Engagement photos are one of those things that you ask yourself: do I really need them? Of course, I’m going to say yes. I’m from NJ, so engagement photos can be taken almost anywhere over here; we have the city, the mountains, the beach, etc. If you’re also from the Jerz, I’ll share some tips on how to prepare for your own engagement session. However, if you’re not from NJ, this will still be helpful.
This particular engagement shoot was at Buccleuch Park in New Brunswick, NJ. It’s a big, open space and a perfect spot for photos if you’re in the area.
I always recommend parks because they offer scenery, space to walk around — going for a walk and talking with your photographer is a great way to bond — and you can have a lil picnic, too!
Another favorite spot of mine is Skyland’s Manor & Botanical Garden. It’s beautiful to see the flowers in full bloom during the summer, and the location itself has lots of diverse little “spots” to take photos in. There’s also Asbury Park Beach in NJ, where two of my friends recently got engaged. It was perfect.
Your photographer, regardless of whether or not they are also your wedding photographer, should make this as easy as possible.
The engagement session is really some time before the wedding dedicated to becoming comfortable in front of the camera. If you’re someone who loves candids, it’ll likely be an hour or two of you and your partner just being yourselves. You’ll walk around a bit, cuddle, kiss, sit on various benches and blankets, etc.
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