Choosing a Location in Davis County, Utah for Photos

Where to Shoot?

One of the hardest parts of a photo session is choosing where to have photos taken. Sometimes my clients will have a place in mind or want photos done at their home, but most often they want an outdoor scene close to home. Where I live we have fields of tall grass, mountain views, lakes, parks, waterfalls, ponds, and a variety of street scenes to choose from.


Here are some of my favorite places that I have taken outdoor photos. These are not in any order really, but just my thoughts about locations.

Great Salt Lake Shoreline Preserves

In Layton, Utah I love the tall grass and boardwalk at the Great Salt Lake Shoreline Preserves. It's a wetland area with mountain views and open areas. These kids were looking for a lion in the tall grass, but luckily no wild animals came after us. There are lots of birds and ducks around, but no mountain lions or wild coyotes. It's a beautiful area.

Kays Creek Parkway

Another fun place to shoot in Layton, Utah is the Kays Creek Parkway. I was here for several family sessions in the fall and there were beautiful colors. This area has tall grass, open fields, some hills, mountains background, and a pond. This is a shot of cousins playing in the couple of inches of snow we had after Christmas. We really had a good time! Here are some other photos.

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Tunnel Springs Park

In North Salt Lake, Utah there is an open area with trails and fields. Looking west you can see the Great Salt Lake and to the east are mountains. It's great for a family shoot, kids, seniors, engagement photos, and extended family photos. Here are some photos from the park.

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Kaysville Main Street

For senior portraits we went to Main Street in Kaysville, Utah for some fun urban shots. It's a nice casual scene and Main Street usually isn't that busy. I like the shops along Main, the brick walls, and doorways. I liked these shots.

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Farmington Pond

I've taken some family photos at Farmington Pond, Utah. It's a cute, little area with ducks and geese and often fishermen. In the winter I saw people out ice skating on the pond. It's fun for lifestyle sessions and a casual shoot. Below are some shots I've taken here.

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Nicholls Park

Really close to where I live is Nicholls Park and the Baer Canyon Creek trail. We just call it "the hollow." It's a mile trail along the creek and has small bridges and wildflowers. It's a favorite place to walk and ride bikes for a lot of people. I often came here with my daughter to take photos and I took her senior photos years ago. Here are some recent photos I took of seniors and families in the hollow.

Antelope Island

I bought a year pass to Antelope Island because it is such an amazing place. There are wild bison, antelope, birds, horses and lots of open areas. It's west of Syracuse and has the Great Salt Lake around it. The beach is beautiful if it's not too hot or too cold. There are also amazing rock formations and interesting views. Here are some of my photos from Antelope Island.

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Other Favorite Places around me

Woodland Park in Farmington is always green and has lots of trees.

Ogden Union Station

Snowbasin ski resort in Huntsville

Saltair in Salt Lake

Garden Ward Park Ward in Salt Lake City

Mantua, Utah at the poppy fields

Mountain Green and trapper's loop


I hope that gives you some ideas of where you would like to have your portraits made. I hope to work with you and give you quality images, a reasonable price, and a fun experience!!