This Brooklyn Bridge Park Engagement session we started in a quite different spot than usual. I thought it would be nice to take a walk by the river with the view for Manhattan. We started at Hotel One. From there we moved via narrow path up towards Harbor View Lawn, where every summer the movie screenings take place. Right beyond the lawn there are huge granite stairs. They serve the purpose of a viewing point for the city on the other side of the river. But not only that – I remember taking wedding photos on a few occasions there too. Wedding ceremonies here are just spectacular. This Brooklyn Elopement Wedding location – if planned well is like a theater with a stage. Loving people says “-yes” to each other and up above “the audience” have a chance to watch every detail.
This time I figured the stairs will be a great clean and simple background for some engagement photos Since, I don’t come here often the change of point of view is always valuable to me. Alex and Kevin just got engaged and wanted their couples’ photoshoot in Dumbo and Brooklyn Bridge. It was the first day that the sun showed-up, but also the temperatures dropped quite rapidly. I told my lovely couple that, if they want to warm up we can step into one of many caffe’s on the way. For some reason I keep warm during temperatures like these. I either don’t think about it until the end or I’m excited running around and taking engagement pictures to feel cold. 🙂
CANDID AND FUN ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS
We chatted away with Alex and Kevin as we went by Jane’s Carousel and the little beach with the view of two bridges. Once we got to Main Street Park there is this hill there which at the certain angle my serve as a horizon. I asked Alex and Kevin to keep warm on the top of the hill and maybe practice their first dance. This is how I was able to take fun, natural, engagement photos of two of them.
This is how I was able to take fun, natural, engagement photos of two of them. I found that leaving things to let happen is sometimes the best way to get nice candid moments and expressions. All of the sudden the engagement photos come to live. However, the little bit of directions always helps. After all, I want to keep it natural, and only occasionally giving exact directions.
PHOTO LOCATION BEYOND THE PARK
After one more stop to get warmer, we went up the street to colorful graffiti wall on York street. Depends on what you are looking for, but I find it a very nice place to change the mood of engagement pictures. Since this background is so vivid, that your photos will suddenly pop. Also, the sun likes to play tricks there from time to time. Reflecting for the windows on the opposite side of the street, I’m able to find the spotlight that will illuminate the couple.
Shortly after this stop we were on the way to Brooklyn Bridge. I led the way, up the street and the stairs we were finally walking on the wooden planks of the bridge. Whenever I come here, this place is full of people – only very early morning and late at night it becomes less crowded.
No wonder, it is on of the iconic New York locations after all. By the time we reached the middle of the bridge the sun started getting lower giving us softer and warmer light. It was also more windy and colder since the bridge is way high over the park.
Alex and Kevin were brave enough to take their coats of for few photos. Despite the chill we got some hot images.:). It is a always a good idea to have two layers. Taking one of will reveal your second outfit – so to speak. As both should be cohesive – in my opinion – they will give more variety to engagement photos. Alex’s white shirt and denim went very well along Kevin’s jacket and flowery shirt. I loved it!
Congrats on your engagement Alex and Kevin! It was a great fun taking photos for you during your Brooklyn Bridge Park engagement session.
To sum up the day it is a great idea to book your restaurant and have a romantic dinner with you fiancée . You can find more engagement session advice – not only for Brooklyn Bridge Park engagement – by following the link.
Photos: Blazej / Soulmates Studio