When you think about iconic New York locations, absolutely nowhere is more iconic than Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. Located on the lower level of Bethesda Terrace, this fountain was constructed in the late 1850’s. The beautiful winged angel is a fixture in a lot of popular TV shows and movies, such as Angels in America, Elf, Enchanted, Gossip Girl, and The Producers.
I photograph a lot of couples’ sessions at Bethesda Fountain, from engagement sessions to portrait sessions. It’s a beautiful location at all times of year, but I especially love it in spring and fall. I love photographing portraits at the fountain later in the day, when the beautiful setting sun streams through the falling water. It adds a great drama to the background of the portraits.
I love using my Nikon 70-200mm lens for portraits in this location. This image was shot at 70mm, and then I can quickly zoom in to 200mm and shoot a tighter composition of the same scenario. I love how the dark trees in the background of the park really help highlight the illuminated water, making it more prominent in the frame.
Central Park is almost always insanely crowded, but it’s worth waiting out the crowds, because the Fountain is so worth the wait. I still remember the first time I saw the Fountain, rising over the Lake in the background, and how powerful a view it was. I love photographing there, and I try to create portraits that capture that feeling for my clients to treasure for years to come.1/400; f/4.0; ISO 220; 70.0 mm.