15 Family Photo Spots in the Triangle
Photo courtesy of Melissa Hayes Photography
Want to update your Facebook profile image or hang a new family photo over the mantel? There are plenty of unique and scenic locales in the Triangle to set up your next family portrait. Here are a few of our favorites, along with tips on how to take better family photos.
6101 Cole Mill Rd., Durham; 919-383-1686
Historic buildings, forest, suspension bridge and river.
13304 Creedmoor Rd., Wake Forest; 919-676-1027
Lake, trails and mature trees.
701 Harris Rd., Wake Forest; 919-435-9570
Bridge, stone wall, pecan grove and historic buildings.
North Salem Street, Apex; 919-362-6456 (Apex Chamber of Commerce)
Train caboose, brickwork and small-town scenery.
2112 County Park Dr., New Hill; 919-387-4342
Lake, trails and forested lands.
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh; 919-856-6675
Old mill, stone walls, stone dam, pond and bridges.
2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs; 919-557-2496
Fencing, fields and mature trees.
4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh; 919-250-1013
Historic buildings, brick walkways and a pecan grove.
4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh; 919-515-3132
Flowers, trees, trails and fountains.
520 Ashe Ave., Raleigh; 919-996-6468
Train, carousel, lake, bridges and mature trees.
301 Pogue St., Raleigh; 919-821-4579
Trees, stone walls, arbor and roses.
2619 Western Blvd., Raleigh; 919-821-8701
Gardens featuring 45 different varieties of plants, in addition to azaleas.
318 Blackwell St., Durham; 919-433-1566
Urban setting, brickwork, sculptures and a landscaped stream.
4409 Bennett Memorial Rd., Durham; 919-383-4345
Historic farmhouse where the largest troop surrender of the Civil War took place.
280 State Park Rd., Apex; 919-362-0586
Lake, trails and forested lands.
100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill; 919-962-0522
Gardens, mature trees, sculptures and trails.
Tips for Taking Great Family Photos
Melissa Hayes is a professional photographer in Raleigh. Here are her five top tips for taking better family photos.
1. Capture the best light. You’ll get the best light (and cooler temperatures) an hour after sunrise and an hour-and-a-half before sunset.
2. Be informed. Visit the facility’s website or call ahead for information on upcoming events, and ask about their slower times. You may also need a permit to take portrait photos at more popular spots, although personal photography is usually allowed. Check each location’s posted rules to be safe.
3. Keep ’em happy. Young kids do best during morning sessions and respond well to puppets and bubbles. Older kids are OK for evening sessions, and teens may want their photos taken in a hip downtown locale.
4. Stay safe. Even if you’ve seen a friend’s picture of her brood straddling the railroad tracks, don’t do it! Taking pictures on railroad tracks is not only dangerous but illegal, and could earn you a hefty fine. It’s a risk not worth taking. For a safe alternative, try Apex’s restored Seaboard train caboose on North Salem Street.
5. Try staying close to home. Don’t rule out your own backyard. Look for a quiet spot with trees, a neighborhood lake or unique architectural features like arbors, stone walls or unique doorways.
Christa C. Hogan is a freelance writer and an at-home mom to three busy boys.