Beach, river, old stairs, iron furnace and a huge trellis…lots of features at this Lake Oswego park!
This week’s portrait location is one I’d heard about for a few years but had never made the time to go check out. Another reason I’m loving this weekly blog series! I’m making the time! Liam loves the lil adventures and getting out into the world plus he’s strapped to momma. He’s a happy boy when I wear him and go for walks. He’s over 20lbs now so its a good workout for me! Ha! Anyways, on to the review…
This park was surprisingly not as huge as I imagined. The website says its 26 acres so I’m guessing I missed a good chunk of the park somewhere. I drove down to the very bottom parking lot and was loving the view as it overlooks the Willamette River. There is a great wide staircase down to the shore of the river with a lil beach. I can totally see doing senior portraits on the beach. Love it! The water should give good light reflection if the session was either early morning or late evening. Mid-day it would be too direct and harsh I’m guessing.
We walked along the beach and found this cool old narrow and very steep staircase. It was perfectly shaded by some trees so it would be another great spot to stop for pictures. I loved the lil wildflowers that were blooming and it had a very rustic and wild feel. I could see a senior in a long chiffon flowy dress on these stairs. Maybe in a bright bold color to pop against the green and grey concrete.
We climbed the stairs, wow they are steep! and found more wild looking flowers.
And then I explored the large structure in the park. It’s an iron furnace and is 4 sided. Each side looks exactly the same, which from a photography stand point is great. That means no matter the time of day we can probably find a side that will have the right amount of light. I just love the brick! There’s so much we could do to play with this structure in terms of posing. Kinda makes me want to do some senior pictures here people! I mean where else can you get a great mix of beach, greenery and hard-scape?
And on my way out of the park I saw this gorgeous trellis. Awesome! Again, great spot to stop for pictures. The trellis will shade just enough and provide a natural backdrop. Playing with posing with the trellis, the leaves and maybe even try a lil simple slow walk would look great here.
Maybe part of the park I missed is trails? I did see this huge wood bridge that seemed to go off into a trail but Liam and I weren’t dressed for hiking so we didn’t explore where it went. Might have to go back later this summer when we’re dressed for trail walking!
Overall I was really impressed with the potential of this park for senior portraits. The beach, the stairs, the iron furnace, trellis and wooden bridge are all great spots for pictures. Is this location what you’re looking for? Is it missing something? Let me know and I’ll see if I can find the perfect location just for you!