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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

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.

Address: 

16802 AZ-88, Tortilla Flat, AZ 85219

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.

Free Admission

View Anna and Aaron’s lakeside engagement session here for inspiration!

 

Browns Ranch

 

Browns Ranch offers something different, giant boulders and beautiful native plants overlook the mountains in the distance.

Address: 

30301 Alma School Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85262

Free Admission

*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!

Address:

5200 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018

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,

Address: 

37615 E US Highway 60, Superior, AZ 85273

$10 admission

 

Desert Botanical Gardens

 

 

Address: 

1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008

Visit their Website

$20 Admission

View Lauren & Ryan’s Engagement session here for inspiration!

 

The Salt River

 

Address: 

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

Address: 

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.

Visit their Website

View Peter & Ashley’s Engagement session here for inspiration!

 

 

Downtown Phoenix

Address: 

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

Address: 

3000 E. Ray Road, Gilbert, AZ 85296

$50 to obtain photograph permit there.

Website (Check out their video!)

 

Papago Park

 

Address: 

625 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008

Free Admission

 

Sedona

Sedona Location Suggestions: The famous ‘Kachina’ woman, Devil’s Bridge, Cathedral Rock, Oak Creek Canyon.

 

 

Flagstaff

Address: 

Buffalo Park – 2400 North Gemini Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Or Sunset point!

 

Jul 3, 2018

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