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When searching for the best photography spots near Denver, it can be a little overwhelming, there are so many options! Well here are some of my favorite Denver photoshoot locations– written by a Denver wedding and portrait photographer!

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The Best Photoshoot Locations in Denver

Denver Botanic Garden

The Denver Botanic Garden is an awesome spot for photos because it looks gorgeous all year round! I love the variety of backdrops at this location, it’s such a great spot if you want a more manicured look.

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Best time of day : the morning is best because the light is less harsh and it’s less busy!
Cost : $100 permit fee, my couples get in free!
Parking : plenty of large lots.
Accessibility: great. The terrain is quite flat super well kept.

Denver Rooftop

I love Roof16 at the Novel CoWorking site. It has such a great view of downtown Denver, the cutest little gondola, and an epic sunset.

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Best time of day : the hours leading up to sunset
Cost : varies based on the day of the week!
Parking : large paid lot next door and street parking.
Accessibility: great. Completely flat and an elevator up to the roof.

Union Station

Downtown Denver is one of my favorite places to take engagement photos. I just love the architecture and feel of the area. It is even more magical at Christmastime.

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Best time of day : early morning or 2 hours before sunset
Cost : free
Parking : free metered parking and paid lots
Accessibility: great. Everything is super flat and compact.

Red Rocks

The Red Rocks are some of the most iconic, Colorado backdrops. I love how unique this backdrop looks. It’s one of my favorite locations for family photos!

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Best time of day : early morning or sunset
Cost : free
Parking : large parking lot, can fill up on weekends.
Accessibility: great. The trails are all super flat.

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Matthew Winters Park

I love Matthew Winters Park! It is a relatively quiet location in Golden. It has some small mountain hills, a beautiful stream and a little bridge. It’s super accessible and is gorgeous at sunrise!

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Best time of day : sunrise or hour before sunset.
Cost : free
Parking : big lot, can get a little full on the weekend.
Accessibility: great, super flat and accessible.

Mount Falcon

Mount Falcon is a fantastic spot if you want a stunning mountain view without a far commute. It is definitely one of the most popular spots around Denver, so I recommend scheduling your session on a weekday!

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Best time of day : 2 hours before sunset. The sunset at Mount Falcon is gorgeous, but depending on the time of year can go behind the mountain sooner than you expect!
Cost : free
Parking : two big lots, but they can fill up quickly on the weekend.
Accessibility: medium, there are some trails that are quite easy to traverse, but some rocky terrain.

The Mountains

Yes, I realize this is super broad! But there are just so many mountain spots that I couldn’t just choose one! If you want an epic mountain range, be prepared for a about a 45 minute to an hour + drive. Also be prepared for some traffic because i70 can be a nightmare. But the photos are so worth it.

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Best time of day : sunrise! I love sunrise at the mountains because there’s less people and you have more light to work with.
Cost : some locations require a permit.
Parking : totally depends!
Accessibility: medium to poor. Most mountain locations require some sort of hike or have some difficult to navigate terrain. Plan accordingly!

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Vail

Vail is an amazing location for photos! Vail Village is stunning and looks like a Hallmark movie. And the Gondola makes for such a fun, unique spot.

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View more of this Vail engagement session here

Best time of day : sunrise or two hours before sunset. Keep in mind that the sun vanishes behind the mountain before sunset!
Cost : $100 travel fee
Parking : parking is rough, especially on the weekends. There is a big lot to park at in Vail village.
Accessibility: great. Vail Village is super flat and the mountains are easy to access.


If you’d like to see more of my favorite Denver photoshoot locations or if you have any questions, send me a message!

And since you’ve made it to the bottom of this post, I’d love to offer you 10% off on any Denver photoshoot! Use the code denver10 when booking online. 

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