NYC ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER
CITY LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY // ALEXIS BURYK // SERVING THE NYC METROPOLITAN AREA
Thinking of celebrating your upcoming marriage with an engagement session in NYC?
If so, you’re in the right spot! Whether you’re a native New Yorker or visiting from out of town, NYC has some amazing spots for taking engagement photos.
And I’m not talking about those super cheesy-and-omg-I-am-so-uncomfortable-I-feel-like-a-robot engagement sessions.
I’m talking about photos capturing not only your authentic selves + unique relationship, but also your other true love: NYC.
I’ve loved working with couples all across the city to create photos that really reflect who they are
and what their personal NYC looks like.
In this guide you’ll find…
1. Some photo inspo for NYC engagement sessions
2. Info on what to keep in mind while you’re planning your session
3. Ideas for sessions that aren’t your typical prom-pose-in-front-of-the-Empire-State-Building
(although of course I do love the Empire State Building!)
A GALLERY OF NYC ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS
A LITTLE ABOUT ME
And why I love photographing NYC engagement sessions…
Hi, friend(s)! I’m Alexis, the head photog here
at City Love Photography
* I photograph weddings mainly in the city,
and the metro NYC area— the boroughs, LI, NJ…
I am originally from north Jersey,
so I consider it all local
* I moved into Manhattan as a freshman at NYU
many moons ago, and now proudly call Queens
my home (and AOC my rep!)
* I am thoroughly obsessed with every corner
of this great + ridiculous city, and love photographing NYC engagement sessions because I enjoy seeing
the city from a new perspective every time,
getting to know you + your personal NYC,
and learning something fresh about places I’ve been
a million times before or am somehow just getting to visit for the first time
(Governor’s Island, I’m looking at you)
You’re visiting this page most likely because you’ve decided or are trying to decide if you want to have an engagement session in NYC. Some of you may be on the fence on whether or not you even want an engagement session at all, because you’re a total planner and most of what you’ve seen in your research in terms of engagement sessions is pretty cheesy and forced and feels not at all personal. Which should kind of be the point of a portrait session, right?
You want the photos to actually resemble you.
My style is grounded, fun, and rooted in documenting genuine moments. With a name like City Love Photography, you can imagine that my specialty is capturing the smallest of intimate gestures AND the context of the full cacophony of architecture + built environment that we have here in NYC.
Basically like the most magical date night ever, or your perfect Saturday morning coffee run,
except documented in photos for you to keep forever (and not just on your phone).
NYC ENGAGEMENT SESSION PLANNING ADVICE
1) Keep it real:
In my experience, the key to getting great photos during your engagement session isn’t about looking a certain way,
using over-the-top props, or making a strict plan and sticking to it. Like your wedding itself, my advice for your engagement session is to start
with something you two truly love doing together and let the time unfold as it will.
Whether it’s an activity like walking your dog in Prospect Park,
hanging out together at your local corner bar on Ditmars Blvd,
or getting a little dressed up and going out for those bonkers expensive cocktails at Little Branch because that’s where you had your first date,
starting with something you enjoy makes the session more about documenting you two in your natural state,
rather than imposing outside expectations. That also goes a long way to keeping you both relaxed + happy,
and relaxed + happy people make for awesome photos.
2) Keep it light:
I’ll say it: NYC is a damn good-looking town 24/7. However, in terms of engagement photography,
there are two sweet spots in the day you should know if you want the best engagement photos: right after sunrise and right before sunset.
The second thing that makes awesome photos is excellent light,
so planning your session for a time of day when you are more likely to have great light is really important.
Bonus for morning sessions— if you really do have your heart set on more popular destinations like the High Line,
super early sessions make it more likely you two can have the place alllll to yourselves.
3) Make it a legit date:
Wedding planning can be a challenging process, sometimes in really unexpected ways.
Not to mention that while you are planning, you are also, you know, still living your regularly scheduled life!
Choosing to do an engagement session gives you photos of the two of you in a way that’s more low-key than your wedding portraits could ever be, and it’s also an opportunity for you to take a damn break from the process, reconnect with each other, and be truly present in the moment of this time in your lives.
THE BEST TIMES OF YEAR FOR YOUR SESSION
Look, is there really a bad time of year in New York?
There are literally popular songs written about pretty much every season,
but that being said, it’s good to know what you want visually represented in your photos.
In the fall, NYC is all crunchy leaves and cozy dates for coffee or old-fashioned. This is a great time for walks in the park to catch the foliage.
In Spring, the weather is comfortable and if you time things right, visiting the cherry blossoms in Central Park is an awesome activity.
Summertime can be a bit trickier since the humidity is absurd and you don’t want to look like a drowned pizza rat in your photos,
but you can’t be the long stretches of available light and potentially gorgeous sunsets late into the evenings. My advice for summer is to keep hydrated and make sure to have set air-conditioned spots nearby so you can cool off + freshen up!
Lastly, winter is great for at-home sessions, or if you are feeling adventurous/game to be a little red-nosed and really want to take advantage of the quieter sidewalks, I’m always game to bring a couple of handwarmers and make some beautiful photos happen in the snow :)
NYC ENGAGEMENT SESSION IDEAS
1) Take a walk to Transmitter Park and get coffee at Ovenly
2) Drinks at your fave local bar and then a cozy in-home session to document your shared home
3) Portraits in Washington Square Park and stop by Mamoun’s to get falafel
4) Sunset walk with your dog along that weird + wonderful part of the East River near 14th St
5) Grab momos from your fave spot in Jackson Heights and hop in a Lyft to take portraits at the Unisphere
6) Sunrise photos on the High Line and then grab coffees at Joe
7) Get dressed up for your engagement party at Celestine and do photos beforehand in Brooklyn Bridge Park
8) Summertime stroll through Astoria Park
9) Drinks at Lavendar Lake or Black Mountain Wine House,
and then meander around Gowanus, while pretending there aren’t sludge monsters in the canal🤷
10) Classic NYC autumn session at Bethesda Fountain
11) Portraits around Chinatown and then head into Nom Wah for dim sum
12) A walk across the Williamsburg bridge at sunset
13) Grab slices from your favorite pizza spot and have a picnic in Prospect Park
14) Wander around Governor’s Island + get oysters at Island Oyster
15) Portraits near the spot where you decided you wanted to spend your lives in partnership with each other
16) Your own personal most favorite thing to do together in the city
Wherever you end up deciding to do your NYC engagement session,
I hope it’s totally fun + genuine,
reminds you of why you love and are committing to each other,
and that when you look at your photos you think— that’s us and the city we love <3
Thinking about doing an engagement session in NYC? I’d love to be considered as your photographer!
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