So, you’re looking to the best locations in New Jersey for engagement photos. I’ve worked with hundreds of couples and I’ve photographed hundreds of engagement sessions over the last two decades, including many in New Jersey. To help you out, I put together my list of some of my favorite spots for engagement photo sessions.
Jersey City / Hoboken Waterfront
You can’t see the New York City skyline from Manhattan…well, unless you’re in a VERY tall building. But you can see it from the Jersey City and Hoboken waterfront. There are also lots of parks on the waterfront that you can use to get some green space in your photos.
Liberty State Park
Offering views of the Manhattan skyline, the Hudson River, AND the Statue of Liberty, you would think that’s plenty for one location. However, it also boasts a New Jersey historic site that was once a train terminal, complete with dormant train tracks (read: safe to pose on!)
Hoboken Train Terminal
Want beautiful engagement photos in a gorgeous train station? Hoboken Terminal has you covered. The recently renovated waiting room features large windows to let in lots of natural light and the outdoor train platforms are also a great backdrop (just not during rush hour). And, if you step outside you’re just a few steps away from having the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop as well.
This beautiful little park in close proximity to both West Orange and Montclair boasts views for every taste. From woods to water, romantic nooks to traditional open spaces, Verona Park is a hidden gem.
Eagle Rock Reservation
Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, New Jersey has amazing views of the New York City skyline, both day and night. It also boasts lovely wooded walking trails.
On the border of Pennsylvania, Lambertville offers views of the Delaware River, the gorgeous bridge to New Hope, Pennsylvania (another beautiful location), antique shops, railroad tracks, a beautiful canal ‘park’, and much more!
A very popular destination wedding location, Cape May offers stunning Victorian architecture, a number of gorgeous beaches, and the Cape May Sunset Pavilion!
South Mountain Reservation
Nestled between Maplewood, Millburn, West Orange, South Orange, and Livingston, the South Mountain Reservation boasts over 2000 acres of trails and wooded areas, there’s also a waterfall, a reservoir near Turtle Back Zoo, and an abandoned mining village!
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown
This beautiful park offers manicured gardens with beautiful blooms in the Spring and Summer and colorful foliage in the Fall!
Essex Fells Park
A true hidden gem, Essex Fells Park reminds me of the ground of some old estate, with one half featuring paved walkways, a large pool/pond, well kept lawns, lines of trees, and stone bridges. The other half has more ‘wild’ trails with tons of foliage in the Fall, and lots of greenery in the warmer months!
Paterson Great Falls National Park
Did you know there’s a nearly 100 foot waterfall in Paterson, New Jersey? And it’s surrounded by a national park! There are also a lot of cool industrial buildings in the area around the park as well.
There are so many great spots in New Jersey! The list can go on and on. Here are a few more awesome locations for you to check out for your engagement photos, in no particular order:
- The Boardwalk at Asbury Park
- Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Morristown
- Atlantic City Boardwalk
- Fantasy Island Amusement Park, Beach Haven
- The Cross Estate Gardens, Bernardsville
- Duffield’s Farm, Sewell
- Demarest Farms, Hillsdale
- New Jersey State Botanical Gardens, Ringwood
- Twin Lights Lighthouse, Highlands
- Weehawken Promenade
- Batso Village, Hammonton
- Sayen Gardens, Hamilton
Do you know of any other great locations for engagement photos in New Jersey? Did I miss a fabulous spot? Tell me about it in the comments below!
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