I remember when I first started shooting and was scrambling to come up with a list of cool places and how hard it was to find some, so hopefully this can help others find a good location for photos. If you have one you’d like to share, just comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. An * means that there is a fee to use the premises. I will update this as I learn of more locations. For those searching for indoor locations, there are several studios for rent around various areas of Salt Lake with very reasonable rates. You could also try various venues and maybe offer a trade, but your idea better be outstanding 😉
Salt Lake County:
Memory Grove Park (Salt Lake City near the Capitol)
Gilgal Gardens (very interesting sculpture such as a Joseph Smith Sphinx)
International Peace Gardens
Gardner Village *
Draper Historic Park
La Caille *
State Capitol building – Free and open Monday through Saturday, inside and outside are beautiful!
Saltair (near Magna)
Gateway near The Depot – there’s a beautiful station that’s public and has a regal feel to it. Great indoor spot for portraits or fashion!
This is the Place Heritage Park *
Pretty much anywhere in Big or Little Cottonwood Canyon. You could pick a spot at random and it would rock.
Salt Lake City Library
The Exchange Place
Garden Park Ward
Railroad tracks across the street from the Draper Library
Water Conservation Park in West Jordan
Bicentennial Park (or any park really)
Red Butte Gardens *
McCune Mansion *
Cactus and Tropical Nursery
And as weird as this one will sound, some of the SLCC campuses are actually very nice, most notably the Jordan Campus. I also think various places around the U of U would work well too.
Just about any random alleyway in Salt Lake City
Jensen Nature Park
Any of the farms (ask for permission though! I cannot stress this enough. We as photographers have a responsibility to show respect where ever we shoot)
Utah Botanical Center
Just about any spot at the exits on Legacy Highway, there’s also a little pond off the 500 south exit. It’s very cute and would be awesome for photos. Just remember bug spray!
Other Places (Tooele, Utah County, etc):
Tooele Post Office: The architecture here is stunning and some great alleyways nearby, as well as some old shops and buildings. Gold. Mine.
Rock near Saltair – Take the Saltair exit and drive west past the Marina. A beautiful area for sure.
Occasionally there are random bits of meadow and trees, this one is near Soelberg’s in Stansbury Park. You can’t miss it!
A ravine just off of Country Club Drive in Stansbury Park. A hidden gem, this is where I shot the Snow White shoot and plan on going back more and more. Near Stansbury Lake.
Sun Tunnels – These are four big concret tunnels that are pretty much in the middle of nowhere by a town called Lucin in Northern Utah. They are really awesome to be around at the summer and winter solstices
Springville Museum of Art *
Thanksgiving Point *
Nook and Cranny*
Arches National Park
I do try and update this every once in a while. Please do share what you find if you found this helpful. I think it’s silly that people hide locations, so I made this page. Pay it forward if you can.