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Many photographers will tell you that engagement sessions are a great way for the couple and photographer to “get to know each other” before the wedding day, and practice being subjects; I am not here to tell you that. You do NOT need to do an engagement session with me for me to do a great job on your wedding photos. We will build a rapport together as we plan your event timeline and discuss what is important to you, and we will develop trust through conversation and interaction.

Engagement sessions ARE a great opportunity to capture casual, beautiful portraits during your courtship. The photoshoot is fun, a unique “date night,” and a memorable moment in your engagement. The images are often used for save-the-dates, as gifts for families, or are put in an album or hung on the walls.

I also photograph surprise proposals, with an engagement session right afterward, if you are looking to professionally capture the exact moment you “pop the question” and the resulting emotions that follow.

New Jersey and Pennsylvania are very geographically diverse and are full of picturesque spots for couples portraits that look completely different from season to season. Choose from beaches, rivers, boardwalks, skylines, wineries, museums, or lush green parks, each with its own appeal. If you aren’t sure when to get your engagement pictures taken, I recommend choosing the opposite season of your wedding, for variety in scenery.

I am happy to take your engagement portraits at a spot important to you as a couple, like the bar you first met, the park you walked together every weekend, or even your college campus. If you don’t have any idea where to start, I hope this list is helpful.

Great Places for Engagement Photos in Philadelphia:

  • Fairmount Park
  • Belmont Plateau
  • Please Touch Museum
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • The Water Works
  • Boathouse Row
  • Kelly Drive
  • Glendinning Rock Garden
  • Rodin Museum
  • Laurel Hill Cemetery
  • Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Free Library of Philadelphia
  • XIX (Nineteen)
  • Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
  • Independence National Historical Park
  • Washington Square Park
  • 2nd Bank
  • Olde City
  • Addison Street
  • Elfreth’s Alley
  • Race Street Pier and the Riverfront
  • Wissahickon Park
  • Rittenhouse Square
  • City Hall
  • LOVE Park
  • UPenn Museum
  • Manayunk
  • Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square
  • Morris Arboretum
  • Hunting Hill Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park
  • Fonthill / Mercer Estate in Doylestown
  • Citizen’s Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies Ballpark)

Great Places for Engagement Photos in New Jersey:

  • Asbury Park Boardwalk
  • Cape May
  • Ocean City/Atlantic City Boardwalk
  • Laurita Winery
  • The Grounds for Sculpture
  • Willowwood Arboretum
  • Skylands Manor at NJ State Botanical Garden
  • Jersey City/Hoboken (views of NYC skyline)
  • Liberty State Park (views of NYC skyline)
  • Weehawken Promenade
  • Hamilton Manor
  • Princeton University
  • The Red Mill in Clinton
  • Deep Cut Gardens in Middletown
  • Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park
  • New Jersey State Botanical Gardens in Ringwood
  • Addison Park in Aberdeen Twp
  • Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown

Engagement Photography in PA/NJ/NY

If you’re engaged or are planning to propose, reach out to learn more about engagement photoshoots in the Philadelphia and New Jersey area.