Top 5 Spots For Family Portraits In Central Park

Photo by Michael Jurick

Through the years, I’ve scouted some wonderful locations for my clients based on the changing seasons. Here a few of my favorites:

The Ramble: Behind the Boathouse, there’s a wonderful path called The Ramble that leads to a peninsula overlooking Bethesda Fountain and Bow Bridge from across the lake. Amazing views and fun photo adventure for the kids.

Cedar Hill: At the top of Cedar Hill on the East side, near the 76th Street entrance, is a collection of rocks which leads to a hidden mini-forest. Kids love climbing the rocks and roaming among the trees. Plus, the sunset creates a beautiful and unique halo of light under the canopy of trees.

Belvedere Castle: Always a great spot for photos, but especially scenic in the winter.

West Side Bridle Path: Located between 86th and 90th Streets along the reservoir, this stretch offers the most stunning cherry blossom photos in late April.

Gapstow Bridge Area: At the northeast end of The Pond, across the simple stone bridge, is a fenced-in, wooded promontory that juts into the water. This is Hallett Nature Sanctuary and a beautiful off-the-beaten path background for photos. The spot beneath Gapstow Bridge is a gem in early morning, as the sun reflects off the water and back up to the underside of the bridge.

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