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7 Best Photoshoot Locations in Tallahassee

Tallahassee is a beautiful city and is blessed with many different locations that make a great backdrop for your family photos. Ultimately there are two factors that will most influence the final look of your pictures: your outfits and location.

If your session will be taking place in your home (newborn and some baby plan sessions), and you’re concerned about it being “photo ready,” I’ve written a post about that as well.

Outfits

I’ll be discussing outfit selections in another post, but in the meantime, I’ve created a pinterest board to give ideas and suggestions for family outfits. The outfits you select are the component that will most effects your final photos aesthetic. In general, I always advise picking mom’s outfit first. It should be something you are comfortable and confident in and is flattering to your figure.

Locations

My photography style focuses most on the connection between family members and relies less heavily on the location where we shoot, but having a beautiful space to create your photos is a part of the overall final result so it is an important factor. I’m including some photos here of locations around Tallahassee that are “can’t go wrong” spaces that will always work well. I am always open to your ideas or desired location as well. I love finding new spaces. I’m giving a thorough breakdown of these locations and things to consider when selecting them.

Dorothy B. Oven Park

  • Location: Thomasville Road just south of I-10
  • Entry Fee: FREE
  • Notable:
    • Blooms in spring but photographs well all year round
    • Photographs best in the mornings
    • This is one of my favorite locations in town.
    • From November through the end of December, there are Christmas lights on display throughout the park. This is a lot of fun for kids to visit at night (they host an “elf night” each December), but is restrictive for photographs.
  • Best Session Types: A great location for baby sessions, maternity, and families with small children because there are a lot of vignettes within a small walking area.
Dorothy B. Oven Park family and baby best photoshoot location in Tallahassee
Spring in Dorothy B. Oven Park
Dorothy B. Oven Park family and baby best photoshoot location in Tallahassee
Spring in Dorothy B. Oven Park
Dorothy B. Oven Park family and baby best photoshoot location in Tallahassee
Winter in Dorothy B. Oven Park

Maclay Gardens State Park

  • Location: Northeast Tallahassee, Maclay Road just north of I-10
  • Entry Fee: $6 per vehicle + $6/$3 (Adults/children) Gardens Entry during blooming months (January-April) + $20 photography fee (this is a new charge for using their park for professional photography). See entry fee information HERE.
  • Notable:
    • The gardens are in bloom from January through April.
    • This location is beautiful in the fall as well but is a much “warmer” backdrop with richer colors (see photos).
    • Photographs well during all times of day at varying locations.
    • A classic southern garden vibe. This is the location with the iconic brick walkway and moss covered trees.
    • If you want to photograph all that this beautiful park has to offer, just know that we’ll be walking a bit to get to those spots. It’s definitely worth the walk if your family is up for it, though it can be a lot for small children, or when carrying a baby.
  • Best Session Types: Maclay is a great location for all session types. I avoid this location in summer and early fall when the weather is hot and humid because you will get hot walking. I only suggest maternity sessions here if mom is early enough along that she can walk a good bit without feeling sore or hot.
Maclay Gardens State Park family and baby best photoshoot location in Tallahassee
Spring at Maclay Gardens State Park
Maclay Gardens State Park family and baby best photoshoot location in Tallahassee
Summer at Maclay Gardens State Park
Maclay Gardens State Park family and baby best photoshoot location in Tallahassee
Spring at Maclay Gardens State Park
Maclay Gardens State Park family and baby best photoshoot location in Tallahassee
Fall at Maclay Gardens State Park – the colors are a bit deeper and the client was wearing darker colors so the edit is a bit richer to match their outfits.

Alford Park Greenway

  • Location: East Tallahassee, Bucklake area at the end of Pedrick Road
  • Entry Fee: FREE
  • Notable:
    • greenway field, tall grasses, treetop walking bridge about one mile down a walking trail.
    • Photographs beautifully in the fall and winter. Fall colors in general are richer and warmer.
    • Best for late afternoon and evening sessions but early morning sessions can be done here as well.
    • I would say this location changes the most throughout the year because of the green grasses. In the fall and winter it has much less green as seen in the photos below.
  • Best Session Types: Families, graduation, maternity, baby. I don’t suggest the treetop bridge hike for baby sessions or young families because of the risk of distraction and dirt along the walkway.
Alford Park Greenway family and baby best photoshoot location in Tallahassee
Summer afternoon at Alford Park Greenway – their clothing was vibrant and I edited it a bit brighter to match
Alford Park Greenway family and baby best photoshoot location in Tallahassee
Spring at Alford Park Greenway
Alford Park Greenway family and baby best photoshoot location in Tallahassee
Fall afternoon at Alford Park Greenway
Alford Park Greenway family and baby best photoshoot location in Tallahassee
Fall morning at Alford Park Greenway
Alford Park Greenway family and baby best photoshoot location in Tallahassee
Winter at Alford Park Greenway

Goodwood Museum and Gardens

  • Location: Midtown Tallahassee on Miccosukee Road near Tallahassee Memorial Hospital
  • Entry Fee: Covered by me as a Goodwood preferred photographer
  • Notable:
    • Goodwood is beautiful and photographs well all year round.
    • A great combination of building structures, green spaces, moss covered oak trees, and “Old Florida.” This location sums up Tallahassee.
  • Best Session Types: great location for baby sessions, families with small children, and maternity because there are a lot of vignettes within a small walking area. You cannot go wrong with this location. (Can you tell it’s a favorite of mine).
Goodwood Museum and Gardens family and baby best photoshoot location in Tallahassee
Spring late afternoon at Goodwood Museum and Gardens
Goodwood Museum and Gardens family and baby best photoshoot location in Tallahassee
Late Winter at Goodwood Museum and Gardens

Chain of Parks

  • Location: Downtown Tallahassee on Park Avenue
  • Entry Fee: Parking meters along the street during certain hours. Plan to have $1 in quarters to feed the meter
  • Notable:
    • Small space, beautiful oak trees overhang the brick walkway.
    • This location also gives us access to downtown Tallahassee for a city vibe.
    • Because it is downtown, there is traffic and people in the surrounding areas that cannot always be avoided.
  • Best Session Types: great for quick sessions, baby plans, headshots, and maternity. If you have a toddler or young child who is a “runner,” this would not be a great location for you.
  • The Chain of Parks Art Festival happens once a year in the spring and can be a fun outing.
Chain of Parks family and baby best photoshoot location in Tallahassee
Spring baby plan session at the Chain of Parks in downtown Tallahassee
Chain of Parks family and baby best photoshoot location in Tallahassee
Fall baby plan session at the Chain of Parks in downtown Tallahassee

Railroad Square Art Park

  • Location: off Gaines Street, near FSU and FAMU
  • Entry Fee: FREE
  • Notable:
    • Railroad Square is my old high school stomping grounds. This location has the new urban artsy vibe that people love if they want an in town, city, colorful location.
    • There are fewer people and cars here during the morning time, so I advise sessions take place at this location then.
  • Best Session Types: Great for all session types. It can be a lot of fun.
Railroad Square Art Park family and baby  best photoshoot location in Tallahassee
Fall morning family session in Railroad Square Art Park
Railroad Square Art Park best photoshoot location in Tallahassee
Spring afternoon in Railroad Square Art Park

Tallahassee Nurseries

  • Location: Midtown Tallahassee, on Thomasville Road
  • Entry Fee: FREE though I advise adopting a beautiful plant to bring home. Founded in 1938, Tallahassee Nurseries is a longstanding Tallahassee business and they are gracious in allowing me to photograph there.
  • Notable:
    • Plants galore! I love it! Tallahassee Nurseries is a new favorite of mine.
    • Greenhouse, pots, small pond, benches and greenery abound.
    • Because it is a private business, we will need to yield to their shopping clients and be courteous to work around them. I haven’t ever had a problem doing so, as we will move quickly in each location on their property so as to not linger in one area too long.
    • If you have an active, curious toddler, I would not advise this location as they have merchandise outside that we will be working near.
  • Best Session Types: great for family sessions, couples, maternity, standing babies (9 or 12 month baby plan sessions).
Tallahassee Nurseries family and baby best photoshoot location in Tallahassee
Spring baby plan session at Tallahassee Nurseries
Tallahassee Nurseries family and baby best photoshoot location in Tallahassee
Winter baby plan session at Tallahassee Nurseries

I’ll be updating this list as I discover new favorites as well. What favorite spots did I leave out? Is there a location you love that is worthy of including on this list? If so, I want to hear about it!

Sarah Gray Photography is a natural, lifestyle photographer specializing in maternity, newborn, baby, motherhood, and family photography. To inquire about booking your next portrait session, please contact Sarah at sarah@sarahgray.net.

Sarah provides lifestyle photography services in Tallahassee and along the Florida panhandle from St. Marks to Destin, as well as throughout south Georgia, and everywhere else in between.

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    Grayson, 6 months

    I have loved watching this family grow. I photographed the Morgans for the first time when their oldest daughter, Rivers, was just a baby. Coincidentally, it was at this same location, Alford Park, here in Tallahassee. Now, baby Grayson is 6 months old and we met at the park for his baby plan session.

    Collage of baby with family members in a field

    Sarah Gray Photography is a natural, lifestyle photographer specializing in maternity, newborn, baby, motherhood, and family photography. To inquire about booking your next portrait session, please contact Sarah at sarah@sarahgray.net.

    Sarah provides lifestyle photography services in Tallahassee and along the Florida panhandle from St. Marks to Destin, as well as throughout south Georgia, and everywhere else in between.

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      Taking photos in less than ideal locations

      A few weeks ago I was driving in the car with my kids and I spotted some beautiful tall grasses. The surroundings in the area weren’t the best but the grasses themselves had one view, from a certain angle, that I knew would make a beautiful backdrop for a photo. I thought it would be a a great example of taking beautiful photos in any location if you know what to look for. Thankfully, one of my kids was decently dressed and had been wanting me to take some pictures of her with her new doll, so she was game to play along.

      We pulled the car over and hopped out. This is what we saw when we first drove by.

      Taking photos in less than ideal locations 1

      I realize that at first glance, this doesn’t look like much, however, those tall grasses are a neutral backdrop and the pine trees in the background were diffusing the setting sun. This little patch as just across the street from District 850.

      Taking photos in less than ideal locations 2

      There was garbage on the ground and cars passing by but I saw potential. I placed my daughter in one spot that was free from trash, with the grasses and pine trees behind her and took these photos.

      Sarah Gray Photography is a natural, lifestyle photographer specializing in maternity, newborn, baby, motherhood, and family photography. To inquire about booking your next portrait session, please contact Sarah at sarah@sarahgray.net.

      Sarah provides lifestyle photography services in Tallahassee and along the Florida panhandle from St. Marks to Destin, as well as throughout south Georgia, and everywhere else in between.

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        Wilder, 12 months

        How has it been a year?! I photographed Wilder’s newborn session just before the world went into lockdown. In fact, his may have been the last session I did before we had to put the brakes on 2020. He is now 12 months old and is oh-so-close to walking.

        This family has always been up for a fun location. This session was taken at Tallahassee Nurseries. You might not think that a plant nursery would be a great backdrop for photos, but I have loved each session I’ve done here. There are so many fun pockets of variety to make a photo gallery diverse. When I called and spoke with Tallahassee Nurseries to make sure they were open to the idea of photographing a client on their grounds, they were happy to have us. I’ll definitely be back to this beautiful location.

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        Sarah Gray Photography is a natural, lifestyle photographer specializing in maternity, newborn, baby, motherhood, and family photography. To inquire about booking your next portrait session, please contact Sarah at sarah@sarahgray.net.

        Sarah provides lifestyle photography services in Tallahassee and along the Florida panhandle from St. Marks to Destin, as well as throughout south Georgia, and everywhere else in between.

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          Lilah, Newborn

          Soft pinks, greens, floral garland, and a squishy baby. Some of my favorite things. Welcome to the world, sweet little Lilah!

          Born: February 11, 2021

          Weight: 9lbs 5oz

          Length: 21.5″ long

          Sarah Gray Photography is a natural, lifestyle photographer specializing in maternity, newborn, baby, motherhood, and family photography. To inquire about booking your next portrait session, please contact Sarah at sarah@sarahgray.net.

          Sarah provides lifestyle photography services in Tallahassee and along the Florida panhandle from St. Marks to Destin, as well as throughout south Georgia, and everywhere else in between.

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