Sometimes, the coldest days in New Jersey are the best days to take photos! So grab your camera and head out to these frozen places (and set up these frozen scenes!) to get the best reflections, snowy scenes, and more across the Garden State.
Before you go out, learn to prevent cold weather damage with your camera.
Tranquil Farm Scenes
Getting the perfect snow shot is sometimes as simple as a serene farm scene. Find a place with dark objects to frame in your shot, like a barn or fences, and click away! The sunlight will sparkle beautifully in freshly-fallen snow.
No sunlight? No problem! The snow speaks for itself, especially if it is in the process of falling.
Hike Our Parks and Forests
Don’t let the weather scare you! Gear up with your best winter gear (ideas here if you need a new one!) and get outside. Some of the best winter shots come from framing wildlife, flora, and frozen branches at the beginning of a storm.
If you’re looking for inspiration near you, check out our state parks and forests map!
Take Photos At The Jersey Shore
Yes — really! The frozen waves make for some fantastic photos, especially when you can get a pier or rocks — or surfers! — in your photo.
Bundle up (especially your hands!) to keep you warm from the winter winds, and don’t forget to keep your lens warm between shoots. We found great gloves for photographers and also we have tips to keep your camera warm!
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If you’re looking for some specific destinations, Asbury Park has some fantastic spots to photograph year-round, while any beach with a lighthouse would look amazingly framed with some falling snow.
Check out our lighthouses & bridge map to find the closest one near you.
And if you don’t want to brave the beach, walk down the boardwalk! It will look magical in the falling snow.
Winter Drone Photos in New Jersey
Snow time means drone time. The photos below speak for themselves!
There’s nothing more captivating than seeing pristine snowfall from above — an angle we don’t normally capture or see!
If these don’t make you want a drone, we don’t know what will. But before you pull the trigger, check the Drone Laws in New Jersey to know where you can fly!
Find Frozen Waterfalls in New Jersey
For a unique twist on a winter scene, go out and chase those waterfalls!
Especially right after an overnight freeze, waterfalls across New Jersey will be frozen around the edges and still rushing down the center, creating this unusual effect that is worth the trek.
For inspiration, check out our top waterfall spots in NJ and our waterfalls map. Make sure to bring a tripod and try our tips for capturing waterfalls to get the best shots.
Just Get Out There!
If you don’t have time to do any of these things, get outside! We have some inspirational ideas for shooting photos in the snow that may spark an idea!
Some of the best shots can happen right down your road right in your backyard — or even out your window!
Get creative with your shots to capture the essence of winter!
Don’t Forget To Prep Your Gear!
When shooting photos outside in cold temperatures, you must know how to care for yourself and your gear.
Make sure to have the proper clothing to stay warm and keep your camera and lens warm too!
One of our best suggestions is to get a sleeve to cover your camera and grab some hand warmers too!
Other helpful resources for winter photography…
- Protecting Your Camera Gear In Cold Temperatures
- Choosing Microspikes for Winter Hiking
- Best Winter Hikes In New Jersey