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NY Engagement Session Location Ideas

  • Donahue Memorial Park, Cornwall-on-Hudson
  • Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Kerhonkson
  • Beatrix Farrand Garden, Hyde Park
  • Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary, New Paltz
  • Madam Brett Park, Beacon
  • Nyack Beach State Park, Nyack
  • Bowdoin Park, Wappingers Falls
  • Black Creek Preserve, Esopus
  • Stony Kill Farm, Wappingers Falls
  • Poet's Walk, Red Hook
  • Tarrywile Park & Mansion (Danbury, CT)
  • Cranberry Lake Preserve, West Harrison
  • Sussex County Sunflower Farm *Seasonal (Sandyston, NJ)
  • Sunflower Valley Farm, New Hampton (Seasonal)
  • West Point Foundry, Cold Spring
  • River-to-Ridge Trail, New Paltz
  • Little Stony Point, Cold Spring
  • Scenic Hudson Riverwalk, Tarrytown
  • Hill-Hold Museum, Campbell Hall
  • Cragsmoor Stone Church, Cragsmoor
  • Sam's Point, Cragsmoor
  • Algonquin Park, Newburgh
  • Moodna Viaduct (Salisbury Mills Train Trestle), Salisbury Mills
  • Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson
  • Plum Point Park, New Windsor (Apr-Nov only)
  • Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park
  • Main Street, Beacon
  • Long Dock Park, Beacon
  • Riverfront Park, Beacon
  • Newburgh Waterfront
  • The Nyqusit-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary, New Paltz
  • Charles Point Park/Fleishmann's Pier Park, Peekskill
  • Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Pleasantville
  • SUNY New Paltz Campus, New Paltz
  • Marist College, Poughkeepsie
  • Thomas Bull Park, Campbell Hall
  • Black Creek Preserve, Espous
  • Benedict Farm Park, Montgomery
  • Winding Hills Park, Montgomery
  • Bear Mountain Dock, Tompkins Cove
  • Brotherhood Winery, Washingtonville
  • Wickham Woodlands Park, Warwick
  • Nostrano Vineyards, Milton
  • Tuthill House Distillery, Gardiner
  • Whitecliff Vineyard, Gardiner
  • Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, Millbrook
  • Stoutridge Vineyard, Marlboro
  • Warwick Valley Winery, Warwick
  • Torne Valley Vineyards, Hillburn
  • Magnanini Winery, Wallkill
  • Apple orchards throughout Ulster County

What makes a "good" location?

For your pictures, local parks can be nice (some are better than others), but sometimes lack the visuals for you to be around. So, look for a few basic elements to add interest to your surroundings and provide a variety as you enjoy your photos for years to come. Look for places with these:

  • Doesn't require a fee or permit. The focus of the images is your connection, and there are so many places to choose from, there is no reason you would have to pay a location a fee to walk around the property that other visitors get to do without paying extra. Check the website or call them directly.
  • Buildings, the more interesting, the better- think castles, barns, old/weathered buildings or sides of garages, brick walls, stone buildings or features, reflective surfaces, and those with good doorways are a bonus
  • Steps or staircases
  • Large and/or long fences
  • Bridges and or long paths/trails
  • Natural elements- rivers, streams, lakes, tall grasses, willow trees, large trees, great landscaping, very large rocks, vineyards and orchards
  • Not a lot of people, either fellow visitors or traffic (I know there will be some, but the less visual distraction, the better)
  • Any other unique elements, such as carousels, farms, things with big color
  • Within about an hour's driving distance from Middletown, since we only have about 60-90 minutes, and I wouldn't want to cut in on our time with the extra drive that I would have to do

Of course, if you have an idea for a location or a theme, let me know. It's going to be great!

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