Best Outdoor Family Photo Locations in San Jose, CA

Clients often ask me -- “where should I have my photo session?” While I love hosting families in my studio, it’s hard to beat the gorgeous scenic outdoors of the Bay Area for spectacular family photos. Here are a few of my favorite San Jose, or nearby, outdoor family photo session locations:

Gamble Garden - Palo Alto, California


With gorgeous seasonal flowers to enjoy, shady paths for leisurely walks, gazebos, and more, visiting this Garden in Palo Alto, CA is a delightful experience year-round! As part of the service I offer my clients, I provide guidance on planning for wardrobe, session flow, and final wall art products so that you get exactly the type of photos you dream of having. This location is best early morning and late afternoon through an hour before sunset. 


Communication Hill - San Jose, California

Communication Hill in Southern San Jose offers a lot of variety as a family photo location. With a spectacular view overlooking the city, beautiful trees and rich greenery, stone walls and walkways, Communication Hill provides plenty for families with a different feel than typical park greenery. 

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Vasana Dam - Los Gatos, California

I love the gorgeous light and beautiful views at Vasona Dam. With scenic walking trails along the reservoir, the atmospheric wall -- perfect for seated portraits, and a view of the hills, Vasona is perfect for quality family time and amazing portraits. Sunset on the dam is one of my favorites! This side of the park is best for afternoon and evening sessions.


Vasona Pepper Tree - Los Gatos, California

Another beautiful location at Vasona is in the Pepper Tree lane area, which has amazing foliage in the fall, walking trails, a lake area, and open spaces for children to explore and play. This is best in the morning hours and not recommended for afternoon or evening sessions. 


You really can’t go wrong with any of these fantastic photo session locations! As a professional photographer with 15 years experience, I would be thrilled to help you plan your perfect family session, complete with location suggestions, attire, and custom wall art.
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