Photoshoot Location Ideas

Need location ideas for your photo session? Well, here are a bunch of places at which I would love to shoot with you.

Outdoor Locations

I’ve shot with people at a few of these places. Some I’ve only photographed as part of a landscape, sunset, cityscape, or astrophotography shoot. Regardless, I’m ready to shoot at any of these spots. What about you?

Neon Museum

The Neon Museum does accept reservations for private photo shoots. I don’t know how current this information is as pricing to rent the Neon Museum is hard to find, but figure a minimum of $400 for one hour in the main gallery and $200 for one hour in the north gallery. If you are interested in shooting at the Neon Museum get in touch with me to find out my availability. Plan your session at least two weeks in advance as photo shoot time slots fill up fast. Next, go to the Neon Museum’s website and fill out their photoshoot request form. I sometimes will bring an assistant with me on shoots, so make sure you indicate two people for the photography staff. Once you’ve gotten approval and paid for your shoot location, book your session with me.

Neon Museum | Las Vegas, NV | Photo Courtesy of Jeff Scheid/Las Vegas Review-Journal

Las Vegas Strip @ Tropicana

There is an area in front of the Tropicana Hotel & Casino that gets very little foot traffic. It faces the Las Vegas Strip and depending upon the angle of the shot, the MGM Grand, New York, New York or Excalibur Hotels can be in the background. I’ve shot here at night before, but I think an early morning or late afternoon shoot would produce even better results. Want to shoot with me? Book your shoot here. Other nice spots to shoot in this area are in front of the MGM Lion, outside New York, New York, outside of Excalibur, outside of Luxor among the Egyptian statues, and on the pedestrian bridges that cross Las Vegas Blvd. and Tropicana Blvd.

Las Vegas Strip @ Flamingo

Another great Las Vegas Strip location… Bellagio Fountains, Arc du Triomphe and Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, statues and fountains at Caesar’s Palace. Plus Planet Hollywood and City Center (Cosmopolitan, Vdara, etc.), and the High Roller are nearby too. Book a shoot with me today!

Las Vegas Strip @ Flamingo Road | Shot From Bellagio Hotel & Casino | Las Vegas | Nevada

International Car Forest of the Last Church

The International Car Forest of the Last Church in Goldfield, Nevada, which is about a 3 hour drive north of Las Vegas, is such a cool location. There are a variety of vehicles with cool street art to use as backgrounds. I’d like to do some shoots during the day, particularly around sunrise and sunset, using various vehicles as backdrops. I’d also like to to shoot at night using using glow sticks and other portable, battery powered lighting to illuminate vehicles. Models/People can use glow sticks and sparklers to make light trails. And I’ll use white light and UV light (black light) flashlights and other battery powered portable lighting to briefly illuminate the scene, while allowing the colors from the glow sticks and sparklers come through… and, the Milky Way too. And if anyone is game, we could use fluorescent and/or glow in the dark body paints and black light. Finally, this would be a good place to experiment with colored powders and strobe lights. Who thinks this would be cool? Sign up for a shoot now!

Rhyolite, Nevada & The Goldwell Open Air Museum

There are so many cool backgrounds to shoot against day or night, including the Milky Way. There are the Artist, Ghosts of the Last Supper and Ghost Rider sculptures, an old abandoned truck, numerous abandoned buildings, Lady Desert: Venus of Nevada cinder block sculpture, Tribute to Shorty Harris statue, Sit Here! a giant ceramic tile covered sofa, an old caboose, an old water/fuel tank, an abandoned, stripped car, and more. Sit Here! would make for a very cool boudoir or implied nude shoot. Like my idea for shooting at the International Car Forest of the Last Church in Goldfield, Nevada, I also want to do some shoots at night, using glow sticks, sparklers, white light and UV light (black light) flashlights, and battery powered portable lighting to illuminate the model and scene. Wouldn’t this be a cool shoot? Book a shoot in Rhyolite today!

Downtown Las Vegas & The Arts District

Fremont Street, Arts District, Container Park… these are just a few awesome places to shoot in downtown Las Vegas. There is so much street art to use as backdrops too. Damsel Doll and I shot in the Arts District, but why not book your own shoot in downtown Las Vegas? Since some of the art changes occasionally, I’m always ready to head into downtown Las Vegas to shoot.

Rock-A-Hoola Abandoned Waterpark

Also known as the Lake Delores Waterpark. This place would be an awesome place to shoot anytime, day or night, but especially around sunrise and sunset. It would be perfect for a swimsuit shoot. Let’s book a spring swimsuit shoot!

Rock-A-Hoola Abandoned Waterpark – Courtesy moderndayruins.com

Valley of Fire

I shot landscape and sunrise photos here in November 2017 while I was on my nearly annual staycation. I went back in April 2018 and shot with Avrora Ordo near Firecave just after sunrise. There are several other areas that could be fantastic spots for a shoot: Arch Rock, Rainbow Vista, Elephant Rock, Seven Sisters and some other spots. Technically the park is closed after dark, but many areas are accessible after dark making a night shoot possible. Like Rhyolite and the International Car Forest of the Last Church in Goldfield, NV, I’ll use glow sticks, sparklers, white light and UV light (black light) flashlights, and battery powered portable lighting to light up the model and scene. Book a shoot at Valley of Fire today.

Red Rock Canyon

Lots of photographers and models shoot here, but even so, I’d like to as well. Sunrise or sunset would be best, but that also depends upon the season. Red Rock Canyon opens at 6:00 AM and closes at dusk. Book your Red Rock Canyon shoot.

Sunrise, Blue Hour & Golden Hour. | Red Rock Canyon | Las Vegas | Nevada | US

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

This is popular spot for engagement photos, primarily at the grassy, park-like area. But there are plenty of other good places to shoot at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. This would also be a day shoot as the park opens around 7:00 AM and closes around dusk. Book a Spring Mountain Ranch State Park shoot.

Cathedral Gorge State Park

I’ve yet to visit Cathedral Gorge State Park, but I plan to sometime in 2018. From the photos I’ve seen, I think there are some great photo spots. It’s open 24 hours so a night shoot is certainly possible here. Book a Cathedral Gorge State Park shoot.

Courtesy of Nevada State Parks & @chrisjbfoto

Great Basin National Park

This is another place I’ve yet to visit but it’s on my 2018 photoshoot radar. It’s accessible 24 hours with campgrounds, so a night shoot is possible here too. Why not book a shoot at Great Basin National Park?

Stella Lake & Wheeler Peak | Great Basin National Park | Nevada

Clark County Wetlands Park

There are several nice locations within the Clark County Wetlands Park to shoot: Boardwalk Pond, Vern’s Pond & Island, Wildlife Blind, Upper Pond, West Upper Pond, West Lower Pond, Cottonwood Grove, Goodding’s Willow Grove and a couple of burn sites for some post-apocalyptic cosplay or themed shoots. There is also a very secluded area that could be used for more risqué shoots. I’ve scouted the spot twice and never saw anyone there. We can shoot here anytime between sunrise and dusk as Clark County Wetlands Park closes at dusk. Let’s shoot at Clark County Wetlands Park.

Sunset | Clark County Wetlands Park | Las Vegas | Nevada | USA

Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs

I always forget about Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs. It seems like it’s far away, but it’s not. It’s in the northwest part of Las Vegas. I recently shot some landscape and wildlife photos there. There are four small lakes and plentiful scenic views to use as backgrounds. Photo shoots here will have to be daytime shoots as the park closes around dusk. It’s a popular family park, so anything risqué is out. Book a shoot at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs.

Big Dune

Big Dune is located in Amargosa Valley, Nevada, about 29 miles south of Beatty, Nevada. I’ve driven past Big Dune several times on my way to other shoot locations. It will make a perfect location for a shoot idea I have. I want to shoot a Rey (from Star Wars: The Force Awakens) cosplay set here. Anyone want to put together a Rey cosplay and shoot with me at Big Dune? Or maybe a Spaceballs cosplay? If you have an off road vehicle, we could do a shoot with that too. Book it now!

Big Dune | Amargosa Valley | Nevada | Photo Courtesy TravelNevada

El Dorado Canyon – Nelson, Nevada

Nelson, Nevada is an interesting place to shoot. It’s filled with vintage items, old vehicles, abandoned building, and even two mock plane crashes. It’s private property, but they allow photoshoots for a very small fee. I’d love to do some photoshoots here; however, anything risqué is not allowed. Take a look at the photos below. Then book a shoot with me.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Lake Mead is, obviously, a perfect place for swimsuit shoots. Since I do not own a boat, we’ll likely have to shoot at one of the public beaches, so nothing more risqué than swimsuits. Schedule your swimsuit shoot at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Hoover Dam & Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge

I think this architectural wonder would be a fantastic place for a photo shoot, as would the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge. On the dam itself, we could have Lake Mead and parts of the dam as the background. On the bypass bridge, Hoover Dam, Black Canyon, and even US 95 with its traffic could make for interesting backgrounds.

Mt. Charleston

In the summer, it is much cooler in the mountains than it is in the Las Vegas Valley and surrounding areas. In winter, snow usually blankets Mt. Charleston. No matter what season, it’s beautiful up on Mt. Charleston. If you’d like to shoot among the trees, Mt. Charleston is the place to go. Book a shoot on Mt. Charleston today.

Cathedral Rock at Mt. Charleston | Photo courtesy of Menu of Musings
Cathedral Rock at Mt. Charleston | Photo courtesy of Menu of Musings

Indoors

There is no shortage of indoor locations for photoshoots: hotel rooms and suites, Airbnbs, private homes, professional studios. The Gold Strike Hotel & Casino and the Stratosphere have particularly inexpensive rooms most of the time. Of course, we could get a suite at one of the Strip hotels (the ones at Paris Las Vegas are nice, as are those at Vdara, Bally’s, Cosmopolitan and many other hotels). Palms Place and Signature Suites at MGM Resorts are nice too. Of course, with Airbnbs and private homes, you also can get a backyard to shoot in, and some may have swimming pools, hot tubs, and/or Jacuzzis, and other cool settings (like pool tables). Professional studios may have a variety of sets, or furniture to create our own set. Let me know what your indoor photoshoot idea is and book it today!

Wrapping It Up

Those are some places I’d love to shoot with you. Why don’t you book a shoot with me for one of these locations?

Have a location that you think would be a great place for a photoshoot? Let me know in the comments below. Then book your shoot there.

Can’t Come To Las Vegas?

I can travel all over Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Southern California for shoots. I’ll consider points further away like Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Idaho and Northern California especially if multiple photo shoots can be booked. Please note that travel costs are not included in my published rates. As such, please contact me for pricing on photo sessions outside Southern Nevada.

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