Choosing a location for your family photograph is a huge decision. Knowing that the photos will be framed and hopefully last for generations to come, you really want to take the time to research and select the right place to get photographed. The locale should be as unique as your family is, and timelessly represent the love that your family has. Here are some of the best places to take family photos in Cleveland, Ohio.

East Fourth Street
2015 East 4th St.
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 589-1111

East Fourth Street is considered the new hopping part of the city of Cleveland. The street is lined with restaurants, shops and clubs, and it’s always bustling with activity. This may not sound like a conventional spot for a family photo op, but it really represents the city and all the progress that has been made here. The brick-lined road, marquee signs and overhead lights adorn the entire street, making it a distinctive and modern background for your next family picture.

Horseshoe Lake Park
17499 S. Park Blvd.
Shaker Heights, OH 44120
(216) 491-1351

In 2004, the suburb of Shaker Heights spent close to one million dollars to renovate Horseshoe Lake Park. The renovations were completed in 2007, making it not only a great place to spend the day, but also a beautiful location for family photos. The park has gorgeous shrubbery, a large stone fireplace and an elevated boardwalk that winds around the wetlands. No matter what time of year you go, Horseshoe Lake Park will provide the perfect backdrop for your family pictures.

Rocky River Park
20250 Beachcliff Blvd.
Rocky River, OH 44116
(440) 356-5657

Overlooking Lake Erie, Rocky River Park is one of the most picturesque parks in Northeast Ohio. If you want your family photos to highlight our great lake, then this is where you want to be. There is a lookout hill that will give you and your photos impressive views of Lake Erie, and varying elevations that will add a distinctive touch to your pictures. Rocky River Park is also known for its impressive sunsets, so speak with your photographer and plan accordingly.

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Brecksville Reservation
9000 Chippewa Creek Drive
Brecksville, OH 44141
(440) 526-1012

Located in the Cleveland Metroparks, Brecksville Reservation is teeming with a wide array of different trees and rare plants. The largest reservation in the Cleveland Metroparks, this natural beauty is cut by seven distinct gorges, and Chippewa Creek flows through one of the many gorges. With so much variety here, Brecksville Reservation offers endless, spectacular settings for family photos. Not only is there the natural environment to photograph, but there is also the station road bridge and railroad tracks that would make excellent venues for your family pictures.

The Conrad Botzum Farmstead
3486 Riverview Road
Akron, OH 44313
(330) 867-6681

The Conrad Botzum Farmstead is located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on 25 acres of farmscape. It is the ideal photo location for families looking for something a little more “country.” The stunning hills of the Cuyahoga River Valley surround the Farmstead, and the never-ending landscape offers abundant appeal for pictures. The big red barn located on the property must be photographed, whether you go inside of it or take advantage of the rustic look that the outside provides. Your family will look amazing in this setting.

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Amanda Keeler is a freelance writer and Social Media Director, living in the Cleveland, Ohio area. She has a B.A. from The Ohio State University in Public Relations. Her work can be found on