I love living here in Albany. Most people don’t realize that New York is anything other than a huge city. But Albany is a great place. And it is the state capitol, too. It is beautiful almost any time of year but it can be especially nice in the fall and spring, with all the leaves changing colors or flowers blooming. Here are some of my favorite places and subjects for photos here in Albany:

If you are interested in buildings, then we certainly have a treat for you. The New York State Capitol building is amazing. This five-story building celebrates three different architectural styles. It is also lit up beautifully at night. The grounds around it are very well manicured and there are some lovely flowers and trees out front depending on the season.

If you are looking for a more urban setting, keep walking around Empire State Plaza. There are modern art sculptures, a pedestrian bridge, and some war memorials. You’ll feel as if you were in a lovely and bustling city.

On the other hand, we have lots of parks and green spaces. Washington Park is a great place to take pictures. It is 84 acres of well-maintained parkland. There are an incredible number of tree species to give you just the right look for your pictures. There is also a Tulip Festival every spring, which is another great setting for photos. There are a bunch of statues and monuments as you walk around. A good one is the King Memorial Fountain. Many of the houses lining the park were designed by famous architects, and several governors have lived there. The lake house is also a beautiful place in the park itself.

If you are looking for more pristine and undisturbed surroundings, I recommend John Boyd Thacher State Park in nearby Voorheesville. It is especially nice in the fall. There are lots of trails – including the famous Indian Ladder Trail. This park alsofeatures several underground streams and some falls, which make lovely backdrops for pictures.

Another beautiful place to visit is Historic Cherry Hill. This museum is a great way to learn about the history of New York through the lives of the Van Rensselaer family, who owned the home from the time it was built in 1787 through the last member of the family’s death in 1963. The grounds there are also pretty nice if you want outdoor pictures. Plus the yellow color of the building creates a great backdrop.

These are just a few of the great places you can use for landscapes and portrait backgrounds around the area. I hope that you come to visit and take a look at these locations. If you live around here and you think I’ve missed somewhere, let me know in the comments and maybe I’ll add it in a future post!