Prospect Park Family Session Locations

Why choose Prospect Park for your Family Session Location?

Prospect Park has a lot of  great Locations for your Family Photos.

To begin with – It is so many times that I have been to Prospect Park. In fact this is one of the reason I moved in to the area. Morning runs, weekend biking, occasional bbq-ing with friends. The Prospect Park is a landscape mastery in every piece. Created in 1867 has all the improvements after the Central Park was done. With that said you can find all you wish for in Prospect Park. You can read much more story of Prospect Park on Wikipedia of course. 

Brooklyn biggest Park is ideal for family photo session. I will walk you – pardon the pun – the best – in my opinion – locations for the best photos for your your family. Either yo gone put the photos on your mental, hang them on the wall or send as holiday cards to the rest of the family – there is something for everyone. Follow along or you can skip to the locations you interested in as well. I have divided the Park to North and South side for easier navigation. 

Do you need permit For family photos in Prospect Park?

No. On the Prospect Park website it is stated that you need a permit for film and photo production. This also applies to gatherings larger than 20 crew members involved. It nowhere says that you need a permit for family or engagement photoshoots. You can check out Prospect Park Alliance website to see the details.

What is the best time for Family Photos in Prospect Park?

The best time for Brooklyn family photos in Prospect Park is a week day, 2-3 hours before the sunset. Weekends tend to be very busy in Prospect Park especially in Summer. This will limit the numbers of the spots we could go. Also it will be unavoidable to have other people in the background. Week days are much more quiet and better to take family photos. 

North Side of Prospect Park Locations for Family Photos

Endale Arch

It has been under renovation for quite a time but since it was open it is in my opinion one of the marvels of the park. Small little location but it has plenty of backdrops for your photos. You can start right in front of it with the underpass behind you. The tunnel opening from Grand Army Plaza will work great as a frame and walking shots will have a classic vibe.

The biggest change is inside the tunnel. Meticulously renovated with wood on the walls give pleasant, warm and clean look for your portraits.  

Prospect Park Family Photos Locations
Prospect Park Family Photos Locations

Long Meadow

It stretches for almost the whole length of the Park but as soon as you pass the tunnel you can head south straight on the path. In Spring there are some of the cherry trees blooming up above and it will be a great spot for photos too. In Autumn it is full of colorful leaves  and has a narrow path that can be a good fit for some photos as well. It is close to running and biking path, so it is best to keep kids close to you in here. 

Zucker Natural Exploration Area

I really enjoy this part of the park. This great area for adventures parents and kids alike. Following the simple role – If you wish to have some very candid photos get more playful – you will find this space a fantastic setting for family photos. a lot to explore here. Wooden logs will provide us also with some sitting for some more classic photos. Otherwise –  have fun, engage your kids and let them play.

Prospect Park Family Session
Prospect Park Family Photos Locations
Prospect Park Family Photos Locations
Prospect Park Family Photos Locations

Natalie's Lawn

It spreads right around Zuker Play Area and it is large enough for some great photos with nature vibes. In Autumn trees around turn beautiful golden colors. This might be your perfect Prospect Park Family Session Location for holiday cards! The photo at the top of this post was also done here. Be playful. Lay down on the golden leaves or a grass. The view from above is certainly different from any other location and it is possible here!

South part of The ProSpect Park Family Photos Locations


This location is reach with architecture. Boathouse is right by the lake and has gorgeous view for the Lullwater Bridge. You can take photos on the steps and a long stretch of patio is great for some classy walking photos as well. there are plenty of little elements that can be used as photo backdrops and I will be happy to lead you from on to another.  

Prospect Park Boathouse Family Photo Backdrop
Candid Family. Dad running with his son during Brooklyn Prospect Park Family Session
Brooklyn Mom and her son on Prospect Park bridge
Brooklyn Prospect Park Family Session

Lullwater Bridge

Among the spots in this location this is one of my favorite places in the whole Park. From one side there is a great view for the boathouse, form the other lake. Also, pictures of you walking across will look great. Right straight from the bridge the path leads to the underpass and to the Nthermead if you go opposite direction.


Short walk from the bridge and you will get to the meadow with asphalt paths across. In opposite to the Boathouse surroundings this has a lot of greenery and open space. It is a great Prospect Park location for put everything in a distance. Literally.  

Fun Family Portrait from Brooklyn Prospect Park session
Child with an umbrella portrait

Even a little drizzle will not stop us from getting fun family shots.

Silhouette of Family in Prospect Park tunnel

White Levy Esplanade

Walk a bridge a different direction and turn slightly to the right. You will find yourself close to the lake and LeFrak Center – skating rink. This spot can be a great addition to you Prospect Park Family Session. It is a nice walk along the lake and and the end of it there is  quite spot with tall grass and access to the lake. In Summer it is also a place with the ground level fountains so if your kids are adventures we can take some photos with them running around and playing with water.

Prospect Park Family Session Locations - Other Spots

Inside the Park there is a path along Prospect Park Southwest street is a great idea for photos in a hot sunny days. There is a part where you gone need to climb some stairs but other then that most of the time it leads under the trees so it is cool and shady. 

Other idea location is a Lookout hill. Much more in nature with a lot of forest paths will lead you the the top of the hill. Despite the name the view for the rest of the park is very limited. This location is a very laid back idea but provides some different choices for backdrop. You can find all locations on the Prospect Park Map

Brooklyn Family photos wouldn’t be so fun if not the opportunity to do them in Prospect Park.

Other destinations around Prospect Park that you can visit for photos are Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn Botanical Garden or area around Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Botanical Garden is easy a destination of its own and also Museum is closer to the BBG but if you have your mind set on some clean modern backdrop and a bit of greenery Brooklyn Museum can be a good choice to finish or start your photos. Just make sure you and kids are ok to walk 10-15 min from the museum to the Prospect Park. 

Brooklyn Museum can be also a great place for mini session or just some formal family photos as well. 

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