Outdoor Family Photo Locations near Grand Rapids

Family of four sitting on a blanket in a tall grass field at sunset

West Michigan has some pretty amazing landscapes that span from crystal Lake Michigan waters, sunlit beaches, and sandy dunes to golden-grassed prairies, lush green groves, and sky high pines. So it’s only natural to want to use these landscapes as backdrops for your family portraits. But how do you find these excellent outdoor photo locations…especially when some of them are hidden gems? Let me provide them in a convenient list! This list will grow as I continue to scout locations. So keep checking back for new additions and links to more in depth reviews for Grand Rapids outdoor photo locations.

Erin Massie Photography collage of family portraits in outdoor locations near Grand Rapids

Here are some of the best outdoor portrait locations to consider for your next family photo session…

Kent County

  • Caledonia Lakeside Park- 370 N Lake St SE, Caledonia, MI 49316
  • Prairie Wolf Park- 8555 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Caledonia, MI 49316
  • Leslie Tassell Park- 2900 Thornapple River Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
  • Cascade Township Park- 3810 Thornapple River Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
  • Ada Township Park– 1180 Buttrick Ave SE, Ada, MI 49301
  • Ada Covered Bridge- 7490 Thornapple River Drive , Ada, MI 49301
  • Roselle Park– 1010 Grand River Dr NE, Ada, MI 49301
  • Fallasburg Park- 1124 Fallasburg Park Dr NE, Lowell, MI 49331
  • The Blue Bridge- 100 Front Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Ottawa County

(note: be aware that Ottawa County will be requiring professional photographers to obtain a permit for photo sessions that occur within their parks system starting the summer of 2019)

  • Spring Grove Park- 1800 Greenly St, Grandville, MI 49418
  • Grand Ravines- 3991 Fillmore St, Jenison, MI 49428
  • Grose Park- 22200 24th Ave, Casnovia, MI 49318
  • Rosy Mound- 13925 Lakeshore Drive, Grand Haven, MI 49417
  • Tunnel Park- 66 Lakeshore Drive N, Holland, MI 49424