If you saw these family portraits on Pinterest, would you guess they were taken somewhere in Europe or in…Delaware? When I first saw pictures of Nemours Estate, I knew I had to go. Located in the heart of Wilmington, Nemours grants you the essence of a French estate without traveling far. Nemours Estate family photos are perfect if you’re looking to adorn your walls with elegant, timeless portraits of your loved ones.
Nemours Estate is a sweeping, 200-acre property in Wilmington, DE complete with formal French gardens and a 77-room mansion built by Alfred I. duPont, an American financier and philanthropist.
The grounds were modeled after the Petit Trianon at Versailles (where Marie Antoinette bid her time), and feature a one-acre reflection pool, several sculptures and statues, as well as a Temple of Love showcasing the goddess Diana.
Completed in 1910, the estate went through a substantial renovation in the early-2000’s, to the tune of $39 million. Today, the Nemours Foundation is also responsible for operating the large children’s hospital next door to the estate.
Why Choose Nemours Estate for Family Photos
If you want elegant portraits that will make your friends think you flew your family to Europe, you won’t find better than Nemours Estate. The vast grounds hold endless backdrops, ranging from a reflection pool, manicured gardens, and tree-lined walkways, to the mansion itself. There is no shortage of secluded nooks and crannies to explore, letting your family relax and be themselves away from curious onlookers.
The stone columns and structures found throughout the estate add plenty of visual interest to your photographs, without distracting from your family’s connection. If you’re hoping to create a gallery wall or statement piece with your portraits, I particularly love natural stone for a versatile, neutral background.
Address: 1600 Rockland Rd. Wilmington, DE 19803
Hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Parking: Free parking is available near the ticket entrance.
Permit Required: No
Ticketing: Tickets are required for entry. Individual adults are $20 and a special group rate for a family (2 adults and up to 4 children) is $40.
Bathrooms: Trailer restrooms can be found throughout the property.
As a Wilmington, DE family photographer, Nemours Estate has become one of my top locations for family portraits in Delaware. The architecture, variety of neutral backdrops, and manicured gardens are hard to match anywhere else.
If you’re looking for a full-service photography experience where you don’t have to lift a finger to get gorgeous family portraits, I’d love to chat. My offerings include the use of a high-end client closet, a fun and carefree session to make memories with your children, and the creation of heirloom artwork to display in your home.
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