So, we spent a lot of time recently searching for a new, interesting place to take the Andersons‘ pictures. We googled ourselves silly all over the internet, and only found a couple of forums where people gave their suggestions. These were helpful, but a little sparse. So we spent some time driving around town (and maybe a little ways outside of town), and we found some pretty cool places.
We’re not totally sure why there’s no comprehensive lists circling the web, because if there’s anywhere begging for this sort of list, it’s Provo. There are always students wanting to do roommate photo shoots, couples wanting to do engagements or bridals, and TONS of families looking for somewhere to accommodate their whole clan.
Like any professional photographers we have our personal list of favorite places to take pictures, but when we went searching for a list to expand our horizons, there wasn’t much of anything.
So we decided that we’d make a list.
This is going to be a constantly-updating post: we’ll put pictures up of the places we’ve been to and update the list as we try out new ones. There’s also a place for locations we haven’t shot at yet that we’ve heard are good from other photographers or forums. And we really want your suggestions for places that you think are fun to take pictures at. You don’t need to be professionals, you just need to have ideas! Give us your suggestions (both for places and ways to improve this post) in the comments!
So, here it goes:
Some people have a sort of a cliche feeling about Vivian Park, particularly this part of Vivian Park:
The real gold mine here, though, is the fact that Vivian Park is just the gateway up South Fork Road. A lot of people have only seen that area at night around a bonfire, but during the daytime it’s a perfect location to get some great pictures
The road just keeps on going, too, which means that this little park is just the beginning. Anyone been up further?
Such a versatile location! There’s the entrance that has both a really cool stage area, as well as a breathtaking view of Provo and Utah Lake.
Then, as you go up further into the canyon there are trees, a great bridge, and some cool rock formations quite a ways up.
Sundance is a great place for pictures year round. In the summer months there’s not a ton of activity up there, so you’ve got freedom to get off the beaten path a little
The other bonus with going in the summer is that you can get closer to the buildings, since there’s no snow to block your path
But in winter, Sundance is really the place to be. The snow is so beautiful, and the landscape comes alive when it’s covered in white!
There are lots of other places around Provo that have a great outdoor feel. We’ll update this list regularly with new outings we go on, but please put your favorite outdoorsy places in a comment at the bottom!
One great thing about Provo is Center Street. It’s full of cool old buildings, brickwork, and storefronts that are great for portraits, but also just for pictures of the buildings and features themselves. You can wander around the stores going west from University, or you can go to the government building just south of University and Center for some older architecture. There’s a ton to be said for just wandering around down there.
DISCLAIMER: Only the bridge area right off of 2230 n is open to the public. The picnic area behind it is private property, and if you head back there you’ll be asked to leave. But the bridge area is great! There’s some cool foliage, especially in fall.
As well as the bridge itself.
The temple is great because there are so many different angles you can shoot from. There’s the traditional shot in the front of the temple
But there’s also a wide angle
And the buildings and park across the street
It’s a great, versatile location for a more spiritual feeling.
There are lots of other places in Provo that are great for spur-of-the-moment pictures. We’ll update this list regularly with new ones we discover, but please put your favorite places in a comment at the bottom!
Here are a few we’ve heard are great:
Utah State Hospital – also called Provo Castle, there’s a big amphitheater with some really great stonework. You have to pay $20 and make a reservation to take pictures there, though. Some pictures here: http://davidweddingphotography.com/tag/provo-castle/
Provo City Library – The old building is classic and interesting, and the new building (attached to the back of the old) is more modern, with a glass and steel vibe.
Utah is rife with great photo spots. Check out some of the links below for places that are just a little ways away from Provo!
We LOVE Provo, and love that we’ve got so many opportunities to take amazing pictures here! We hope this can be a resource and a forum for others here who feel the same way! Leave your comments below, and watch for this space to be updated with cool new locations!
*UPDATE* After asking around about this, we found something pretty cool. There’s actually a Google Map with places all over Utah that are good for taking pictures. We’ll be using this map for future photo shoots. Check it out! http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=203093281725870370877.00044a9cef96f5689f8dd&ll=40.834593,-111.654053&spn=2.580821,5.625&z=8
We got some of these ideas from these places, so check them out: