Locations

You’ve asked for it, and now it’s here….my exclusive locations list! I have compiled all of my favorite photo session locations with example photos and all of the important info! 

 

Elbert County: 

 

Casey Jones Park, Elizabeth

Best Seasons: Fall and Winter

Best Time of Day: Afternoon or Evening

Accessibility: Very little walking required, no pavement

Pros: This location is fantastic–especially in the winter with its large pine trees! It is a level area, so there isn’t very much walking and no hills to climb. Not a busy location. 

Cons: No restrooms. 

 

Smith Farm, Kiowa (My home) 

Best Seasons: Summer and Fall

Best Time of Day: Evening only–I schedule all photo sessions 1-2 hours before sunset because of the lack of shade

Accessibility: moderate walking required in prairie grass

Pros: The farm is beautiful at golden hour! The fields, Pikes Peak, and red barn make great backdrops. Exclusive/secluded location. 

Cons: Cactus’ ;) 

 

Douglas County: 

 

McCabe Meadows, Parker

Best Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall

Best Time of Day: Morning or Evening

Accessibility: moderate walking required, handicap parking, paved level paths, public restrooms available

Pros: This location has a lot of variety with large trees, a garden area, open fields, and Cherry Creek

Cons: This is a very busy public location, but it is usually possible to avoid the crowds and find less busy areas for photos

 

Mitchell Creek Canyon, Castle Rock

Best Seasons: All

Best Time of Day: Morning or Evening

Accessibility: moderate walking required, paved paths (some are moderately steep), streetside parking

Pros: This location has great variety with large trees (including pines), a meadow area with cliffs in the background, and a small foot bridge. This location is not very busy. 

Cons: No restrooms. This location requires some walking between the parking lot and photo areas.

 

Castlewood Canyon, Franktown

Best Seasons: All

Best Time of Day: Morning or Evening

Accessibility: moderate walking required, handicap parking available, public restrooms available on the south side of the park

Pros: This location is actually two completely separate locations in one. The north side of the park has the original homestead ruins and a gravel path with several great photography location options. The south side of the park is approximately a 5 mile drive to the south and has the bridge/canyon views. 

Cons: Because of the distance between the two ends of the park, 30 minute photo sessions will take place in one or the other, and 60 minute photo sessions can include both, if desired. 

**Extra Fees: Castlewood Canyon is a permitted location, which means that they charge a $49 photography fee per quarter. I purchase this from time to time, but this cost will be passed onto the client if I don’t have a current permit. There is also a fee of $9/car/day to enter the park if you don’t have a current Colorado State Parks Pass. 

 

Jefferson County:

 

Gallup Gardens, Littleton

Best Seasons: Spring and Summer

Best Time of Day: Morning or Evening

Accessibility: very little walking required, handicap parking available

Pros: This is a gorgeous garden location with blooming crabapple trees in the spring, and colorful gardens in the summer. It also has a small pond and pine trees. 

Cons: The area hasn’t been maintained very well since the onset of COVID-19, and sometimes has problems with trash. No restrooms.  

**Extra Fees: Gallup Gardens is owned by South Suburban Parks and Rec and requires a yearly photography permit. I currently hold a permit through at least October 2021. 

 

War Memorial Rose Garden, Littleton

Best Seasons: Summer and Fall

Best Time of Day: Evening

Accessibility: very little walking required

Pros: This is a gorgeous garden location with a colorful rose garden, gazebo, and memorial pond/statue. Sterne Park is across the street for more variety. 

Cons: No restrooms. This spot tends to be busy. 

**Extra Fees: The rose garden and Sterne Park are owned by South Suburban Parks and Rec and require a yearly photography permit. I currently hold a permit through at least October 2021. 

 

Hudson Gardens, Littleton

Best Seasons: Spring, Summer, and Fall

Best Time of Day: Evening

Accessibility: moderate walking required for some areas, handicap parking available, public restrooms available until 5:00pm

Pros: This is a gorgeous garden location with many beautiful areas for photos, including a rose garden, lily pond, walking bridge, and historic red barn. 

Cons:  

**Extra Fees: Hudson Gardens requires a yearly photography permit. I hold a current permit through May 31, 2022. Free entrance to the gardens. 

Photos to come...