10 Locations to Take Household Portraits in Omaha | Momaha




ERIN DUNAWAY PHOTOGRAPHY

By Jaclyn Pitt

The thing about family portraits …

A bunch of people standing together in matchy-match outfits and half smiling at a photographer who keeps saying, “Smile.” After a while, the kids get grumpy, facial expressions get angry and don’t make us decide which natural light looks best for mom.

While taking photos can be challenging at times, it doesn’t necessarily have to be the right place outdoors. We have compiled a list of 10 places in Omaha for great family photos.

Heartland of America Park

The Old Market in downtown Omaha has many great photo opportunities. One of the most popular is the Heartland of America Park. The park is 31 acres with plenty of spots to take a photo.

OPPD arboretum

You wouldn’t think a power district is a photo destination that is haunted by many photographers. However, they do have a quaint arboretum that makes for spectacular photos. The arboretum is a popular place to take photos and enjoy nature. Stroll the covered bridge and check out unique sculptures by local artists. It is open to the public during the opening hours of the garden center. Note: Make sure to check with the venue first to see if a photographer fee is required.

Lanoha Kindergarten

In 2003, the Lanoha Nurseries opened an acre arboretum that was planted with a mixture of hardy trees, shrubs and perennials. The arboretum offers scenic hiking trails along numerous waterfalls and streams.

Elmwood Park

Elmwood is another lush green park where you can trade the busy sights and sounds of the city for a calm, woody atmosphere. It contains a wooded gorge that follows the course of a small stream. There are also paths and trails; a lagoon, the historical pavilion, open spaces and a historical marker.

10th Street Bridge

We may sound a little bit biased about downtown attractions, but you can’t skip 10th Street Bridge without admiring it. 10th Street Bridge is a lovely spot for a photo, especially when you can see the Durham Museum in the background.

Gerald R. Ford birthplace and garden

In addition to being a lovely historical landmark, this place is also surrounded by beautiful gardens. It has rows of symmetrically planted flowers in a range of colors. A great photo opportunity for those of you who love to block out colors.

Lauritzen garden

Lauritzen Gardens is a favorite. It’s a living museum with unique four-season plant exhibitions held at the highest level. Why don’t you want to take some family photos here? Located in the beautiful riverside hills, Lauritzen Gardens is full of beautiful flowers that make a great addition to a family portrait. Note: Make sure to check with the venue first to see if a photographer fee is required.

Fontenelle forest

If you’re looking for that woody family photo, Fontenelle Forest should be high on your list. The forest includes hardwood deciduous forests, extensive floodplains, loess hills and marshland. How many options do you have for taking family photos with wildlife in the background?



Heartland of America Park

The Old Market in downtown Omaha has many great photo opportunities. One of the most popular is the Heartland of America Park. The park is 31 acres with plenty of spots to take a photo.



OPPD arboretum

You wouldn’t think a power district is a photo destination that is haunted by many photographers. However, they do have a quaint arboretum that makes for spectacular photos. The arboretum is a popular place to take photos and enjoy nature. Stroll the covered bridge and check out unique sculptures by local artists. It is open to the public during the opening hours of the garden center. Note: Make sure to check with the venue first to see if a photographer fee is required.



Lanoha Kindergarten

In 2003, the Lanoha Nurseries opened an acre arboretum that was planted with a mixture of hardy trees, shrubs and perennials. The arboretum offers scenic hiking trails along numerous waterfalls and streams.



Elmwood Park

Elmwood is another lush green park where you can trade the busy sights and sounds of the city for a calm, woody atmosphere. It contains a wooded gorge that follows the course of a small stream. There are also paths and trails; a lagoon, the historical pavilion, open spaces and a historical marker.



10th Street Bridge

We may sound a little bit biased about downtown attractions, but you can’t skip 10th Street Bridge without admiring it. 10th Street Bridge is a lovely spot for a photo, especially when you can see the Durham Museum in the background.



Gerald R. Ford birthplace and garden

In addition to being a lovely historical landmark, this place is also surrounded by beautiful gardens. It has rows of symmetrically planted flowers in a range of colors. A great photo opportunity for those of you who love to block out colors.



Lauritzen garden

Lauritzen Gardens is a favorite. It’s a living museum with unique four-season plant exhibitions held at the highest level. Why don’t you want to take some family photos here? Located in the beautiful riverside hills, Lauritzen Gardens is full of beautiful flowers that make a great addition to a family portrait. Note: Make sure to check with the venue first to see if a photographer fee is required.



Fontenelle forest

If you’re looking for that woody family photo, Fontenelle Forest should be high on your list. The forest includes hardwood deciduous forests, extensive floodplains, loess hills and marshland. How many options do you have for taking family photos with wildlife in the background?

4 TIPS FOR BIG PHOTOS

1. Don’t say “cheese” or “smile”. It just makes people look stiff or uncomfortable, but asks them questions about the things they enjoy or tells a joke.

2. Be stupid. Getting a little crazy is important, especially when working with kids.

3. Take lots of photos. Children move around a lot. So why not capture their funny expressions? More photos give you more chances of finding a picture that the whole family will enjoy.

4. Change your perspective. Don’t always take direct recordings. Instead, change your point of view. Get on the ground and shoot up. Or stand on a ladder and look down. Take close-up photos of the small details like hands, feet, toes, etc.

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