Location Spotlight: Pt Defiance Rose Garden

August 20, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Location Spotlight: Point Defiance Rose Garden, Woods and Owen Beach 

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Growing up in Tacoma, this was THE place to go for stunning family photos. My family often went there for picnics and we would have a contest to see who could find the best smelling rose, and now I do that same thing with my girls.

The reason I love it so much as a photographer is because of its versatility. Yes is has roses. But it also has fabulous foliage, ferns, hostas, a wishing well, and the best part: a scenic series of duck ponds and little bridges.) You could also extend your session and add on the nearby Japanese Garden and Owen beach. 

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When it works: The roses bloom mid-June-Oct. Weekdays only (it's sooo crowded on weekends), 2-3 hours before sunset. 

Pros: endless backgrounds. Easy to fill an hour session with lots of variety. An bathroom right in the middle, easy for changing outfits. 

Cons: it can get a little crowded on weekends, which is why I like to shoot there weekday evenings. This location is only good for 60 min sessions (no 30 minute sessions). 


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DSC_8527DSC_8527 DSC_8606DSC_8606 DSC_8542DSC_8542 The Rose Garden can also be used with my modern editing style for a different take! (Clients receive a preview album with side-by-sides to choose their edited style):

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Point Defiance Woods Trails and Owen Beach

With package 3 or 4, we have time to do not only the rose garden, but also a woodsy trail and/or Owen Beach, which are also in the park. 

The woodsy trails near the Rhodie garden are amazing year round, even in the winter! These were taken in December and edited in my muted modern style:

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