UPDATE: It’s been a few weeks since I updated my blog with this post about photography locations. Since then I’ve had floods of emails coming in about these locations, many wondering why I would give away my “secrets”. It’s because I believe in my ability to shoot at the same location as many other photographers and still create unique and creative photos that are notches above the norm. I had no problem sharing it with others, HOWEVER, I’ve removed the addresses and specific locations of these sites, because my clients felt that by sharing it with the world they weren’t getting a customized, unique location for their session. Many of these locations are no big secret, and can be found readily, but for the respect of my clients I’m only sharing the basic information on my blog.
With all of my fall sessions coming up I wanted to write a blog post about photography locations. There are lots of places all over Davis, Weber and Salt Lake counties that I like to go, so I thought I would share a few with you. Hopefully this will give my upcoming clients a chance to look at the options all in one place so they can decide which would be the best location for them.
RED BARN (Country look):
This is probably my most requested location, especially in the fall. There is a big red barn here with lots of weeds all around.
DOWNTOWN STREET (Urban look):
Within walking distance of the barn is a street with a really cool alleyway. It has old colored doors and awesome brick walls. Great choice for an urban shoot.
DOWNTOWN STREET (Urban Look):
Another fun urban location has little shops on one side of the street, and a beautiful green area in back of the shops. Across the street are also different-colored walls and doors.
DOWNTOWN STREET (Urban Look):
There are some great brick walls and old doors and alleyways here as well. This location can be a bit tricky though, because most of the cool walls face the south, which means bright sunlight. But if we can bring something to block the light, or go on a cloudy day, you’ll get some fun photos!
CITY CENTER (Urban look):
If you’re looking for something that’s urban, then this place is awesome. It’s right downtown and has lots of different options and colors.
CITY PARK (Urban/pretty look):
Another fun place is located downtown in a residential neighborhood. There are old columns, archways and buildings with cool colors, as well as a beautiful pond and bridge. Definitely a favorite for family photos and bridals.
COUNTRY FARM (Country look):
If you want something a little more country looking, there’s a huge farm. It does cost money to take pictures there ($10 or something). There are lots of farm animals, hay bales, old buildings, etc.
RECEPTION HOUSE (Country/pretty look):
This is one of my favorites! Be aware that they charge $35 to take photos there, but the grounds are spectacular. There’s old barns, an old car, lots of tall trees and beautiful light. It’s a reception center, so as long as there’s not a reception going on there it’s a good spot.
CITY PARK (Pretty look):
This spot is really nice and big. It’s a VERY popular spot for taking pictures. There are lots of stairs, trees, a beautiful bridge, cool columns and a large river and pond. It’s a leash-free dog-walking park, so you’ll see lots of furry pets there.
SCENIC TRAIL (Pretty look):
This a very long trail that has LOTS of options for taking photos. There are tons and tons of trees so it can get a little dark, especially if it’s an overcast day. It has VERY tall trees, an old train bridge, and animals like elk and deer in a fenced area. VERY pretty for the fall!
BIRD REFUGE (Simple, pretty look):
This is very basic and simple with lots of fields and weeds. There’s a long wooden path that leads to a cool building. This is a great option of you’re looking for a more simple, classic look.
BARN/TRACTOR (Country/pretty look):
This is a beautiful, but small spot for taking country photos. Lots of weeds, with a small barn and tractor.
MY PARENTS’ HOUSE (Pretty look):
One place that you will never see in anyone else’s photography is my parents’ house. They live on an acre lot up on the mountain. The yard is beautiful with lots of flowers, oak trees, large rocks, an arbor, and pathways. It’s one of my favorite places to go for both small and large families, as well as individual pictures.
There are also tons of other options. There is a big open field that I like to use, a fun long dirt driveway, an orchard, and a couple other fun places. Here is a small sampling of those places.
And there are actually lots more places if none of these are quite the look you’re going for. The best thing to do is decide the look you like the best (urban, country, pretty, etc.) and then we can decide on a location based on the number of people, the clothing you want to wear, the time of year, etc.
Have a great day!