When planning your portrait session for Folsom, El Dorado Hills, or the Sacramento Region – location is everything. Depending on what you want from your portraits, your best portrait photography location may vary, but we’d LOVE to share the Top 5 Family Portrait locations that we think you should consider the next time you want some stunning portraits.

Here’s our Top 5 Favorite Portrait Locations for Folsom and El Dorado Hills:

  1. Orangevale Park located on Hazel Ave in Orangevale. Beyond the playground and soccer fields their is a beautiful walking path often frequented by horses and one time I even saw a sheep being taken out for a walk! So if you are a nature and animal lover this is definitely the spot for you! Here is one of our favorite family portrait sessions from Orangevale Park.

2. Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park located on Riley St between Old Town Sutter and the Rainbow bridge. This location is so versatile (yes, every portrait below was taken at this historic park)! If you love vintage brick walls, historic buildings, beautiful oak trees, fallen logs, mossy rocks, this place has it all! We love every session that comes out of photographing at the Powerhouse but here are just a few of our favorites.

*One important side note – in order to have professional photographs taken here, your photographer must hold a permit and gain permission to conduct your portrait session. If they don’t you run the risk of being asked to leave the park.

3. Lake Natoma – There are a ton of access points to Lake Natoma in Folsom – if you want water in the background for your family portraits – this is a good option – it just takes careful planning to ensure the light is right to get water in the background vs. blown entirely out of the exposure. Some of our favorite access points are: Behind Lake Natoma Inn/Karen’s Bakery down the bike path. Across the street from the Folsom Outlets, Negro Bar, Willow Creek Recreation Area and anything you can get to through the neighborhoods on the bluffs!

4. Village Green Park – Next to the El Dorado County Library outside Serrano at 7455 Silva Valley Pkwy, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762 – so many options from grass, trees, flowers, stream, pond – even a covered bridge.

5. Wild Oaks Park – El Dorado Hills – Just off of El Dorado Hills Blvd is a great little oak tree studded park that has bark walking trails, tall wild grasses and rolling hills.

And… of course we have a few bonus options you should consider exploring:

Obviously, sometimes the best location just simply requires walking out your own front or back door – if your home means everything to you and it’s something you think helps to tell your family’s story, don’t overlook this as an option.

Here is a family portrait session we did back in the fall of a family home in El Dorado Hills.

And then there is our portrait studio location in El Dorado Hills – we’re always excited to have families in for the portraits, or professionals who need a quick but nice headshot.

Let us know if you have another location that you simply can’t live without – I know some of you are huge fans of Rainbow Bridge – what other nearby portrait photography locations in Folsom, El Dorado Hills, or really anywhere in the Sacramento Region are you huge fans of?

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Deborah Clendenning

Folsom Lake overlooking the boats in the slips. So peaceful, I take my Shiba’s there for walks.
Also, I Love Apple Hill area when it not real crowded.