PHOTOSHOOT LOCATIONS IN DENVER
By Denver Photographer Tim Gillies
June 23, 2019 | Denver is full of amazing locations for photoshoots for any season. Whether you are looking for an urban setting, in-studio, or a beautiful mountain backdrop, Denver photographer Tim Gillies lists his favorites in and around the Mile High City. These locations are great for portraits, commercial photography, families, and couples.
1. RiNo Arts District
RiNo is one of my favorite places and I think it is one of the best places to take senior pictures in Denver. It is full of color, textures, and awesome murals and artwork that make it one of a kind in the mile high city. RiNo used to be a rough, gritty industrial area of Denver that has since turned into one of the hippest neighborhoods thanks to artists and other initiatives that have helped evolve this area. It is made up of four distinct neighborhoods: Globeville, Elyria-Swansea, Five Points and Cole. However, I believe the best place to start a photoshoot is at The Denver Central Market located at Larimer and 27th. It is a an open marketplace with several food and beverage vendors, as well as a public restroom that can be used for wardrobe changes and last minute check-ups. There is a ton of awesome street art right around here and is the core of the Crush Walls commissioned murals by local artists that make RiNo so iconic.
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2. Union Station
I love Union Station and so does everyone else! What was once a hub for the occasional Amtrak rider is now home to a bustling array of trendy restaurants, hotels, bars, and shops. And with the addition of the A-line taking visitors from Denver International Airport directly to Union Station, it is a busy place full of travelers and tourists ready to explore the Mile High City. It is gorgeous inside and can be great for taking photos. I caution the shy type due to the sheer amount of strangers that will be in the direct or general vicinity during your photo session. However, there are plenty of areas around Union Station including new modern architecture and historic buildings that make for great locations for the more timid.
3. Red Rocks Amphitheater
Red Rocks is a must see item and is located along the front range of Denver. It is great for doing portrait sessions, senior photo sessions, families, maternity, and engagements. I could go on and on about Red Rocks but the photos speak for themselves. A little history about Red Rocks from its wikipedia page: The walls of Red Rocks contain records dating back to the Jurassic Period over 160 million years ago. John Brisben Walker had a vision of using the natural amphitheater for concerts, which had most likely been used perviously by the Ute tribe. He produced the first concerts there in 1906 and the City of Denver later bought the land from him 1928 for $54,133. Renowned opera singer Mary Garden put Red Rocks on the map after naming it the finest venue at which she had ever performed. After the formal construction of the amphitheater was completed, it has held regular concert season every year since 1947, which is kicked off every year by an Easter Sunrise Service. Notable early rock and roll performances at Red Rocks include The Beatles on August 26, 1964 and Jimi Hendrix on September 1, 1968.
Please note: Red Rocks Park officials are strict with staying on-trail!
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4. Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum offers a wide variety of modern architecture in an urban setting and is one of the best denver photography locations. It is good for portraits, senior photos, and families who want something different from the typical park family photos. And although it is considered to be downtown, the Denver Art Museum offers views of the Denver skyline which work well for people who want that urban look.
5. City Park Denver
City Park is gorgeous and offers something for everyone. Denver’s largest park is home to the Denver Zoo and the Museum of Nature and Science. It features beautiful views of the Denver Skyline, while also having plenty of natural features such as evergreen trees, lakes and ponds, and natural grasses that look great when the afternoon sun is hitting them. And if you want an urban look, the museum offers modern architecture. I have done several portrait sessions, senior photos, family photos, maternity photos, and newborn photos at City Park and it truly does offer something for everyone.
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6. LoHI/RIVERFRONT PARK
LoHi is located right across I-25 from Downtown Denver and offers views of the city skyline as well as cool bridges that make for a great photoshoot. It is cool and trendy with lots of fun restaurants and bars and new modern architecture. It is mostly suited for individual portraits and lifestyle photos and families that want a modern, downtown feeling. There is a nearby park with views of the city and lots of urban textures and buildings, with the Platte River nearby.
7. EAST Colfax Avenue
This 26 mile road stretching from Golden to Denver has some amazing character. It gets a bad rep but it has tons of iconic Denver landmarks and neon signs that make for some great photos. I like shooting near the Blue Bird theater and while it doesn’t have quite as many options for a ton of diversity, it is two blocks from City Park which can offer a great mix of nature, urban, and views of the Denver skyline.
8. Chautauqua Park
Chautauqua Park is classic spot near Denver that has some amazing views of the Flatiron Mountains. This iconic spot in Boulder is great for families, couples, and individual portraits. There are hiking trails and Flagstaff Road which leads up Flagstaff Mountain and offers sweeping views of the city of Boulder and the Flatirons. This spot is about 45 minutes from Denver and is a great option if you are looking for something in nature.
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9. RAW PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO
If you’re looking for something in the studio, RAW Photographic Studio has you covered. With over 3,000 square feet of shootable space, RAW has everything we need to get the job done. I am a resident photographer at RAW which means that if you would prefer a studio shoot, you get to use the space at no extra charge. RAW is conveniently located near I-70 and Peoria near Stapleton.
MEET YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
Denver Photographer Tim Gillies specializes in bringing a distinct style and candidness to his work and brings a sense of ease and enjoyment to his photoshoots that not only shows in his subjects, but defines his body of work. He is best known for creating compelling story lines full of emotion and authenticity that make him one of the best photographers in Denver and the surrounding area.