The Best New Jersey Engagement Photo Locations by Susan Hennessey

My couples are always asking me for suggestions regarding locations for their engagement session, so I compiled my list of the best New Jersey engagement photo locations! Relax and enjoy my favorite locations from Hoboken to Cape May and everything in between. My list includes my favorite Jersey Shore towns, universities, wineries and historic locations. There’s certainly something here to fit any style!

Wineries

I love photographing at wineries! They always have a rustic feel and if you ask for permission ahead of time, they are usually willing to allow us to shoot there. Below are a few of my favorite New Jersey engagement photo locations at wineries.

Jessie Creek Winery – Cape May Courthouse, NJ

Jessie Creek Winery is a newer winery, but not only is their wine delicious, they were so accommodating. The rows of grapevines at this Cape May County winery was beautiful to photograph in! Click here to view Jessie & Ryan’s Jessie Creek Winery engagement session. 

Jessie Creek Winery in Cape May engagement session

Laurita Winery – New Egypt, NJ

Laurita Winery is one of my favorite locations for a New Jersey engagement photo session. The rows of vines are stunning and they also have rustic elements all over the grounds. Click here to see Kelsey & Greg’s Laurita Winery engagement session. 

New Jersey Engagement Photo Locations: Laurita Winery

Cape May Winery – Cape May, NJ

Cape May Winery is my favorite winery in Cape May, the wine is delicious and the rows of grapevines is the perfect backdrop for photos. Just like my other favorite wineries, I love the rustic elements! The Cape May Winery has been accommodating for both engagements and weddings in the past for my couples. Click here to view Nicole & Zach’s Cape May Winery engagement session. 

Cape May Winery engagement session

The Jersey Shore

The Jersey Shore is 141 miles of oceanfront bordering the Atlantic Ocean, from Perth Amboy in the north to Cape May Point in the south and with 141 miles of shore, there are a ton of amazing beaches to use for your engagement session. Reasons why I love the beach? I enjoy shooting on the paths leading to the beach, in front of the dunes and along the ocean. I especially love going to the bay side and capturing stunning sunsets as well! Some things to consider before booking your beach engagement session is wind, crowds and that it can be quite hot! I prefer to shoot on the beach in the Spring or Fall and it’s crucial to begin about an hour before sunset to get the best light. Below are a few of my favorite New Jersey engagement photo locations along the Jersey Shore.

Asbury Park

Asbury Park is a small seaside city on the New Jersey coast. I love photographing at this New Jersey engagement photo location because of the beach, boardwalk, convention center and murals throughout. Click here to see Elizabeth and Nick’s Asbury Park engagement session.

New Jersey Engagement Photo Locations: Asbury Park

Avalon

Avalon has the motto “Cooler by a Mile”, since it juts out into the Atlantic Ocean about a mile farther than other barrier islands. Some of my favorite areas to shoot are around the Windrift and the ICONA Avalon. Click here to see Gwyneth and Steve’s engagement session!

Avalon NJ engagement session

Barnegat Lighthouse

Barnegat Lighthouse, located on the tip of LBI has ocean and bay views. I love having the lighthouse as a backdrop and photographing my couples in the sand and on the jetties. There are beautiful sunset views here as well! Click here to view Caitlin and Billy’s Barnegat Lighthouse engagement session. 

New Jersey Engagement Photo Locations: Barnegat Lighthouse

Belmar

Another Jersey Shore beach I love is Belmar. I love the long pier, it’s great to shoot on and under and it’s a stunning backdrop! The inlet has beautiful rocks that line the water as well. I suggest booking your session as close to sunset as possible to have the best light for your session.

Belmar, NJ engagement session

Long Beach Island

LBI is one of the best New Jersey engagement photo locations because I love the paths that lead to the beaches and how beachy this area of the Jersey Shore feels. Click here to view Nicole and Evan’s LBI engagement session. 

New Jersey Engagement Photo Locations: Long Beach Island

Ortley Beach

Ortley Beach is just North of Seaside Heights and seeing the amusements down the beach is a great backdrop for photos! Head to the bay side for pretty sunset shots on the water, click here to view Kelly and Make’s Ortley Beach engagement session. We even had swans visit us during their session! 

New Jersey Engagement Photo Locations: Ortley Beach

Sea Isle City

Sea Isle City, located in Cape May County was one of my favorite locations for a beach session. At Samantha and Josh’s session, we had perfect temperatures and barely any wind! Click here to view Samantha and Josh’s Sea Isle City engagement session!

Sea Isle City engagement session Keep scrolling to view more New Jersey Engagement photo locations! And if you’d like to see my engagement portfolio for more inspiration, click here.

 

Allaire State Park – Wall Township, NJ 

The Historic Village at Allaire was once an iron-producing, factory-town known as the Howell Iron Works, Co. I love photographing here because of the trails and the rustic buildings. Click here to see Gina and Desi’s Allaire State Park engagement session. 

Allaire State Park engagement session

Batsto Village – Hammonton, NJ

Batsto Village is a historic community located in Wharton State Forest in the south central Pine Barrens. I love photographing at this New Jersey engagement photo location because how unique it is! Not only does Batsto Village have amazing golden hour light, but there’s plenty of different backdrops, perfect for the couple looking for a rustic themed engagement session. Click here to see Katie and Aaron’s engagement session. 

New Jersey Engagement Photo Locations: Batstos Village

Camden Waterfront

The Camden Waterfront has million dollar views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and the Philadelphia skyline. I like to shoot in the areas close to the Adventure Aquarium. Click here to see Jenna and Ach’s Camden Waterfront engagement session. 

New Jersey Engagement Photo LocationsL The Camden Waterfront

Christmas Tree Farm’s

Christmas Tree Farms are a great place to photograph couple’s who love the holidays! Be sure to reach out to the Farm ahead of time for permission to shoot there. 

Christmas Tree Farms engagement session

Congress Hall – Cape May, NJ

In 2016, Congress Hall celebrated its Bicentennial, marking two hundred years as America’s First Seaside Resort. Located in the heart of Victorian Cape May and directly across the street from the beach, Congress Hall is one of my favorite buildings in all of New Jersey! And an added bonus, their Christmas decor is a pretty addition for any December engagement session. Click here to view Julia and Franklin’s Cape May and Congress Hall engagement session. 

New Jersey Engagement Photo Locations: Congress Hall in Cape May

Grounds for Sculpture – Hamilton, NJ

Grounds For Sculpture is a 42-acre sculpture park and museum and is quite the unique location for a New Jersey engagement photo session. Keep in mind, there is an entry fee for this location. In the Spring, there’s trees with flowers, a beautiful path lined with trees and peacocks throughout. Click here to view Ashley and Matt’s Grounds for Sculpture engagement session. 

Grounds for Sculpture engagement session

Hoboken, NJ

Located on the Hudson River overlooking the beautiful Manhattan Skyline is Hoboken, NJ! The views are stunning from any angle in this North Jersey city. I prefer to shoot here as close to sunset time as possible to get the best light.  Click here to see Amber and Ryan’s engagement session! 

New Jersey Engagement Photo Locations: Hoboken, NJ

Kean University – Union, NJ

Kean University, located in Union, NJ is a great location for couples who met while attending college there. Click here to see Kelsey and Joe’s Kean University engagement session.

Kean University engagement session

Liberty State Park – Jersey City, NJ

Liberty State Park in Jersey City is another great location if you’re looking for views of the Manhattan Skyline. I love the clocktower, the skyline views and the cobblestone streets. This location is a great mix between urban setting that still has a park feel. Click here to see Tiffany & Brian’s Liberty State Park engagement session. 

New Jersey Engagement Photo Locations: Liberty State Park

Manasquan Reservoir – Manasquan, NJ

Manasquan Reservoir is a great mix of water views and nature trails, an added bonus is beautiful foliage in the Fall!

Manasquan Reservoir engagement session

Moorestown Community House – Moorestown, NJ

The Moorestown Community House, located right on Main Street in Moorestown, NJ is a charming and historic building. It is a great backdrop for your engagement session. Click here to see Amanda & Ryan’s Moorestown Community House engagement session.

New Jersey Engagement Photo Locations: Moorestown Community House

Princeton University – Princeton, NJ

Some of my favorite spots on Princeton’s campus for an engagement session are Holder Hall, Nassau Hall, Clio Hall and Prospect Gardens. I love the neutral tones of the campus and it’s a great location to shoot during any season! Click here to see Kim & Nick’s Princeton University engagement session. 

New Jersey Engagement Photo Locations: Princeton University

Riverside Gardens Park – Red Bank, NJ

Riverside Gardens Park, located in the heart of Red Bank, NJ is a beautiful 2-acre park with water views, views of docks with boats, grass areas as well as pretty murals. Click here to see Lizzy & Steve’s Riverside Gardens Park engagement session. 

Riverside Gardens Park engagement session

Sayen Gardens – Hamilton, NJ

In my opinion, one of the best locations for a New Jersey engagement photo session is Sayen Gardens in Hamilton, NJ. The garden is open year-round from dawn to dusk without charge, though park activity is at its peak in the spring and that’s due to the stunning cherry blossoms all over the grounds! Other spots I love are the bridges and fountains, the Sayen House and the pretty metal gazebo behind the House. On the other side of the park are willow trees and more green space to shoot in! Click here to see Chelsea & Scott’s Sayen Gardens engagement session. 

New Jersey Engagement Photo Locations: Sayen Gardens

Smithville Mansion – Eastampton, NJ

The Smithville Mansion, a historic site located in Eastampton, NJ has tons of pretty rustic elements, old buildings, trees, paths, water views and an old barn. Another bonus is the seasonal Christmas decor during the holidays! Click here to see Annie & Kiel’s Smithville Mansion engagement session.

New Jersey Engagement Photo Locations: Smithville Mansion

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) – Ewing, NJ

TCNJ is a great location to do your engagement session if you and your fiancé are alumni’s. I love the buildings on the grounds of TCNJ and especially love the area with water and bridges, another bonus is there was great fall foliage! Click here to see Ashley & Jon’s TCNJ engagement session. 

TCNJ engagement session

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