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Fort Lauderdale Photo Spots

June 23, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Since we live in a vacation hot spot, I thought I'd share some of my location secrets of where I shoot around Fort Lauderdale/Broward County.  

  1. Tree Tops Park - I moved here from Savannah, GA and the biggest thing I miss there is the incredible photos of the plantation houses and the huge canopy oak trees.  Tree Tops offers that same feel with the large oak trees by the treehouse.  This is great for engagement photos, family portraits, and I even photographed a wedding there once.  So beautiful!  It has a lot of different settings to get multiple photographs at the lake, trees, and wood bridge.  If you’re a hobbyist, it has great areas for wildlife by the north west side of the park.  There is a wooden walkway that takes you through lush swamp where you can take photos of turtles, dragon flies, and even ospreys.
  2.  Artspark at Young CircleIn the heart of Downtown Hollywood, FL, Artspark at Young Circle offers great photo spots.  The fountain can give a unique backdrop.  The trees are lush and offers great shade.  Perfect for family photos you could spend half the day under the shade tree and have a picnic while a photographer takes your photographs.  If you forgot your picnic basket there’s a ton of food trucks that will give you a variety of lunch orders.
  3. Fort Lauderdale Beach Park – Of course there will be a beach as a photographic hot spot.  I prefer to start early morning before sunrise.  Sunrise photos on the beach are amazing.  It’s easy to get sunset photos on the beach but only if you live on the west coast.  Remember, we live on the east coast and the sun sets in the west, pretty much over the everglades.  So if you are willing to start before the crack of dawn I’m your photographer that will take those amazing sunrise photos.  After, we can take more photos on their iconic wave wall.  We can do sitting on the wall and even walking on the wall all with the ocean and beach sand as your backdrop. Fort Lauderdale Beach ParkSunrise PhotoRed Bench Photography
  4. FAT Village - FAT Village Art Walk Represents the Flagler Arts & Technology District introducing streets lined with Welcoming Art Studios, Galleries, Performers, Urban Planners, Graffiti Artists, Photography & Painting Studios, Designers, Coffee Shops, and More! Located in the Heart of Downtown Fort Lauderdale! Held on EVERY Last Saturday of the Month~ Rain or Shine Starting at 7pm to 11pm!  The Event is Very Pet Friendly!  It has hip graffiti walls just like Miami’s Wynwood Walls for your next senior portrait session. It’s also situated off of the railroad tracks for a different photographic look.  Definitely a cool place to do an engagement photo shoot.
  5. Downtown Las Olas – This is great for engagement shoots and even senior sessions.  Not so much for the kids because there is really nothing for them to do.  There are a lot of hidden gems in plain sight for this area. Riverside Hotel is the perfect place to start.  This is a photographer’s hot spot especially for weddings.  Then walk over to 9th and get your photos taken in front of the Hot Pink barn doors outside of Chico’s.  It’s unique look and architecture is a great backdrop of any engagement couple. Esplanade ParkFamily PhotographyRed Bench Photography
  6. Sugar Sand ParkI am reluctant to put this on my list of hot spots because the best parts of the park are under renovation.  Between the playground and the carousel, you’ll get great photos of the kids.  So when the renovations are done this is a must do.  I’ll check back periodically to see when it’s in full operation and let you know.  Their website says it will reopen in the Fall of 2016. They are completely redoing the wood castle.  I don’t know how else to describe it other than a castle.
  7. Esplanade Park – I know, I know.  You’re thinking, “Not another PARK!”  It’s not so much the park but where it’s situated.  It’s across the street for the Museum of Discovery and right next to the Broward Center for Performing Arts.  The Broward Center does some amazing decorations during the holidays especially around Christmas.  This will be perfect for your next family Christmas Card to send out to all your friends and relatives.  They’ll be so jealous of what amazing photos you captured of your family.
  8. 17th St Causeway Bridge – Meet me under the bridge downtown.  Yes, I know it seems like a weird and mysterious place to photograph an engagement couple but trust me.  Your photographs will be like no other.  The bridge offers shade so it’s ok to do it rain or shine, day and night.  Night shots are spectacular with the downtown lights.  If you are up for it, you can walk to the peak and get some pretty amazing photographs of the skyline.
  9. Everglades National Park – This is where you come to get the sunset photos.  Beach for sunrise but the everglades for the sunsets.  Just the vast openness and big colorful skies make it worth the trip for a photo opportunity. The best time for photographs (in my opinion) is from 5 to 35 minutes after the actual sunset so don't leave too early! Tip: Cloudy days can have spectacular sunsets, don't give up until its dark! It’s also home to the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue, a safe haven for many of the captured nuisance alligators featured on Animal Planet's hit show.
  10. My Own Back Yard – You’ll know what I mean if you live in South Florida.  Pick your favorite photo spot and tell me about it.  I’m always looking for new and exciting areas to photograph for families and engagement couples.  

By the way, one of these places is not in Broward County.  Tell me which one and I'll give you half off your next family portrait or engagement session.


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Located in West Tamarac, my studio can accommodate small families for group and individual portraits.  If you prefer the park or beach, I have several locations I can recommend based on what kind of scenery you like.

Be sure to check the weather before booking an outdoor photo session.  Depending on the forecast we may have to reschedule your shoot due to weather.

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