Top Engagement Session Photo Locations in NJ
When planning for an engagement session the hardest thing to do is pick a location. Unless a couple already has a place in mind that means something to them, they usually are not sure where they want to shoot their engagement session. Since I have photographed at many places, I figured I would give some insight into some amazing locations in New Jersey to shoot your engagement session.
Asbury Park Boardwalk – Asbury, NJ
The Asbury Park Boardwalk has become one of my new favorite places to do an engagement session at! The murals that they have there will make your photos just POP! The boardwalk is never really too crowded and if you go on an off day, you will pretty much have the entire place to yourself!
Cross Estate Gardens – Bernardsville, NJ
This is a hidden gem of NJ. Cross Estate Gardens is located about 30 minutes North of New Brunswick, NJ. This location is great for any season and really offers a lot of variety for any type of session! I love this location and there are only a few locations like this in New Jersey.
Verona Park – Verona, NJ
Located right in the middle of Verona, NJ, Verona Park has a lot of character and is probably one of my favorite places to shoot. From the bridge, lake, hundreds of trees, and beautiful trail, there are many spots to photograph here!
Skyland Manor & New Jersey Botanical Gardens
Another hidden gem located on the NJ/NY border, the New Jersey Botanical Gardens is one of the largest gardens in NJ and has a TON to offer for all seasons of sessions. This place does require a permit, however, it is fairly cheap and easy to obtain! One of my favorite spots to shoot!
Long Beach Island, NJ
Probably one of the best beaches to shoot on. LBI has an array of amazing locations and the beaches are clean and free to get on to. It also has one of the best sunsets in the state of NJ.
With 30 acres of land, this beautiful barn sits on the outskirts of Allentown, NJ. If you are into rustic barns and beautiful sunsets for your engagement session, then I would choose this hidden gem.
Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk – Point Pleasant, NJ
Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk is the perfect place for a summer Friday night out with the family, but have you ever thought about using it for your engagement session? It is a great place to have a beach and boardwalk date night. Plus, you get a photographer following you around like your famous!
Hoboken Waterfront – Hoboken, NJ
The Hoboken Waterfront is a great location to get a little taste of the city added to your session. The beautiful NYC skyline as your backdrop does not disappoint at this location. Like the botanical gardens, I also recommend shooting here during the Spring, Summer, and early Fall.
Allaire State Park – Wall, NJ
A state park located in Wall, NJ. Historic Allaire State Park is perfect all year round, but best in the fall. The leaves are beautiful, colorful and not to mention huge! These historic buildings add a beautiful touch and variety to the images as well. I highly recommend this location for your fall engagement sessions.
Historic Batsto Village – Hammonton, NJ
Historic Batsto Village is another hidden gem in NJ. Similar to Allaire State Park, it has a ton of variety including a lake, a historic village, and tons of colorful trees. For anyone located in South Jersey, this is a place I’d highly recommend.
Sayen House and Gardens – Hamilton, NJ
This beautiful Garden in Hamilton NJ is perfect for couples, families and just about anything. They have a wide variety of locations to shoot at and it is beautiful all year round. No permits are required for this location.
Deep Cut Gardens – Middletown, NJ
These beautiful gardens in the center of Monmouth County are a beautiful location for weddings and engagements. Equipped with a greenhouse, rose garden, and beautiful flowers, this hidden gem is stunning in all seasons. I don’t recommend going in the summer though, it is super hot in the sun.
Liberty State Park – Jersey City, NJ
Located in Jersey City, NJ, Liberty State Park is a staple location for NJ wedding and engagement photographers. I recommend this location for a city feel but not actually in NYC. The skyline adds a beautiful backdrop and this place has a TON to offer. I suggest shooting here at sunrise or sunset, not in the middle of the day.