Phoenix / Surrounding Area


  • Superstition Mountains

    • Lost Dutchman State Park

      • Distance from Phoenix: 50 minutes

      • Best time to go: All year round, summer time is very hot though.

      • Pass Required: $10 pass to park and a $65 pass required per hour of photography.

      • Crowd: Very busy in the Fall and Winter time. It is a hot spot for photographers.

      • Walk/hike: A small walk into the desert from the parking lot.

      • Shoots here: Danielle + Collin

    • Peralta Trail

      • Distance from Phoenix: 1 hour and 15 minutes

      • Best time to go: All year round, summer time is very hot though.

      • Pass required: No

      • Crowd: Very minimal because not many people know about this area.

      • Walk/hike: A short walk into the desert from the dirt parking lot.

      • Shoots here: Kiri + Tanner , Kim + Joe, Carissa + Phillip

      • Pro-tip: The last 30 minutes of the drive is on a dirt road that can have a lot of rocks on it. Make sure that your car can make it with your car.

  • White Tank Mountains

    • Distance from Phoenix: 1 hour and 20 minutes

    • Best time to go: All year round! It can be very hot in the summer time though.

    • Pass Required: If you want to go into the park there is a $7 fee per vehicle but you can also park along the road right before and have your session for free.

    • Crowd: Very minimal

    • Walk/hike: No hike, a short walk into the desert.

    • Shoots here: Bailey + Jakob

  • Santan Mountains

    • Distance from Phoenix: 1 hour and 5 minutes

    • Best time to go: All year round, it can be hot in the summer though!

    • Pass required: None

    • Crowd: Very minimal

    • Walk/hike: no hike, a short walk into the desert

    • Shoots here: Paige + Chris

  • Canyon Lake

    • Distance from Phoenix: 1 hour and 10 minutes

    • Best time to go: All year round! It’s super fun to do summer themed shoots here in the lake.

    • Pass required: Tonto National Forest Pass - $8.00

    • Crowd: Very busy during the summer time

    • Walk/hike: A very short walk to the water or on the rocks.

    • Shoots here: Mar + Jacob ,

  • Saguaro Lake

    • Distance from Phoenix: 1 hour

    • Best time to go: All year round! It Is super fun to do summer themed shoots here in the lake.

    • Pass required: Tonto National Forest Pass - $8.00

    • Crowd: Very busy in the summertime.

    • Walk/hike: A short walk to the water.

    • Shoots here:

  • Papago Park

    • Distance from Phoenix: 15 minutes

    • Best time to go: All year round, but the summer times are very hot.

    • Pass required: None

    • Crowd: Very busy during the weekends. I would suggest going during the week.

    • Walk/hike: A short 10 minute hike to the hole in the rock.

    • Shoots here:

  • Bartlett Lake

    • Distance from Phoenix: 1 hour and 30 minutes

    • Best time to go: All year round, but the summer times are very hot.

    • Pass required: $6.00 fee per vehicle

    • Crowd: Very busy in the summertime.

    • Walk/hike: A short walk to the water.

    • Shoots here: Katelyn + Zackery


Sedona

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  • Cathedral Rock

    • Distance from Phoenix: 2 hours and 5 minutes

    • Distance from downtown Sedona: 10 minutes

    • Best time to go: All year round, but hiking is much more enjoyable during the fall time & if you want snow then you can also go in the winter.

    • Pass required: $9 per car

    • Crowd: Very busy on the weekends so I usually have to edit a lot of people out of the background.

    • Walk/Hike: 1.2 mile hike to the top.

    • Shoots here: Aggie + Oscar , Shaley + Axel , Heather + Anthony

    • Pro-tip: Make sure you bring non slip hiking boots if you want to go to the top because there are some areas that can get steep.

  • Bell Rock

    • Distance from Phoenix: 1 hour and 45 minutes

    • Distance from downtown Sedona: 15 minutes

    • Best time to go: All year round, but hiking is much more enjoyable during the fall time & if you want snow then you can also go in the winter.

    • Pass required: $10 per car

    • Crowd: Very busy on the weekends so I usually have to edit a lot of people out of the background.

    • Walk/hike: 1 mile, depending on how far you go up.

    • Shoots here: Aly + Julian ,

    • Pro-tip: Make sure you bring non slip hiking boots if you want to go to the top because there are some areas that can get steep.

  • West Fork Trail

    • Distance from Phoenix: 2 hours and 15 minutes

    • Distance from downtown Sedona: 20 minutes

    • Best time to go: Fall time because all of the leaves change to bright orange and yellow.

    • Pass required: $10 per car

    • Crowd: Very minimal

    • Walk/hike: 6.9 miles total. I normally only walk in about 15 minutes in because that is where the epic backdrops are and meadows. No hiking required.

    • Shoots here: Alyssa + Andrew,

  • Red Rock Crossing

    • Distance from Phoenix: 2 hours

    • Distance from downtown Sedona: 15 minutes

    • Best time to go: All year round

    • Pass required: $10 per car

    • Crowd: Busy during the summertime

    • Walk/hike: 2 miles if you do the full trail.


Northern Arizona


Flagstaff

  • Humprey’s Peak

    • Distance from Phoenix: 3 hours

    • Distance from Downtown Flagstaff: 30 minutes

    • Best time to go: All year round! If you want to see the changing leaves then Fall time. If you want to see snow, Winter.

    • Pass required: No

    • Crowd: Very crowded in the Fall time

    • Walk/hike: A short trail (10 minutes).

    • Shoots here: Annie + Alex ,

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    • Best time to go: FALL TIME

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Payson

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  • Water Wheel Falls

    • Distance from Phoenix: 1 hour 45 minutes

    • Best time to go: Summer time if you want to do some photos in the water.

    • Pass required: $9 parking fee.

    • Crowd: Very minimal, not very many people know about this location.

    • Walk/hike: 1.5 miles total to the waterfall

    • Shoots here: Jen + Zack , Tiffany + Ryan

    • Pro-Tip: Bring non slip shoes when hiking there. You have to cross a lot of water ways and may also get your shoes wet!


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  • Horseshoe Bend

    • Distance from Phoenix: 4 hours and 13 minutes (driving), 1 hour 5 minutes (flying)

    • Best time to go: All year round & weekdays if possible because it gets VERY busy on the weekends.

    • Pass Required: $10 parking fee per car

    • Crowd: VERY BUSY

    • Walk/hike: 1.3 miles

    • Pro-tip: Bring gym shoes or non slip hiking boots to walk down the trail because it is nothing but sand the first half.

    • Shoots here: Elizabeth + Jeff ,

  • Slot Canyon

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  • Water Holes Canyon

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Southern Arizona


  • Chiricahua National Monument

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