Photo of Golden Retriever dog playing in the creek.

Location, location, location!

by Kris Phillips

Beautiful images can be captured just about anywhere. Which is why I’m happy to photograph you & your dog in your own backyard. But if you want to be a little more adventurous, or don’t have a back yard, there’s no shortage of great locations to choose from around this super cool city of ours.

What makes a great location:

  • Look for someplace that has a scenic view that’s unobstructed by housing developments.
  • Rolling hills, tall flower beds, or established trees that serve to fill the frame behind you are great.
  • Creeks and small ponds are lovely especially if they have tall trees around them.
  • Unique architecture also makes for interesting images.
  • Most importantly, choose a place that fits YOUR style!

What to avoid

  • Lakes tend to photograph flat and boring, depending on what’s around.
  • Avoid dog parks, they are a great place to play but not much to look at. Plus, all the other dogs will make it really hard to maintain your pups attention.
  • Locations that will be too much for your dog to deal with. IE: if your dog is afraid of traffic, lets hit the park instead of Union Station. Or if your lab LOSES his mind near water, we should select a local that will give you some time away from the water.

Not sure where to go?
That’s OK too. I’m happy to recommend some of my favorite spots.

Lions Park in Golden

I’d love to pretend like this is a great find of mine but this park is probably one of the most popular photo spots in the whole Denver area. And it’s no wonder. Clear Creek runs right through the heart of the park. And all along its winding banks are large stepped boulders just begging to be part of your family photos. It’s an easy climb out onto the boulders in the creek, and there are shallow inlets for pups to play in the water. If you don’t mind a little trek you can capture the mountains peaking out in the background. Plus, the historic farm is fun to explore for a few rustic photos.












Cheesman Park in Denver

This is the ultimate grassy oasis in tucked among towering skyscrapers. The Rolling green lawn backs up to our beautiful Denver Skyline. While you can’t dance in the fountains they are beautiful. The epic pillars of the pavilion lend your images a classical feel.  The only drawback of this lovely local? It can be very, very crowded. The neoclassical pavilion is a prime location for wedding photographers, and even weddings so the opportunity to photograph there can be hit or miss.












Bear Creek Park in Littleton

This one is a bit of a hidden gem. To get to the park you have to get off 285, cruise through a neighborhood and back under the highway. While it’s a little tricky to find Bear Creek Park it is a great spot for photos. With trails winding up and down both sides of the creek there are plenty of photo ops in the manicured park as well as the wilds of the creek.











Elk Ridge Park In Castle Rock

I recently came across this interesting park while planning a session for an aging pup who didn’t want to venture far from home. Elk Ridge park offers a variety of interesting architecture, including a brick lined tunnel, faux stone walls, and sprawling lawn. Not to mention some cool sculptures that make for an interesting modern backdrop.








Union Station- Downtown Denver

If you have a truly Metropolitan Mutt, Union Station and the surrounding area offers an abundance of city-scapes year-round. This area marries modern and classic architecture to give you images that’ll add beauty and interest to any down-town loft.

But this local is not for the shy or faint-hearted. Believe it or not they don’t shut down city street for me, so if you want to be photographed in this area be prepared for an audience of passers-by.  And South Platte River is just around the corner!

Just about anywhere!

There are so many amazing locations around Denver that I could never list them all here. If know of a great spot for photos feel free to share the address and pictures in the comments.

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