Four Photographers on Their Favorite Local Spots for a Spring Photo Op

Time to refresh those family photos? According to the experts, these locales offer some of the city’s best backdrops.

As those swirling, turquoise blue days arrive, the pull of the weather is too much to resist—and it’s a perfect photographer’s backdrop. Looking to snap a few family portraits this spring? We asked some local photographers about their favorite spots to take photos around the city.

Photograph courtesy Kenyatta Davis

Kenyatta Davis, of Kenyatta Davis Photography in Cincinnati, names two favorite spots: French Park (3021 Section Rd., Amberley Village) and Route 50 scenery in Dale Park (corner of Route 50 and Plainville Road in Mariemont) because both locales have a range of scenery to use as backdrop. Consider French Park, which boasts rustic hiking trails, wooden bridges, and the two-story brick French House.

Photograph courtesy Kenyatta Davis

Anne Gregoire, of Anne Gregoire Photography in Anderson Township, also names French Park as her favorite spot for photos—especially in the back field at sunset. “I like the simplicity of it,” she says. “The sunset light is soft and flattering, [and] the grounds of the French House are beautiful. There are also many different locations within the park to shoot.”

Photograph courtesy Anne Gregoire

Sherri Barber King, of Sherri Barber Photography in West End, says Spring Grove Cemetery (4521 Spring Grove Ave.) is a perfect photo backdrop no matter the season thanks to its variety of textures, with stones, trees, and ivy. King also spotlights her own neighborhood, the Dayton Street Historic District (at the southeast corner of I-75 and Bank Street). Part of the National Register of Historic Places, the district is known for its brick and stone homes.

Photograph courtesy Angenise Rawls

Angenise Rawls, of Rawls Photography & Design in Hamilton, calls Chrisholm Historic Farmstead (2070 Woodsdale Rd., Trenton) her favorite spot to take family portraits. The farm is an Amish Mennonite Settlement in Butler County that offers a range of backdrops. Plus, it’s kid-friendly, so children can have things to do if they need a break.

Photograph courtesy Angenise Rawls

For similar reasons, Rawls points to Ault Park (3600 Observatory Ave., Mt. Lookout), Glenwood Gardens (10397 Springfield Pke., Woodlawn), Smale Riverfront Park (166 W. Mehring Way, downtown), Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park (1135 Riverside Dr., downtown), Rentschler Forest (5701 Reigart Rd., Hamilton), and Sharon Woods (11450 Lebanon Rd., Sharonville).

“I recently did a graduation session at P&G Gardens (Fifth and Sycamore streets, Central Business District) and was amazed at the variety of scenic backgrounds I was able to capture,” she says. Rawls has also taken her own family photos at Glendale Historic District (West Glendale and Grand avenues, Glendale). “The area where the shops are adds a vintage downtown feel, while the fountain and garden areas are so elegant and lush.”

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