How to Choose a Location for Your Denver Photo Session

You have chosen me as your photographer (thank you SOOOOOO MUCH) and now it is time to figure out a location for our Denver Photo Session!  I am about to share all of my best kept secret locations so buckle up!  Some of these locations require an additional entrance fee or travel fee.  Also, some of them require permits so if you are a photographer, be sure to check to make sure that you have the proper permits (as I always do).

When choosing a location keep these things in mind:

Does the location fit your personality?  If you have a rustic farmhouse having photos done in front of an urban mural might not be the best photo to display in your home!  Think about the look feel and colors of your home when you are choosing locations and outfits.  Make sure they fit your décor style so you will want to display them!  Do you have physical limitations?  If so, let me know so we don’t choose a location that involves a lot of walking or hiking.

Do you have something truly unique to offer?  Do you have access to an old castle, barn, mansion, airplane hanger, private estate, mountain property, city rooftop, fire station or otherwise off limit location?  Let’s go there!!  Let’s make some photos that are different and reflect you and your family!  If you want to do a travel session, let me know as I love to visit new places (travel fee may apply).

Here are some tried and true locations that are my favorite!

Urban:

Downtown Littleton is the perfect place to go if you want more of a rustic/urban feel.  They have murals, bright walls, brick walls, peeling paint, staircases and much more.  This location is great if you are looking for a modern vibe or if you are senior as there is SO much variety here.

If bright, colorful and urban are more your style then Denver’s RiNo Art district may be for you.  The walls are ever changing and it has such a cool vibe to it.  This is a great place for senior sessions!  *A travel fee applies to this location.

Riverfront Park and the surrounding Downtown areas (like Union Station) makes for some pretty amazing pictures as well.  Again, this is a very modern, fast paced area with very cool architecture and urban feel. *Travel fee applies to this location.

Rustic:

If you want more of a rustic feel, Golden’s Clear Creek History Park might be the place for you.  It is right near the river so you can combine water, river bed and rustic buildings.  The kids love to explore this area making it a favorite for family sessions and the variety makes it perfect for senior sessions as well.

Hildebrand Ranch is another great location!  It is rarely crowded and has great variety as well.  The big barn is a great backdrop and the lighting here can’t be beat.  There is a bridge, lots of trees and fences and a beautiful view of the foothills.

Lakewood Heritage and Belmar Park is THE place to go if you want variety.  It in the spring and summer there are beautiful flowers and trees.  They also have tons of cool, old buildings in a little “town”.  Just a little walk (or quick drive) away is Belmar Park which has a lake and a covered bridge.  This is one of my favorite places for senior pictures or family sessions.

Fly’n B Park in Highlands Ranch also has huge variety and gorgeous lighting.  It is a great place for Senior or family sessions and has a big white house, old brick and bridges.

Chatfield Botanic Gardens is a beautiful and diverse place to do photos with a barn, grain silo, grasses and fields.  There is a hefty photography permit fee to shoot here.

Littleton Museum is my FAVORITE rustic place to go!  It is a working farm with several old barns, houses and buildings as well as animals.  There is a $50 permit fee to shoot here.

Other rustic locations include Columbine Open space (travel fee), 17 mile farmhouse (travel fee) and Colorado Railroad Museum (entrance fee).

Nature:

Bear Creek Lake Park is a personal favorite.  It is a great place for natural looking photos!  It is huge and you can get everything from rock piles and sweeping mountain views to bridges and docks.  This is a great spot for senior pictures as we can get several different “looks” in one location and is beautiful in all four seasons.  There is a $10 fee (per car) to enter the park.

Another personal favorite (especially in the fall) is Stonehouse park in Lakewood.  It is close to where I grew up so I have many memories at this park.  The huge trees, water, fences and cool nature formations make this a great choice if you want something simple and earthy.

Lair O’ The Bear/Little Park is another favorite.  It is perfect if you want a mountain feel or if you want water, rivers and bridges.

Meyer’s Ranch park (left photo) is a little more of a drive but it is gorgeous (especially in the fall) and Lookout Mountain (right) has sweeping views of the Rockies. *Travel fees may apply

Evergreen Lake House has a beautiful lake, fences, bridges and has a great mountain feel (travel fee).

Other nature areas include Carson Nature Center, Mt. Falcon Park (travel fee), Belleview Park, Addenbrooke Park, Ketring Park (another amazing Fall location), Sterne Park, Daniels Park (travel Fee)

Unique:

If you are looking for something different then you could do Red Rocks Park.  Warning: this area is often not usable due to concerts.  Nearby Morrison is another fun place with old buildings and bridges.

If you want the look of Red Rocks without the busyness of Red Rocks, South Valley Park in Ken Caryl Valley is my personal favorite.  It is never busy and has red rocks, views of the mountains and beautiful trees and long grasses.

South Park City up in Fairplay (about 75 minutes from Denver) is a fun old 1880’s restored town.  Our family has a cabin up there so we visit often so if you want a truly diverse and different, rustic session, this is the perfect place!  *Entrance fee applies.

Other unique areas include Lakeside Amusement Park (permit fee), golf courses (need to pre-arrange), airplane hangers (let me know if you have a hookup).

The Best of the Best:

Best Senior Locations- Little Park, Bear Creek Lake Park, Heritage Lakewood and Downtown Littleton.

Best Fall Locations- Stonehouse Park, Ketring Park, Meyer’s Ranch Park, or Hildebrand Ranch.

Best Winter Locations- Clear Creek (Golden), Bear Creek Lake Park, Lair O The Bear or anywhere with buildings.

Best Spring Locations- Lakewood Heritage, Stonehouse Park or Bear Creek Lake Park.

Where should we go?

Something caught your eye?  Email me lisa@photolilo.com to let me know where you want your next location.

Want to see some really unique sessions?  Check out the Sand Dunes and the Paint Mines.

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