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South Street Seaport New York Engagement Photo Session

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Rachel and Nick were looking for classic and nostalgic engagement photos in New York, and South Street Seaport was the perfect spot for an engagement session. New York City is home to some beautiful locations for photography – along FDR Drive, South Street Seaport’s historic ambience is a perfect fit for couples looking for a classic engagement photoshoot in NYC.


A black and white photograph of a couple - a man and a woman. Engagement session at the South Street Seaport. Photo by Brooklyn Wedding Photographer Jose Melgarejo

South Street Seaport, the West Village, and the New York skyline

Before heading to South Street Seaport, we met in the West Village for some photographs from a rooftop terrace. Views of the NYC skyline from Lower Manhattan.

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South Street Seaport is one of the most iconic locations in New York City.

Our next stop for the engagement session was South Street Seaport. Once there, we walked towards the Ambrose, a tall ship moored in New York’s Harbor.

Views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River. A short and picturesque walk along the South Street Seaport pier.

We took to the pier at for a walk along the river, then towards the Fulton Market and back to the West Village.

A couple walks on Pier 17 at South Street Seaport for their engagement photos. Photo by Brooklyn Wedding Photographer Jose Melgarejo

An Engagement Photo Shoot at South Street Seaport – Starting from the West Village

We started the engagement session in the West Village with a rooftop view of the Manhattan skyline from lower Manhattan. After a few minutes into the engagement session we made out way towards South Street Seaport Pier 17 for some iconic photos at the seaports pier and dock. The Lightship Ambrose on Pier 16 – a permanently docked tall ship from the 1800s – gave us an iconic backdrop for engagement photos at South Street Seaport. We took one quick walk around the pier facing the East River and back to Fulton street towards the Fulton Market area for a few more photographs at the seaport. We returned to the West Village just in time to see the sunset yet again from the rooftop.

The Location – Pier 17 in Lower Manhattan

Enter South Street Seaport and you find yourself in one of the oldest historic districts of New York City.  Located at the intersection of Fulton Street and the East River, South Street Seaport is now home to a variety of attractions, museums and restaurants. The river walkways at South Street Seaport offer sweeping views of the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge while its cobblestone streets and historic façades from the 1800s pay homage the nostalgia of old New York City’s busiest centers.

South Street Seaport for Engagement Photos – Things to consider

Pier 17 and the South Street Seaport area is a unique spot for engagement photos. There are East-facing panoramic views of NYC and the East River and the classic feel of old New York.

Be ready for some pedestrian traffic during peak hours and weekends and plan enough time in for your engagement session. Within walking distance of the seaport is New York City’s Financial District – FiDi – and Wall St which are also great options for engagement photos or a combined afternoon engagement shoot of Lower Manhattan.

South Street Seaport is easily accessible by public transportation (Fulton St) and by car. It is a small spot in New York City with a whole lot of character.

Jose Melgarejo is a wedding photographer working in Brooklyn New York City.

See more of his work here.

Interested in an engagement session at South Street Seaport NYC – contact Jose here.

A woman laughs as her fiance holds her from behind during a photo session at the South Street Seaport. Photo by Brooklyn Wedding Photographer Jose Melgarejo
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