Those lucky enough to call New York City home know all too well of its beauty and diversity. When it comes to choosing a photo location, there are many options. Although any square foot of the city would be suitable for a photo session – that’s how insanely wonderful it is – It is important to choose a location that reflects your family’s personality and interests to create a photo session that is tailored to you.
No NYC list would be complete without Central Park on it. It has something to offer for both families with younger and older children which makes it an easy choice. You also get the best city views of iconic NYC architecture and relish in the natural beauty of the rocks and gardens of the park. The downside is that it can get very crowded. Before choosing a session date, make sure you check the park’s website and calendar to learn about upcoming activities and any possible closures. If your family prefers more seclusion, the best time to take photos in the park is early in the morning and even better, an early morning weekday as weekends can get very congested. If afternoons or early evenings are better for your family, there are plenty of little nooks in the park that can provide private moments for photos.
My favorite Central Park spots are:
- Bethesda Terrace
- Bow Bridge
- Gapstow Bridge
- Bridle Path at 86th St
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The High Line
The High Line is very unique to NYC and draws in visitors from all over the world. The elevated park is really fun for families that like to people-watch and soak in the urban views. Considering it is 1.45 miles in length, it is very reasonable for a young family to walk from top to bottom. For best tips and practices for a family photo session at the High Line, check out my post here. There are some definite things to prepare and know about before scheduling a photo session here including applying for a photo permit in advance.
Fort Tryon Park
Fort Tryon Park sits right on top of Manhattan and offers amazing views of the Hudson River and the George Washington Bridge. Steeped in rich history as an early defensive post during the American Revolutionary War, and then turned into a city park after a purchase from John D. Rockefeller Jr, Fort Tryon has beautiful stone archways and a wonderful garden that blooms in the spring. The park is designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr, the son of famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted who designed Central Park and Prospect Park. Fort Tryon is also one of the only places in NYC with evergreen trees which is why it is a top place for a photo session in the winter. See what you think below.
East River Park
East River Park is a gorgeous park along the Lower East Side and has a wonderful promenade to walk along and enjoy the sweeping city views. The park is great for those who love bridges because you can view the iconic Williamsburg Bridge, Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge all at once. If your family is able to stay out later, sunsets here light up the skyline along the river creating a truly magical background.
Tribeca Neighborhood and Waterfront
Tribeca is such a fun downtown neighborhood with a very sophisticated vibe. With various rooftop and waterfront parks, Tribeca provides scenic views of the city and Hudson River. You can also steal away into a quiet and charming cobblestone alley for a brick-walled backdrop as well. It’s a great photo location if you want a variety of scenery within walking distance. These spots are worth checking out:
- West Side Promenade
- Pier 25-26 – Hudson River Park
- Rockefeller Park
- City Vineyard
- Smyth Hotel
- Jay St and Greenwich St
Carl Schurz Park
Located in the Upper East Side, Carl Schurz Park is a not-so-secret “secret” neighborhood park. The park is great for kids and dogs with its abundant pathways and sitting areas. There is an interesting view at each step – such as the East River, Roosevelt Island Lighthouse, the Triborough Bridge and Randall Island. Because of its stunning trees and well maintained gardens, the park is very picturesque in the spring when the flowers are in bloom. There are well maintained gardens, a sense of community, view of the city. It can get crowded on weekends but on weekdays it is perfect.
There are endless options for stunning and meaningful locations for family photo sessions in NYC. For more inspiration, be sure to check out this Redfin article that features another favorite location of mine, “17 Beautiful Places in New York City That Are Sure to Delight.” Save this list as inspiration in planning your next photo session. My name is Amy Nghe and I am a lifestyle photographer serving NYC and Westchester. If you would like to learn more about what a photo session with me would look like, message me here.