If you are looking to plan the perfect family portrait, chances are you are also looking for a good location. Get out of the boring photo studio and the solid grey or blue backdrops and try something more colorful, more creative and more Colorado for your photo. In a state as stunning as this one, there are so many amazing places that you can visit to get just the right family photograph. Here are just a few great places to take your family photo in the Denver area.
17th Ave. and Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80238
Wander around one of the largest parks in Colorado a bit and you’ll find some truly spectacular views. It isn’t hard to find the perfect backdrop that instantly says “Colorado” in which the Denver skyline is framed by the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Head over there just before the sun sets so you can get all the pretty orange, pink, blue and purple colors as the sun begins to fall behind the mountains. Dress your family in some great Colorado-style gear and you have the perfect photograph.
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Colorado Convention Center
700 14th St.
Denver, CO 80202
Also known as “The Big Blue Bear,” this photo spot is the perfect way to add some whimsy into your family photos. The huge 40-foot-tall blue bear is an icon of Denver and you can get nice and close for a truly silly family portrait. Lawrence Argent, a local artist who was looking to add some humor into the design of the Colorado Convention Center, created the sculpture. You’ll want to have your photographer stand about 50 feet away so that you can get the best view or lay on the ground and point that camera up to get the full view of the huge blue beast.
Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York St.
Denver, CO 80206
The stunning beauty of the Denver Botanic Gardens is the perfect spot for some truly colorful family photos. It’s next to impossible to find a bad location for a photograph here. You can wander the grounds looking for the right flowers and plants to complement your wardrobe choices. With nearly 33,000 different plants, the Denver Botanic Gardens is a stunning way to showcase the beauty of your own family against a backdrop of the beauty of nature.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
18300 West Alameda Parkway
Morrison, CO 80465
As one of the most amazing examples of the natural beauty of Colorado, Red Rocks Amphitheatre is one of the best places in the state to gather your family for a photo. You’ll want to avoid any concerts, skipping admission and giving you access to the stage, the stairs and everyplace in between. Take time to really look around from the top, you can find shots with the stage and the Denver skyline in the background. Keep in mind that this is a popular workout spot, so you may have to figure out a good angle to avoid getting all of the people running the stairs in your photo.
Denver Art Museum
100 W 14th Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
There really is no other building like it in Colorado. Daniel Libeskind designed the incredible building and it has quickly become another architectural icon in Denver. The bold geometric patterns were inspired by the Rocky Mountains, creating beautiful angles and a stunning backdrop for your family photo. Make sure to bring the right lens or have your photographer get a low angle so that you can really capture this architectural beauty. Also, since the color of the building is basically a neutral, you can wear just about any colors in your photo. Bright, solid colors would be a great choice in front of the Denver Art Museum.
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Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.