you choose to have your photo shoot, you’re sure to find a picture-perfect location in our home state of New Jersey. If you’re shooting in a public place, be sure to check local regulations to find out if you need to reserve your shoot and/or secure a permit before taking photos there.
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