Best Locations in Phoenix for Family Photos
Phoenix, Arizona is full of beautiful desert areas, cityscapes and hidden green gems. †All of which would be great locations for your next¬† family photos. ¬†The majority of my clients ask for assistance when choosing a location that is right for their family pictures. ¬†Part of the photography process with Cozy Clicks is working together to choose a spot the best fits the look you want. ¬† I have created this post for my clients as a starting place when thinking about a good on location area for their photography session. ¬†Below are the top ¬†areas I think are the best locations in Phoenix for family photos. ¬†And if these ideas don‚Äôt suit you, don‚Äôt worry! I have many more fun and unique areas I know of. These selections are in no particular order and are based on popularity, beauty, and ease and accessibility.
Top ¬†Family and Child Photography Locations in the Phoenix Area
1. Scorpion Gulch
If you haven‚Äôt visited this rustic and western area of Phoenix, you need to go check it out. ¬†Located at the base of South Mountain, the cool stone buildings¬†are full of texture and a uniqueness only found in the desert. ¬†This area gives lots of variety by offering neat¬†architecture, but also¬†mountains, cactus and Arizona sunsets. ¬†Want to see more sessions from this location? Check out more examples here: Family session,¬†maternity session
This small town south of Phoenix and next door to Chandler has so much beauty to offer. ¬†Just take a drive through the foothills of this town and look around. ¬†You‚Äôll find many places that would make for lovely family photos. ¬†This area is characterized by mountains, hiking paths, and desert backgrounds.¬†Want to see more sessions from this location? Check out more examples here: Family sessions, Child sessions
3. Gilbert Riparian Preserve
This location is a fantastic area for family pictures!¬† A popular area for many photographers, the Riparian Preserves offers both green and desert scenery. ¬†In the¬†middle of the preserve sets a lake and bridge with small streams, grassy areas and footpaths around the location.¬†Want to see more sessions from this location? Check out more examples here: Family session 1, family session 2
4. Downtown Phoenix
Downtown is full of areas for family , child or senior portraits. This location offers a cool urban feel with lots of architecture¬†and¬†graffiti. ¬†Look closer and there are some pretty cool historical areas of downtown too, which make it look like you‚Äôre not even in a big city.¬†Want to see more sessions from this location? Check out more examples here: ¬†Urban Downtown
5. Papago Park
Next to the Phoneix Zoo, Papago Park is a dream for family photos. ¬†Papago is characterized by the red rock mountain located right in the middle of the park. ¬†Walk just a little bit off the base of this mountain and there is a lake, palm trees, cactus and more! This spot captures a lot of the beauty of Arizona. Want to see more sessions from this location? Check out more examples here: Family Session, Extended Family session, Senior session
6. Coon Bluff Campground
This beautiful Phoenix area photo location gets you right into the wilderness. ¬†Full of trees and dirt path, this is a beautiful spot for photos. ¬†Salt river runs right through this campground, so if you are adventurous enough to get down by the water, you can add some cool variety to your shoot. ¬†Some areas here do require a little walking. ¬†There is a small parking fee with this location. ¬†See even more sessions from Coon Bluff here.
8. Manistee Ranch Park
This cool area in Glendale gives a different backdrop then your typical desert landscapers in Arizona. ¬†This small park is home to a small orange orchard, lots of grass, and cool farm buildings. ¬†Check out more from Mainstee Ranch right here!
9. Heritage Square Park
Right in the middle of downtown Phoenix, this location is full of charm.¬† Grass, tress and a rose garden are among some of the features at Heritage Square Park.¬† You‚Äôll also see a number of historic buildings, which make for some interesting shots!¬† See more from this location here.
10. ASU¬†Tempe/Mill Avenue
I love this location because of all the variety there is to offer. ¬†Look around any corner or street and there is new texture, buildings, flowers and more. ¬†This location does not look anything like the desert. ¬†This is a very cool spot for senior portraits or family sessions! ¬†See more from ASU here.