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Family Photography

How Do I Choose a Family Photography Location?

Family Photo Session Locations

Picking a family photography location isn’t hard. When in doubt, choose your home! A local park or urban area can also be a great spot.

Keep reading below for more reasons homes are a great family photography location, as well as other ideas.

In Home Family Sessions

If you have poked around my blog, you know that I LOVE LOVE LOVE in home family photography sessions.
  • Your home best tells your story! When family members look at these images one day, they will love seeing your space. It will only augment the images.
  • Family members can easily pop in and out of in home family sessions. Kids can take a break and go play. Spouses can also take a break and then rejoin the session.
  • Lighting in homes is interesting and can really enhance the portraits.
  • In home family photos include your yard or neighborhood park–you get the best of both worlds–indoor and outdoor photos!
  • If the weather is bad, you do not have to reschedule.
  • All newborn sessions take place in your home.
  • No corralling kids into a car and rushing off someplace.

In home family sessions are less stressful, and do not require an immaculate home. Read here for tips on preparing for an in home family session.

family goof off during an in home family session by playing with kid's toys

mom puts hand on top of son's legs<

boy with curly hair stands in his living room

ta da! girl throws hands in air during an in home family session

portrait of a boy with curly hair with a blue filter over lens

girl holds hand over a rainbow in her purple bedroom

girl in purple skirt twirls in her living room

Local Park

Some clients want to take advantage of scenic Colorado in their photos. How to pick a spot?

  • Is there a meaningful park? I got married at Chautauqua in Boulder–holding a family session there makes total sense to me, and the images would be even more meaningful!
  • What time of day will your photo session take place? If you have young kids, they should determine when you have your session. A park with shade is your best option if you can’t meet very early or late in the day. This will make everyone look their best and also prevent squinting.
  • Do you want privacy during your session? Many Boulder parks are teeming with people on the weekends these days. Consider a local park by you instead of up Flagstaff, in South Boulder, etc.
  • Safety first! If you have several young kids, heading to a river area in early June is a safety hazard.

Some park setting ideas: Beautiful Places in Boulder Colorado for Terrific Photos and 3 Favorite Boulder County Fall Photo Session Locations.

happy girl holds parent's hands during an outdoor winter photography session

mom looks at daughter while dad hold her on a winter day

Family of three snuggle in for a photo during a winter family photo session at a park

dad holds daughter during photo session in boulder

Daughter snuggles into her mama's face during an outdoor winter photo session

Mom reaches out arms to running daughter

Local Downtown Area

Maybe your home or nature isn’t your thing–there are many amazing downtown areas that are great photo spots.

  • RiNo anyone? Denver has many neighborhoods that work for family photos. Pearl Street in Boulder, Old Town Fort Collins, Old Town Longmont, downtown Louisville, downtown Golden…so many options.
  • Again, is there an urban spot that is more meaningful to you? One couple got married at Denver’s City Park, so we took family photos there on their 10 year wedding anniversary.

adults hug in front of a brick wall

wife looks at husband on a snowy day

urban photoshoot location with smiling couple in front of brick wall

The Big Mountains

We can head into the Big Mountains (Winter Park, Breckenridge, Frisco, etc.) for family photos. I do charge a travel fee if I further than an hour around Longmont, Colorado.

a winter park colorado family portrait

a family stands among snowy pinetrees

two portraits of a mom and son taking a break from skiing

a colorado snowball fight

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four options for a family photo session location

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I've been photographing families professionally since 2006. I am a wife, mama to 2 boys, companion to 2 cats who are named after members of the royal British family, a former preschool teacher. I love running, hiking 14ers, sparkly clothes, the band Phish, river float trips, St. John USVI, farm CSAs, and Colorado blue skies.