NY Engagement Photography Location Ideas

  • Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park
  • Main Street, Beacon
  • Riverfront Park, Beacon
  • Newburgh Waterfront
  • SUNY New Paltz Campus, New Paltz
  • Marist College, Poughkeepsie
  • NJ Botanical Garden/Skylands Manor, Ringwood NJ
  • Orange County Arboretum / Thomas Bull Park, Campbell Hall
  • Caramoor Center for Music & Arts, Katonah
  • Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson
  • Untermyer Park & Gardens, Yonkers
  • Boscobel House & Gardens, Garrison
  • Benedict Farm Park, Montgomery
  • Brotherhood Winery, Washingtonville
  • Wickham Woodlands Park, Warwick
  • Robibero Winery, New Paltz
  • 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
    *Some locations may require prior permission and/or fee.

What makes a "good" location?

For your pictures, local parks can be ok (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:

  • 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 alot 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!