If you’re thinking that nothing can quite compare to the shimmer of your bright new engagement ring, think again: that jewel on your finger has a worthy rival in the deep, multi-faceted waters off Long Island, particularly those that wash against the island’s easternmost end at its sandy beach at Montauk. We are talking, however, about a rivalry that’s friendly; in fact, this is one rival you might want to call upon to help make your engagement photos memorable.
Including a lighthouse or a beachfront setting in your engagement photos can be your best asset – well, besides the engagement ring, of course. Seated at the very tip of Long Island, the Montauk Point Lighthouse isn’t just home to a museum: it’s the repository of many couples’ romantic dreams. The vast view it offers to the horizon on the east has been valued as far back as the time of U.S. President George Washington, who’d sought the lighthouse’s construction in the late 18th century to have it serve as a beacon.
For couples planning a life that includes a shared vision of a long future that stretches into the distance, what could be a better symbol?
Engagement photography at a lighthouse carries just that significance – and having your engagement photos at Montauk brings the added cachet of being at a venue on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s just one of numerous lighthouses on Long Island and its beach is the best of what the natural world has to offer as a backdrop for engagement photography.
With engagement photos taken at a beach like Montauk, you can even opt to take a plunge before you take the plunge: if you are avid swimmers or surfers, you might take the action into the waves. Ride horses together as the tide rolls out. Hike together up a dune. And sunset photography never looked more elegant than on a beach like this. So what if it rains? Bring a beautiful umbrella, choose matching rain slickers or just let the clouds pour it all down on the both of you in a very different kind of bridal shower. You can also find a coffee shop and duck inside to get out of the elements – sharing a cuppa (and an oversized cup itself) while drying off.
In addition to providing stunning images for your Save the Date cards and the wedding website you’ll build, these kinds of engagement photos provide the perfect getting-to-know-you moment with your photographer whose lens will later capture your journey down the aisle. You’ll also gain more confidence in front of the camera. This is your moment to shine as bright as your engagement ring and you want to feel at ease instead of posing stiffly and self-consciously. Think of this moment as a dress rehearsal: without the dress, of course.
The engagement photo shoot is also a good time to talk to your photographer about whether (and when) you might want the added drama of some black-and-white photographs mixed into your portfolio. You can also talk about the use of creative props – that huge historic lighthouse being the largest and most dramatic prop of all. It casts a long shadow but don’t worry; its profile won’t eclipse the moment that’s being shared between the two of you.
The very eastern tip of Long Island is where this part of the world begins and ends – and where your story as a couple finds its beginning.If you’re engaged, think about also engaging Placid Media’s photography and videography services. We’ll happily follow you all the way to Montauk!
Montauk Point Light House:
Established in 1660’s and Montauk Point Light House is the first Light House in New York state. There are 137 steps to the top of the lighthouse. Many engaged couples come to this charming Long Island hamlet for the magnificent white sandy beaches, miles of hiking trails, wine tasting and excellent restaurants. Montauk Point Light House offers sweeping views of Atlantic Oceans. Couples can climb 137 iron steps to the top and tour the beautiful grounds. Montauk is a quiet town and it has restaurants and shopping centers within walking distance to many of the ocean front hotels.
2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk, Long Island, New York
Recommended places for your engagement shoot in Montauk:
- Camp Hero State Park is bursting with wildlife and will offer you hours of peace and quiet atmosphere. surf fishing (with a permit) is the best activity in this region.
1898 Montauk Highway Montauk, NY 11954
- Hither Hills State Park offers several photographic sites bordered by Atlantic Ocean and walking dunes. Your engagement photo shoot would be perfect if you are interested in fishing, hunting, biking, cross-country skiing, hiking, bird watching, and plenty of other forms of entertainment.
164 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
- Montauk Point State Park offers the best vantage point for spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, the merging tides and beautiful scenery are for your engagement pictures. Great opportunities for hiking or cross-country skiing. Couples can also enjoy surf fishing and small and large game hunting in season.
2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
We’ll happily follow you all the way to Montauk!
The very eastern tip of Long Island is where this part of the world begins and ends – and where your story as a couple finds its beginning. If you’re engaged, think about also engaging Placid Media’s photography and videography services.