Best Places to Shoot a Photo in Phoenix

Desert landscape and water features add up to spectacular photo-ops

Encanto Park Lake, Phoenix downtown, AZ
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The Valley of the Sun, aka Phoenix, is full of wonderful spots for photos. Whether you are shooting a casual family photo or formal wedding pictures, you can find the perfect place to add an interesting backdrop to the stars of the show. Whether you want a lush look, classic desert background, or urban cool, you can find it in the Phoenix area. Here are 10 places in the Greater Phoenix area where you can take some world-class photos that are easy to access.

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    Papago Park, Phoenix, Arizona
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    Papago Park offers a backdrop of red rock buttes that rivals Sedona. It's located off the Galvin Parkway just north of Van Buren. You can also stop by the nearby Phoenix Zoo for some interesting photos there.

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    Scottsdale Robert Indiana sculpture
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    Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza is located in Old Town Scottsdale. You'll need to park and walk around. This park contains fountains, ponds, and flowers and is home to the valley's LOVE statue. Its lush, green background makes it a smart choice for romantic close-ups. The best time to shoot photos here is in the morning on weekdays when it's less busy and events are less likely to be in progress.

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    Town Lake and Mill Avenue Bridge, Tempe, Greater Phoenix Area, Arizona, USA
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    With a view of the water and the Mill Avenue Bridge, photos taken here have a laid-back feel. The pedestrian bridge is another backdrop that makes for a creative photo. 

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    USA, Arizona, Lost Dutchman State Park, Superstition Mountains
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    This mountain range east of Apache Junction affords easy access for hikers and photographers, and here you can photograph the Sonoran Desert in all its moods and seasons. Late March is usually the best time of year for photos in the Superstitions because that's when the wildflowers will be in bloom if it's been a rainy winter.

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    Freestone Park is in Gilbert off Lindsay between Guadalupe and Elliot. The park is filled with water features and magnificent cacti that make a beautiful backdrop for photos. If you are taking photos of kids, the carousel and train in the kiddie amusement park are good locations for cute and candid shots. 

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    Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona
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    If you're into hiking, photos taken from the top of Camelback Mountain give you a view of the entire Phoenix area as the background. Or take a photo against this iconic symbol of Phoenix if you'd rather stay closer to the ground.

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    Roosevelt Row, called RoRo by the locals, is an arts district in the center of Phoenix. If you want an urban cool vibe in your shoot, this is the place to get it.

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    Desert Botanical Garden
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    The Desert Botanical Garden, with its professional landscaping and displays of the indigenous Phoenix environment, is an easy and surefire location for outstanding photos with a creative and colorful background.

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    Encanto Park Lake, Phoenix downtown, AZ
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    Encanto Park's lagoon, bridges, boat house, and nature trail offer pastoral locations that make for memorable photos. Forbes magazine named Encanto Park one of the twelve best city parks in the United States, and these features are part of the reason why.

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    South Mountain Park, Arizona
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    If you want to capture a sunset with iconic desert landscaping, South Mountain Park is worth a look. This 6,000-acre preserve contains three mountain ranges and an abundance of cacti.