Best NYC Photo Spots for Family Portraits

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Best NYC Photo Spots for Family Portraits

New York City is filled with unique spots for family portraits that will become cherished memories of your times together. Whether you stay in Manhattan or explore some of its boroughs like Brooklyn, everywhere you look, you’ll find a breathtaking backdrop for your family photos. While there are hundreds of spots to take pictures, these are five of the most popular spots for family portraits. 

1. Central Park

Central-Park-NYC We can’t start this list with any other location than Central Park. Housed in the middle of the big city, Central park holds dozens of acres with pure bliss. You’ll find small lakes, a zoo, a carousel, and dozens of other small areas to take beautiful photos within the park. What’s even better is that you’ll get the best of both worlds: nature and the big city rising behind the tree lines. 

2. NYC’s Observation Decks

New-York-City-Observation-DecksOn a clear day, you need to make the most out of your visit to the Big Apple and head to one of the many fantastic observation decks in the city. Not only will you get to experience these magnificent buildings with your family, but you will get the most epic photo together as well. Book a date at the Top of The Rock, One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, or the Edge for a birds-eye photo of the city behind you. 

3. The Rockefeller Center

The-Rockefeller-CenterIf you visit the city at Christmas time, don’t miss the opportunity to snap a holiday-theme photo with the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. A local favorite that receives thousands of visits each year when it lights up to brighten up the popular plaza. While they might be a little bit of a wait, we assure you the family portrait will be worth it. 

4. Times Square

Times-Square-NYCWhile a bit chaotic and busy, with the right photographer, you can capture the essence of NYC when you stand in the middle of Times Square. Walk the steps at Times Square for an epic picture, or choose one of many statues around the block for a timeless picture that your family will cherish forever. 


Dumbo-Brooklyn-New-York-CityNow, if you have some time, hop on the train and go Brooklyn-bound to visit DUMBO (down under the manhattan bridge overpass). Head specifically towards Washington Street and Water Street for an iconic shot with the Manhattan bridge behind you. It’s by far one of the most photo-worthy spots in New York. 

Geraldine Orentas is a writer from Happy Writers, Co. in partnership with custom door designer, Abby Iron Doors.

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