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THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTS IN BOULDER

I have many beloved locations around Boulder County. Here are some of my favorite places to view the flatirons, fall leaves, and take a nice walk with your photographer (click on the pictures for more examples!):

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SOUTH MESA TRAILHEAD

This location has it all – cottonwood meadow, a creek with a lovely bridge, and mountain views. It does get muddy and I would not recommend it on a weekend in the summer or fall, since it can be tough to find parking.
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Best for: High School Seniors, Couples, Babies, Larger Groups and Big Families

Worst for: No-one

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Pros: Variety, Views, Fall Leaves, Magical Light

Cons: Mosquitos, Mud, Cactus (Sandals and Dogs Beware), Crowds, Limited Parking

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Best Time: Evenings

Worst Time: Morning

This trail meanders along Boulder Creek and has a magical forest feeling. It is wonderful any time of year, and it’s perfect any time of day. The trail is flat and easy, so it's perfect for older folks and toddlers. In late summer bring bug spray, there are lots of mosquitos! There are lots of dogs so if your pooch is not friendly, please leave them home.

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Best for: Families, Disabled, Elderly, Toddlers, Friendly Dogs, Head Shots

Worst for: Unfriendly Dogs, Large Groups, Adventurous People

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Pros: Easy to Access, Flat Trail, Great Year-Round, Fall Leaves

Cons: Minimal Mountain Views

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Best Time: Any Time of Day

Worst Time: None

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Best Season: Year-Round

 

 

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NCAR

This spot is stellar at any time of day. There's a 1/4 mile loop that is has an amazing view. It's especially beautiful in the winter. It has a bit of an incline, but it's not too steep. The rocks, tall grass and beautiful trees give lots of variety too. If you book a morning session and want mountain views, this is the place to be.

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Best for: Couples, Rock-jumping Kids, Toddlers, Babies, Big Families, Proposals, Dogs

Worst for: Disabled

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Pros: Amazing Views, Awesome Hikes, Easy Parking, Great Year-Round, Best Spot for Morning Mountain Views, Unusual Flatiron Views, Evergreen Trees, Long and Magical Golden Hour

Cons: No Leaves (Pine Trees Only), Uphill Walk from Parking Lot, Some Burn Scars Visible

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Best Time: All Day

Worst Time: None

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Best Season: Year-Round

CHAUTAUQUA

If you want Flatiron Views, this is your spot. It can be very crowded, but I’ve learned where some of the sneaky spots are.

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Best for: Families, Weddings, Senior Photos, Large Groups, Business Groups, Out-of-State Families, Proposals, Couples, Everyone

Worst for: No-one!

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Pros: Quintessential Flatiron Views, Gorgeous and Accessible, Relatively Easy Parking

Cons: Crowded, Extremely Popular, Little Shade

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Best Time: Early Afternoon to Evening/Golden Hour

Worst Time: Early Morning: I am not joking about this, you will literally be blinded by the sun!

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Best Season: Summer and Fall, but truly gorgeous Year-Round

 

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VIELE LAKE

This spot in South Boulder, below Fairview High School, is a hidden gem. It is stunning in the fall, when the leaves are changing, and the light in the morning is magical. It does require a separate permit from Boulder because it's in a city park, so please let me know in advance if you'd like to shoot here.

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Best for: Babies and Young Kids, Elderly, Handicapped, Large Groups

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Pros: Lake Views, Cottonwood Groves, Fall Color, Easy Access, Playground for Reward Afterwards

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Best Time: Morning

Worst Time: Evening

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Best Season: Fall

COOT LAKE

An easy, very flat walk, for those who love both water and distant mountain views. Located in North Boulder. Also close enough to walk to Boulder Reservoir, for multiple lake views and options. Stunning sunrise and sunset views and lush, green foliage in early summer.

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Best for: Families with Babies, Senior Photos, Couples, Elderly, Dogs

Worst for: Adventure Seekers

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Pros: Water, Mountain Views, Access and Easy Parking for Pregnant Mamas and Elderly

Cons: Mosquitos, Distance to the Mountains

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Best Time: Sunrise or Sunset

Worst Time: Mid-Morning to Mid-Afternoon

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Best Season: Summer

 

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SHANAHAN RIDGE

This spot is tucked away in a residential neighborhood in South Boulder. It has a gorgeous view of the Flatirons which is beautifully different from the traditional view. Does require a bit of hiking to access the best spots.

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Best for: Families, Couples, Senior Photos

Worst for: Elderly, Disabled

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Pros: Alternative to Typical Flatiron Views

Cons: Requires Hiking

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Best Time: Evening/Golden Hour

Worst Time: Morning

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Best Season: Year-Round

 

 

LOST GULCH LOOKOUT

This spot is extremely popular for a reason, it provides what might be the best views in Boulder! Weekend evenings in summer are crowded, but otherwise it's an easy spot to access and I highly recommend it. If you plan to propose or elope here, you might have to wait for a spot.

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Best for: Adventurous Couples, Elopements, Engagements, Proposals

Worst for: High Heels, Young Kids, Elderly

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Pros: Unbeatable Views

Cons: Windy Drive (not for faint-hearted), Crowded on Weekends, Parking

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Best Time: Evenings, Sunset

Worst Time: There's No Bad Time

 

WONDERLAND LAKE

Wonderland Lake provides a lovely lake view with rolling hills in the background. Located in North Boulder. The main parking lot is on Broadway, with about a 1/4 mile walk. Or, we can park in the neighborhood, which is closer.

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Best for: Babies, Toddlers, Strollers, Dogs, Families

Worst for: Adventure Seekers

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Pros: Water, Flat Trails, Pretty in Winter, Tall Grass

Cons: Small Parking Lot, Not Much Adventure

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Best Time: Golden Hour, Dusk

Worst Time: No Bad Times!

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Best Season: Summer or fall but it's stunning on a snowy winter day

 

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