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Best Locations for Spring Family Pictures in Portland

January 21, 2023

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There are some things that just scream “spring.” Wildflowers. Cherry blossoms. Pastel tones. Lush gardens just beginning to bloom. Lucky for us, Oregon’s climate gives us these things in spades. If you’re looking for the best place for your spring family pictures in Portland, read on for my favorite hidden gems.


Gardens for Portland Family Photos

The Portland Rose Garden is another well-known favorite, but for family photo sessions I look for less crowded locations. Luscher Farms in Lake Oswego delivers traditional gardens as well as a community garden. The grounds around the historic home are lovely to wander through. A permit is required to photograph there, but it’s well worth it.


mom holding baby in a flower field at spring family picture location luscher farms lake oswego


Wildflower Family Photos

Wildflower season is my favorite, though it can be tricky to hit it at just the right time in the spring. If you can catch a dry window during a wildflower bloom, you’re in for some beautiful spring photos! I wrote a post about my favorite wildflower locations for family photos here, but the Gorge offers my favorite wildflower bloom of all, hands down. Trek out past Hood River for the best views of this incredible bloom. My family sessions at the Gorge are always my very favorites and I offer limited travel dates there, so get in touch asap if that’s on your wishlist.


spring family pictures in the wildflowers at the columbia river gorge



Cherry Blossoms Near Portland

While the Portland Waterfront does get an incredible cherry blossom bloom, it isn’t my favorite spot for family portrait sessions. It can get so crowded during the bloom, which can be super distracting for little kids. The Oregon capitol in Salem has beautiful rows of cherry blossoms, making it my favorite spot for spring pictures. Weekday evenings are ideal if you can swing it for an even quieter session with fewer people around.


family pictures with cherry blossoms in salem, oregon


Flower Farms & Gardens for Spring Family Pictures

The Willamette Valley shines in the late spring and early summer, when the rains start to let up and everything is in full bloom. And my favorite place to go then? The flower farms & gardens all over the valley. Peonies photograph particularly well with their full, fluffy blossoms and soft colors, so of course anyplace with those is a win in my book! Adelman’s Peony Farm is a great stop to find rows of peonies, but many other gardens are worth checking out too! Check out my complete list of flower fields near Portland here and let me know if there are any I’ve missed.


Start Planning Your Spring Family Pictures

Pair any of these locations with a wardrobe of soft pastels and you’re well on your way to beautiful spring family photos! If you’re looking for more ways to create the perfect spring family photos, head over to my complete guide on what to wear for spring family photos!

Ready to get started planning your session? Browse through my main website here, then pop over to the contact page and connect with me.


family of four standing in a flower field by vancouver wa photographer samantha shannon


PS: I’m sharing another favorite photographer this week–this time my friend Miriam, who is sharing about Maternity & Boudoir Photography in London. Her work is truly incredible, so be sure to check her out!

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  1. […] out Samantha’ Shannon Photography and her most recent blog post about the the best locations for spring family pictures in Portland. I’ve never been to Oregon, but this totally makes me want to […]

  2. Every time I see your work I want to get on the next plane and visit your area. Your work is gorgeous. I bet you can’t wait for all the lovely spring sessions this year.

    • Samantha Shannon says:

      Thanks, Stephanie! You’re welcome to visit anytime, Portland is especially beautiful in the spring!

  3. Karla Vacek says:

    These are such beautiful locations and I love all of the colors. Lovely work!

  4. Wow so gorgeous! I absolutely love love love your work and the stunning locations you have to offer your clients.

  5. Beth Miga says:

    So many perfect spring locations. Can’t wait for the flowers and warmer weather for family pictures!

  6. Jasmyn says:

    I’m so excited to see your photos of families this Spring! I already know they’re going to be amazing, especially at these gorgeous locations!

  7. Oh my goodness! All these beautiful places and florals! This is making me miss and look forward to spring portraits!

  8. Julianna says:

    These locations are stunning! And such a great guide to help families choose the best location for their session in the spring!

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