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

 

PARKS/GARDEN

*Lacy Park, San Marino - free on weekdays, $4 fee per person on weekends (free if you live in San Marino)

Gwinn Park, Pasadena • Arcadia Park • Buena Vista Park, Burbank • Library Park, Monrovia

*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

Arlington Gardens, Pasadena

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, Arcadia (permit required) - $50 permit fee plus admission cost

Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge (permit required) -  $300 permit for 2 hour session

 

WOODS

*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.

Bailey Canyon Wilderness Park, Sierra Madre

* Lower Arroyo Park - parking down by the Arroyo trails can be a little tricky but this is a great little hidden spot, perfect for Fall sessions

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

 

URBAN

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

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

Travel Town Museum, Griffith Park (free permit required)

* 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