Come with me and explore my favorite locations...
If you know me well, you know my heart is in the PNW, having been born and raised there, but my feel-good place is Tucson, AZ! I have spent my last 20 years in Tucson, and the desert has become my home. I love the dry heat and the sunny days. I don't think I would want to live anywhere else!!! However, my home for 40+ years was Washington State. I grew up on the eastside in Redmond. Then I made my way around to the peninsula to Olalla, and later Port Orchard. I love the water, green trees, and mountains. If only it was sunny more days!!! Who doesn't like cozy, rainy, cloudy days occasionally... but what makes the PNW so beautiful is the rain! And it has plenty of it.
That being said, when I am in the Northwest, I put on my rain gear and find a great location to shoot some photos. This year I have fallen in love with all the beautiful gardens, and unlike Tucson, they are all free! I haven't finished exploring them all yet. So far, my absolute favorite has been the tulip fields. And yes, we did get some sprinkles on a photo shoot there, but sun or rain, the fields are stunning. April is the best month to see the fields, although sometimes, they are available as early as March or as late as May. I will definitely be back up next year, and plan some mini/special photos shoots in the Tulip Fields located in Mt Vernon, WA! Make sure to sign up for my VIP list if you want a heads up when they will be available.
Next on my list is the Kubota Gardens (Tukwila/Seattle) and Bellevue Botanical Gardens. Another great place is in Maltby at Flower World! It's an amazing place for a photo shoot! Don't forget you can purchase all your gardening needs there as well. So, when I am in Washington I will travel quite a bit, anywhere from Seattle to Tacoma, Bellevue, Redmond, and all the way up to Maltby. And of course during tulip season, up to Mt Vernon. Oh, and if you want to head into the mountains, I am game for a trip up to Leavenworth.
Seldom having to be concerned about the rain in AZ, any time of the year is perfect for a photo shoot. In the summer, I like to plan your photoshoot at sunset to avoid the extreme heat. You can't beat Arizona sunsets, especially around monsoon season! However, there are many ways to stay out of the heat. Plan a mountain photoshoot, as Mt Lemmon is beautiful all year round. I also have several locations in my home that I use as studio space, or plan a home-lifestyle photoshoot. So, there are plenty of ways to beat the 100-degree dry heat of the beautiful Sonoran Desert. But, if a sunny location is more your style for your Tucson Photo Shoot, there are many parks that are perfect! Sometimes people don't even realize what beautiful photos can be captured at their favorite family park. Many people want to showcase our desert landscape, as Southern Arizona is the home of the majestic Saguaro's. The Broadway Trailhead or Saguaro National Forest East are two amazing locations for this. There is also the iconic Gates Pass featured in so many westerns where cowboys ride off into the sunset. We also have some pretty amazing gardens. For a fee, we can meet at the Tucson Botanical Gardens or Tohono Chul, neither of which will disappoint. There is also a tiny treasure at the University Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden! Chickens can be found wandering, you can walk among the vegetable gardens, or the more traditional desert landscape with an amazing assortment of cacti. If gardens or desert aren't your thing... then let's head downtown, or to one of the historic sites, such as the colorful houses of the Bario.
OK... We have gone on a super-fast photo tour through Washington and Arizona, and I didn't even begin to touch on all of the amazing locations for your Tucson photoshoot or your Washington photoshoot. I will feature some of these locations in detail in future blogs.
If you are looking for a photographer for your next event or family session, I would love to be that person!
Journeys PhotoStories, specializing in Lifestyle, StoryTeller, and Documentary style photography.
Located in Tucson AZ, and traveling to Washington State.