Salt Lake County
Bell Canyon Park
A little-known park located at the base of the mountains in Sandy. Long grass, stone walls, benches, and several interesting trees make for fun pictures. There are also several winding trails that lead to numerous other photo opportunities.
Cactus and Tropicals
2 locations: Salt Lake City and Draper
Conservation Garden Park
8275 South 1300 West, West Jordan, UT
This little hidden gem is FULL of photo opportunities. There are arches, pergolas, benches, walkways, natural stone seats and tons of wildflowers and foliage. It is well maintained and beautifully kept. No fee, but an appointment is necessary.
4800 West 6200 South West Jordan, UT
Located in West Jordan, this park offers many great photo opportunities. With a wildlife preservation section that is fenced off, you are able to take beautiful "isolated location" pictures in the heart of the city. The park also offers a large field with carefully cared for grass and an elevated railroad track.
Dimple Dell Gully
10300 South 1300 East Sandy, UT
644 acres of pure nature! Dimple Dell Gully has multiple trails, ponds and streams, and native plants and wildlife. There is a little bit of hiking involved with this location, but it's well worth it to have access to such a plethora of prime photo spots. Pet friendly for those of you that want to include your furry friends in your family portraits!
Downtown Salt Lake City
Pick almost any street in Downtown Salt Lake City and you will find several great photo spots. From old buildings to graffiti, this city has endless possibilities. Even a speeding Trax train can be used as a backdrop for photos. The sky's the limit!
1020 East 12400 South Draper, UT
Hilly landscaping produces great back lighting for shots at this park. There are also several wooden bridges and fences, a couple of creeks, and a barn. Just north of the park, there is also a stretch of railroad that is no longer in use. Although it's a little overgrown, it still makes for cute pictures!
Exchange Place Downtown
350 South Main Street SLC, UT
If graffiti and urban grunge are more your style, check out Exchange Place in Downtown Salt Lake City. Brick walls and alleyways as well as colorful graffiti art can be found around every corner.
Garden Park Ward
The historic LDS church house and grounds include an oak grove, trees, stream and pond, as well as unique brick fences, arches, and staircases. A beautiful place for any type of pictures!
1100 West 7800 South West Jordan, UT
Location Fee: $40
Literally a Village, this location has several cute stores and cobblestone streets. A creek that runs through the property sports several stone and wooden bridges in addition to a well maintained creek bank. There are also gazebos and benches scattered throughout.
Very interesting sculpture such as a Joseph Smith Sphinx.
Located 4.4 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon, you'll park inside the "S" curve and head across the road to the north. You'll more than likely hear the falls from the road. This 0.25 mile roundtrip hike has an added bonus — an old gated mine entrance.
After a short, slightly steep, scenic hike you find a small waterfall. Time to take your shoes off and climb in! Fun for just about everything! Best in the late spring and early summer season.
International Peace Gardens
1000 South 900 West Salt Lake City, UT
The International Peace Gardens is located at the back of a park as it's own separate garden. Many countries are represented with displays, and there is a small replica Eiffel Tower as well as pagodas and little cottages. There are many trees that sometimes interfere with noon light, so early mornings and evenings are the best.
Joseph Smith Memorial Building
52 N. Main Street SLC
589 East 1300 South SLC, UT
Liberty Park is a popular urban park in Salt Lake City. At 80 acres, it's the city's second largest park, being surpassed only by Sugarhouse park, which has 110 acres. The park features a pond with two islands, and is also the location of Tracy Aviary. There is also a water feature dedicated to and modeled after the canyons that run along the east side of the valley. Great spot for kids, as they can play in the water, but beautiful for all sorts of other types of pictures!
Main Street Midvale
7700 South Main Street Midvale, UT
Perfect for that "simpler times" feeling. With an old-school movie cinema and several old store fronts, benches and street lamps, this place really brings the past to life.
200 North Main Street Salt Lake City, UT
370 North Canyon Road SLC, UT
Memory Grove is the quintessential bridal photography location. It has a wide variety of places to shoot. The park itself has columns, stone steps and a bridge. The lawn and flowers are well kept and there is also a pretty river and a small pond. Hike a little further North and you can use the wooded areas for more natural scenery. This is a popular place for family portraits as well.
State Street and 5109 South (Murray Park Ln) Murray, UT
Situated just across from the new hospital in Murray, this park offers bridges, gazebos, and a creek for fun picture taking. It's best to avoid this park on the weekends because it's a Utah favorite and tends to get a little crowded.
President's Circle At the University Of Utah
200 South University Street (About 1300 East) SLC, UT
As old as the city itself, this location has a lot of character. Kingsbury hall, The Utah Museum of Natural History and several old class buildings give this area a cultured feel and look. The central portion of the circle also offers a winding path through a grove of beautiful trees.
Rocky Mouth Falls
11330 S. Wasatch Blvd. Sandy, UT
Be sure to park in the Rocky Mouth parking lot and not on the street. The trail to this waterfall actually leads you through a neighborhood before beginning the actual trail, which is located between two houses. Follow this trail to the falls.
Salt Lake City Library
210 East 400 South SLC, UT
Location Fee (inside): $100 /hr
This modern structure has opportunities to shoot indoors and out using natural lighting thanks to walls of windows. This is a perfect place for urban style engagements and casual bridals.
12408 West Saltair Dr. Magna, UT
For those of you born and raised in Utah, you will no doubt have heard about The Saltair. This concert hall burned to the ground several times, only to be built anew again and again, each time more beautiful (and interesting) then the last. Pictures are able to be taken inside as long as you call in advance and check with the main office.
Top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, Brighton, UT
Easy stroll around a beautiful lake at Brighton Ski Resort.. From the trailhead parking, a boardwalk extends out into a tall, golden meadow and then along the lake shoreline. Beautiful views, downed logs to sit on, lovely foliage, and of course, the lake! It gets busy on weekends in the fall, but just past lake parking lot there are lots of similar (minus the lake) photo opportunities that are more secluded.
Sugarhouse Shopping District
1100 East 2100 South Sugarhouse, UT
Coloful shopping area, trees, flowers, streams, modern and older architecture.
5400 S 1200 W. Taylorsville UT
Temple Quarry Trail
Near mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon, Sandy UT
Early settlers to the Salt Lake valley quarried granite for the LDS Salt Lake Temple from this area. The Temple Quarry Trail is a paved walking path with signs along the way paint a picture of what life was like in this area in the late 1800s. Open from May through October, you can utilize the foliage, pathways and even the drained riverbed as a backdrop for your pictures.
50 W. North Temple SLC, UT
Even if you choose not to use the iconic LDS temple in the background of your portraits there is still a wealth of beautiful areas to shoot at. The grounds are immaculately kept and gardeners keep the flowers blooming all summer long. Don't overlook the areas around the Lion House Pantry and the office buildings. There are beautiful places there to shoot as well.
The Capital Building
350 N. Main Street SLC
This awe-inspiring building sits high up on a hill overlooking Salt Lake City. It's a renaissance revival-style building with sweeping staircases and manicured lawns. It's polished floors and gold-gilded hand rails add a touch of elegance, giving the feeling of a "black-tie affair" to any pictures that are taken there. The long staircases are great for brides with wedding dresses with long trains, as they can be spread out in their entirety.
90 South 400 West SLC, UT
With it's large water fountain, the Gateway makes a great photo shoot for the playful at heart. Long staircases, ornate store fronts and benches also make this shopping center a great place for pictures. Best for Engagements, but would be suitable for families as well.
The Great Salt Lake
12408 West Saltair Dr. Magna, Utah
Although not necessarily fun to swim in, the Great Salt Lake makes for great beach pictures. Because of the harsh lighting cast off of the water and the sand during the middle of the day, the best times to use this location would be early morning and dusk. Any spot along the Great Salt Lake's beach is perfect for picture taking. My personal favorite spot, however, is about 10 minutes west of Saltair, where a tall, wave-carved rock sticks out of the sand. The rock is a great backdrop for pictures, and makes them look like they were actually taken at the ocean. There is also a Graffiti memorial building directly east of Saltair. It has an old boxcar on location as well that makes for great grunge pictures. Although the water level has shrunk a little, you can still reach it just as long as you aren't afraid of a little hike. Ladies, keep in mind that you'll probably be carrying your heels!
This Is The Place
2601 East Sunnyside Ave Salt Lake City, UT
Location Fee: $50
One of Utah's most prized historic monuments, This is The Place boasts a wide assortment of locations for rural photographs. Based around the 1800's time period, the houses, horse drawn buggies, and crop fields make any photo shoot magical.
About 500 South 700 East SLC, UT
This historic shopping center has cobbled streets and elegant iron staircases. Storefronts are well maintained and eye catching, allowing for great photos to be taken anywhere. Free parking!
Wheeler Historic Farm
6351 South 900 East Murray, UT
Location Fee: $10
Offers indoor as well as outdoor photo locations. The main barn has beautifully crafted wood banisters, staircases, and floors. Outside there are creeks with little bridges, buildings, wagons.... basically anything you would find on a farm! The animals on the farm help make some cute candid moments, especially for the kiddos!
**Additional Travel Fee**
Benson Grist Mill
325 Utah 138 Tooele, UT
Benson Grist Mill is a restoration replica museum located in Tooele County. It allows visitors to see the inner workings of a latter- nineteenth century pioneer gristmill. All the old buildings and things surrounding make for awesome photos.
Bonneville Salt Flats
10 Miles East of Wendover, UT
Used in several movies ("Pirates of the Caribbean," "Back To The Future," "Star Wars"....), Bonneville Salt flats offers an expanse of seemingly endless white-colored sand. Because of all of the salt that's in the soil, the flats reflect heat and sunlight, creating cool mirages and heat ripples. This site is so much fun with bright colors and contemporary themes!
Stansbury Park Pool
Clubhouse Dr. Stansbury Park, UT
This location has a lake and a path to walk around at and take beautiful photos. Best at dawn or dusk. You can also walk over the bridge and around the plaza for tall grass and another small dock to walk onto.
**Additional Travel Fee**
150 South 600 East (Exit 332 off of I-15)
Located in the middle of the Great Salt Lake, Antelope Island is indeed a rare treasure. Since it's protected as a state park, the wilderness on the island has remained relatively untouched, allowing for beautiful landscape/wilderness pictures. There is a $10 fee (per car) for this location.
Bountiful Main Street
Main Street Bountiful, UT
Bountiful is possibly the CUTEST little town! The little stores that line the street make for an adorable backdrop to small family or senior portraits. The street isn't normally busy so it's perfect! Colorful benches and walls add the perfect pop of color to any portrait session!
Hidden Piece of Happiness
Located by Davis High School, Kaysville Utah
This awesome hidden trail in the middle of a neighborhood is so much fun in the fall! All the leaves fall and make for one perfect fall shoot! Also, there's a fun field up behind it that also makes for some great shots!
Located behind Lagoon Amusement Park
This long trail is easy to get to and offers a variety of trees, benches, bridges and so much more! Fun for small families and senior sessions.
Muller Park Canyon
This easy to access canyon located in Bountiful is a blast! There's a bridge and a little creek, as well as a variety of trees and trunks to sit on. The fall colors are awesome, as well as in the early spring when the trees are in full bloom! It's not much of a hike, but you can walk higher up for an even better experience!
Salt Lake Shorelands
41 South 3200 West, Layton UT
This gorgeous location has tall grass fields, perfect for sunsets, as well as a wooden walkway perfect for small families and seniors! Bug spray is a MUST! Early morning and late evening is perfect for lighting!
**Additional Travel Fee**
American Fork Amphitheater
851 East 700 North American Fork, UT
Located in Northern Utah County, it's not far from most major cities in Utah. It features beautiful park like landscaping, lots of open shade and a stone amphitheater. This is the place for simple un-busy outdoor scenery.
Camp Floyd Stagecoach Inn State Park
18035 West 1540 North Fairfield, UT
Location Fee: $3 per person
This location is well worth the traveling time. About a 20 minute drive from Lehi's main street, it offers the historic Stagecoach Inn and several large and beautiful trees. The inn has a wrap-around porch, a white-picket fence and Robin's-egg blue siding that makes for fun contrast.
555 South Geneva Road Lindon, UT
Location Fee: $25
True to their brand, the architecture of this store's exterior is full of texture, grunge and great urban feel. Nice and shady, so you can get great pictures here nearly any time of day!
This massive stone structure is located at the end of Provo's center street next to the mountains. With winding stone staircases and masterfully crafted ramparts, this is the perfect place for single-subject photo shoots. A favorite spot for graduates and brides.
Riverwoods in Provo
724 East 3230 North Provo, UT
Riverwoods is "a city within a city." Buildings in this area have brightly colored and generously textured walls that provide vivid contrast for all types of pictures. A favorite spot for Graduation and Engagement Pictures.
Thanksgiving Point Gardens
3003 Thanksgiving Way Lehi, UT
Location Fee: $75
This location has fields of flowers and crops that provide lots of vibrant colors. Bridges, stone columns and ornate benches are also spread throughout the gardens.