Who says family photos must always be taken in portrait studios? The seemingly endless amount of gorgeous photo locations about South Florida will give family pictures an upgrade in modernity and that extra special touch. Outdoor properties are the focus as nothing can compare to the addition of local tropical foliage, landscapes and, of course, the warm Florida sun. Families have several great properties to choose from including attraction parks (Jungle Island) and historical locations (Art Deco District and Vizcaya Museum & Gardens).
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
3251 S. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33129
The property of Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is a breathtaking marriage of architecture, landscape, nature, art and design. The venue attracts photoshoots for a number of different occasions from fashion magazine editorials to engagement announcements. Families can choose from a number of spectacular scenes for unique family photos at the property inspired by European palaces. Photos are permitted outside throughout the lush gardens and the remainder of the stunning outdoor portion of Vizcaya. Professional portrait photos are even available for the inclusion of up to five people Wednesday through Monday, no reservations required.
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail
Miami, FL 33132
Jungle Island is a lush and tropical attraction featuring jungle animals from macaws to white tigers. The park is easy to get to, conveniently located between South Beach and Downtown Miami. Family photo opportunities include animal interaction experiences with such creatures as parrots and red ruffled lemurs, the exclusive behind-the-scenes VIP safari tour and more. For guests wanting to capture professional family photos at Jungle Island, permits are allowed to grant access to professional photographers with advance reservations and a fee.
Hollywood Beach Broadwalk
954 N Broadwalk
Hollywood, FL 33019
The Hollywood Beach Broadwalk provides a picturesque background ideal for family photos. Naturally the beach features fantastic scenes of the Atlantic Ocean, palm trees, sand and fun in the sun, but the boardwalk is an exceptional addition to traditional beach scenery. It’s lined with colorful restaurants and shops with a fascinating mix of people including beachgoers cruising by on bicycles, skateboards, etc. There are also parks, a dolphin fountain, charming hotels and a trolley service. The almost 2.5-mile Hollywood Beach Broadwalk is one of America’s Best Beach Boardwalks as named by Travel + Leisure magazine.
Art Deco District
1001 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
The colorful and lively Art Deco District of South Beach has been a photography favorite for decades. Families can take advantage of the gorgeous backdrops set on pastel-colored buildings with unique architecture in one of the liveliest cities in the country. The most effective ways to snag great photos is for families to walk around South Beach as traffic and parking can be complicated in the neighborhood. Some of the most exquisite Art Deco buildings in the area are located on Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue including the Cardozo Hotel and the National Hotel.
Miami Beach SoundScape
500 17th St.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
The New World Center concert hall in South Beach is a truly spectacular and creative location designed by none other than celebrity architect Frank Gehry. The property even features the incredible Miami Beach SoundScape, an expert merging of modern design, minimalism and nature. There are walking and biking paths all around the front of the property crisscrossing and intersecting a perfectly manicured lawn featuring gorgeous and stately palm trees. There are a number of great places to sit outside of the center including random white rocks that are a part of the building’s inventive design and other seemingly improvised spaces which are part of the so-called urban oasis. Much of the building features glass exposing a gorgeous geometric scene next to The Wall, an entire wall used solely for projecting concerts, movies and other special entertainment.
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