Great Family Photo Shoot Locations
Family photo shoots create memorable experiences and keepsakes. Choosing a location and a photographer can also accentuate that experience. Whether you are drawn to a more traditional backdrop or interested in a unique and off the beaten path locale, this is our guide to great family photo shoots.
Find a myriad of interesting backdrops, nooks, and textures to use as a backdrop in Downtown Ocotillo.
Fulton Ranch is a picturesque destination with its landscape features and beautiful ponds.
In Downtown Chandler, find a variety of murals, breezeways, and unique areas—such as the top of the parking garage—that serve as great backdrops.
Veterans Oasis Park4
A lake, scenic trails, pretty pavilions, and more at Veterans Oasis Park provides inspiration for perfect photos.
Chandler Gilbert Community College5
The distinctive architecture of the artwork-surrounded bridge at Ironwood Hall Bridge at Chandler Gilbert Community College adds another dimension to your images.
Pose amongst the trees at The Gove, where a grove of trees makes a picture-perfect image naturally good.
Arizona Railway Museum7
Get your photos on track with the backdrop of the Arizona Railway Museum.
Go for a picturesque background with a lake, head to the former Orbital complex.
Get in touch with your Earthy side with a photo shoot at Greenhouse Gardens, an urban market garden.
Paseo Vista Recreation Area10
For outdoor adventurers and those who want an elevated viewpoint with 360-degree views, Paseo Vista Recreation Area is a great location.
Old Town Scottsdale11
In Old Town Scottsdale, there's historic charm—plenty of urban wall backdrops, canal bridges, and Western-infused landmarks. And, Civic Center Plaza boasts vast greenery and the area’s staple “LOVE” statue.
If you envision a lake shot at sunset, McCormick Ranch is for you. It’s a dream spot with bodies of water, tunnels, greenery, mature trees, and bridges, plus mountain views.
Gateway Trail—McDowell Mountain13
At the base of the McDowell Mountains, the Gateway Trail is an ideal hot spot for a mature desert landscape photo shoot. Aim to shoot at sunset.
Market Street at DC Ranch14
A local favorite for the mature desert landscape and rustic architecture, Market Street at DC Ranch boasts rustic wall backdrops and easy accessible walking trails to mature desert landscape.
Desert Garden Park—Scottsdale Ranch15
At Desert Garden Park, you will find a desert landscaped park with lush desert landscape, benches, and walking trails perfect for young families.
Riparian Preserve At Water Ranch16
Lake views, lush landscape, and cacti are all part of the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch. This picturesque is great for a desert-infused photoshoot.
Phon D Sutton Recreation Area17
The Phon D Sutton Recreation Area is rich in mountain and Salt River views—and there's a possibility of seeing wild horses! Trail walking; parking fees required.
Desert Botanical Garden18
Walk stunning paths lined with beautiful desert terrain and cacti. The landscape, murals, and Papago Park Butte views make the Desert Botanical Garden a local gem.
The Farm At Agritopia19
The Farm at Agritopia is perfect for a bright and lush green shoot with white ranch rail fences, citrus trees, gardens, and versatile wall backdrops. Permit pass required.
Westgate Entertainment District21
Strike a pose against the beautiful backdrops at Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale. The complex features art displays, installations and boardwalks perfect for family snaps.
Forget yesteryear's family photos. At Pixypros Arrowhead, a selfie museum at Arrowhead Mall, you will find everything you need for fun family photos.
Peoria Fusion Demonstration Garden24
The Peoria Fusion Demonstration Garden is a desert oasis outside of City Hall. The colorful backdrop includes more than 100 desert-adapted and native plants.
Lake Pleasant Regional Park - Official25
The shores of Lake Pleasant offer a dramatic backdrop of water, desert, cacti, and mountains. Rent a boat for a unique photo family photo.
Westwing Neighborhood Park26
Peoria includes more than 20 miles of multi-use trails. Hike up Sunrise Mountain Trail for dramatic Valley backdrops. Start from Westwing Neighborhood Park.
Boojum Tree Hidden Garden is a 5-acre oasis of trees, fountains, ponds, a river and a 20-foot waterfall. Open house every Tuesday from 6-8 pm.
White Tank Mountain Regional Park29
White Tank Mountain Regional Park,15 miles west of the 101, has 11 archeological sites, hiking trails, and picnic areas. Sunrise and sunset is especially photogenic.
Japanese Friendship Garden Of Phoenix30
A tea garden, 1,500 tons of hand-picked rock, stone foot bridges, flowing streams, a Koi pond, and a 12-foot waterfall await at the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix.
The fun and colorful mural at the front of the Saguaro Hotel in downtown Scottsdale hotel makes any family photo pop.
Robert Indiana's "Love" sculpture32
The iconic Robert Indiana’s “Love” sculpture with a timeless message at the Scottsdale Civic Center needs no explanation.
Tempe Center for the Arts33
This stunning Tempe Center for the Arts offers impactful backdrops, from its glass façade to the water features that spool around the entrance to the shimmering water off Tempe Town Lake.
A natural for family smiles, the Phoenix Zoo’s range of backgrounds spans winding desert pathways and water features to the unpredictable potential photo-bombing by its residents.
Superstition Mountain - Lost Dutchman Museum38
Perhaps nowhere in the entire United States is there an area full of legend, history and intrigue as the rugged 160,000 acre Superstition Mountain range
Salt River Tubing39
Just minutes from Phoenix, the Salt River is a recreational paradise that offers "chills and thrills" with cool and refreshing mountain-stream waters.
Arizona Farm Bureau40
Just off Higley Road just behind the Farmer's Building you have access to the 2nd most iconic spot in Gilbert. The 4 silos and the lake at sunset near Morrison Ranch.
Four Silos Farm & Olive Grove41
Four Silos Farm, established in 1925. Now a rustic urban farm and olive grove with a small intimate meadow-like space tucked in among the 100+ mature trees.
Elvis Presley Memorial Chapel44
This western scene at Elvis Presley Memorial Chapel just makes you want to renew your vows and is the most unforgettable proposal location