Its hard to decide where you want to have your family photos taken. There are so many different options and they all seem like great options. So, I thought I would put out my 5 favorite places to shoot family photos.
1 In Oregon City there is a park called the Prominade. It goes along the bluff and there are so many different options along the walking trail. Much of it is beautifully landscaped and in some places you get a great view of down town OC that can be incorporated into the background. This option does require quite a bit of walking so I do not recommend it if walking is difficult.
2 Memorial park in Wilsonville. This park has an area right on the sidewalk that I really love shooting so is a perfect location for those with limited mobility. There are also other locations all over the park that provide wooded, river, or even open field locations. This means that if you want a nature background but can’t decide on the exact details this park has it all.
3 Molalla River State Park in Canby. I love this one for its country vibe. There are lodgepole pine fences and a wooden bridge as well as some hiking paths. In the fall it offers a lot of fall colors. Sunset and golden hour are especially beautiful.
4 Downtown Portland, for those who prefer an urban vibe I always suggest downtown Portland. From there you can choose a residential, old architecture, waterfront, or skyscrapers for your backgrounds. Or for the even more grungy feel the area over near OMSI is very industrial.
5 My all-time favorite place to shoot is Silver Falls State Park. This beautiful nature area offers trails and waterfalls to use as backdrops. Some of the hikes are not for the faint of heart but there is also one very easy one that is mostly flat. Though parking at this location can be a problem and you do have to get there early. Again, even for the easy one I do not recommend this location for those with limited mobility.
I hope this helps to select your location for your next family photo session. If you have any questions feel free to use my contact page above.