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Best Locations for a photoshoot in the Tampa Area

Chances are you have your family session scheduled and now you are wondering what location you should have your session at. The great news is that there are many viable locations in Tampa and its surrounding areas!

 

My sessions are relaxed and fun. The process of choosing your session location does not need to be stressful. Here, I will be sharing a few tips on how to pick the best location for you and your family. 

 

Take a couple of things into consideration:

 

1. If you have very small children, some metropolitan locations may not be a great choice because of moving vehicles or distractions. 

 

2. Traffic— Tampa and its surrounding areas have a lot of gorgeous places to offer, but the traffic can be awful. We don't want you commuting across town during rush hour. That won't make anyone excited for photos. So make sure to choose a location that will allow you to arrive at your scheduled session time. 

Tampa & surrounding area has a lot to offer

Tampa has an abundance of locations right in the city or within a very short drive of the city. We live in such a beautiful part of the country and I love including it's beauty in your family photos. Our great Sunshine State of Florida has an array of vacation-worthy cities, and Tampa is one of them. This gives clients looking to have their portraits taken a huge boost. Our Tampa neighborhoods include many charming and historic options.

Urban areas

Tampa has some incredible urban locations that show off our historical architecture as well as some great textures. 

Ybor City

Cuban and Latin American culture is in the air! This historic and trendy section of Tampa is northeast of downtown and was once the “Cigar Capital of the World.”  Offers several beautiful alleyways with brick-lined streets.

 

The University Of Tampa

Popular portrait location that features everything from trees to stairwells and beautiful antique and colorful doors with interesting architecture of old buildings. ADDRESS: 401 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606

 

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

This bustling park is a fantastic location. You can see the fantastic architechture that makes up University of Tampa in the background  along Riverwalk. Curtis Hixon is great if you want some variety in your photos because it offers urban, park, and open backgrounds. ADDRESS: 600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

 

Riverwalk

Though busy, the Riverwalk is a great place for portraits. Start at  Armature Works and head South. You will encounter Waterworks Park and Curtis Hixon Park along the way, giving refreshing variety.

 

Water Works Park

Located on  the Hillsborough River, this is a popular park for cute portraits. 

 

Downtown St Pete

Alleyways, bricks, and amazing views of the bay, this location is ideal for portraits

 

USF Campus

Great spot for great portraits. This location features open fields, pretty flowers, and greenery. ADDRESS: 4202 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620

 

Downtown New Port Richey

An understated cozy location for nice family portraits. Renovations have made this place ideal for photography. ADDRESS: Grand Blvd &, Bank St, New Port Richey, FL 34652

Beach

We are so blessed to be living in Florida, because it gives us so many location options for beach portraits.

Sand Key Beach

There is so much  diversity in backdrops here. A perfect place for a session at sunset. A total beach dream!

 

Davis Island Yacht Club

Located at the south end of Davis Islands in Tampa, Florida, this is a great photography spot, especially the beach area with sailboats in the background. 

Picnic Island Park

Beautiful mangroves grace this cozy location that features a beach area. 

 

 

Edward Medard Conservation Park

This is a very unique magical park full of overgrown oak trees and ferns. 

 

 

Ft. Desoto Park

There is an entrance fee. A small footbridge leads to the beach. Hosts a Fort and staircase, which make for very unique backdrops. Rocky and sandy beach backgrounds. Great for moody sessions. ADDRESS: 3500 Pinellas BayWay S Tierra Verde, FL 33715

 

 

Madeira Beach

Features a beautiful wooden pier, perfect for portraits, and clean sand. ADDRESS: 18325 Gulf Blvd Indian Shores, FL 33785

 

 

Honeymoon Island

Gorgeous sandy white beach with a rock jetty and tall grass.  Makes for a perfect Florida beach picture. This beach can be a bit crowded, especially on the weekend from both people visiting the beach and other photoshoots occurring. ADDRESS: #1 Causeway Blvd. Dunedin, FL 34698

Fred Howard Park Beach

Parking fee applies. Low tide opens up some perfect rocky places for photographs. Also features beautiful palm trees. Address: Howard Park Causeway, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 

Indian Rocks Beach

sand and tall seagrass, there are many picture-perfect spots for a photo session. Not very crowded compared to other beaches in the area. ADDRESS: 1700 Gulf Blvd, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785

 

 

Apollo Beach Preserve

This is a pet-friendly location is popular among sunset watchers. Perfect for a morning session!

 

 

Bahia Beach Nature Preserve

This cozy gem hosts sea grape plants and large boulders in the water. Gives portraits a great island feel.

Parks, Gardens, & Open Fields

Tampa is chock full of gorgeous parks! Parks can be especially gorgeous in the fall when the leaves are changing. This makes a lovely back drop for your family photos. 

USF Botanical Gardens

The Gardens are a refreshing spot with over 150 acres of lush plants and scenery. There is a small entrance fee.

 

Philippe Park

This small, grassy waterfront park is located in Safety Harbor and is decorated with majestic oak trees and a large tree canopy over the road. It has a lot of backdrop options for your portraits.  Here, you will find beautiful stone stairways and lovely open field areas. ADDRESS: 2525 Philippe Pkwy., Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Lettuce Lake Park

This Hillsborough County park has winding boardwalks  throughout the lush oak-filled brush that runs along a small body of water.

Fred Howard Park

Fred Howard Park provides a very beachy vibe with access to the Gulf of Mexico. The white sandy beach makes for a very popular location for clients to enjoy many spectacular sunsets, giving us a perfect location for your portraits.

John Chestnut, Sr Park

  Filled with brush, wildlife, trees, and ponds, this woodsy photography location is a popular one. Wooden bridges provide a great “prop” or backdrop during portrait sessions. 

 

Sawgrass Lake Park

Located in St. Pete, this is a huge area with a gorgeous bridge and a lake that provide great portrait spots.

Jay B. Starkey Park

The 8,300 acres that make up this park offer an array of trails and the almost “foresty” feel set by the brush and trees .

Bayshore Linear Park Trail – Bayshore Greenway

The Bayshore Linear Park Trail is claimed to be world’s longest continuous sidewalk, stretching 4.5 miles along the waterfront from Gandy Boulevard at south to Columbus Statue Park at north. You get spectacular views of the Bay and the downtown skyline. In the Old Hyde Park area, you’ll also pass by some of Tampa’s most prestigious homes, surrounded by huge trees and nice gardens. You might even spot some manatees in the shallow waters of the bay. The route features water fountains and fitness stations, and there are markers in every mile, half mile and kilometer. The University of Tampa, a great representation of Moorish Revival architectural style and a local point in the city, is located 0.5 miles north from Columbus Statue Park.

Ballast Point Park

Situated on the east coast of South Tampa, it features a 600-foot pier and a boat ramp. Great spot to shoot stunning portraits during sunrise with a view of downtown Tampa. 

Armature Works

Great urban spot with instagram-worthy nooks. Very popular so it is quite crowded.

 

Sparkman Wharf

Bold and colorful urban vibes. Need I say more?

Hyde Park Village

Hyde Park Village is located near downtown, featuring various storefronts and a pretty fountain surrounded by distressed white paint brick walls. 

Largo Botanical Gardens

Contains pathways leading to areas spotlighting local flora. 150-acres of formal gardens and scenic landscapes. ADDRESS: 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 33774

Longboat Key driftwood beach

Florida has some amazing driftwood beaches scattered throughout the state. Nicknamed “Beer Can Island”, this gem is located at the northern tip of Longboat Key in the Sarasota area. White, powdery sand, tunnel-like beach paths, warm, turquoise water and, of course, amazing driftwood trees make Beer Can Island Beach fantastic! 

Bell Creek Nature Preserve

Cozy park in Riverview provides gorgeous backdrops of lush greenery.

E.G. Simmons Regional Park

This 258 Acre park hosts a sight of mangroves leading to the beach.

Al Lopez Park

132 acres offering a nature trail and a freshwater pond. Here you will find several boardwalks and open areas ideal for gorgeous portraits.

There you have it! Hopefully this gives you some great ideas about where to have your next family photography session. You have invested your time and your money into this experience so taking the time to really consider the location is a good idea. 

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