Sure, family photos taken at reunions and parties can be nice, but sometimes you want to add a special look to the images. When this is the case, check out these locations for making the ultimate in family photos.

The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
(313) 982-6001

It may cost a few dollars to get into, but the Henry Ford and Greenfield Village could very well be the ultimate place for family photos. Want a background with the Wrights Bicycle Shop or how about everyone gathered around a classic steam locomotive? You will find it here. There is history galore and along with it, an almost unlimited number of places to take that family photo. Just use your imagination.

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Kensington Metropark
2240 W. Buno Road
Milford, MI 48380
(810) 227-8910

If you want a nature theme to the family photos, then consider heading to Kensington Metropark near Milford. You will find locations that include woodlands, nature trails and a petting farm. Let’s face it, there is nothing as cute as a photo of a little one with a baby animal. For the purely natural background, try the nature center where there are walkways and paths that will put your photo right into the natural world.

Henry Ford Estate
One Fair Lane Drive
Dearborn, MI 48128
(313) 884-4222

Wouldn’t you just love to get together for a family photo with a huge stone mansion for a background? At the Henry Ford Estate in Dearborn, you will have the chance. The grounds of the estate are open to the public during daylight hours and with a little time and nice weather, your family photos will take on a whole new look with this for a background. There is the rose garden where you can pose among some of the most beautiful flowers around and on the patio, there is plenty of room on stone steps and railings to pose for the perfect shot.

Scripts Conservatory – Belle Isle
Central Way & Inselruhe Ave.
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 821-5428

Take some snaps among unique and rare plants, trees and flowers at this the jewel of the island. There are rooms that mimic tropical rain forests where a banana tree flows overhead, or in the waterfall room, there is a background of running water that will make for photos that must be seen to be understood. This is a unique location that is available to all for only a donation and is very popular with wedding photographers for a very good reason.

University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens
1800 N. Dixboro Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 647-7600

East of Ann Arbor is the U of M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Conservatory. What you will find is over 200 acres of plantings on the grounds featuring unique and beautiful plants, which would make the perfect background for any photo. The conservatory offers a wide variety of specimens maintained in the desert and temperate and tropical houses. On special weekends, there are displays ranging from orchids to carnations for that special look. When it comes to children, there is the Children’s Garden where the young ones can be captured in images that will bring the beauty of the family home.

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Award winning freelance writer and photographer Lawrence DiVizio is based in Southeast Michigan and works to convey in words and images the world around us. His work can be found at