Best Places for Fall Family Photos in Central Oregon

Fall may go by fast in Central Oregon, but while it’s here it is beautiful! In fact, it’s so stunning that it offers local families the perfect opportunity to update their family photos. If you have a new addition to your tribe, or if all of your littles have become a whole lot bigger since your last portrait was taken, grab a camera and a good friend, or hire a local photographer, and head out to one of these photo-friendly locations for some fantastic family pics.


photo: via Thomas Shahan Flickr

Drake Park
Located in downtown Bend, this park runs along the Deschutes river for almost a half mile. There are park benches and picnic tables that are perfect for posing on beneath the canopy of trees and their changing leaves. You will also find a stage and a bridge crossing the river that are both perfect for capturing both the season and your favorite little smiles.  The wide open expanses of park area give the littlest members of your crew space to run out their wiggles between shots. Watch out though, you may get photo bombed by a local duck or goose!

777 NW Riverside Blvd.

Smith Rock State Park

Located three miles east of highway 97, just outside of the town of Terrebonne, this national park is known for its breathtaking beauty. It covers 650 acres of land and the towering, sheer red-rock walls and spires that lure climbers from all across the nation make the perfect backdrop for your next family photo session. If your family is up for a little adventure there are miles and miles of spectacular hiking trails that run along the river and provide beautiful veiws of canyons and the high desert environment that make the perfect setting for any photo.

Shevlin Park

With a trail that leads you through beautiful aspen groves rooted in wild roses, along Tumalo Creek, and through grassy meadows, the opportunity for photos that are guaranteed to be stunning are endless. With aspen leaves changing and dropping all around you, you’ll have great difficulty taking your eye off the sky, but when you do you’ll see a couple of locations perfect for posing. One such location is small footbridge that crosses over the creek. You can stay on the paved path or adventure onto some of the dirt trails up into more heavily wooded area. Either way, by the end of the day, you’ll have gotten some good exercise in and have tons of images to sort through.

18920 NW Shevlin Park Road

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