Below is a list of some locations and ideas for wedding formal portraits, engagement sessions or family sessions in the Syracuse area, CNY and surrounding areas. We’ve used almost all of the ones listed here at one time or another. Most are public places, but some may require a permit or special permission to use them. If you’re looking for a little something more remote, private, or quirky that might tell a better story in your images, we have lots of fun ideas to share with you, so lets plan a time to chat and brainstorm!


Syracuse City


Thornden Park

Thornden Park

A beautiful park featuring rose blossoms in early summer, as well as wooden areas, fields, city overlook, and a stone amphitheater.


Upper Onondaga Park

Upper Onondaga Park

A large park that has a large pond, waterfall garden, willow trees, and stone bridges.


Elmwood Park

Elmwood Park
A small park with many elm trees, a small creek, and stone bridges.


Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park
A park on a hill with a good view of the Syracuse city.


Armory Square

Armory Square

Downtown shopping district with many stores and urban attractions.


Clinton Square

Clinton Square

Downtown area with fountains and beautiful sidewalks.


Syracuse University Campus

SU Campus

A large campus with rustic benches, beautiful trees, statues and monuments.


Franklin Square Park

Franklin Square Park

One of the most popular photo locations in the city, this small park features brick buildings around it, and a fountain.


Eastern Suburbs


Butternut Creek Trail (Fayetteville)

Butternut Creek Trail
A large park with a long scenic trail, creek, marshes, and a boardwalk.


Green Lakes State Park (Fayetteville)

Green Lakes

A central new york staple; this park has two lakes which are known for their bright green color.


Chittenango Falls (Chittenango)

Chittenango Falls
A very large waterfall that provides scenic views, also a large wooded area and hiking trails. Best to visit in Spring when the water is flowing.


Pratt’s Falls (Manlius)

Pratts Falls
A tall waterfall in a wooded area, and lots of hiking trails.


Highland Forest (Fabius)

Highland Forest
Hiking trails, pine forest.


Cazenovia Lake (Cazenovia)

Cazenovia Lake
A calm and scenic lake, with waterfront photo opportunities.


Critz Farms (Cazenovia)

Critz Farms

An apple orchard and farm with beautiful trees and scenic views.


Sylvan Beach (Sylvan Beach)

Sylvan Beach

This location has a sandy beach with great sunset views, and a vintage amusement park for fun photo opportunities.


Northern Suburbs


Beaver Lake (Baldwinsville)

Beaver Lake

Wooded hiking trails take you around this small lake, with plenty of animal encounters.


McIntyre’s Bluff (Sterling)

McIntyre Bluff
These scenic bluffs overlook beautiful Lake Ontario.


Breitbeck Park (Oswego)

Breitbeck Park
A large park on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.


Mexico Point (Mexico)

Mexico Point

This state park features good views of Lake Ontario, and has wooded areas, and a cabin.


Chimney Bluffs State Park (Wolcott)

Chimney Bluffs After Sunset

These scenic bluffs overlook beautiful Lake Ontario.


Southern Suburbs


Jamesville Beach (Jamesville)
One of the best beaches in the Syracuse Area.


Labrador Hollow (Tully)

Labrador Pond
Tucked away in-between mountains, this unique area features a large pond, a boardwalk, and lots of nature.


Otisco Lake Park (Marietta)
A small park on the shores of Otisco Lake, this park has nice benches and good views of the Sunset.


Western Suburbs


Erie Canal Park (Camillus)

Erie Canal park

This park has wooden and open trails along the historic Erie Canal.


Nine Mile Creek (Marcellus)

Nine Mile Creek
A small park with access to the flowing Nine Mile Creek.


Marcellus Park (Marcellus)

Marcellus Park

A medium sized park with a creek, bridges, and scenic trees.


Skaneateles Pier (Skaneateles)

Skaneateles Pier
This pier extends quite far out onto Skaneateles lake, and offers great views of the town and lake.


Clift Park (Skaneateles)

Clift Park

A small park on the shores of Skaneateles Lake.


Shotwell Memorial Park (Skaneateles)

Shotwell Memorial Park
A small park with shrubbery, a fountain, and stone steps.

Looking for a wedding and portrait photographer to take photos of you or your family at one of these locations? Contact us today!




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