Find your perfect spot!
Searching for a photo shoot location? There are so many wonderful options in the Denver area. From neighborhoods within the city to the mountains just outside, there is a huge variety! I’ve outlined a few of my favorite places for photo sessions below, separated by style – parks, urban and mountains. Browse through the locations, and don’t hesitate to ask questions! I know of more spots in case these don’t fit exactly what you’re looking for!
*Please note that many locations in the Denver area require permits, and these may take time to apply. Be sure to choose your location as soon as you can to ensure that I am able to secure everything I need for your shoot!
This is such a great area because of the variety of backgrounds! There is a grassy area by REI, murals along the Cherry Creek Trail, bridges over the river, and giant rocks to sit on. With a bit of a further walk you can access the Coohills bridge, and on the other side of the park you can get a great skyline view along with the Millennium Bridge!
I just had my first shoot here and it is such a wonderful spot! The pavilion provides a nice backdrop with its tall columns and open space. And around the park there are a ton of trees – even after the leaves have fallen, it’s still a great spot because of all the evergreen trees that look alive year-round.
Bluff Lake is a gorgeous little park in Stapleton full of open meadows, tall grass and willowy trees. It has a path that is about 1 mile around the lake, and there are tons of beautiful spots along the way. One quick note – there are no dogs allowed here as it is a preservation area.
Inspiration Point Park
I love that this park is a hidden surprise! You pull off of Sheridan Blvd and there is this little oasis. With a wide meadow of tall grass surrounded by evergreen trees, this location provides a backdrop that is consistent throughout the seasons. There are also green, grassy areas and views to the west over Golden and Arvada.
My favorite spot to take photos at Sloan’s Lake is on the south side where there are tons of trees and little pockets along the edge of the lake where you can get the water view. The leaves change colors in the fall, but it is a great park year-round! There is also a nice bridge and city views from the west side along Sheridan Blvd.
This huge park is always a great option! There is the pavillion right by the lake that provides a nice backdrop, and I like to take photos along the path that runs down the south side of the same lake. There are tons of areas to explore though! There is a cute building and huge willowy trees along the west side of the park as well. So many options!
Platt Park/South Pearl Street
This neighborhood is super cute with a quaint street of shops and restaurants. There are some nice little nooks in the buildings as well as brick backgrounds to use. A nice thing about this area is that there is a small park just a block away that can provide grassy/park-like shots as well.
I’ve had so many fun shoots in the RiNo neighborhood. With tons of murals and graffiti, you can find so much color. The alleys provide a grungy feel as well, but overall it’s fun to use the cool buildings as backdrops for these shots.
Downtown is a fun option for cool backdrops and neat alleyways. Union Station is a great place to shoot (although there are time limitations – contact me for details), and just wandering the city’s streets provide skyscraper backdrops and some unique graphic angles.
Want mountain views and a forest feel? This is the perfect spot! There is a great wide open spot with pine trees, and then an area with beautiful mountain views and rocky outcrops to stand on with the vista behind you. It’s a bit further out in Golden off of I-70.
White Ranch Park
A bit further out, this is a nice peaceful spot with a lovely pine tree hiking trail that leads to a lovely huge meadow. With lots of rock groupings and mountain views, this spot is a great find if you’re up to travel a little further outside of Denver.
Golden/Clear Creek History Park
I love this area just in downtown Golden. The History Park can get a bit crowded with photographers, but it’s a neat spot with old historic structures and views of the mountains. There is also a creek just next to it accessible from rock paths.
Mt Falcon Park
There are two entrances to Mt Falcon Park with two different feels! The east side provides views of Red Rocks Ampitheatre and out into the valley west of Denver. The west side has a mountainy feel with lots of trails and views over the mountains (pictured above). Both have gorgeous views and spaces that are a short walk away from the parking lots!
Golden Gate Canyon State Park
There are a ton of options in this State Park! I have only explored a few, but all provide a nice environment for a nature-type session. Each area is a different trail, providing trees and valleys, depending on which you choose. Note that there is a permit fee to shoot here, and you need a State Parks pass for access.
This is a popular park in Morrison, just outside of Denver, with a lot of options for trails. The trails allow you to really get right on the red rocks, and you’re surrounded by the beautiful color everywhere! There are some nice fields as well to provide views. Note that there is a permit fee to shoot here.