Photo Session Locations

There are a ton of places for your on-location photo session around Pasadena. Here is a list of my recommendations to get you started!  *indicate my favorites



*Gwinn Park, Pasadena • Arcadia Park • Buena Vista Park, Burbank • Recreation Park, Monrovia • Montrose Community Park • Encanto Park, Duarte

*Ferndell Trail, Griffith Park - this is a fantastic location with lots of greenery and cute little bridges and trails without fighting the crowds in Griffith Park

* Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park, San Dimas ($10 vehicle entry fee)

Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, Irwindale ($10 vehicle entry fee)

Arlington Gardens - $100/hr permit fee

Lacy Park, San Marino - free on weekdays, $5 fee per person on weekends (free if you live in San Marino)

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, Arcadia (permit required) - $50 permit fee plus admission cost (2 sessions per year included for Garden Sustainer members and up)

Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge (permit required) -  $300 permit for 2 hour session (1 session per year included for Family Plus members and up)



*Eaton Canyon Nature Center - You don't need to hike too far to get to some really great spots here! Great place for maternity and family sessions.

Hahamonga Park, Pasadena

*Nature Park, South Pasadena

* Royal Oaks/Duarte Bike Trail

Bailey Canyon Wilderness Park, Sierra Madre

Lower Arroyo Park

Sam Merrill Trail - at the top of Lake Ave, Pasadena



*Pasadena City Hall - I love photographing sessions here but it has become an increasingly popular place for photographers. I recommend sessions here start before 10am but any time of day is fine as long as you are ok with a crowd

Travel Town Museum, Griffith Park - Free Permit Required (14 days in advance)

Pasadena Colorado Bridge - great for maternity sessions, not recommended for family sessions with young kids

* San Gabriel Mission District - no permit required for the exterior of the Mission but may be required for interior gardens

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles


BEACHES - $75 additional travel fee required

Santa Monica Beach & Pier

Venice Boardwalk