The Best Places To Take Family Pictures in Naples, Florida
Photographing families is truly an honor, and we are so excited to offer photo sessions to families in Naples, Florida, and the surrounding areas. Now for the fun part: choosing the perfect location. Although almost any location in Naples is photo-worthy, there are a few specific places at the top of our list. So, without further delay, here are the best places to take your family photos in Naples, Florida:
If your family is on the larger side, or if you scheduled an extended family photo session, Baker Park would be an excellent choice. Located along the Gordon River Greenway in downtown Naples, Baker Park is a family-friendly location with year-round free admission. It offers ample biking and walking trails along the river, wooden boardwalk bridges, gazebos, and a beautiful open grassy field. Baker Park has everything you’ll need for a successful family photo session, from stunning backgrounds to convenient public rest areas for your family. You could even incorporate some fun park activities into your photo session to make it more story-telling, such as a picnic, kite flying, scooter-riding, or bike riding!
Naples Botanical Garden is truly breathtaking. With its 170-acre garden paradise, it’s the perfect spot for your family photos. The Garden is open from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm daily. Because their operating hours are outside of the ideal time to photograph in the summer, which is either early morning or golden hour, we usually recommend this spot for winter family photos. That way, we can schedule your session first thing in the morning before the sun gets too hot. This location would be best suited for smaller family photography sessions, as there is an admission fee of $20 per adult, and $10 per child (ages 4-17). The Botanical Garden currently requires its visitors to purchase their tickets in advance in order to properly space out guests due to Covid restrictions (subject to change). The amazing plants, flowers, and wildlife are absolutely worth it, so don’t let the extra rules and fees discourage you! This location is still at the top of our list, it only requires a little extra planning between us to discuss admission time.
This is a favorite spot for both locals and tourists, and we’ve had so many amazing family photo sessions at this location. Naples Pier is located in the Gulf of Mexico, and it provides a classic yet stunning background for family portraits. Whether your photos are on the pier overlooking the ocean, or underneath the pier on the pristine beach, you won’t be disappointed. Naples pier is also an ideal photo session location for larger families, as it is a public space and the only cost is parking. This location is usually best for early morning sessions or golden hour portraits in order to maximize the beautiful Florida light without it being too hot.
If laid-back beach photos are more your style, Lowdermilk Beachfront Park is the ideal family photo spot! One of Naples’ premier beachfront parks, Lowdermilk features more than just a flawless Florida white-sand beach, it also has a duck pond, two playgrounds, picnic tables, two gazebos, and a beach café. If you have a larger group, we would highly suggest this location. There is plenty of space to spread out, and there are no costs or fees other than parking, which is $3 per hour if you don’t already have a local parking permit. For Lowdermilk Park family portraits, we usually suggest meeting early in the morning, or during golden hour so we can catch that gorgeous sunset light.
Last but certainly not least, Everglades Wonder Gardens. Interested in featuring flamingos in your family photos? The Everglades Wonder Gardens offer the opportunity for your family to experience and feed various types of wildlife during your photo session, including a number of different rescue birds and reptiles (yes, even alligators!). The Wonder Gardens is a non-profit zoo and botanical garden, and their visiting hours are from 10:00 am-4:00 pm daily. This location is another perfect spot for smaller family photo sessions, and like the Naples Botanical Gardens, we typically recommend an earlier session at this spot in the winter months. There is an admission fee of $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 3-12 years. This location does not disappoint, especially if you have little ones who are animal lovers.
BONUS LOCATION: The Comfort of Your Home
It’s a common misconception that in order to get that perfect family photo you have to travel to an exotic location for your photography session. That’s so far from the truth! You can get stunning photos of your loved ones in the comfort of your own home. Don’t discount the place you spend the most time together as a family. When you think about it, your home can be the perfect location to capture who you are as a family.
We love photographing families in their natural home environments, especially if there are little ones around. Children are always more comfortable in familiar environments. Sessions in your home can take place any time of day, as long as there is natural light available. Or, if you prefer to photograph in your yard, just be sure to schedule your session early in the morning, or during golden hour.
The best part of having your family photos at home is you can incorporate your normal activities including swimming in your pool, playing in your yard, cooking a meal together, toasting to a special anniversary and so on! The options are limited at home!