Where should I have my photo Session?

One of the first things people often ask is WHERE? It's a great question, and it deserves a great answer! Only I don't have one for you. There is a reason for this. There are so many wonderful places to take photos. Every photo shoot is unique, and this is uniquely your photo shoot. Part of it depends on the type of photo shoot, part of it depends on family dynamics, part of it depends on timing and lighting, and part of it depends on what you are trying to convey. Below I have added some of my favorite places. This list will grow as I discover more. But it's a start! And don't worry, when you ask, I will suggest some places that I think will work for your special shoot. I will also help you navigate the decision. It's important to me that you have a wonderful time and that it is not stressful. So, we will talk about choices, discuss the pros and cons, and I will guide you through making a decision, as much as you would like. But ultimately this is your shoot! So, pick somewhere you love, and let's do this. Enjoy browsing my special locations below. Also, check out my Blog. I go into a little more detail there. And watch for my new blog... coming soon... more about making choices for a location. Whether you are planning a Washington State photo shoot or a Tucson photoshoot, you will find some great photo locations below! Enjoy!

Ventana Canyon Trailhead

We often think of desertscapes with saguaro cactus, prickly pears, and golden sands. But the desert is so much more. Ventana Canyon Trailhead is tucked away in the foothills, with bubbling streams, lush vegetation, and an abundance of small critters.

Vantana Trailhead after monsoons, a great place for family photos
Vantana Trailhead after monsoons, a great place for lifestyle photos.
Vantana Canyon Trailhead, if looking for a natural setting for lifestyle family photos this is a perfect locatio

Agua Caliente Park

One of my favorite places, weather looking for a sunset, palm trees, green grass and open fields or water scapes this park has it all! Over 101 acres this park has so many choices in scenery and lighting to create the perfect photo opportunities!

Agua Caliente Park   One of my favorite locations for a family shoot.  sunsets, palm trees, little lake, flowing water.
Agua Caliente Park, this park is perfect for any photoshoot.
Agua Caliente Park, perfect for your lifestyle, or documentary photoshoot.

Saguaro national Park East

There probably isn't a more idyllic location for a Tucson Photo shoot if you want to capture the heart of Tucson. Stunning Saguaro Cactus, sunset views, rolling rugged hillsides speckled with a variety of cactus. Just prior to the visitor center there are pullouts for capturing some great shots, but if you want to go higher there is a fee for the national forest and for permits. This is well worth the extra!

Saguaro national forest East is the perfect backdrop, esp at sunset.
Sunset photos sessions, lets meet at Saguaro National Forest.
Nothing whispers love like a sunset photo.

rio Vista natural resource park

This is a great little park very central in town. It has a ranch right next to it offering some rustic traditional ranch photos, it also has interesting architecture, green grass, desert landscape and mountain views. A little of everything!

Central Tucson there are places for great photo shoots, try the Rio Vista Natural Resource Park.
Rio Vista Natural Resource Park is a go to for my family sessions in Central Tucson.
One of central Tucsons treasures is the Rio Vista Natural Resource Park.
Looking for a photoshoot in central Tucson, try the Rio Vista Natural Resource Park.

Broadway Trailhead

On the north end of Saguaro national park lays the Broadway trail head. I love the wide-open spaces tucked into the majestic Saguaro cacti. Mountain ranges to the east and north of the park add to the stunning backdrop and if you want to meet at sunset, the west views are spectacular.

Broadway trail is a perfect location for your desert photo shoots!
Looking for towering saguaros, Broadway trail is a perfect location for your desert photo shoots!
Looking for beautiful big skys, Broadway trail is a perfect location for your desert photo shoots!
If you have your heart set on a desert scene for your photos shoot, the Broadway trail is a perfect location.


This is on the East side of Tucson near 22nd St & Houghton, again a great little park with a green grassy area, mountain views, and lovely mountain backgrounds. Case Natural Park is a perfect spot for a quiet stroll, and if you love to watch butterflies there is even a delightful butterfly garden hidden in the park. This unique and diverse little park has lots to offer for a great photo shoot. If you catch it at sunset, it is even more enchanting!

Cute little easy park for a no stress photo shoot.
Looking for an easy location for a family photo shoot, but still want desert scenes?  Case Park is perfect!
With Mountain views and desert trails, Case park is a great location for Tucson East Photoshoots.

Mount Lemmon

Mount Lemmon has so many wonderful locations and a huge scenic variety. It may be rocky cliffs or pine trees, mountain streams or desert fields. It's about an hour drive up the mountain so there is travel fees, but I would be happy for you to share the travel fees with another family or two. There are so many possibilities up the mountain any time of year!

Mount Lemmon is a favorite location for any photoshoot, the diversity of scenery is amazing.
Are you looking to get out of the heat of Tucson, or need a summer photoshoot?  Mt Lemmon!
Flowing streams, towering trees, woodsy , variety abounds at Mount Lemmon.  Perfect location for your photoshoot.


I love Tucson with its unique architecture, interesting streets, colorful murals, and colorful Barrio houses. There is not only so much to experience but there is so much to see and take part in. Tucson has some awesome places for a photo shoot. Whether it is walking downtown, hanging out around old town, the Barrio, or interesting old or new architecture not to mention finding a mural that speaks to your personality or photoshoot style. So many opportunities!

Downtown Tucson offers an abundance of locations for photoshoots.
Tucson is filled with murals, lets plan a mural photo shoot.
Memories or art, you can always find a great spot for a photo shoot down town Tucson.
Colorful images your thing?  Downtown Tucson photo shoots!

Washington State...

Young couple embraces in a beautiful field of tulips for a Washington couples photo session in Mt. Vernon.

The Tulip Fields in April

How could I leave out the tulip fields as one of my all time favorites? It's only a few short weeks, but I can't miss coming up during this magical time. There are several locations near Mt Vernon Washington. Well worth the hours trip north of Redmond.

Young couple with baby walking by a windmill for a photo session at Marymore Park in Redmond, WA.


Marymore park found off Sammamish Pkwy is one of King County's largest, oldest and most popular parks. This park is perfect for a photo shoot, the grounds include buildings just waiting for a photo shoot including a windmill. It also has meandering paths of wetlands and open grassy fields.

Young pregnant couple embraces at the beautiful Kabuto Gardens in Seattle WA, for a Redmond Photographer.

Botanical Gardens

There is no lack of botanical gardens, they are all free, and they are probably blooming. No matter what time of year there will be flowers blooming! Kabuto Gardens and Bellevue Botanical Gardens are two of my favorites so far, however... I am still exploring.

Young girl smiling for a photo shoot in the San Juan Islands by a Redmond Family Photographer

A day on the water

Lakes, sound, ocean... we have it all in the PNW. A sailing trip, a day on a boat, or just playing on the beach, are perfect moments to capture for your family lifestyle photos. There are so many locations I don't even know where to begin. So, contact me, and let's pick a location!