Our NYC and NJ engagement photographers serve locally in a waterfront North Jersey: Weehawken, Jersey City, Hoboken. We also offer extended service in metro New York – Soho, High Line, Meatpacking District, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, etc. We can travel to other awesome photography places around the world. We specialize in creative engagement photography and modern engagement photos. Besides a fun photo session in different locations, we can plan with you on other creative engagement ideas such as a story theme, couture shoot, modern vintage styled with cool props, sexy couple boudoir, and special request. Makeup, hair, and fashion pieces are available as option. Most clients start off with an email inquiry, from there we will suggest a time range for the session and also engagement photo locations and ideas.  Photography spots and style includes urban, industrial, modern structures, vintage area, beach, casual, romantic architecture, nature, and even mix & match.  Other engagement photo ideas include a themed shoot, a story shoot, a styled shoot, couture shoot, and couple boudoir session.

Here are our Engagement photo tips and prop ideas:

Clothing choice – We recommend 1 out for the 1 or 2 hour session and 2 outfit changes for the 3 hour session. For example, for a three hour plus night time New York City engagement session, you can have outfit 1 at Central Park for photo spots like Bethesda terrace, Bethesda fountain, bow bridge, and the green area. When we get to Brooklyn and walk on the Brooklyn Bridge during sunset, you can change to outfit 2. Lastly, save the most dress-up outfit for the night time at waterfront overlooking NYC skyline and the bridges. It’s also a good idea to choose lighter colors and simple patterns during the day. Darker colors and fancier choice for the night time engagement pictures. Many times your engagement photographer will ask you to sit on the grass / bench / floor and lean on walls, so dress comfortably for those situations. Additionally, for the ladies, do bring comfortable shoes to walk around and switch to heels during the photos.

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Engagement props – We encourage all types of props for the engagement session. It can be something sentimental ( favorite soda, coffee mug, books, movie ), handmade ( banner, save the date sign, old photos board ), and even something big ( car, vintage trailer, styled shoot props ). Some clients also setup a scene for the fun style engagement photos: a music station with guitar and drum, a picnic area with wine and small bites, a vintage backdrop with vinyl craft chandelier hanging on the tree and photo banners, etc etc. Dogs and cats are also welcome for your session!

If you are not into DIY or not much of a crafty person, many websites also sell engagement photo props such as Esty.com. You can also find tons of props and also craft items from store like Hobby Lobby, Marshall Homegoods, AC Moore and Michael’s.

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Locations – If you choose multiple location, be sure to budget enough time for the travel in between. For example, a New York City engagement session may include Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, and Soho. You will have to consider the traffic and various methods of getting there – which one is more efficient? taxi, subway, drive, or walk? You may also have to consider how crowded is the photo spot – will there be alot of people in the background? We can help you narrow down the list and pick the best spots. Unless it’s a day with no crowd or early morning session, for sessions in New York, we only recommend one main location and one very nearby spot for the 2 hour session (For example: Bryant Park and front of New York Library, Brooklyn Bridge and waterfront area, Central Park and Columbus Circle). The 3 hour session allows two main locations and one nearby spot. The reason why we don’t want to push in more than 2 main spots for our standard schedule is because we want clients to be comfortable and we want to deliver awesome engagement photos after! Many clients will take time to ease into the session, and be comfortable enough for natural smiles and good candids. We also need to make sure the photo is taken properly without too much distractions such as people in the background, random hair in the face, the wrong posture, and other elements.
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Story Style – Not all engagement photos have to be like a casual date in different locations. You can talk to us about how you meet each other and interesting stories you both shared. We can plan with you and photograph your engagement as if it’s telling a story, much like stills from movie. Simple love story, a suspense, and even a themed storyline will be fun. Check our NJ and NYC engagement photographers out on Pinterest to find more unique ideas for your engagement photography.

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