Several months ago another photographer posted an image from a family session and it had this amazing backdrop of what appeared to be roses and dreamy golden light. I asked her where the location was and have had it on my list of must visit parks. So Liam and I finally went to see this park I’d never heard of in Tualatin. Spoiler alert…It’s fantastic!
The park is hidden down a road behind a vacant trailer park. I know, that doesn’t sound good. But its got a huge parking lot and an actual restroom structure…not just port-a-potties! A silly thing to focus on but when you are on location shooting and need a restroom its way nicer to use an actual bathroom vs squatting over the scary hole. Is that tmi? We wandered to the left to check out the bathroom building and got distracted by this gorgeous thing!
Um….I feel like a huge liar. For 4 years now when seniors have asked for an old barn and tall grass I told them it doesn’t exist on public property….but IT DOES! OMG! IT EXISTS! AND ITS PERFECT! Rustic weathered wood and all 4 sides have a different look and backdrop for portraits. Love it so much! I literally can’t wait to shoot a senior portrait session here. Seriously! Who’s ready? I am!
After I got over the pure excitement of finding an old barn, Liam and I took the path to the left a bit more and found a long winding wood bridge that overlooks the river. There’s also a steep ramp that takes you down to the river. This park is going to be awesome for a senior that wants nature and water in the background of their portraits.
We turned around and went to the right of the path around the large open field and there was another cool wooden bridge and lil spots to cut off the gravel trail to view the river. The day we visited the park there were picnic areas with people having lunch enjoying the view. Further down the path there was a small lake/wetlands area with even taller grass and another wooden bridge. Beautiful light at late mid-day so I’m sure the golden hour light at this park is spectacular.
Not sure if I really need to sum it up but I LOVE THIS PARK and I can’t wait to shoot a session here! Let me know if you like the looks of this one. It really has that country, rustic and natural feel that I know so many seniors want for their portraits!