Okay so you’re thinking about proposing here in NYC… epic choice! This is the best city in the world and there are zillions of options for where you can propose, what you can do before and after the moment, and for how I can photograph it and help you plan it to where your partner has no idea it’s about to happen!
After buying a ring, the next step is to choose where you’re going to propose (or you can hire me next and I’ll help you pick a spot, but either works!). Like I said, there’s a ton of spots in NYC where you can get incredible photos of your proposal – there’s iconic scenery every 12 feet here. So to narrow down where you’ll propose, first consider if there’s any locations that are important in your relationship! Was your first date walking around Central Park? Maybe you met at The Met? It’s always great if you can incorporate history from your relationship into your proposal! But if there aren’t any places jumping out right away, or if you’re visiting from out of town and want to propose here then you’re still in luck! A beautiful spot is almost as great as a sentimental spot.
If you don’t hold any spot in your heart already, then think about how much you’d like to feature NYC! If you’ve been here a while, maybe you’re content to propose in Central Park. Your photos will be beautiful, but not overtly New Yorky. But if you’re still a huge enthusiast of the city then maybe something like Brooklyn Bridge Park would be a perfect place to propose in NYC! You’ll have epic skyline views and a cool breeze from the water.
After picking a location, if you haven’t already done this, you want to hire a photographer that can do an epic job capturing your proposal! You want to be sure you find someone who’s a good planner that can help you put everything in place, flexible and good at improvising (because even the best plan can change on the fly with surprise proposals!), and knowledgeable about, get this, theoretical lighting and angles. The last one can be especially important, since you probably don’t know lighting and angles like a good photographer does, and due to the nature of the event you generally won’t be placed by your photographer! So, a good ability to envision the lighting and angles, and then communicate where would be best for you two to end up is paramount to making sure your photos come out perfectly! To this end, I always get to proposals at least 30 minutes early so I can confirm what I expected from the lighting and communicate any last minute adjustments if need be.
From there, your photographer should be able to guide you through everything else! Like working up what you’ll say, timing, recommending other vendors if you decide to go with a proposal picnic (or something like that), all the way down to helping you pick an outfit and coming up with a good reason for why your partner should get a little dressed up for what they probably think is just a date!
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Brooklyn Bridge Park is an incredible spot to propose! There’s multiple great spots here to get down on one knee and they all feature the iconic Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn or Manhattan Bridge! Plus, it’s open to the public so the cost is $0! Go to York St on the F line to get here easily.
This exact spot is called Wood Chip Vantage Point! You may recognize the hugely iconic Bow Bridge in the background. This spot gets you a little bit more privacy and greenery than on the bridge itself! It’s on the North Side of the bridge, just past another little vantage point with some benches! The closest subway stop is the 72nd St stop via the B or C!
Bow Bridge is, like I said above, Iconic. With a capital I. If you go around sunrise it should definitely be empty enough for great photos and a great proposal! The closest subway stop is the 72nd St stop via the B or C!
This spot is sooooo famous and you may not even immediately recognize it! If you’ve ever seen the movie You’ve Got Mail with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan then you’ve seen this shot! At the end of the movie the two leads come back together right here (sorry if that’s a spoiler!). It’ll be a little bit more of a walk to get here as the closest trains are the 86th and 96th St stops on the 1/2 Line! But it’s worth it! Again, since this is a public park it’s totally free to use!
This spot has to be #1 most epic right?? Maybe I’m just biased because I love the Met so much, but just look at it! This is an unbeatable view of midtown, and you get to take portraits throughout the museum if you’d like! They’re incredibly okay with people taking photos in and around the museum so it’s very easy to work here! This is the only spot on the list so far that has a cost associated with it though. If you’re a New York State resident or a NY, NJ, or CT student then the admission price is up to you! But if you’re from out of state and not a student in one of those states then general admission is $30/person! That’s super worth it though for such an important day! One note about this spot is that it is often very busy. The above photo actually has three other people photoshopped out of it. So you’ll need to be okay with people seeing the proposal!
So! I hope one of the above locations serves you well! You’re going to do such a good job and get so freaking engaged. Congratulations on the huge step you’re about to take! Don’t forget to contact me to book me as your NYC Proposal Photographer asap!!
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