It probably doesn’t come as news to you that Central Park is the best place in New York City for photography shoots that require a nature vibe. What might come as a surprise, however, is the vast number of locations within Central Park that can serve as varied and inspiring backdrops. With a host of scenic bridges, serene pathways, statuesque trees, rocky waterfalls, autumn colors, spring flowers, and more, Central Park is a photographer’s dream. Here’s just a few:
You’ve, no doubt, seen the Bow Bridge in countless numbers of photographs, but, like most of Central Park, it always manages to look significantly different, depending on the angle and the season.
The stone-flanked Gapstow Bridge is straight out of a storybook, and is a decisively lovely place for wedding portraits.
Waterfalls, streams, and birds, amongst a tangle of moss and branches, gives The Ramble its rugged character, and is also the reason why this is such a picture-perfect location.
On the southern end of the Mall, a quadruple row of stately American Elms, is Literary Walk and its statues of poets long gone. You can almost hear the poets whisper “what a great spot for photos!”
Who can resist a fun game of spotting the five species of turtles in Turtle Pond? But then step back and see (or, in this case, shoot) the big picture – a beautiful pond surrounded by colorful aquatic plants and tall trees.
If the urbanite in you is still craving a glimpse of the city, the skyline is never far from view. Whether framed by trees ablaze with fall color, dotted with spring flowers, or nestled under a blanket of snow, it’s the perfect canopy for “painting” your picture.