There are any number of scenic spots to take family photos in Las Vegas. If you have a good (or even adequate) camera, you may want to check out some of the natural or cultivated beautiful spots that seemed designed just for photos. If you are looking for professionals to do the work for you, whether it’s pet photos or a shot of the whole clan, you can find that too. Whatever your choice, the sheer variety of settings makes this the ideal place to plan a family reunion and the photos to capture the occasion.
The gazebo in the cactus garden has been the setting for everything from weddings to photos with Santa or the Easter Bunny as well as being a natural spot for beautiful family photos. The backdrop of the cacti and shrubbery gives a unique glimpse into this oasis in the desert as well as frames the perfect display of life in Las Vegas. Wandering the grounds also provides ample photo ops for any size of group, whether during the hot summer days or the cooler climate of winter. Early in the morning or in the early evening are recommended, as crowds can be huge during the daytime.
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
3600 South Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
The outstanding floral displays and use of seasonal colors makes the Bellagio Conservatory one of the most popular places to take family photos. The hours are 24/7 and the entrance is free, making it the perfect spot for wedding photos, too. You couldn’t ask for a more perfect cultivated setting to celebrate a family reunion, take holiday photos or just capture the beauty of the moment.
2601 E Sunset Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89120
Sunset Park is the largest park in this area of Nevada, and, as such, has ample green or shaded spaces, picnic shelters, play equipment, sports alternatives, a duck pond and more to provide the setting for ideal family photos. You have the luxury of space to allow you to take private photos in one of the prettiest and most popular sites in town (as cited by its Best of Las Vegas win). With all of this space, there should be no disturbance or unexpected strangers in any shot you take, plus you have the option of including Fluffy or Fido in the shots, too.
2525 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway #150
Henderson, NV 89052
Arica Dorff is passionate about pets, and that shows in every photograph she takes. When she is not volunteering to take photos of rescue pets waiting for their forever homes, she is running her own studio, Pet’ographique, specializing in celebrating your relationship with your pets. You can choose to have photos taken in the private studio or in a location that has special meaning to you. Pet’ographique’s ideal is to capture the perfect moment to provide you with a memory that will last long after your pet leaves your side. When you want the photo of the entire family, including the furry members, this may just be the ideal choice.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
3205 Nevada 159
Las Vegas, NV 89161
Just a hop, skip and a jump from the Strip (within a half-hour drive), you can find one of the most outstanding scenic spots in Nevada. Any time of day provides the perfect setting for the ideal family photos, with the sheer beauty of the sunlit rocks and the surrounding trees providing an unforgettable experience captured for all time on film. But at sunrise and sunset, the area is spectacular. The family can visit Bonnie Springs Ranch and can get back to nature viewing the birds and other critters in this area. The desert foliage is another alternative, and the “ghost town” is perfect for candid, unplanned photos.
Valley Of Fire State Park
29450 Valley of Fire Road
Overton, NV 89040
Located approximately an hour from Las Vegas, Valley of Fire is one of the most stunning spots in the state to take ideal engagement, wedding or family photos. In the early morning, at sunrise or at sunset, the Valley comes into its own with the red sandstone rocks appearing to gleam red in the distance, providing an amazing setting for any keepsake shots. This is the desert in all its amazing grandeur, and if you are looking to truly capture the awesome spectacle, this is just perfect.
Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.