The thing about shooting family portraits...
A bunch of people standing together in matchy-match outfits half-smiling at a photographer who keeps saying, "Smile." After a while, the kids get cranky, facial expressions turn sour and don't get us started on which natural lighting looks best on Mom.
Even though taking the photos might, sometimes, be a challenge, finding the right outdoor location doesn't have to be. We've compiled a list of 10 Omaha places to take great family photos.
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The Old Market in downtown Omaha has plenty of great places for photo opportunities. One of the more popular ones is Heartland of America Park. The park has 31 acres with plenty of spots to capture a photo.
You wouldn't think that a power district would be a photo destination that is frequented by many photographers. However, they have a scenic arboretum that makes for spectacular photographs. The arboretum is a favorite spot for photography and enjoying the outdoors. Stroll through the covered bridge and view unique sculptures by local artists. It is open to the public during Garden Center hours. Note: Make sure you first check with the venue to see if a photographer fee is required.
In 2003, Lanoha Nurseries opened a multi-acre arboretum planted with a mix of hardy trees, shrubs, and perennials. The arboretum offers scenic walking paths along numerous waterfalls and streams.
The Gene Leahy Mall is encircled by a long pathway that wraps around a large lagoon. There are also waterfalls and two huge slides that are fun to incorporate into pictures.
Meadow Lane Park is a large community park near 115th and Farnam Streets that provides plenty of open green space and colorful trees. There's nothing like shooting a few photos near your neighborhood park.
Elmwood is another lush green park where you can trade the busy city sights and sounds for a serene woodsy atmosphere. It contains a wooded ravine that follows the course of a small stream. There are also paths and trails; a lagoon, the historic pavilion, open spaces and a historic marker.
So we might sound a bit partial to downtown landmarks, but you can't skip over the 10th Street Bridge without admiring it. The 10th Street Bridge is a nice place for a photo, especially if you can get The Durham Museum in the background.
Not only is this location a neat historical landmark, it is also surrounded by beautiful gardens. It has rows of symmetrical planted flowers in an array of colors. A great photo opportunity for those of you who enjoy color blocking.
Lauritzen Gardens is a favorite. It's a living museum of unique four-season plant displays, maintained to the highest standards. Why wouldn't you want to snap a few family photos here. Located in the beautiful riverfront hills, Lauritzen Gardens is full of gorgeous flowers that make a great addition to a family portrait. Note: Make sure you first check with the venue to see if a photographer fee is required.
If you're looking for a woodsy family photo, Fontenelle Forest should be at the top of your list. The forest includes hardwood deciduous forest, extensive floodplain, loess hills and marshlands. How many opportunities do you get to snap family photos with wildlife in the background?
4 TIPS FOR TAKING GREAT PHOTOS
1. Don't say "cheese" or "smile." It only makes people look stiff or uncomfortable, instead ask them questions about the things they enjoy or tell a joke.
2. Be silly. It's important to get a little crazy, especially when working with children.
3. Take lots of photos. Kids move around a lot. So why not capture their funny facial expressions? More photos gives you more chances to find an image the entire family will enjoy.
4. Change your perspective. Don't always take straight forward shots. Instead, change your vantage point. Get down on the ground and shoot upward. Or stand on a ladder and look downward. Take close-ups of the little details like hands, feet, toes, etc.
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What are your favorite places in Omaha to take photos of your family? Comment below!