We’re often asked for recommendations for the best locations for senior photos in Portland.  We’ve photographed seniors here for a few decades (see dozens of our senior photos on our website), so we know so many great options for senior photo locations.  If you have an idea for where you want to take your senior pictures, great!  If not, we have lots of recommendations.  We thought we’d share a few of our favorites here..

Here, in no particular order, are some of our favorite locations for senior photo sessions in Portland (including Beaverton, Tigard, Hillsboro, Sherwood, West Linn, Lake Oswego, and more!): 

Best Urban Locations for Senior Photos in Portland

Northwest Portland Senior Photo Locations

Our photo studio in Northwest Portland is strategically located within 3 blocks of 10 amazing locations for great senior photos.  We use our studio as a staging ground for our sessions, so your clothing and valuables stay safe.  And if you want to be pampered with hair and makeup before your session, that happens in our studio before your shoot. It’s a great option for a mix of urban and natural in a senior session!

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senior photo at Episcopal Church in northwest portland

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The Portland Bridges and Waterfront Park

Portland has so many great bridges to photograph, and adjoining waterfront parks.  If you know how to light it right (and we do), you can get spectacular senior photos day or night.  Just check out a couple of these examples on Portland’s Broadway Bridge and Waterfront Park:

senior photo on Broadway Bridge in Portland
senior photo Portland Waterfront Park

Secret Graffiti Locations!

When you’ve been photographing senior photos as long as we have, you end up with a few secrets.  And one of our secrets is knowing where some of the best locations for graffiti, murals, and ‘urban art’ are in Portland.  If you want some bold color in your senior photo session, talk to us about the Secret Graffiti!

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Best Senior Pictures in Natural Locations

Laurelhurst Park Senior Pictures

Laurelhurst Park is a great location right in the middle of Portland.  It has a wide variety of trees, a pond, a cool stairway, sculptures, and more!  We love taking senior pictures in Laurelhurst Park.

senior picture at Laurelhurst Park pond
senior picture at Laurelhurst Park

Mt Tabor Senior Photos in Portland

Who doesn’t want to have their senior photos on top of a dormant volcano?  Trees, stones, old stairs, and views of downtown Portland make this a cools spot for senior photos.

boy senior photo at Mt Tabor Park in Portland

Hoyt Arboretum Senior Photos

If you love trees and nature, the Hoyt Arboretum is the place to be for senior photos.  Located right in the middle of the metro area, near the Oregon Zoo, it’s a great location with a lot of texture!

Senior picture in Hoyt Arboretum Portland
Senior picture at Hoyt Arboretum Portland

Cathedral Park Senior Sessions in Portland

Cathedral Park has one of Portland’s most iconic bridges: the St John’s Bridge.  The architecture on top is amazing, but the view from below (which looks like a cathedral) is also stunning.  Plus, there’s the river, lots of trees, some hidden graffiti, and more.  It’s a fun and iconic place for a senior session, and a nice mix between urban and natural. However, in late 2022 through 2023, construction on the St Johns Bridge (covering the arches beneath the bridge) may make Cathedral Park a less-great option for senior photos. Read more here about Cathedral Park construction here.

St Johns Bridge Senior Photo
Cathedral Park senior photo

Jenkins Estate Senior Photos in Beaverton

One of our very favorite locations for senior photos in the Portland area is actually in Beaverton: Jenkins Estate.  It’s a historic estate (owned by the Jenkins Family) that was donated to the Tualatin Parks and Recreation District.  It’s never crowded (unless there’s a wedding), it’s huge, and there’s so much variety!  From the historic house, to the little Japanese Garden, to the variety of flowers that bloom through the year, it’s a hidden gem for senior pictures!

senior photo at Jenkins Estate in Beaverton
senior photo at Jenkins Estate Beaverton
senior photo at Jenkins Estate in Beaverton
senior photo of dancer at Jenkins Estate in Beaverton

Cook Park Senior Pictures in Tigard

Cook Park is just behind Tigard High School, and is a great (and hidden) location for senior photo sessions.  It’s right on the Tualatin River, and if you know where you’re going, there are some great places among the trees to photograph as well.  It’s worth the trip, even if you’re not from Tigard!

Cook Park senior photo
Cook Park senior photo in Tigard

George Rogers Park Senior Photos in Lake Oswego

Even if you don’t live in Lake Oswego, George Rogers Park is worth the drive.  It’s a great location for senior photos, right on the river.  And there’s a historic smelting plant there, too, which makes for some cool photos with historic architecture!

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Alt senior photos portland George Rogers Park
George Rogers Park Lake oswego senior photos

 

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Senior Pictures in Sherwood

This is one of our favorite locations for golden hour senior photo sessions.  Because it opens up to the West, we can use that beautiful golden light all the way through sunset!  There’s also the Tualatin River, and so many beautiful oaks here.  Plus, we’re likely to see herons, geese, nutria, and even deer while we’re photographing your senior pictures!

golden hour senior photo in Sherwood Oregon
Best Portland senior pictures
golden hour senior photos in Sherwood Oregon
Outdoor senior photo in Oregon field
senior picture in Tigard
Senior photo in Tigard Oregon at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
Golden hour senior photo in Tigard

Macleay Park/Forest Park Senior Photos

Macleay Park is within Forest Park, and is a bit of a hike. But being able to photograph along the stream, in the trees, and even at the ‘Witches Castle’ is a real treat for senior pictures!

Forest Park senior photo
Macleay Trail Park senior picture in Portland

Cooper Mountain Nature Park

Cooper Mountain Nature Park is a place that some photographers like to take senior photos. However, there are signs everywhere reminding folks to stay on the trail, because leaving the trail damages the ecosystem they are trying to preserve and protect.  It makes us sad to see photographers ignoring these signs, and trampling the habitat by taking their seniors and families off-trail.  Also, there’s a lot of poison ivy there! There are other great locations (as we’ve listed above!) where we can photograph seniors without breaking the rules or damaging the habitat–or getting poison ivy rash.

Even More Great Locations for Senior Photos

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We could go on and on about other locations for senior photos, including Pier Park, local cemeteries, The Pearl District, Jamison Park, The Burnside Bridge, The Hawthorne Bridge, local schools, and so many more.  We’ve photographed at them all!  You can see more samples of our senior photos on our website.

Finding the Perfect Location for Senior Pictures in Portland

Finding the perfect location for senior pictures in the Portland area takes many things into consideration: the type of landscape (and how well it’s maintained); water features; when flowers or trees are in bloom; architecture, ease of access; cost for parking or entry; openness to the West (for golden hour/sunset light); and so much more.  You also have to think about what locations can be used when it’s rainy in Portland (which is so much of the year!).  Most locations are free, some charge a fee, and some (such as the Lan Su Chinese Gardens and the Japanese Gardens) sadly don’t allow portrait photography at all. We know all the ins-and-outs for finding you the best location for senior pictures in Portland.

We take all these things into consideration when recommending a location to our high school seniors, so we can TAKE GORGEOUS SENIOR PICTURES and HAVE THE MOST FUN!

Contact us today to schedule your senior photo session!  

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Senior photo in Tigard Oregon
It’s time for the Class of 2023!  Welcome to your senior year.  We can’t wait to create some gorgeous senior photos with you this fall!

Our current special sale on senior photos makes your session only $299!  Click here to learn more.

We have so much fun photographing senior photos.  Whether a senior wants their session in an urban environment with cool architecture, or against graffiti, or in a local park, we know all the best locations for senior pictures in Portland.  And in Beaverton, Tigard, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego…you name it!

Contact us today to schedule your senior photo session.  You’ll love the experience, and you’ll love the amazing photos we create together.  Contact us today to schedule your senior session, while we still have openings!  


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Beaverton’s Arts and Communication Magnet Academy

I love photographing dancers, and Jessalyn was no exception. We photographed at Jenkins Estate in Beaverton, closer to sunset so that we could capture the beautiful golden light. We were also able to utilize the lights they have there, which was so fun! Read on to see what this senior enjoys and looks forward to. 

When talking about dance, Jessalyn told me:

“I attended the National High School Festival in 2020 which was so much fun especially being able to meet people all over the U.S.”

“Before Covid I went to a summer intensive in Austin, Texas. It inspired me so much to see other dancers in love with dance as much as me!”

Dance isn’t her only passion, though! 

“My favorite hobbies are computer gaming, making my own jewelry, and thrifting with friends.”

Whether you’re a senior at Arts and Communication Magnet Academy, or anywhere else in the Portland area, give us a call when you’re ready for your senior photos! We absolutely love photographing seniors!

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Timber Sports Team and Future Farmer of America

When talking with Kiersten, I found out some really interesting things:

“I’m on the school timber sports team where I do choker sets and arbor climbing and spur climbing and sometimes axe throwing, also backpack and snowboard in the winter. Timber sports is cool because I like climbing stuff and it’s neat to participate in the traditions of Oregon’s loggers.”

She’s excited to “buy a cow and work with it for my FFA project,” and plans to “go to Montana State or Oregon State to study agriculture.” 

She participates in Future Farmers of America(FFA), forestry class and Future Natural Resource leaders(FNRL) team events, and her biggest hope is to “own a farm with potatoes and dairy cattle, and work with other farmers and lawmakers about soil and agricultural sustainability.” 

Whether you’re a senior at Rex Putnum High School in Milwaukie, or anywhere else in the Portland area, give us a call when you’re ready for your senior photos! We absolutely love photographing seniors!

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Portland’s Catlin Gabel Senior’s Portraits

I’ve known Hannah’s dad for many years, so when they asked me to take Hannah’s senior photos I instantly agreed. She’s just as creative and awesome as her dad, and we had a lot of fun on her shoot. 

Hannah’s Interests and Hopes

“I love playing music! I’m in my school’s jazz band (I play the keys). My favorite instrument is the accordion. I play at a Balkan music workshop in Mendocino. I also love the guitar and have been writing some guitar songs recently. I love making art communally– playing with other folks and having that shared experience.”

She loves “reading the classics, playing music, making playlists, and watching classic films!”

“I hope to make lots of deep interpersonal connections with folks. I think by learning about others we learn more about ourselves. I want to learn to write well. And I want to learn to experience emotions in their entirety instead of logically analyzing each and every one of them.”

Whether you’re a senior at Catlin Gabel, or anywhere else in the Portland area, give us a call when you’re ready for your senior photos

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Jumping For Joy

When Stevie and Adam asked us to photograph their wedding, we jumped with joy! Stevie and Adam are some of the sweetest people, and we’re so honored that they shared their wedding with us. They both love the outdoors, and as soon as they met one another they knew they were the perfect fit, even if they had to wait to find each other. Their ceremony was at The Well Church, and then their lovely guests filled The Village Ballroom with great energy. 

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

The love they have not only for each other, but their friends and family is incredibly endearing. As much love as there was, there was also so much fun – seen in the sword they cut their cake with, and all the fun dancing! Congrats, Stevie and Adam! We wish you all the best.

Are you having a Portland wedding and in need of a wedding photographer? We’d love to chat with you! Please contact us to find out about our current specials, and in the meantime you can check out our prices online

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Alabamians Take To Oregon Wine Country

Amy and Rick love wine, so they came to Oregon for the first time to spend a week in wine country. We met up on a beautiful fall day to celebrate their union, and drink wine! They reserved the cave at Domaine Serene to enjoy some charcuterie and cheese, and champagne to mark the occasion.

Every Little Detail

Amy and Rick thought of every little detail, from flowers to cake to vow booklets. It was a beautiful celebration of their love, and since they were hopping on a plane the next day, they shared their cake with us! Thank you so much for sharing your afternoon with us, we’re incredibly happy for you! We absolutely love celebrating and photographing weddings! Please contact us to talk about your special day, and be sure to ask about our current specials. In the meantime, check out our pricing on our website

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Engagement Portrait Photos In Every Season!

From sun to sand, snow to forests, we just love photographing engagement portraits.  Take a gander through these beauties, then call us when you’re ready for your own photo session!  We’d love to create something gorgeous with you to celebrate your love….

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Sunrise ceremony, you say?

Waking up at 3am to drive to Trillium Lake is something we will not pass up! Arriving at the lake when the sky was just beginning to lighten is invigorating, not to mention the chill in the air, even in August. Amy and Jonathon traveled to Oregon specifically for the natural beauty, so it made perfect sense to have their ceremony with Mt. Hood in the background. 

A hot beverage for everyone!

Their ceremony was awe inspiring as the sun peaked out and the fog moved over the water. With their closest friends and family, Amy and Jonathon promised a life of adventure and love to one another. Then they had hot beverages and a picnic breakfast in the woods. Nothing could have been more perfect for these two!

Please contact us if you’d like to discuss our wedding photography! You can view our pricing on our website in the meantime. We look forward to hearing from you, sunrise ceremony or not! 

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True Love Was Made For You 

Emily and Chris are made for each other. When you first meet them you can tell they love and cherish one another, but seeing them celebrate their love with their family was one for the books. They are selfless, caring people who want nothing but the best for those they love, and they love a lot. 

Emily and Chris are in sync

Emily and Chris had a really special wedding at McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse. They make the best of whatever comes their way, which I got to witness first hand. They opted not to have a DJ, and put Chris’s brother in charge of playing their first dance song. It wasn’t hooked up properly, and cut out shortly after the song began. As they scrambled to fix the issue, Chris started stomping his foot to the beat and singing A capella as he and Emily danced. Then Emily started harmonizing with him! It was such a beautiful and perfect moment.

 

You can see all our wedding packages and prices right here on our website, and contact us about your wedding photography! When you contact us, ask us about our current specials. We absolutely love weddings, and we’d love to work with you! 

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Ariana and Kevin’s Wedding at The Red Shed

We’ve known Ariana for a long time.  We first met her years ago when we photographed her mom’s wedding.  Then we photographed Ariana’s senior photos.  And then her brother’s wedding.  And we took her sister’s senior portraits.  And we photographed her sister’s wedding.  And finally…today…Ariana’s wedding!

We couldn’t be happier for her and her wonderful husband Kevin!  We’re so glad they found each other.  And we’re so glad we got to celebrate another major life event with this wonderful family!  They were married at the rustic barn at Langdon Farms’ The Red Shed.  A perfect winter day!

 

You can view all of our customizable wedding photography pricing and packages right here on our website, and contact us to talk about your wedding photography!  When you contact us, ask about our current specials.  We’ll take great care of you!

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Taking it Slow

Alejandro and Jackie spent the morning taking it slow. Alejandro took a couple of minutes writing his vows with a pen and paper. Jackie spent the morning with her bridesmaids making their own bouquets and curling each others’ hair. The ceremony was beautiful and they ended their day with slices of pie instead of cake. This day was so unique and gorgeous!

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