Let’s talk portrait location. Danyel Rogers Photography goes to a handful of portrait locations. We’d like to share images from each location to help future clients visualize what the scene would look like for their portrait session.

Portrait Location #1  Dawson’s Creek /Hillsboro Main Library

This park is frequented by photographers, and there’s a reason why. It’s beautiful!!! The ponds, bridges, flowers, fountains, a cool tunnel and stunning trees make for a wide variety of background options at this location.  This park works for any portrait session your wanting: children, seniors, pets, and even car enthusiasts. Overall, a GREAT portrait location.

Dawsons Creek Hillsboro Library Portrait Location
Dawsons Creek Hillsboro Library Portrait Location

Dawsons Creek Hillsboro Library Portrait Location

Dawsons Creek Hillsboro Library Portrait Location

Portrait Location #2 Portland International Rose Test Gardens/Washington Park

As much as you’d think this portrait location focus would be the roses…. it’s not for Danyel Rogers Photography. In fact, during our sessions we usually work the outside edges of the garden. The backdrop is spectacular. On a clear day you can see the city in the background.  There’s neat little benches around the garden, the amphitheater steps, Shakespeare dedication brick wall, and even some water fountain pieces.

Portland Rose Test Gardens Portrait LocationPortland Rose Test Garden Portrait Location

Portrait Location #3 – Central Park in Orenco Station Hillsboro, OR

Central park is a portrait location meant for a Greek god/goddess. The pillars, ivy, and archways are a perfect backdrop for a portrait session.  I particularly love going to Central Park in the fall. The leaves turn a breathtaking bright red. It gives your images that extra pop.  My lovely assistant trademarked his signature pose at this location. As the sun is setting in the back of our models, it gives a beautiful sparkle of summer, regardless of the season.

Central Park Orenco Station Portrait Location

Portrait Location #4  Rood Bridge Park Hillsboro, OR

Rood Bridge Park is conveniently right down the street from Hillsboro High School. This park has many acres of trails that sprout off between ponds, streams, and stone bridges. This park has a meeting facility as well as covered picnic areas (with a wood fireplace) you can rent for birthday parties, reunions, etc…  The downside to this park is it is used for large parties which can make the open park congested with people but there are still plenty of places to shoot.

The best time to come to this park is when the rhododendron garden is in bloom. This would also be a good location for tennis players as there is a full tennis court on the property.

Rood Bridge Park Portrait Location

Portrait Location #5 Downtown Portland – Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Downtown PDX offers a variety of unique city backdrops.  In a short distance you can hit a park, a theater, a church, even a cool fountain.   When I’m downtown I’m always looking for interesting walls, doors, streets, anything that scream Portland! to use.   I’ve even located a quiet, safe street for ‘middle of the street’ photos.

What about taking a “break” at a coffee shop or stopping for ice cream.  Even breaks can make for a great candid couple/engagement or family portrait oppertunities.

One note to anyone photographing downtown, security is not fond of people taking pictures by Federal Buildings.  Yes, I’ve done it without ever realizing it. Security is pretty fast to correct you.

Portland Waterfront Portrait Location

Portrait Location #6 Cathedral Park Portland, OR

I’ve only photographed at Cathedral Park once but it’s just stunning. I look forward to getting back there soon. The bridge arches are perfect for framing an image.  You could even venture down to the water if you’re daring.


Cathedral Park Portland Oregon Portrait Location

Portrait Location #7 OMSI

Images in the OMSI area is more of a grunge/city location.  This area has really been developed with the new light rail going in.

Of course you can also have the city as your backdrop, but there is also the Willamette river or you can even go down on the docks. I’d highly suggest this location for High School Senior guys. If mom wants some nice portraits for her son, but you’d like something a little less girlie, this would be a great location for both of you.

OMSI Portrait Location

Portrait Location #8 YOUR High School

I don’t recommend your entire portrait session be held at your school but going by your high school can provide a specific school memory you want captured:  The football field you played at. Where you sat during lunch. Maybe even your customized parking spot you had for your car.  Whatever memory you want to immortalize.

High School Portrait Location

Now you have an idea of portrait locations. Where do you want YOUR session to be?


If you’re a photographer reading this post, where’s your favorite locations to photograph at?  Comment below!  The Portland Metro area has a wide range of stunning backdrops. I know there’s some mystery gems I’m not aware of.