Arizona is known for its sunny days all year round and its stunning natural beauty. There are many beautiful locations in Arizona to take pictures and there’s something for everyone: immerse yourself amongst the desert landscapes (we have many epic views and mountains to see!) or dip your toes and listen to the water hit the rocks at Canyon Lake and watch the sunset, or explore Arizona’s culture downtown. There are many locations to choose from for the perfect backdrop and adventure to take pictures in and explore. Here are some of my favorite places I have had photo shoots, what to expect, how to get there and tons of inspiration!
Let’s start off with the best times to shoot in Arizona throughout the seasons.
Best Times to Shoot:
Spring 4:00-5:30 PM
Summer: 4:30AM Sunrise or 4:00 – 5:30 PM in the evening
Fall 4:30-6:30 PM
Winter 4:00pm – 5:30 PM
Canyon Lake is one of my all time favorite places to shoot! This location has gorgeous mountain views, water and a beautiful sunset make for an incredible engagement session location.
This address is for Lakeside Restaurant and Cantina! (Use Google Maps not Iphone Map) to get to Canyon Lake. This is a great meeting spot.
View Anna and Aaron’s lakeside engagement session here for inspiration!
Browns Ranch offers something different, giant boulders and beautiful native plants overlook the mountains in the distance.
30301 Alma School Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85262
*View Sarah and Joe’s desert engagement session here for inspiration.
The Royal Palms
The Royal Palms Resort and Spa began in 1929 as a couple’s cherished desert getaway in Phoenix, Arizona. Today, their devotion lives on in a romantic backdrop of towering palms, lush gardens, hidden nooks and regal, Spanish Colonial architecture..
View Kaitlyn & Richard’s Engagement Here for some inspiration!
The location fee is $150 (it goes up to $250 from November-May)
Boyce Thompson Arboretum
The Boyce Thompson Arboretum is perfect for the couple who wants lush greenery,
Desert Botanical Gardens
View Lauren & Ryan’s Engagement session here for inspiration!
The Salt River
I have my clients meet me at the Walgreens on Power Rd and Thomas (3624 N Power Rd, Mesa, AZ 85215) and then follow me just down the street to our location! :)
I recommend purchasing a Tonto national parking pass for only $8 at the Walgreens!
The Farm at South Mountain
6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85042
(just south of Southern on the west side of 32nd Street)
$150 for 2 hours – Need to reserve in advanced with venue to obtain permit.
View Peter & Ashley’s Engagement session here for inspiration!
113 N 6th St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 – Heritage Square has a Parking Garage
Phoenix has a lot to offer! There’s a mix of greenery, urban architecture, famous murals by Arizona painters for major pops of color! Heritage Square is a favorite spot that has greenery and a modern look.
View Dreylon & Diamond’s session here for inspiration!
The Farm at Agritopia
3000 E. Ray Road, Gilbert, AZ 85296
$50 to obtain photograph permit there.
Website (Check out their video!)
625 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Sedona Location Suggestions: The famous ‘Kachina’ woman, Devil’s Bridge, Cathedral Rock, Oak Creek Canyon.
Buffalo Park – 2400 North Gemini Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Or Sunset point!