As Long Island and NYC wedding photographers, we are constantly on the lookout for new and exciting locations to shoot engagement photos. And when it comes to urban settings, there are few places that can compare to the beauty and diversity of New York City. Here are our top five favorite spots in New York City (plus Jersey City!)  for engagement sessions: 

Gantry Park, Long Island City

Located on the East River, this park offers stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, as well as a variety of unique and interesting backgrounds for photos. Whether it's the industrial feel of the nearby gantries or the lush greenery of the park itself, Gantry Park is a versatile location that always delivers beautiful results.

DUMBO, Brooklyn

Another great spot for engagement photos in NYC is Dumbo, short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. This charming neighborhood, located in Brooklyn, is known for its cobblestone streets and historic brick buildings. The area also features a fantastic view of the Manhattan Bridge and the skyline. It's a great place for a romantic walk and taking photos.

Downtown Seaport

The Seaport District is a great spot for engagement photos because of its unique blend of old and new. The historic buildings provide a sense of nostalgia and character, while the modern waterfront offers a fresh and contemporary feel. Additionally, the Seaport District is a great spot for capturing the city skyline and the Brooklyn bridge in the background, making it a perfect spot for a mixture of urban and waterfront photos.

Central Park, New York City 

Of course, no discussion of urban engagement photo locations in NYC would be complete without mentioning Central Park. This world-famous park is a photographer's dream, with its lush greenery, beautiful gardens, and iconic landmarks like the Bethesda Fountain and the Bow Bridge. Whether you're looking for a classic, romantic shot or something a little more unexpected, Central Park has something to offer.

Liberty Park, Jersey City

An honorable mention even though it’s outside of NYC (but has the city views!) is Liberty Park. Located on the Jersey City waterfront, this park offers incredible views of the Manhattan skyline, as well as the Statue of Liberty. The park's large lawn and varied landscapes make it a perfect place for a variety of different shots.

These are just a few of our  favorite urban locations for engagement photos in NYC. Each one offers something unique and special, and we always enjoy the creative challenges and opportunities that they present. Whether you're a local or a tourist, these locations are must-see spots for any couple looking to capture the magic of their relationship in a beautiful and meaningful way. If you have another location in mind for your engagement session don’t hesitate to reach out!