I love Senior Sessions because I want to create memories of a time that goes by so quickly. At the same time, I want my Senior clients to be able to express themselves and show off their personalities in their photos. The days of the boring High School Senior Photos are gone. Let's get creative and capture the true you in your session.
Arizona is the perfect setting for these sessions. The desert is so beautiful and if you time it just right you can get amazing sunsets and glowing golden light in your images that are just absolutely gorgeous. There is such a diverse lanscape available to us. We have a choice of Desert, Mountain, Water and Urban backgrounds at our disposal. So let me share with you some of my most favorite photography spots for Senior Photos.
DESERT BOTANICAL GARDENS
Desert Botanical Garden is a 140-acre botanical garden located in Papago Park, at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway in Phoenix, central Arizona.
When you visit this park you will revel in the explosion of desert wildflowers and blooming cactus along Garden trails. The vibrant colors and fragrances make it for such a beautiful location for any type of pictures. Below are some of my favorite images from this location. This is definitely at the top of my list. There is a fee to enter the park. There is also some restrictions due to Covid so you may have to make a special reservation.
Papago Park is a municipal park of the cities of Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona, United States.
625 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008
It is so gorgeous, on one side you have the Papago Lakes that provide such beautiful views. On the other side you can see gorgeous mountains and in between there is plenty of desert landscape and Sahuaro Cacti making it a beautiful background for your Outdoor Senior Photos.
Below are some images from a recent Senior Session
113 N 6TH ST, PHOENIX
Heritage Square is the oldest remaining residential block in the City of Phoenix. With ten fully-restored buildings, the Square offers visitors a unique look into the vibrant history of Phoenix at the turn of the 19th century.
The Victorian houses are surrounded by beautiful gardens and the brick walls create beautiful backdrops for photos. Heritage Square is located next to the Arizona Science Center which also offers a few cool backgrounds for photos. The Parking garage's top floor offers views of the city High Rises and the ASU Downtown Campus. Making this downtown location a favorite of many Seniors and Photographers. Below are a few of my favorite images from past sessions.
SAHUARO RANCH PARK
9802 N 59TH PL, GLENDALE
Sahuaro Ranch Park offers users both a recreational and historic experience. This park is unique with its historic ranch buildings, rose gardens, peacocks and orange trees. There are several background options for your Senior Session this is why Sahuaro Ranch is on my favorites list.
I captured Gianna's Senior Session during Sunrise. Below are a few of my favorite images of her session.
ROOSEVELT ROW-DOWNTOWN PHOENIX
DOWNTOWN PHOENIX, ROOSEVELT STREET BETWEEN 3RD AVE-16TH STREET
Roosevelt Row is downtown Phoenix’s walkable arts district. Home to art galleries and studio spaces, restaurants, bars and boutique shops in a landscape dotted by colorful street art. The colorful murals are amazing and are some of the coolest backgrounds for photography. Another very popular spot for any type of photography. I love taking my Seniors to this spot to give their photos a pop of color. The downtown area has a variety of parking structures that offer backdrops of high rise buildings that will give your Senior Session that urban look. I have taken several of my seniors to these locations and below I share some of my favorite images.
Skyline Regional Park, Buckeye Arizona
Buckeye's Skyline Regional Park is an 8,700 acre mountain preserve located in the southern White Tank Mountains. The park is located 2 miles north of the I-10 / Watson Road interchange at 2600 N. Watson Rd. Buckeye, AZ 85396. If you are looking for beautiful Desert Views with mountains this is the place to go. There is a beautiful bridge leading to the many hiking trails that Skyline park offers. I had a recent Session on a cloudy day but the images were still gorgeous.
Tempe Town Lake, Marina Heights
Tempe Town Lake is a desert oasis in the middle of the Phoenix Metropolitan area, Tempe Town Lake, located adjacent to Downtown Tempe, provides a recreational haven for kayaking, sailing, rowing, jogging, fishing or picnicking. Tempe Town Lake is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Marina Heights is a huge new development along the south side of Tempe Town Lake, just north of Sun Devil Stadium. It is composed of Retail, Office and Residential buildings with a City Urban feel. I have recently discovered this area and love that I have a variety of backdrops for my Senior Sessions. You can hang out by the buildings and get some cool industrial gray backgrounds or beautiful water views closer to the lake and bridge. Check out a few images of my most recent Senior Session.
White Tanks Regional Park
The White Tank Mountains are a mountain range in central Arizona. The mountains are on the western periphery of the Phoenix metropolitan area, primarily flanked by the suburban cities of Buckeye to the southwest, and Surprise to the northeast. Best know for its amazing Golden Sunsets it has become one of my favorite spots for Senior Photos