Engagement Photos in NYC – My Top 5 Downtown Locations

Looking for the Best NYC Engagement Photo Locations?

NYC is a vast photo wonderland with limitless possibilities! If you’re trying to figure out the best location for your NYC Engagement Session, this blog post is for you. For now we’ll focus on downtown NYC for all the great scenery that complements so many different styles. I’ll come back and write another blog post about other areas in NYC for your engagement photos. Are you a film buff? These, like most of my engagement sessions, were all captured on my favorite films using both 35mm and medium format cameras. 

Engagement Photos in Greenwich Village NYC

Though it’s been in many, many photos over the last 50 years, it’s still a colorful, interesting NYC neighborhood. It has lots of cute little nooks and crannies and side streets and alleys. Greenwich Village is forever a fun location for engagement photos!

Meatpacking District Engagement Photos

This area of Manhattan is literally where meat processing and packaging companies were located. Back in 2004 when I first discovered this area, it still smelled a lot like raw meat! In any case it has a somewhat historic, gritty, artsy vibe and now lots of stores and restaurants enjoy this neighborhood’s popularity.

Engagement Photos on The Lower East Side

The Lower East Side may not be photographically famous, but it’s rich in downtown New York City urban flavor. If you’re looking for cool graffiti, quiet streets, neighborhood gardens, and gorgeous light, the Lower East Side is your Engagement Session location! PS: Tompkins Square park is very interesting — not to be missed!

NY High Line

The NY High Line is an overhead park on the West Side of Manhattan going from Vandevoort Street up to West 34th street. It used to be an old railroad project that for many years was just abandoned real estate. It was beautifully transformed into a park uniting the strengths of architecture, urban development, and ecology. And it’s one of my all-time favorite locations in Manhattan for beautiful engagement portraits.

I go here for a brilliant combination of seasonal landscaping and interesting urban architecture. At about 1.5 miles long, there’s so much scenic diversity. There are wide areas with seating, there are some nice overhead views of neighboring streets, eateries, and even places to sun bathe. Knowing what time to come for gorgeous light but with smaller crowds is key.


What can I say? I love NoHo! For many years I had a little shared office space right on Lafayette Street. The area was so gorgeous, I never tired of doing portraits or engagement photos in NoHo. There are so many historic landmarked buildings most structures are not too tall, so you get really beautiful light. And this location has been home to a whole generation of artists which has influenced the look and feel of the neighborhood as well.

Did you just get engaged? Congratulations!! If you’d like to chat about doing a session, where, when, styling, etc I’d love to discuss working together. Contact me to start the conversation!

Here are a few other blog posts that may interest you: Engagement Session Outfit Ideas, Portrait Tip: Makeup, and Holiday Surprise Proposal.

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