Utah's top photography locations

If you're a new photographer, a seasoned pro, or someone who just wants to up your selfie game, finding cool and unique photography locations is a necessity. As a photographer myself, I have often found myself googling "Utah photography locations" over and over again, just to get the same list of the most popular photography locations in Utah. The problem with this "list" is that I've already shot at most of these locations. For me the challenge is always to find somewhere new and exciting to take my clients that will create the perfect backdrop for their images that they will love forever. So after years of searching for the perfect list I decided to create one myself!

Disclaimer

While I have been to most of these locations, I have not shot at every single on of them. Some of these locations were recommended to me by others, so if you have been to any of these locations and have any extra information about them PLEASE share with me so I can share it with everyone else! In addition, if you have a favorite spot that isn't on this list that you wouldn't mind sharing, then please shoot that info my way! My goal is to keep this list updated and fresh and hopefully create a near-comprehensive list that photographers can return to again and again for inspiration!

Pro tip:

While google is an ok place to start, the best way to see examples of these locations is to search these locations in Instagram!

Whitney Sue Photography Locations Guide

Photography locations in Mantua, Utah

THE POPPY FIELDS

  • S Park Dr, Mantua, UT 84324
  • Poppy Fields are gorgeous in Late May/ Early June
  • Huge poppies

Photography locations in Ogden, Utah

HISTORIC 25TH STREET IN OGDEN

  • Old City buildings
  • Head behind the buildings on the North side of the street behinds Warren's and Brewski's and find more cute benches, stairs, nice old crackily brick that will make for the cutest backdrop for pictures!

FARRS ICE CREAM IN OGDEN

  • 274 21st St, Ogden, UT 84401
  • Cute indoor location
  • Cool old brick outside
  • Fun Ice cream shots (cute for engagements or graduation pics)

OGDEN CANYON

  • Lots of trees and mountain area
  • One of my favorite areas in Ogden canyon is right across the street from the Oaks Restaurant
  • This area has a cute view of the Oaks Restaurant and a stunning view of the mountain. There is also a little trail with beautiful golden trees in the winter.
  • 750 Ogden Canyon, Ogden, UT 84401

OGDEN BOTANICAL GARDENS

  • 1750 Monroe Blvd, Ogden, UT 84401
  • Lots of flowers
  • Parks and trails are open from dawn to dusk

OGDEN UTAH TEMPLE

  • Such a beautiful location with a beautiful fountain, nice flowers, and the Ogden Tabernacle next door

Photography locations in Layton, Utah

J&J NURSERY AND GARDEN CENTER

  • 1815 W Gentile St, Layton, UT 84041
  • Beautiful flowers
  • Indoor location
  • The greenhouse gives a lush feel that is a great option when you get sick of all the dead nature outside in the winter
  • Cute for maternity pictures, couples, or senior pictures

HOBBS RESERVOIR

  • 2370 Canyon View Dr, Layton, UT 84040
  • Layton
  • Pretty pond and pathways

BIRD REFUGE

  • 1002 S 3200 W, Layton, UT 84041
  • Cool Architecture building thing
  • wooden pathways
  • Lots of open space with a beautiful view of the mountains

LAYTON UTAH TEMPLE (COMING SOON!)

  • Ok, I know the Layton temple is nowhere near done, but as Layton is my hometown, I couldn't help but add it to the list!

Photography locations in Syracuse, Utah

ANTELOPE ISLAND

  • Pretty water view
  • This location is absolutely stunning at Sunset
  • There is an entrance fee

JENSEN NATURE PARK

  • 3176 S Bluff Rd, Syracuse, UT 84075
  • Small spot featuring a walking path around a fishing pond, with scenic mountain views & a bridge.

Photography Locations in Kaysville, Utah

MAIN STREET IN KAYSVILLE

  • Fun Old buildings
  • Cute little movie theater that makes for a cute backdrop at night
  • PRO TIP: Head to the little ally behind the historic buildings on Main Street to find the beautiful and classy entrances to Clytie Adam's Dance Studio these cute little doors make for the perfect backdrop for timeless looking photography.

Photography locations in Fruit Heights, Utah

GAILY TRAIL

  • 1105 E Nicholls Rd, Fruit Heights, UT 84037
  • This is one of my all time favorite fall locations, but it is beautiful in the spring and summer too.
  • There is a trail that is well covered in trees that turn vibrant colors of yellow in the fall
  • It is a perfect location for when you need to shoot in the middle of the day, because it offers adequate shade all throughout the trail

Photography locations in Farmington, Utah

FARMINGTON STATION

  • 140 N W Union Ave, Farmington, UT 84025
  • Cute shops
  • Strung lights that are pretty at night
  • Sometimes in the winter they have the cutest teeny tiny ice skating rink that would make for the most perfect engagements!

LAGOON

  • 375 North Lagoon Dr, Farmington, UT 84025
  • Cute Theme park 
  • Very fun location for couples 
  • *you are required to pay entrance fees for both yourselves, and photographer*
  • Pro Tip: Do a fun shoot in the morning, and then spend the rest of the day enjoying the theme park

Photography Locations in Bountiful, Utah

CREEKSIDE PARK

  • 600 Mill St, Bountiful, UT 84010
  • Cool bridge
  • Lots of trees

BOUNTIFUL UTAH TEMPLE

  • It's one of my favorite locations because it's where I got married!
  • Exquisite landscaping

MUELLER PARK

  • Mueller Park Trail, Bountiful, UT 84010
  • Pretty Mountain area
  • Lots of trees
  • Lots of shade
  • Very green

Photography Locations in Salt Lake City, Utah

THE THOMAS S. MONSON CENTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

  • 411 E S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
  • Stunning white pioneer architecture
  • Beautiful exterior
  • It also has nice interior rooms that can be rented for receptions and other events

THE GREAT SALTAIR

  • 12408 W Saltair Dr, Magna, UT 84044
  • Salty area (like the Salt Flats, but quite a bit closer to the Wasatch Front)
  • Right next to the Great Salt Lake
  • Really cool concert venue that has cool architectural elements that make for the perfect backdrop to your photography

UTAH STATE CAPITOL

  • 350 State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
  • Beautiful building Interior (great indoor location for winter)
  • Pathways with beautiful trees
  • Cherry Blossoms Bloom in April
  • Trees are beautiful and green from May-Fall
  • Pretty white architecture for outdoor location

SALT LAKE TEMPLE/TEMPLE SQUARE

  • Part of temple square is currently under construction, but there are still some beautiful areas that are open to the public.
  • There is amazing landscaping on Temple Square
  • Beautiful Christmas lights in the winter, however it gets SUPER crowded in the evenings around Christmas time

CITY CREEK

  • Pretty indoor/outdoor location
  • Urban feel with lots of shops
  • Really neat fountain

SPIRAL JETTY

  • Great Salt Lake, UT
  • Beautiful view of Great Salt Lake
  • Beach looking areas
  • Cool swirling rock formation that was created by Robert Smithson in 1970
  • Cool wood posts

TUNNEL SPRINGS PARK

  • 1080 Eaglepointe Dr, North Salt Lake, UT 84054
  • Beautiful field with hills 
  • Green in spring/summer
  • Golden brown in the fall/winter

Photography Locations in Tooele, Utah

BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS

  • Very Unique Location
  • Open and very white salty area
  • Looks like ice
  • Very pretty with white wedding attire
  • Looks very classy


Photography Locations in Lehi, Utah

THANKSGIVING POINT/ASHTON GARDENS

  • 3900 N. Garden Drive Lehi, Utah 84043
  • Ashton Gardens have beautiful flowers and pretty brick architecture
  • Tulip Festival
  • *Admission fee required $20 per person

Photography Locations in Alpine, Utah

POPPY FIELDS

  • Unnamed Road, Alpine, UT 84004
  • Poppy fields in late May and Early June
  • Beautiful Sage Brush and trees the rest of the year
  • Cute little walk through area with trees, benches and tiny pathways
  • Beautiful view of mountain
  • *Requires 10 minute walk/hike on dirt road

Photography locations in American Fork

TIBBLE FORK RESERVOIR IN AMERICAN FORK CANYON

  • Beautiful Mountain view
  • Lots of Evergreen trees
  • Pretty little reservoir area
  • Nice big hill
  • Lots of shade
  • It can get pretty busy, but there is tons of space so people don't get in your way too much
  • Heads Up: Last time I went I couldn't get any cell service, so with a busy parking lot it was hard to find my clients. Make sure you communicate clearly with your clients so they know where to meet you.

ALPINE LOOP

  • Scenic drive from American Fork Canyon to Provo Canyon
  • Beautiful Aspen Trees and lots of outlook places
  • Lots of shady areas
  • gorgeous view of the backside of Mt. Timpanogos
  • About a 1 hour drive through the loop
  • Beautiful colored leaves in the fall
  • Very pretty green leaves in the spring and summer
  • Closed in the winter

Photography Locations in Provo, Utah

THE SHOPS AT RIVERWOODS

  • 4801 N University Ave, Provo, UT 84604
  • Cute wave mural for my ocean lovers
  • Cute butterfly wing mural
  • Cute gazebo
  • Provo Beach Ice Cream place has a super cute interior that is decorated in old fashioned mint green with red tables that looks like it could be a Coke-cola commercial
  • Cute little arcade area
  • Strung lights that are pretty in the evening

CENTER STREET IN PROVO

  • cool shop windows
  • Beautiful old buildings
  • Several cool murals
  • Pretty strung lights
  • Right by Provo City Center Temple
  • Head behind the NuSkin building to find these cute colorful walls!

Provo City Center Temple

  • Right by Center Street
  • Beautiful old red brick

Provo Temple

  • Stunning landscaping
  • Cute little area behind the temple with pretty trees and flowers

Castle Amphitheater

  • 1300 East Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
  • Looks like a castle
  • Beautiful stone architecture
  • Really cool amphitheater
  • Looks like a scene straight from Romeo and Juliet
  • Overlooks the City
  • *Requires a fee. I believe it is $20 for photography, and I think there is a separate fee for videography, but I don't know what it is

Utah Lake

  • Beautiful blue lake
  • Fantastic icy formations in the winter
  • There is a cool pathway that extends out onto the lake
  • There is an entrance fee for each car

Photography locations in Spanish Fork, Utah

Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple 

  • 311 W 8500 S, Spanish Fork, UT 84660
  • Beautiful Architecture 
  • Hindu Temple 
  • Very Unique
  • Doesn’t look like your typical Utah location
  • Pretty Pond and landscape

Red Ledges Spanish Fork Canyon

  • Diamond Fork Rd, Springville, UT 84663
  • Red Rock without the drive!
  • Red rock is pretty in contrast with white wedding dresses
  • Very Utah looking area

Photography locations in Nephi, Utah

Little Sahara Desert

  • 27020 W Sand Mountain Rd, Nephi, UT 84648
  • Sand Dunes that look like the actual Sahara Desert
  • About an hour drive south of provo
  • Great for boho feel
  • Lots of sand
  • Pretty at Sunset
  • Very unique look

Photography locations in Mona, Utah

Young living Lavender Fields

  • 3700 Old Hwy 91, Mona, UT 84645
  • In bloom in June and July
  • Pretty Lavender Fields
  • Stunning Purple flowers
  • Requires reservation.

Photography locations in Moab, Utah

Canyonlands national park

  • beautiful red rock
  • Desert landscape
  • Really cool contrast with white wedding dress
  • Camping or hotels are available in the area

Arches National Park

  • beautiful red rock arches and landscape
  • Really cool contrast with white wedding dress
  • Camping or hotels are available in the area
  • Cool arch formations
  • Classic Utah location
  • 3 hours from provo

Photography Locations in Park City, Utah

McPolin Farmstead (also known as, The White Barn.)

  • 3000 UT-224, Park City, UT 84060
  • This beautiful white barn was purchased by the town of Park City and is open to the public
  • You don't need a reservation to photograph there!
  • In the winter it is decorated with a large wreath and in the summer a huge American Flag

Main Street in Park City

  • Beautiful unique little boutiques and shops
  • Lots of beautiful old brick and cute architecture
  • Very cozy look in the winter

Ski Resorts

  • Park City has many world renowned ski resorts that would make for a beautiful backdrop for photos any time of the year.
  • In the winter you can capture classic snow pictures, or maybe some cozy pictures in the lodge
  • In the summer the fresh green color of the mountains would make for a beautiful location for pictures

Alpine Slide

  • The Alpine Slide area would make for some very cute images as this location gives you access to the cutest working ski lift even in the summer.
  • Take a scenic ride to the top of the mountain and capture some of Utah's most beautiful places right at the top of a mountain
  • In addition to fun photo opportunities, you can also enjoy many of the fun activities like the alpine slide, the mountain coaster, and zip lining.

Other Ideas

Some ideas that aren’t on this list:

  • Where did you and your fiance first meet? Could that be a cute location?
  • What about where you went on your first date or any other significant locations in your relationship?
  • Do you have a favorite place to shop? Places like Target can make for super cute photoshoots
  • Places to eat? Places like ice cream shops make for cute locations
  • What are some seasonal places that you love? 
  • Corn Mazes and pumpkin patches in the fall, 
  • Farms in the spring
  • State or county Fairs
  • Do you love to ski or snowboard? Maybe your favorite ski resort would make a pretty location either in the winter or in the summer

PRO TIP: If you have one of these non-conventional locations in mind, then pick another outdoor location near it. If they are close enough we may be able to do both locations in one shoot!! Non-conventional locations that are associated with fun memories sometimes become your favorite pictures!

Thanks so much for skimming through this list! I hope it can be helpful to you in your upcoming photography adventures! If you have any tips or advice for any of these locations that you think should be added, or any locations that you'd like to add to this list then feel free to shoot me a message!

Thanks!

-Whit