A place to take indoor family photos?

library window sunlightA place for indoor family photos?

Laura emails:

Hello, maybe your readers can help me out. I'm looking for an indoor space (within a 20 min radius of Albany) to take photographs of my family. In warmer weather, we like to go to The Crossings, Pruyn House, etc. but with those places won't work!! An indoor setting, with plenty of natural light would be ideal. Thank you so much!!

There can be a few snags for taking photos in such an indoor location: the light, as Laura mentions, but also in some cases there's also the issue of permission.

So, got a suggestion for Laura? Please share!


Many places within the State Capitol. The Million Dollar Staircase, in a nice area outside the Senate Chamber, outside the Assembly Chamber...

Light and access are the challenges. Light-flooded atriums are lacking around here. Depending on what "family" means, the carousel area on the fourth floor of the State Museum (CEC) makes a nice spot, and there are other spots there that would make decent backdrops as well. There's a seriously sensational staircase in one of the buildings at Emma Willard (with the auditorium); don't know if you can just walk in, though. For that matter, the old Frear's staircase in Troy, though the light isn't great, is a great backdrop. The observation deck of the Corning Tower has a good backdrop and a great set of lines.

Well - the photo you have up there is of the Howe Library in the South End of Albany which has fantastic natural lighting, beautiful windows and warm oak, yellow walls and nice furniture. Great idea!


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