I live in one of the most amazing cities in the world. There is no shortage of incredible places to take photos, and yet – sometimes it’s still easy to fall into the habit of taking clients to the same place, over and over. (Central Park, anyone? I must hold a world record for number of portrait sessions in Central Park!) This year, I want to change things up. Although I will always go wherever a client wants to have their portrait session, it would be fun to be able to work in some new locations.
So if you’re trying to decide where to have your engagement or wedding photos taken, here are a few places I’d LOVE to work this year!
- The High Line (Seriously – how have I not been able to shoot a portrait session there yet?! It is so amazing! And with phase II getting ready to open, there will be all sorts of new spots to shoot.)
- Outside of Lincoln Center (The fountain, the steps that light up, the architecture… it’s one of my favorite places in the city.)
- Grand Central Station (I know the rules for shooting there can be tricky, but I’d love to have a session there if possible.)
- The Staten Island Ferry (I’ve never shot on a boat before; could be pretty interesting on a nice, summer day!)
- Coney Island (I’ve only been to Coney Island once – for the Mermaid Parade a few years ago – and ever since, I’ve wanted to go back for a portrait session. The Boardwalk, Nathan’s, and the general carnival vibe would make for some incredible engagement photos, I think.)
- Grove Court & Washington Mews (I love these streets in Greenwich Village because you don’t even feel like you’re in the city.)
- Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Again, not totally sure what the rules for photography are there, but I would love to shoot there if possible.)
Of course, it’s nice to pick a place not just because it’s interesting or beautiful, but also because it has meaning to you. John and I had our engagement photos taken in the East Village, in the area around Avenue C, where we lived in a tiny 150 square foot studio (yes, you heard me correctly – 150 square feet!) when we first moved to New York five years ago. Living in that studio so early in our relationship really helped us prepare for our lives together – we always say, if we can live in such a tiny space and not kill each other, then we can do anything! So when we were trying to decide where to have our photos taken, it was sort of a no brainer… we had come so far from those days, and it was nice to go back and reminisce.
So if Central Park holds meaning for you – let’s do it! Obviously I love Central Park; I shoot there all the time. But if you’re looking for a different idea… then let’s try one of the places above!