I am constantly asked about good locations to shoot in Utah Valley. Sometimes it's hard to remember all the places I shoot at once, so I decided to put together this article that lists all of my favorite places to shoot in Utah Valley for my professional photography sessions.Below is a list of locations that I have compiled over the last 8 years doing professional photography. Each one is listed with details like directions, cost, and what types of shoots are ideal in these locations. I really hope this is a help and I hope you'll let me know if I should add more. Utah is such a beautiful place for all different types of photography, so I hope to give you at least a little taste with these locations.
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Utah State Hospital
!/admin/resources/lauragardnerbr226-w1200h900-w400h300.jpg(Jared Medley Photography)! !/admin/resources/155trentfamily-w400h300.jpg(Jared Medley Photography)! !/admin/resources/lauragardnerbr054-w1200h900-w400h300.jpg(Bridal)! Location: Provo – Directions Cost: $20 per day Style: Natural, Vintage Shooting Time: Within an hour of sunset. Shoot Type: Engagements, Bridals, Seniors The State Hospital is my most popular location to shoot at. The castle above the current hospital is where the cobblestone castle was built back in the 1930s, surrounded by beautiful natural lanscape like a pond with a dock and fountain, uncut grass hills, etc.
!/admin/resources/downtownprovo-w400h300.jpg(Downtown Provo Photography)! !/admin/resources/downtownprovo2-w400h300.jpg(Downtown Provo Photography 2)! Location: Provo – Directions Cost: Free Style: Urban, Vintage, Classic Shooting Time: Afternoon to sunset. Shoot Type: Engagements, Bridals, Seniors From storefronts to alleyways, this location has incredible variety. The Provo courthouse has amazing classical architecture with beautiful light.
South Fork Park (Provo Canyon)
!/admin/resources/southfork3-w400h300.jpg(South Fork Park)! !/admin/resources/southfork4-w400h300.jpg(South Fork Park)! !/admin/resources/southfork1-w400h300.jpg(South Fork Park)! Location: Provo – Directions Cost: Free Style: Natural Shooting Time: Late afternoon to sunset. Shoot Type: Engagements, Bridal, Family This is a completely natural environment, with a small creek and pathways to shoot on. There are some beautiful grassy hills and a nice red-painted wall for some nice texture too.
Wadley Farms Pleasant Grove
!/admin/resources/wadleyfarms1-w400h300.jpg(Wadley Farms)! !/admin/resources/wadleyfarms2-w400h300.jpg(Wadley Farms)! !/admin/resources/wadleyfarms3-w400h300.jpg(Wadley Farms)! !/admin/resources/wadleyfarms4-w400h300.jpg(Wadley Farms)! Location: Provo – Directions Cost: ~$15/hr Style: Rustic/Farm Shooting Time: Afternoon to sunset. Shoot Type: Engagements, Bridals, Family, Senior The owners of Wadley Farms are extremely nice and a pleasure to work with. This is an operational farm with livestock and tractors. There is an entire section of the grounds that is designed for weddings and receptions and the interior window light is amazing!
American Fork Amphitheater
!/admin/resources/afamph2-w400h300.jpg(AF Amphitheater)! !/admin/resources/afamph1-w400h300.jpg(AF Amphitheater)! !/admin/resources/afamph3-w400h300.jpg(AF Amphitheater)! !/admin/resources/afamph4-w400h300.jpg(AF Amphitheater)! Location: Provo – Directions Cost: Free Style: Natural/Rustic Shooting Time: Morning, Late afternoon to sunset. Shoot Type: Bridals, Family, Senior The Amphitheater is similar to the Utah State Hospital as far as the cobblestone textured architecture. There is also a huge field with giant mature trees that create beautiful shade and backlight in the evening.
!/admin/resources/pagekevinbr005-w400h300.jpg(Thanksgiving Point)! !/admin/resources/pagekevinbr239-w400h300.jpg(Thanksgiving Point)! !/admin/resources/pagekevinbr313-w400h300.jpg(Thanksgiving Point)! !/admin/resources/pagekevinbr369-w400h300.jpg(Thanksgiving Point)! Location: Provo – Directions Cost: $100/day Style: Natural/Classic Shooting Time: Late afternoon to sunset. Shoot Type: Engagements, Bridals There is an enormous variety of beautiful landscapes and architecture at TP. For an extra cost, it is recommended to rent a golf cart, since the grounds are very large.